Computing and Information Systems BSc (Hons) Top-up by Distance Learning – Year 3 Direct Entry: Induction information


Welcome to Portsmouth and the first year of your degree. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to start your new life at university.

Welcome message from Professor Djamel Ait-Boudaoud, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Technology

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Technology. I'm delighted you've chosen to study one of our courses and we will endeavour to give you the best possible learning experience. You’ll soon get to know other students on your course and academic staff who will guide and support you. Many of the friendships you make now will last a lifetime.

While we live in a rapidly changing world and despite the challenges facing our society in these unprecedented times, one thing that hasn't changed is that the learning and skills you'll gain here will remain in great demand around the world for now and in the future.

Each year, around 1,000 students graduate from one of our courses. These graduates are making big differences to the world, whether it be helping to protect the environment by exploring alternative energies, building water treatment plants in developing countries, helping to keep the nation's data systems secure, or educating the next generation of maths teachers. Such great expectations might seem daunting at the moment, and we understand that studying at University can have its difficult moments, but we've all been in your position ourselves and are here to help you. Be intellectually curious, make use of the resources available, and if there's ever something you need help with, feel free to ask.

You have the potential to succeed on your course, to excel and make a positive difference in the world. We're here to help make this happen. I look forward to congratulating you when the time comes for you to graduate.

Jump to your induction timetable

Staying safe on campus

This is a distance learning course and all learning activities will be online, but in case you are local and wish to visit the Library, please note the following.

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 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.

Meeting and working with other students

The Computing and Information Systems Moodle page contains course-related information you'll find useful throughout your studies. You can use the General News and Announcements forum to post questions and chat with other students on the course.

Meet your lecturers

We're looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to your first lecture. Below you'll find information of key lecturers who'll teach you during your first teaching block.

Kathy Parker

Course Leader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer for PRMANDL and MISECDL

Find out more about Kathy Parker

Ronel Beukman

Senior Lecturer, Lecturer for ADCONDL and Associate Head of School (Student Experience)

Find out more about Petronella Beukman

Alice Good

Senior Lecturer and Personal Tutor

Find out more about Alice Good

Louise Jarvis

Course Administrator

Welcome message from Dr Nick Savage, Head of the School of Computing

Welcome to the School of Computing.

We hope you'll find in our School a welcoming, inclusive, diverse and supportive home, where you'll develop a sense of belonging and community. Our teaching staff and graduate students are role models who are keen to support you in becoming the next generation of computer scientists.

Our School activities are mostly based in Buckingham, Lion Gate, Anglesea and Portland buildings. On the first floor of Buckingham Building, you'll find your Tutor's offices and displays of information about societies you can join and events you can participate in throughout the year.

We value ambition and we hope that you'll participate in as many School activities as possible.

During your first week, you'll meet members of staff responsible for your academic studies. This will include your course team and your personal tutor, who'll support you throughout your time at Portsmouth.

Whether your meetings are online or on-campus, if you're not sure where you need to be, just get in touch with me by email ( and I'll do my best to help.

On behalf of all the staff in the School, I’d like to wish you a warm welcome for a successful year.

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

If you're having problems logging into Your Student View, please contact the Service Desk – call +44 023 9284 7777 or email

Monday 28 September

Tuesday 29 September

Please make sure you go through and make a start on the CISDL Sept 2020 Getting Started To Do List - this has some valuable information about your course and getting started.

Wednesday 30 September


Online chat for introductions and questions. Join the WebEx session. The password will be sent to you. 

Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.

We recommend you bookmark, favourite or save a link to this webpage so you can revisit it before you arrive and when you're on campus.

Further information

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