In the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, we use a wide range of assessment methods to ensure fairness and accuracy of grading. In the first two years of your course, you will have written exams at the end of each academic year, along with shorter, mid-year tests in January. Most of our modules also include laboratory work and/or coursework.
Practical laboratory work generally involves designing, building and testing an electronic circuit or system, or a software application, or both. You are normally required to keep a regular log of your work, either as a hardcopy or on-line, and to write a final report on your practical achievements and results. In some cases you will also be required to give a “poster presentation”, which involves preparing a large poster that describes your work, and giving a short explanation of the poster to your tutor and colleagues.
In your 2nd year, there are two modules – the Embedded Systems Project and the Mobile Applications Project – which consist entirely of project work. There is no written exam for these modules, and the assessment involves a regular log, final report, and a presentation and demonstration of your finished project.
A substantial part of your 3rd year is devoted to project work. As well as the assessment methods described above, the project assessment includes an oral exam (a “viva”) during which you will be asked to describe your project and your results to your project supervisor and a second academic assessor. The vivas, which generally last about 45 minutes, are informal, but nonetheless challenging. There is also a project exhibition day, at which you will exhibit your project work to a wider audience. Usually, this includes a working demonstration of the project itself. BEng students undertake projects individually for the 3rd (and final) year of study, whereas MEng students participate in group design projects.
MEng students (all programmes except for Music, Multimedia and Electronics) will carry out an individual, research-type project in the 4th year, with a similar range of assessments as above.
BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics students carry out a group project in their 3rd year. This is an ambitious piece of work which draws together all your acquired expertise in both the music and electronics disciplines. The Music, Multimedia and Electronics course also includes a range of creative electronic/technical composition activities, for which you are assessed directly on the quality, creative and technical merits of your composition.
The MEng, BEng Mechatronics and Robotics course also includes practical mechatronics design projects in both the 1st and 2nd year, and substantial projects in each of the 3rd and 4th years.