ADVISOR Newsletter Winter 2016

WELCOME TO THE FIRST EDITION OF THE ADVISOR NEWSLETTER FOR 2017!

We hope the winter edition will give you useful information that will help you as you advise students who are planning to attend Memorial this year.

As always, we welcome your questions and comments. If you need information about Memorial programs, the admissions process and general regulations, please contact the Academic Advising Centre at 709-864-8801 or advice@mun.ca

The GUIDE TO FIRST YEAR 2017-2018 is now available for you and your students


 

PLANS UNDERWAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL ADVISING VISITS

Memorial’s annual high school advising visits are scheduled to take place through March, April and May.

Each year, advisors from our campuses in St. John’s and Corner Brook, accompanied by faculty and staff members, meet with close to 2,500 students who are planning to attend Memorial in the fall semester.

The Academic Advising Centre has begun scheduling advising visits for this spring. If you have not already been contacted, you will be hearing from us in the near future.

These visits give us the opportunity to meet with students individually to assist in developing an Academic Plan for each student as they prepare to enter their first semester at Memorial.

During these meetings, we will help the students select courses for the fall semester based on their intended degree program. If they are undecided, we will suggest courses that will help them explore various subjects and keep their options open for second year.

We also give students information about the upcoming Math Placement Test and the Calculus Placement Test, scholarships, housing, student services and academic resources available on campus.


 

FIRST YEAR SUCCESS

First Year Success is entering its fourth year at Memorial's St. John's campus. Designed as an enhanced first-year experience, students will undertake several unique, skills-building, academic-credit courses alongside classes required for their intended degree program.

Students will have frequent and targeted interactions with academic and career advisors, as well as support staff from all across the university.

It is designed for students entering Memorial with an admissions average below 75%, as well as student unsure of their academic or career direction, or apprehensive about the transition to university life.

The program commences in September. Students of the core FYS courses in the fall semester and one in the winter semester, along with other advised first-year courses pertaining to their academic goals.

Because it can be difficult for us to know which students meet the criteria, we would appreciate your help in identifying those who might benefit from taking part in FYS. If you know of any students who might be a good fit for FYS, please feel free to contact us at: fys@mun.ca. For more information about the program, please visit our website: www.mun.ca/success.


 

MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT TEST (MPT)

Most students will be admitted to first year mathematics courses based on their high school mathematics grades, and a score in the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT).

Students who are required to write the MPT to obtain a course prerequisite must first register for Math 1MPT before registering for the course. At a later date students will be de-registered for the math course if you do not obtain the necessary score in the MPT.

The Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) takes place the day before classes start in September, and on the first day of classes in January and May.

Calculators are not permitted for the MPT. More information is available at http://www.mun.ca/math/ under “Math Placement Test.”

Newfoundland and Labrador students may use their MATH 3200 or 3201 final mark in place of an MPT score for entry into Math 1000, 1090, 1050 or 1051, as summarized in the table below.

 

    For students attending St. John's Campus
 100010901050/1051

Advanced Math

3200 

Obtain a minimum grade of  75 in 3200

or

pass in 3200  or

a minimum score of 75 on the MPT

 Pass in
3200
 Pass in
3200
 Academic

Math

3201

 Students from 3201

must complete

MATH 1090

before attempting

MATH 1000

 at least 65 in 3201

or

pass in 3201 and

at least 55 on MPT

 at least 60 in 3201

or

pass in 3201 and

at least 50 on MPT

 

For students attending Grenfell Campus
 100010901050/1051
Advanced

Math

3200

at least 75 in 3200 or

pass in 3200 and

at least 75 on MPT

pass in 3200pass in 3200
Academic
Math

3201

Students from 3201

must complete

MATH 1090

before attempting

MATH 1000

pass in 3201pass in 3201

CALCULUS PLACEMENT TEST (CPT)

All students entering Memorial University who have completed or are completing Calculus 3208 can write the Calculus Placement Test (CPT). Candidates who pass the CPT will be awarded credit for MATH 1000 and have direct access to MATH 1001.

This will be invaluable to students hoping to major in Engineering as it will decrease their requirements in first year from 11 courses to 10. If a CPT candidate does not pass the test, they will be subject to the conditions for entry to Math 1000 as outlined in the previous section.

The CPT registration form will be available online during the two-week period from May 2 - May 16, 2016. Because time will be needed to forward test materials to invigilators, students must have registered by the deadline to be assured a seat at the site of their choice.

List of Sites for Calculus Placement Test, June 4, 2016:

Baie Verte
Bonavista
Burgeo
Burin
Carbonear
Carmanville
Clarenville
Corner Brook English Harbour West
Fogo
Gander
Glovertown
Grand Falls-Windsor
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
L’Anse Au Loup
Labrador City Labrador City
Lewisporte
McKays
Placentia
Port aux Basques
Port Hope Simpson
Port Saunders
Rocky Harbour St. Anthony
St. John’s
Springdale
Stephenville
Trepassey
Twilingate/NWI
Wesleyville

Important Information

To register go to www.mun.ca/math, then select “Calculus Placement Test” from the main menu. You will find a link to a registration form, as well as a sample of the CPT.

No calculators are permitted for the CPT. Moreover, calculators are not permitted in tests and exams for MUN math courses 1090, 1000, 1001 and 2000.

The CPT is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the first Saturday in June. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Stuckless at (709) 864-8914 or mathugrad@mun.ca

CHEMISTRY COURSES IN FIRST YEAR

Selecting a first-semester course

Students, who intend to complete the General Chemistry courses, but require a more introductory course in the first semester, can follow a three-course plan:

Chemistry 1010/1050/1051 (St. John’s campus)

Chemistry 1810/1200/1001 (Grenfell Campus)

Some degrees require only introductory chemistry:

Chemistry 1010/1011 (St. John’s campus)

Chemistry 1810/1200 (Grenfell Campus)

Students who take Chemistry 1010/1011, and change their mind or their interests change to a new major (or minor) that requires higher level chemistry, will need to take Chemistry 1050/1051.

Students should be aware that only six science credit hours may be counted toward a major or honours in Chemistry from the following course groups:

Chemistry 1010/1050/1051

Chemistry 1810/1200/1001

Chemistry 1010 and 1810 may be used as science electives for students who complete the three-course plan.

Course Criteria Chart for Chemistry - St. John's campus
Recommended Course Provincial Students
1010
Grade 12 Chemistry

Recommended but not required

1050
Chemistry 3202 wit a grade of at

least 65%

Course Criteria Chart for Chemistry - Grenfell Campus
Recommended Course

Provincial Students
1810 Course is intended for students with no previous exposure to chemistry or those who are returning to the subject after some time
1200 Completed chemistry 3202 or achieved a grade of at least 75% in chem 2202

GETTING A HEAD START WITH CONCURRENT STUDIES

Concurrent Studies at Memorial offers eligible students an opportunity to earn university credits while they are still in their last year of high school.

Students with a superior academic record (ie: normally an overall average of 85 per cent or above) may apply to enrol in university courses.

Applicants must be completing a slate of courses that meets the course requirements for admission to the university.

Students can take a university course in either the fall or winter semester.

To enrol in a Concurrent Studies course, a student will need to:

Apply to Memorial by completing the Application for Admission/Readmission form. http://www.mun.ca/undergrad/apply/ application must be accompanied by a $50 application fee – but once a student has been accepted, he or she won’t need to reapply for next year. The application must include a high school transcript.
Submit a letter from his or her high school principal or guidance counsellor clearly recommending admission for Concurrent Studies. The student should also include a letter requesting enrolment in a specific course.
Send these components to: Admissions, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7
Enrolment for concurrent studies students will normally be limited to three credit hours in a given semester.

Current university fees and deadlines apply. University credit will be awarded after successful completion of the course(s) and successful completion of the requirements for admission to the university.

ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

student in classroom

Memorial has sent information packages to schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador informing them of changes to the Entrance Scholarship Program and to request recommendation of eligible students for 2016.

The main points are summarized here:

General Entrance Scholarships will be valued at $2,550.00 (the equivalent of full time study for two semesters’ tuition) and $1,275.00 (the equivalent of full time study for one semester’s tuition).

Students who are given an early scholarship offer must maintain a minimum final admission average of 90 per cent (or 33 points for IB students).

Students must have applied for admission to Memorial University by the Admissions deadline and request to be considered for an early scholarship offer, and submit their February mid-term grade report to the Admissions Office.

Additional applications are required for students interested in the Memorial University of Newfoundland Alumni Entrance Scholarship and the Dr. Leslie Harries Memorial University Alumni Association Scholarship. The deadline for applications for early scholarship offers to be received at the Scholarships and Awards office is March 1st, 2016.

For more information about scholarships, please visit http://www.mun.ca/scholarships/home/index.php

THE JOYCE FOUNDATION BURSARY

The Joyce Foundation Bursary is available annually to students entering Memorial University who are either currently attending their final year or have graduated within the last twelve months from a high school in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Each award is valued at $5,000 annually and is renewable for up to three additional years. Criteria for the awards include a minimum of 70% final admission average (St. John’s/Grenfell campuses) or a minimum of 60% final admission average (Marine Institute), demonstration of critical financial need, and perseverance in the face of challenges. Renewal criteria to be met each year.

Completed application must be post-marked by Nov. 30, 2016.

As part of The Joyce Foundation Bursary, recipients will receive access to the Early Start Program, on-campus employment opportunities, and an offer to attend LEAP (Leadership, Education and Preparation) at Memorial University.

Additional information can be found at at The Joyce Foundation Bursary

UPCOMING CHANGES TO PHARMACY

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Memorial’s undergraduate Pharmacy program is changing from a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) to an entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) as the first professional degree for pharmacy students.

The PharmD is comprised of five years in the Pharmacy program in addition to 10 prerequisite courses (30 credit hours) prior to admission.

A graduate of the program is eligible to apply to be licensed as a pharmacist in Newfoundland and Labrador and other provinces in Canada after successful completion of provincial and national examinations.

Admission requirements

Students are admitted to the first year of the Pharmacy program in the Fall semester of each year. Applications must be received by February 1 of any year. Admission to the PharmD program is anticipated to begin in Fall 2017.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must have completed 10 prerequisite courses (30 credit hours) by the end of the Winter semester for the year in which admission is being sought.

Biology 1001 and 1002

Chemistry 1050 and 1051 at St. John’s Campus or

Chemistry 1200 and 1001 at Grenfell Campus

6 credit hours in English

Mathematics 1000 and 1001

Physics 1020 and 1021, or Physics 1050 and 1051

The School of Pharmacy admits 40 students each September. The admissions process will likely include a review of academic grades and interviews. Priority for a number of seats is given to students who are bona fide residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. One seat per year is available for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador First Nations or Aboriginal ancestry who have met the required criteria for this seat.

Contact information

For additional information please contact:

pharminfo@mun.ca

http://www.mun.ca/pharmacy/

BRIDGING PROGRAM

Summer Bridging Program - August 15 – 26, 2016

Memorial University's Summer Bridge Program will be offered at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook in August 2016. Any Newfoundland and Labrador student who misses the MUN admission requirements by five per cent or less - that is, a high school graduating average between 65 and 69.9 per cent in courses required for admission - is eligible to apply.

Students who successfully complete the program will be admitted to Memorial University in September at the campus of their choice.

Curriculum

The Summer Bridging Program will provide students with instruction in academic skills that will increase their chances for success in university-level courses, including:

instruction and practice in the critical reading skills needed for reading university level textbooks
instruction and practice in the writing skills needed to produce well-formulated essays and research papers
instruction in methods of studying university-level mathematics
instruction and practice in basic academic skills such as note-taking, time management and preparation for examinations
an introduction to the nature of the university, what the university expects of students, and the programs and resources available at the university
In addition to classroom instruction, there will be numerous exercises and assignments. As well, a number of extracurricular cultural and recreational activities will be organized.

The total cost for the Summer Bridge Program is $500. Residence accommodations are available.

Visit our website for more information:

http://www.grenfell.mun.ca/current-students/Pages/Learning%20Centre/summer-bridging-program.aspx

Application Deadline – Noon, August 8, 2016

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY COURSE

What is INTG100 A/B (Academic Integrity)?

Integrity 100 A/B is an online course designed to help students learn more about academic integrity and the important role it plays at Memorial. It will include topics related to: understanding the meaning of academic integrity and its associated university regulations; how to complete university work with academic integrity; and how to avail of supports to ensure academic integrity.

Course Information

Integrity 100 A/B is a required non-credit course which must be completed in the first year of studies here at Memorial. The course is divided into two parts: Integrity 100A & Integrity 100B. First-year students will automatically be registered for the course. Students can access the course using their my.mun.ca login.

Course Completion Requirements

Integrity 100A will be available in July once students have registered for their courses for the Fall Term. They will have to successfully complete the course before they receive their assigned registration time for the Winter Term. Students will still have approximately six weeks to complete Integrity 100A before registration begins.

Integrity 100B will be available in the Fall Term, after students have successfully completed Integrity 100A. Students will have to successfully complete Integrity 100B before they receive their assigned registration time for the Spring Term. Once information about their registration time has been made available, students will still have approximately six weeks to complete Integrity 100B before registration begins.

The passing grade for the course is 80 per cent and a grade of PAS will appear on the transcript upon successful completion of the course.

Course Structure

There are no textbooks required as the course content is entirely online. It is structured so that students complete it step-by-step from the links under Course Content. There are links throughout the course which will take students to resources for more information about academic integrity. The course features a variety of learning activities and quizzes which will be automatically graded. Students will be able to repeat the modules as many times as required to successfully complete the course. Once completed, they will continue to have access to the course throughout their studies at Memorial.

For more information contact:

Lorna Adcock, Co-ordinator, Integrity 100 A/B

Public Services Librarian , Queen Elizabeth II Library
ladcock@mun.ca 709 864 3235

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Academic Advising Centre is responsible for easing the transition from high school to university for entering students and ensuring that all students obtain sound and accurate academic information and advice.

The Academic Advising Centre
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Science Building, Room SN4053
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

advice@mun.ca
www.mun.ca/advice

Tel: 709 864 8801

Fax: 709 864 2404

Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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