List of commonly used university terms List of commonly used university terms

Alumni

Graduates of the University. Can also be former members, employees or contributors to the University. Activities of the Alumni include communities and reunions.

AMA

School of Art, Media and American Studies

BIO

School of Biological Sciences

Blackboard

UEA’s virtual learning environment. Can be used to provide a simple set of lecture notes to hosting a complete online course for distance learners. Currently being piloted for emarking. Supports teaching and learning. Direct link from Portal.

CAS

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies letter issued to successful international applicants once they have met all the conditions of their offer.

CHE

School of Chemical Sciences

CMP

School of Computing Sciences

Codes of Practice

Written guidelines issued by an official body or a professional association to its members to help them comply with its ethical standards.

Collusion

Working with others in an unauthorised manner. University Policy on Plagiarism and Collusion.

Compulsory Module

A module which students must take in their course.

Concession

A request that falls outside of University regulations.

Conduct

Personal behaviour. The Calendar (Regulations) lists what the University expects of students while studying here.

Core Module

A module which students must take and attain a pass mark in their course.

Credit

Credit is a nationally recognised measure of the amount of study and how much learning a student has done.

DBS

DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. The DBS carries out checks which give details of any criminal offences to be revealed to the University.

Deadline

The time or date which a piece of assessment/coursework has to be submitted. UEA has strict penalties for work not handed in on time.

Delayed First Sit

Deferring an exam/course test – granted by Learning and Teaching Committee. Student presents evidence of factors outside of their control to support why they were unable to sit the exam/test.

DEV

School of International Development

Dissertation

An extended piece of writing based on extended reading and some independent research completed in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree, or as part of a Postgraduate Degree.

Double-marked

Two different members of academic staff review and mark work to provide a final grade

ECO

School of Economics

EDU

School of Education and Lifelong Learning

ENV

School of Environmental Sciences

e:Vision

Portal extension of the records system (SITS). Staff and students can amend information. Students can access and amend their personal records, log absences, submit coursework. Staff can check student information, registers, assessments, personal details, etc.

Expulsion

Refers to the permanent removal of a student from university for violating the rules and regulations.

Extension

The assignment of a later submission date for coursework. Applied when students cannot meet deadlines for valid reasons.

Extenuating Circumstances

Circumstances beyond the student’s control which affect the student’s academic performance. Can be for medical and personal reasons. (Fill out LTS001 to report)

Faculty

A collection of academic departments which are grouped together for teaching, research and administrative purposes. UEA has four faculties: Arts and Humanities; Sciences; Social Sciences; Medicine and Health Sciences

Fitness for Study

Students studying for qualifications of the University need to be fit or deemed fit for study throughout their course

Formative

Assessment which does not count towards a student’s final grade, but is a requirement for progression on their course.

FTM

School of Film, Television and Media Studies (formerly known as FTV)

Good Cause

Sufficient and reasonable evidence to support why a student was unable to take an exam/test

GSA

Graduate Students’ Association. An independent university association run for and by postgraduate UEA students

HEAR

Higher Education Achievement Report. Is a personalised statement of achievement, including transcript of grades, classification of degree, and may also include a student’s activities outside the academic curriculum which have contributed to the life of the University and the wider community.

HIS

School of History

HSC

School of Health Sciences

Hub

Administrative support for students. There are three hubs across the University: ARTS, Zicer, and Elizabeth Fry.

HUM

Faculty School of Arts and Humanities

Intercalation

Refers to someone who is taking time out from their degree due to circumstances, such as illness.

LAW

School of Law

LDC

School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Lecture

A formal presentation of information/ideas by a member of academic staff.

LTS

Learning and Teaching Service. Provides administrative support to staff and students with regards to the academic cycle.

Mark capped

The maximum mark the student can attain; e.g. when students are required to undergo Reassessment the maximum possible mark is capped at the pass mark for the assessment.

MED

Norwich Medical School

Module

A unit forming part of a course of study, usually with its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

MTH

School of Mathematics

MUS

School of Music

NBS

Norwich Business School

NSS

National Student Survey

Penalties

Penalties are deductions made on the assessment mark. Can be applied in cases where coursework is submitted late or student violates word count guidelines.

PGR

Postgraduate Research

PHA

School of Pharmacy

PHI

School of Philosophy

Plagiarism

Reproduction without acknowledgement of work (including the work of fellow students), published or unpublished, either verbatim or in close paraphrase.

Portal

UEA’s intranet. The gateway to UEA’s electronic resources, systems and information.

PPL

School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies.

Proforma

A standard form

Programme Specification

Outline of the course, specifying content and requirements.

PSY

School of Psychology

Reassessment

Retaking of exam/course test. Students may be called for a reassessment for some/all modules taken during a given year if they do not attain a pass mark.

Regulations

Regulations are the rules under which your degree is run. You agree to abide by them when you register as a student.

School

A faculty is made of individual schools e.g. Arts and Humanities includes the schools of History, Literature Drama and Creative Writing, etc.

SCI

Faculty School of Science

Semester

This is one of three academic terms: Autumn, Spring and Summer.

Seminar/Tutorial

A group of students (or an individual) who meet to discuss a subject with a tutor. Considered more interactive than a lecture.

Senate scale

The University has introduced revised Senate Scales to aid the marking and feedback of work. They include scales on analysis, presentation, and referencing. See student handbook.

SpLD

Specific Learning Difficulties – umbrella term used to include the following: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger syndrome

Student Support Service

Student Support Service offers a range of professional, proactive and approachable services for students.

Submission

Coursework handed in for assessment.

Summative

Assessment which is weighted towards a final grade.

SWK

School of Social Work

Transcript

Details of a student’s academic studies at the UEA. Transcripts contain information on the course and units studied, and degree awarded.

Turnitin

Plagiarism detection software used at the UEA

UKVI

UK Visas and Immigration. The governing body that grants visas to International Students.

Viva voce

An oral examination