Congratulations on your recent offer from National College of Ireland, we look forward to welcoming you to your new course of study. 

To be ready for the new academic year please ensure you carefully read the Registration Booklet. In this publication, you will find information about accepting your place, registering online, receiving your IT login details and obtaining your student card. 

Please note that no on-site registration will take place for autumn 2020 students. Students must register online. Details on how to do this are listed in the Registration Booklet and an overview of how to register and be prepared for the semester is also available below. 

 

Accepting Your Place

 

 

How to accept your place

CAO Applicants

Your offer of a place was made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) and you must accept through the CAO. Please carefully read the offer acceptance procedure which the CAO provided you with.

Please note that registration in autumn 2020 will take place online. Please follow the steps outlined in the Getting Started section below to ensure you complete each stage of registration before the commencement of semester one. 

 

Deferrals

Deferrals for 2020 CAO applicants will be granted on medical or compassionate grounds only. If you wish to defer for medical or compassionate grounds, please email admissions@ncirl.ie immediately following receipt of your CAO offer outlining your reasons for deferral and including supporting documentation (such as a Doctor's note). Do not accept your CAO offer. 

 

Direct/Mature Applicants

To accept your place please contact us on 1850 221 721. You must contact us by Monday 19th August at the very latest to accept your offer.

Please note that registration in autumn 2020 will take place online. Please follow the steps outlined in the Getting Started section below to ensure you complete each stage of registration before the commencement of semester one. 

I've accepted my offer, what next?

CAO Applicants

Your CAO application number is now your student number. Your college username will take the form of x followed by your student number. For example, if your CAO number is 12345678, your username will be x12345678. Once you have accepted your offer from the CAO, you will be required to reset your password. You can reset your password 48 hours after accepting your place. Instructions listed below under Student Log In Details.

Direct/Mature Applicants

You should have already received your student number on all your e-mail correspondence with the college. Your college username will take the form of x followed by your student number. For example, if your student number is 12345678, your username will be x12345678. Once you have accepted your offer from NCI, you will be required to reset your password. You can reset your password 48 hours after accepting your place and becoming a registered/pre-registered student. Instructions listed below under Student Log In Details.

If you have not yet accepted your place please do so by contacting admissions@ncirl.ie or 1850 221 721.

Getting Started

Step 1 - Student Log In Details

Before registering for your course you first need to login to your NCI account and set your password.

You do this on the Password Management section of the website.

The Setting your Password guide provides a step-by-step guide through this process.

Please note that you must wait 24 hours between accepting a CAO offer and resetting your password.

Step 2 - Register & Pay Course Fees

Once students have accepted their place (as outlined above), they must register and pay fees online. CAO applicants must pay fees and register online within one week of accepting their CAO offer. Direct/Mature applicants must pay fees and register online before 31st August 2020. 

To register online, please follow the step by step guide provided in the Registration Booklet

The exception to this is BA (Honours) Psychology Full-Time Students who cannot pay fees and register online. Instead, fees can be paid using a credit or debit card by calling 1850 221 721 or by bank transfer. BA (Honours) Psychology students are asked to consult the section of the Registration Booklet specifically outlining how BA (Honours) Psychology students can pay fees and register. A summary of fees for the BA (Honours) Psychology is also provided below. 

 

Fees Information
 
New students are asked to consult the Registration Booklet for more detailed fees information. 
 
Students who are not in receipt of SUSI funding for the Student Contribution Fee (SCF), please note the following:
 
  • The Student Contribution Fee (SCF) for the academic year 2020/2021 is €3,000.
  • If you were not awarded grant funding from a local authority/VEC/SUSI, you must pay at least 20% of the SCF to register, plus the €80 gym fee.
  • Please note that 50% of the SCF must be paid by 30th November, with the balance payable at the start of the second semester.
  • If you elect to sign up for a Direct Debit, then the direct debit payment commences 5th October. If you choose the direct debit option, you must pay a 20% deposit online and fill out the direct debit form and return it to fees@ncirl.ie before 28th September.
Students in receipt of a SUSI grant, please note the following:
 
If you have applied for the student grant through SUSI you are not required to pay the SCF to register online. However you must provide the college with confirmation that you have made an application to SUSI for the grant. The following will be deemed acceptable as confirmation you have applied to SUSI:
 
  • A copy of your letter from SUSI confirming you have made an application 
  • A printed screenshot of your SUSI online application account which displays your name and your SUSI ID 
  • You may already have received confirmation of your awarded grant from SUSI, if you have this, please provide us with a copy 
The above should be provided to the Fees Office by email at fees@ncirl.ie.
 
Self Funding Students
 
If you have a fee category of self-funding you are liable to pay the following:
- Tuition fees
- Student contribution fee
- Gym membership fee
 
In order to be registered for the upcoming academic year you must pay the following at a minimum:
 
50% of the student contribution fee (€1,500) AND
50% of your tuition fees AND
€80 gym membership fee in full
 
BA Honours in Psychology (Full Time)

Students of the BA Honours in Psychology (full-time) cannot pay their fees online. 

The fee for this course is €5,900. 

You must pay 20% of fees due before the commencement of classes. If you do not choose to pay by direct debit, 50% of fees must be paid by 30th November, with the balance payable at the start of the second semester.

If you wish to spread the cost of your fees by direct debit you can do so by paying a 20% deposit of the total course fee (€1,180), together with the €80 gym membership fee, before the commencement of term. You must also complete and return the direct debit form to fees@ncirl.ie. You will then pay the remaining fee in eight monthly instalments of €590 beginning 5th October. 

Fees can be paid using a credit or debit card by calling 1850 221 721 or by bank transfer using the account details above. 
 
 
Issues logging in?

 - Please remember your username is x followed directly by your student number (for example, x20111111

- If you are having further difficulty with your login details, please contact the IT helpdesk at https://itsupport.ncirl.ie/hc/en-ie quoting your student name and number, and including a screenshot of the error message you are receiving. A member of the Helpdesk Team will get back to you.
 

Step 3 - Getting Your Student Card

NCI offers a service which allows students to download a photo app to their smart phone or desktop/laptop and take their own Student Identification Photo. This photo will then be used to print your student card.

To print your student card, the college requires a passport style photograph. Please follow our step by step guide to downloading the app and taking your student card photo. 

New students must submit their ID photo via the app in order to receive their student card. Students are required to submit their ID photo via the app within 48 hours of paying fees and registering. Students will then receive their student card by post. 

 

Step 4 - Course Enrolment, Orientation & Start Dates

Course Enrolment

On-site enrolment will not take place for students commencing courses in autumn 2020. Instead students must register online, and obtain their student card using the photo card app as outlined in Step 3 above. 

Orientation 

Orientation will take place the week of the 21st of September online through Microsoft Teams.

The dates and times for each individual orientation session is as follows:

Course Name Date & Time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business (BAHBMD) Monday 21st September 
Group 1 - 10am - 12pm
Group 2 - 2pm - 4pm
(groups will be assigned via your orientation email)
Higher Certificate in Business (HCBS) Tuesday 22nd September
10am - 12pm 
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing (BSHC) Tuesday 22nd September
2pm - 4pm 
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Technology Management (BSHTM) Tuesday 22nd September
2pm - 4pm  
Higher Certificate in Science in Computing Applications and Support (HCC) Tuesday 22nd September
2pm - 4pm   
Higher Certificate in Science in Business Computing (HCBC) Tuesday 22nd September
2pm - 4pm 
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Marketing Practice (BAHMRP) Wednesday 23rd September 
10am - 12pm
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology (BAHPSYCH) Wednesday 23rd September 
2pm - 4pm
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Human Resource Management (BAHHRD) Thursday 24th September 
10am - 12pm
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting and Finance (BAHACF) Thursday 24th September 
10am - 12pm

Orientation for all Post Graduate programmes will take place On Friday, October 2nd from 12:00 - 1:00pm

 Your Orientation Session:

  • Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams

  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams
    * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended

  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie

  • During your orientation session you will be required to use a webcam and microphone

  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.

Please find below indicative start dates.

All dates are subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in September, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date, time and location of your first class.

Course Start Dates

Student Type Classes Commencing Week Beginning
Full-Time Undergraduate Monday 28th September
Full-Time Postgraduate Monday 5th October

Step 5 - Your Timetable

Semester One 2020/2021 timetables will be published in September 2020. You can view your course timetable at any stage from this point online by using the dedicated timetable section of the website.

You can view your individualised timetable by logging into the myTimetable App with your NCI credentials (for example, x20111111@student.ncirl.ie). 

Alternatively, simply search for your course then choose your week & day range.

If you need help accessing your timetable, please consult the "How To" video guides:

MyTimetable App - How To Access Your Timetable through myTimetable

Timetable section on website: How To Access Your Timetable (through the timetable website)

Step 6 - Your Online Classroom

In order to access your online classroom please follow the steps below. This guide is for Windows 10 users. A mac guide will be available shortly

Download Teams

Please follow the steps below or watch the informational video which will go through some handy hints and tips.
  • Follow the steps below;
    • Open your browser and search for "Microsoft teams download"
    • Click the appropriate link
    • Click the "Download for desktop" option
    • Click "Download Teams"
    • Once the application is downloaded and installed you will need to login using your NCI username (e.g. x12345678@student.ncirl.ie) and password. To set your logins please refer to Step 1 above.
  • Next you need to check your timetable to see what lecture is scheduled. 
  • Then go to Teams and click on the Calendar icon
  • You should see your class has been scheduled and you will be able to join by clicking into the event and pressing "Join".

Troubleshooting

Q. What if there is no learning event scheduled in Teams?
 
A. Learning events will be added in the coming weeks before your course commences. Don't panic if there is nothing there initially when you log in. 
 
Q. The course commences today and I have only registered yesterday or today. 

A. Full time students who are registered or pre-registered 48 hours before the course commences will be able to see their learning events. Unfortunately if you register later than that you may not be able to access your learning event. 

You can access a recording of your missed learning event once your access has been enabled. 

Q. I have been told my class will not be using Teams

A. Some specific classes will be using Adobe Connect. These classes will be contacted directly by the School of Computing with further information. 

Step 7 - Returning to Campus

NCI staff, in collaboration with representatives from the Students' Union, have put together a protocol for students ahead of your return to campus. The document outlines the measures the college has put in place for your safety and it is a requirement that you read through the protocol before returning to campus. 

Return to Campus Safety Protocol for Students (PDF 676KB)

Before visiting the campus, it is mandatory for students to complete a COVID-19 Questionnaire and to receive a response confirming that you may return to campus. You may be asked to show this email confirmation at the entrance of the College. If you receive an email saying that you must not attend a campus, be assured that the COVID Manager will contact you within 48 hours to explain why or to better understand your circumstances.


Essential Information

COVID-19 Guidance

September 2020 students are asked to note that in light of current and potential future guidelines around social distancing and other measures advised in response to COVID-19, some changes to advertised delivery methods for programmes at NCI may be necessary. 

These may include social distancing measures on-campus, some additional online delivery of classes which may replace some classroom delivery, changes to assessment and other structures.  Students will be advised of any changes as soon as practical. National College of Ireland strongly recommends that all students have a laptop in order to facilitate the use of the online learning environment, as well as various forms of elearning and e-assessment.

It is recommended that your laptop meets the below requirements. Please note these are recommendations and should be seen as guidelines. Please note that certain courses (particularly ICT courses) may have specific laptop requirements. You are asked to consult your course information page where any further requirements will be specified.

Processor: 

  • Intel  7th (or higher)  generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
  • or AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Processors , running at 2.0Ghz and above

(Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)

Random Access Memory (RAM):

  • 8 Gigabytes minimum

Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:

  • 256 Gigabytes minimum

Wireless Card:

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability
  • (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)

Graphics Card:

  • Direct X9 or later

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 10 Pro

IT Services - "How To" Videos

Course & Assignments

Programme Co-ordinators administer the daily management of all courses in the college.  The school administration offices are located in Room 3.03 on the 3rd floor.   Please follow signs provided.

The programme coordinators can help you with course information, queries around timetables and any issues or concerns you may have while completing your studies with NCI.  You will be assigned a specific programme coordinator depending on your course of study.

All students should enrol in the School of Business or School of Computing information page on Moodle. Here you will find all required details for your programme such as your Programme Director, Programme Co-ordinator, Continual Assessment schedule and Programme Handbook.

You can contact a Programme Co-ordinator by emailing:

School of Business – SOBoffice@ncirl.ie

School of Computing – SOCoffice@ncirl.ie

Library Services

The Library– we have a range of services and all the information is just a click away from the front page of the college website.

The Library Essentials – starting out as a new student, the best place to find the information you need to know is our #10 Library Essentials guide.

Opening Hours & Access – take a look at when we’re open and how best to access the library.

Finding Books – once you start looking at your reading lists, you’ll need to know how to find a book in the library; this guide shows you how to do it.

Borrowing & Renewing Books – how you can borrow books, how they are renewed and how you can keep an eye on your library account.

Computers, Printing & Photocopying – all you need to know about using the PCs or your own devices in the library and how to use the printers and photocopiers.

Library Guides – instead of just searching the internet, we highly recommend you use our library guides to help you discover the best online resources for your course; you can access these guides here.

Discovery – another way of accessing the library’s online resources is by using the library search engine Discovery; this guide shows you how best to use it.

Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism – when writing your assignments, you will be asked to reference the information you use and avoid plagiarism; this guide helps you better understand what’s required.

Group Study Rooms – you can book the library’s group study rooms online, further details here.

Library Help Centre –you can get advice and assistance from the Library Help Centre to help you with your assignments and research; further details can be found here.

International Students – if you are an international student, you may find adjusting to college life a little more challenging; this guide is designed to help you make that adjustment.

Contact Us - As you begin your course, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help; drop into the library, call us on 01-4498590 or email us at library@ncirl.ie

Support For You

In the Learning and Teaching Office you will find the Student Support team who are available to help you in a variety of areas. Through their “Getting to Grips” sessions, they will help you with academic support. You will also find the Disability Support service here who can provide learning, assistive technology, exam support and more.

If you need any help while in NCI drop into the Learning and Teaching Office beside reception, the team are always happy to offer a listening ear, have a chat or they can link you with the college counsellor and medical service.

 

Students Union - Get Involved

The Students’ Union is your voice in the college. Whether it’s issues concerning your course or the college entertainments, student welfare, clubs & societies or entertainments, the Executive team represent all NCI students and provide support for any problems you face throughout your time here.

The SU space is one of the social hubs of college. A great place to relax, here you’ll find pool tables, games consoles, casual seating space and the Executive offices. Events are held throughout the year and all students are encouraged to get involved.

You can find out all about the SU on their website.

Academic Calendar

 

Have a look at the published Academic Calendar to assist you with your planning over the coming year

 

HEA Data Collection Notice

NCI is required to collect data from students, and pass this data to the Higher Education Authority in order for them to perform their statutory functions under the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971. Students are advised to consult the Student Collection Notice published here for further information. 

The Equal Access Survey is an annual voluntary survey of first year full-time and part-time undergraduate new entrants to Higher Education Authority (HEA) funded colleges. The Equal Access Survey is conducted by NCI and data from the survey is returned to the HEA for analysis purposes. Information from the HEA regarding the survey can be accessed here