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School of Educational Studies (PPIP) FAQ

Soalan Berkaitan Pusat Pengajian Ilmu Pendidikan ( PPIP )

  1. Di manakah terletaknya Pusat Pengajian Ilmu Pendidikan ?

PPIP terletak bertentangan dengan Pusat Pengajian Pengurusan ataupun terletak di bangunan Dewan KUliah Z.

  1. Bagaimanakah saya boleh tiba di Pejabat PPIP ?

Sekiranya anda mengambil Bas AC, anda boleh memilih untuk turun di perhentian depan Restoran Subaidah. Selepas itu jalan lurus dan menyeberangi Jalan Ilmu sehingga anda menemui Dewan Kuliah Z yang akan terletak di sebelah kanan anda. Masuk bangunan tersebut dan jalan mengikut papan tanda, anda akan tiba di Pejabat PPIP.

Sekiranya anda mengambil Bas D, C, dan B, anda boleh memilih untuk turun di perhentian Perpustakaan E48. Selepas itu, pergi ke seberang dan naik tangga untuk tiba di Pejabat PPIP yang terletak di sebelah kanan anda.

Soalan Berkaitan Struktur Kursus di PPIP

  1. Terdapat berapa cabang pengajian dalam PPIP?

Terdapat 4 cabang pengajian dalam PPIP, iaitu Sastera dengan Pendidikan ( SasPen ), Sains dengan Pendidikan ( SainsPen ) , TESOL dan Pendidikan Khas.

  1. Adakah saya wajib menyertai aktiviti kokurikulum ?

Ya, SEMUA pelajar PPIP diwajibkan untuk menyertai akitiviti kokurikulum badan beruniform selama 3 tahun dan penyertaan dalam aktiviti kokurikulum akan dikira dalam markah unit. Pilihan aktiviti kokurikulum badan beruniform ialah PALAPES, SUKSIS, SJAM, PBSM, Kelanasiswa dan SISPA.

  1. Apakah kursus yang ditawarkan untuk dijadikan kursus major dan minor?

Sastera dengan Pendidikan – Major : Bahasa Malaysia, Geografi, Sejarah, Kesusasteraan
Minor : Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Inggeris, Geografi, Sejarah, Kesusasteraan

Sains dengan Pendidikan – Major : Matematik, Kimia, Biologi, Fizik
Minor : Matematik, Kimia, Biologi, Fizik

TESOL : Major : Bahasa Inggeris
Minor : Teknologi

Pendidikan Khas : Major : Penglihatan, Pendengaran
Minor : Apa-apa subjek dari Sastera dengan Pendidikan dan Sains dengan Pendidikan

  1. Bagaimanakah saya boleh menentukan kursus major dan kursus minor saya* ?

Sastera dengan Pendidikan – Anda akan memilih Kursus Major dan Minor anda pada tahun kedua dan berdasarkan gred kursus pengantar yang diambil pada semester kedua tahun pertama.

Sains dengan Pendidikan – Kombinasi mana-mana dua subjek yang diminati

* Tertakluk pada pindaan

Soalan Berkaitan Etika di PPIP

  1. Apakah etika pemakaian yang sepatutnya saya patuhi?

Tidak diwajibkan memakai pakaian formal dengan syarat mesti memakai baju yang berkolar dan seluar panjang.

School of Pharmacy FAQ

  1. Where is the school situated?
    The school of Pharmaceutical Sciences is located beside the Pusat Informm building. If you come in from Bukit Gambir gate (preferable), go straight until you pass by a small bridge , then turn to your left, our school is few miles away. If you come in from Sungai Dua gate, go straight till you meet a T-junction, turn to your left and go straight till the end of the road, then turn right until a Y-junction. Turn to the left , go straight (Pusat Informm will be at your right hand side), turn to your right before the small bridge and go straight to our school.
  2. Are there bus to our school? Are there nearby bus stop?
    There is bus to our school and it will stop by the bus stop located beside the Jabatan Keselamatan building. No worries, we will guide and teach you guys on orientation week. Anyway, there is shortcut to our pharmacy school using IK(Desasiswa Indah Kembara) Cafe . We are ready to teach you guys! 🙂 Hence, we usually prefer to walk( morning exercise for us and save time, you can have more sleep XD).

    More information will be given on orientation week.

  3. Are there food near the school?
    Yes, Indah Kembara and Fajar Harapan Cafe is the two nearest cafe from the school. Bakti Permai Cafe can be a choice for your lunch spot too(there is shortcut to this cafe XD).
  4. Do we need bring laptop and printer?
    Yes, especially when you want to do your assignment. Sometimes there will be online assignments in e-learning. Printing service is provided at Cai Lab(in pharmacy school) and at DK Foyer(inside USM). Otherwise, you can print or photostat your assignment nor lecture notes at sungai dua or ivory area(outside USM).But you can still bring it for your own convenience.
  5. We need to buy lab coat and goggles?
    Yes. Need to wore during experiment times.
  6. Where to purchase our lab coat?
    School of Pharmaceutical Sciences office. You guys will get the size measurement on orientation week.
  7. What is the proper attire for attending lectures ?
    In discussion on this issue, USM is comparatively liberal among public universities. Students do not have to wear formal to attend classes every day. Some lecturers will request us to wear formal for thier classes. It depends on the lecturer. We wear long pants and covered shoes. Collar T is much more preferable than rounded neck t-shirts in our school. Anyway, rounded neck t-shirts are also acceptable in USM.
  8. Where do we having our class?
    All in DK (Dewan Kuliah)Y and DK X first floor of our school.For lab sessions ,will be at the labs.
  9. Will there be a lot of assignments and quiz?
    Yeah, of course! Time management is very important.
  10. What about the timetable?
    Do not expect university life for this course to be free. class starts at 9am to 5pm. Manage your time well and get enough of rest (You will know it soon XD).
  11. What is the minimum point to get 1st class? What if I get 1st class honoured? What is the Dean list requirement?
    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 PTPN 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!) .

    For dean list requirement, CGPA at or above 3.67.

  12. 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.
  13. 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. If you plan to apply for scholarships, you will have to bring along your original copies.
  14. 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. Besides, you can hang out with friends to nearby Sungai Dua Tesco and Queensbay to buy your stuff. No worries, penang is very convenience.
  15. 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.
  16. Pharmacy exam papers easy to score?
    It depends.Passing Grade for our school is higher ,B-. Investment of time and effort is crucial in order to get good result and further understanding.No Pain, No Gain! Let’s do it!
  17. How to register the courses for the first semester?
    For the first semester, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences provided automatic courses registration. Students are only required to check the courses that auto-registered.
  18. Where to get lectures notes and past year?Any textbooks needed?
    In our school, there is PHARMILY, which means all of you will have a pharmily and direct seniors(2nd year) . They will pass their notes and past year to you guys. NO worries about that.:)

    So far no textbooks needed like other courses.Lectures will be conducted in power points slides and you may print out the handouts /lecture notes. You might buy second handed reference books from seniors or borrow from the library.

  19. How do students get access to Internet?
    Within USM compound, students can connect to USM network using their own IDs which will be given upon entering USM. However, being able to connect does not guarantee the speed of the connection.
  20. Must all students join any co-curricular activities?
    USM does not force students to join co-curricular activities.For example, Traditional dance, Latin Dance, Catan ,Swimming and etc. However, students might need the units (credit hours) from co-curricular activities to graduate successfully. So, for our course,we will join co-curicular for 3 semesters to accumulate units. 1st year students will be given more information during orientation week.

    USM also have a lot of societies or clubs which they can choose to join. These societies or clubs offer NO units. However, by joining those societies or clubs, students will be able to gain MyCSD points (important to secure a hostel room in second year). MyCSD is My Continuous Student Development in full. It is a program that intends to build a holistic student personality under the APEX program. Having a low MyCSD points will lessen the chance of getting a room in subsequent year in USM. Again, joining these societies or clubs is based on students own preference.

  21. What activities or events are offered?
    There are a lot of activities under pharmacy school. For example, Assimilation Week(compulsory for first year),Pharmatrade,Pharmex,Pharmakon,Pharmnight, Pharmacy Carnival,Green Lung,National RX Quiz, National Pharmacy Debate Competition,MIEH, Run For Your Health, Jakti,Baktisiswa, Community Outreach Program,Lawatan Academic and etc. All this activities and events are to collect MyCSD.

    Besides, USM Pharmacy students are encouraged to join MyPSA(Malaysian Pharmacy Students’ Association) and try to apply as their subcommittee to explore yourself while working together with other universities pharmacy students.

  22. Can students drive in USM? How to get the sticker?

First year students are NOT allowed to bring in any vehicles .If students get caught driving any unregistered vehicle in USM, they will receive a summon. Students can only bring their own vehicle to USM start from second year. Still, students have to get a sticker and register their own vehicle with Jabatan Keselamatan in USM. In order to entitle a sticker, students have to be active in societies and clubs. Stickers are limited and they are only given to students who are actively participating in the clubs.

For further information please check this link:


School of Social Sciences FAQ

  1. What are Social Sciences?

Social Sciences is basically study of human behavior, basic about how the society operate.

  1. What are the majors in Social Sciences?

There have 4 major subjects of Social Sciences in USM which are Anthropology and Sociology, Economy, Development, Planning and Management  and Political Sciences.

  1. What are the compulsory subjects should first year student take?

The four core subjects ( Introduction to anthropology and sociology, Introduction to Economy Issues, Introduction to Development, Planning and Management and Introduction to Political Science) are the compulsory subjects should take by social science first year students. Stepping into Semester 2, students should choose their major and minor subjects.

  1. What minor subject can be chosen?

Minor subjects normally based on the school that provide minor subject, mainly have to check the timetable with other school to prevent clash timetable happen. Example of minor subjects : Archeology, Psychology and so on.

  1. What is the cumulative units for graduate in Social Science?

122 units

  1. How many years for the course of Social Science?

4 years.

  1. What is the medium of teaching in Social Science program?

Bilingual. You are allowed to use either BM and BI to answer the papers.

  1. Do student need to buy text books?

This depends on the lecturer, but most of the lecturer will provide the lecture notes.

  1. How to register courses for the first semester?

For the first semester, School of Social Sciences will automatically register the courses for all students. For the extra courses, for example ( language courses) have to manually go to School of Language and Translation to queue for registration.

  1. What is the proper attire to attend lectures and tutorials?

T-shirt, long pants and cover shoes will do. You will need to wear formally during your presentation.

  1. Are all students compulsory to join co-curricular activities?

USM does not force students to join co-curricular activity. For the course of Social Science, students no force to fulfill the units (credit hours) from co-curricular activities to graduate successfully but students are still allow to choose co-curricular to fulfill U code, (University code). However, USM have a lot of societies. These societies or club have no units but students able to earn their MYCSD point in order to secure a hostel room in second year. Anyway, joining society or not are based on own preference.


School of Physics FAQ

  1. There is how many majors in the school of physics?

There will be five major physic courses that will be provided by School of Physic of USM.
-Pure Physic
-Applied Physic
-Medical Physics
-Engineering Physics

  1. Are we able to request to transfer to other Physic major after come in to USM?

There is a few of successful cases of transferring major in School of Physic in USM, but it doesn’t mean that 100% of the application will be approved by the school. It is actually depend on the situation and the discussion with the dean of school. The procedure of transfer application will some times to process. We will need to discuss with our academic advisor( will be appointed after a few weeks of school reopen), and then apply it at the service counter of School of Physic.

  1. What will we be studying during our first year?

All physics major student will be mix together to attend class together during their first year which mean the subject we take in the first year are actually all the same. The syllabus of first year will be 50-60% similar with the syllabus of form 6 and matriculation. All first year student are advised to revise back the form 6 and matriculation syllabus so they can cope with the university syllabus.

  1. When we will be able to learn more specific in our own major?

When the first year life are finish, we will start to focus more on our major. What we learn on first year is to build our basic, when second year start, we will start to attend class according to our own major.

  1. Are the lecturers nice? Are they good in teaching?

University is a place for us to grow up and to be independent. So please take note about the big difference of the learning style in university and high school. In university, we have to be more self-motivated to do revision or learning. Every lectures have their own teaching style, we can’t say who is either good or bad, but is just the matter of whether you can suit with it or not.

  1. When will we be doing our internship?

We will go for our internship in the last semester which is the eight semester.

  1. How is my final result calculated?

In School of Physics, our final result will be calculated by adding the coursework marks and the final exam marks. The coursework marks will be 40% of the final result and the final exam will take 60%. The addition of these both marks will be our final marks of that semester.

  1. What is the proper attire to attend lectures and tutorial classes?

In discussing this issue, USM is comparatively liberal among public universities. Students do not have to wear formal to attend classes every day. As long as they wear long pants and covered shoes.  Round neck t-shirts are also acceptable in USM.

  1. How do students get accessed to Internet?

Within USM compound, students can connect to USM network using their own IDs which will be given upon entering USM. However, being able to connect does not guarantee the speed of the connection.

  1. Can students choose not to attend lectures or tutorials?

Students are required to have at least 70% and above attendance or else they may be barred from final examinations. So, students are not endorsed to skip lectures and tutorials. Moreover, lecturers might give tips for examinations during certain lectures or tutorials. Some lecturers may choose to give pop quizzes to ensure students attend their classes.

  1. Must all students join co-curricular activities?

USM does not made compulsory for students to join co-curricular activities. However, students might need the units (credit hours) from co-curricular activities to graduate successfully. So, to join or not is up to students own preferences. 1st year students will be given more information during orientation week.

USM also have a lot of societies or clubs which they can choose to join. These societies or clubs offer NO units. However, by joining those societies or clubs, students will be able to gain MyCSD points (important to secure a hostel room in second year). MyCSD is My Continuous Student Development in full. It is a program that intends to build a holistic student personality under the APEX program. Having a low MyCSD points will lessen the chance of getting a room in subsequent year in USM. Again, joining these societies or clubs is based on students own preference.

  1. Can students drive in USM? How do we get the sticker?

First year students are NOT allowed to bring in any vehicles into USM. If students get caught driving any unregistered vehicle in USM, they will receive a summon. Students can only bring their own vehicle to USM start from second year. Still, students have to get a sticker and register their own vehicle with Jabatan Keselamatan in USM. In order to entitle a sticker, students have to be active in societies and clubs. Stickers are limited and they are only given to students who are actively participating in the clubs.

School of Languages, Literacies and Translation (SOLLAT) FAQ

  1. What will be studied by the students pursuing degree of English for Professionals (EfP) in School of Languages, Literacies and Translation (PPBLT)?

English for Professionals is a 3-year degree course and students will need to accumulate a total of 125 units in order to graduate which are inclusive of Core (T), Minor (M), University (U) and Elective (E) courses. The only major course in PPBLT is English for Professionals, however, students are allowed to minor in any of the courses as they wish from the schools below beginning from Year 2 Semester I, namely:

  • School of The Arts
  • School of Biology
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Communication
  • School of Computer Sciences
  • School of Educational Studies
  • School of Housing, Building and Planning
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Industrial Technology
  • School of Management
  • School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Physics
  • School of Social Sciences

Other than that, students can even choose to minor in PPBLT itself by pursuing the following foreign language courses such as Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, French, Thai and Tamil.

  1. Is it necessary/compulsory to buy textbooks?

Students do not have to buy textbooks for most of the courses available in English for Professionals (EfP). Lecturers will provide slides for your perusal. Nevertheless, for language courses like Malay and English languages, textbook would be a need when attending lectures.

  1. Do students have to go for internship programme?

Yes indeed. It is compulsory for students to go for internship programme at the end of Year 2 Semester II after finishing examinations in order to gain real life working experience.

  1. What is the proper attire for attending lectures or tutorial classes?

It is necessary for students to wear long pants and covered shoes when attending classes. The school does accept students wearing round-neck shirts as well. On the other hand, it is not necessary for students to wear formal attire except during presentation for tutorial class.

  1. How do students register for courses in the first semester?

Students will need to fill in the application form manually and register the courses during the official period of Online Course Registration (OCR) in school. Each student will be assigned an Academic Advisor (AA) to further clarify your doubts regarding the courses.

  1. Are the papers of English for Professionals (EfP) easy to be scored well?

Students can in fact score well by putting in time and effort as most of the papers are not hard to be understood and the lecturers will always try their utmost to help the students.

  1. Is it compulsory for students to take part in co-curricular activities?

Nope, the school does not make it compulsory for the students of PPBLT to join co-curricular activities even though in Year 1 Semester I it is stated that students will need to gain one unit by joining co-curricular activities. All in all, it is optional.

  1. How do students get accessed to Internet?

Students will get to connect to USM network within the compound of USM by using their own IDs which will be given during orientation week. Nonetheless, it is to be noted that the speed of connection is not guaranteed and will be diverse at different places in the school.

  1. What are the job prospects or career opportunities after graduating?

Students can involve themselves in a variety of careers by pursuing degree in English for Professionals (EfP), namely:

  • Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Banking
  • Consultancy
  • Editing and publishing
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Advertising and marketing
  • English language teaching and learning
  • Further academic study


For further information, kindly refer to the following official website of PPBLT:


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!

    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?
  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.
  62. I am not a music students, can I use their practice room?
    Sure. But we need to give the priority for music students.
  63. Which language will be using for Music Theory and other music courses?
  64. I am a performing in arts student, is that I have any chance to perform on stage?Sure. That’s why you come here.
  65. Is that any music technology course provided for art students
    Sure. You can take Music Technology as a minor subject.
  66. Can I know more information about Acting and Directing courses?
    Performing art, also known as drama and theatre, we learnt about how to act and direct an theatre and some basic stage knowledge such as lighting, sound, stage business, how to analyse script, writing plot, constume and so on.
  67. Is it practical more than theory for Acting and Directing course?
    Actually we need to learn for theory and assignment also. Once we need to do for a production, we need to spend time to do a practice and prepare for our show well. Otherwise, practical are important for us too. In first year, we will learn fundamentals of acting and directing, bangsawan and so on.
  68. Is that study for Acting and Directing can get job after graduate?
    Of course. You can get job in performing art as career or become the member of a production team. You can be an actor, director, production manager, stage manager, event manager, lighting designer, costume designer and so on!
  69. I am a full time Music Student. Can I be a part time music teacher at outside USM?
    Sure you can. It depends on your time management.

Welcome to School of the Arts!




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.

How to reach the School of Communication?

You may be seeking for bus AC, bus D, bus B, and bus C to reach the school of communication. There’s definitely a distance if we choose to walk from our hostel. In fact, the only hostel you can do so is hostel of Cahaya Gemilang.

When do you need to choose your MAJOR?

Basically we need to think of or start selecting our major during second semester of first year. The confirmation of your major usually will be released during semester break. Accordingly, your second year university life will begin based on  your major choosing.

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.)

Let’s give extra information, the hottest minor that chosen by us were management or psychology. Most importantly, choice still goes to you.

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 Computer Sciences FAQ

School of Computer Sciences - View from Side

These are the frequently asked questions:

  1. What will I study in Computer Science?
  2. In the first year, students are taught the basics of CS such as computer organisation, algorithms and problem solving, programming techniques using C++ and etc.
    CS students are required to choose a specialisation (major) in the 2nd semester of the first year and begin their specialisation in the 2nd semester of the second year. There are 6 specialisations:

      • Information Systems Engineering
      • Multimedia Computing
      • Distributed Systems & Security
      • Network Computing
      • Software Engineering
      • Intelligent Systems

    CS students also must choose either Minor or Elective programme.

    Under computer science with minor programme, students choose and begin one minor area offered by other school in the 2nd semester of first year. CS students with elective programmme will choose several elective courses to widen their specialisation area and their knowledge in computer science.
    For the details, you will know in time.

  3. What is the best specialisation and minor?
    There are no best specialisation or minor. Remember, all roads lead to Rome.
  4. What language will be conducted for CS?
    English will be used as medium of language. However, for University courses, Bahasa Malaysia will be used.
  5. Any specialised place for CS students to study, doing assignments?
    Yes, five CS Labs at School of CS third floor.
  6. What’s the opening time of CS Lab?
    Weekdays: 8am to 10pm
    Weekends: 8am to 7pm
    Subject to changes*
  7. 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.
  8. Any specification requirement for the laptop?
    No, just make sure it’s not too old.
  9. I have no foundation in programming, computer science, 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.
  10. CS hard to score?
    No pain no gain.
  11. What kind of lecturer will I meet?
    No worries, CS lecturers are nice + friendly, given that you don’t step on their toes.
  12. 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.
  13. Where is School of CS? And where’s the main office?
    Position of CS School
    Position of CS School

    CS School View

  14. 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.
  15. Do we need to buy textbooks?
    It depends. Textbooks will be recommended by the lecturers as additional references. You can get the textbooks from seniors. You might download ebook from internet for free as well. Lecturers use slides to teach most of the times. They will upload it to the e-learn website of USM and students can download the lecture notes from there.
  16. Are the assignments given a lot?
    Yes, normally.
  17. Do we have to bring laptop all the time?
    It depends. You can choose to use the computer provided in the lab or use your own laptop.
  18. What is the attire for attending lectures and tutorial classes?
    T-shirt and long pants will do, as long as it is decent.
  19. Do we need to do internship?
    During the second semester and the long vacation of the third year, you will be assigned to various organisations for industrial training for a period of six months.
  20. Any club under School of CS?
    All CS students are automatically registered as members of Computer Science Society.
  21. 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