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The Preparatory Year Programme Student Handbook Faculty of Nursing

Version 1.0 July 2011

Contents Welcome from the Dean ......................................................................................................... 3 Section 1 Purpose of the Preparatory Year Programme .................................................. 4 Aim of the Preparatory Year Programme ................................................................................. 4 Requirements for successful progression ................................................................................. 4 Your BUE details ...................................................................................................................... 5 Your Personal Tutor ................................................................................................................. 5 Section 2 Subject Knowledge............................................................................................. 6 Tracking and reviewing your progress on the Preparatory Year Programme ........................... 6 Essential BUE documents to guide your development as an Independent Learner ................. 7 Section 3 English Language ............................................................................................... 9 Develop your English language proficiency to be an effective Independent Learner................ 9 Know your English Module ....................................................................................................... 9 Section 4 Learner Skills .................................................................................................... 10 What are Independent Learning Skills? .................................................................................. 10 BUE workshops to support your development as an Independent Learner ............................ 11 Study Skills required to be an effective Independent Learner ................................................ 12 BUE Study Guides.................................................................................................................. 13 Section 5 Learner Support ................................................................................................ 14 BUE Support Services ............................................................................................................ 14 BUE eServices ....................................................................................................................... 15 Section 6 Personal Tutoring ............................................................................................. 17 Meeting with your Personal Tutor ........................................................................................... 17 What you must do................................................................................................................... 17 The role of your Personal Tutor .............................................................................................. 17 Section 7 - Record of Meetings with Your Personal Tutor ................................................ 18 Section 8 Know Your Campus.......................................................................................... 24 Campus map .......................................................................................................................... 24 Campus facilities .................................................................................................................... 25

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Welcome from the Dean Welcome to the Preparatory Year Programme in the Faculty of Nursing. BUE degree programmes offer a unique learning experience in Egypt for they provide an opportunity to take advantage of studying within a British context and to obtain a British degree from a leading British university. This requires students to have the necessary skills to study within a British system and to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by it. The Preparatory Year Programme aims to support the development of your knowledge and independent learning skills so that you can successfully progress onto a degree programme at BUE. The knowledge and skills that you will develop in the Preparatory Year Programme include: 1. 2. 3. 4. Subject Knowledge English Language Skills Learner Skills including Study Skills To learn how to think not what to think

By successfully completing the requirements of the Preparatory Year Programme we believe that you will have the knowledge and skills to enter a BUE degree programme. The Preparatory Year Student Handbook lists the different elements that you must complete successfully to pass the Preparatory Year Programme. It sets out the key areas that will help you understand the Preparatory Year Programme and to ensure your future success on a BUE degree programme. In time, you should also refer to the University Student Handbook, which provides detailed information about the requirements of studying at BUE, as well as the General Academic Regulations and Examination and Assessment Regulations which set out the regulations of the University. We look forward to supporting you develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful academic career at the BUE and in your future career.

Professor Cheherezade Ghazi Faculty of Nursing The British University in Egypt

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Section 1 Purpose of the Preparatory Year Programme


Aim of the Preparatory Year Programme The Preparatory Year Programme will prepare you for a British system of undergraduate study and will help you to qualify to enter a degree programme at the BUE. It does this by helping you to develop four key areas: 1. 2. 3. 4. Subject Knowledge English Language Skills Learner Skills including Study Skills To learn how to think not what to think

This way of learning may be very different from how you have learnt before. The Preparatory Year Programme will help you develop the skills needed to be an effective independent learner. It is important that you take full advantage of the opportunities offered by it. Requirements for successful progression By the end of the Preparatory Year Programme you must have completed and passed all the modules in the Preparatory Year Programme to progress to Year 1 of a degree programme at BUE. To help you pass the Preparatory Year Programme it is important that you do the following:
Make sure you complete these requirements Preparatory Year Programme Student Handbook

All students must:

attend the Faculty induction ensure you have a BUE ID, e-mail and a Personal Tutor know which modules you must complete each semester, have all the module documentation, and successfully pass each module know which English module you need to complete each semester ensure you have all the essential BUE documentation develop the skills of independent learning attend the BUE Learner Development Workshops use the Library, eLearning and support services effectively meet your Personal Tutor three times a semester in weeks 1, 4 & 6 Page 5 Page 6 Page 9 Pages 6 & 7 Pages 10 & 12 Page 11 Pages 13, 14, 15 & 16 Pages 17-23

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Your BUE details


Complete the table below as you obtain the required information

My BUE Details Name: BUE ID number: BUE e-mail: Programme of study: Level of English module:

Your Personal Tutor


You will be allocated a Personal Tutor at induction - complete the table below as you obtain the required information

My Personal Tutor Name of Personal Tutor: Office number: Email address: Telephone:
Sunday:

Monday:

Office hours:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

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Section 2 Subject Knowledge


Tracking and reviewing your progress on the Preparatory Year Programme To be an effective independent learner you need to track and review your progress to ensure that you pass all the modules in the Preparatory Year Programme. Check the eLearning system for the required information and complete the following table for all of your modules in the Preparatory Year.
Complete the table below as you obtain the required information

Semester 1 Write the details Module Specification Credit Value

to show that you have each item


Reading List Assessment Schedule Assessment Criteria Weekly Plan Exam Timetable

Module code

Module Title

ENGL05X05

English - Upper Intermediate

10

Semester 2

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Essential BUE documents to guide your development as an Independent Learner At the start of the academic year/semester you must ensure that you have the required documents. These are needed for you to be a member of the BUE, to help you understand the BUE and the Preparatory Year Programme, and to organise your studies.
Collect the documentation listed in the table and complete the last column to show that you have a copy

to show
Document Personal
BUE ID card BUE email address & password Library account A copy of your timetable University BUE Student Handbook BUE Generic Assessment Criteria General Academic Regulations Exam & Assessment Regulations BUE Style Guide Faculty, Department & Programme Faculty/Departmental induction programme Faculty/Departmental Handbook Programme Specification Module Specifications Weekly module outlines Module assessment schedules Module assessment criteria Sent by email Student Affairs eLearning
http://elearning.bue.edu.eg/

Where do I get it?

that you have the document

Student Affairs In Induction Week 305, Building E During the Semester See page 15 of this Handbook The Library Student Registration System (SRS)
http://srs.bue.edu.eg/bue/default.aspx

BUE website
http://www.bue.edu.eg/Articles.aspx?Article=113&M=2.1

BUE Student Handbook


http://www.bue.edu.eg/Articles.aspx?Article=113&M=2.1

BUE website
http://www.bue.edu.eg/Articles.aspx?Article=113&M=2.1

BUE website
http://www.bue.edu.eg/Articles.aspx?Article=113&M=2.1

Library website
http://lib.bue.edu.eg/wiki/index.php/Information_Literacy_Skills

eLearning
http://elearning.bue.edu.eg/

eLearning
http://elearning.bue.edu.eg/

eLearning
http://elearning.bue.edu.eg/

eLearning
http://elearning.bue.edu.eg/

eLearning
http://elearning.bue.edu.eg/

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These documents are important because they: set out what you have to learn set out how you will be assessed support you to develop academic honesty set out the rules and regulations for study at BUE The University operates according to General Academic Regulations which set out the requirements for all students in the University.

http://www.bue.edu.eg/Articles.aspx?Article=113&M=2.1

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Section 3 English Language


Develop your English language proficiency to be an effective Independent Learner All teaching and assessment at BUE is in English. To be a successful independent learner you need to have a high level of English language proficiency and to be able to use sophisticated academic English. All Preparatory Year students must complete and pass the appropriate English language modules. Completion of the English Language Programme is a requirement for graduation. The English Language Programme consists of four modules:
English Module Intermediate Upper Intermediate Advanced Advanced Writing IELTS Equivalency on entry 4.0 5.5 6.5

You will need to attend all classes and work independently to develop your English language skills and improve your level.

Know your English Module To ensure that you pass your English modules, and progress, you will need to attend all English language classes and complete the required independent study.
Complete the table below in the first teaching week of each semester

Module Code Semester 1

Module Title

English Tutor

Room

Semester 2

Semester 3

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Section 4 Learner Skills


What are Independent Learning Skills? It is important that you develop independent learning skills during the Preparatory Year. They are required for successful study on a BUE degree programme as well as by future employers. As an independent learner at BUE you are expected to have these skills: Motivation apply your knowledge and skills to succeed in your chosen degree programme

set goals and targets expand your interest in your area of study by reading widely and independently

Time Management use your time effectively


study for at least 35 hours a week including lectures, seminars and private study attend all time-tabled sessions complete work outside the classroom as part of private study hours be able to manage lots of things at the same time

Learner Skills use sophisticated and academic English to communicate your knowledge in the required format

apply appropriate Study Skills and understand how to improve your learning potential search, evaluate and use information in support of an argument work effectively on your own and with others make effective use of libraries, eLearning and the internet ensure academic honesty at all times

Reflection apply your knowledge and skills to practical situations in the real world

identify your strengths, weaknesses and areas for development accept and use feedback to develop your understanding and learning make an appointment with your Personal Tutor, or attend an academic skills workshop, if you are struggling academically

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BUE workshops to support your development as an Independent Learner Preparatory Year students are required to attend a number of compulsory workshops to help them understand the Preparatory Year Programme and to develop their independent learning skills. You must attend the workshops listed below:
Review the workshops listed in the table and complete the last column to show that you attended them

Induction Workshops # 1 2 3 4 Session Faculty/Departmental Induction Library Induction eLearning Induction English Programme Induction When? Delivered by The Faculty The Library The Faculty English Department to show that you have attended the session

Review the workshops listed in the table and complete the last column to show that you attended them

Semester 1 Workshops # 5 6 7 8 9 Session Health & Safety Induction An introduction to Study Skills An introduction to using Library Resources - 1 An introduction to Academic Honesty Revision Techniques When? Delivered by The Faculty The Faculty The Library The Faculty The Faculty to show that you have attended the session

Review the workshops listed in the table and complete the last column to show that you attended them

Semester 2 Workshops # 10 11 12 Session Using Library Resources - 2 Revision Techniques Progression Planning When? Delivered by The Library The Faculty The Faculty to show that you have attended the session

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Study Skills required to be an effective Independent Learner You have skills which can be developed and used to help you study effectively, including: Learning Strategies

Understanding how to learn from a variety of methods involving lectures, tutorials, projects, team & pair work Planning private study time and using it efficiently Making effective use of eLearning Revising and preparing for exams and assessments

Research Skills

Developing information seeking and research skills using libraries, the internet and other sources, including the advice and guidance of Library and academic staff Selecting and evaluating information to support critical thinking

Reading, Listening and Speaking Skills


Reading for understanding Developing note-taking techniques Planning and giving oral presentations

Writing Skills

Becoming aware of the conventions and layout of the types of writing for the modules you are now taking and the module(s) to which you will progress Recognising the stages in writing such as planning, drafting, editing, and proof-reading Ensuring accuracy in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and appropriate use of paragraphs

Academic Honesty

Ensuring the correct acknowledgment of the work of others and the avoidance of plagiarism

Spend time developing your Study Skills!

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BUE Study Guides There are a number of Study Guides that will support you to develop your Study Skills and Independent Learning Skills. Study Guides are available on the Library website and cover the following areas:
Review the Study Guides listed in the table and complete the last column to show that you have used them

Study Guide
http://lib.bue.edu.eg/wiki/index.php/Library_Study_Guides

to show that you have used the Study Guide

Learning Strategies Study Skills definition Critical Thinking definition Learning at University Time Management Working in groups/teams Research Skills Research skills Effective internet searching Reading, Listening and Speaking Skills Active reading Note taking Presentation skills Writing Skills Essay planning Revision and Exam Skills Planning revision Revising for exams Taking exams Understanding the question Academic Honesty BUE Style Guide Academic honesty and how to avoid plagiarism

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Section 5 Learner Support


BUE Support Services The University has a number of support services available to students to support their development as independent learners. Services include: Support for Learning The Library http://lib.bue.edu.eg/wiki/index.php/Main_Page Refer to the Library website to see the range of resources available. eLearning http://eLearning.bue.edu.eg/ Refer to the eLearning website to see the range of resources available. Support for English Language The Writing Centre - Building D http://research.bue.edu.eg/writingcentre Refer to the Writing Centre website to see the range of support available. The Advising and Language Support Office (ALSO) Office 107, Building D Make an appointment, if you require further support with English language issues or advice on independent learning strategies for developing your English language. The Language Laboratory Second Floor, Building B Make use of the Language Laboratory facilities to improve your English language skills. Computer Assisted Language Learning Computer Laboratory 2, Building B A range of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) material is available to enable students to improve their English Language skills. Support for IT, Maths and Physics Workshops for IT, Maths and Physics Find out from your Module Leader or Personal Tutor what workshops are available in your Faculty to develop your IT, Maths and Physics skills. Support for Students with Disabilities If you have a disability and you feel you need support, please see your Personal Tutor. Welfare Support The Welfare Counsellor Office G15, Building G If there are personal issues affecting your studies, please make and appointment to see the Welfare Counsellor.

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BUE eServices To be an effective independent learner at BUE it is important that you make full use of the BUE eServices. You must ensure that you use the following: the BUE email system the BUE eLearning system the BUE Student Record System (SRS) Below are instructions on how to access the different BUE eServices. BUE email How to create a BUE email address (Live@edu) a. Your email address is username@bue.edu.eg, where 'username' is your First Name followed by your BUE ID number b. For example, if your first name is Ahmed and your BUE ID number is 110200 then your BUE email address will be Ahmed110200@bue.edu.eg
How to logon to the BUE webmail (Live@edu)

a. b. c. d. e.

From any internet browser go to http://outlook.com Outlook live email will open and request your email address & password Enter your full BUE email address and the default password 1234567 Set your local time zone To change the default password, contact the IT Support Office in the Computer Labs, Building B

BUE eLearning How to access the BUE eLearning system a. From any internet browser go to http://elearning.bue.edu.eg b. At the first page in the top-right hand corner you will find Login c. Click on Login to proceed d. Enter your user name this is the first part of your email address (e.g. Ahmed110200) e. Enter the default password 1234567 f. To change the default password, contact the IT Support Office in the Computer Labs, Building B

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BUE Student Record System (SRS) How to access the BUE SRS a. Once you have activated your BUE email an email from the SRS administrative team will be sent to your email with your SRS login information b. From any internet browser go to http://srs.bue.edu.eg c. Enter the user name & password which was provided in the email sent by the SRS administrative team d. Click on the Student option e. You will now have access to your SRS student profile and your course timetable BUE wireless network system How to access the BUE Wireless services a. Setup up your wireless device to scan for wireless networks b. A wireless network named BUE will appear in your list c. Connect to BUE wireless network then open your internet browser & go to any website d. An authentication page will appear, enter your user BUE name & password. These are the same as the ones used for the eLearning login How to print on campus Printing facilities are available in the Computer Labs in Building B. You can print in black and white. You need to pay for your printing and can recharge your account at the IT Support Office, located in the Computer Labs in Building B. IT Support Office This is located in the Computer Labs in Building B. It is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm Sunday to Thursday and provides support and advice to students on all aspects of BUE eServices.

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Section 6 Personal Tutoring


Meeting with your Personal Tutor All Preparatory Year students are formally required to meet their Personal Tutors three times (or more) a semester. The meetings should take place in teaching weeks 1, 4 and 6 of each semester. A formal record of these meetings must be kept by students and this must be signed by your Personal Tutor. What you must do Make sure that you know who your Personal Tutor is and when you can meet him or her. Each meeting with your Personal Tutor will last about 30 minutes. Before you meet your Personal Tutor you need to think about what you need to discuss with him or her. You must record the outcomes of each meeting. The role of your Personal Tutor You will be allocated a Personal Tutor in Induction Week. Your Personal Tutor will discuss with you your development as an independent learner including:
Your achievement and progress your achievement and progress on different modules your attendance and punctuality attendance at workshops Your development as an Independent Learner your independent study habits and learner skills your use of the library, eLearning and IT facilities your participation in student activities Your English language skills English language skills Your support needs things that you find difficult or do not understand issues that may be affecting your ability to study your support needs Maths, Physics, IT, English, Dyslexia, Disability Your progression plans your progression plans

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Section 7 - Record of Meetings with Your Personal Tutor


Complete and sign this record at the end of your meeting with your Personal Tutor. Ensure you keep a copy.

Record of Meeting with Personal Tutor: Semester 1 Meeting 1


High school certificate High school grades Thanawia Amma IGCSE American Diploma Other

English language module Key strengths

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate

Advanced

Advanced Writing

Areas for development including any support needs

Actions to be completed by the student or tutor

Tutors signature Students signature

Date Date

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Complete and sign this record at the end of your meeting with your Personal Tutor. Ensure you keep a copy.

Record of Meeting with Personal Tutor: Semester 1 Meeting 2


English language module Key achievements Intermediate Upper Intermediate Advanced Advanced Writing

Areas for development including any support needs

Actions to be completed by the student or tutor

Progression plans

Tutors signature Students signature

Date Date

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Complete and sign this record at the end of your meeting with your Personal Tutor. Ensure you keep a copy.

Record of Meeting with Personal Tutor: Semester 1 Meeting 3


English language module Key achievements Intermediate Upper Intermediate Advanced Advanced Writing

Areas for development including any support needs

Actions to be completed by the student or tutor

Progression plans

Tutors signature Students signature

Date Date

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Complete and sign this record at the end of your meeting with your Personal Tutor. Ensure you keep a copy.

Record of Meeting with Personal Tutor: Semester 2 Meeting 1


English language module Key achievements Intermediate Upper Intermediate Advanced Advanced Writing

Areas for development including any support needs

Actions to be completed by the student or tutor

Progression plans

Tutors signature Students signature

Date Date

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Complete and sign this record at the end of your meeting with your Personal Tutor. Ensure you keep a copy.

Record of Meeting with Personal Tutor: Semester 2 Meeting 2


English language module Key achievements Intermediate Upper Intermediate Advanced Advanced Writing

Areas for development including any support needs

Actions to be completed by the student or tutor

Progression plans

Tutors signature Students signature

Date Date

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Complete and sign this record at the end of your meeting with your Personal Tutor. Ensure you keep a copy.

Record of Meeting with Personal Tutor: Semester 2 Meeting 3


English language module Key achievements Intermediate Upper Intermediate Advanced Advanced Writing

Areas for development including any support needs

Actions to be completed by the student or tutor

Progression plans Tutors signature Students signature Date Date

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Section 8 Know Your Campus


Campus map

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Campus facilities
Facility
Faculties and Departments The Faculty of BAEPS The Faculty of Engineering The Faculty of ICS The English Department BUE Administration Quality & Validation Student Affairs Office Finance Office Library & Group Study Areas The Library Group Study Room Group Study Room Student Support Book Store & Printing Book Store Copy Centre Careers Careers Advisor English Language The Advising and Language Support Office The Writing Centre The Language Laboratory Computer Assisted Language Learning IT Computer Labs IT Support Office Welfare & Medical The Welfare Counsellor Medical Clinics Student Activities and Student Union Student Activities Department Student Union Sports Facilities Food and Telephone Outlets Beanos Cilantro La Poire Arabiata McDonalds Vodaphone Bank Arab African International Bank ATM - AAIB E A 2 4 G G G15 G15 6 6 8 TBC A G D D B B B B G A&G G15 D107 202 304 Lab 2 3 Floor
rd

Building

Room

Map Reference
6 4&5 6 3 2 2 2

G A&B G D E E E

E A G

Lower Floor A232 G8

2 4 6

4 6 3 3 5 5 5 5 6 4&6

G15

4 8

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