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School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Updated 2nd April

We have put mechanisms in place to ensure that you can maintain contact with staff or your faculty support teams remotely, but in terms of the more immediate issues that may affect you in the short term, we hope you find the following advice and guidance useful.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering team are focussed on supporting students, and we will be looking after your best interests, at all times. We know that you may have questions or concerns and we would encourage you to review all university communication for advice, support and guidance. We would also encourage you to contact your tutor, module leader, dissertation supervisor, academic coach or personal academic by Canvas or email if you have specific any questions.

All staff in the Faculty of Science and Engineering are providing materials on Canvas, along with extra learning activities and support with seminars and where possible recorded lectures.  We are also aware that many of you have asked about assessments and, in particular, examinations. Where required, we are looking at alternative forms of assessment which can be undertaken remotely, and we will communicate these as updates take place (see Online teaching section)

We are aware that you have received lots of communications regarding changes to your course of study, so to help you, the key points are summarised below:

For all students:

  • All teaching and assessment have been moved online. Please continue to speak to your module leaders regarding the changes to assessment and the mode of submission.
  • A two-week extension has been introduced for all resits and assessments which fall in semester 2.
  • We have introduced an automatic right for you to defer your assessments to the July assessment period; to do this, please log onto e:Vision and complete the request for extenuating circumstances (located under ‘Assessments, Extenuating and Extensions’.
  • All of our resit support sessions, personal tutoring and academic coach sessions have moved to online.

Level 4 and 5 students 

  • In order to progress to the next level of your study, you will be expected to achieve 80 credits.
  • All of our teaching has moved online so it is important that you continue to engage as fully as you are able to in order to achieve those 80 credits.
  • Some practical-based, year-long modules will consider work already completed in calculating your final module grade.
  • We will be flexible and supportive in considering your performance across the entire year of study.

Level 6 students

  • Your final classification will be calculated using the best 120 credits from across levels 5 and 6, with no stipulation on the amount taken from each level. We have also removed the stipulation that the professional project module should be included.
  • All of of our teaching has moved online so it is important that you continue to engage as fully as you are able to.
  • For top-up students/Sound Production students, we will calculate your classification from the best 60 credits of your year of study.
  • We are still holding Postgraduate information sessions If you wish to consider extending your studies further and would like to discuss the options, our next Postgraduate Open Evening will be held on the 25th June. Please check the website on details of how to access this event.

Level 7 students 

  • We have modified the number of credits required to calculate merit/distinction on your course of study. We will calculate merit/distinction on the best 80 credits achieved, regardless of whether this includes your dissertation.
  • Continue to engage with your studies when you are able to do so.
  • If you are experiencing IT difficulties, speak to your personal tutor and make them aware of your situation so that our Student Services team can contact you to discuss further.
  • Speak to your personal tutor/academic coach/subject leader who can help with course or module specific enquiries.

What should I do now?

  • Continue to engage with your studies when you are able to do so (if not, see absences section below).
  • If you are experiencing IT difficulties, speak to your personal tutor and make them aware of your situation so that our Student Services team can contact you to discuss further.
  • Speak to your personal tutor/academic coach/subject leader who can help with course or module specific enquiries.

Online teaching:

In order to ensure that we provide you all an effective learning experience, we have moved all our teaching online. The teaching will be delivered as part of Big Blue Button (BBB) platform which is part of Canvas. We know that it will take a bit of time to get used to this mode of delivery, but given the circumstances, I am sure you all will participate in online lectures and be an active member of the learning community.

In order to help you adapt this new BBB platform, we have developed some videos which will help you understand how it works. Over the next week, we are moving all teaching to BBB. The links for these videos are as follows:

Joining a Conference on Canvas

Using BigBlueButton

Finding recordings on Canvas

For any other issues please communicate with your module leaders. We know these are difficult circumstances, but I am sure together we can overcome any obstacles.

Practicals:

If your current modules include practical elements then your module leaders and course teams will be working towards developing alternative modes of delivery, which will be communicated to you on a module by module basis through Canvas. Where module assessments currently include practical aspects these too are being reconsidered and alternatives will be announced in due course. All those students who have engaged in laboratory exercises and are working towards their final reports please complete your reports as per your deadline and submit on-line for final assessment. In case you have missed a lab or missing data please get in touch with your module leader for help and support.

Placements:

We appreciate and would like to thank those of you who are out on placement or are due to go out on placement for working hard to support our placement providers in a challenging and unprecedented situation.

Your placements are being considered by the placement provider and professional body in negotiation with us. We will communicate the exact details on a course by course basis as soon as we have these. Please bear with us as there are many providers and we are speaking to all of them.

As you can imagine information and guidance can change at a rapid rate so we will update you on a regular basis and from the end of this week that will be through Canvas to your placement module to ensure that you are kept as up to date as possible. Please appreciate that we may not always have all of the answers that you are looking for but we will continue to seek advice and guidance in relation to any queries raised. We really are working directly with the placement providers, partner organisations and SWE to find suitable and acceptable solutions that will support and help you and minimise disruption where we can and current, ongoing work means we will begin the specific updates as soon as we are able.

Absences:

We realise that during this period, absence will be unavoidable. Whilst we hope everyone is able to keep safe and well, we ask that you please let us know if you are unwell or unable to participate in any online learning. You can inform your subject leader or student services. There may be some staff absence too and we would ask that you bear with us whilst we ensure your teaching can continue. We will do our very best to make sure sessions are delivered.

Personal Tutoring:

This will be delivered remotely on a one-to-one basis. Staff will still offer SAMs appointments and will conduct them remotely. Similarly, your Academic Coach will continue to support level 4 students remotely. Contact Sarah.Zacharek@wlv.ac.uk

Events:

You will note that, following the Government’s advice, all large events have now been cancelled or postponed. Every effort will be made to keep you up to date with the rescheduling of these events.

Keeping in touch:

We realise that not everyone will have access to the kind of equipment required to participate in remote learning: if this is the case, we would ask that you contact us and let us know so that we can continue to support you through your studies using other means.