First-Year Teaching Committee

1 Synopsis

I serve as the freshmen advisor and undergraduate chairman (‏יועץ שנה א', ויו"ר ועדת הוראה לשנה א'‏‎) at the department of computer science at Ben-Gurion University.

2 How to contact me

Name Mayer Goldberg
Email gmayer@little-lisper.org
Office Building 37 (Alon, אלון), room 106, mailbox 44
Office hours (semester א) Mondays, 12:00-14:00
Telephones Voice 08-647-7873, FAX 08-647-7650

3 General guidelines

Please understand that:

  • No decisions are made “on the spot,” regardless of what you tell me.
  • All decisions are taken offline, after deliberation, with all relevant documentation at hand, and in particular, with your academic transcript before us.
  • You are welcome to come to my office hours, but please keep in mind that on all personal academic matters, I will probably direct you to the undergraduate secretariat, to fill a form.
  • Email is the fastest and most effective way to contact me.

4 Issues that come up frequently

  • If you seek authorization for a course, or ‏מועד מיוחד‎ in a course you took, please go to the undergraduate secretariat on the first floor [of building #37], and fill and submit the appropriate form. You should support & substantiate any claims you make with appropriate documentation, and include those with your form. There is no need to speak with me in advance.
  • If you are continuing your studies at our department, you have already been admitted, and would like to get an exemption (‏פטור‎) from various courses in your program, on the strength of courses you took elsewhere, as part of another program, then you need to do the following:
    • Download the a request ‏להכרה בקורסים‎ from the website of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
    • Fill in the form, listing the courses you took on the strength of which you are asking for the exemption, the syllabus for each such course, and the courses from which you are asking for an exemption.
    • Submit the form, including the syllabi, to the undergraduate secretariat.
  • For inquiries about the ‏קורס רענון במתמטיקה‎ in the ‏מכינה‎, please consult the ‏מכינה‎'s website in order to see the syllabus, list of topics, bibliography, timetable, etc.
  • If you are unhappy about the grade you received in a course, you need to take this matter with your instructor. Unless these are in blatant, obvious violation of the regulations of the university & faculty, I do not interfere with the grading policies in your courses.
  • If you are falling behind in your courses, please contact ‏דיקנאט הסטודנטים‎, and join ‏התוכנית למניעת נשירה‎. From what we hear, their program is effective in helping students get back on track.
  • If you suffer from disabilities that hamper your academic work (be they learning disabilities, physical, psychological, etc), please contact ‏המדור לקידום סטודנטים‎ at the ‏דיקנאט הסטודנטים‎. They have a wide range of programs to help you make the most of your academic experience at BGU. Keep in mind that assessment of medical or learning disabilities takes time to complete, and many of the benefits to which you may be entitled will be predicated on the results of this assessment. If you know you are going to require their help, please start the process as soon as possible.
  • Information concerning מועדי ג'‏:
    • מועד‏ ג'‏ is granted for the conditions specified in תקנון הבחינות. Exceptions to תקנון הבחינות will only be entertained in situations that greatly resemble the conditions specified in תקנון הבחינות.
    • If you've taken both מועד‏ א'‏ and מועד ב'‏ in a course, then under no circumstances will you receive מועד ג'‏.
    • The authority to grant מועדי ג'‏ lies solely with the teaching committee, and not with the instructor of the course for which you may seek מועד ג'‏. While we will happily receive recommendations/explanations/justifications for מועדי ג'‏ from the instructor in charge of a course, we decide these on the merits of the case, and not on the request of the instructor. In other words, even if your instructor promised you מועד ג'‏, this means nothing until the teaching committee decides you should have מועד ג'‏.

For all other matters, write an email, or come and see me in person during my office hours.

Author: Mayer Goldberg

Created: 2013-10-25 Fri 17:04

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