Teaching and Learning

Getting Support and Raising Issues

All Programme Directors and Module Leaders will keep a regular office hour during term time and over the examination period. Students are very welcome to drop in on staff during their office hours if there is anything they would like to discuss.

In addition, the Head of Department holds a weekly Open Hour, which students are welcome to attend in order to raise or discuss issues, including relating to assessment and feedback. No appointment is necessary.

Staff Office Hours and the schedule for the Head of Department Open Hour are published here.


Teaching timetables and maps

Here are some essential resources to get you started:

Teaching timetableSee what's being taught, when, where and by whom across UCL and access your own schedule
UCL mapsUse our searchable maps to find out how to get where you need to be
UCL Go!Download our app to access university and union information from your mobile


Syllabus and Curriculum Information

You can find syllabus/ curriculum information by clicking on the link to your programme on the left hand side of this page. We make every effort to keep syllabus and curriculum information correct, however if you are in doubt about the assessment or the prerequisites for a particular module, or the options available on a particular programme, you should check with the lecturer or your Programme Director.


Module Selection

The deadline for selecting modules via Portico is typically the end of the second week of teaching. To make or change a module selection after this time you will need to contact the Programme Administrator.

Students will have the opportunity to discuss their choices with academic staff, however arrangements vary according to programme, so do take note of any information given by your Programme Administrator/ Programme Director in Induction Week.

Changes to modules taught in Term 2 can be requested until mid-late January, as long as all relevant permissions are sought.


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Attendance and Engagement Monitoring

All our degree programmes are full time, so you are expected to attend UCL for all timetabled events and be contactable throughout term. Our modules are designed to be suitably demanding, so don't make the mistake of slacking off and falling behind. If you miss lectures, you must take responsibility for catching up on the material you miss.

The department uses a variety of methods to check student engagement, including monitoring signature sheets for coursework hand-ins, monitoring logins to online resources such as Moodle, and taking occasional class registers. There are several points in the academic year when the department is required to report formally to the Registry that all their students are engaging with their studies. This is partly because of UK legislation (UCL has a 'Highly Trusted Sponsor' status with the UK Border Agency and is required to monitor the engagement of it's Tier 4 visa students), however, UCL has decided that all its students should be treated equitably and therefore undertakes attendance checks on all students.

We will normally email a class in advance of when a register is to be taken. It is important that if you miss a lecture where a register is taken, that you respond promptly to any email follow-up to confirm that you are attending and engaging with your studies. If you are struggling for any reason, ifor example ill-health, then please do seek help (see section 7, illness, absence and extenuating circumstances for further details.)


Graduation

Everyone who receives a degree or graduate diploma from UCL is eligible to attend a graduation ceremony. There are full details at the Graduation Ceremonies website

Places at graduation ceremonies are not automatically allocated. You need to use the online booking site to indicate your wish to attend and purchase your ticket. You must do this before the deadline to guarantee your place. See the tickets page for more information.

You can check your eligibility by looking on your Portico homepage. If you are eligible, once the application process begins you will have a link to purchase tickets in the Graduation Ceremonies container. If you feel you are eligible but do not have a link please contact the Student Support and Events Team.

You do not have to attend a ceremony and your award is not affected by your attendance.


Changing Your Degree

Students are able to transfer between the MEng and BSc Computer Science programmes, (subject to approval and completion of the necessary paperwork).  

Please see our dedicated information page for further details. 


Personal Tutors/ Tutorial Groups

Every undergraduate student will be allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies, and in the vast majority of cases will keep this tutor throughout their studies with us. The Departmental Teaching Committee has set out some guidelines to help you understand what you can expect from this relationship. 

Taught master's students may instead have a tutorial group which meets collectively. See the pages for your programme for further details, and make sure you take a careful note of arrangements given at the start of term.

See also information on attendance and engagement, and illness, absence and extenuating circumstances below.