Important Info for First Years

Teaching Delivery to Incoming First Year Students

 Select your programme for more detailed information

ProgrammePrimary Contact

CK401 Computer Science

Dr Kieran Herley

CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences

SEFS College Office

CK404 Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich

CK405 Genetics

Dr Tom Moore

CK406 Chemical Sciences

Dr Dave Otway

CK407 Mathematical Sciences

Dr Andreas Amann

CK408 Physics and Astrophysics

Professor Denise Gabuzda

CK409 Industrial Physics

Dr Bryan Kelleher

CK411 Data Science and Analytics

Professor Gregory Provan

CK412 Agricultural Science

Professor Astrid Wingler

CK504 Nutritional Sciences

Dr Tony Sheehy

CK505 Food Science

Dr Eileen O'Neill

CK600 Engineering

Dr Jorge Oliveira

CK606 Architecture

Dr John McLaughlin

Computer Science (CK401)

The core modules on the Computer Science programme will be delivered fully online for 2020-2021, at least for the first semester. Some elective modules may take place on campus. All Computer Science lectures will be delivered remotely and recordings and other materials made available online via Canvas. Laboratory and tutorial sessions will also be conducted online, as will any assessment during the semester. Students will be provided with a software toolkit to enable them to complete lab work on the own laptops.

Depending on how national guidance in relation to Covid-19 develops, some face-to-face teaching may be introduced later in the year, particularly for the second semester. Further information will be made available during orientation after registration.

Biological and Chemical Sciences 1 (CK402)

The Biological and Chemical Sciences degree programme will be delivered in a blended fashion in 2020-2021 with semester 1 being mainly on-line. All lectures and tutorials, as well as most analytical training, will be fully on-line using the University platforms such as CANVAS and TEAMS. It may be possible to attend some lectures on campus but this will not be obligatory. Depending on NPHET guidelines, it is hoped that a small number of practical sessions (3-5) will be offered on campus and physical attendance at those would be required. It is hoped that it will be possible to offer an increased amount of on-campus activity in semester 2. Further details will be provided in student timetables after registration and at student orientation following registration.

Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences  (CK404)

The Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences degree programme will be delivered in a blended fashion in 2020-2021 with semester 1 being mainly on-line. All lectures and tutorials, as well as most analytical training, will be fully on-line using the University platforms such as CANVAS and TEAMS. It may be possible to attend some tutorials on campus but this will not be obligatory. Depending on NPHET guidelines, it is hoped that a small number of practical sessions (3-5) will be offered on campus and physical attendance at those would be required. It is hoped that it will be possible to offer an increased amount of on-campus activity in semester 2. Further details will be provided in student timetables after registration and at student orientation following registration.

Genetics 1 (CK405)

The Genetics degree programme will be delivered in a blended fashion in 2020-2021 with semester 1 being mainly on-line. Most lectures and tutorials, as well as most analytical training, will be fully on-line using the University platforms such as CANVAS and TEAMS. It may be possible to attend some lectures on campus but this will not be obligatory. Depending on NPHET guidelines, it is hoped that a small number of practical sessions (3-5) will be offered on campus and physical attendance at those would be required. It is hoped that it will be possible to offer an increased amount of on-campus activity in semester 2. Further details will be provided in student timetables after registration and at student orientation following registration. 

Chemical Sciences 1 (CK406)

The Chemical Sciences 1st year entry programme will be delivered in a blended fashion in 2020-2021 with semester 1 being mostly on-line. All lectures, tutorials, and homework, as well as most analytical training, will be fully on-line using the University platforms CANVAS and TEAMS. It may be possible to attend some lectures on campus, but this will not be obligatory. Depending on NPHET guidelines, it is hoped that a small number of practical sessions (3-5) will be offered on campus and physical attendance at those would be required. It is hoped that it will be possible to offer an increased amount of on-campus activity in semester 2. Further details will be provided in student timetables after registration and at student orientation following registration. 

Mathematical Sciences (CK407)

The School of Mathematical Sciences in the first semester will deliver its undergraduate programme via one of two teaching delivery models:

  1. Use of pre-recorded lecture material uploaded to CANVAS along with scheduled tutorial-style meetings, either face-to-face or online.
  2. Delivery of certain lectures in class, to a subgroup of students, while simulcasting to others.

All lectures and teaching sessions will be recorded so that students can participate in these remotely if they so wish. The teaching materials for all modules will be available online through the UCC teaching platform CANVAS. In general, software from our IT labs is also free to use at home on your desktop/ laptop; for instance, Python and R programming are both open-source and accessible via most mid-range laptops/desktops.
For further info feel free to visit the IT Help page on our website.

Student will be required to wear face coverings during on campus teaching activities, and follow all HSE guidelines in relation to social distancing and hand hygiene. 

Mindful of this possibility, you should be aware that if there is a deterioration in the situation regarding COVID-19 the School stands ready to manage a move to 100% online-delivery at short notice. Further information will be made available during orientation and after registration.

Physics & Astrophysics (CK408)

The Physics and Astrophysics degree programme will be delivered in a blended fashion in 2020/2021, with Semester 1 being a mixture of in person and online. Currently, there is provision for your PY1052 lectures and tutorials to be in person on campus. Your PY1052 labs will be mostly in person, but some will be labs you can do at home. Some of the lectures, tutorials and labs you'll have in other subjects will likely be given online.

We understand that some students may not be able to make it to in-person lectures, due to personal circumstances, such as medical conditions that may make them especially vulnerable in the case of Covid-19 infection or living with another who is vulnerable. For this reason, all lectures and tutorials (online and in person) will also be recorded.

We have spent a lot of time planning how we will deliver your Physics lectures and tutorials in Semester 1. At the same time, we must all understand that we are governed by national guidelines that may change at short notice. We hope that Covid restrictions will have eased by Semester 2, but time will tell.

You can get more information from the orientation materials. 

Industrial Physics (CK409)

The Industrial Physics first year entry programme will be delivered in a blended fashion in 2020-2021, with Semester 1 being a mixture of in person and online. While it may be possible to attend some lectures on campus, this will not be obligatory and all lectures will be recorded and made available online, regardless of delivery method. Depending on official guidelines, we plan on having some in person laboratory work for which attendance will be required. There will also be lab work that can be performed at home. Further details will be provided in student timetables after registration and at student orientation following registration.

Data Science & Analytics (CK411)

The Schools of Computer and Information Science and Mathematical Sciences will deliver the CK411 degree programme in a blended fashion in 2020-2021 with semester 1 being mainly on-line. All lectures and tutorials, as well as most laboratories, will be fully on-line using the University platforms such as CANVAS and TEAMS. It may be possible to attend some lectures and/or laboratories on campus but this will not be obligatory. Depending on NPHET guidelines, it is hoped that a small number of practical sessions (3-5) will be offered on campus and physical attendance at those would be required. It is hoped that it will be possible to offer an increased amount of on-campus activity in semester 2. Further details will be provided in student timetables after registration and at student orientation following registration. 

Agricultural Science (CK412)

We are preparing to start teaching the next academic year with some of the modules on-line, some face-to-face and some a mixture of both. With respect to the first year of the Agricultural Science degree, the plans are as follows (subject to change to account for the Covid-19 situation):

  • Most lectures will probably be delivered online, but we are committed to providing as much face-to-face teaching for first-year students as possible.
  • Where possible, we will aim to teach small classes in large rooms. This includes e.g. face-to-face practical demonstrations.
  • We are planning for some smaller modules, including those specific to the Agricultural Science degree, to be taught entirely face-to-face on the UCC campus and at Teagasc (we will arrange transport from UCC to Teagasc).
  • Specific Agricultural Science teaching (AG1001) will take place in Semester 2.
  • Face-to-face instruction will happen, and to avail of this, you will need to be in Cork. 

BSc Nutritional Sciences (CK504)

The Nutritional Sciences degree programme will be delivered in a blended fashion in the 2020-2021 academic year with Semester 1 being mainly online. Most lectures and tutorials will be online using the University platforms such as CANVAS and TEAMS. It may be possible to attend some lectures on campus in small groups . Depending on NPHET guidelines, it is hoped that a small number of practical sessions (3-5) and workshops (5-6) will be offered on campus and physical attendance at those would be required. It is also hoped that it will be possible to offer an increased amount of on-campus activity in Semester 2. Further details will be provided in student timetables after registration and at student orientation following registration. 

BSc Food Science (CK505)

The Food Science degree programme will be delivered in a blended fashion in the 2020-2021 academic year with Semester 1 being mainly online. Most lectures and tutorials will be online using the University platforms such as CANVAS and TEAMS. It may be possible to attend some lectures on campus in small groups . Depending on NPHET guidelines, it is hoped that a small number of practical sessions (3-5) and workshops (5-6) will be offered on campus and physical attendance at those would be required. It is also hoped that it will be possible to offer an increased amount of on-campus activity in Semester 2. Further details will be provided in student timetables after registration and at student orientation following registration. 

Engineering (CK600)

The School of Engineering is preparing for a year with much more online delivery and continuous assessment as usual, but where we will try to run as many labs, tutorials, lectures, etc. as possible to continue develop your campus experience, practical learning and peer learning. We will be following official guidelines at all times, at present this means that 2m social distancing requirements continue, and where tuition with 2m distancing is not possible, then there will be a 1m distancing requirement with the use of Personal Protecting Equipment (PPE).

As a result of the reduced capacity, attendance to all events will likely imply each cohort to be divided in groups, as happened under normal circumstances for labs and some tutorials. Some elements of continuous assessment (like lab reports) require attendance, and they carry marks. However, the nature of this emergency means that there may be students that feel particularly at risk of covid infection. If coming to Cork and to campus is something that you are medically advised to consider as an overwhelming risk, you need to consider your safety first, and ask the Head of School or your specific Programme Director what can be done to ensure both your safety and your ability to fulfil the requirements of your specific programme. 

Architecture (CK606)
Students of the Cork Centre for Architectural Education are fortunate that the new building for Architecture in Douglas Street provides a spacious, off-campus environment which enables design studio work and lectures to proceed in 2020-2021, whilst conforming with social distancing guidelines. Two ground-floor lecture rooms will be combined and the audio-visual systems modified to accommodate up to 43 students seated 2 metres apart. Students, as in previous years, will be allocated their own studio workstation for the academic year. However, whilst there is a continuing need for social distancing, the attendance in studio will have to be scheduled. The Year cohort will be divided into two half classes. There will still be at least one morning plus one afternoon scheduled for studio tutorials, for each half-cohort each week. A draft timetable has been emailed to returning students. If coming to Cork and to campus is something that you are medically advised to consider as an overwhelming risk, you need to consider your safety first, and ask the Director of CCAE or your specific Year Coordinator what can be done to ensure both your safety and your ability to fulfil the requirements of your specific programme. 

 

Orientation for Incoming Students

Steps to ensure success in your study of Sciences, Engineering or Food Sciences

‌‌At University, students often find study and teaching methods quite different to those they have experienced at secondary school. Unfortunately, experience has shown that many students find first year to be the most difficult year of all their years at university. To help first year students get off to a good start, a talk to help you prepare for the challenges of studying Science or Engineering or Food/ Nutritional Sciences at UCC is arranged.

This talk will be given by Dr Declan Kennedy, Lecturer in Science Education, UCC. Dr Kennedy has taught science both at second level and third level. In this talk various differences between studying at second level and third level will be outlined and strategies will be suggested to help you succeed in your studies of the sciences or engineering in this university. The talk will last for 50 minutes. Details of this year’s schedule can be found at the following How to succeed in your study 2017 (13kB)

First Year Mentoring Scheme

‌View details of College of SEFS First Year Mentoring Scheme 2016

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme is a student support scheme for first year students taking Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Learn more about PAL

Undergraduate Student Transfer Policy

If you wish to transfer within your first year at UCC, we make provision for limited first year transfers once the CAO season closes - details can be found on our Transfers page. 

Please contact Noirin Deady, First Year Co-ordinator, Admissions Office - n.deady@ucc.ie to discuss this option. 

Important Semester Dates and Timetables

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Coláiste na hEolaíochta, na hInnealtóireachta agus na hEolaíochta Bia

Block E, Level 3, Food Science Building, UCC, Cork

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