This course can be studied full-time over one year with the taught modules delivered over two semesters, followed by a project assignment. It may also be studied on a part-time basis over three years, but classes are not scheduled specially for part-time students. It has a September, January and May intake.
Your course will be taught using traditional teaching methods, such as lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory classes. However, we also incorporate a range of innovative teaching methods, including flipped classroom, activity led learning and peer based learning which the students will undertake both individually and in groups.
The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed at home before the lecture, whilst lecture time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. The video lecture is often seen as the key ingredient in the flipped approach, such lectures being either created by the staff and posted online or selected from an online repository. While a pre-recorded lecture could certainly be a podcast or other audio format, the ease with which video can be accessed and viewed today has made it so ubiquitous that the flipped model has come to be identified with it.
Activity-led learning enables you to put into practice the theory you may have learned. You will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of ‘hands-on’ tasks, such as programming a device or building a circuit to demonstrate a concept. While peer-based learning enables you to learn from each other, presenting material, taking part in class discussion or explaining a concept to one another.
Throughout your studies, you will have access to our cutting-edge facilities; computers are installed with all the relevant computing software, ranging from the basics such as Matlab and Xlinix ISE to more subject-specific, like VREP (Virtual Robotic Environment Platform), Flux Electromagnetic and Thermal Finite Element Analysis software.
You will be provided with opportunities to sit in on guest lectures and take part in field trips (subject to additional costs and application), which have previously included industry visits to BT, GE, Electric Mountain, National Grid and UNIPART to view current industrial practices. Some of our past students have also taken part in local IET competitions, such as ‘Present Around the World’ where they must present a topic that interests them for 10 minutes and be able to answer questions on it.