Academic Alerts are a way of helping students who are having trouble coping with their studies, such as missing deadlines for handing in work, or missing compulsory tutorials. The aim of the Alert system is to help students by flagging up problems before they seriously affect students’ grades. Academic Alerts will be issued by email from the Director of Teaching, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Module Coordinator or School administrator and will tell students what is wrong and what they are required to do (e.g. attend classes in future). The Alerts will also tell students what support the University can offer. If students do not take the action required they may receive another Alert, and in some cases may eventually get a grade of zero and fail that module if they do not complete enough of the module’s compulsory elements to be awarded credit. The system is designed to help and support students in order to remedy any problems or issues before these lead to failing a module. Alerts will never appear on a student’s permanent transcript. The university student handboook provides more information on academic alerts here.
Monitoring of attendance at academic activities takes place across Schools. The details will vary as appropriate to individual subjects, with a minimum of two attendance checks per semester per module for each student. Failure to attend a compulsory module element or one of the activities listed below will result in issue of an Academic Alert ABSENCE or CHECKPOINT. See also Compulsory Elements.
Monitoring in the School of Computer Science for 2023-24 will take place as follows:
Level 1 modules – every tutorial
- CS1002 and CS1007 tutorials (semester 1)
- CS1003 and CS1006 tutorials (semester 2)
Level 2 modules – every tutorial
- CS2001/CS2101 and CS2003 tutorials (semester 1)
- CS2002 and CS2006 tutorials (semester 2)
Level 3 modules
- CS3099 supervisor meetings every week
- On every other 3000 level module: first in-person class in week 5 and week 9
Level 4 modules
- CS4099, CS4098 and CS4796 supervisor meetings every week
- On every other 4000 level module: first in-person class in week 5 and week 9
Level 5 modules
- CS5199 and CS5899 supervisor meetings every week
- Masters dissertation supervision meetings (summer)
- On every other 5000 level module: first class in-person class in week 5 and week 9
Uniform monitoring helps Student Services intervene to offer support where students show patterns of low engagement, and helps the University to fulfil its legal obligation to monitor academic engagement by students studying on student visas.