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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 Computer Sciences FAQ

School of Computer Sciences - View from Side


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

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.


Welcome to School of the Arts!