This course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them will not count towards your module mark.
There will be formal, or summative assessment during, or at the end of, each module. Formal assessment will be solely through a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and projects. The grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark.
You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework within three weeks of your submission. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
You must pass all modules in order to gain your qualification. Students passing a module will be given a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and meetings with your personal tutor. Lectures will provide you with most of the fundamental subject information knowledge that you will require and will be taught in large groups. Meetings with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course.
Workshop and simulation sessions will give you hands-on experience of engineering techniques and software, and as a part of your course you will have access to the latest engineering simulation packages.
Independent learning - When you are not attending lectures, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Overall workload - Per week, the part-time course workload will include:
7 hours of lectures
2.5 hours of workshops and simulation sessions
0.5 hours per fortnight of one-to-one meetings
Over the course of the year, you will spend 85% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:
Teaching and learning and assessment: 16.75 hours
Independent learning: 3 hours
All of our teaching staff are experienced in the field. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.