Learning Environment, Student Support and Progression
6.1 The Faculty adopts a student-friendly administrative, academic and technical support system that ensures a conducive and caring environment and greater interaction among students and staff
The environment of the Faculty is conducive and caring for students. Mentoring system is the key link between academics and students. Faculty office, student counselling rooms and student common rooms are in close vicinity for easy access. Relevant information will be sent to the students through FOSMIS and notices Interaction between the students and the staff has improved through extracurricular activities such as Faculty day, societies, mentoring and counseling facilities.
6.2 The Faculty identifies learning support needs for its educational programmes and methods of delivery and provides effective learning environment through appropriate services and training programmes.
The Faculty has identified the importance of learning support and following practices are conducted for a long period. • Appointment of sufficient number of academic support staff for practical and tutorial classes. • Flexible timetable and facilities for English language/IT improvement. • Appointment of a mentor for each student Faculty improves infrastructure facilities in the learning centers and necessary information and training for students provide by the CGU and other subject based societies.
6.3 The Faculty offers all incoming students an induction programme regarding the rules and regulations of the institution, student-centered learning, outcome based education and technology based learning
Faculty organizes an Orientation programme for new entrants. It is highly informative awareness programme and conducted in combine with English and IT classes. Throughout the academic year CGU and other subject based societies conduct activities to aware students.
6.4 The Faculty guides the students to comply with the Code of Conduct for students (Student Charter), discharge their right and responsibilities and utilize services available in a prudent manner
During the Orientation programme Faculty provides necessary information for new entrants through talks by relevant academics and administrative staff of the university. Further, the Student Handbook which include code of conduct, rights and responsibilities and services available, made available for every new comer
6.5 The Faculty guides the students to optimally use the available student support services and empower learners to take personal control of their own development (self directed learning)
The Faculty uses several strategies such as FOSMIS, LMS and through mentors to guide the students. Further, every course units of the curriculum is embedded with self-directed learning to empower students through; individual and group assignments, field visits, group presentations, and research projects
6.6 The Faculty monitors/evaluates student support services and use the information as a basis for improvement.
The Faculty implements and maintains mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the student support services. Student requests and student representatives’ requests are discussed in each Faculty board. The Faculty evaluates the progress of the activities organized by the Faculty. (CG activities, involvement in sports, workshops, field visits, etc.). Faculty has initiated student scholarship fund scheme.
6.7 The Faculty provide on-going training for users (students and staff) of common learning resources such as library, ICT, and language laboratories.
The Faculty provides awareness to students on the use of library and other information resources at the Orientation Programme. All students other than who are following computer science have to pass IT certificate level and English Level I and II to be eligible for the degree. The Faculty provides opportunities for the students to use ICT facilities and language facilities through DELT/ELTU. Further training programme for the students and the staff on the use of ICT facilities are conducted.
6.8 The Faculty offers professional/science based programmes, provides on-going training for users (students and staff) of specialized learning resources such as clinical facilities, science based laboratories, engineering workshops etc.
The specialized learning facilities are embedded in the curriculum. Facilities are provided for students to gain hands on experience when particular course units are conducted such as field visits, industrial visits etc. Facilities are provided for staff to attend the professional programmes. Newly recruited staff has to attend the programmes conducted by SDC.
6.9 The Faculty has appropriate infrastructure, delivery strategies, academic support services and guidance to meet the needs of differently abled students.
The curriculum of the study programmes could not cater all groups of differently abled students. However, Faculty has provided necessary support to students with special needs. Lecture rooms and at least one laboratory in each department have facilities for students who have become partially disabled. On request approved by medical doctors further facilities are provided for such students during the examination
6.10 The library and its branches use ICT-led tools to facilitate the students to access and use information effectively for academic success, lifelong learning and gainful employment.
The library system is fully computerized, and it facilitates online services for searching books, e databases, e journals, e abstracts, inter-library loan facilities, and e tools through ISURU.
6.11 The teachers in partnership with library and information resources personnel ensure that the use of library and information resources are integrated into the learning process.
Every lecturer encourages students to use the library through the recommended readings and giving activities to collect information from other resources relevant to their courses.
6.12 The Faculty maintains up-to-date records on student progress throughout a programme of study and provide prompt and constructive feedback about their performance.
The Faculty maintains up-to-date records on student progress at department level and the Faculty level. The Faculty facilitates and monitors student progression especially through the mentoring system and provide feedback about their performance.
6.13 The Faculty promotes active academic/ social interaction between the Faculty and students.
Active academic/ social interaction between the Faculty and students is maintained through regular annual events such as Faculty day, RISTCON, undergraduate symposium, Cultural activities, talent shows and society meetings.
6.14 The Faculty recognizes and facilitates academic interaction between the peer helpers/ mentors/ senior guides and students
Interaction between academic staff and students are facilitated mainly through the mentoring activities. In addition, student counsellors and career guidance advisors and coordinators for different events are appointed to facilitate such activities.
6.15 Co-curricular activities such as sports and aesthetic programmes conform to the mission of the Faculty, and contribute to social and cultural dimensions of the educational experience.
co-curricular activities of the Faculty enhance social and cultural dimensions to the educational experience of students. Student societies of the Faculty also organize activities relevant to their societies.
6.16 Students are equipped with career management skills along with soft skills empowering them to make informed career choices through the CGU
The Faculty CGU coordinator organize career guidance activities at the Faculty to empower students to make informed career choices through the CGU .
6.17 Programme Specific Standard (See Part II)
6.18 The Faculty has internalized the policies on gender equity and equality and ensures that there is no direct or indirect sex discrimination/ harassment.
The Faculty abides by the Ruhuna University policy framework on “Prevention of sexual and gender-based harassment”.
6.19 The Faculty/Institute regularly and systematically gathers relevant information about the satisfaction of students with the teaching programmes/ courses offered and support services and the information is used in improvement.
Students’ feedbacks are collected regularly and information is used in improvement. Student representatives are requested to inform any complain relevant to student activities at the Faculty board.
6.20 The Faculty/Institute is proactive in counseling the students to facilitate their progression from one level of a programme to another and for qualifying for an award and employment/ advanced study.
Through well-organized mentoring system, Faculty facilitates successful student progression in the study programme. The Faculty and the CGU conduct various workshops and job fairs to find internship placements/ employments opportunities for the students.
6.21 The Faculty facilitates the students who do not complete the programme successfully to settle with the fall back options available
Though there is no exact fallback option, Student request committee of the Faculty considers student requests and grievances, giving grace chances to encourage the students to complete the degree within the stipulated period. Their recommendations are forwarded through Faculty Board for approval of the Senate.
6.22 Programme Specific Standard (See Part II)
6.23 Faculty promptly deals with students’ complaints and grievances, and deliver timely responses
The Student request committee of the Faculty considers student requests in timely manner and reports to the Faculty board in every month to take necessary actions without any delay. In addition, through mentors, students send their problems to relevant Heads of the Department and the Dean of the Faculty.
6.24 The Faculty networks with alumnus and encourage alumnus to assist students in preparing for their professional future.
Faculty has established alumnus associations. Alumni are invited as resource persons for motivation of students