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

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • MEng/BEng programmes of Aerospace Engineering
  • MEng/BEng programmes of Aviation Engineering
  • MEng/BEng programmes of Automotive Engineering
  • MEng/BEng programmes of Motorsport Engineering
  • MEng/BEng programmes of Mechanical Engineering
  • MEng/BEng programmes of Mechanical with Automotive Design
  • MEng/BEng programmes of Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics
  • MEng/BEng programmes of Mechanical and Energy Engineering
  • MEng/BEng programmes of Mechanical Engineering with Building Services
  • For the MEng/BEng programmes of Aviation with Pilot Studies, the pilot licence training is externally provided.

1. Content of the course 


New students 

 Year one: The content has not been changed since last academic year. However, the assessment load in one module Engineering Practice has been reviewed and reduced slightly.

Year two (and direct entry): The main content has not been changed since last academic year.

Students will have the option to do a placement year in a company as an integral part of their degree programme after their second year. The availability of placements will very much depend on the recruitment policy of each company.

Year three: The new enhanced course structure will be delivered from the academic year 2021/2.

Year four: The new enhanced MEng year will be delivered from the academic year 2022/3.

Returning students 

Joining the First year from the foundation year:  The content has not been changed since last academic year. However, the assessment load in one module Engineering Practice has been reviewed and reduced slightly.

Joining year two from the first year: The main content has not been changed since last academic year.

Students will have the option to do a placement year in a company as an integral part of their degree programme after their second year. The availability of placements will very much depend on the recruitment policy of each company.

Joining year three from year two or after a placement: The new enhanced course structure will be delivered from the September 2021.

Joining year four from year three or after a placement. The course is unchanged.

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 

New students and students joining from the foundation year (other new / direct entry students should refer to the returning student section below)

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.

Returning students 

Joining Year two from the first year:

Lectures: In the case ofME2612 and ME2554 these will be delivered entirely online, as a blend of pre-recorded and if possible live sessions. The externally provided CAD training, part of ME2611 will also be delivered wholly online.

In the case of all other modules, these will be delivered on the Uxbridge campus with students given the option to either attend virtually online or attend in person. If students wish to attend in person, 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.

Tutorial Support: Tutorial sessions that form part of a module will follow the pattern described above for lectures. Personal tutoring and other non-module specific interactions will primarily be provided using online conferencing tools. If feasible, it is hoped that some tutorial support may be able to take place on campus.

Laboratory Sessions: The intention is, in Term 1 students on ME2613 (Mechanical and Automotive) and ME2619 (Aerospace) will undertake laboratory-based experiments on campus. Similarly, the intention is, in Term 2 students on ME2617 (all students), ME2616 (all students), ME2620 (Aerospace), ME2615 (Mechanical) will undertake laboratory-based experiments 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. 

Computer Laboratory Sessions: For the majority of computer based lab sessions for example ME2610 and the externally provided CAD training, part of ME2611 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: There are no changes to the number of assessments. 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.

Joining Year three from the second year:

Lectures: In the case ofME3618 and ME3619 the lecture elements will be delivered entirely online, as a blend of pre-recorded and if possible live sessions.

In the case of all other modules, these will be delivered on the Uxbridge campus with students given the option to either attend virtually online or attend in person. If students wish to attend in person, 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.

Tutorial Support: Tutorial sessions that form part of a module will follow the pattern described above for lectures. Personal tutoring and other non-module specific interactions will primarily be provided using online conferencing tools. It is hoped that some tutorial support may be able to take place on campus.

Laboratory Sessions: The intention is that each student will complete at least half all of their practical work on the Uxbridge campus.

For any supplementary practical elements, students will be able to compete the work typically through the use of software simulators within an online session. 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. 

Computer Laboratory Sessions: For the majority of 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.

Level 6, third year major individual project: 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: There are no changes to the number of assessments. 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.

Joining the MEng year from the third year:

Lectures: All modules will be delivered on the Uxbridge campus with students given the option to either attend virtually online or attend in person. If students wish to attend in person, 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.

Tutorial Support: Tutorial sessions that form part of a module will follow the pattern described above for lectures. Personal tutoring and other non-module specific interactions will primarily be provided using online conferencing tools. It is hoped that some tutorial support may be able to take place on campus.

Laboratory Sessions: The intention is that each student will complete at least half all of their practical work on the Uxbridge campus.

For any supplementary practical elements, students will be able to compete the work typically through the use of software simulators within an online session or 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. 

Computer Laboratory Sessions: For the majority of 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.

Level 7, MEng group project: Many of these group projects are of industrial relevance. We will make every effort to enable students to engage with the briefs provided. If this is not feasible then virtual and theoretical equivalent projects will be available for students.  Non-practical elements of projects will be executed via digital technologies.

Assessment: There are no changes to the number of assessments. 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 

The programmes are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

As per the standard cycle of business the accreditation from the Royal Aeronautical Society is currently going through its periodic review process.  

Returning 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 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

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.Yo

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

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