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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 page is still being updated - due to COVID-19 registration will be done entirely on line, the details of which will follow shortly.

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.

You will at Registration receive hard copy of the 'Freshers' Guide' produced for you by students: it is available on-line here.



Registration timetable

Registration day: Tuesday 6 October 2020

Registration takes place in the Department of the main (Baker) building of the Engineering Department, in College groups.  All students (Part IA plus exchange students and those transferring to any Part of the Tripos from other Departments) should register in accordance with the schedule below:

College Time   College Time
CAI: 11.30   K: 10.50
CC: 9.50   LC:  
CHR: 9.20   M: 11.05
CHU: 14.15   MUR:  11.35
CL: 9.35   N: 14.35
CTH: 14.45   PEM: 11.00
DOW: 9.45   PET: 10.45
ED 10.05   Q: 11.45
EM: 10.00   R: 14.30
F: 15.00   SE: 14.50
G: 10.05   SID: 11.50
HH: 11.35   T: 11.15
HOM: 9.30   TH: 15.05
JE: 14.00   W: 14.35
JN: 9.15      

The Registration process is as follows:  

  • Drawing and Project Office (DPO) where you will be asked to sign up for lab partners, enter your registration details on a computer terminal and to complete an 'Application for Access to the Teaching Equipment' form.  You will need your CRSid and Raven password.  NB you will be unable to log on to the CUED Teaching System until about a day after you have registered.  You should note the guidance about the  Department's computer system.
  • Dyson Centre for Engineering Design - your undergraduate makerspace, where you can experiment and transform your engineering ideas into reality.
  • Library - During your visit to the Library you will discover how to find and borrow books, see the different spaces the Library provides for you, and find out about referencing for your assignments and further Library support for your studies.

The whole process should take about an hour (slightly longer for those colleges with larger numbers of students).

If you are not a first year student please notify the staff in charge, telling them whether you are an incomer or an exchange student.



Essential equipment

Drawing equipment

All students will need the following essential drawing equipment and this should be purchased in advance of the start of term.  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 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) or the vending machine located in the Design and Project Office (DPO).

In addition, payment 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.

Databooks

A full set of Databooks will be given to you at the Introductory Talks.  Databooks are needed for all four years.  Replacements cost £2 per booklet (cash) and can be obtained from the Teaching Office.



Introductory Lectures

Introductory lectures: Wednesday 7 October 2020, 9.15–11.00 in LT0

All first year students must attend these lectures.  Incomers into other years are also very welcome.

At this lecture you will be issued with the following:

  • A folder containing databooks - you will need these for all four years
  • a folder containing general information, coursework instruction documents and the Freshers Maths Quiz
  • a pair of safety specs
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 Prof Seb Savory
09.50 Laboratory work / Maths Quiz Dr Stuart Scott
10.00 Language programme Mr David Tual
10.15 Health and Safety Talk Mr Gary Steele

 



Health and safety at work lectures

All new and incoming students to Engineering must attend this lecture which takes place at 10.30-11.00 on Wednesday 7 October 2020 in LT0.  Attendance will be registered.  Any late incomers should attend the repeat of this talk on Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 1pm in LT0.



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. Other laboratory activities start in the second week.

Exposition

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. Exposition classes often take place in Colleges rather than the Engineering Department.

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 14/09/2020 15:41