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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Civil and Environmental Engineering (undergraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Professional Dev.  
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Sustainability
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Sustainability & Professional Development

1. Content of the course 

There are no changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There are no changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 

 

New students 

New students and those progressing from the foundation year

The Engineering First Year is largely common to all disciplines (Chemical; Civil; Electrical and Electronic; Mechanical and Aerospace) providing a broad educational base and opportunities for cross-disciplinary study.

All lectures will be delivered either synchronously online (live) using conferencing tools such as Blackboard Collaborate/MS Teams, or be pre-recorded and made available online for students to access prior to engaging in live, interactive tutorials.

Small group project work will be carried out in person on campus, with synchronous online (live) support sessions delivered using conferencing tools. Students can expect 12-14 hours of in person on campus teaching (seminars/tutorials/group project meetings) per term.

Laboratory classes in Term 1 will either be delivered online via remote access to simulation software tools with synchronous online (live) support sessions, or asynchronously through the provision of pre-recorded video materials. During Term 2, students will be able to complete some in-person on campus laboratory work. 

The online WISEFlow platform will be used for submitting all written course work. Exams will be either remote (online) or in-person on campus (access to campus permitting and in accordance with the up-to-date social distancing requirements). Other forms of assessment, such as presentations, may take place either online or in person on campus.

For programmes that have site visits (and/or field work) embedded as part of the module delivery and assessment, such visits will take place under social-distancing rules. If the field class/visit cannot run physically, then virtual field trip will be provided as an alternative. 

Returning students 

Returning students and direct entrants into Years 2 and 3

Lectures/seminars/tutorials/practical work: these will be delivered synchronously (on-line or virtual) and/or in-person on-campus. They will be supported by asynchronous online lectures (pre-recorded) to give students prior access to learning materials, enable them prepare for (or catch-up on missed) lectures, and to facilitate their independent self-study and learning. Across all practical modules, timetabling and Covid restrictions permitting, lab (computing and/or physical) sessions will take place in person on campus. If in-person lab sessions cannot be run on-campus, then virtual lab sessions and/or pre-recorded lab sessions will be provided.

The Department aims to deliver up to 50% of seminars/tutorials in-person across the programmes, giving each student the opportunity to attend at least one in-person on campus session per module per every fortnight (2 weeks), access to campus permitting and in accordance with the up-to-date social distancing requirements.

Field class/Site visit: For programmes that have site visits (and/or field work) embedded as part of the module delivery and assessment, such visits will take place under social-distancing rules. If the field class/visit cannot run physically, then virtual field trip will be provided as an alternative.

Support resources: Online teaching activities will be delivered using online conferencing tools such as Blackboard Collaborate/MS Teams/Zoom. In-person delivery on campus will take place in our usual teaching rooms (access to campus permitting and in accordance with the up-to-date social distancing requirements). If computing labs cannot be delivered in-person on campus, then they will be offered online, where students will be provided with access to the required specialised software via the University “Horizon” system.

Assessments: These will be undertaken using a range of methods including in-person on campus exams, digital exams, take-home exams, on-line presentations and written assignments with on-line submission (via BBL, WISEflow). Revision sessions will be arranged for all students to help them prepare for and complete their assessments.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no anticipated changes to the course specific fees to that previously advertised.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award


New students 

All the programmes are accredited for 2021-22 by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).  There are no anticipated changes to this accreditation nor the qualifications to be awarded.

Returning students 

All the programmes are accredited for 2021-22 by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).  There are no anticipated changes to this accreditation nor the qualifications to be awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

Your module leaders and lecturers will be available, either in person or online, to talk about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on assessment.

You can find lecturer/module leader’s availability hours on their office doors. You can also book a meeting by simply emailing them to arrange a time.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and progressing through the years. Your personal tutor is someone to seek advice/support from, and whom you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need.  

We provide two timetabled personal tutoring sessions per term, but you can request additional sessions by emailing your personal tutor. The sessions can be run in groups or one-to-one with the tutor (in person or online), as might be appropriate. 

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject updates and events through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important messages and updates to your student email account, including announcements, monthly newsletter, etc., so please keep an eye on your emails.  

We will organise formal and informal meetings occasionally for your class, where you can get updates and join in conversations with peers and your lecturers.  

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

We have a Civil Engineering Society (CivSoc) which we encourage students to join.

CivSoc is manned wholly by students who run interesting events (e.g., ICE talks, site visits, etc.), so you can join to get involved and benefit from these.

If you are interested, please enquire with the Union of Brunel Students

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: cedps-tpo@brunel.ac.uk   

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21