This page introduces the structure of the website of the Faculty of Communication Sciences, and helps you find the main information (what you can find where, and where you can find what) by means of:
This guide is particularly aimed at the Faculty of Communication Sciences community, but other users may also find it helpful.
How is the Faculty of Communication Sciences website structured?
The Faculty of Communication Sciences website is organized into five main sections which you can reach and surf using the main menu:
Where can I find the main menu?
The main menu is located as follows:
What else can I find on the homepage?
Next to the menu you will find the search within site function (“Search”).
Above the menu at the top of the page you will find:
Below the menu you will find different content layers such as:
Tablet and mobile version
Next to the “hamburger” menu you will find:
Below the name of the Faculty, the other homepage content layers are displayed: news, events, ... (see above).
The search within site function and the links to the principal “tools” are located in the bottom part of the screen:
Where can I find schedules, information on exams, academic calendar, regulations and forms and other practical information?
In the Practicalities section. This section gives you access to the principal practical information. You can reach and surf this section from the main menu.
Are there any other paths to practical information?
enrolled students and academic staff can use the navigation by user: the Students page and the Academic staff page, located at the top-right on the desktop version, top and centre (“Info per”) in the tablet and mobile version;
a) can go to the InfoDesk (desktop version: link up at the top-right; tablet and mobile version: link at the bottom of the screen – “i” icon) and explore / search for;
b) can use the quick links layer in the lower part of the homepage.
The pages included in the Practicalities section, or the pages dedicated to Students or Academic staff, or the quick links in the lower part of the homepage often redirect me to pages which are not inside the Faculty website, in particular on the InfoDesk - desk.usi.ch. What is the InfoDesk? Is the practical information the same whatever the path?
The practical information is always the same. It is mainly gathered in the InfoDesk - www.desk.usi.ch - and the Faculty website provides a “targeted” point of access to them.
InfoDesk - www.desk.usi.ch - is the web portal collecting practical information for the whole academic community. The InfoDesk features a series of highlights. You can search by keywords or using the available filters, “Targets”, “Faculties”, and “Tags”, and can be organized as "more relevant", "most viewed", "last modified" and "last viewed".
Where can I find the Directory (search for people)?
The link to the Directory is at the top-right of the page; from tablets and mobile phones, it can be reached by clicking on the address book icon.
Who manages News and Events?
News is fed by two sources:
Events are fed by three sources:
All the events are, or can be, available on the USI main website too (usi.ch).
Who designed the layout of the Faculty website? And who set up the structure and contents?
The layout has been designed by the agency CCRZ according to the new USI graphic design, and slightly adapted by USI services for user experience reasons.
The structure and contents have been suggested and set up by the Media and Communications Service, and reviewed and approved by the Faculty.
Many things have changed compared to the old website, which was online up to November 2018. Where are the “For you”, “Education” and “Highlights” sections now?
The For you section – navigation by type of user – has been explicitly located at the top-right of the page; on tablets and mobile phones, it is shown at the top – in the centre – with a drop-down menu called “Info for”. The users list has also been revised.
The Education section is now called Study. The old section also featured some practical information (list of courses, language courses, study-abroad programme) that can now be accessed through the Practicalities section, and/or the page dedicated to Students and Academic staff, the quick links in the lower part of the homepage, and/or the InfoDesk portal.
The Highlights section has been replaced by News and events. The old section also featured the job offers database that can now be accessed through About > Work with us. It also included a link to resources and services that can now be accessed through the Practicalities section, and/or the page dedicated to Students and Academic staff, the quick links in the lower part of the homepage, and/or the InfoDesk portal.
Can I still use the old website?
It is no longer possible to surf the old website. The old website is now available in static form upon request.
Who can I contact if I cannot find specific content?