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School of Mathematical Sciences FAQ

1) Where is the location of School of Mathematical Sciences?

The School of Mathematical Sciences is the nearest school to the Sungai Dua gate. (Outside this gate, you have various food restaurants and bus stop) Basically, it is very convenient to locate the School of Mathematical Sciences.

 

The School of Mathematical Sciences

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From ground floor to second floor is the School of Mathematical Sciences (The ones painted in grey) whereas from the third floor to seventh floor is the School of Computer Sciences. The main office is located at the ground floor.

 

2) Difference between Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics?

In Pure Mathematics, we are interested in theoretical mathematics. Pure Mathematics studies the theories and proofs of the existence of these theories that builds up the field of Mathematics.

In Applied Mathematics, we will also study theoretical mathematics but not so much in depth into it as the title suggests, we are more inclined towards the application of the theories. We apply these mathematical theories into solving real-world problems.

 

3) What are the courses offered from the School of Mathematical Science?

The School of Mathematical Sciences offers 5 courses, namely:

(i)         Pure Mathematics

In Pure Mathematics, we are interested in theoretical mathematics. Pure Mathematics studies the theories and proofs of the existence of these theories. You will be studying programming such as C++, MATLAB, and etc.
(ii)        Applied Statistics

Applied Statistics focuses on statistics stuffs like data and decision making. Remember your hypothesis testing? It is a lot on that too. Undergraduates will also be looking at the theory of probability, decision making, prediction as well as a lot on analysis. You will also study programming such as C++, MATLAB and so on.
(iii)       Operational Research

Operational research (OR) encompasses a wide range of problem-solving techniques and methods applied in the pursuit of improved decision-making and efficiency, such as simulation, mathematical optimization, queueing theory and other stochastic-process models and many more. Operational researchers faced with a new problem must determine which of these techniques are most appropriate given the nature of the system, the goals for improvement, and constraints on time and computing power.

(iv)       Mathematical Modelling

Mathematical modelling is the process of using various mathematical structures – graphs, equations, diagrams, scatterplots, tree diagrams, and so forth – to represent real world situations. Meaning, undergraduates in this course will use mathematical structures to transform problems into mathematical representation and solve it, therefore trying to solve the problems that occur.

(v)       Mathematics and Economics

This course offers you two major namely Mathematics and Economics. These 2 courses are interrelated with each other as the things you learn in Mathematics can be applied into Economics and vice versa. This course is almost like Actuarial Science, just that it is not as in depth as Actuarial Science. You will be studying about Mathematics as well as Economics.

 

4) How many units should be accumulated for graduation?

Courses Type Pure Mathematics Mathematics & Economics Other Applied Mathematics Courses
Core T 71 units 75 units 75 units
Minor M 20/0 units 20/0 units
Elective E 12/32 units 32 units 12/32 units
University U 20 units 20 units 20 units
Total Minimum Units 123 units 127 units 127 units

 

5) What is the language used in teaching and learning?

English

 

6) What are the programming language that will be taught?

Some of the programming language that will be taught are C++, MATLAB, AutoCAD, Mathematica and many more.

 

7) What is our future prospect?

Bank officers, Stockbroking Executives, Statisticians, Teachers, Lecturers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Systems Engineers, Investment Analysts, Administrative Officers, Planning Officers, Quality Control Officers, Production Engineers, Research Officers and many more.

 

8) Do we have internship and industrial training?

In School of Mathematical Sciences, internship and industrial training are optional and not granted any units and grades for graduation but are strongly encouraged to undergraduates.

 

9) How are course registration done?

For first year first semester, undergraduates will register the courses manually at the office of School of Mathematical Sciences. Starting from second semester, undergraduates will register courses online via www.campusonline.usm.my

 

10) What is Dean’s list and what’s the requirement of dean list?

A Dean’s list is a category of students in a university who achieve high grades during their stay in an academic term or academic year. The minimum requirement of earning Dean’s list is stated as below:

-CGPA above 3.5, and

-Accumulated units above 14 in one semester.

 

11) Do we have to buy or reference books or textbooks?

It depends on the decision of lecturer. If you are lucky, your direct senior might give you free notes and reference books!

 

12) How are the lecturers and seniors?

Most of the seniors of the School of Mathematical Science are friendly and helpful. They are more than willing to assist should there be any doubts. Some of the lecturers are nice and they are willing to go the extra mile for his/her students.

 

13) What minor can we take?

In School of Mathematical Sciences, you can choose to take a minor in any of the schools in USM. Mostly, undergraduates of School of Mathematical Sciences will minor in Management, Psychology, Computer Science, Economics or Islamic Studies. This applies to all courses under the School of Mathematical Sciences except for Mathematics and Economics as this is a Double Major course, so undergraduates for this course are not allowed to take minor.

 

14) When can we take minor?

Usually, you can start taking your minor subjects during your second semester in your first year. (With exclusion to the undergraduates of Mathematics & Economics)

 

15) What is the attire for attending lectures and tutorials?

Undergraduates are not allowed to wear shorts, slippers, short skirt, singlet, and any other dress codes that are deemed inappropriate to attend classes.

 

16) What are the facilities provided in the School of Mathematical Sciences?

Following are the facilities provided in the School of Mathematical Sciences:

(i)         Water dispensing machine

(ii)        Drinks vending machine

(iii)       Computer labs

(iv)       Open study area

(v)       Tutorial rooms

(vi)       Lecture hall

(vii)      Toilets

(viii)     WiFi (USMSecure)

 

17) Are the undergraduates qualified to take actuarial exams?

You can take actuarial exams regardless of what course you’re taking. With the modules in USM, you can possibly take Exam P and Exam FM only.

 

18) How to get to the School of Mathematical Sciences?

Undergraduates can hop onto Bus AC, Bus B, Bus C, Bus D and drop at Fajar Harapan bus stop. The school is just opposite the bus stop of Fajar Harapan .

 

19) What is Mathematics Society? Are undergraduates compulsory to join?

Mathematics Society is a society under the School of Mathematical Sciences. All undergraduates in the School of Mathematical Sciences are automatically members of Mathematics Society. Undergraduates are not made compulsory to join the activities of Mathematics Society, but are strongly encouraged to participate as participants or organizing committee of these activities.

 

20) Is Mathematics all about calculation?

If you think a student of the School of Mathematical Sciences is all about calculations, then you are wrong! Mathematics is, in fact, not calculation. It is a language of communication. You will realise that you will need to start reading Mathematics reference books or notes provided by your lecturer and understanding the theories in order to sit for your exams. The myth of mathematics is just about calculation is long gone once you are a student of the School of Mathematical Sciences.

 

21) Can we get enough sleep?

Unless you choose to do your tutorials or assignments last minute, there’s ample time to sleep.

 

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School of Biological Sciences FAQ

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School of Biological Sciences FAQ

  1. Where is the school situated?

The school of Biological Sciences is located in between the lecture halls’ complex STUVW and the School of Chemical Sciences. If you are coming from the grand hall Dewan Tuanku Syed Putra (We call it DTSP), you can reach the school from the second library along the pathway by your left, before you reach the Dewan Kuliah foyer. Key item to remind you to turn to the pathway, the vendor machines and atm machines! It is generally situated in the center of the university’s compound, we can easily reach to other facilities and places!

  1. Can our buses reach the school?

There is no bus stand outside the school, but there is a bus stand at our Chemical Store and another bus will stop at lecture halls’ complex STUVW. Our school situated just walking distance from the two spots. Laboratory? No worries, there is another bus stand nearby it and the school of Housing, Building and Planning.

  1. Breakfast? Lunch hour? Where to go to have meal nearby the school? Any nice food nearby?

Live a healthy lifestyle, we advise you to take meals on time. There are a few cafeteria nearby, for instance the Bakti Permai hostel’s cafeteria, Pi’qapen nearby Lecture Hall U, Fajar Harapan hostel’s cafeteria, Kafe Siswa (or we called it the Bird Nest), wide variety of food…. And DESSERTS! *ps: different cafe have different ‘famous’ cousine, so do go explore and leave your comment!

  1. Job prospect? What can i do with my degree?

Besides lecturer, actually there are a lot more job opportunities related to our studies, could be in the laboratories as researcher, in the field such as agricultural pest supervisor, consultant, or in medical field as medical assistant, or work with the government as project consultant, forestry officer, department of Environment officer, or in tourism field as tourism officer or tour guide. There are a few USM graduates now working in World Wildlife Fund too! There are a lot more job opportunities for us to be exposed, be open and do some research!

  1. Can I use my biology degree to reenter University after I graduate for another course?

That’s for sure. The degree is recognised in local public and private institutions, as well as institutions overseas.

  1. What is the difference between pure bio students and applied bio students?

The difference between the pure and applied bio courses is that pure courses is more towards theory while applied science is more to application of the theory. For instance, Botany and Agrobiology. Both courses study plants, but Agrobiology is study on crops, while Botany course focuses physiology, morphology, anatomy and taxonomy in theoretical view. Pure sciences requires in-depth study, thus students tend to further studies, while applied sciences more on practical part, hence more job opportunities for the graduates. Pure bio during third year of study will have their major in either Botany, Zoology or Microbiology, while applied bio students will choose among Biotechnology, Agrobiology, Aquatic Biology, Environmental Biology, and Vector and Parasites.

  1. Can I do credit transfer to another university to study later on ?

Yes. However, we need to check with our school’s officers and academic advisor as different terms are used in the course naming. Hence, some credit transfer can be made if the scope and topic is the same and agreed by the dean.

  1. Is there a Twinning programme ?

Yes there is. You have to go to the International Office to ask for the proper procedures, then get the permission from the dean. Do some research, as some foreign universities require some basics in foreign language and check is that possible to do credit transfer. If credit transfer is allowed then you can proceed, or extend for another semester to graduate, and please do check with the scholarship contract if there’s any to avoid contract being breached.

  1. What is the minimum point to get 1st class? What if I get 1st class honoured?

In order to get honoured as first class degree holder, you have to maintain your cumulative grade point average, or CGPA at or above 3.67 over 4.00 by graduation. Well, being honoured first class you can fully waive your ptptn loan and might get higher chances to be employed and better salary (of course, your extra-curricular activities’ involvement and your performance play important role too!) .

  1. When can we start to take our minor papers?

For certain minor courses such as Management, we can take starting first semester. Some papers only taught in either semester one or two of the academic year, so please be cautious!

  1. What are T,E,M, and U papers?

They stands for the basic or core courses “Teras”, “Elective” courses, “Minor” courses, and “University” courses. It can be found in the programme guidebook, so no worries as you will be briefed on the distinct courses during the orientation week or the Program Siswa Lestari USM.

  1. What is unit? What to do with it?

Units, is just another term as credit hours in other institutions. You need to accumulate certain amount of units in order to graduate.

  1. By taking biology course, can I be a doctor?

Absolutely no. You should take Medical or Health Sciences instead of Biological Sciences. However, by majoring in Microbiology you can still be vaccine researcher or medical assistants that works in the hospital.

  1. Where to get the reference books? Campbell? Pearson Longman?

During first few lectures, your lecturer will show you the reference books to be used for the semester. By that time, you can go to the bookshop in the school, which we call “ko-op”. Most of the books are available there as lecturers will order for you. There is another bookstore at Sungai Dua shoplots, Pustaka Union. Campbell and Pearson can be your reference, wide range reading enhances understanding and helps in memorising the concepts!

  1. What minor courses we can take?

In the programme guidebook that will be given during the orientation week, there is a list of papers you can take and minor courses that fits well with our school’s timetable for our core courses. Hence, you can take any minor programme as long as the lectures’ time does not clash. You can get the timetable for the minor course papers and the packages from the office of the school that offers the course.

  1. Do we need to bring original certificates? Need to be certified?

If you’re applying ptptn, you don’t need to bring the original copy of certificates. Photostated copies will do, and can be certified by USM officers. If you plan to apply for scholarships, you will have to bring along your original copies.

  1. What is BIOSOC?

BioSociety. A school’s society that have activities and bio-related events. Aimed to bring exposure and experience to bio school students.

  1. Do we need to take co-curricular activities? What are the options we have?

We have to accumulate at least 6 units for Co-curricular activities to graduate, however we can replace it with language as option course, or skills courses.

  1. Is that easy for us to buy stuffs? Or we need to buy them beforehand?

There are market and shops nearby and at a few hostels’ cafeteria. Just bring the essential stuffs you think you’ll need.

  1. Is there any scholarship offered to us?

Yes there is. You have to check out and do some researches online to look for scholarships that you’re eligible. Sometimes posters might be pasted on school’s notice boards

  1. What is a fieldtrip?

A paper compulsory for bio students. We will go to our school’s Center for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) to have our fieldtrip to study on 4 different habitat and the ecosystems. It is really fun! And it provides you an opportunity to really know which field you’re really into and interested.

  1. Academic advisor? Who are they and what are they for?

Academic advisor is lecturer that will be your mentor throughout your study life in USM. If you having doubt in course and major choosing, you can always seek advice from them! They are nice, to the ground and very willing to share their experiences.

  1. Lectures will be conducted in which language?

In English for most of the courses, except in few university courses such as Bahasa Melaysia, Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (TITAS), Hubungan Etnik and so on.

  1. Biology papers easy to score?

It depends. Investment of time and effort is crucial in order to get good result and deepen understanding.

 

For more information, you may further visit:

-School of Biological Sciences’ Official Webpage: http://bio.usm.my/

-School of Biological Sciences’ Official Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bio.USM

School of Communication FAQ

Where is School of Commnication?

The school of Communication is located at the building behind the CIMB bank inside of USM. This is where the administrative office and the lecturers’ offices are located. There is another building called the C10, Balai Media. It is located next to the Dewan Kuliah Sains Kemasyarakatan and opposite of the Pusat Pengajian Ilmu Kemanusiaan. Balai Media is where the Communication students have their tutorial class and the place where the students majoring in Journalism do their job.

 

What is the bachelor degree course offered by School of Communication? What are the major available in USM?

The degree offered in the School of Communication is the Bachelor of Communication. It is a 4 years degree courses where students are allowed to choose among 3 major that are offered by the school.

The 3 major are listed as below:

1. Film and Broadcasting

A combination of critical and analytical understanding of screen studies and professional training in audio, video and film production. Students specialising in Film & Broadcasting will be able to produce quality media products as well as thought-provoking screen products that critically address various pressing issues in society.

2. Journalism

An area of specialisation offered under this programme. Students will possess critical understanding and knowledge on various issues pertaining to the sociological aspects of journalism as well as useful skills in writing, reporting, photojournalism and desktop publishing.

3. Persuasive Communication

Persuasive Communication integrates several academic fields related to persuasion and influence, namely advertising, public relations, public communication campaign and event management. Students specializing in Persuasive Communication will be able to understand various intellectual paradigms, theories and knowledge, which they will then be able to apply to various practical-oriented courses.

 

What are elective and minor subjects? Which should I choose?

Elective subjects are related to your major. They are considered deeper and concentrated study of a particular division of your major.  However, students can try to take the elective subjects which are not in the field of the major too. This helps the students to learn more than just their major.

Minor subjects may not be related to your major. The subjects are for you to widen and explore second area of interest other than your major. Usually, each school in USM will offer a package of subjects for their minor students. (Example: Basic Psychology are minor subjects offered by School of Social Science.)

Further information can be obtained from Buku Panduan of School of Communication, which is given during orientation week.

Is it hard to score “A” or pass for Communication students? Any tips to do well in exam?

Different subjects, different lecturers, different standards. As mentioned above, work hard and work smart. Try not to study during last minute. If you fail to catch up the syllabus during the starting point, then the following parts will be challenging for you. Understand instead of memorizing the facts and theories. Search and try to look for more readings related to the study. For tutorial or assignment, there are mostly group assignments in the course, so work hard and play well in the group to score well. Do not be the parasite of the group.

Do we have to do internship as Communication students?

All Communication students are compulsory to do their internship for one semester in order to graduate. Check your Buku Panduan of School of Communication for further information.

Are the lecturers of School of Communication nice?

The lecturers and professors are hired to teach us, not to scold or punish us. If you complete their task and pay attention to their lecture, there is no reason that they will treat you badly. Just remember to respect them, and also be punctual to their classes.

When can we know our timetable in School of Communication?

During Dean’s and Programme Chairman’s briefing, each of the first year students will get a copy of timetable of the new academic session. It may look a bit messy because all subjects of different major are on one piece of paper. So, you can highlight the subjects on first semester or using Microsoft Excel to make your own timetable.

Are we compulsory to buy any textbooks in School of Communication?

The lecturers usually do not force you to buy any book. Instead, they only recommend you which book to refer, or list you the books which they use to make lecture notes during the first lecture. The courses require more on reading article, journals and writing of the scholars.

Do we have to bring laptop all the time?

No need. Laptop is probably required only when you are doing presentation.

Can we register extra subjects for first semester?

Yes, but please make sure the classes do not crash. Usually during orientation week, the language course and KO-K briefing and registration is only conducted after you get your timetable, which means you should prioritize the classes your must-take subjects of the first semester before registering extra subjects.

For further information, please refer to the following link:

Official Website of School of Communication

 

School of Chemical Sciences FAQ

1. Programme Offered by School of Chemical Sciences USM

  • Sc.(Hon) Pure Chemistry
  • Sc.( Hon) Industrial Chemistry
  • Sc.(Hon) Analytical Chemistry

And ONE either Minor of Electives. For details , you will know in time. You will get a guidebook for  reference.

2. How many years to study ?

4 years for all the courses

3. What language will be conducted for lectures?

English will be used as medium of language. However, for University courses, Bahasa Malaysia will be used.

4. What is the difference of the major courses?

You may know better in the future. You may refer to http://chem.usm.my/index.php/en/

5. Dean List requirement?

CGPA at least 3.5 and above

6. How to register courses in every semester?

Aware and follow instruction during the orientation week.

7. What chemistry student did in every semester?

Studying courses not more than 21unit/sem. The school will provide    guidance to you.

8. Can I arrange my ideal time table?

Most of the Core course/ Lab practical / University courses is fixed. Normally there will be a few slots of tutorial class for a student to register.

9. When is tutorial class start?

Normally is start on the 3rd week of that semester.

10. When is lab session start?

Normally is start on the 2nd week of that semester

11. How are the school facilities?

1 lab assistance. 1 GA (master student)

12. What kind of scholarship we can apply?

1) JPA   2) Toray Group

You will know better in orientation week. Don’t miss it!

13. Where to get Pass Year Question?

Can get it from your senior. Some lecturer do uploaded to school   website.

14. What kind of lecturer will I meet?

No worries, CS lecturers are nice + friendly, given that you don’t step on their toes. So don’t miss your lecture class!

15. Can we skip the lectures?

No, you better not. First time skipping, the next lecture you will think that lecturer speaking German to you; the second time you did, the lecturer speaks ALIENS. And they may know you!

16. We need to buy lab coat and goggles?

Yes. Need to wear every time doing experiments.

17. Where to purchase our lab coat?

School of chemical science-Ground Floor-Stor Kimia. Near the   entrance opposite Biology school with reasonable price!

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**Purchase lab coat & goggles here!**

18. Where do we having our class?

Mostly in DK (Dewan Kuliah) and BT (Bilik Tutorial). For lab session ,will be at Makmal Sains Kimia

 

EXTRA FAQs

1. Is Chemistry a major part in Chemical Engineering?

Don’t be deceived by the course name. Chemical Engineering is about Maths and Physics, plus some organic chemistry knowledge. Mass Balance and Energy Balance are some of the important subjects for this course.

2. Will there be a lot of assignments?

Not so many if compared with other engineering schools.

3. Any good lecturers?

Yes, but not many. Only a few with “Professor” title give good lectures. Most lecturers are knowledgeable but somehow have difficulties passing down their knowledge.

4. What activities or events are offered?

Join NACES. The most prestigious event, national level competition for chemical engineers to-be. Includes debate, powerpoint presentation, plant design ect. .

5. How far is the school from the hostel?

Don’t worry, Engineering Campus is small enough. 10 minute walk from hostel to school.

6. Is the course difficult?

If you have a strong basic in Maths and Physics, you’ll be alright.

7. Do students need to buy textbooks?

Well, seniors are friendly and helpful. They will just give you their notes, lecture notes, test papers, assignments, ect. Cheers.

8. What is the proper attire for attending lectures and tutorial classes?

Jeans and collar T-shirt will do. Formal wear for presentations and vivas.

9. Can students drive in the campus?

First year students are not allowed to bring their own cars to the campus. Bikes and motorcycles are allowed but you’ll have to register at the Jabatan Keselamatan.

10. What specific things should I bring for this course?

First years will learn engineering drawing, so you might wanna bring your compasses and protractor.

11. What about the time table?

Don’t expect university life for this course to be free, class starts at 8am to 4pm and sometimes 5pm. Be mentally prepared or you might just sleep in class.

12. Are there food near the school?

Yes, Staff Café is just few steps away from the school.

13. Do we have the chance to meet students from other schools?

Yes, some lectures are combined with student from other schools like calculus and material lectures.

14. Is joining co-curricular activity a must?

No. But joining co-curricular activities gives you MyCSD which secures you a place in hostel if the marks are high enough.

15. Do we need to bring laptop and printer?

Yes, especially when you want to do your assignment. Sometimes there are online assignments in e-learning. Printing service is provided at Café Jaya just in front of the Jaya hostel and also at the post office located at Staff Café. But you can still bring it for your own convenience.

School of Industrial Technology (TI) FAQ

Where is TI? How to get there?

TI School is building G07. It is surrounded by Desasiswa Bakti Permai, School of Physics and DK carpark. If you are taking bus, you can stop at basketball courts of Bakti Permai and walk across the road to reach TI.

What are the bachelor degree courses offered by TI? What do I study in my course?

(a) Bachelor of Technology (Hons) (Food Technology): Students focus on “farm to table” i.e. the processing, preserving, and packaging of foods before they reach the consumer market. (4 years programme)

(b) Bachelor of Technology (Hons) (Bioresource, Paper & Coatings): Commonly known as BPC. Students study on the knowledge of bioresource (Example: wood), paper manufacturing, coating technology (Example: paint, ink) and also furniture manufacturing. (3½ years programme)

(c) Bachelor of Technology (Hons) (Environmental Technology): Students focus on waste and pollution management of industries. Physics and mathematics calculations are often involved in most subjects. (3½ years programme)

(d) Bachelor of Technology (Hons) (Bioprocess Technology): Similar with biotechnology, students learn to manufacture industrial products by transforming living matter, using nutrient and enzyme technology. (4 years programme)

What are elective and minor subjects? Which should I choose?

Elective subjects are related to your major. They are considered deeper and concentrated study of a particular division of your major.  (Example: Post-harvesting Technology and Management of Halal Food are elective subjects for Food Technology course).

Minor subjects may not be related to your major. The subjects are for you to widen and explore second area of interest other than your major. Usually, each school in USM will offer a package of subjects for their minor students. (Example: Introduction to Management and Marketing are minor subjects offered by School of Management)

Further information can be obtained from TI Buku Panduan given during orientation week. However, you only choose whether taking elective or minor after the first semester.

What if I am going to study the course that I have no foundation? (Example: You are studying Environmental Technology, but you are not a Physics student before)

No one is born smart. The only advice is to work as hard as you can. Get friends and seniors’ help. You are not the only one who encounters this. Some seniors are like you before. However they are still able to score and graduate. All this depends on your attitude and effort.

Is it hard to score “A” or pass for TI students? Any tips to do well in exam?

Different subjects, different lecturers, different standards. As mentioned above, work hard and work smart. Try not to only study at last minute. If you fail to catch up the syllabus on the front part, then the following parts will be challenging for you. Understand instead of memorizing the facts. Search and try to do past year questions. For tutorial or assignment, try to do it on your own instead of copying, it will help you a lot.

Are we compulsory to join all Persatuan Teknologi Industri (PTI) activities and buy the T-shirt?

All first year TI students are compulsory to join Interaction Day of PTI, the remaining activities are not. For T-shirt, usually first year and second year students have to buy.

Do we have to do internship as TI students?

All TI students are compulsory to do their internship for one semester in order to graduate. Check your TI Buku Panduan for further information.

Are the lecturers of TI nice?

The lecturers and professors are hired to teach us, not to scold or punish us. If you complete their task and pay attention to their lecture, there is no reason that they will treat you badly. Just remember to respect them, and also be punctual to their classes.

When can we know our timetable in TI?

During Dean’s and Programme Chairman’s briefing, each of the first year TI student will get a copy of timetable of the new academic session. It may look a bit messy because all subjects of TI are on one piece of paper. So, you can highlight the subjects on first semester or using Microsoft Excel to make your own timetable.

Are we compulsory to buy any textbooks in TI?

The lecturers usually do not force you to buy any book. Instead, they only recommend you which book to refer, or list you the books which they use to make lecture notes during the first lecture. However same subjects require you to buy the book to get an activation key in order to complete online quizzes.

Do we have to bring laptop all the time?

This will depend on your lecturers. Normally, laptop is only required to be brought when doing presentation and for tests of IUK108 Statistics with Computer Application.

Are we doing laboratory report and experiments individually or with group?

Most lecturers will divide the students into groups for laboratory class. Laboratory reports of each group are passed up in hardcopy, usually one or two week after the experiment.

Can we register extra subjects for first semester?

Yes, but please make sure the classes do not crash. Usually during orientation week, the language course and KO-K briefing and registration is only conducted after you get your timetable, which means you should prioritize the classes your must-take subjects of the first semester before registering extra subjects.

Can we bring our own old lab coat?

Yes, you are allowed to wear lab coat without USM logo to save money. However, please make sure the lab coat is long sleeves and is long enough to cover till your knees.

Must we attend Kursus Asas Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan (KKP)?

Yes, all TI students are COMPULSORY to join KKP talk in order to graduate.

 

For further information, please refer to the following:

Official website of School of Industrial Technology USM

 

School of Computer Sciences FAQ

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These are the frequently asked questions:

  1. What will I study in Computer Sciences?
    CS students are required to choose a specialisation (major): –

    1. Information Systems Engineering
    2. Multimedia Computing
    3. Distributed Systems & Security
    4. Network Computing
    5. Software Engineering
    6. Intelligent Systems

And ONE either Minor or Electives.
For the details, you will know in time.

  1. What is the best specialisation and minor?
    There are no best specialisation or minor. Remember, all roads lead to Rome.
  2. What language will be conducted for CS?
    English will be used as medium of language. However, for University courses, Bahasa Malaysia will be used.
  3. Any specialised place for CS students to study, doing assignments?
    Yes, five CS Labs at School of CS third floor.
  4. What’s the opening time of CS Lab?
    Weekdays: 8am to 10pm
    Weekends: 8am to 7pm

    Subject to changes*

  5. Any food stalls nearby School of CS?
    Kafeteria Fajar Harapan, just opposite of the school. Or you may walk to outside using Sungai Dua Gate, food paradise is just out there.
  1. Any specification requirement for the laptop?
    No, just make sure it’s not too old.
  2. I have no foundation in programming, computer sciences, how should I do?
    Many seniors do not have it too, believe it or not, we walked through these, and still kicking. Don’t worry.
  3. CS hard to score?
    No pain no gain.
  4. What kind of lecturer will I meet?
    No worries, CS lecturers are nice + friendly, given that you don’t step on their toes.
  5. Can we skip the lectures? No, you better not. First time skipping, the next lecture you will think that lecturer speaking German to you; second time you did, the lecturer speaks ALIENS.
  6. Where is School of CS? And where’s the main office?
    Position of CS School
    Position of CS School

    CS School View

    School of Computer Sciences is from third to seventh floor of the building.  For ground floor to second floor, that is School of Mathematical Sciences. School of Computer Sciences’  Main office is at seventh floor.

  7. I don’t need to join any co-curricular activities, do I?

    Yes, you don’t have to, but you might need them to get the units(3 units) for graduation, moreover, joining societies and clubs and their activities gain you myCSD, which is important to secure a hostel room. Joining or not, that is for you to decide.

For more Info:
USM School of Computer Sciences Official Website
USM Computer Sciences FB Group

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School of The Art FAQ

  1. Where is School of the Arts?
    Located just beside Restoran Nasi Kandar Subaidah and in front of Dewan Budaya (Cultural Hall), it is considered the most strategic location ever!
    *Blue location: Place where you will have your orientation.
    *Red location: It’s where School of the Arts located!

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    Source: http://maps.usm.my/campus/
  2. Where is the main office for art school located?
    Adiwarna Gallery – The main door at the entrance of art school.
  3. Is art school big and nice?
    Comfortable for all of us.
  4. Are there any food stalls/cafes around School of the Arts?
    NASI KANDAR SUBAIDAH, just located right beside the school with friendly mamaks!
  5. Do we have vending machines in the school?
    3 machines.
  6. How can I get to school?
    Take bus C or AC and get ready to drop off when you see Subaidah.
  7. Is our school far away from hostels?
    RAPID USM kan ada.
  8. How about our dress code?
    Jeans, T-shirt, as long as it is decent. Presentations mostly formal.
  9. Can I wear slippers to art school/class?
    Depends but not recommended as you’ll need to wear covered shoes for heavyworks in studio.
  10. Any art shops in/around USM?
    You can get basic stationaries at COOP (same block as Subaidah). MIRACLE (just opposite Sg. Dua’s gate) & DURIEMAS (in front of McDonalds Sg Dua) are just nearby!
  11. Any other bigger art shop in Penang?
    NANYANG Art Materials located in Georgetown.
  12. Do we need to spend huge sum of money for art courses?
    Generally, YES.
  13. Any nearby ATMs?
    The nearest will be BSN, just opposite the school, behind Dewan Budaya.
  14. I’m taking Fine Art, but I don’t know how to draw portraits. How?
    Don’t worry, it’s not just about portraits.
  15. I’m taking Graphic/Product Design/New Media, but I don’t know how to use the softwares.
    No worries! That is why you are here.
  16. Are all the studios open for 24 hours?
  17. Can we go to school at night?
    YES, it is open 24 hours for you, but do be aware of your belongings.
  18. Can I go to school during weekends when there is no class?
    Everyday. Anytime.
  19. Do we need to bring any art materials like watercolor, drawing blocks etc?
    Bring whatever art materials you have, you will need it.
  20. I don’t know what art materials I should prepare.
    Don’t worry! Your lecturer will tell you everything you need.
  21. What brand of laptops should I buy?
    Affordable, you may refer to each course’s requirements.
  22. Can we bring laptop during lecture?
    But don’t use if there’s no need for it.
  23. Are computer labs available at School of the Arts?
  24. I’m taking Music, do I need to bring my own musical instruments?
    At your own will if you would like to major in other instruments other than piano.
  25. Does School of the Arts provide practice room for music students? What is the time for practices?
    Anytime.
  26. What will I learn first in Music Department?
    Usually first year students will need to attend keyboard class for 2 semesters.
  27. I’m taking Acting & Directing, but I have no experiences.
    We’re here to learn.
  28. Does the school provide theatre for Acting & Directing students?
    Yes, it is called Panggung Pelenggang Cahaya.
  29. I was a Science student before this, I am afraid I cannot cope.
    It’s all about discovering new things.
  30. I am previously a Diploma student, can I transfer credits?
    Check with each course’s requirements.
  31. I don’t think this course is suitable for me, can I change course?
    You may, but it is not recommended.
  32. Does our school have their own art galleries?
  33. Is it true that every art course has its own studio? How big is the studio?
    Big enough.
  34. Do we have bathrooms & air-cond in the school?
  35. Do we have security guards in art school?
    We are the ‘JAGA’.
  36. Are art students really busy?
    You will know later.
  37. Do art students normally sleep late? At what time do art students normally sleep?
    We don’t know when we sleep and wake up.
  38. Can I sleep in the studio?
  39. Which art course is the busiest?
    No specific. SAME.
  40. Heard rumours that there are ghosts lingering around School of the Arts?
    We are the ghosts.
  41. Who is DEKAN/DEAN?
    Big Boss in each school/faculty in IPTA. Like Principal.
  42. Who will be my lecturers?
    Be patient. May refer art.usm.my.
  43. Are the lecturers aggressive?
    They are kind enough. You’ll be friends with them in no time!
  44. Can we skip lecture?
    But YES, with reasonable reason.
  45. When will we start the classes in School of the Arts?
    After the orientation week.
  46. Will I have chance to be in the same class with the students from other art courses?
    Mostly in your 1st year.
  47. Why can I see seniors attending the same class with us (juniors)?
    Because they are taking minor/elective subjects etc.
  48. Do we have foreign lecturers in art school?
  49. Do we have due dates for the assignments/projects? Are the assignments given a lot?
    No assignments are without due dates. Depends, but YES, normally.
  50. Is it true that 60% coursework and 40% exam for art courses?
    Some subjects are 100% coursework, some are 100% theory.
  51. Is it hard to score for art courses?
    No pain, no gain.
  52. Can I take minors from other departments/schools?
  53. Are the lectures in English or Malay Language?
    Depending on the subjects.
  54. Is it a must to join co-curricular activities?
    It is not compulsory but why not?! 😉 It’s a golden chance for you to explore and learn more new things!
  55. Any clubs under School of the Arts?
    Graphic Communication Design Club (GCDC) which is open to all students.
  56. Can we join any competitions? How to know about the competitions held?
    Just be alert on the school’s notice board to keep updated with latest competitions!
  57. How long is the internship period? When can I go for internship?
    Depends on each course. For design courses it’s 6 months (Effective 2014/2015) and during the 6th
  58. Can I continue my semester overseas?
    YES! USM has various partner universities worldwide for you to choose from.
  59. What are our job prospects?
    From Exhibition Designer to Film/TV Director, there are numerous job prospects! Refer to art.usm.my for more info.
  60. What is RINTIS?
    RINTIS stands for ‘Research and Innovation Towards Integration and Sustainability’. It is an annual exhibition hosted by the school to showcase final year students’ artwork.
  61. What is FYP?
    FinalYear Project for final year student.

 

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