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Below you will find everything you need to know about getting set up at MIC!

 

Useful ICT Information:

Student Academic Administration (SAA):

The Student Academic Administration Office is one of the key offices for students throughout their time at  third level. They will assist you to access important information and guide you through important processes throughout the academic year such as module registration, Garda vetting, and examinations, to name but a few.

Student Academic Administration can help with the following;

  • Register for your modules
  • Student ID Cards
  • If you need a ‘confirmation of registration letter’ or have a Social Welfare form you need to be stamped by the College.

You can contact the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of the team will respond to your query as soon as possible. 

For students at MIC Thurles, Paula Hourigan, Senior Academic Administrator, performs many of the functions listed above. You can contact Paula at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Garda Vetting:

All students (apart from  Bachelor of Arts students) must be Garda vetted. You will find details on your Garda vetting application here.

 

Student ID Card:

Another important step in your enrolment process is your Student ID Card. Once you’re a registered student at MIC, you will be able to upload your photo for your Student ID Card. Full information on how to get your Student ID Card will be sent to you via email. 

 

Fees:

 f you have queries about fees, please email the Fees Office team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

For more information on how to pay your fees, go to Fees, Charges & Grants.

 

College Services:

Education Office

Arts Office

Access & Disability Office

ICT Helpdesk

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Placement Office (B.A Students)

Careers Service

Library

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There is now a ‘Turnitin Self-Check’ facility available in Moodle for students to check for possible referencing issues before submitting assignments. This facility will be available until August 2023. 

You can use the Turnitin self-check facility to check for text matches on drafts of your written assignments. Your lecturer will not see these drafts in Turnitin.  

This Turnitin self-check facility is to create additional feedback/learning possibilities.  This self-assessment approach offers you the opportunity to improve your referencing before you finally submit your work for grading.  There is a short video on the Moodle page explaining how to interpret the Turnitin similarity report. 

The Self-check page for 2022-23 can be accessed at:

  • Moodle page name: MIC Turnitin Self-check Facility AY 2022-23
  • Page address: https://moodle.mic.ul.ie/course/view.php?id=2949
  • Alternatively: Enter “MIC Turnitin 2022” in the Search field and then click Search to find the page
  • Use the Self-enrolment key: @CheckForMe22

All students can make three submissions which will generate fast similarity checks. Thereafter, each further submission will take 24 hours to provide a similarity report.

After you upload a draft of your written work to the self-check facility, Turnitin processes the submitted document and returns a similarity report which will be visible only to you, the student.  

Any written work uploaded to the Turnitin self-check facility is not saved to the Turnitin student paper repository. You can make multiple resubmissions to the Turnitin self-check facility.

Remember that written work uploaded to the self-check facility will only be compared against text-based sources to which Turnitin has access. This includes:  

  • Current and archived web content that is publicly available 
  • Books, newspapers, and journals (through its partnerships with publishers, library databases, digital reference collections, and subscription-based publications) 
  • Student papers previously submitted and saved to the Turnitin student paper repository 

Turnitin similarity reports do not detect matches to images, drawings, diagrams, or plans; print books and journals, translated foreign language works and password-protected content on websites. 

Turnitin similarity reports do not detect plagiarism; they are limited to displaying the amount of matched text that Turnitin has found by highlighting the matched text on your written work and identifying sources for that matched text. This will include correctly referenced and quoted text. 

Some useful resources on referencing have been prepared by the Academic Learning Centre and Library and are shared on the Academic Integrity Policy   

If you have any questions or queries about this facility, please do call to the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's work as if it were your own. This can even happen accidentally if you have not referenced correctly.

MIC's guidelines give very clear instructions about what is considered plagiarism and you should make sure you understand how to reference your work properly. Dr. Paul O'Brien from the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) has provided some tips and resources on how you can avoid plagiarising in your assignments

Leave plenty of time

Do not leave your work until the last minute. Leaving time for thorough proofreading will allow you to spot any issues with referencing.

 Reference your notes

When you are researching your topic, make sure you take down full details of your sources as you go along. If you're using direct quotations make a note of the page numbers too.

Use your own words

This helps you to engage more with the material. Don't worry that another author can 'say it better than you: your lecturers are interested in your ideas and opinions, and do not expect a perfect writing style. Your writing style comes with experience and practice.

Reference as you go

When you're writing your assignment, include the references as you go along. Remember to follow the preferred referencing system i.e., Harvard, APA, or footnotes.

Check your references

If you have used direct quotes, make sure you have used quotation marks. Make sure any long quotes are indented and have a citation. Double-check your references and bibliography.

Get help for free

The College offers free services to help you with your writing – the Academic Learning Centre – either in person or online – will read your work and check it for plagiarism. Usually a one-day turnaround.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Academic Writing Resources

Academic Learning Centre Info

This charter is an agreement between MISU and MIC which aims to outline the commitments, expectations, responsibilities and underpinning dialogue processes between the College and its students. The overarching objective of this pioneering new charter is to facilitate student success.

Aisling Cusack, the MISU President, is proud to have been involved in this process, saying "MISU is delighted to be co-signatories on the Learning Partnership and Dialogue Charter on behalf of the students of MIC. Over the last number of months, we have worked in partnership with the College on this important document".

Read here for the full charter.