Although individual lectures are nominally an hour long, lecturers normally speak for 50 minutes leaving 10 minutes to allow for room changes. They also supplement their delivery using blackboards, overhead projectors and video projection. Sometimes printed notes are available, however, it is up to you to take your own notes and make full use of the lecture time.
A set of lectures in a particular subject, the associated laboratories, coursework and the inevitable examination, collectively known as a course unit. During the course unit some of the lecture slots will be used for examples classes. In these periods you will be able to practise problems, similar to those found in the examinations, with the guidance of the subject lecturer.
An average of six hours a week is spent in laboratories. Here you will see how the theory outlined in the lectures is applied in practical experiments. You experience high-level language programming, in Java and C/C++, and low-level programming in assembly language. The School has extensive computer facilities, clusters of PCs for program development and computer aided design(CAD), as well the support of standard word-processing, spreadsheet and database packages. There is also a dedicated microcontroller development laboratory.
Personal tutors and project work
Most of the academic staff act as personal tutors to small group of students. Groups meet with their personal tutors for about an hour each week. The tutors help with academic problems at an individual level and act as an advisor on more general matters concerning life in a busy university. In addition you will be involved in the peer assisted study scheme (PASS). In PASS sessions, higher year students facilitate groups of lower year students to help them develop study and learning strategies.
Project work is essential to our courses. You will build a microcontroller system as a project in the first year and then use it in the embedded systems group project in the second year. A substantial feature of the third year is the individual project which allows you to show innovation and application of the knowledge and techniques you have learned.
In all years course units are assessed by coursework (laboratory reports and marked examples), project work and examinations. There are two examination periods, one after the Christmas vacation and the other in May and June. The type of assessment depends on the content of the course unit.
Peer-Assisted Study Scheme PASS
The Peer-Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) is a student mentoring scheme in which undergraduate students in Years 1 and 2 gain help and advice from more experienced second and third year students, who have faced the same problems themselves during their academic career.
PASS gives you the opportunity to meet more students in your School and discuss any problems you may be experiencing.
Below is a video which gives a flavour of how the Scheme works
Click on the image to see an example of the timetable you might have as a first year student in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Red blocks indicate laboratory sessions, blue blocks indicate lectures, green blocks are tutorials and purple blocks are optional sessions.