ADVICE for First Year Students

January 2018

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.

The AAC provides:

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FIVE REASONS TO MEET WITH AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR

  1. Ensure you are enrolled in the right classes and confirm the academic requirements for your degree.
  2. Monitor your academic progress.
  3. Discover campus resources and engagement opportunities.
  4. Explore major options.
  5. Plan future steps in your education.


STRENGHTS-BASED ADVISING

Are you an undeclared student who has less than 30 credit hours? Would you like to discover your Top 5 Talents and learn how to turn them into strengths?

Learning about your strengths can assist you in making informed decisions about your program and career choices. Student Life, in partnership with the Academic Advising Centre, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is piloting a strengths-based advising program for students. If you are an undeclared student who has less than 30-credit hours and are interested in booking a strengths-based advising session, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to my.mun.ca and login
  2. Click "Student" link near the top of the page.
  3. Click "Launch" in the "Student Services" box, and then click "My MUNLife" in the pop-up window.
  4. Click on "Strengths Advising”
  5. Then click “Book a Strengths Advising Appointment”

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Wednesday, January 3: Orientation for new students.
  • Thursday, January 4: Lectures begin for the Winter semester; Last day for students to register for Winter Semester courses without incurring the LATE PAYMENT FEE
  • Thursday, January 18: Last day to add courses. Last day to drop courses and receive a 100% refund of tuition fees.
  • Thursday, January 25: 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.


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 4078 at 1:00pm unless otherwise stated.

  • Jan. 10 - Education
  • Jan. 17 - Engineering
  • Jan. 17 - Physiotherapy (this session is being held in room SN 4063)
  • Jan. 24 - Pharmacy
  • Jan. 31 - Social Work
  • Feb. 7 - Nursing
  • Feb.14 - Business
  • Feb. 28 - Arts
  • Mar. 7 - Science
  • Mar. 14 - Occupational Therapy
  • Mar. 21 - Human Kinetics & Recreation
  • Mar. 28 - Police Studies

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


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

The Academic Integrity course is mandatory for first-year full-time undergraduate students. All students required to take the course were automatically registered when they registered for their first course. 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. For students that began Part A in the Fall semester, you have to complete Part B by February 2018.

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 Erin Alcock or 
Wendy Rodgers, Coordinators, Academic Integrity at: academicintegrity@mun.ca.


LABORATORY SAFETY FOR STUDENTS

If you plan to take a laboratory course where you may be exposed to chemicals in a laboratory, you must have appropriate training in WHMIS and Laboratory Safety.

Prior to the start of laboratory classes, you 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. You register for Science 1807 using Memorial Self Service. You will need to register for this course before registering for your science courses. After registering it will take up to six hours to gain access to the course. You access the course online through Desire2Learn using your my.mun.ca login ID. Any questions can be directed to labsafety@mun.ca.


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 709 864 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 709 737 4668 (local) or 1 888 737 4668 (province-wide) or the Health Sciences Emergency Department 709 777 6335.


HELP CENTRES

There are many places for you to get help with your courses. The first place to look for guidance would be your instructor. Meet your instructor during scheduled office hours to discuss any concerns or challenges you are having with your course.

There are many Help Centres available to students. These are typically drop-in centres. You are encouraged to avail of the Help Centre staff throughout your semester.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

There are many resources, such as the Guide to First Year, available to incoming students, however as a transfer student, you may begin your studies with many of the first-year courses aleady completed. It is very important for you to meet with an academic advisor to ensure you are selecting the appropriate courses for your first semester.

During the first week of the Winter semester you should book an appointment to meet with an advisor at the Academic Advising Centre.

If you are an international student, you should also visit the Internationalization Office to learn about the many resources available.


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.


APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

To speak with an academic advisor, you 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. You are also welcome to drop by the centre in SN 4053 between 8:30am - 4:15pm to speak with the next available advisor.


ADVICE Archived Newsletters:

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

December 2017


ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTRE CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Office Location & Hours

Science Building, Room SN 4053

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday to Friday (September - May)
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 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, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000