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

Programmes this information applies to: 

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

Distance Learning students: All delivery remains unchanged.

All other students:

Lectures. In the case of lectures to large groups of students these will be delivered online as a blend of pre-recorded and if possible live sessions.  In the case of lectures to smaller groups, students will have the opportunity to book spaces within the lecture rooms on the Uxbridge campus. Students 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.

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.

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.

Laboratory Support and Group Project Activities: The intention is any laboratory-based experiments and group project activities will be on campus.

For any supplementary practical elements, students will be able to learn by watching the pre-recorded demonstrations of the operation of the equipment in the laboratory. In addition to video recording, all other necessary supporting resources will be provided. Students should then be able to learn further through analysing the data in line with the requirements of the activity. Students can have their doubts clarified through email or through online meetings. This will depend on social distancing and will take into account any vulnerabilities of students and staff.

MSc Dissertations: A wide range of project topics based on their subject specialisation will be made available to students, where the project involves practical work students will be required to work in an organised way by booking appointments and following all procedures. If this is not feasible then virtual and theoretical equivalent projects will be available for students.

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. 

Returning students 

Distance Learning students: All delivery remains unchanged.

All other students:

Lectures. In the case of lectures to large groups of students these will be delivered online as a blend of pre-recorded and if possible live sessions.  In the case of lectures to smaller groups, students will have the opportunity to book spaces within the lecture rooms on the Uxbridge campus. Students 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.

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.

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.

Laboratory Support and Group Project Activities: The intention is any laboratory-based experiments and group project activities will be on campus.

For any supplementary practical elements, students will be able to learn by watching the pre-recorded demonstrations of the operation of the equipment in the laboratory. In addition to video recording, all other necessary supporting resources will be provided. Students should then be able to learn further through analysing the data in line with the requirements of the activity. Students can have their doubts clarified through email or through online meetings. This will depend on social distancing and will take into account any vulnerabilities of students and staff.

MSc Dissertations: A wide range of project topics based on their subject specialisation will be made available to students, where the project involves practical work students will be required to work in an organised way by booking appointments and following all procedures. If this is not feasible then virtual and theoretical equivalent projects will be available for students.

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.

New students 

Our programmes are all accredited.

6. Feedback and consultation

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

Your personal tutor (Course Director) is your key contact point throughout your academic course. Your tutor provides academic and personal support both in your transition to university and through your course.

Your postgraduate course directors schedule slots that you can attend. You can also request time outside of these by emailing to check availability.

8. Departmental communications and events

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. 

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

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

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