School of Social Sciences
BSocSc Sociology Step-by-step guide to Welcome Week DONâ€™T FORGET TO BRING IT WITH YOU! 1
You’ll have lots to do this week so if you need help just ask! These are the people who will be your first line of support:
BSocSc Sociology Programme Director: Gemma Edwards 3.028 Arthur Lewis Building Tel: +44 (0)161 275 4902 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate Administrative Support: William Start Undergraduate Support Office, Arthur Lewis Building Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3953 Email: email@example.com
Academic Advisors You’ll meet your Academic Advisor in Welcome Week. Your Advisor will assist you on a range of issues throughout your time at University so it’s a good idea to make a note of their contact details and the date of your first meeting.
Academic Advisor: Meeting:
Peer Mentors You’ll also meet your Peer Mentor this week. The Mentors are second or third years so they’ve been through everything you’re going through now. They’re a great source of support and they’ll be there to help you survive your first year in Manchester.
You’ll see a lot of people around campus wearing “AskMe” badges this week. They want to help so don’t be afraid to ask them questions.
There will also be “Ask Me” desks and signs around campus so if you get lost just head for the nearest help point.
Welcome to Manchester Welcome to the University of Manchester and to the Discipline Area of Sociology! Your university experience begins here! We hope that your time at university will prove enjoyable, stimulating, and rewarding. We understand that these first few weeks can seem a little daunting, so the activities that are organised during Welcome Week are aimed at helping you adapt and adjust. Believe us when we say that you will very quickly find your feet. For now, take the time to read through this brochure carefully, along with the other materials enclosed. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions when we meet on 16 September. In the meantime though, feel free to contact either myself or the undergraduate administrator for Sociology: William Start, if you have any urgent questions.Â
Dr Gemma Edwards
BSocSc Sociology Programme Director
Where to find us The Undergraduate Support Office is based on the ground floor of the Arthur Lewis Building (No. 36 on Campus Map). The Social Sciences UG team of administrators and support staff are based in this office and they will be your first point of contact for any queries. The UG Support Office is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm during term time and 10am and 4pm during holidays. All academic staff are based in the Arthur Lewis and Humanities Bridgeford Street (No. 35 on Campus Map) buildings. In the Arthur Lewis Building: Social Anthropology are based on the second floor, Economics and Sociology on the third floor and Philosophy and Politics are located on the 4th Floor. In Humanities Bridgeford Street: Social Statistics staff are based on the ground and first floors. For students taking BMAN courses, the MBS Undergraduate team are based in Manchester Business School East (No. 26 on Campus Map). If you are taking Law course units, the Law Teaching Support Office is in room 3.05 in the Williamson Building (No. 52 on Campus Map).
Welcome Week 2013 Have you completed Registration? If not go to the Crucial Guide and do this first! http://bit.ly/ crucialwelcome
Your 5 steps through Welcome Week 1. Go along to Introductory Meetings, Unismart, Library tutorials and Social Events This week you’ll have lots of opportunities to meet staff and students from your degree programme and you’ll be given vital information to get you through your time at University. At the introductory meetings you’ll meet your Academic Advisors and Peer Mentors and get an idea of what’s ahead of you in the next 3 years on your degree programme. Unismart will tell you what it’s like to be a student. The Library tutorials will set you up for success in your studies and the social events are a great chance to make friends. Your Welcome Week Schedule is on page 5.
2. Complete Course Unit Selection You’ll need to select your course units this week. There are lots of course units on offer so don’t miss the Options talks and the Course Unit Registration drop in sessions. For full details on choosing and enroling on your course units see pages 7 to 13.
3. Financial Registration If you have had any problems with online financial registration go along to Whitworth Hall between 9am and 5pm any day this week and the Student Services Team will be on hand to help you out.
4. Pick up your student card Your student card is your Student ID and your library card so make sure you collect it as soon as possible. You can pick up your student card from any of the locations listed in the Crucial Guide. International Student Check In – Whitworth Corridor (9am to 5pm all week) Tier 4 students - don’t forget that as part of our checks for UKBA we are required to see original copies of your academic documents on your arrival at Manchester. Please remember to bring the original copies of the qualifications listed on your CAS as well as your English Language qualification. You’ll need to Check In before you collect your student card.
5. Health and Safety Induction Course We want to make sure that you stay safe during your 3 years in Manchester so we ask you to complete a Health and Safety Induction Course (SOCS11230) and obtain a “pass”. The course is online and you will be able to access it via Blackboard (through My Manchester) as soon as you have registered.
Societies University isn’t all work, work, work! Joining a society is a great way to make friends and can help you to make the most of your three years in Manchester. For more information go along to the Student’s Union Societies and Sports Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday at Manchester Academy (No. 68 on Campus Map) or check out the website at http:// manchesterstudentsunion.com/groups.
Welcome Week 2013 Monday 16 September 2.00 - 4.45pm
Welcome to Sociology Humanities Bridgeford This meeting will cover degree regulations, course unit choices Street, G32 and give you a chance to meet your student representatives.
Tuesday 17 September 12.00 - UniSmartTM 1.30pm
Lecture Theatre B University Place (Campus Map 37)
Wednesday 18 September First Year Options meetings in Lecture Theatre B, University Place. 9.00am
Maths and Stats
Accounting and Finance
Course Unit Registration Drop In
1.00 - 4.00pm
UG Computer Clusters Arthur Lewis Building
Thursday 19 September 11.00am - Resources for learning/ Mock lecture 1.00pm 2.30 - 3.00pm
Simon Building Lecture theatre 3 (3.40)
Group meetings with Academic Advisors You will be given details of your Academic Advisor and the pre-arranged meeting with them at the ‘Welcome to Sociology’ session on Monday.
3.00 - Meet your Peer Mentors 4.00pm
Venue tbc (see Welcome Pack)
Aardvark Cafe, St Peter’s
If a venue is not given for a particular event please go to www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/ undergraduate/prearrival/ for further information.
City Bus tours See the sights of Manchester on a City Bus Tour. The tours will run each day during Welcome Week from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm. For booking and tour information go to www.welcome.manchester.ac.uk
The BSocSc Sociology Programme The programme for the Sociology degree encourages students to develop their sociological interests and academic capabilities by providing a foundation in social theory and social research methods alongside a range of courses on key sociological topics.
Your Programme Structure In each year there are a number of course units which you are required to take and you also have a range of additional optional course units to choose from. You must take 120 credits as follows: Code Title
The following 60 credits of compulsory courses SOCY10440
Researching Culture and Society
From Modernity to Postmodernity I
From Modernity to Postmodernity II
and 60 further credits approved by Sociology including at least 40 of the following SOCY10451
Media, Self & Imagined Community
Media, Culture and Society
Sociology of Personal Life
British Society in a Globalising World
Work, Organisations and Society
Course Unit Selection: Research Your Course Units
When youâ€™re trying to decide on a Free Choice Option remember you should be looking for a first year course which is open to all students.
Interpreting Course Unit Codes Each course unit has a code containing four items of information:
E C O N 1 0 0 7 1 The First Four Letters: The Discipline area providing the course E.g.: ECON = Economics POLI = Politics BMAN = Finance SOCY = Sociology MATH = Maths LAWS = Law PHIL = Philosophy HIST = History SOST=Social Statistics CARS = Careers
The First Number: The level (or year) in which the course is taught.
The Second Third And Fourth Numbers: The actual course number
The Last Number: Indicates the semester in which the course is taught E.g.: 1 for semester one 2 for semester two 0 for a course unit taught all year (in both semesters)
Course units IN the School of Social Sciences School Options Session At the Options meetings on the Wednesday of Welcome Week, members of academic staff from each subject area will give you an overview of the course units available to you in your first year. An informed choice of first year units is very important so make sure you attend the meetings for any subjects in which you may be interested. First Year Options meetings are listed on page 5.
Academic Staff If you need additional information on a course you can contact the course convenor directly. Contact details for all academic members of staff are listed on the School’s intranet site at http://staffprofiles.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/StaffList.aspx?ou=I3041
Peer Mentors There are lots of optional course units to choose from so speak to the people who did them last year. Your Mentor will be able to give you all the facts on everything from Macroeconomics to Media, Culture and Society.
Online The Course Unit Database provides info on all for all SoSS course units. www.socialsciences. manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/modules
Course units OUTSIDE the School of Social Sciences You’ll find a full list if course units across the Faculty of Humanities at: http://courses.humanities. manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/#all When selecting options, whether from or outside Social Sciences, always check the course web page for the unit you’re interested in. Remember to check the following
Does the course unit have any co and/or pre-requisites? Are there restrictions on the course unit or is it open to all students? Can you enrol on the course immediately OR do you have to complete a free choice form and have it signed by the department that runs the course unit?
Other Options: The University College offers courses that showcase the research and knowledge found at the University and encourages students to go beyond the boundaries of their degree programme. www.college.manchester.ac.uk Language Courses (LEAP). If you wish to sign up for a language course, you will be allocated according to the level you have already attained – beginner, intermediate, advanced. LEAP can be found in the South Wing of the Samuel Alexander Building (Campus Map 67). Languages available: http://www.langcent.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/leap/ If you are accepted onto a Language course, Andres Lozoya (the LEAP Administrator) will enrol you onto the Student System, so there will be no need to register on the course unit yourself.
Things to remember when choosing course units Check Your Programme Structure When choosing your course units please pay careful attention to your Programme Structure and make sure that you have selected course units in all the appropriate sections.
Balancing your workload
Before you enrol on your course units think about the amount of units you’ll have in each semester. In each year you will be taking courses wortha total of 120 credits. These may be single semester modules (worth either 10 or 20 credits, depending on there intensity) or year long courses (worth 20 credits). You’ll normally have an even split of credits across the two semesters i.e. 60 credits in each semester. You are allowed to have a slight imbalance between semesters, so that you are taking 50/70 or 70/50 across semesters one and two.
If your course unit selection doesn’t meet the degree requirements, for content or balance of units, you’ll have to change your course units. If you don’t select the correct course units first time around you may struggle to get on courses later so if you are unsure ask!
Choose your course units early Some courses fill up very quickly so sign up for your course units as soon as possible during Welcome Week. It’s not always possible to get your first choice but the earlier you complete course unit selection; the more likely you are to be successful.
Waiting Lists All Discipline Areas within the School of Social Sciences operate waiting lists for popular course units. If you can’t get onto a course unit because it’s full email your Programme Administrator and they will add you to the waiting list. Lists are checked daily and where possible extra tutorials will be offered to meet demand for places. However, being added to a waiting list is not a guarantee of enrolment on the course. You should always choose another course unit in case a place does not become available.
Permission Do you have permission to choose free choice units? If you do your course units may need to be approved by either your Academic Advisor or your Programme Director. Check your Programme Structure for more information.
Timetables You can’t select two course units that have lectures at the same time so make sure you check your timetable. Timetables for SoSS can be found at: www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/intranet/ug/useful/ Use the blank timetables in this guide to work out when your lectures are and what spaces on your timetable are free for optional course units.
Course Unit Selection: Enrolment Once you’ve chosen your course units you need to enrol on them and choose tutorial groups through the on-line student system. You need to complete course unit selection by 22nd September 2013 . You can log into the Student System through My Manchester at http://my.manchester.ac.uk (You will need your username and password to log in.) Course Unit Selection is easier if you think about it in two stages.
Stage One You will already be enrolled on lectures for some of your course units so for these courses you only have to select a tutorial group. For these course units you are currently enrolled in tutorial zero (TU0) or seminar zero (SEM0). This is just a holding group so you need to select a live tutorial group i.e. one that has a day and date attached to it. When you access your student system, you use the Edit tab to change your tutorial.
Stage Two You will need to select both a lecture and a tutorial for any additional course units you wish to take. When you access your student system, you use the Add tab to enrol on a lecture and tutorial. We’ve included a Quick Guide to Course Unit Selection on the next page of this booklet. You can find full instructions on how to select course units at http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/ intranet/ug/registration/ (Full Guide to Course Unit Selection)
Confused? Don’t worry. We’ll be holding a drop-in session on Wednesday afternoon so come along if you need help selecting your course units. Course Unit Drop-In: 18th September 2013 1.00 - 4.00pm UG Computer Clusters (Arthur Lewis Building)
Course Unit Selection: a guide to adding your courses on Self Service http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial-guide/academic-life/registration/cus/ Log into the Student System (aka Campus Solutions), through your My Manchester http://my.manchester.ac.uk/ Enter your Central User Name and Password and click LOG IN. Once you are logged in, click on the MY SERVICES tab and click on the STUDENT SYSTEM link Click on STUDENT CENTER Select ENROLL. Ensure you are in the ADD tab Select the 2013-14 Academic Year Ensure that the CLASS SEARCH radio button is selected, and click SEARCH Select a Course Subject e.g. Economics, Politics, Social Anthropology etc. from the drop-down menu The course number is the 5 digit number that appears in the course code e.g. ECON10441 or SOAN30601. Then click SEARCH You will need to select the LECTURE component (unless otherwise advised) – normally defined as ‘LEC’ in the Section – by clicking on Select Class You will be prompted to add a tutorial/workshop/seminar etc. There may be more classes to choose from than initially appear on screen – if there are you should click VIEW ALL SECTIONS. Click the radio button to the left of the option you wish to add. Then click NEXT The next screen will show what you have chosen. You are not enrolled yet, click NEXT The next screen will confirm your selection, now you can add more classes, or to finish, click PROCEED TO STEP 2 OF 3 To end the enrolling process click FINISH ENROLLING (you can come back later and add more if you wish). YOU ARE NOT ENROLLED until you click this button. You will now be notified if the enrolment was a success. If you receive an error message, it could be for a number of reasons; A class requires special consent from the discipline area who owns the course. You must contact the relevant School office to get consent. A class (lecture or tutorial) is already full. If this is the case you will have seen a blue square symbol when selecting the class, and also get an error message when you try to finish enrolling. There is a time conflict.
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Online Resources Sociology Hub
The Hub is a multi programme Blackboard space open to students studying Sociology. Regular announcements will keep you up to date with everything that is happening. This should be your first stop for everything you need to know about Sociology including: Course Unit Selection Info Contact Info Programme Handbooks You can access the Hub from your Blackboard homepage under the ‘My communities’ tab. You log into Blackboard through My Manchester http://my.manchester.ac.uk
School of Social Sciences Intranet
Everything you need to know about registration, assessment, exams, timetables and other useful information can be found on the SoSS intranet site at http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/ intranet/ug/ Your username: facstud Password: tennis
My Manchester gives you access to key information, tools and services to support you over the next three years. This includes email, University news, course unit selection and Blackboard. You need your username and password to log into My Manchester. http://my.manchester.ac.uk
Stay connected wherever you are by downloading iManchester to your Smartphone for free. It helps you find your way around campus, search for your nearest café, locate your nearest PC Cluster and much more! See more at: http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/it-services/gettingstarted/imanchester/
The Crucial Guide You can access the Crucial Guide through My Manchester (through the ‘My Campus Life’ tab) and it is an excellent source of essential advice, information and guidance.
AskMe This A-Z index covers all aspects of student support and gives you access to a range of common student queries. You can access AskMe through My Manchester.
All students are allocated a university of manchester email address upon registration. It is vital that you check your university email account regularly as we send a lot of information by this method.
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