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Orientation Week 2016

Week: Monday 12th - Friday 16th September 2016

Focus this Week: Registration, Orientation, Familiarisation with academic programme, staff, campus and other students

  1. Attend all orientation sessions
  2. Collect your student card
  3. Print out your timetable for Week 1 lectures late in the week, as classroom numbers may change throughout the week

There are no formal lectures during Orientation Week. This is a week whereby you will complete all the relevant paperwork to register for University, get your student card, go to the different talks that are scheduled throughout the week and go to the many student events arranged by the Students' Union. It is a preparatory week and a week which allows you get used to your environment before the lectures begin. It is also a key week to meet new people and get to know your class group as these are the people with whom you will be doing projects, taking part in group work and socialising for the next three or four years. Relax and take it all in as this year is going to fly by!

Overview of Orientation Week
Session 1 - President's Address

This session takes place in the Helix, where you will meet the President of the University, Professor Brian MacCraith. You will also be provided with important tips on how to stay safe during your time at the University and will be provided with an overview of Orientation activities for the week. Here you will meet your peers for the first time.

Session 2 - Expectations of University Life / Student Union /  Clubs & Societies

This session will focus on the transition from second to third level education. Information will be provided about the academic, personal and professional support services in the University, the Students' Union and Clubs & Societies.  You will receive your DCU Student Diary & Planner, which outline all of the important dates in the academic year.

Session 3 & 4 - Academic Address

At this session you will meet academic staff (lecturers and tutors) and the Chairperson of your programme.  You will be provided with details about the structure of your programme and other programme-specific information.

Session 6 - Academic Skills Support & Digitial Learning

Outside the physical classroom environment, you will spend a portion of your time on DCU’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Loop. This online resource is where you will find lecture notes, take part in discussion forums and exchange ideas. Alongside the VLE, you will learn about the DCU ePortfolio, a tool which allows students monitor and document their development at third level. Our Learning Support colleagues will also introduce you to the online Academic Skills module and tell you how to make best use of the Writing Centres and Academic Skills Workshops.

How to read your orientation schedule - In front of you, you will see terms such as CG12, HG20, J118, and XG01. These codes correspond to the buildings around DCU Glasnevin Campus and what floor and room number you are in.

  • A = Albert College
  • C = Henry Grattan Building
  • H = Nursing Building
  • L = Computer Applications Building - Across from the Spar
  • N = Physics/Electronic Engineering Building
  • Q = Business School
  • S = Engineering Building
  • T = Terence Larkin Theatre (circular building opposite the Helix)
  • X = Science Building

The next number/letter is the reference to the floor:

  • G = Ground Floor
  • 1 = First Floor
  • 2 = Second Floor and so forth

And finally, the last two numbers correspond to the room number itself. You won't need much with you this week, as you will receive your student information pack from Student Support & Development. In this you will receive all the information you need to know, a pen and a Student Diary & Planner. So your note taking is made easy!

Please note that some students may have talks on the DCU St. Patrick's Campus or All Hallows Campus.  See campus maps link above for more details.