I've learnt how to manage my time efficiently to deliver written laboratory reports, whilst at the same time advancing my written English.
One of my main reasons for choosing this degree were the taught modules in radio frequency and microwave engineering offered. It also appealed to me that I would be combining these subjects with communications. This is something I couldn't find to this extent on other university courses. The University of Manchester has attained a very good ranking in electrical and electronic engineering; this fact gave me the push to finally decide to study at Manchester.
The first place I visited at the University was the Sackville Street Building, where the laboratories and the lessons mainly go on. It's a building with great history. I was impressed by some of the large scale equipment housed there. The centre of the city is only a five minute walk from this building. This was ideal for me because I didn't live on campus and so I found it easy travelling to the centre of Manchester on a tram and then walking to the University.
I enjoyed a field trip to Electric Mountain in Wales that happened during induction week. It's a very interesting place to visit and I will go again when I get the chance. Not only can you learn about the history, operation and usage of the power station - which is underneath a mountain - but you also learn how slate was one of the most important trades in England, for a time.
I find the relationships between the concepts we study interesting. Moreover, through working in laboratories, particularly for the Digital Communications Engineering unit, I have enjoyed physically practising the theoretical concepts I have been introduced to in lectures.
Throughout the course I have developed very good organisational skills. Specifically, I've learnt how to manage my time efficiently to deliver written laboratory reports, whilst at the same time advancing my written English. Also, I have improved my study planning skills in order to prepare for written examinations and experiencing group laboratory sessions has helped my team working skills.
The course has a good structure and is split into blocks, with three weeks for each unit. In general, the laboratory sessions begin on the first or second week and the written report should be submitted at the end of the third week.
Students experience a lot of practical work which involves well-known, and widely used, software packages such as MatLab, ADS and CST Microwave Studio. Students also work on group hardware experiments, such as a digital BPSK transceiver, a PWM optical link and DSP filtering.
The hours allocated to lessons are reasonable. Your free hours should be used for private study and research for on-going written laboratory reports. The social life can be good; typically you should have enough time to do your work and also go out in the city or visit the verdant countryside around Manchester.