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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Maastricht University has implemented several measures in relation to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).   See the UM website for more information. Here we address FPN specific information, based on the UM-wide measures and guidelines, including some frequently asked questions.

 
GENERAL | BACHELOR STUDENTS | MASTER STUDENTS |
INCOMING EXCHANGE STUDENTS


General

CURRENT MEASURES | LECTURES, TUTORIAL GROUPS AND TUTORIALS |
EXAMS AND RESITS | EXAM RESULTS AND INSPECTION | GRADUATION AND DIPLOMA
 

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FPN update 01, 13 March 2020, 09:22
FPN update 03 "Research", 16 March 2020, 16:03
FPN update 04 "Internships and Exchanges", 18 March 2020 13:15.
FPN update 05 (Staff only) "Buildings and conferencing", 20 March 2020
FPN update 06, 2 April 2020
FPN update 07  "Period 4 exams (BA), access to materials", 10 April 2020 10:37
FPN update 08 (Staff only) 10 April 2020
FPN update 09  "Research internship, FAQ pass/fail", 17 April 2020
FPN update 10, 24 April 2020
FPN Update 11 "Ba -> Ma, Flaky internet? Get prepared now. ", 1 May 2020
FPN update 12 'Video for BA students:, 8 May 2020


 

CURRENT MEASURES

• No attendance requirements in period 4, 5 and 6 (2019-2020)
• All UM buildings are closed for students
• Staff: only access with UM-card, no reception desks
• FPN: all teaching, examinations and resits will be offered online in periods 4, 5 and 6

Full overview on Maastrichtuniversity.nl >>


LECTURES, TUTORIAL GROUPS AND PRACTICALS

● All meetings online until the end of the academic year.
● No attendance requirements.
● As usual, book your courses. A course booking always includes the exam right after the course.

We are aware that time zones can be an issue when providing online education. Switching tutorial groups is possible if your current timezone differs 2 or more hours from the Central European Time. More information >>
 

What online tools are available? Can I use software [x]?

See the 'Online education at UM' >>  and IT-support >>
 


New: Zoom for students.

You can use the UM Zoom service to create your own meetings.
Go to zoom.us and sign up with  your UM email address (@student.maastrichtuniversity.nl) and a different password.

Benefits:
► GDPR approved.
► Better security settings in comparison with the "free" Zoom.
► UM Address book
 

SPSS: Use the IBM trail version or get a serial number via  Surfspot (2,75 euro).
Matlab: use Student Desktop Anywhere Client. (Not the browser version)
Brainvoyager: please contact your supervisor.
File exchange (large files): SURFDrive. Contact the ICTS-servicedesk to get an account.

Access to datashares (RDM): use UMdrive.  See also: Code of conduct UM drive.
Contact your supervisor if you need to share research data.
 

 

Will time differences be taken into account with online education?

We are aware that time zones can be an issue when providing online education. Switching tutorial groups is possible if your current timezone differs 2 or more hours from the Central European Time. More information >>


EXAMS AND RESITS

● The Education Office registers you for the exams and resits that you still need to pass.
● Please notify us via AskPsy if you do not want to take an exam. This is not mandatory, but it helps us to better organise the online exams.
● Cancelled exams/resits have no effect on your GPA.
● Many exams take place between 16:00 and 19:00 hrs to accommodate different time zones.  

2019 - 2020 remaining exam periods
Period 52 - 5 June 2020
Period 4 Bachelor8 - 12 June 2020
Resits period 2 & 3 (Bachelor)
Resits period 3 (Masters)
15 - 19 June 2020
Period 61 - 3 July 2020
Resits period 56 - 10 July 2020
Resit period 413 - 17 July 2020
Resits period 63 August 2020


EXAM RESULTS AND INSPECTION

Exam inspection will be facilitated after the exams, although in an altered way.
 

GRADUATION AND DIPLOMA

I need to prove that I am about to graduate.

See our regular page about graduation documents.
 

I graduated, how do I get my diploma?

At the moment, we can only email you a digital copy. Send a message via AskPsy.nl/contact to request it. If you have DigiD, the online DUO Diplomaregister is even faster, as it offers an instant download.
 

Will the graduation ceremonies take place?

The ceremonies are in November 2020, and we expect that they can take place in the Mecc. We are looking into streaming options if you cannot be there.
 

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Bachelor students

BACHELOR THESIS | RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OBLIGATION 
BINDING STUDY ADVICE | COMPENSATING RESULTS
EXAMS AND RESITS | CURRENT ELECTIVES (FALL 2019)ELECTIVES FALL 2020
BACHELOR -> MASTER

 

BACHELOR THESIS

The deadline for the final version of the thesis did not change: 17 April 2020 23:59hrs. If you submitted the thesis before this deadline,  the supervisor has until 20 May 2020 to submit the grade.

 

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OBLIGATION

The limit on points obtained via online studies is abolished during the rest of the academic year 2019-2020. This means that you can participate in online studies as much as you like.

If you plan to graduate this academic year (ends 31-08-2020), not having all SONA points will not hinder your graduation. However, try to do your best to obtain the needed points also to help those fellow (master) students who run online studies for their Master thesis. If you plan to graduate in a later academic year, the reseach participation obligation remains unchanged.

For 1st and 2nd year students, the reseach participation obligation remains unchanged. Tip: if you obtain 15 points in your first year, you will get a bonus of 5 points.

 

BINDING STUDY ADVICE

In short:  The requirements for a positive BSA did not change. If you do not meet the Binding Study Advice, a postponement will be granted. If you are in your second year with a ‘retained’ advice (i.e. postponement of BSA), the study advisers will contact you. See the UM FAQ  for the full UM-wide policy on the Binding Study Advice (BSA).

For the upcoming webinar on 20 May 2020, about study planning and the BSA, our Academic Advisers wrote an extensive document. It includes suggestions on what to do, depending on your situation, and several general tips on planning your study to optimise your chances of success. 

May 2020: Tips for your study planning and explanation of the temporary BSA procedure
Mei 2020: Tips voor je studieplanning en uitleg over de tijdelijke BSA procedure
 



COMPENSATING RESULTS

The Exam and Education Regulation allows for compensating one (1!) course, but some courses cannot be compensated.  For 'Psychodiagnostics' (PSY1234/IPN1234),  this exemption has temporarily been lifted. More information >>

 

EXAMS AND RESITS

SOME COURSES CHANGED TO PASS/FAIL

What courses changed to a 'pass/fail' evaluation for the exam?

This academic year (2019-2020), the exams of the some courses will be temporary evaluated as either 'pass' or 'fail'.

Temporary: the 'pass/fail' evaluation only applies to any student who takes the exam or second exam ('resit') of the mentioned courses in the academic year 2019-2020. This means that the regular numerical grading for these courses is expected to return in the academic year 2020-2021, unless face-to-face examination is still not possible by then (February 2021). Any obtained 'pass' or 'fail'-results will not be transposed to a numerical value.

     IPN1025 Development / PSY1025 Ontwikkeling (P4)
     IPN1026 Perception /  PSY1026 Waarnemen (P4)
     IPN1027 Foundations and History of Psychology / PSY1027 Grondslagen en geschiedenis v.d. psych. (P5)
     IPN2025 Consciousness / PSY2025 Bewustzijn (P4)
     IPN3011 Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience / PSY3011 Meth. van Cognitieve Neurowetenschappen (P4)

     * 'Pass/fail' is already the evaluation type for IPN2026 Man & Machine / PSY2026 Mens & Machine .
        See Compensating results if you failed this course in a previous year.
 

What if my exam/resit result is a 'pass'?

A 'pass' means that you successfully completed the course. As with any completed courses, you cannot retake the exam.
 

What if my exam/resit result is a 'fail'  ?

A 'fail' means that you unsuccessfully completed the course. The attendance field will display a 'pass', as there are no attendance requiments at the moment. Your subsequent resit will be graded as 'pass/fail' if you take the resit this academic year.  If you take the resit next year, you can sign up for Repeat Education to prepare for the exam.
 

Will this change impact my GPA?

No. The GPA  is calculated from any courses that are evaluated on a ten-point scale. The mentioned courses are not part of that calculation as long as the evaluation is a 'pass' or a 'fail'. Regular numerical grading for the these courses is expected to return in the academic year 2020-2021, unless face-to-face examination is still not possible by then (February 2021).

 

CURRENT ELECTIVE PROGRAMME (FALL 2019)

See the UM FAQ 'outgoing exchange students' >>

 

ELECTIVE PROGRAMME FALL 2020

So far, no decision has been made about outgoing student mobility  (exchange) in Fall 2020. This is a topic that is also being discussed on a national level.

Pending a decision we advise you to proceed with the application (and to apply for courses, if required) to your host university. Depending on how the situation will evolve, it may not be possible to travel abroad. We strongly advise you not to make any preparations involving costs (e.g. booking a flight, renting a room).


We understand that it is important for you to know whether you will be able to study abroad as soon as possible, considering the preparations you need to make. We hope we will soon be able to give more information. Should your Fall 2020 exchange programme have to be cancelled, you will be able to participate in the elective programme at FPN. Your wellbeing and study delay remains our first priority.

More information: UM FAQ , under 'outgoing exchange students' >>

 

BACHELOR -> MASTER

For the admission to our Master programmes, FPN follows the UM decision without FPN specific changes or additional requirements.

In short: Students can start a UM master's programme in September 2020 if they have obtained at least 80% of the ECTS from the final year of their bachelor's programme (for a 3-year bachelor’s programme, a maximum of 12 ECTS from year 3 may be missing; all ECTS from years 1 and 2 must have already been obtained).

See the entire UM policy in the UM FAQ, under "Due to the corona crisis, I may not be able to complete my bachelor’s on time. Can I still start in my master’s programme?".

 



Master students

THESIS | ONGOING INTERNSHIPS | UPCOMING INTERNSHIPS |
ONGOING RM ELECTIVES | UPCOMING RM ELECTIVES (AFTER SEPT. 2020)

THESIS

If you experience issues because of Covid-19 measures, we encourage you to discuss creative alternatives for your master thesis with your internship supervisors.


     PDF: More information on possible alternative scenarios >>

We have formulated five possible alternatives below to get you started. Please discuss with your first supervisor what fits best for your research field and project situation.

    ⦿ Theoretical thesis: Literature review OR Critical review of target papers.
    ⦿ Hybrid1: Intro and Method according to proposed research plus discussion of hypothetical outcomes.
    ⦿ Hybrid2: Intro and Method according to proposed research plus an analysis of old/existing data.
    ⦿ Hybrid3: Intro and Method according to proposed research plus Modeling data.
    ⦿ Internet-based empirical thesis about your (new) online research.

You might think of other solutions together with your first supervisor.

    Good to know
       • No new ERCPN (ethical board) approval is needed. Please do inform the Ethical Board and your internship supervisors by email if you change the data collection.
       • No new research proposal is needed, should you change the research.

The measures outlined above make it possible for master students to graduate on schedule.

 


ONGOING INTERNSHIPS

Contact your first supervisor if you experience problems.


RESEARCH INTERNSHIP

If you are not able to complete your experience abroad or are unable to go abroad at all, your study programme will provide replacement study assignments as much as possible so that loss of ECTS points and corresponding study delays can be avoided.  [Text taken from FPN update 4.]   Please discuss with your faculty supervisor what options you have.

 

Can I extend my research internship?

Extending your internship is always possible, but we do not advise it as you will have to re-register (extra tuition fees). The measures outlined above provide you with the opportunity to finish your research internship this academic year.


CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS

I cannot finish my clinical internship, but I need these hours in order to continue my education after the Master. Can I finish somehow?

More information will be announced later. Please check this page regularly for updates.

 

Can I extend my clinical internship?

Extending your internship is always possible, but we do not advise it as you will have to re-register (extra tuition fees). The measures outlined above provide you with the opportunity to finish your research internship this academic year.
 

I want to obtain the BAPD certificate, but I am uncertain if I can meet the requirements due to corona measures.

This issue will be addressed on a national level. Any updates will be announced and posted here.

 

UPCOMING INTERNSHIPS

There is still uncertainty in labs across the world, many will not receive guest students in Autumn. Advice is to talk to your home supervisor, focus on a project here at UM or NL/EU. In case, you intend to go abroad, have a local (UM/NL) backup plan in case projects abroad will not go through.
 

ABROAD

So far, no decision has been made about the Fall 2020 exchange programmes abroad.  We therefore ask you to proceed with the application to your host university hoping that we will soon be in a position to resume activities as usual. Still, depending on how the situation will evolve, it may not be possible to travel abroad.

We understand that it is important for you to know whether you will be able to study abroad as soon as possible, considering the preparations you need to make (sub-letting your room, renting a room abroad, visa application, travel plans, language course preparation, etc.). We hope we will soon be able to give more information.

We strongly advise you not to make any preparations involving costs (e.g. booking a flight, renting a room) to avoid financial consequences. Again, do make sure to apply to your host university (and to apply for courses, if required at this stage) by the stipulated deadlines.

 

ONGOING RESEARCH MASTER ELECTIVES

If you are currently involved in an ongoing Research or Review Elective during the period of restrictions to limit the spreading of the Corona virus, then please provide the RM Electives coordinator with an update on the current status and progress of your elective project(s). Send your information via this link or prepare your own email message (to RM Electives coordinator Vincent van de Ven), which must contain the following information:

- Your name and student ID
- Elective details (supervisor, elective type & code)
- Current status and how corona virus restrictions affect progress of your elective

Also, discuss with your elective supervisor about how to proceed and finish the elective. He/she has been briefed on a number of alternative formats, such as possibilities to stick to a research elective or switching to a review elective. [Summary of the email of 8 April 2020, titled 'Effects Corona on Electives and Internships'.]

 

UPCOMING RESEARCH MASTER ELECTIVES (AFTER SEPT. 2020)

The possibility of initiating a research/lab elective after the summer holidays is uncertain. Be prepared to switch to a review elective should your research elective no longer be possible.  This is because all credits must be obtained before starting the internship period in November.   See full email >>



 

Incoming exchange students

CURRENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

See the UM FAQ 'Incoming exchange students'  for information. Contact the FPN internation relations office (FPN-IRO-incoming@maastrichtuniversity.nl) if you have questions or experience difficulties.

 

UPCOMING EXCHANGE PROGRAMME (FALL 2020)

At the moment, is not clear if the planned exchanges for fall 2020 can proceed. Please check the UM webpage 'Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)' and this page regularly for updates.
 

 
Last modified: Thu, 28/05/2020 - 09:23

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