University of Plymouth International College - BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Oceanography Stage 1 Integrated - Induction Information
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Medical information – Please read and action urgently

As soon as you have completed online enrolment, please ensure that you complete the online medical questionnaire.  You will find the questionnaire at: . Alternatively, you can scroll down on the induction web page where you will see a link for the Medical Questionnaire (You must complete online enrolment first). The information is required solely to enable organisers of field courses, lab work and other activities you may undertake to be alerted to any special requirements or precautions which may be necessary.

Monday 16 September 2019

11.30 – 12.30 Diving Options – Room 006, Lower Ground Floor, Babbage Building

Dr Keiron Fraser

Attend this meeting if you want to know more about the excellent opportunities for diving during your course. We will discuss the practicalities of completing the HSE Professional SCUBA as part of the course and the optional Diving Science module.

12.30 - 12.45 Careers - Room 006, Lower Ground Floor, Babbage Building

Claire Guy

The most often quoted reason for coming to university is to enhance your future prospects and to create fulfilling career paths. Find out about how the Careers and Employability service can support you with this by; opening your eyes to a wealth of graduate options, helping you to develop skills and gain experience and providing you with all the practical help you need, from stage 0 right the way through to postgraduate study (and for up to 3 years after you finish your programme!)

13.00 – 14.00 University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) Registration - UPIC, 15 Portland Villas  
Drew Kearney   

An introduction to university of Plymouth International College.  

Tuesday 17 September 2019

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome Meetings – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS103 – 103a

Meet your course mates and the marine biology subject group team. (Note that it takes about 30 minutes to walk from campus See map

Marine Station Map

10.00 - 11.00 Coffee and Cakes - Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS103 – 103a

11.00 – 12.30 Introduction to your Degree Course – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS103 – 103a

Your Programme Leader will introduce you to the School, the structure of your degree at Plymouth, and important practical information about timetables etc. You will probably have many questions about the course and approaches to study.

14.00 – 16.00 Team Activity – Room 209, Davy Building

Dr Clare Embling

Get to know your course mates while working in a team to solve a classification problem.

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Any time between 09.00 – 16.00 University Card Collection - Room 015, Ground Floor, Smeaton Building

Your card is used for entry to the Library, some room entry, handing in coursework etc. You must complete online enrolment and upload a photo prior to attending this session. You will need to bring identification with you to this session. The preferred form of identification is a valid current passport. Please refer to our University Card Collection web page for further details.
NB: If you already have a card i.e. because you were previously a student on another course or at a Partner College, you do not need to attend this session.

13.30 - 13.45 Introduction to Student Wellbeing Services – Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building

Student Services will outline the support available to all students and where you need to go to access this support.  The session will include information about:

·         Disability Services

·         Student Wellbeing Services (Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing)

·         Chaplaincy

·         Learning Development incl SUM UP

·         Care Leavers

·         Peer Assisted Learning (PALS)

13.45 - 14.00 - SU – Introduction to the Students’ Union   - Jill Craige Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building

A representative of the Students’ Union will outline all the extra-curricular activities you can enjoy, including; sports clubs and societies, volunteering, and how the Union is the hub of social life whilst studying. They provide your student support and representation.

14.00 – 15.00 Introduction to the Library and IT – Jill Craige Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building

Kim Davis, Information Specialist

A short presentation from your subject librarian introducing you to the facilities and services of the University library.

19.00 - 21.45 Welcome Party - Graduation Marquee Plymouth Hoe

The Welcome Party is your opportunity to meet informally with other students new to The Faculty of Science and Engineering as well as some current students and your academic staff.

Additionally, the evening includes a welcome drink, entertainment and the chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher.

Thursday 19 September 2019

10.00 – 12.00 Introduction to Marine Biology and Quiz! – Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building

Brief introduction to the first module, and what to expect in your first modules. This will be followed by a QI style quiz - your chance to find out how much you know about marine biology before you start the course, with prizes!

12.00 - 13.00 Lecture on Field Work – Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building

Dr Clare Embling and Dr Kerry Howell

14.00 – 17.00 Laboratory Skills Workshop – Room 702, Davy Building

Jane Thorning, Senior Technician, LABplus

This session provides you with an opportunity to test your command of some basic practical and laboratory skills, such as observation, handling, measurement, and analysis.

Friday 20 September 2019

11.30 Introductory Field Trip - Meet at the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of Plymouth

We will leave at 11.30 prompt – don’t be late! A boat will take us to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park just across Plymouth Sound on the Cornish side of the Tamar estuary. Here, you will have a brief introduction to the key features of Plymouth Sound and we will spend time examining some of the marine life on the seashore. Afterwards, you can explore the country park on some of the excellent walking trails or relax with fellow students and staff over lunch. You can choose to take your own snack lunch or buy reasonably priced food and drink at a café or pub. You make your own way back to Plymouth on the Cremyll ferry (cost £1.50) which leaves from the Edgcumbe Arms pub and docks close to the west end of Union Street in Plymouth (about 20-30 minutes’ walk to the University).

Please ensure that you have read the fieldwork section in the Safety Handbook and that you come with Wellington boots or other suitable footwear for working on the beach, plus warm, waterproof clothing. You must have completed your medical questionnaire to participate in this field trip.

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