Your questions answered

Q. What is COAH?

COAH is the abbreviated form of the 'College of Arts & Humanities'.

COAH is one of the 7 colleges within Swansea University. It is made up of 9 departments:

  • Cymraeg/Welsh
  • DACE
  • English Language
  • English Literature & Creative Writing
  • History
  • Ancient History, Classics & Egyptology
  • Modern Languages
  • Media & Communication
  • Political & Cultural Studies

Each department covers the following subjects:

  • Cymraeg/Welsh- As described, including Welsh Media & PR
  • DACE – Adult Continuing Education
  • English –  Applied Linguistics, English Language, TEFL
  • English Literature & Creative Writing – As described
  • History- includes Medieval studies, Early Modern and Modern History
  • Ancient History, Classics & Egyptology- As described, including classical languages and literature
  • Modern Languages – Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Translation and Interpreting, Languages for All.
  • Media & Communication- Includes Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR)
  • Political & Cultural Studies – Politics, International Relations, International Security, Public Policy, Development Studies, International Communication, American Studies and War and Society

Q. Where can I go if I need any help?

There are a number of places you can go if you need help, support or information - never be afraid to ask.

  • You can contact the College Information Office, which is open 8:45 - 4:30 Monday to Friday. It can be found in the foyer of the Keir Hardie building. The College Information Office staff may not be able to answer every query you have but they will signpost you to those who can help.

College Information Office
Keir Hardie Building (Foyer)
Singleton Park
Swansea University

Tel: +44 (0)1792 602394

  • Have a look at the College’s Twitter and Facebook sites:

Twitter: @arts_humanities

Facebook: Swansea University Arts and Humanities

  • Each department will designate a member of staff who will available to help and support you during the first 4 weeks of term (when things may be uncertain or confusing). Get in touch with the College Information Office for their contact details.
  • All UG and PG taught students are allocated a personal tutor. Please look at your Intranet account to see who your Personal Tutor is. Contact the College Information Office if you need any help finding your Personal Tutor's room. 

Q. What do 'TB' and 'Semester' mean?

Your academic year consists of 2 parts. Each part is called a Teaching Block (abbreviated to TB) or Semester. Where you see TB1 it means Semester 1 and vice versa. Where you see TB2 it means Semester 2 and vice versa.

Q. What are the dates of the Academic Year?

Term dates can be found here.

Q. What is a lecture?

A talk on a specific academic topic given by a lecturer.

Q. What is a seminar?

A seminar is a group discussion on a specific topic related to a lecture, held between students and a seminar tutor who might or might not also have been the person who gave the lecture on the subject.

Q. What are 'KH' and 'JC'?

KH and JC are the abbreviated names of the main buildings used by the College of Arts & Humanities. They stand for Keir Hardie building and James Callaghan building. Other buildings around campus are likely to be abbreviated also. If you don't understand where you need to be please look at the campus map which is available electronically on the website or in hard copy from the College Information Office. Campus maps will also be displayed on the noticeboards outside the College Information Office.

Q. I'm an UG Joint Honours Student so where do I pick up my enrolment pack on Monday 26th September and what do I do after that?

Please report to your home / main department, which will be indicated on the information that you receive from the University. Your information pack will be available there.

After you pick up your enrolment pack you should attend the introductory talk for your home / main department.  Depending on timings, you might also be able to attend the talk by your second department. If not, you will be able to discuss any questions at the module help / advice session on the Monday afternoon or at the follow-up module help / advice session on the Tuesday afternoon. Full details on all these activities will be sent to you shortly and also given at your arrival.

Q. Do I have to do any reading before my course?

Each module you study will have its own reading list. 

Q. How do I find out about COAH information when I get to University?

There are a number of ways of receiving official information:

  • You will have a student e-mail address. It is very important that you check this e-mail account regularly.
  • The University has an e-learning system called BlackBoard. You can access lecture notes and module information via Blackboard. You will learn about how to access BlackBoard when you start University. COAH information will be placed under the 'College of Arts & Humanities' folder. If you are a Joint Honours student and your home department isn't within the College of Arts and Humanities please contact the College Office and ask to be given access to the folder.

Q. Where does teaching take place?

Although Keir Hardie (KH) building and James Callaghan (JC) building are where Arts & Humanities academic staff are based, you could be taught anywhere on campus. Please click on the link to see a copy of the campus map.

The Arts & Humanities administrative staff are mostly located in Keir Hardie.

Q.  When does teaching take place?

Teaching takes place Monday to Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm but will vary according to which modules you take, so please make careful note of your timetabled classes.

Q. How do I access my timetable?

Timetables for each module you will be studying are available via the Intranet. To access them, follow the instructions below.

Log into your account at: Once you have logged into your account you will see a bar on the left of the screen. A tab labelled Student services will have a link under it called Links to Services. Click on this and it will change the window on the right of the bar. In this window you will find the following links:

  • Department Timetables
  • Module Timetables - This is the most useful link
    • Select Semester 1 or 2 (at the end of the drop down list)
    • You will need to do this for each of your modules taken in each semester
    • Programme of Study timetables
    • Room timetables

Timetables are subject to change so you should regularly check the version online. You should also check your e-mail account daily for notices of teaching changes or cancellations.

Q. I've heard we also have personal tutor meetings. What are they?

All students will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will be your key personal contact for the year.

You can expect your tutor to provide personal assistance, support and guidance to you on issues that may affect your well-being, attendance and progress through University. They will also identify and signpost you to central support services where you might need them.

You will be expected to attend a total of four compulsory meetings with your Personal Tutor during the year.

Your Personal Tutor will email you with details of the meetings. You must contact your Personal Tutor if you cannot attend the meeting and provide an explanation.

Q. What is Fresher's Week / Welcome Week?

Fresher's Week / Welcome Week is an introductory week and is a time for academic preparation and acclimatisation. No formal teaching takes place during Fresher's Week / Welcome Week, and you will have time to:

  • Complete key administrative tasks
  • Attend various welcome and induction events
  • Take part in a variety of social events
  • Visit the Fresher's Fair organised by the Students’ Union and join student clubs and societies
  • Start finding your way round the campus and the main buildings you will be using.

For all Fresher's Week information please see the web links below.

Q. Are all the events during Fresher's Week / Welcome Week compulsory?

University is not just about academic study, important as that is – you are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the enormous range of recreational opportunities, and student clubs and societies, which are available to you as a member of the Swansea University Students Union.

Q. When does teaching start?

Teaching starts on Monday 3rd October, and we hope that by the end of Fresher's Week / Welcome Week you will be well prepared and ready to embark on your studies.

Q. Any unanswered questions?

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