First-Year Students

January 2017

ADVICE is a newsletter created by the Academic Advising Centre for first-year students and this is your January edition. The Academic Advising Centre is here to provide academic guidance so that you can make the most of your experience at Memorial. One of the ways we do that is through regular monthly emails offering all first-year students current information about academic issues and resources. The January edition provides information that you may find useful at this point in the semester.

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ACADEMIC CRITERIA FOR CONTINUANCE IN THE UNIVERSTIY

At the end of each semester, in order to be eligible for continuance in the University, a student is required either:

  • to obtain a current average of 50% in the courses for which he or she is registered on the last day for dropping courses without academic prejudice, or
  • to have obtained a cumulative average of at least 55%.
  • Note: Most academic units have separate promotion or advancement criteria for continuation of students in specific programs of study. Students are advised to check the regulations of the appropriate academic unit for details. The appropriate committee on undergraduate studies may, at any time, require a student to withdraw for academic reasons.

Academic Warning
Any student who, for the first time, fails to meet the requirements outlined above will be given an academic warning. If you see an academic warning on your transcript please check your @mun email for information.


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

The Academic Integrity Course is mandatory for first-year full-time undergraduate students starting in Fall 2016. All students required to take the course were automatically registered in July. The course is online and can be accessed in D2L using your my.mun.ca login.

Many students have completed Part A and that’s great! Part B became available Oct. 1. You have to complete Part B by February 2017.

Remember - You have to pass Part A of the course before you receive your assigned registration time for the Winter Term and before you can start Part B.

Here's a link to the Academic Integrity website: http://www.library.mun.ca/researchtools/guides/integrity/

If you have questions about the course, please contact Lorna Adcock, Coordinator, Academic Integrity at: ladcock@mun.ca


LABORATORY SAFETY FOR STUDENTS

All students who expect to take a laboratory course where they may be exposed to chemicals in a laboratory must have appropriate training in WHMIS and Laboratory Safety.

Prior to the start of laboratory classes, students will need to successfully complete Science 1807 (Safety in the Science Laboratory). Science 1807 is offered online through Desire2Learn and takes about 2 hours to complete. Students should first register for all their courses including Science 1807 through Memorial Self-Service. After registering it will take up to six hours to gain access to the course. Students access the course online through Desire2Learn using their my.mun.ca login ID. Any questions can be directed to labsafety@mun.ca.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Wednesday, January 4: Orientation for new students.
  • Thursday, January 5: Classes begin.
  • Thursday, January 19: Last day to add courses. Last day to drop courses and receive a 100% refund of tuition fees.
  • Thursday, January 26: Last day to drop courses and receive a 50% refund of tuition fees.

It is always a good idea to consult with the University Diary for a full list of relevant dates for the current academic year. You can also refer to the Office of the Registrar's Relevant Dates for information about registration times for each semester.


GLENN ROY BLUNDON CENTRE

The Glenn Roy Blundon Centre for Students With Disabilities provides and co-ordinates programs and services that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential and strives to increase awareness of inclusive values among all members of the university community. Staff at the Blundon Centre assist students by facilitating access to information, services, and campus facilities in accordance with the university's Policy on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and by collaborating with faculty, staff, and students at Memorial University as well as off-campus agencies, including disability community organizations.

The Blundon Centre serves prospective and current students on the St. John's campus whose disabilities involve conditions affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning (disabilities), chronic illnesses, or mental health. Support is also provided to students with documented temporary illnesses and injuries. For answers to common questions about services, see the Blundon FAQ. The Blundon Centre is located in UC-4007 and you can contact them at (709) 864-2156 (voice), (709) 864-4763 (TTY), or blundon@mun.ca.


PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINES

Some faculties and schools at Memorial have specific application deadlines and admission requirements. Many of these deadlines are coming soon. Some of the application deadlines for programs on the St. John's campus include:

January 15
• Education
• Music

February 1
• Pharmacy

March 1
• Business
• Engineering
• Human Kinetics and Recreation
• Nursing
• Social Work

If you are interested in any of these programs, you should ensure that you meet the admission regulations by completing the required courses. Check the Guide to First Year, the University Calendar, or drop by the Academic Advising Centre to get the details on the courses and admission requirements.

For the full list of application deadlines for all MUN campuses, see the Registrar's Office Application Deadlines.


INFORMATION SESSIONS

You can find out more about degree programs offered at Memorial by attending one of the information sessions that are held weekly throughout the semester. The following sessions are hosted by the faculities and schools and the Academic Advising Centre and will be held in the Science Building, SN 4068 at 1:00pm unless otherwise stated.

  • January 11 - Education
  • January 18 - Pharmacy
  • January 25 - Human Kenetics and Recreation
  • February 1 - Nursing
  • February 8 - Social Work
  • February 15 - Engineering
  • March 1 - Business
  • March 8 - Occupational Therapy
  • March 22 - Science
  • March 29 - Arts

We encourage you to drop by these sessions and speak with the advisors regarding degree admission requirements and program regulations.


APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

To speak with an academic advisor, students can book an appointment online by following these steps:

  1. Login to my.mun.ca and select "Students" at the top
  2. Find the "Student Services" box, click "Launch" and then "MyMUNLife".
  3. Select the Academic Advising Centre tab.
  4. Select "Book an appointment with the Academic Advising Centre"
  5. Select a booking option. You can search by appointment type or by academic advisor.

Once the appointment is booked, the system will send a confirmation email to your @mun.ca email and a reminder email the day before the appointment. Students are also welcome to drop by the centre in SN 4053 between 8:30am - 4:45pm to speak with the next available advisor.


UNIVERSITY 1500 AND 1010, WINTER 2017

For the past four years, University 1500 and University 1010 have been offered exclusively to students in specific programs; however, in Winter 2017, these two courses are available to any student with fewer than 18 credit hours attending the St. John’s Campus.

These unique, skills-enhancing, three-credit-hour courses have the potential to improve a student's ability to write and communicate in academia (University 1500) and to develop strategies for a successful university life (University 1010). Students can take both courses or choose the one that would be most useful for you.

These courses will contribute to the "elective" category of most degrees. For those pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, these courses contribute to the “Breadth of Knowledge” core requirement and University 1500 fulfills three credit hours towards the Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) requirement.

For more information on the University 1010 and 1500 course offerings for Winter 2017, please contact advice@mun.ca or contact (709) 864 8801.


DEVELOPING YOUR STUDY SKILLS

Find out how to make the most of your study time by attending one of the Study Skills Workshops offered at the University Counselling Centre. These drop-in sessions provide an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns with a psychologist and develop helpful strategies to meet your academic needs. In previous sessions, students have worked on reading and study skills, time management, oral presentations, organizing knowledge for writing term papers and essays, and test anxiety. Sessions are offered throughout the term in UC-5000; have a look at the description and schedule to see if this might be helpful for you.

The Counselling Centre also offers personal and group counselling. To inquire or book an appointment, call 864-8874. Students in crisis can drop by for assistance during regular office hours.

After hours, students in residence in crisis should contact their Residence Assistant or Proctor and students off campus in crisis should utilize community-based mental health services such as the 24-hour mental health crisis line 737-4668 (local) or 1-888-737-4668 (province-wide) or the Health Sciences Emergency Department 777-6335.


CAREER EXPLORATION AND ADVICE

Whether you came to Memorial with a clear idea of your career path or you are wondering which direction to pursue, Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL) can offer you advice and support as you explore your career options.

The CDEL team provides career advising, programs, workshops, events and opportunities for current students and alumni. They can connect you to work opportunities on and off campus as well as teach you how to connect with people in our community. They oversee MUCEP, ISWEP, SWASP, GradSWEP and other employemnt programs, organize experiential volunteer events, and host employer events for you. Postings for part-time, full-time, summer and graduate employment are advertised throughout the year at MyMunLife.

Career Development and Experiential Learning is located on the fourth floor of the University Centre in UC 4002 and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


ADVICE Archived Newsletters:

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016


ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTRE CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Office Location & Hours

Science Building, Room SN 4053

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday to Friday (September - May)
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday to Friday (June - August)
  • Extended hours during the registration periods
  • Drop-ins welcome every day; appointments available Monday, Wednesday and Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Academic Advising Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca