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UCD Welcome Booklet 2019

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UCD JARGON BUSTER Programme This is your course of study, for example, BA Degree. Each programme will have a set number of stages and credits that you must complete to get a University award (degree, diploma or certificate). Module A self-contained unit of teaching, learning and assessment, which is usually studied over one trimester. Each module has a credit value, normally 5 credits. See page 12 for more information. Core module You must do these modules as they're a fundamental part of your degree. You're normally pre-registered to them. Option module You may be able to choose these modules as part of your degree. You will be given a list when you register online. Elective module Modules that you can pick from any subject area across UCD. Co-requisite modules These are modules that must be taken together. Pre-requisite module Before you can register to some modules you need to have completed certain modules first. Incompatible modules You can't register to a module if you are also registered to, or have already been registered to, another module where the content is considered to be too similar. Credit Credit is just a name for the value given to a module. Modules usually have a value of 5 credits. Level The level of a module is the level of difficulty of the material that will be covered, and broadly indicates the stage in your academic career when you are likely to attempt the module. Generally, levels 1-3 are taken by undergraduate students. Stage Each stage usually represents 60 credits. A full-time student will normally complete a 60 credit stage in one academic year. Some programmes may vary. A degree programme will normally be three to four stages, although some degree programmes have more stages. Trimester The academic year is divided into trimesters. Undergraduate programmes have two trimesters - Autumn (Trimester 1) runs from September to December and Spring (Trimester 2) runs from January to May. Each trimester has 12 weeks of teaching followed by a revision week and end of trimester exams. Laboratory, Practicals and Fieldwork This is the practical work part of your course; it's an opportunity to use the knowledge and techniques you learn in your lectures, e.g. carrying out chemistry experiments or visiting historic sites. Module Coordinator The Module Coordinator is responsible for the design, delivery and assessment of a module and acts as the principal examiner for it. Orientation One of the best weeks in UCD. You'll meet your Peer Mentor and lots of other students from your programme and from other programmes. Make sure to attend as many of the social events as you can. Keep an eye on the New Students website for details

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