1 GENERAL STUDY INFORMATION

COURSE INFORMATION AND CONTENTS (VIST)

Besides this study guide, the content of a course, its objectives, teaching methods, teachers and literature is provided by the Course Information System, called VIST (http://www.utwente.nl/vist). Furthermore, VIST is considered as the main information source of all course-exceeding information from changes in schedules to announcements of colloquia.

Note: The unique codes for all courses easify searches on VIST.

OVERVIEW OF LECTURE HOURS

Lectures, tutorials and practicals usually cover certain lecture hours, which are represented below:

1: 08.30h - 09.15h 6: 14.45h - 15.30h

2: 09.30h - 10.15h 7: 15.45h - 16.30h

3: 10.40h - 11.25h 8: 16.40h - 17.25h

4: 11.40h - 12.25h 9: 18.30h - 19.15h

5: 13.45h - 14.30h 10: 19.30h – 20.15h

STUDY LOCATIONS

The study activities of the BME program and offices of the lecturers cover UT buildings over the whole campus. The home basis for BME, though, is the Horst building (nr. 20 on the campus map in Appendix 1). A map of the Horst building is included in Appendix 1. The offices of many lecturers of the BME program can be found in the “Zuidhorst” or in its surrounding area. In appendix 4, a list of BME staff members with their offices, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses can be found. Moreover, contact information of all UT personnel is listed in a central addressbook, called LDAP, which can be accessed through internet (http://ldap.utwente.nl:8888). Since lecturers are often away from their office, e-mail is a general medium for making appointments.

Some main locations for the BME program are:

· The Educational Affairs Office of the faculty TNW (BOOZ-TNW): Horst W-221.

· Rooms for projects and computers for Master students:Horst tower, floor 8 and 12.

· Horst O210 and O116 for 1st and 2nd year Bachelor students.

The Horst building is opened from 8:00 to 18:00, also during the holidays. Outside opening hours the building can be accessed with help of an entrance pass. Such a pass is available at the reception desk of the Horst and needs the approval of the BME program director.

Abbreviations of the university buildings are:

Name Abbreviations

Capitool CA

Horst:

Cubicus CU

Horstring HR

Hogekamp HO

Horsttoren HT

Langezijds LA

Noordhorst NH

Ravelijn RA

Oosthorst OH

Spiegel SP

Westhorst WH

Sportcentrum SC

Zuidhorst ZH

Temp TE

Horstkelder ZC

Vrijhof VR

 

Waaier WA

 

Zilverling ZI

 

EDUCATIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Important general announcements for the BME program (the so-called educational announcements) are spread by two means: announcements at VIST and at information boards in the Horst. These can be considered as the most recent announcements. Making it a habit to regularly check these announcements is strongly recommended. Potential changes to the schedules are also published through these media.

TELETOP

Each course requires enrolment via TeleTOP (at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the course). TeleTOP provides course-specific information via a TeleTOP-page for that concerning course. This medium is a so-called digital learning environment. TeleTOP-pages cover news, general course information, the schedule of activities, e-mail addresses, etc..

Access to TeleTOP (teletop.utwente.nl) requires an internet connection and a TeleTOP Account. Such an account will be automatically sent to a student’s home address after admission to one of the study programs at the UT. At the main page of TeleTOP, user manuals can be found.

Note: For taking the final exam of a course, subscription at a different medium, called TAST, is required. The regulations regarding examination are included in chapter two.

ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, UT-WEB APPLICATIONS AND E-MAIL

Once your enrolment to the UT is processed, you will get a student account with an e-mail address, your own specific student number and a password. This student number and password can be used for almost all web applications of the UT. All web applications for UT-students can be accessed through the Student Portal of the University, called MyCampus (http://mycampus.utwente.nl). See also Appendix 7.

The helpdesk of the service for information technology, library and education (ITBE, helpdesk@itbe.utwente.nl) can be consulted for all questions about these topics (http://www.utwente.nl/itbe/werkplekondersteuning). All lecturers and staff members have an e-mail address too, which is listed in appendix 4.

TEACHING METHODS DURING CONTACT HOURS

The schedule, the study guide and VIST indicate how each course is taught. There are different teaching methods at the faculty: lectures (HC), tutorials (WC), practicals (PR), projects (PJ), assignments (OPD) and internships.

Lectures are plenary sessions during which a lecturer presents an explanation of and/or additional information on the subject matter for a group of students. These lectures generally last two academic hours of 45 minutes, with a 15-minute break in between.

Tutorials are a more intensive type of education. Tutorials usually take up the same amount of time, but are more interactive. During tutorials, small groups of students work on applications of the subject matter, often in the form of small assignments. They are under supervision of a lecturer and intended for assimilation of the subject matter. Also individual problems can be discussed. Generally, the lectures and tutorials are not mandatory, although they are highly relevant for a good assimilation of the subject matter. It is therefore strongly recommended to include these lectures and tutorials in your time schedule and attend them as much as possible.

Projects is a way in which some courses are given in which a specific case has to be solved. Within a small group of students, tasks have to be independently divided and planned and required information and knowledge has to inventoried and acquired. Sometimes, such a project has to be concluded with an official presentation of the project’s results. Such a presentation has to be kept for fellow students, supervisors and interested parties of your study program. Occasionally, a workroom is put at the disposal of the project groups. Often this workroom has to be shared with other groups. Project groups are expected to keep their workrooms tidy!

Practicals (or laboratory courses) are sessions in which the individual student or small groups of students learn to perform specific handlings or exercises. The handlings or exercises are commonly practiced in a physics, chemistry, cell or computer laboratory. They last at least an entire morning of afternoon. Usually, the practical work is reported in a laboratory journal and to be completed with a statistical discussion.

STUDY METHOD DURING SELF-STUDY

In the Master’s program, we expect that you have discovered an effective method for studying. For the sake of completeness in the first lecture, lecturers often explicitly advice a way in which that course can most effectively be studied and discuss the best way in which you can prepare for the final exam. So, by assuring your presence, you easify your learning process. When you doubt your study method, talk to fellow students, your mentor or the study adviser. Also check out the website “Vragenlijst Studiemethoden” (http://vsm.cs.utwente.nl, in Dutch).

STUDY MATERIAL

Courses are supported by different types of study materials, e.g. lecture notes (syllabi or readers), books, hand-outs and PowerPoint presentations of the lectures. These are either available at the Unionshop, Student association Paradoks, general book stores like Campus Boekhandel or TeleTOP. See paragraph 6.5 for more information.

CHANGE OF PERSONAL CONTACT INFORMATION

Some students frequently change address and/or telephone number. However, students often forget to communicate their new contact information with the official bodies with risk of missing important information. So, students are strongly advised to pass on the new contact information to Central Student Administration (CSA), Informatie Beheer Groep (IBG), study association and other communities that are joined. CSA transfers this information to BOOZ of your study program. In this way, important mail can be delivered to the new address right away.

Changing contact at CSA can be simply, digitally managed through the web application “System for Student Administration” (ISIS: http://www.utwente.nl/isis).

FOUND AND LOST OBJECTS

When something (jacket, bag, etc.) is left in the rooms for practicals or lectures, these objects can be hand over to the reception of the specific building and, in that case, also collected at the reception. Nevertheless, students have to be warned for leaving objects unsupervised. Even at the UT, things get stolen.

CENTRAL STUDENT ADMINISTRATION (CSA, PART OF DISC) – BLUE DESK

CSA, also referred to as “the blue desk”, is a service that controls all records of UT students, including enrolments. All changes to contact information after your enrolment have to be communicated to this service. Students can turn to CSA for several courses of events: switch to other study programs, enrolment for a second program, (temporarily) quitting of a program, potential refunds of tuition fees, regulations for enrolment as extraneus, validity of (foreign) diplomas, questions concerning student cards.

For specific questions about studiefinanciering (Dutch study grants system) you can turn to the regional service studiefinanciering or to the Information desk of student counsellors (red desk). If necessary, consult the Vademecum of the Student Union at the UT (previously the Campus guide). For information, forms and changes in addresses, the website of the blue desk is of interest (www.utwente.nl/studentenbalie/blauwe_balie).

TELEPHONE, E-MAIL AND NETWORK ON CAMPUS

All over the campus, fixed telephones can freely be used to call other telephone numbers on campus. In this case only the last four numbers of the telephone number have to be dialled.

In general, all persons lieted to the university have an e-mail address that ends with “@xxx.utwente.nl”, with xxx showing the relation to the university.

All computers on campus are part of the university network and have IP-addresses that start with “130.89”. One of the advantages is that, in this way, special rights can be assigned to all computers on campus, such as licenses on articles.

Computers connected to the wireless network of the campus, are automatically “named” with a campus IP-address. Connecting to the wireless network is only possible with help of a valid (student) account.