Welcome to the Faculty of Information Technology Presenters:

Welcome to the
Faculty of
Information Technology
Maria Garcia de la Banda – CaSIT Head of School
Chris Gonsalvez – CaSIT Associate Head of School
Martin Atchison – BITS Deputy Course Director
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One of Australia’s most prestigious universities
• Established in 1958, since 1990 it has expanded from one to eight
• Ten faculties: Art & Design, Arts, Business and Economics,
Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and IT
• Monash is a member of the Group of Eight, Australia’s leading
• We are the largest university in Australia with over 46,000 students
and 7000 international students
One of the leading IT faculties in the world
• The first Australian university to form a Faculty of IT
• Approx 80% of research and teaching academics are
qualified at PhD and Masters level
• Recognition from The Australian Computer Society (ACS)
for Monash Information Technology degrees
• Multi-campus, International,
Research – intensive
• ONE Faculty
Enjoying &
Faculty of Information Technology
• Degrees offered in every major area of
Information Technology
• Diverse range of electives to choose from
• Postgraduate study
• Research
Caulfield School of Information Technology
• Part of the Faculty of Information Technology
• Location – Building H (the big new one), Level 6
(Reception) and Level 7
• Unit/Course Information – FIT websites and
• Admin – CaSIT and the Service centre
University Life – Your Responsibilities
• Show initiative
• Be responsible
– Read all information given or sent in the mail
– Use your Monash email address
– Catch up if you have been away
Attend and Participate, Hand in work on time
Do not cheat or plagiarise
Ask questions, ask for help
Plan activities – workload peaks, usually no or very limited
break before exams, 13 week semester
• Keep us informed
• Make friends – essential for survival and fun
• Have fun
University Life – Your Rights:
• to be treated with respect, and equitably.
• to quality learning opportunities, the right to access
your teachers and the right to feedback on your
There are many more responsibilities than these and
you can see the full list at:
Have Your Rights Been Transgressed?
If you think a member of the University has transgressed your rights you should seek
advice and assistance. The University’s grievance procedure is located at:
University Student Ombudsman
The University Student Ombudsman (USO) will review grievances which have not
been resolved by the school or faculty. Information about the USO is located at:
Student Equity
If you believe that you have been discriminated against, vilified, bullied or if you have
been the victim of sexual harassment, you should contact the Student Equity Unit:
You should also get advice and assistance from Student Unions or counselling
University Life – Contacting Staff
• Email staff
– Give all details - Course, Student name and ID, Request
• Make an appointment – do not just wander by hoping to catch
staff members in their office
• Give at least 2 business days to get a response
• Try again if no response - be persistent but tolerant, teaching is
one aspect of a staff member’s job
• If unsuccessful a number of times – contact Course Director
University Life – What if I hate it?
• Expect not to like everything
• There are many different options available
• Talk to your Course Director immediately
• Do not just leave without withdrawing
– Poor academic record
– Expensive
– Don’t burn your bridges
• Unsatisfactory academic progress
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
Your responsibility - To progress through your studies to a satisfactory
Your progress is deemed unsatisfactory if you have:
• Passed less than 50% of enrolled credit points over the academic
year; or
• Failed the same compulsory unit twice; or
• Failed to comply with any terms or conditions imposed by the
Academic Progress Committee of the Faculty.
Unsatisfactory progress
• We provide support to help with the issues
• May lead to exclusion
Further information is available at the following url:
University Life – Getting Information
• CaSIT Staff –
Course Co-ordinators, Lecturers, Tutors, Admin Staff
• The Web
– Monash sites
– FIT web site, Unit web sites, Ask Monash
IT Help Desk
Student Administration
Community Services
Student Union MONSU
Language and Learning
Monash International
Disability Liaison Unit
Studying at university – some things to learn to
cope with
Approach to study
University and faculty rules and policies
Approach to study?
• The main method for interaction between lecturer and student
• How effective as a teaching method?
– duration?
– personalization?
– feedback?
• What do YOU need to do to help make it work for you?
• Resources provided with lectures:
study guides?
recording of lectures?
• MUSO as a repository for teaching materials
• Variations between lecturers and units
• Lecturers as teachers?!
A ‘friendlier’ and more interactive teaching environment
Small classes; run by a tutor
Help you to apply and practice the concepts presented in lectures
Give you an opportunity to ask questions
Help you prepare for assignments and exams
Help you meet other students taking the subject
Prepare in advance to get maximum benefit from them; read the
tutorial exercise; relate to it the lecture material
• Tutors are not lecturers!
• Tutors are available for consultation at specified times.
• The type of assessment used and the blend of assessment
tasks vary across units.
• General requirements are set out in each unit guide; details
are provided during semester
• Understand what is being expected of you for each
assessment task – consult with lecturers and tutors
• Group work – learning to cope with it!
• Assessment ‘rush hour’
• Don’t leave things to the last minute!
Student Workload
• The Monash IT Faculty guideline advises you to allow 12 hours a
week for each unit
• Typically a student’s expected load per unit is;
• Lectures - 2 hours a week
• Tutorials & Laboratories - 1 to 2 hours a week
• Assignments - allow 3 hours a week (peaks)
• Private Study Time - another 2 to 3 hours a week
• Revision - 2 to 3 hours a week minimum
• Full-time load for one semester is:
> 4 units a semester
> This means 48 hrs per week!
• How many units should you try to do each semester?
University and faculty rules/policies/other
things you need to know about…
• What are plagiarism, cheating and collusion, and their
• What are Principal Dates of the University?
• What is Re-enrolment?
• What is summer semester ?
• What is Special Consideration and how does it work?
• What other Faculty policies affect your study?
• And lots and lots of other things…
Further information is available at
Making the transition …
• Go to www.monash.edu.au/transitions and browse through ALL
the material it contains
• For material relating specifically to lectures, look at
• For material relating specifically to tutorials, look at
• For material relating to other resources, go to
Enrolments and course progression – a
• Understand your course map and course progression
• Know your units – common core, major, electives
• Understand the restrictions on unit enrolments – semester
of offering, prohibitions, pre-requisites, co-requisites, etc
• Choosing your major and your electives
• Getting credit for previous study
For further information:
Des Casey - Course Director BITS (SD, NC, INS, Sec),
[email protected]
Ph: 9903 1081, Room H7.73
Martin Atchison – Deputy Course Director BITS (IS, IM, MMGD),
[email protected]
Ph: 9903 1912, Room H7.62
If all else fails contact:
Chris Gonsalvez - Associate Head of School
[email protected]
Ph: 9903 2554, Room H7. 63