Information Note on Teaching and Learning in the August-December Semester

This information is intended to give an indication of the likely mode of study that will be followed by students in Sunway University during the August to December 2020 semester, following the latest advice and Covid-19 regulations from the Ministry of Higher Education and other government authorities. This information may be subject to change at short notice depending on the pandemic situation and variations in the regulations applying to universities. The mode of study will differ between programmes and year of study.

1. Year 1 students in Diploma and Bachelor programmes will have practical classes/workshops etc on campus. However, it is expected that lectures will be delivered online in order to optimize social distancing. This is effectively “blended” learning which combines online learning with on-campus face-to-face learning.

2. Year 2 Bachelor students will have to study solely online during the semester according to the current government regulations and no face-to-face classes will be allowed. The University hopes that some regulatory flexibility will be permitted by the government before the semester begins but this is not guaranteed. The University is fully aware that year 2 Bachelor students would like to have some face-to-face classes on campus and will certainly make this possible if the government regulations change to permit this.

3. Final year undergraduate students (year 2 diploma students and year 3 bachelor students) will have practical classes as well as some experiential learning requiring use of special facilities on campus. Lectures, however, will be online.

4. Students who have inadequate IT equipment or wifi at home will be allowed to access the campus to make use of the better IT facilities within the campus for their learning.

5. Postgraduate students (PhD or Masters students) involved in research activities that need special facilities such as laboratories or studios are allowed to access those facilities to undertake their research work.

6. Assessments will follow a normal grading structure in the August-December semester. The “pass/fail” grading system adopted for the April-July semester will be discontinued.

In addition to the above, all students may attend the campus for certain extra-curricular activities, such as sports training, but these are subject to special operating procedures and may involve booking ahead to ensure social distancing on campus and to comply with official requirements.

It appears that most international students will be allowed to enter Malaysia and come to the University. International students should check with the International Office regarding the latest information regarding entry to Malaysia for the August semester and on any special formalities to follow, such as a mandatory quarantine period for students coming from certain countries. International students who cannot enter Malaysia should consult with their programme leaders about the feasibility of studying online, given the nature of their programmes and the mode of study that applies to their particular year of study. In cases where travel to Malaysia is not possible and online learning is not practicable, affected international students may defer their studies by a semester.

All students attending the campus will be required to follow Covid-19 standard operating procedures as laid down by the Sunway Education Group. These will include completing an e-health declaration and undergoing temperature scanning upon entry to the campus, and maintaining social distancing and wearing face-masks when on the campus. Entry to specific rooms and facilities will necessitate scanning of an e-trace QR code that is obligatory for contact tracing in case of necessity. Also, only marked seating places may be used to ensure social distancing both in teaching rooms and common areas.

These guidelines are subject to change at short notice. The University appreciates students’ understanding as we aim to provide the best possible education within the constraints laid down by the governmental authorities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Enquiries concerning the latest situation regarding specific academic programmes should be directed to programme leaders and/or school offices. The University wishes all students success in their studies in these challenging times and will post updates to this information as and when new information is received.

 

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