A-Z Students Guide, Institute of Facility Management
Advice and support is available to students who are:
- Partially sighted
- Hard of hearing
The type of support available varies depending on your needs. If you would like to discuss your situation further, please make an appointment with the Course Director at any time before or during your course if you feel you need support or information due to a disability.
Showers are available in the IFM Building RA on the ground floor.
SIA and SIA Norms
The Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) is a Swiss association for construction, technology and environment specialists. With around 15,000 members from the fields of engineering and architecture, the SIA central aim is to promote sustainable and high-quality design of the built environment in Switzerland. They are responsible for creating the "SIA NORMS" which are specific to Switzerland.
Students are expected to conform to ZHAW University rules and regulations which apply to attendance:
Brief absence up to 3 days:
For absences during single lectures you must inform the responsible lecturer, if possible in advance. For absences during exams, graded events (presentations, group work, practical courses, etc.) or events that have been marked as mandatory (project days, excursions, demonstrations, etc.) you must hand in a written explanatory statement to the responsible lecturer in time, i.e. before the start of the event. In case of illness the lecturer may require a doctor’s note. The head of studies may reject a statement on request of the lecturer. Missed exams and events still have to be taken later. Students are obliged to contact the responsible lecturer as soon as possible to schedule the further procedure. In case of non-justified absence or absence in spite of a denied petition you will receive a mark of 1 resp. the rating “failed”.
- It is the responsibility of the student to attend scheduled classes and/or carry out prescribed learning activities for the programme of study on which they are registered. He/she is also expected to know when work is due to be submitted and when and where examinations are scheduled, and to attend those assessments and submit the work required.
- employment commitments cannot be used to justify non attendance.
Notifying of sickness and/or absence
If you are going to be absent for any length of time you should:
- Let the Course Director know personally or through a friend or relative that you are absent, and why that is.
- If your Lecturer has not provided you with a direct contact telephone number you can contact them by email. Alternatively, you can ring the MSc Administration or Student Registrar's Office.
- Failure to notify the University of any extended period of absence may result in you being withdrawn from your programme of study.
- If illness is affecting your ability to study, you should talk to the Course Director.
- If you miss an examination because you are ill, you must provide a doctor's note or medical certificate. You should talk to the Course Director about this.
If your absence is more long-term, and you are experiencing problems studying, or think you may have to withdraw from your course, you should talk to the Course Director. Failure to comply with the sickness/absence reporting requirements could result in disciplinary action.
Someone calling on your behalf
Be sure a friend or relative calling on your behalf can give the following information:
- Your name
- Your date of birth
- Your address
- The programme and year of study
- The name of your Tutor
- The reason for your absence
- Date of first incapacity
- Estimated length of absence
Smoking is not allowed anywhere within the IFM Building RA. The smoking area for students is outside the building entrance. Please make sure you use the ash trays provided to dispose of your cigarette buts.
Postage stamps can be bought from a lot of KIOSKS and also from the Post Office. Information about postage rates is available using this link.
Suggestions and Questions
The MSc Director welcomes any suggestions students have to how the MSc course could be improved. Should you have a suggestion or any general questions please submit this in writing for review to Simon Ashworth email@example.com
Sustainability Certification Systems
There are many Sustainability Certification Systems in use around the world. A few of the more common systems which are referred to on the MSc and the new Swiss SSNB system in use are listed below:
- DGNB - (This System has been adopted by the Swiss Sustainability Building Council (SGNI) in Switzerland
- SNBS - Switzerland (German/French)
The ZHAW works closely with the SGNI
SUVA - Health and Safety Insurance
SUVA is a Swiss independent, non-profit company created under public law as the Swiss Accident Insurance Fund. Suva's business activities are based on the accident insurance law. It mainly insures companies in the secondary business sector, i.e. industrial trading and commercial enterprises.