7 Things every UL freshers needs to know NOW

1. What to do if you haven’t registered for your modules yet…

Chill, because it was impossible to do it last week, so it would be weird/magic if you had. There were a lot of people freaking out about not being able to access the link where you complete your module registration. That’s because you were told to do it in week ONE and last week was week ZERO.

We get it, you heard there was a fine if your didn’t register and really needed to avoid forking out 200 quid. But chill for a few hours anyway, when it is officially week one you can register here https://www.si.ul.ie

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Obviously if you have electives and options to choose from this is a bit trickier so consult all the documentation you were given on Orientation and ask for help if needed.

2. How to access your own personal timetable…

You… Can’t.

As stated on page 32 of the Orientation guidebook we sent you in the post you won’t have your full Lecture, Lab and Tutorial timetable until the “close of business on Friday of week two at http://www.timetable.ul.ie”

So those who read what we sent them would probably have known that..

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3. Your labs and tutorials don’t start until week 3.

This is the reason you don’t have a full personal timetable yet, once all students register, we can allocate them tutorial and lab groups. This takes a little bit of time.

Bar in a very rare case, no first year will have a lab or tutorial until week three. If the lecturer decides to run them earlier they will make arrangements to accommodate all students, but this is incredibly rare.

FYI: In University you will study a number of Modules per Semester, and these are made up of Lectures and Labs and/or Tutorials.

So you will have a lot less hours than usual in weeks 1 and 2.

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4. What those words mean.

We might deserve a slap on the wrist for just assuming everyone automatically knows all of this information. So, let us break it down quickly in case you don’t. If you already know all of this, cool, just skip to the next point.

Each academic year of your degree is split into two Semesters. Semesters in UL are 15 weeks long (for most courses), 12 of these weeks are for teaching, one for studying and then two for exams. Now that doesn’t mean you do exams every day for the two weeks, it means there will be two weeks in which your exams will be scheduled.

In each semester you will undertake a number of modules, most courses have 5 modules per semester. These are like the ‘subjects’ Irish students study in secondary school, or what might be called ‘classes’ in other countries.

Each module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, labs and/or tutorial. You will have one or two lectures per module, which consists of all students studying that particular module and will often be quite focused on the lecturer talking or going through slides (though many use techniques to include the students there.)

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Then in smaller groups you will work on the module content in a lab or tutorial. Tutorials would resemble secondary school classes, though teaching styles may vary. However they are for going through theory. Labs will take place in a Laboratory environment and are more practical based. Be that woodwork, science, technology, engineering, there’s lots of different types of labs.

 

5. How do I know what lectures I have this week?

As you can’t access your personal timetable you will view your course timetable. Go to http://www.timetable.ul.ie.

Now don’t be tempted to go to ‘course timetable’ if you are a first year. Go past it and go to ‘first year students lecture only timetable.’

Type in your course code which will begin with ‘LM’ and type in year 1 and your course timetable should appear.

 

6. How to understand your course timetable.

So maybe you’ve gotten this far but you’ve been:

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Let us try and explain it a bit. Firstly it will be divided into the five days of the week. And then boxed off into the lectures you have to attend and the time you have to attend at. You might be looking at it thinking, I finish one class at ten and the next one starts at ten, how will I make it to the next building on time? Well this tweet might help explain.

So remember, we said you would have 5 modules normally a semester. Well each one of them has a code that appears on the timetable instead of it’s name. The module code will be two letters and four numbers. For example:

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If you want to know which module this code links to you can look up your course on the UL website here and go to the course structure tab and look at year one, semester one. Or alternatively you can look up the ‘book of modules’ for UL and just type the code in here.

The next piece of information is who will be lecturing the module.

Then the second code is the room code. For more on understanding room codes have a read of this http://www.timetable.ul.ie/Timetable%20Explanation.pdf. But in essence the first letter/s refers to the Building, followed by the floor level, then the room number.

So for SR3008. The ‘SR’ is the building, in this case the Schrodinger, ‘3’ is the floor and ‘008’ is the room.

Lastly it will tell you how many weeks it runs for. As the teaching semester runs week 1 to 12, that is what will be listed under most Lectures on the timetable. Some people have remarked that they have two lectures on at the same time. Check the weeks that these lectures run. What it actually most likely is, there are two or more lecturers that will be teaching you. It is just telling you which weeks the different lecturers will be on.

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7. That you can call into the HUB if you need anything!

We are open 08.30 to 17.30, Monday to Friday this week. We helped 1,000s of students last week on top of taking 4,000 people on tours.

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So if we can handle that we can hopefully take anything this week throws at us… famous last words perhaps.

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