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GC LEARNER HANDBOOK 1819

Ruth Ni Bheolain Griffith College Dublin 2018-2019


TABLE OF CONTENTS Learner Charter........................................................................................................................................................ 2 Registration .............................................................................................................................................................. 4 Reception ................................................................................................................................................................. 6 Getting Around Dublin and Getting to Griffith college dublin .............................................................................. 6 The Campus ............................................................................................................................................................. 7 Key People to Know in Your Faculty ....................................................................................................................... 8 Academic Student Services ..................................................................................................................................... 9 Student Records .................................................................................................................................................... 10 Careers Office ........................................................................................................................................................ 10 Student Fees .......................................................................................................................................................... 10 Student Life ............................................................................................................................................................ 12 The Library ............................................................................................................................................................. 14 IT Services .............................................................................................................................................................. 15 Students’ Union and Sports at Griffith College .................................................................................................... 17 Quality assurance and enhancement ................................................................................................................... 19 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ........................................................................................................ 19 Assessments and Examinations ............................................................................................................................ 20 Graduation ............................................................................................................................................................. 25 Alumni .................................................................................................................................................................... 25 Academic Calendar 2018-2019 ............................................................................................................................. 26 Health and Safety .................................................................................................................................................. 27


WELCOME

WELCOME TO GRIFFITH COLLEGE. THIS HANDBOOK CONTAINS USEFUL INFORMATION THAT YOU WILL NEED DURING YOUR TIME AS A STUDENT WITH US. IF YOU CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR HERE, THEN DROP IN TO

STUDENT SERVICES OR YOUR FACULTY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE. YOU CAN ALSO CHECK OUT MOODLE, WHICH PROVIDES A WEALTH OF INFORMATION FOR OUR STUDENT BODY.

GRIFFITH COLLEGE NOW HAS OVER 7,000 STUDENTS WHO ATTEND A BROAD RANGE OF FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME PROGRAMMES INCLUDING UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATES, DIPLOMAS AND DEGREES AS WELL AS POSTGRADUATE AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL PREPARATORY AND SHORT COURSES. WE ARE PROUD OF THE SIZE AND DIVERSITY OF OUR STUDENT BODY AND WELCOME AND RESPECT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS EQUALLY.

ON BEHALF OF ALL STAFF IN THE COLLEGE WE WISH YOU WELL IN YOUR STUDIES AND WE HOPE THAT YOUR TIME IN GRIFFITH COLLEGE FOSTERS SOCIAL, PERSONAL AND ACADEMIC FULFILMENT.

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Learner Charter OUR COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS The College’s Student Charter outlines its commitment to all students in endeavouring to: 

Provide excellent teaching and educational resources to enable students realise their chosen personal and career ambitions

Promote an attainment culture whereby students are encouraged to give of their best

Publicly recognise and celebrate the successes of our students in national and international activities

Provide a welcoming and nurturing environment where all students are treated with respect and dignity

Support and guide students in their academic and personal development towards their educational and personal goals

Embrace the diversity of our students through full inclusion and through the provision of equal opportunities for advancement to all

Provide equality of educational opportunity regardless of personal characteristics and differences

Provide for continuous improvement through the active consideration of feedback from students, staff, alumni, employers and other external stakeholders

YOUR COMMITMENT TO GRIFFITH

As a Griffith College student, you are asked to observe the College’s Student Charter: 

To be considerate of the needs of fellow students, staff and any authorised visitors to the College

Not to engage in any conduct that is intended or is likely to disrupt teaching, learning, study, research, ceremonies, recreational activities, meetings, examinations, administration or other activities undertaken by or within the College or organised as part of its approved activities

To take responsibility, within student accommodation, for the actions of invited guests

To respect the property of the College and not to use it for unapproved purposes

To respect that some areas of the college are restricted to staff only

To attend classes and commit to the learning process

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Student Etiquette and Guidelines

IN-CLASS AND COMMUNICATION ETIQUETTE

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to comply with the following guidelines when attending lectures and interacting with lecturers and administrative staff in Griffith College:

Your success on your chosen Griffith College programme is enhanced by a variety of learning supports both in-class and through online resources. Your participation and attendance at lectures are critical to ensure you are benefiting from these supports through the duration of your studies, Activities including in-class discussions, simulation exercises and workshops, for instance, depend on participants’ attendance. So, while each learner has a responsibility for organising and managing aspects of their own learning, enrolment on a programme also entails commitment to participation. The nature of participation - whether it is face to face, via the internet, or by some other means - and its scale, will differ between programmes. Full information about the time and location of teaching and assessment arrangements as well as information about your programme’s attendance requirements will be provided by your faculty. We ask that you:  Make sure that you understand and fulfil the attendance requirements for your programme  Keep in contact with your faculty regarding any attendance difficulties

 All mobile phones must be switched to ‘silent’ mode or switched off during lectures and may not be used or viewed during lectures  You are prohibited from recording lectures or any staff or student activity on campus without consent.  Students are asked to respect the start time of lectures as late arrivals can disrupt the concentration of others.  All emails between you and academic/administrative staff of the College are formal in nature. T As lecturers have varied working hours, please be aware that there may be a delay in their response. Lecturers normally publish contact hours to indicate when they are available to meet with learners.  You are expected to be courteous and polite to others inside and outside of the classroom at all times while on Griffith College grounds or engaged in an activity with the College.  Should you need to leave a lecture early, it is polite to excuse yourself to your lecturer (preferably before the commencement of the lecture)  It is not permissible to come to lectures intoxicated.

Understand that any sustained period of unexplained or unauthorised absence or lack of participation will have to be investigated and may be subject to disciplinary procedures and / or reported to the relevant authorities if applicable.

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Registration

The function of registration is to ensure that Griffith College has full and accurate records for each student. All students must register online before programme commencement. Online registration allows students to pay fees, seek tax relief and access essential college resources such as Moodle. It also ensures you are registered with the validating body. Students who do not register cannot successfully participate in college life, cannot take examinations and will not be able to graduate. Registration can be completed by logging to www.my.griffith.ie. Once you have completed registration and paid your fees, you will be entitled to access the services provided by the College to its students. New students can log in to www.my.griffith.ie using the 7 digit reference number found on your offer letter. Your password is your date of birth in the format day/month/year. For example, if your date of birth is the 1st of June 1990 you would use 01/06/1990 including the forward slashes. Returning students can log in to www.my.griffith.ie using your Moodle username and password. Should you have any queries in relation to the registration process please email registration@griffith.ie.

Personal Details If you find an error in your personal details after registering, or something changes after you have completed registration, you can update much of your personal details on www.my.griffith.ie. If you are unable to update your details on www.my.griffith.ie, inform your faculty programme administrator. They will issue you a Learner Record Amendment Form (LRAF) to facilitate your request and will liaise with the registration on your behalf to update your records. You can also download LRAFs from Moodle. Please note that your name will appear on your graduation certificate, or parchment, as it currently appears on your college platforms such as MyGriffith.ie, Moodle etc. Your parchment is a valuable legal document produced by our awarding body, QQI. It is very important that your personal details are accurate.

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The Right to Refuse Admission The College reserves the right to refuse admission to any of its programmes of study at its absolute discretion. The College reserves the right to make all appropriate enquiries of any applicant and of any student who has been admitted. If an applicant or student fails to disclose any information that in the view of the College could affect the health and safety of others, the College reserves the right to refuse admission or to require the student to withdraw from a programme of study, as the case may be. De-registration The College reserves the right to de-register or withdraw students in the case of poor attendance, inadequate or inappropriate participation in class, or if found in breach of any College regulation or policy. Once deregistered, you forfeit all claims to a place in class and to College facilities. Deferrals If you wish to apply for a deferral you must complete a LRAF and submit it to your faculty programme administrator to be approved by your Programme Director. If approved, your Programme Director will outline the conditions of the deferral and submit your LRAF to your faculty Programme Administrator for processing. There are a few different types of deferral: 1. Programme Deferral; if you wish to defer your full programme of study until the next academic year. 2. Module Deferral; if you wish to defer one module of your programme until the next academic year. 3. Component Deferral; In the event that you need to defer your assessment to the next exam sitting due to extenuating circumstances such as illness you will need to seek a component deferral. In the event that your deferral request is unsuccessful you will have the right to appeal the decision. You can find more information on the appeals process in section QAE15 of the Griffith Quality Assurance and Enhancement manual available on Moodle. Registration for Supplemental Exams and Assignments If you have failed or did not complete a subject during the academic year, you are required to retake the subject at the supplemental sitting that is normally held in August. You will be automatically re-registered by the College for this sitting and invoiced for any relevant repeat fees by the Student Fees Office.

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Reception The College’s Reception team provides assistance and direction to students in relation to room locations and scheduled classes. Reception is open from 8.30am-8:30pm Monday-Friday, and 9.00am-3:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during semester. Opening hours vary outside term-time. Please note that Reception staff cannot accept coursework on behalf of a Faculty, nor can they provide a messaging service on behalf of students, except in emergency situations. GETTING AROUND DUBLIN AND GETTING TO GRIFFITH COLLEGE DUBLIN

Dublin Bus services operate 7 days a week from 6:30am and run until approximately 11.30pm Monday to Saturday. Times can vary on Sundays and Bank Holidays. For details on timetabling and fares you can visit www.dublinbus.ie. The 68 and 122 buses stop right outside Griffith College. The 9, 16, 49 and 54a also stop near the

college.

Dublin Bus also operates a late night bus service called Nitelink. Tickets can be bought with coins only or can be prepaid on the Dublin Bus website.

The Luas is a tram service which has two stops within 15 minute walk of the college on Harcourt St and in Rialto. More information can be found at www.luas.ie.

The DART is a suburban rail service with three main stations in the city centre; Pearse Street Station, Tara Street Station and Connolly Station. For more information, please visit www.dart.ie. Taxis can be hailed on the streets or booked through services such as MyTaxi. For safety, always ensure that any taxi you get into has the drivers’ Taxi License, including photo, clearly displayed. Substantial discounts can be earned by applying for a Student Leap Card. Once you have completed your registration go to www.studentleapcard.ie to find out more

Dublin bikes is a self service public bike rental scheme with 40 stations across the city. For full details please go to www.dublinbikes.ie

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The Campus The College’s seven-acre campus has a number of buildings, many of which are of considerable historical significance.

Code Building

A AF

Arthur Griffith Academic Facilities Building

B

B Block

C

C Block

Purpose

Reception Library / lecture theatres Bar / restaurant Auditorium Classrooms Corporate Suite Centre for Promoting Academic Excellence Lecturers Room (B008) Leinster School of Music & Drama Fitness Room Design Faculty Lecture rooms

Code

Building

D

M

Daniel O’Connell Griffith Halls of Residence James Stephens Meagher

R

Richmond

G

JS

W

Purpose

Lecture rooms/ Student Services/Faculty Offices Accommodation Block 1 Accommodation Block 2 Accommodation Office Computer laboratories Lecture rooms Students’ Union

Photography, Sound, Studios Wellington Lecture rooms IT Services

Radio

Understanding Room Names: Room Name A004 JS201 D213

Building A – Arthur Griffith JS – James Stephens D – Daniel O’Connell

Floor Ground – 0 Second – 2 Second - 2

Room No 04 01 13

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Key People to Know in Your Faculty Programme

Administrators

manage

the

administrative

functions and relevant issues relating to your studies. These Programme Administrator include

your

attendance

record,

assignment

results,

examination results and certified absences. Your

Programme

Director/Faculty

Head

has

primary

responsibility for all academic matters in relation to the delivery and assessment of your programme. Programme Faculty Head/Programme Director Directors and Faculty Heads in conjunction with your Faculty Administrator handle all requests for deferrals and student progression issues. Most class groups are appointed a Year Head from the academic faculty staff. The Year Head is responsible for the smooth delivery of your programme. In particular, they Year Head

maintain strong communication links between the faculty, students and lecturers in a particular year. Year Heads assist Programme Directors/ Faculty Heads by providing a similarly supportive role to students within a particular class/group. Lecturers have primary responsibility for delivering the individual modules of your programme. Should you encounter

Lecturers & Tutors any difficulties with a particular module the lecturer is the first person you should contact.

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ACADEMIC STUDENT SERVICES The Academic Student Services office provides a range of academic administrative supports, to both staff and students, in dealing with the student life cycle including admissions, registration, exams, graduation and student records. We are committed to providing high quality services and support. The Student Services Office is located in D209 the 2nd floor of the Daniel O’Connell Building. “Students are at the core of every centre of learning. Griffith College wants to ensure that all of our learners feel supported through their entire educational journey; from application to registration and beyond. The Student Services office aims to provide students with tangible administrative supports while completing their studies. Here you will find our admissions, registration, examinations, graduation and student records officers. We have an open door policy during our listed opening hours and are happy to assist with any queries you may have.” During Semester Opening Hours are as follows, times may vary during summer months: Monday

10.00 – 18.30

Tuesday

10.00 – 18.30

Wednesday

10.00 – 18.30

Thursday

10.00 – 18.30

Friday

10.00 – 16.00

Saturday/Sunday

Closed

Contact us:

Email

Ext.

Head of Academic Administration

ailish.finucane@griffith.ie

486

Admissions

admissions@griffith.ie

411

Registration

registration@griffith.ie

348

Examinations

examinations@griffith.ie

485

Graduation

graduation@griffith.ie

459

Student Records

studentrecords@griffith.ie 337

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STUDENT RECORDS The Griffith College Student Records Office houses all academic graduate student records. Award Verifications, Educational Verifications for career screening and duplicate academic documents can be requested through the Student Services Office which can be contacted at studentrecords@griffith.ie. Further information can be found on https://www.griffith.ie/offices/alumni/services/request-documents CAREERS OFFICE Griffith College Careers Office is located in room D202 and is committed to providing Careers Supports to all students. For Students there are career resources which include CV/Cover Letter Templates, Interview Tips, and Guides to using Social Media for your Job Search, Careers Appointments, Job Vacancies and News & Events. For Employers we provide a Free Vacancy Advertisement Service to our Students. The Careers Office is here to help you make the transition from college to the world of work. You can book a One to One Careers Appointment online at https://www.griffith.ie/offices/careers/students/career-coachingappointment to discuss CV’s, Cover Letters, Interview Preparation and general Career Guidance

Springboard + Careers Advice Sean Martin is available Monday to Friday from 9.30-5.00pm in C013 to advise on career and progression opportunities for learners enrolled on Springboard+ programmes. Drop him a line on sean.martin@griffith.ie and arrange to meet with him to review your career. Student Fees The Student Fees office manages all student accounts and payment of fees. We have a number of policies that govern fee-payment procedures in the College. All of our Student Fees policies and procedures are briefly outlined below. The Student Fees Office (D006) is open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm. STUDENT FEE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES  Payment is due in full before commencement of term, unless you have an approved Direct Debit arrangement with us.  A Registration Fee of €250.00 is applicable each academic year.  Fines are strictly imposed for late payment of fees.

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 Please note that should your student account fall into arrears at any point during the academic year, access to certain

Payment Options

college facilities e.g. access to Moodle, Library facilities etc. will be suspended. Should your account remain in arrears, further sanctions may be imposed by the College, including but not limited to removal from class, non-correction of assignments and denial of access to examinations. The College also retains the right not to register you with the relevant awarding body.  It is college policy not to refund fees under any circumstances.  Should you commence a programme and subsequently withdraw or defer from the programme at any stage of the academic year, full fees remain due at that point. In the event that you have to repeat a full year of a programme, the fee applicable will be the standard programme fee for the academic year in which the student repeats the year. REPEAT MODULES 

In the event that you are repeating one or more modules and are required to attend class for that module/s, the standard module fee is applicable.

In the event that you are repeating one or more modules and are not required to attend class for the module/s, the fee applicable is €120.00 per module.

Students classified for fee purposes as Non EU on application shall retain that fee status and continue to pay Non EU fees for the duration of their programme following admission, whether studying full-time or part-time and irrespective of holding a work permit or change of status of visa.

Tax relief on tuition fees paid is available on a number of programmes. Further details are available from the revenue website, which can be accessed at www.revenue.ie or

You may pay your fees using any of the methods mentioned below: Pay On-line using credit or debit card at www.gcd.ie/payonline . Pay by Bank Giro form at any Ulster Bank or Allied Irish Bank. Giro forms must be collected from the Student Fees office. Pay by Bank Draft/Cheque/Postal Order made payable to Griffith College Dublin. Students can pay in person during office hours or post to the following address: The Student Fees Office Griffith College Dublin South Circular Road Dublin 8 Please state your name and student number on the back side of the bank draft/cheque/postal order. Pay by Bank Transfer Please remember to quote your name and student number on all payment transfers to the college. Bank Name: Ulster Bank, 27-35 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin Account Name: Bellerophon Ltd. Account No.: 81754544 Sort Code: 98-53-30 Swift/BIC Code: ULSBIE2D IBAN No.:IE91 ULSB 985330 81754544 Pay by Direct Debit – students should refer to the following link for full information on how to apply for this facility – www.gcd.ie/directdebitrequest  studentfees@griffith.ie  +353 1 4150493

alternatively contact Lo-Call 1890 306706.

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Student Life Accommodation The College is delighted to be able to offer high quality accommodation on campus to over 650 students. Griffith Halls enjoys 24-hour security delivering a safe, secure environment for residents. For more information, you can contact the Accommodation Office on +353 1 4163 320 or visit their website at www.ghr.ie. The Student’s Union can also offer you advice about how to find accommodation off campus and within the Dublin area. Students Union staff can be contacted on +353 1 4150 418 or visit the SU building located next to the main gate of the College. Health Services DR. KEVIN O’FLYNN

HARCOURT HEALTH CENTRE

South Circular Road, Dublin 8

Combined GP and Dental practice at the junction of Camden Street Upper and Harcourt Road

GP/Family Doctor affiliated with the college and located beside the campus

General Practice Opening Times:

Dental Opening Times:

Mon: 8am – 7pm Opening Times Monday to Friday: Tues: 8am – 7pm Drop in Facility 9:30 am- 11.30am Wed: 8am – 7pm Thurs: 12pm – 7pm Afternoon by appointment only Fri: 8am-6pm

Mon: Tues: Wed: Thurs:

8am – 7pm 8am -6pm 8am – 5pm: 12noon – 5pm

Fri:

8am -1pm

 01 454 1357 239

Dentist  + 353 1 475 9551

Doctor +353 1 475 9544

Counselling A counselling service is available to all students. The first 6 sessions are free of charge. The meetings take place off campus on the Crumlin Road (Dublin 12) providing anonymity for students who wish to avail of this service.

Make an Appointment:  counselling@griffith.ie

You can call, text or email to book an appointment Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm with an aim to appointments being available within 24 hours.

 085 152 1511  Visit the Students’ Union

Wellness Supports From students to staff, we have support available for every member of our community. Whether it's your first time living away from home, you need help getting through exams, or you just need a little push to be a better you, we'll help you find the tools that can help. Visit Griffith.ie/supports to find wellness support on topics such as:   

Health promotion & Wellbeing Stress management Reading for Wellness

  

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International Office The International Office is located on the ground floor of the Academic Facilities Building (AF105). The International Office acts as a resource for international students in the College. You can e-mail the International Office at international@griffith.ie or visit the office during their contact hours (9.30-17.30 Monday - Friday). The International Office will assist you in applying for a PPS number, opening a bank account and renewing visas. SPECIAL NOTE ON ATTENDANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Apart from College regulations on attendance, the Irish Department of Justice Guidelines outline that International students must maintain an attendance level of 80% or more for the duration of their programme. Any attendance level lower than 80% is not acceptable. The International Office also monitors attendance on a regular basis to ensure that all International students adhere to this regulation. If there is a valid reason for non-attendance, you are required to provide an explanation along with any relevant documentation to your Faculty Administrator and also send a copy of this documentation to the International Office. In this case, certified or documented absences will not affect your attendance record. VISA EXTENSION LETTER REQUESTS This service is only provided by the International Office. Students must apply for a Visa Extension letter using the on-line letter ordering systemwww.gcdinternationaloffice.ie. Having completed the letter ordering process, you will automatically receive an email giving the date you must call to the International Office to sign off on your request. When doing so, you will be given your attendance rate and the date after which you may go to the Garda National Immigration Bureau to renew your visa. It is imperative that you have a valid email address when using the on-line letter ordering system. You should apply for a Visa Extension letter a minimum of 21 days prior to your visa expiring. Catering on Campus Arthur's Bar & Restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Academic Facilities building and is run by Compass Group Ireland. Several healthy, nutritious and well balanced meal options are available to suit all budgets and lifestyles. Daily menu choices include the "Classic Counter" serving traditional home cooked foods, such as casseroles, Lasagne, Pies; "Healthy Options" for the Calorie conscious, including a daily fresh Salad Bar and Juicer; "Live Action" for stir fry, chargrilled and theatre style cooking. Our “Global Counter” touches on foods from around the world, Asian, Indian, Mexican, Caribbean, & European. Arthur’s “Sandwich Deli Bar” serves freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps, baps and bagels with great daily Meal Deal Offers. Arthurs Café Bar houses a Starbucks Coffee Counter and a Subway Sandwich Counter. A prepaid Meal Plan account is also available at Arthurs. All Meals are pre-paid at a discounted rate, at the start of each semester. Visit their Facebook Page to keep up with offers. 13 | P a g e


The Library All the library staff are there to help with your information needs during your time as a Griffith College student. They can assist you with sourcing information for your assignments and dissertation including access to books, journals and databases. They are there to facilitate you, so please feel free to consult them at any time. The Library Collection includes books, journals, dissertations, music manuscripts, CDs, videos, DVDs and computer software as well as online journals and databases for all faculties. Colour printing, scanning and photocopying facilities are also available within the library. Inter-Library Loans We encourage you to contact the College Librarian if you are finding it difficult to source a particular textbook or article. If we do not carry it within our own resources, we will Contacting the library:

be happy to see if we can source it through our contacts. For more

 Librarians@griffith.ie

detailed information on any of our resources and how to get the

 +353 1 415 0490

most out of them as well as general information on library policies

 Visit Moodle

you can access our information page through Moodle.

Library Opening Hours During semester

Outside semester

Monday - Friday:

8:30am - 9:30pm

Monday - Friday:

10am - 8pm

Saturdays:

10am - 6pm

Saturdays:

10am 6pm

We will open on Sundays during exam times; details will be posted closer to the exams. Please note: Library opening hours may change from time to time, so keep an eye on new notices in the Library, on our information page on Moodle and on Facebook STUDENT CARDS You will be given a new student card at the beginning of the academic year. As part of the online registration process, you are asked to upload a recent photograph of yourself, taken in the last 6 months. This photo will be used to produce your student card. Once your student card has been printed, you will receive an email advising you to collect your card from the College Library. You will be asked to present your student card to gain entry to the examinations halls and you should carry your card with you whilst on campus. If you need a replacement student card, please contact studentcard@griffith.ie. 14 | P a g e


IT Services IT Services aims to provide efficient and professional IT support to staff and students at Griffith College. Griffith College IT Services encompasses a dedicated Support team running the IT Help Desk and a 2nd level support team which manages all hosted services for all students (including Cork and Limerick), for e.g. Moodle our learning management system, student email, websites etc. Your Griffith Username and Password Once you are fully registered you should be able to log on to all of the Griffith College systems. Your username is your student number and your password is your date of birth e.g. 28/05/1983. Note that if you change your password on one system this will not be reflected in the others. MyGriffith, Student Intranet, College Website and Email MyGriffith will be your central resource for all your online college needs during your time with us. Through this site you will be able to access all your Griffith Online services including Moodle, student email, and online payments. The site will also provide you with access to your current and past exam results. You will be able to update your personal information. For example, in the event of a change of address or phone number simply update your details online here. Moodle is Griffith College’s Student Learning Management System. It is the main resource for your programme information. Here, you will find all the information on your programme and subjects including past exam papers, class notes and exam timetables, assignments, access to information databases and college regulations. You will also find procedures and academic forms. Student Email All students are assigned a college email account. This account will be for not only for the duration of your attendance at Griffith, but will continue as a Griffith Alumni member. It also gives you access online storage (OneDrive) and to use and download Microsoft Office. If you would like all communications from the college to come to this account please login to MyGriffith and change your email address there.

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Computers, Printing & Photocopying Currently over 250 Windows PCs, 135 Mac PCs and 50 laptops located across 14 computer laboratories, offer industry standard software for student tuition. W004 - OPEN ACCESS PCS W004 is commonly referred to as the 'open lab'. It has 20 Dell PCs that are available for general use by all students in the college. All PCs are configured to print to the print centre W003. There are also 20 laptop stations with power sockets and Wi-Fi available.

The lab is open: Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday

9:00 - 21:30 9:15 - 17:30 10:00 - 17:30

LOGGING IN: To log on to a PC, enter your student number as your username and your date of birth as your password (if you have not changed it). If you have difficulties logging on you can have your password reset at the library issue desk or at the IT office.

LIBRARY - OPEN ACCESS PCS There are 12 open access PCs in the main Library section. These are all configured to print to the print centre in the Library. Logging onto these PCs is the same as logging onto the PCs in W004. PRINTING - WHERE CAN I PRINT? There are two printing locations in the college: Wellington Building - W003 - There are a total of 6 printers here including 1 colour. Library - There are 3 black and white and 1 colour printer in the library. More info is available on www.griffith.ie/printing

WIFI Eduroam is a secure service that allows roaming research and educational users to more easily obtain wireless network access at participating sites. For full information please see www.griffith.ie/wifi For convenience a tool is available to configure your connection for you at https://cat.eduroam.org/. Simply click 'Download your Eduroam Installer' then choose Griffith College from the list presented. Select whether you are a student or staff member and click 'Download your Eduroam installer'. iOS users can use the link above. For Android users the Eduroam CAT tool is available from the Play Store.

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Students’ Union and Sports at Griffith College Griffith College Students’ Union is the representative body for all Griffith College students. As the largest independent College in Ireland, Griffith has placed an emphasis on expanding the Students’ Union in line with the expansion of the College. All students are actively encouraged to become involved so that they can directly influence and organise activities and events. The SU Officers hold full-time sabbatical appointments for a period of one academic year and they are elected by their fellow students every year. The Students’ Union can be contacted by emailing su.president@griffith.ie or alternatively you might prefer to drop into the SU Office, which is open daily from 9.30am to 9pm Mon to Thurs and 9.30am to 5pm on Fridays. The College’s full-time Student Union Manager offers advice on settling into college life and assists in the running of the SU. The Student Union Manager, Paul Walsh, can be contacted by emailing paul.walsh@griffith.ie

PAUL WALSH CLAIRE ASTON JUSTIN GOLDSBOROUGH CLUBCS AND SOCS OFFICER

CONTACT US:

EMAIL

PHONE

SU MANAGER

SU.MANAGER@GRIFFITH.IE

01 4150 497

SU.ENTS@GRIFFITH.IE

085 862 6999

SU.PRESIDENT@GRIFFITH.IE

01 4150 463

SU.SPORTS@GRIFFITH.IE

01 4150 460

SU ASSISTANT MANAGER SU PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND WELFARE OFFICER CLUBS & SOCIETIES OFFICER & VICE PRESIDENT

Griffiti Griffiti is a magazine produced by the Students’ Union. It is produced by the students and with the students’ interests in mind. It concentrates on the activities of the SU, upcoming events, how previous events went, popular culture and issues pertaining to student life. The magazine was founded in 2004 and has been a huge part of the SU ever since.

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Sports and Societies Griffith College Dublin has a range of sports clubs and societies, many of which are organized by students. Current sports clubs include basketball, rugby, soccer (men’s and women’s), volleyball, table tennis, pool, darts, and cricket. To become a member of any Club or Society, just sign up during Freshers’ Week, or contact any Students’ Union Officer for more details. Freshers’ Week takes place in the first week of term, and details for the array of events are available from the Students’ Union Officers. Students are encouraged to approach the Clubs & Societies Officer with any ideas for new clubs and societies. Schedules for all societies and clubs are available from the SU office and are posted on the SU website. Sporting Facilities Griffith College Dublin has use of the nearby Iveagh Grounds sports facilities, which are available to Griffith College students There is also a fitness room on campus that all Griffith College students can avail of. It’s equipped with treadmills, bikes, step-masters, leg curls, rowing machine, abs machines etc. You will be asked for a €50-euro membership fee to join the fitness room (€ 10 deposit and 40 membership/annual fee). You will then be issued a ‘key fob’ and you will also be asked to sign a ‘conditions of use’ form. The fitness room is unsupervised and therefore you must have knowledge of how to use the machines and must take responsibility for your own safety. There is a pool hall on the top floor of the Meagher Building and the SU also has sporting goods available for student use on campus including footballs, basketballs, rugby balls etc. To organise access to the fitness room or borrow any sporting goods (goods may not be borrowed overnight – only during Students’ Union opening hours) from the SU Office simply contact su.sports@gcd.ie or telephone +353 1 4150 460 or by drop into the Students’ Union. You will be asked to leave your student card with the SU Office until the borrowed items are returned

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QUALITY ASSURANCE AND ENHANCEMENT In the context of education ‘quality’ can be defined as the process of delivering on the expectations of, and proposed outcomes for, all stakeholders. This includes Learners, Educators, Accrediting Bodies, Employers, and the Community. In Griffith College, we define this as excellence in all aspects of College activities, from learner application for a programme through to graduation from the programme. Quality Assurance and Enhancement policies and procedures will only be effective if they are supported by all stakeholders. The QAE manual features various policies in relation to assessment and examination monitoring procedures as well as wider college governance. Quality is the responsibility of everyone in the College and the College requires all Learners, Staff and Partners to engage with the process. The College encourages a culture of quality enhancement at all levels. This means inclusiveness in all aspects of Quality Assurance. This includes the involvement of Learners, Academic Staff, External Examiners, Verifiers and Employers. Student Feedback In order to ensure that we provide the very highest standards in terms of educational and other such student services, we ask you to give feedback on both your lecturers and the Colleges services and facilities once per semester. Regular feedback allows you to communicate your opinions on certain aspects of College life and also helps us by providing valuable information for revising, improving and developing the delivery of our programmes. These surveys represent a valuable assessment tool for the College and we take your responses and suggestions very seriously. The Colleges Quality Assurance and Evaluation Manual is available for viewing online: https://www.griffith.ie/about-griffith/griffith-college-qa-manual GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR) The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU regulation which seeks to create a common data protection framework across all members of the EU. At its core, GDPR seeks to protect the rights of consumers and ensure companies are fair and transparent in how they use consumers’ data. GDPR means you as a consumer have more control over your personal data – how it is obtained and processed; as well as providing a range of rights that cover aspects such as accessing and amending your data. Griffith College places great importance on the fair processing of personal data. More information, and access to the College’s data protection policy, can be found online at https://www.griffith.ie/offices/data-protection. For further information, or if you have any concerns about your data, please contact the College’s data protection officer at dpo@griffith.ie.

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Assessments and Examinations Your academic progress at Griffith College is generally assessed through a combination of assignments and examinations. It is the responsibility of every student to acquaint themselves with the College’s rules and regulations governing examinations. All forms and policies referred to in this section are available to download from Moodle. If you have any further questions relating to college assessment procedures, please contact Student Services or the examinations office at examinations@griffith.ie or +353 1 4150 485. Assignments and Projects All course work must be submitted by the appointed deadline. It is college policy not to grant extensions other than in exceptional circumstances. It is important to make and keep a copy of every assignment/ project/ dissertation you submit to the college. Assignments will not be accepted without a signed Assignment Cover Sheet. This coversheet is available on Moodle and should be attached to both hard copy assignments and soft copies submitted through turn-it-in. Examinations For programmes that are divided into semesters, examinations typically take place in January and May. Examinations for linear based programmes are typically held in May. A supplemental examination sitting normally takes place in August. Please refer to Moodle for a full listing of all college regulations regarding examinations, including guidelines on procedures before, after and during examinations. PAST EXAM PAPERS Griffith College is launching a new way to view past exam papers during 2018. Better Examinations Exam Management system allows users to see past papers which have been made available generally to students and staff. Follow the link below for step by step instructions on how to log in and use the new system: https://help.betterexaminations.com/getting-started/accessing-past-exam-papers PROHIBITED MATERIALS You are not permitted to take any material into the exam venue that might give you an unfair advantage over other students. You also may not write notes of any kind on your person. Items that you may not take into an exam include:  Mobile Phones  Dictionaries (sometimes allowed),  MP3 Players/IPods  Computer  Programmable Calculators hardware/software

 Notes of any kind  Text-books  Pencil cases

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Your Results Examinations results are normally available within 4 weeks of the completion of the examinations. You may access your results on my.gcd.ie using your student number and password. Please note that semester results remain provisional until they have been approved at the relevant Exam board at the end of the academic year. Transcripts of results are only issued in hard copy on completion of your programme. It is your responsibility to ensure that the College has your correct address. Any changes to your contact details can be made on mygcd.ie or by contacting your faculty administrator. INTERPRETING RESULTS HOW A MODULE RESULT IS CALCULATED? Each assessment component completed is marked out of 100%, with the minimum pass mark normally set at 40%. The overall result for each module is calculated by multiplying the result achieved in each component by the associated weighting and then adding the results together. Example of how a module result is calculated Module Name

Allocation of Marks

Total 100%

Law of Contract 1

Assignment 30%

Examination 70%

100

Student Name

Result achieved

Result Achieved

Overall result

Charlie Browne

84% (*.3 = 25.2)

65% (*.7 = 45.5)

71% (25.2+45.5)

MODULE GRADES Assessment Grade

Explanation

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Pass

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Pass by Compensation*

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Deferred component – must resubmit/retake at next available sitting

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Result withheld from exam board – contact faculty for further details

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Fail. You must repeat all failed components

NP

Did not present. You must resubmit /retake relevant components

W

Withdrawn at your own request

AW

Withdrawn – College decision

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Exemption granted based on prior learning

APL

Result achieved through prior credited learning

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*PASS BY COMPENSATION In some cases, learners are permitted to pass a module or component within a module by compensation. This is possible when the mark achieved is between (35% - 39%) or (45-49) or according to the pass mark of the programme. RULES FOR PASSING A MODULE BY COMPENSATION: • The learner has been assessed for all modules within the stage. • The learner has not failed any modules within the stage. • The results from all modules are from 1st attempts. •

The learner has achieved the deficit marks in another module within the stage.

RULES FOR PASSING A COMPONENT BY COMPENSATION: • The learner has been assessed for all components within the module • The learner has not failed any component by less than the compensatory pass mark • The result of the overall module is >= the pass mark or the result of the overall module is within the overall compensatory mark and the rules of passing a module by compensation are applicable. HOW AN OVERALL RESULT IS CALCULATED The overall result for each year / stage of your programme is represented by the Percentage Point Average (PPA) achieved within the year / stage. To calculate the PPA, the percentage achieved in each module is multiplied by the credits allocated to the module to determine the Percentage Credit Score. Example of how an overall result is calculated Module

% Achieved

Credits

% Credit Score

Business Policy

60

10

600

Operations Management

65

10

650

Financial Management Buyer Behaviour Management Applications

72 61 45

10 10 10

720 610 450

Project Total Credit Score

50

10

500 3530

The Percentage Credit Scores for each module are added together and divided by the total credits for the year / stage to arrive at the PPA as indicated below Total Percentage Credit Score

=

3530

Total Credits for stage

=

60

Percentage Point Average

=

58.9

To find out the credits allocated to each module associated with your programme, please refer to the approved programme schedule, which can be obtained from your faculty.

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Overall Results

Explanation

Pass

Successfully completed all modules in stage

Fail

Did not complete one or more modules in stage

WHLD

Results withheld from Exam Board – contact faculty for further details

DEF

Deferred one or more components/modules in stage

WDRW

Withdrawn from Programme – students request

AWDRW

Withdrawn from Programmes – College Decision

HOW TO CALCULATE AN AWARD CLASSIFICATION The classification awarded is normally based on the Percentage Point Average achieved in the final stage of the programme. The award classification correlates to the PPA achieved and the Award Classification Bands relevant to your programme of Study. For further information, please contact your Faculty. All awards — other than minor awards and supplemental awards shall be classified A ‘Pass’ classification of an award is a positive statement of achievement. Minor Awards and Special Purpose Awards are normally unclassified. Special-purpose awards which have a volume of at least 60 credits and are comparable to a major award (at the same NFQ level) may have the same classification as the major award. AWARD CLASSIFICATION BANDS Qualification type

PPA

Award Classification

Master’s Degree (NFQ Level 9)

40-59

PASS

60-69

2nd CLASS HONOURS

>=70

1st CLASS HONOURS

40-59

PASS

60-69

MERIT

>=70

DISTINCTION

Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8)

40-49

PASS

Higher Diploma (NFQ Level 8)

49-59

2nd CLASS HONOURS GRADE 2

60-69

2nd CLASS HONOURS GRADE 1

>=70

1st CLASS HONOURS

Certificate, Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6)

40-49

PASS

Degree (NFQ Level 7)

49-59

MERIT GRADE 2

60-69

MERIT GRADE 1

>=70

DISTINCTION

Post Graduate Diploma (NFQ Level 9)

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Exam Boards Examinations Board meetings are normally held twice a year, in June and September. The purpose of the Examinations Board is for External Examiners to review student work and to approve students’ provisional results. WHAT TO DO IF YOU FAIL AN EXAM? WHAT CONSTITUTES A FAIL For most programmes, the pass mark is 40%. If you receive less than 40% in your overall assignment mark and/or your overall examination mark you must resubmit the assignment /retake the exam of the failed component for consideration by the supplemental Exam Board in the autumn at the next available sitting. However, two very important consequences should be noted: Regardless of how well you perform in your repeat exam or assignment the results of that component will be capped at the minimum pass mark. • For most full time programmes, failure in the repeat attempt in any module automatically means you are not normally permitted to progress to the next stage of the award. REVIEW OF RESULTS Students are afforded the opportunity of discussing their assessment results with their lecturer(s). Such consultations or review feedback meetings are aimed at giving guidance to improvements to future performance, and can be very beneficial for revision and repeat preparation. Such requests must be made directly to the Faculty Office within 10 days of the release of results. ADMINISTRATIVE RE-CHECK OF ASSESSMENT RESULTS A re-check refers to the operation of checking the administrative recording and addition of marks and that all attempted parts of the question were marked and that no computational error occurred during the marking process or in the transfer of marks to the results sheet or database; it does not involve any review of assessment performance or the merit of the mark awarded. Request for re-checks must be lodged within five days after the results have been released to MyGriffith by the Examinations Office. The request must be submitted on the appropriate form to the Faculty Administration Office, along with the fee of 100e. In the event of an error being found, which would result in a change to the mark awarded, the fee will be refunded. For more details and access to forms referred to in these sections, please refer to section QA E15 of the Griffith College Quality Assurance and Evaluation Manual or the Exam Papers/Information Section of Moodle.

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Appeal of Results A student wishing to appeal the decision of an Examination Board may do so in accordance with the following conditions: 1.

The learner believes that there was a non-academic irregularity in the manner in which his/her assessments were conducted

2.

The learner wishes to present information of mitigating circumstances which were not known to the Examinations Board. In this case the learner must also show good reason why such circumstances could not have been made known prior to or at the Examination Board meeting.

3.

There is a breach of natural justice.

It is important to note that disagreement with the academic judgement of the Examination Board cannot in itself justify grounds for appeal. All approved marks go through a rigorous internal and external checking and moderation procedure in adherence with Griffith College’s Quality Assurance Controls

Graduation This year more than 1,000 students will graduate from Griffith College with Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI) ICM, BTEC and Griffith College qualifications. The 2018 Graduation Ceremonies will take place oncampus in the Griffith College Conference Centre where, on the day, graduates can look forward to celebrating their achievements with family, friends and staff. Evening entertainment is also provided. Further details of this event are available on www.griffith.ie/offices/graduation. ALUMNI One of the major considerations when choosing a college is how it will benefit you once you’ve graduated. While course offerings and lecturer quality are very important, for example, what’s also important is the graduate network you will join once you’ve completed your studies. For more than 40 years, Griffith College has been welcoming new students to its campuses, creating a place to build lifelong friendships, advance careers or forge a new one. Griffith College’s network of more than 40,000 alumni represents hundreds of professions and a truly multicultural community. As a current student of Griffith College, it is important for you to remember that this alumni community will extend your Griffith experience well beyond your time as a Griffith student. Griffith Alumni Network (www.griffithalumninetwork.com) is an online forum where you can connect with college friends, increase your professional network, stay up-to-date on college happenings and alumni news, and create a lasting Griffith alumni community. We really hope that you will join this network and take advantage of the many features the network has to offer. There are other resources that are available to graduating students which include the:  Griffith College Alumni LinkedIn page  Alumni section of the Griffith College website  Group Schemes discounts

To find out more about all of these resources available to you, you can go to the Student Services section of Moodle and click on Alumni Support. You are also welcome to email the Alumni Office at griffithalumni@griffith.ie or call +353 (0) 1416 3349 with any questions. 25 | P a g e


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HEALTH AND SAFETY Maintenance As a student of Griffith College, you are asked to treat the College buildings and the campus with respect and in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The maintenance team provides an ongoing service to ensure that the College grounds and classrooms are maintained to a high standard for both our day and evening students. Please assist them by disposing of your litter in the bins provided and by noting that eating and drinking is NOT permitted in classrooms, computer laboratories or in the Library. Accidents and Emergencies It is extremely important that any accident or injury is immediately reported to a member of staff in order to facilitate prompt medical attention. In the absence of a member of staff in the vicinity of the incident, Reception should be notified, Security may also be contacted at +353 1 4150 495. Evacuation and Fire Alarm Response All College buildings are equipped with fire alarm systems and fire extinguishers. The fire alarms will be activated and the buildings evacuated if a fire or other incident occurs that endangers persons inside the buildings. As stated in the College’s Safety Statement whenever a fire alarm is activated you are required to evacuate the building, go to your nearest assembly point and do not return to the building until the all clear is given by a Fire Marshall or designated member of staff. If you discover a fire or other incident that endangers the people inside a building, raise the alarm by breaking the nearest available break glass point and then follow the evacuation procedures. Do not attempt to tackle a fire. Please co-operate with all instructions from a Fire Marshall or designated member of staff. Please note: Fire drills are conducted from time to time. As with actual fire alarms, fire drills require immediate evacuation of the building and outdoor assembly. Please make yourself aware of your nearest means of escape. Property and Equipment You must not intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse any equipment etc. provided for the safety, health or welfare of students and staff. Should you become aware of any defect in equipment, or of property, place of work or system of work that might endanger safety, health or welfare you are requested to report this to a member of staff.

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Cars and Parking on Campus Parking facilities are available on campus. If you wish to park on campus, you must have a valid (2018-2019) College Parking Permit. You can request a parking permit as part of online registration. If you change your vehicle during the academic year, please remember to transfer your parking permit to your new vehicle and update your vehicle registration details at www.my.griffith.ie. Should you require a replacement parking permit for any reason, please contact Campus Security on + 353 (0) 86 818 2370 or (0) 87 2711948. Gender Neutral Toilets Following feedback from our student body, and in keeping with the College’s ambition to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all its students, gender neutral toilet facilities are being introduced at our South Circular Road campus. The facilities will be located at Arthur’s restaurant, the 1st floor of the AF building, and the ground floor of the Link block. Security As your safety and wellbeing are paramount, we would like to draw your attention to the support that our Campus Security team can provide should you need their assistance. We have prepared a short video that we hope you will find useful and informative. Please click on the link below for more details and to view our information video: https://www.griffith.ie/offices/security/overview

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