(Original post by Porky123)
I have heard there is restructuring going on for next year, as you say hopefully full details will be published soon.
All the modules are for the whole year, but there split up in to 2 halves by which I mean you have log books / practical’s which have to be done before the Christmas holidays then you have exams in January. After this you carry on with the same modules but start new topics with in them then there are more practical’s, log books and so on then exams in may.
As for the teaching styles:
Introduction to artificial intelligence:
Is taught by lectures and tutorials. Assessment is done via 2 online coursework’s done on blackboard in your own time with 2 attempts allowed these are worth 25% each. Then there is a exam done on computer in may which is under exam conditions with 1 attempt allowed this is worth 50%.
Programming in c:
This is again taught via lectures and with practical lab sessions with the lecturer. The assessment is done via 2 practical projects one worth approx 13% which is a simple duck shoot game implemented on a special rack in the labs. This is done before Christmas and is just to check you understand C as you should. The second is a larger project done as a pair which is programming buggies that have a set of sensors to perform a number of tasks / behaviours worth 37%. Lastly there is an exam worth 50% of the module.
Digital design and instrumentation:
This is taught with just lecturers in till after the Christmas break, after which a practical session is also added. Assessment is 15% logbook, 20% practical assessment, 2 exams worth the remaining 65% together 1 in Jan and 1 in May.
Digital systems development:
This consists of lectures and practical sessions the whole way through the year. With 1 exam in Jan worth 20% and 1 in May worth 20%, 2 log books worth 45% together 1 done before Christmas the other after, and a group project worth 15%.
This is taught solely through practical sessions, before Christmas you complete a log book in which you record the work and findings from various tasks given to you this is surprisingly worth 50% of the module. After Christmas there are 2 projects one individual project and a group one. Both of these are worth 25% each. Help / advise is always available if you need it.
All the modules (apart from AI and practical electronics) have something called PAL (peer assisted learning) where you have a class taken by some one in there second year to go over what you are doing in the modules and help you if needed. If I’m honest I didn’t go to many of these, some are helpful though.
Although practical electronics doesn’t have PAL it has something which I think is better where PHD students take the class for an hour after the "proper" teacher. The PHD students that we had were extremely knowledgeable and therefore very helpful. Also they were from the BRL so had some interesting stuff to talk about.
Which course is it you choose in the end then?
Hope that helps, anything else feel free to ask.