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School of Biological Sciences FAQ
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!
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.
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!
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!
That’s for sure. The degree is recognised in local public and private institutions, as well as institutions overseas.
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.
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.
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.
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!) .
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!
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.
Units, is just another term as credit hours in other institutions. You need to accumulate certain amount of units in order to graduate.
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.
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!
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.
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.
BioSociety. A school’s society that have activities and bio-related events. Aimed to bring exposure and experience to bio school students.
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.
There are market and shops nearby and at a few hostels’ cafeteria. Just bring the essential stuffs you think you’ll need.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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?
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
(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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Good day dear juniors. First of all, we would like to congratulate and welcome you all to the School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Your many years of hard work had finally paid off. Right now, you are about to embark on a brand new chapter of your life. If you are having any doubts or confusions, here’s the FAQs that hopefully will be of help to all of you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What will students study in a Management degree?
Management is a 4-year degree course and in order to graduate successfully, students will have to accumulate 136 units (credit hours) including 21 units of several papers required by the university (English, Bahasa Malaysia, TITAS, Ethnic Relation etc). Management students are required to choose a major and minor from the lists below.
Minor (whatever School that provides Minor courses):-
SOM do not offer double major programme currently. And programmes offered for major cannot be chosen as a minor. Eg. Students CANNOT major in Finance and MINOR in Marketing. Students must choose ONE from the major list as major and ONE from minor list as your minor.
Students will only be asked to choose minor during 3rd semester and major during your 4th semester.
So, for first year, students will normally take subjects about the basics or some fundamental of those major courses. Students will take papers such as Principle of Marketing, Finance, Organizational Behaviour, Operational Management and International Business. All the papers mentioned above will unveil what can expect from those majors.
2. What is the best major or minor?
There is no such thing as the best major or minor. It all depends on what students like and enjoy the most. So, when the time comes, choose something that you are interested in.
3. What will students study in an Accounting degree?
Similar to the Management program, Accounting is a 4-year degree course and in order to graduate, you will have to accumulate 137 units (credit hours) including 15 units of several papers required by the university (English, Bahasa Malaysia, TITAS, Ethnic Relation, Core Entrepreneurship etc). Students will get more details about this inside a guide book that will distribute during orientation. Accounting program is a professional course so students are not required to have no minor subjects.
4. For accounting students, what qualification we may get after graduate?
The Bachelor of Accounting degree graduates are recognized by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Graduates will be obtained a certificate in Bachelor of Accounting (Hons.) and accepted as Certified Accountants after gaining 3 years of working experiences at an accounting firm or an industry.
*For more information, you can get from http://www.mia.org.my/new/members_being_application.asp
5. How many examination papers can exempted from professional accounting bodies? (*subject to changes)
(a) CIMA – The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (10/16)
Exemption – http://www.cimaglobal.com/Starting-CIMA/Starting-CIMA/Exemptions/Exemption-Search/University-Sains-Malaysia-USM-9859/?qualification=1-2NIVF22
(b) MICPA – The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (exemption granted – professional stage exam)
Advanced stage syllables – http://www.micpa.com.my/v2/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/List_of_approved_qualifications_2017.pdf
Exemption – http://www.micpa.com.my/v2/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/List_of_approved_qualifications_2017.pdf
(c) CPA Australia
(d) ACCA – The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (9/14)
(e) ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales (8/15)
6. What is the medium of teaching in management and accounting program?
English. Lectures, tutorials and examinations are all conducted in English. However, for Minor courses, it may be in English, BM or other languages.
7. How to register the courses for the first semester?
For the first semester, School of Management provided automatic courses registration. Students are only required to check the courses that auto-registered.
8. Do students have to do internship?
For management program, the students will do their internship during the 8th semester which is the last semester. For accounting program, the students will do their internship during the 6th semester.
9. Do students need to buy textbooks?
Textbooks will be recommended by lecturers. We do not encourage photocopying of textbooks but students may make their own decision. For some papers, lecturers will require students to take online quizzes which carry weight into coursework grades (eg. 5% or 10% of coursework grades). In order to take those online quizzes, students will need to have an activation code that comes along with the purchase of textbooks. So in this case, students will have no choice but to buy the textbooks.
Lecturers will be using slides to teach most of the time, and USUALLY, students will be given the lecture notes (PPT slides or PDF). Anyway, for those courses don’t have the online quizzes, juniors can try to get the textbooks from seniors for free or buy the textbooks from seniors.
10. What is the proper attire for attending 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Must all students join any co-curricular activities?
USM does not force 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.
14. Can students drive in USM? How to 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. Anyway, vehicles without stickers can be parked at Padang Kawad ONLY.
15. Can students take foreign language? Is it compulsory to take it?
Yes, management and accounting students are allowed take foreign language. It is not compulsory but you can take foreign language to fulfill the units (credit hours) in order to graduate successfully.
Foreign languages that are available in USM:
15.Where is School of Management located?
School of Management is in building E45. It is located opposite the Hamzah Sendut Library 2 (E41) and School of Educational Studies (E43).
16.Does School of Management have any societies or clubs?
Yes, there are two societies which are Management Society (for management students) and Accounting Society (for accounting students).
Get Connected with Us
USM School of Management FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/USM.SOM
USM School of Management FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USMSOM/
USM Management Society FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/USM.Management
USM Accounting Society FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/usm.accounting.society
USM SOM (Intake 2016/2017) FB
USM School of Management Official Web: http://www.som.usm.my/
USM Main Campus offers variety type of dining experiences from Malaysian Delight to different country cuisine.
Malaysian Delight (In campus)
Oriental + Malaysian Cuisine (In campus)
Malaysian + Western Cuisine
Cafe with Nice Drinks
Outside USM (by USM Sungai Dua Gate)
Outside USM (Nearby / Opposite of Tesco Extra Sg. Dua)
Outside USM (Jalan Bukit Gambir, Outside Gate of Desasiswa RST)
:::::Notice from USM:::::
Payment can be made before registration day. Here are the details of payment methods:-
Follow the steps below:
a. Log in to the ‘Bahagian Bil Yuran’
b. Press ‘Bayar’
c. Just follow the steps and key in the details
d. Make your payment (Debit Card / Credit Card / Master Card / Visa / Perbankan Internet-FPX)
e. Print out the payment slip and keep it as proof of payment
Students are not advised to carry large amount of CASH to university during Orientation Week.
No matter where you live on campus, you’re usually within walking distance of everything you need. It’s about RM2.70 to RM4.50 per day per person (only for students). Different prices applied on non-students. All rooms are equipped with basic furniture, including:-
Pillows, linen and additional cleaning equipment are not provided. The hostels have no kitchen, although facilities to boil water are made available. Coin self operated laundry machines are also available. Each hostel will have different design and layout, therefore the amount of toilet and bathroom are not same. There are different hostels for men and women.
When you live in the hostels, USM has free WiFi provided. There is a chance that you may not be able to get access to the Internet. This is due some of the blind spots of the Wifi Zone.
In case you wish to continue living in the hostel after the exams, you can apply for an extension to do so. Eateries are available outside campus during the semester break. The hostel officers will inform you about the application procedure, as well as handling over the keys. No application is needed for staying in the hostel during shorter school breaks.
All Freshie are COMPULSORY to stay in the campus during Orientation Week (Program Siswa Lestari).
To continue staying in Campus Hostel, you are required to obtain a minimum requirement of MyCSD units. Find out more about MyCSD here (http://www.myusminfo.com/mycsd/)
List of USM Hostels
However, if you prefer staying outside the campus, please make sure you are clear about all the costs that you might incur in your housing arrangements, and that USM will not be held responsible.
For more information about USM Housing and Accommodation, kindly contact UPPU:-
Desasiswa, Universiti Sains Malaysia,
Seri Ampangan, 14300 Nibong Tebal,
No Tel: 04-599 5530; Fax: 04-594 1005
Desasiswa, Universiti Sains Malaysia,
16150 Kubang Kerian,
No Tel: 09-767 3000; Fax: 09-765 2678
There are several clinics close to USM for the student’s convenience. Opening hours vary between clinics, most of them being closed in the afternoons during lunch time.
Remember to bring along your IC & Matric card when you visit to the clinics.
Check out the list here.
PDF version able to download from HERE
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DATE: 4 September 2018 (Selasa)
TIME: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
VENUE: Dewan Tuanku Syed Putra (DTSP)
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