Information for Current Students
Online Learning Environment
The Department currently uses the university-wide Sakai installation at http://vula.uct.ac.za/ as the core learning management system for all its courses.
The Departmental Plagiarism Policy is strictly enforced at all levels.
There are two student advisors available for consultation about undergraduate curricula: Michelle Kuttel (Room 304.02, mkuttel at cs dot uct dot ac dot za) and Gary Marsden (Room 304.01, gaz at cs dot uct dot ac dot za).
Undergraduate Computer Science students may also email firstname.lastname@example.org with general queries or to book an appointment.
Current "open door" consultation times for both Gary and Michelle are posted on the door outside the Student Advisors Suite (Room 304, 3rd Floor, Computer Science Building) and are also listed on a Google calendar.
Student Advisor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Q. How do I see a student advisor?
A. Either arrive at the student advisor's office during an "open door" time or email email@example.com to make an appointment. Current "open door" consultation times are posted on the door outside the Student Advisors Suite (Room 304, 3rd Floor, Computer Science Building) and are also listed on a Google calendar.
Q. Why was the student advisor not in his/her office?
A. Student advisors are academics who have many other duties in teaching, research and administration. Though they try to be in their offices during posted "open door" times, other important tasks may crop up. So, if you urgently need to see a student advisor, email them to make an appointment.
Q. Why was I not told that I require more credits/a senior course/a Science Course in order to qualify for graduation this year?
A. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that he/she meets the requirements for graduation. Student advisors will try to give the best possible advice and guidance, but it remains the student's responsibility to understand the rules for her/his degree and to ensure that he/she complies with them.
Q. How do I switch from my current faculty (e.g. Engineering) to the Science Faculty?
A. To transfer to the Science Faculty, you need to:(1) fill in the UCT Form 5 : Application for admission to a new programme (downloadable from UCT website)
(2) submit this form to the Admissions Office (this can be done at any time, the deadline is the end of December)
The Science Faculty Admissions committee will consider these applications once the November exam results are available. You are advised to write your exams and to get the best possible marks, particularly in any Science subjects you may be registered for.
If there is a chance that you may be excluded from your current faculty, you should follow the Readmission Appeal (RAC) procedure. In this application, you may indicate that your first choice is to be considered for admission by the Science Faculty.
Note that you will not necessarily get credits for any non-Science courses that you have done. The Science faculty will determine which credits you will get if you are accepted. You can consult a student advisor in the Science Faculty for some indication on which courses we give credit for.