Teaching Resources

Teaching Plans

Each January, you will meet with your respective area groups to discuss your teaching plan for the upcoming fall/spring semesters. Additionally, you will work with the Department Chair to determine courses and course load.

Class Scheduling

Brittany is responsible for managing MAE course schedules, MAE classroom spaces (Bell 340C) and requesting Centrally-Scheduled classrooms. Most of our classes are scheduled by UB Registrar in Centrally-Scheduled Space (we are located on North Campus only). 

We can make requests based on classroom capacity and time/day only. It is important that we follow best-practices in regards to scheduling our lecture courses during the standard framework (see below). You will receive a copy of the upcoming semester’s scheduling requests several months in advance for your review. It is important to review the requested capacity and time/day at this point. Once a class has been scheduled by the Scheduling Office and/or students have registered, it is extremely difficult to change.

UB Standard Scheduling Framework

an image of the standard time frame schedule: Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays 8:00-8:50 and every hour after and Tuesdays and Thursday 8:00-9:20 every 80 minutes after with 10 minute gaps.

Final exam requests will be taken a few months prior to the start of the semester. The schedule will be published one week prior to the start of classes, and exams cannot be changed after the Friday of the first week of classes. Students are responsible for contacting the instructor of the class to notify them of a class conflict and professors should schedule alternate times for these students to take final exams. An exam conflict exists when: three or more exams are scheduled in the same day or two exams occur at the same time.

Note that Final Exams cannot be held during the final week of the semester.

Other Exams or Adhoc Scheduling

Exams and other adhoc requests can also be sent to Brittany. These should be requested at least 3 business days in advance (the earlier the better!) Be sure to include:

  • Course Number
  • Date(s)
  • Start/End Times
  • Requested Room Capacity
  • Type of Request (i.e. midterm exam, review session)

Non-Class Related Events

Non-class related events can be scheduled in any available MAE spaces, or through the Student Life office.

Teaching Support

Teaching Assistants

Faculty nominate students to hold Teaching Assistant positions each year. The Director of Graduate Studies then allocates and assigns TA’s to courses, and gets approval from the Graduate Studies Committee, where the Chair and DGS make final assignments.

Graders

Faculty recruit students to act as graders through various means of their choosing. Faculty must approve timesheets through the SUNY Portal for all graders in order for them to be paid. It is important that you also encourage your students to submit these on time.

Grading

It is important that we follow University Standards regarding posting of dates. You will post grades via HUB.

Grade Change Forms can be submitted via the SEAS Portal.

Student Registration Policies

Pre-Requiste Policy

All Undergraduate courses follow strict pre-requisites policies, as directed by ABET. Exceptions should be used only in extreme cases.

Graduate Informal Courses

Students seeking registration in an informal course (i.e. Masters Research) must fill out an Informal Course form. 

Add/Drop

Students have up until midnight of the second Monday (or Tuesday, if Monday is a holiday) of classes to change their course registration. 

Class Capacities & Waitlist

Many of our courses are filled to maximum capacity. We will not register students beyond this, per fire marshal regulations. These courses have waitlists setup through HUB, and students seeking registration should add themselves to waitlists. You can view your class's capacity here.

Requiring Instructor Permission

Undergrad electives and grad courses can require instructor permission prior to registration (NOT recommended for large classes). Please notify Brittany if you would like to require this. When you have approved students, send the student’s person number to Brittany (UG) or Rosemary (Grad).

Teaching Preparation

Ordering Textbooks

All Faculty can submit textbook orders online.

UBLearns

Blackboard on UBlearns is the course management system at UB. Instructors can use UBlearns to post syllabi, readings and assignments, as well as communicate via email, virtual chats or discussion boards. Contact UBIT for help.

Classroom Technology

UBIT’s website has information on what UB technology classrooms have to offer (including hardware and seating capacity), and find instructions for using the teaching stations and other classroom technology. You can also report an issue with your classroom’s technology here.

Center for Educational Innovation

Our center provides essential university services, such as UBlearns support, UB Course Evaluation, online course design, scoring and academic program assessment, to support excellence and innovation in teaching, learning and assessment.