Structure of the first year

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Structure of the first year


This session is for
all

of Year 1


Electrical and Electronic Engineering




E&EE


Electrical and Computer Engineering




COMP


Electrical and Communication Engineering




COMM


Electronic Engineering






EEng


Computer Systems Engineering





CMPSE


Communication Systems Engineering




CMMSE


Computer Interactive Systems





CINTSYS


Electrical and Energy Engineering




Energy


Electronic and Software Engineering




ESE


Electronic Engineering with Business Management



EEngwBM


Computer Systems Engineering with Business Management


CMPSEwBM


Communication Systems Engineering with Business Management

CMMSEwBM


Computer Interactive Systems with Business Management


CINTSYSwBM




Welcome!!


Dr Mike Spann


m.spann@bham.ac.uk


www.eee.bham..ac.uk/spannm


N415


01214144328


In this short talk I will tell you about:


The different degree streams we offer


Our module (credit) based system for the B.Eng
and M.Eng degrees


The structure of the academic year


Teaching methods


Timetable information


Lab and tutorial arrangements




Electronic, Electrical, Computer and Communications
Engineering, Communications Systems Engineering


The first semester of the first year is common to all of
these
programmes


Opportunities to switch at end of semester 1 and at end
of year


Computer Systems Engineering, Computer Interactive
Systems


Common first year


Opportunities to switch at
end of semester 1 and at end
of year




Degrees with Business Management


The degrees with Business Management are
major/minor degrees taught jointly by the
School of EECE and the Birmingham Business
School.


In each year, students take 80 credits taught by
EECE and 40 credits of material taught by the
the

Business School


Electronic and Software Engineering


This is a joint
honours

programme

taught
jointly by the School of EECE and by the
School of Computer Science.


Electrical and Energy Engineering


This is a degree
programme

containing 80 to
100 credits of compulsory core material from
the E&EE
programmes

and 20 to 40 credits of
compulsory material taught mainly by the other
Engineering schools covering the wider aspects
of Energy Engineering.

Modules and credits


Each year of study comprises 120 credits


You wil1 study 1 or 2 semester courses worth
10 or 20 credits each


Some modules are compulsory


Others are optional (including MOMD’s)


Except for degrees with Business Management!


Your timetable will reflect your degree
program


Depends on your degree stream and is
described in detail in the
Student Handbook

document


There are a small number of optional
modules but most are compulsory


It is important you are clear about this by
the end of the talk!!


The table in the handbook should be all you
need to figure this out

What modules am I taking?

MOMDs


Up to 20 credits of MOMD’s can be chosen
provided no timetable clash is generated


Its up to you to check this


You may drop EE1F1 (Intro to Info. Eng.) in
semester 1 and/or EE1F2 (multimedia) in semester
2 and replace them with MOMDs


Also applies to language courses



Languages


You may study a 20 credit language module


Most modern European languages offered plus
Japanese


A reasonable pass at GCSE in a language
required

Academic year


Terms: Attendance periods


Semesters: Teaching periods


Autumn term


11 weeks


Teaching & learning for semester 1


Spring term


11 weeks


Teaching & learning for semester 2


Summer term


8 weeks


2 weeks revision classes


4 weeks exams


2 weeks post exam

Teaching methods


Your course will mainly be delivered in 3
ways


Formal lecture


Tutorial


Laboratory


There will also be grouped based activities
and informal ‘drop in’ clinics

Teaching methods


Lectures


Some modules to the whole class, others to smaller
class sizes for optional or degree specific courses


Laboratories


You will be randomly split up into 2 lab groups (A or
B)


You will normally work with a lab partner


Tutorials


Small group teaching


Generally none assessed but an opportunity to learn
without the added pressure of formal assessment


However, you do get feedback on your work

Assessment methods



Formal exam


Typically 1½ , 2 or 3 hour papers


Coursework


Essay


Computer programming assignment


Formal laboratory report


Design exercise


You must respect the deadlines for submitting
coursework as big penalties for late submission apply


More about this another time


Coursework


Big part of assessment is coursework


Coasting and cramming doesn’t work


Work steadily and consistently


We have a receipt
-
based system for handing
in coursework


All explained in the handbook



Weeks 1
-
11


Note the timetabled slots for personal tutor
meetings


Specific issues will be discussed at each one


Important you attend


Main labs for electronics don’t start until week
4


Computer programming labs start week 2


However, the IT skills labs starts in week 3


Introduction to computing facilities lab in week 1


Tutorials don’t start until week 3


Timetable information

Lab/Tutor groups


You are allocated a lab group (A or B)


Dependant on your degree stream to a certain
extent


Otherwise, randomly allocated


Timetable reflects lab group


The tutorial system will be explained to you
by the course lecturers before the tutorials
start


Tutorials in 1A1, 1F1 and maths (1D1, 1J1)

Labs/Tutorials



Main labs are the programming and electronics
labs


IT labs run weeks 1
-
3


Programming labs start week 2


Electronics labs start week 4


Also we have maths tutorials (EE1D1 and EE1J1)


Out of hours access



New Initiatives in
Sustainability


Sustainability is an important part of Engineering


Reduce energy use

Close windows, turn lights off


Recycle bins in The Link and N418


Minimise printing

Use double sided printing, draft mode


Electronic information


less paper


Campaigns throughout the year (we’ll ask you)

The School Needs to Hear Your
Opinions



You can contact your year’s reps with your
concerns/ideas/suggestions in person or via
Student Information section on
WebCT



Read feedback on progress of issues as they are
addressed on Student Information section on
WebCT




Changes are made as a result of student comments


Student Reps


Act as link between Students and University.


(
See
www.youtube.com/guildofstudents
)



Have weekly meetings with Prof Russell to deal
with problems rapidly.



Sit on Staff Student committee to consider longer
term issues



You can identify them from their photos and
contact details on student notice
-
boards



Issues dealt with


Timetabling issues,


Feedback delays,


Course work issues,


Problems with room facilities,


Problems with swipe
-
card access,


Problems with computing facilities,


Disk quotas,


Remote access to computing facilities,


Requests for software.


Elections


There are
2 Rep posts for the first year available



Candidates email
Dr Tarte
before 5pm, Friday 7 October with
name
,
photo

and
statement

of why they want to be a rep for
public
release



Profiles go onto
WebCT

by 5pm Monday October 10
th



Secret Ballot held in week beginning Monday October 17th