|Name of course|
12517 50% distance
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
Telephone: 026-648500 (växel)
In order to register on your course, you first need to create a user account. Read more about how to activate your user account in our guide, "Five steps to get started".
If you do not register on time, you will lose your place on the course. Please contact your course administrator before the end of the registration period if you are experiencing problems with course registration.
If you are conditionally admitted you are not able to register on the course yourself.
Period for course registration: 26 aug - 1 sept
Your full commitment to studying this course is crucial. If you have registered but changed your mind about studying this course, you should immediately inform our administrator, Monika Karlsson (email@example.com), that you wish to be removed from the course list; there are applicants on the reserve list who could be admitted to the course within the first two weeks of the fall semester (weeks 36 and 37). If you continue to be registered with the course without being an active student, that is, without attending classes and submitting assignments and other types of work to Blackboard, everybody loses, but especially those applicants on the reserve list who might have had a chance to be admitted to the course. We have scheduled a "roll-call" session on Friday, August 30, at 15:00. The session will be online on Zoom. You only need to copy this link to your browser https://hig-se.zoom.us/j/223540669 and have your microphones and webcams ready. Attendance to the roll call session is mandatory. If you cannot attend but are committed to studying this course, contact me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the meeting takes place and briefly explain in writing why you want to study English.
This fall semester, you will be studying two modules as follows: “Language Structure” will be taught in the first part of the semester (weeks 36-45 or period 1) and “Written Communication” will be taught in the second half of the semester (weeks 46-03, period 2). In the spring semester, you will study “Contemporary Literature in English”, “Culture, Ethnicity, and Identity”, and “World English”. These are called modules for administrative purposes, but, since they cover quite different areas, are taught by different lecturers, and are assigned a number of credits each, they enjoy a certain degree of autonomy, which justifies referring to them as “courses”, in everyday speech.
You will study Language Structure together with students enrolled in the Teacher Training Program. Language Structure ends with a written exam on the HiG campus or at any authorized exam location, but, in keeping with the principles of continuous assessment, all modules feature compulsory written assignments (examinerande uppgifter) throughout their respective periods. More information about the content and assessment procedures for individual modules will be published by the instructors on the course site on Blackboard. Both modules include student participation in their assessment procedures. The teaching usually consists of lectures and seminars, but each module has its own structure and policy with respect to the forms of teaching. For example, Written Communication has virtually no lectures, given its focus on writing practice, while Language Structure features both lectures and seminars. You should order all your course books in good time. A good idea is to get hold of the books indicated in the syllabus (kursplan) during the summer vacation.
Students attending courses in English at the University of Gävle are required to attend class in order to receive a passing grade. Studying English at our college does not only involve obtaining subject knowledge, but also improving one’s ability to speak and write English, and this can only take place if students meet their teachers and actively participate in the instruction. Furthermore, most modules feature live, face-to-face, group work in order to accommodate the general course objective that “students should be able to compare and critically evaluate one’s own and others' work”. Failure to participate in such activities will therefore make it impossible to attain a course objective. For these reasons, we require attendance, with only minor exceptions. To take exams and pass the course, students must attend at least eight seminars in each of the 7.5 cr. modules (Language Structure and Written Communication).
It is important that you register on Blackboard which will be our main channel for communication. This is where you will find material about our course such as schedules, instructions, assignments, etc. This is also where the different instructors will post general announcements concerning the course and the individual sessions. Your instructors will use the email client to send individual messages when necessary. Therefore, check the course Blackboard page and your email regularly.
Secondly, we will meet in a virtual classroom using Zoom. Information on how to access this classroom will be posted on Blackboard. For all of us to be able to benefit from a good quality of reception, it is recommended that you use broadband and not a wireless connection. It is also important that you use a good headset with a microphone instead of the microphone on the computer only. A good camera is also essential for communicative purposes. Unfortunately, iPads and iPhones do not work sufficiently for this activity.
If you need support with any technical issues concerning Blackboard or Zoom, contact the support service through the university website (www.hig.se). Go to Student/Stöd, support och service/It-stöd och support.
Cheating and plagiarizing are serious academic offences, which result in failing the module in question and being reported to the college’s disciplinary commission. To learn about plagiarism and get basic information on how to avoid it, please read the disclaimer posted on Blackboard carefully before the beginning of the course; print it, sign it, make a copy/take a picture, and upload it to Blackboard.
Registration for exams, including re-takes, is mandatory. You can register for exams via Ladok. You need to register at least ten days before the exam date. If you fail to register you will only be able to sit your exam if there is a n empty place in the exam hall.
If you are a distance study student and want to take your exam off-campus, you need to apply to do so at least three weeks prior to the exam date.
After your course has finished you will be sent a we-based course evaluation questionnaire via e-mail. Your participation in the course evaluation is very valuable to us and you comments will help improve and develop the course further. All students registered on the course will receive a report of the course evaluation with all comments compiled.
Hig.se/student is our student webpage where you can find useful links and information about your studies. Here you will also find a news feed where we publish study-related news.
You can contact IT support if you encounter any problems with your user account or any other IT related problems. The IT support is open for visits 09.00-15.00 in the Student Centre, building 22, Monday to Friday. You can also contact them by telephone +46 26 64 88 00 or e-mail email@example.com
The library is located in the middle of the campus and is open to everybody. Welcome to the library to activate your entrance card as a library card. You can reach all digital resources such as e-books and e-journals after logging in with your user account.
Sometimes you need help to manage your studies and student life. At the University of Gävle we have several support functions to help you deal with various study-related situations, such as, for example, student health and welfare and support for students with disabilities.
The Student Centre
At the Student Centre you will meet knowledgeable staff who can assist you in just about anything regarding your studies at the University of Gävle. The Student Centre is located in building 22. You can also find a café in this area and a TV displays showing study-related information and the daily timetabling. You can contact the Student Centre by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Web meetings with Zoom
Zoom are a services for web meetings at the University of Gävle. You usually need a webcam and headset with a microphone.