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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Mechanical, Automotive and Aerospace Engineering (foundation year)

Programmes this information applies to:

Engineering Foundation Year

1. Content of the course 

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

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 

Lectures. Students will be divided into groups. The groups will follow a schedule which ensures all groups receive both an on campus and live steamed online experience.

Tutorial Support will primarily be provided using online conferencing tools. It is hoped that some tutorial support may be able to take place on campus.

Laboratory and Group Project Activities: Students will be divided into groups. The groups will follow a schedule which ensures all groups receive an on campus experience.

Computer Laboratory Sessions: For computer based lab sessions computers on campus will be made available. If students wish to use the rooms, they will be invited to use the room booking system, which will work on a first-come-first served basis. The number of spaces available will be dependent on social distancing requirements and the constraints that arise when timetabling for a whole university.

In using the computer rooms the students will need to bring plug in headphones to access the audio elements of the sessions.

Assessment: The methods of assessment are varied.If it is not possible for those assessments that have previously taken place on campus, to occur on campus the assessment will be administered online.

Students will have remote access to the required specialist software.

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.

In using the computer rooms the students will need to bring plug in headphones to access the audio elements of the sessions.

5. Award

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

6. Feedback and consultation

There is a weekly Engineering Year 1 briefing throughout the year during which you can speak to the year leaders.  Individual module leaders will provide regular opportunities for you to discuss academic matters with them.

We provide set times where you can talk to lecturers and module leaders, either in person or online meeting tools, to discuss academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment.

Feedback and consultation hours will be listed on Blackboard. You can book your slot by emailing your module leader or personal tutor, to find the most convenient time for both of you.

7. Personal tutoring

Personal tutoring is managed by your department.  Please read the information provided by your department for further details:

Your personal tutor is key contact point throughout your academic course. Your tutor provides academic and personal support both in your transition to university and across all the years.

You can take part in group and one-to-one tutoring sessions that are flexible and responsive to your needs. If you are in your first year, we normally have scheduled slots available for you. Every student at any level can request a time by emailing their tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

There will be a weekly 1-hour Engineering Year 1 briefing throughout the year.  Information about the year and about individual modules will also be sent out to your Brunel email account.  It is therefore essential that you check it regularly.

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, so please keep an eye on those.

We occasionally host meetings and other events online, where you can get updates and join in conversations with peers and lecturers from your department, you will receive an invite by email. In addition, you student rep is another route for you to communicate your views.

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. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You will carry out small group project work during the year.  Groups are mixed discipline (within Engineering).  There will also be opportunities within your department – please take a look at what arrangements they have in place.

You can join our student societies which include Brunel Robotic Engineering Society and Formula Student Team. There are regular sessions with the level tutors.

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