BCONS orientation 2013

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A guide to being successful on the Bachelor of Construction programme in the Department of Construction at Unitec.

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  • Unitec New Zealand
  • BCONS orientation 2013

    1. 1. © Unitec New Zealand1Being Successfulon the Bachelor ofConstruction
    2. 2. >>FACULTY OF TECHNOLOGY AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT© Unitec New Zealand2Outline for this sessionOutline the programmesHighlight organisational featuresIdentify sources of guidanceOutline assessment methodsGive you a try at tertiary level assessment
    3. 3. Where it fits© Unitec New Zealand 3School IndustryBachelor of Construction PD/CE /CMNational Diploma QS CM ATMNZIQSPAQSMNZIOBMPINZCareer as TechnicianYears of professionalexperienceWork experience
    4. 4. Success depends upon:© Unitec New Zealand 4•Effort you put in• Being organised• Academic capability“TO IMPROVE THE PRODUCT, IMPROVETHE PROCESS”
    5. 5. Organisational processes© Unitec New Zealand 5Helpful documents:• MyCoursedetails - doing well– One for each course available on your MyUnitec sitehttps://myunitec.unitec.ac.nz/IDM/portal/cn/GuestContainerPage/Welcome• Student Handbook - avoiding trouble– Hard copy for each student, also available on each course Moodle sitehttp://moodle.unitec.ac.nz/course/view.php?id=2047• Programme regulations – someone could be in trouble– Selected sections in the Handbook. Also available on the Course Moodle site• Academic Statute - someone IS in trouble!– Available from the Web http://usu.co.nz/student-issues/important-policies
    6. 6. Jargon© Unitec New Zealand 6• My CourseDetails - document that outlines everything you needto know about course content, assessment, personnel,equipment, resources and commitment.• SDL- self directed learning (what you do outside of lectures)• Credits - a measure of the time you should spend on the course. 1credit = 10hrs of lectures and SDL combined• Course – an educational package or group of Unit standards thatmake up a programme• Moodle site – web page containing useful information andresources to help you be successful
    7. 7. Academic Processes© Unitec New Zealand 7• Course Aims– A high level description of what the course is about• Learning Outcome– Each course has about five- Describes what you must do• Topics– Likely detailed areas to be studied• Assessments– How we will decide whether you’ve achieved theoutcome• Required texts- we expect you to buy them• Recommended texts- we expect you to borrow them
    8. 8. Assessment© Unitec New Zealand 8• Nearly every course will involvecoursework and an exam• A “C-” means you got 50% overall,including coursework and the exam• In addition you must always get aminimum of 40% in any exam.• So……Doing great assignments and relaxing atexams is a risky approach!
    9. 9. College Life tips© Unitec New Zealand 9http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47dcSkM
    10. 10. Quiz© Unitec New Zealand 101. How many hours of hours in total should you commit to CONS 5012 Construction Practice 1 ?Hint- MyCourse details Commitment section2. Which text should you buy for CONS 5812 Economic Principles?Hint - MyCourse details Resources section-3. You are enrolled part time in the courses above which run for one, 15 week semester. If each course has52 hrs lectures how much SDL time should you spend each week?Hint – SDL = Self Directed Learning4. You are sick 1 week before an assignment is due and you can’t finish it before hand-in time- what do youdo?Hint – Student Handbook - Assessment Information5. You think the marks for an assessment have been recorded incorrectly. You lecturer disagrees- who doyou speak to next?Hint – Student Handbook - Assessment Information6. You are sure you handed in an assignment, but have not had it marked. Your lecturer says he neverreceived it but will mark it if you provide an electronic copy. You say you didn’t save it. What happensnext?Hint – Student Handbook - Assessment Information7. You want to work on your assignments in the evening- when are the computer labs open?Hint –Student Handbook-Department Resources8. You’ve taken up a good deal to get a new Internet provider and your email changes- What should youdo?Hint – Student Handbook- Student Responsibilities and Self Management9. You got an A and DEF for the two courses you enrolled in-What does it mean?Hint – Student Handbook – Student Results
    11. 11. Quiz- Answers© Unitec New Zealand 111. How many hours of hours in total should you commit to CONS 5012 Construction Practice 1 ??Hint- MyCourse details Commitment section 15 credits *10hrs=150hrs2. Which text should you buy for CONS 5812 Economic Principles?Hint - MyCourse details Resources section- Economics by Sloman, J., de Beor, P.,3. You are enrolled part time in the courses above which run for one, 15 week semester. If each course has52 hrs lectures how much SDL time should you spend each week?Hint - (15*10)-52 =98, 98/15 = 6.5 hrs/week for one course , 13hrs /week for both4. You are sick 1 week before an assignment is due and you can’t finish it before hand-in time- what do youdo?Hint – Student Handbook - Assessment Information Apply for Special Assessment Circumstances5. You think the marks for an assessment have been recorded incorrectly. You lecturer disagrees- who doyou speak to next?Hint – Student Handbook - Assessment Information Make an appointment to see the Programme Co-ordinator or Director6. You are sure you handed in an assignment, but have not had it marked. Your lecturer says he neverreceived it but will mark it if you provide an electronic copy. You say you didn’t save it. What happensnext?Hint – Student Handbook - Assessment Information It could be “Tough” you are required to keep a copy.7. You want to work on your assignments in the evening- when are the computer labs open?Hint – Student Handbook- Department Resources 8.30am – 8.30pm8. You’ve taken up a good deal to get a new Internet provider and your email changes- What should youdo?Hint – Student Handbook- Student Responsibilities and Self Management Change your address in Moodle9. You got an A and DEF for the two courses you enrolled in-What does it mean?Hint – Student Handbook – Student Results A=85% DEF =Deferred
    12. 12. Quiz- Answers© Unitec New Zealand 12How many out of 9 did you get?How many do you think you need to pass or becompetent in this test?What sorts of things could occur if you did nothave the answers to half the questions?
    13. 13. Assessment tips© Unitec New Zealand 13• Know when your hand in process and dates• Always keep a back up, at least until you’ve receivedyour mark• Read the mark schedule and follow it - its what thelecturer is looking for.• Use the mark schedule as an assignment heading guide• Prepare for and attend tutorials• Use Te Puna Ako study and exam workshops
    14. 14. Dependent / Independent learners© Unitec New Zealand 14• Traditional Schooling• The teacher holds all the knowledge• The teacher knows all the answers• Answers are usually clear• The teacher is focussed on you for a time• The teacher will manage compliance withdeadlines weekly or daily• Homework is a regular& frequent check ofyour progress and understanding• Homework marks are regular feedback• Understanding is shown by replicatingwhat the teacher does• Working Environment• A clear expert is not always obvious oravailable• Sometimes there are no clear answers• The “Boss” has many other prioritiesother than you• People are too busy to manage youclosely• Nobody routinely asks whether youunderstand• You may get a performance review once ayear• You will need to apply your knowledgeand skills to completely new situationsDependent Independent
    15. 15. Your challenge© Unitec New Zealand 15• In groups of four Brainstorm as many ideas asyou can on the subject“How I will succeed on the Programme thisyear”• Now sort into your top five• Now your top three
    16. 16. Academic Integrity(Giving credit where credit is due)© Unitec New Zealand 16• A student shall not plagiarise any item of assessment. This is an offence under theAcademic Statute, students should refer Academic Statute Part E: AcademicMisconduct for full information pages 39-43. Plagiarism is the act of taking andusing anothers work as ones own. Where plagiarism occurs it is be regarded as,and treated in the same manner as, cheating in an examination. For the purposeof these rules any of the following acts constitute plagiarism unless the work isappropriately acknowledged / referenced:• copying the work of another student;– directly copying any part of anothers work, including information obtainedfrom the internet;– summarising another’s work;– using or developing an idea or thesis derived from another persons work;– using experimental results obtained by another.• Students should be aware that work submitted for assessment maybe checkedthrough a web-based database for plagiarism.
    17. 17. Academic Integrity© Unitec New Zealand 17• You are not expected to know all the answers• You are expected to build on other peopleswork• Using some one else’s work means you haveread widely. This is great. Show us how wellread you are by referencing.• YOU will get a degree, you don’t share one withanyone else.• Industry expects individual competence, notcollective.

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