Undergraduate Teaching 2017-18

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Part IIA project guide - Allowances for illness

Students are expected to complete as much as possible of the work associated with their two projects, but the four week timetable imposes tight constraints.  If there is any significant disruption to your project work (whether or not a report deadline is missed), you must notify your tutor, project leaders and the Director of Undergraduate Education by email immediately.  If the deadline for any report is missed, a Part IIA project allowanc

Last updated on 08/09/2017 09:41

Part IIA project guide - Assessment

For each project, there are 80 marks available.  In order to spread the workload for both students and staff, continuous assessment will take place for the duration of the project period, with a number of staged reports.  Some projects include individual or group presentations as part of the assessment.  Each project has its own mark distributions and submission dates, and these are stated in the online project descriptions.  A typical allocation is:

Last updated on 08/12/2017 15:25

Part IIA project guide - constraints

Projects are in sets (P1, P2 etc) with each set having a fixed timetable (see Table below); projects must be taken from different sets. Certain combinations of sets and projects are excluded for timetable reasons.

Multidisciplinary design projects (GM1, GM2)

Students may not be allocated both projects, even though they do not clash on the timetable.  Both may be included in student preferences, provided that the overall preferences produce enough valid combinations.

Last updated on 08/09/2017 09:37

Part IIA project guide - how to choose a project

<p>Students interested in taking a Language project should attend an information session on Wednesday 1 November from 1-2pm in the Language Unit.</p>
<p>Between Monday 30 October and Friday 3 November, you should <!--enter online--><a href="http://to.eng.cam.ac.uk/teaching/apps/IIAprojects/">enter online</a> your preference, in order, for exactly five projects, satisfying the following rules:</p>

Last updated on 16/10/2017 18:23

Part IIA project guide - How projects are allocated

Each project has a maximum capacity, due to limits on staff, space and equipment. Some projects may not run if very few students opt for it.

Before making your selection, you should study the timetable, noting the project sets, and the combinations of sets that are not permitted.  In the online selection page, the sets are colour-coded to guide you. Before you can submit your preferences, the software will:

Last updated on 08/09/2017 09:29

Relationship with your supervisor

The working relationship with your supervisor is central to achieving these aims, and for this reason your College authorises up to 1 hour per week formal supervision associated with the project.  In practice, you and your supervisor may prefer a more flexible structure.  In any case, your supervisor is expected to submit a termly report, which you can view on CAMCORS

Should you have any concerns over supervision arrangements, try first to resolve them with your supervisor.  If they persist, contact your director of studies.

Last updated on 08/12/2017 11:10


Project work must be planned to take account of your other workload (e.g. module coursework). You may need to spend several weeks in each vacation on project work, catching up on experiments/design/computing and drafting your reports. Experimental work and any substantial computing should be completed before the beginning of the Easter term, leaving the Easter term for consolidation and writing up. 

Last updated on 01/09/2017 15:11


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