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Master's Degree in Environmental Change: Analysis and Management

The Faculty of Sciences’ tutorial action plan for master's degree studies

Introduction

The Faculty of Sciences (FC)'s Tutorial Action Plan (PAT) for master's degree studies includes actions for advising, supporting and guiding students throughout their educational process. The PAT is based on the experience of the first editions of the master's degree and takes into account that the proximity between students and teaching staff enable frequent and very close assistance. 

Actions

The PAT for the master's degree studies at the Faculty of Sciences consists of the following actions:

1. Tutorial action prior to enrolment

The tutorial process starts prior to enrolment. The coordinator is the person in charge of this task, assisting and informing students who, that may not be pre-enrolled, ask for information about the master's degree (academic information, scholarships, etc.). The main method of contact with the student is email or alternatively by videoconference or telephone. For local students, an interview is also normally held. 

The Academic and Students Management Service (SGAE) or the structure that the University designates for that purpose, will inform students on all the issues relating to the documents required for pre-enrolment and relevant aspects of the enrolment process: price, enrolment calendar and other important information for new students (accommodation, scholarships, etc.) 

2. Tutorial action for the enrolment process

Once students have been accepted by the Master's Degree Admission Committee, the SGAE will then inform those students of the enrolment’s procedures, which include a pre-enrolment tutorial that is compulsory for students to arrange with their coordinator. 

The coordinator arranges the tutorial prior to enrolment individually, either in-person, over the phone, by email or, if necessary, via videoconference. These tutorials will clear up queries and discuss the compulsory and optional subjects that student shave to enrol on, as well as the possibility of a part-time master's degree enrolment. Once these tutorials have finished, coordinators will activate the option for students to enrol online or in person.

3. Student-welcome session

Coordinators organise a welcome session with all the students on the first day of class, informing them of every academic aspect and putting themselves at their disposal for the duration of the course. During that session, students are also informed of their obligation to choose a delegate over the following weeks who will represent them on the Academic Council and the contact person for the subject coordinator to discuss topics affecting the group.

4. Students’ tutorial monitoring action during the course.

The coordinator is at the disposal of master's degree students throughout the year, so they can discuss any aspect they like and request an individual tutorial session whenever they need. For quick questions, the method of communication is by email, whilst for more complex subjects, an appointment is scheduled.

5. Academic tutorial action in each subject:

The each subject's lecturers offer individual tutorial sessions to clear up queries over content and provide support for the performance of work and placements. Teachers also offer support to students who, on account of their original degree, require additional attention.

6. Tutorial action on Master's Thesis

Students receive detailed information on the features and protocol of the Master's Thesis (TFM), which includes the tutor-assignment process according to the TFM regulations in force at the FC.

7. Tutorial action on the External Practicals/Placements

Students receive detailed information on the features and protocol of the External Practicals (EP), which includes the tutor-assignment process according to the TFM regulations in force in the EP.

8. Professional guidance activities

Master's degrees are coordinated in collaboration with the professional-guidance initiatives organised by the various Faculties and Schools and the Careers Service. 

Finally, the UdG has several institutional structures at its disposal for informing and guiding students on various aspects during their stay at the UdG: 

  • Student Information and Advice Centre (CIAE) gives information on access to the university and to the various studies and other aspects of interest for students. Information on scholarships and grants, as well as accommodation for students from abroad, will be of interest to master’s students. 
  • The Support programme for students with disabilities offer guidance and resources to people with a disability on aspects of participation in every university area 
  • The University and Sport programme is aimed at top-level athletes enrolled at the UdG so they can enjoy the opportunity of academic support from a lecturer/tutor who will help them to clear up any problems involved in making academic life and participation in competitions, meetings or official training sessions compatible. 

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