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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Computer Science (undergraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • Business Computing BSc (Hons)
  • Business Computing (eBusiness) BSc (Hons)
  • Business Computing BSc (Human Computer Interaction) BSc (Hons)
  • Business Computing BSc (Social Media) BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science (Digital Media and Games) BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science (Networking Computing) BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science (Software Engineering) BSc (Hons)

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 

 

New students 

COVID-related constraints permitting, as a broad guidance the Department aims to deliver up to 50% of teaching sessions (e.g. lectures, labs, seminars, tutorials) in-person across the programmes. The Department may seek to offer more than 50% of sessions in-person where restrictions allow. Priority may be given to the delivery of in-person lab-based sessions, given the nature of the subject area. Timetabled teaching sessions that are not delivered in-person on campus would normally be delivered live online or, where appropriate, be pre-recorded. The balance between class types (e.g. lectures, labs, seminars, tutorials) is expected to remain unchanged.

As would normally be the case, the aim is to provide learning resources such as lecture slides, live lectures and lecture recordings (where provided) through the university’s virtual learning environment/s. Any in-person teaching will be delivered on the Uxbridge Campus and in accordance with government and university guidelines that apply at the time.

There are no planned changes to assessment. With the exception of vivas and presentations, all of the department’s coursework and examinations are assessed using a digital platform and this will continue. If vivas and presentations cannot be held in-person on campus, they will be undertaken online.

Returning students 

COVID-related constraints permitting, as a broad guidance the Department aims to deliver up to 50% of teaching sessions (e.g. lectures, labs, seminars, tutorials) in-person across the programmes. The Department may seek to offer more than 50% of sessions in-person where restrictions allow. Priority may be given to the delivery of in-person lab-based sessions, given the nature of the subject area. Timetabled teaching sessions that are not delivered in-person on campus would normally be delivered live online or, where appropriate, be pre-recorded. The balance between class types (e.g. lectures, labs, seminars, tutorials) is expected to remain unchanged.

As would normally be the case, the aim is to provide learning resources such as lecture slides, live lectures and lecture recordings (where provided) through the university’s virtual learning environment/s. Any in-person teaching will be delivered on the Uxbridge Campus and in accordance with government and university guidelines that apply at the time.

There are no planned changes to assessment. With the exception of vivas and presentations, all of the department’s coursework and examinations are assessed using a digital platform and this will continue. If vivas and presentations cannot be held in-person on campus, they will be undertaken online.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

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

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

There are several opportunities where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders, either in person or online, to discuss academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment.

You can book a meeting by emailing your lecturer to arrange a time.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development during your time at the university. Your personal tutor is there if you wish to discuss, in confidence, your academic progress or any pastoral issues.

You will take part in weekly group sessions, but you can also request one-to-one meetings with your tutor.

You can book a meeting by emailing your personal tutor to arrange a time.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). We will also send important updates to your student email account, so it is important to check this on a regular basis.

We host meetings and other events where you can get updates and join in conversations with peers and lecturers from your department.

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

There is a tech society that you may wish to join, you can find all university societies here.

We have discussion boards available on our VLE where you can discuss subject matters with other students and academic staff.

We often hold events such as Hackathons, which you can get involved with.

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