Pre-Sessional (Summer School) English language courses at Birkbeck
These skills-based courses are designed to introduce students to the conventions of academic study in a British University environment and will focus on academic reading, writing, speaking and listening. Also covers "how to use the library", "how to develop successful essay writing skills", "how to acquire good study habits". More details...
Timetables, locations and term dates
Indicative timetables can be found in programme handbooks (see below). Once the academic year has begun you can check the timetable and class venue information for your modules by logging into your My Birkbeck profile and checking your teaching timetable. Please be aware that by default the calendar shows classes for the next 7 days, however you can update the range of dates displayed to check classes in following weeks. Please remember that it is important to check your online timetable before every class as any changes in venue or class cancellations will be published here.
Handbooks for each programme contain academic and administrative information. Links to handbooks are on each programme page.
You will need to use your student ID card to access the labs after 9pm, to access the library and to register your attendance in classes. Card readers are available in most Birkbeck classrooms to allow you to record class attendance by tapping your ID card. Locations without a card reader will use a paper register. You may also be expected to produce your student ID card to access any external teaching venues, and the ID card will also function as your library card. If you need to order a student card, this can be done through your My Birkbeck profile or you can visit the My Birkbeck Student Centre.
Moodle is Birkbeck’s virtual learning environment. You will be given a Moodle account upon enrolment. You will use Moodle to access learning materials for your module, access and submit assignments, and receive grades and feedback on assignments. You will need your Birkbeck ITS username and password to login. If you need help with your Birkbeck ITS login details, please click here.
Department of Computer Science (DCS) students have access to the department's extensive computing facilities as well as those managed by the Birkbeck's central IT Services (ITS). Your ITS username and password will be emailed to you on enrolment and your DCS password will be issued before or at the computer induction session for your programme.
Support for departmental IT services it provided by Systems Group. Systems Group is responsible for departmental account usernames and passwords, departmental workstation rooms, department intranet, department web services (e.g. FTP) and VPN.
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Module information and recommended reading
For a summary of the content, objectives and aims, assessment and recommended reading for each module go to the modules page.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback on coursework should normally be provided, in the format specified in the appropriate feedback statement, within four weeks of the deadline for submission of the piece of work in question.
Personal tutors are members of academic staff, who are available to support you throughout your course. All undergraduate and postgraduate students are assigned a personal tutor at the start of each academic year. You can contact your personal tutor to receive academic support and guidance. Personal Tutors Policy. Find out who your personal tutor is by consulting the Academic Support section of your MyBirbeck Profile.
Birkbeck runs a peer mentoring scheme for all new undergraduate students. Peer mentors are responsible for helping new undergraduate students transition into the HE environment, allowing them to address any study-related or personal concerns they may have in an informal relationship.
The College offers a wide range of study skills support services (e.g. academic writing, mathematics, exam technique, presentations, etc.). This includes:
- Workshops on essay writing, report writing, research, mathematics, online support
- One-to-one tutorials
- Drop-in sessions
- Online resources
The School of Business, Economics and Informatics has a number of Learning Development Tutors who can provide additional study support.
Examinations and past papers
Examinations for Department of Computer Science and Information Systems modules are held in the summer term, usually in from mid-May to mid-June. The exact dates are announced in March. Modules run by other department's may have examinations at other times of the year. Please refer to the information provided by those departments.
Past exam papers can be found on the library website.
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