Media Studies BA (Hons) – Year 1: Induction information
Welcome to Portsmouth and the first year of your degree. We hope you're excited to start your new life at university.
Welcome message from Professor Trevor Keeble, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
I’m delighted to welcome you to the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth. I’m so pleased that you have chosen to come and study with us and hope that your time at Portsmouth will be challenging, rewarding and fun. I’m very proud to work alongside the many talented people who make up our academic, technical and professional support teams in CCI. We have been working incredibly hard to ensure that your experience as a new student in the Faculty is excellent in spite of the challenges that we currently face as a consequence of the pandemic. Things will obviously be done slightly differently to how they have been done before but I know that working safely together, we will thrive. Have a great year. I wish you every success in what you do and hope that your time at Portsmouth is a very happy one.
Staying safe on campus
Most classes will be both non-practical and online during your first semester. For any practical filmmaking, you should prepare online by completing the ScreenSkills module Coronovirus Basic Awareness on Production Training. It takes approximately 40 minutes followed by a multiple choice test of 20 questions. Registration is required to access ScreenSkills.
We’ll have all appropriate safety measures and a few restrictions in place. And every building will be open in line with Government guidance – including teaching spaces, communal spaces, toilets, cafes and the library. For more information about how we're ensuring your safety on campus, head to the 'Campus and city life 2020/21' page.
Due to coronavirus, we've made some changes to teaching to keep you safe. We've set up sanitisation stations across campus, one-way systems in busy areas and protective screens at certain locations.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the pandemic, we may need to make further changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these changes.
International and EU students
If you're joining us from overseas, find out about our International Orientation events and what you need to do during your first week.
If you can't travel to the UK, or you don't feel safe to travel, your course's first teaching block will be delivered completely online. Our International Orientation events will also be online, so you'll still be able to get involved in welcome talks and social activities, as well as meet other new students.
Meet your lecturers
During induction week, you'll meet members of your course teaching and administration team, Faculty support staff and other new students. You'll be assigned a personal tutor in your first week, who is an experienced member of academic staff.
Online meeting rooms will be set up on Moodle for specific modules, including platforms to support any group work. Where possible, you'll be working with other students in interactive seminars, workshops and other sessions. Be sure to check your timetable and look at Moodle module pages for all relevant information. Online plenaries will include ongoing updates, delivered through the Personal Development module. You'll also be contacted through Moodle and by your personal tutor about group and social events.
Read our practices in communicating digitally to get the most of your online learning.
Welcome from the School of Film, Media and Communication
The School of Film, Media and Communication (FMC) is based in the Eldon Building. You'll find information about your course, academic issues, pastoral support and extra-curricular opportunities in the Film, Media and Communication (FMC) Common Room on Moodle (our virtual learning environment). Follow us on Twitter for upcoming opportunities and news.
Below you'll find your schedule of induction events, which you should read carefully. More support and information about what to expect during your studies is in your Student Handbook and the University assessment regulations.
Your induction timetable
You'll need your student account details to access many of your online induction activities. If you haven't already activated your student account, please activate it now. Your username will consist of 'UP' followed by your student ID number (for example, UP123456).
Log into your Moodle course page
Monday 5th October
10.00am- 11.00am: Welcome to Media Studies (with David Garland and Trudy Barber)
Online Live via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/dea-pzqh-pda
12.00pm-1.00pm: School Welcome from Head of School (with Jane Chandler)
Online Live via Zoom: https://port-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/96893956890
Tuesday 6th October
10.00am-11.00am: Level 4 Small Group Tutorials (with Personal Tutors)
Online Live via Zoom breakout rooms: https://port-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/81226284312?pwd=VHR4Y0FnamRQR1hMQmV1dFk2bEpKQT09
Friday 9th October
11.00am-12.00pm: Level 4 Small Group Tutorials (with Personal Tutors)
Online Live via Zoom breakout rooms: https://port-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/81727799400?pwd=WnROME1JdFpXakpjaFhWWGhQWUxIZz09
Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.
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