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Part IA registration and start of year course information

Part IA registration and start of year course information

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This section contains information about special arrangements for the first few days of the Part IA Engineering course, as well as guidance for the rest of the year. All the documentation you will need for the course is available on the undergraduate teaching website; these briefing notes should help you to learn how to navigate the site.


Registration will be online, in conjunction with your Director of studies

Registration will take place online and will be led by your DoS.  All students (Part IA plus those transferring to any Part of the Tripos from other Departments) need to register, and this is also when you will be assigned to a lab group.

Introductory Lectures

Introductory lectures: Wednesday 6 October 2021, 9.15–11.30 online.

You will require two links for the Introductory lecture. The first link is to register and the second to view (you need to register in order to then be able to view).

Registration:  https://eng-cam.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S90TpqErRX-q-VRxLDTR7Q

When you register you will be emailed details of how to view the webinar. Please make sure you make a note of the link you are sent so you are able to join the webinar.

All first year students must attend these lectures - attendance at the health & safety talk is a requirement in order to then be able to enter the department for your labs.  Incomers into other years are also very welcome.

09.15 Welcome to CUED Prof Richard Prager, Head of Department
09.30 Aims of the Engineering Tripos Prof Colm Durkan, Deputy Head (Teaching)
09.40 Introducing the Teaching Office Dr John Durrell
09.50 Laboratory work / Maths Quiz Dr Stuart Scott
10.10 Language programme Mr David Tual
10.25 Health and Safety Talk Mr Gary Steele
10:45 Introduction to the University Counselling service Gudrun Haraldsdottir (UCS)


Essential equipment

Drawing equipment

All students will need the following essential drawing equipment.  Depending on which lab group you are allocated to you may need it for the Structures Lab, which for some students will start in week 2.

A supply of complete drawing kits will be available to purchase at your first Lego or Structural Design session (Mich term) at a cost of £20.00.  Due to the COVID situation we are currently unable to sell these from our Main Stores (Inglis Building, ground floor). Kits are available for purchase from the vending machine located in the Design and Project Office (DPO). 

In addition, payment for the above drawing kits can only be made via card, no cash sales are permissible. 

The drawing kit comprises of the following items (full details/part numbers available here):

  • HB Pencil
  • Shine Plastic Eraser
  • Blundeil Harling 300mm ruler
  • Ecobra Compass
  • Rumold Circle template
  • Rumold Protractor

*Please note, using equipment that does not meet the criteria we have set out may affect the quality and accuracy of your work and therefore it is possible you may be penailised when submitting for marking.

If you wish to purchase your own equipment we would advise you to buy items of at least a similar standard to those we have recommended.

University approved calculator

Please refer to the University approved list of calculators for those permitted to be used in the exams.  Due to the COVID situation we are currently unable to offer these for sale.


A full set of Databooks can be found online here.

Health and safety at work lecture (as above)

All new and incoming students to Engineering must attend this talk which takes place during the above session on Wednesday 6 October 2021.  Attendance will be registered.

Where are the lecture rooms/theatres?

LT0, LR4:  ground floor Baker building                  LR5, LT6:  first floor Baker building

LT1, LT2:  ground floor Inglis building                   LR10, LR11, LR12: ground floor Baker South Wing

LR3, 3A, 3B:  up steps in Inglis building             

See also the map of the Engineering Department

Coursework and labs in your first week

In the first week of term you start the exposition course and some of you will have the Machine Tools lab. Other laboratory activities start in the second week.


The communication of technical information is developed through the exposition course which aims to improve students' presentation, discussion and writing skills. You will work with your group leader and the other students on a range of exercises, including writing a lab report and giving a technical talk. The exposition classes are organised by college cohort and will generally take place either online or in a college teaching space.

The list of exposition leaders and session locations is available on the Moodle Exposition site.

How to read the lecture card

How to read the lab and coursework rota

Course material on Moodle

Most of the Department's courses have a page on the University's Virtual Learning Environment Moodle.

These pages are maintained by course lecturers. Students registered to these courses are automatically enrolled at the start of the course and can engage in the course activities, including coursework submission when appropriate.

Other members of the University, staff or students, can self-enrol as observer and gain access to handouts and other documents made available to the students by the lecturers. This access is provided to students so that they can make an informed decision regarding their course selection. There might be copyright restrictions to the course material; any use of the course content that is not related to students education is not allowed. The material should not be redistributed by the students in any circumstances.

A key is needed to self-enrol on any course. By using this key, you indicate that you agree with the condition above.

Enrolment key: cued_moodle_access

You may wish to look at our 'getting started' guide.

Last updated on 14/09/2021 15:59