STRUCTURE Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IMS): Part of Faculty of Science, Technology and Medical Studies (STMS) Responsibilities - Mathematics Statistics Actuarial Science Operational Research Staff - Offices in Mathematical Institute (detailed list on stairwell) Director of IMS - Prof Peter Fleischmann Director of Studies - Dr Eryl Bassett Dept Administrator - Mr Stephen McAuliffe (E101) IMS General Office - Room E101, first floor
STRUCTURE (continued) Students - Wide range of degree programmes Foundation Year Conventional 3-year degrees Degrees involving a year away (placement) Short-term students Postgraduate (MSc) courses in Statistics Actuarial Science Research (MPhil and PhD students) Contacting you - Increasingly, using email Pigeonholes in IMS College pigeonholes
DEGREE WORK AT KENT Teaching is organised on a modular basis Unit system - 8 units per year [Foundation Year] Part I - first-year Part II - subsequent years Examinations - each summer Degree awarded on results in Part II examinations MODULES Most are single units, lasting one term Module teams, convenor Information about organisation distributed at start of module Attendance records kept Most modules examined separately in the Trinity term Many have a small amount of continuous assessment, some have more
TUTORS [current system under review ] Each student has a personal tutor Channel of communication and advice Illness, problems - ensure your tutor is kept informed Help in choosing optional components of degree programmes References … Requirement - ‘Signing in’ and ’Signing out’ at beginning and end of each term Contacting tutors and other staff - email office hours telephone General Office (E101)
LEARNING SUPPORT IMS - Sessions for individual modules Advice in handbooks Tutors - point of contact UKC - University Library Computing Service Unit for enhancement of learning and teaching Student Learning Advisory Service ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE Mathematical subjects are progressive Important for you to keep up with work Attendance records: sanctions No heavy hand: need for self-discipline
WELFARE IMS Welfare Officer - Dr Vowden (E226) Student Guidance and Welfare Service
MISCELLANEOUS Quality issues - Feedback, Complaints Staff-Student Liaison Committee Student Charter Student handbooks Timetables UCAS days
DATES OF TERMS 2001-2002 Academic terms this year are as follows: Michaelmas Term (Weeks 1-12) 23 September 2002 – 13 December 2002 Lent Term (Weeks 13-24) 6 January 2003 – 27 March 2003 Trinity Term (Weeks 25-30) 28 April 2003 – 6 June 2003 We are now in Week 0 ...
THIS WEEK, NEXT WEEK… Week 0, Thursday 19 September 9.30: Introduction to the Faculty Mrs Ursula Fuller, Dean 9.45: Introduction to IMS 10.30: Question and Answer session 12.00: Meeting for incoming Foundation Year students [Room CNWSem 7]
THIS WEEK, NEXT WEEK… Week 0, Friday 20 September 10.30 - 11.00am Talk on Library FacilitiesCORNWALLIS LECTURE THEATRE 1 11.15 - 11.45am Talk on Computing FacilitiesCORNWALLIS LECTURE THEATRE 1 11.45 - 12.30pm Appointments with Tutors 12.30pm - 1.15pm Faculty ReceptionELECTRONIC ENGINEERING 3.30 - 4.00pm Talk for students taking a language moduleCORNWALLIS LECTURE THEATRE 1
NEXT WEEK Monday: Lectures start ! You will need to consult individual timetables, depending on your degree programme. Timetables are available in the IMS General Office, Room E101 (first floor) Example: [On Monday timetable, 11.00] LECTURE KLT1 (360) 1-12 MA301 CALCULUS Ioannidou, Dr T Most modules comprise lectures together with support sessions described as classes, seminars or practicals. Basic rule: IMS does not have any support sessions for a module before the first lecture on that module.
NEXT WEEK Monday 23 September: INTRODUCTORY TEST We find it useful to know how much you all know on arrival at Kent. The test will be held in the Mathematics Lecture Theatre (Undergraduate Laboratory) in the IMS building, 4.00 - 5.00 Monday 23 September No calculators are needed. The test consists of 25 questions, and you write your answers in on a single sheet which we supply. The test lasts just under 1 hr. Bring a pen! We do NOT use this test as part of your assessment. It is ONLY to help us pitch our teaching at the right level.