Programme Specification for the 2018/9 academic year

Cert HE International Year One in Engineering (September Start)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameCert HE International Year One in Engineering (September Start) Programme codeLDC1INTINT12
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2018/9
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award4 (Certificate)

2. Description of the Programme

The International Year One in Engineering INTO University of Exeter is designed to help you meet the linguistic and academic requirements for direct entry onto the second year an engineering degree at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) at the University of Exeter.

 

The International Year One in Engineering programme mirrors the first year of engineering studies at CEMPS. You will explore the discipline of engineering through studying the subjects which are core in different branches of engineering. You will develop the technical and communication skills required for an engineering degree. The programme will also help you to decide on your degree specialisation in the second year of your studies.

 

You will experience a favourable learning environment, designed to meet your specific needs, both from the point of view of English language and study skills development and in the delivery of academic subject teaching, which is appropriately paced and supported with a generous allocation of teaching time (approximately 23 hours per week). Some modules will be taught by CEMPS staff, including the engineering design module. In this module you will work in small groups with other engineering students in the CEMPS labs and workshops. This will give you experience of being a first-year university student and allow you to take part in all aspects of CEMPS and university life. You will also use the CEMPS labs on other modules. Our learner-centred provision aims to enable you to realise your potential for academic study within the context of higher education in the U.K.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To help you meet the linguistic and academic requirements for entry into the second year of your degree course at Exeter
2. To give you the flexibility of studying a common core programme that mirrors the CEMPS first year. This will allow you to make an informed choice as to which engineering discipline to study in your second year
3. To introduce you to design and practical activities in the workshops and labs In CEMPS working in small groups using facilities which include 3-D visualisation and the latest Additive Layer Manufacturing technology.
4. To allow you to become familiar with CEMPS facilities, meet staff, and establish relationships with the other students who you will join in your second year.
5. To provide you with the technical, communication and personal skills that you will need both in your further studies and throughout your professional career.

This programme is specifically designed to prepare you for entry into the second year of a degree course at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) at the University of Exeter (although the Certificate in Higher Education (Engineering) may meet the entry requirements for other universities).

 

The aims of the Year One in Engineering programme are:

4. Programme Structure

Your undergraduate Year One in Engineering programme is a one year programme of study at Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) level 4 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). Academic modules are based on semesters (12 weeks), with an assessment period at the end of each semester. English Language and Study Skills for Engineering is taken over a period of 26 weeks with staged assessment at the midpoint as well as at the end of the period. 

 

The programme comprises 120 credits, divided into units of study (modules), which have credit ratings of either 15 or 30 credits. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

Stage 1


The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/into/current_students/

Compulsory Modules

INT1101  English Language and Study Skills for Engineering:             

INT1109  Entrepreneurship Skills Development 1                            

INT1104  Materials and Manufacturing: Core Engineering 2                             

INT1105  Engineering Mechanics: Core Engineering 2                                

INT1106  Engineering Mathematics

INT1107  Electronics for Engineers

INT1108 Core Engineering (Mechanics, Materials and electronics)   

All students will study INT1101, INT1109, INT1108 and INT1106 in semester 1.

Students opting to progress to an electronic engineering degree at the end of semester 1 will take INT1107 and either INT1104 or INT1105, together with INT1101, INT1109 and INT1106 in semester 2. Students electing to study electronic engineering will not be able to study for degrees in other engineering disciplines.

Students wishing to progress to non-electronic engineering degrees will study INT1104, INT1105, together with INT1101, INT1102 and INT1106 in semester 2.

                         

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT1101 English Language and Study Skills for Engineering 30 credits30Yes
INT1109 Entrepreneurship Skills Development 15 credits15No
INT1104 Materials and Manufacturing 15 credits15No
INT1105 Engineering Mechanics 15 credits15No
INT1106 Engineering Mathematics 30 credits30Yes
INT1107 Electronics for Engineers 15 credits15No
INT1108 Core Engineering (Mechanics, Materials and Electronics) 15 credits15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Use simple mathematical and computational methods for modelling, analysis, design and communication in engineering.
2. Draw upon a broad base of basic scientific principles underpinning civil, environmental, material and mechanical engineering.
3. Describe the characteristics and uses of a broad range of engineering materials and components.
4. Discuss ethical and social issues related to engineering and professional responsibilities.
5. Demonstrate a degree of proficiency in spoken and written English language in the context of engineering study.

ILO1 is introduced explicitly by dedicated mathematics modules throughout the course and developed in other modules.

 

ILO2, 3 and 4. Most material is introduced explicitly by lectures and directed reading/research. Students are given very clear guidance in how to manage their learning.

 

ILO5 is explicitly addressed during English Language and Study Skills for Engineers which employs a variety of learning activities and teaching methods including teacher-led groups, student presentations, seminars and set tasks.

 

ILO1 (part), 2, 3 and 4 will be directly assessed by formal written examination (open and closed book), marked coursework in the form of problem sheets and laboratory reports.
ILO1 (part) through Project work which is assessed through a combination of supervisors report, peer and self-assessment and formal assessment of final reports and presentations.
ILO5. English language assessment comprises a group presentation, listening and note taking tasks, seminars and written tasks, (including note taking/summary/paraphrasing/ referencing)

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Demonstrate an analytical, systematic and creative approach to problem solving.
7. Select and apply appropriate mathematical methods, scientific principles and computer-based methods for the modelling and analysis of given engineering problems.
8. Create a design to meet a given requirement to a professional standard, justifying all decisions.
9. Select and use laboratory instrumentation and equipment appropriately and correctly.
10. Work safely in a laboratory, workshop environment etc. and promote good practice.
11. Employ appropriate study skills.

ILO6 and 7 are integrated into most modules and developed over the course through lectures and supporting tutorial and laboratory work.
ILO8, 9 and 10 are introduced and developed during the project which forms part of the Core Engineering 1 module, and also during the other module laboratory sessions.
ILO11. Teacher-led classes, seminars and set tasks using ELE resources.

ILO6 and 7 will be directly assessed by formal written examination (open and closed book), marked coursework in the form of problem sheets and laboratory reports.
ILO8, 9 and 10 is assessed during a design and build project.

ILO11. Written assignment, seminar and group presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

12. Communicate effectively using the full range of currently available methods.
13. Manage resources and time.
14. Work as part of a team, which may be multi-disciplinary, adopting any required role within that team, including leadership.
15. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of other team members and help them contribute effectively.
16. Learn independently, identifying own personal development needs and goals, reflecting on own performance and manage own personal development.
17. Obtain and process information from a wide range of sources, analyse it critically, and apply this information to engineering applications.
18. Sort, manipulate and present data in a way that facilitates effective analysis and decision making.

ILO12 to 18 are all introduced as part of project work.
ILO13 and 16 are introduced by students being required to carry out regular reviews of their own progress, upon which they get regular feedback.
ILO13 and 15 are introduced through laboratory work in all modules, particularly in the Core Engineering project module.

ILO14 is explicitly addressed as part of the project. 
ILO12 is incorporated into the English Language and Study Skills for engineers module.

Assessment of ILO12 to 16 is mostly through coursework, written and oral presentations and through project work.
ILO12 is explicitly assessed as part of the Core Engineering 1 project and the English Language and Study Skills for engineers module and implicitly in the continuous part of many other module assessments.
ILO13 is implicit in much of all students study but is explicitly tested in the main project.
ILO14, 15, 16 and 17 are explicitly assessed as part of the Core Engineering 1 project, and implicitly in the assessment of the other modules.
ILO18 is implicitly assessed in many modules but explicitly through computer-based coursework in the Engineering Core 1 Engineering Mathematics modules.

7. Programme Regulations

Credit

UG Programmes: You are required to achieve 120 credits in this single stage programme. To be awarded the Certificate of Higher Education (Engineering), you must have achieved a stage average mark of at least 40% across the 120 credits of assessment including the marks for any failed and condoned modules. However, you must pass the modules marked with a 'Yes' in the 'non-condonable' column in the tables above. The pass mark for these modules is 40%. 

Condonement is the process that allows you to pass a ‘stage’ should you fail to achieve the required number of credits in the stage. Modules which can be condoned in order to attain the Certificate of Higher Education are shown above in section 4. Up to 30 credits may be condoned.  

UG Programmes: Assessment this stage 1 programme does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. The award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks for stages 2 and 3 combined in the ratio1:2 respectively.

Classification

The marking of modules and the classification of the Certificate of Higher Education (Engineering) award broadly corresponds to the following percentage marks:                 

Distinction: A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 69.50%, or a final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 68% (including English) and modules to the value of at least 50% with a module mark greater than or equal to 70%.

Merit: A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 59.50%, or a final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 58% (including English) and modules to the value of at least 50% with a module mark greater than or equal to 60%.                           

Pass: A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 40%.                   

                   

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance. 

 

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All INTO diploma in engineering students will be allocated a personal tutor and will normally retain the same tutor throughout their time at INTO. You will have a formal meeting with your personal tutor on a regular basis (at least once per semester). Since teaching rooms and staff offices share the same building and staff operate an open door policy, a student/tutor relationship is quickly established and maintained. Personal tutors liaise with the Programme Manager, who takes responsibility for the programme as a whole and provides a second line of support to students.

Personal and Academic tutoring:

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

A University-wide statement personal tutoring is included in the University’s Personal Tutor Code of Practice at: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/academic-policy-standards/tqa-manual/lts/personaltutor/

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

Learning Resources

In addition to the centrally provided services detailed below, INTO University of Exeter also provides

  • Its own computer suites, printing facilities and AccessAbility.
  • One–to-one language tutorials to support subject assignments.
  • Dedicated support for applications for further study.
  • Dedicated on-line resources on ELE for each programme and module.
  • Language counsellors who speak a range of languages and who provide pastoral care and can communicate in the student's own native language.
  • A social programme specifically for INTO University of Exeter students.

With regard to specific learning difficulties, depending on the needs, we put in place a support package. We have a member of staff trained in dyslexia diagnosis and support. We also liaise with AccessAbility, who can provide information and resources Some examples of support are:

  • One-to-one tuition for specific learning difficulties
  • Mentors for students with mental health problems
  • Diagnostic tests for specific learning difficulties
  • Guides, readers or scribes
  • Access to Braille versions of text
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Note takers
  • Technical needs assessments (also for Disabled Students’ Allowance (UK nationals only)
  • Extra time allowance where necessary, for example, for exams.

However, for International Students there are likely to be cost implications for some of these support elements.

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions. 

IT Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

  • University Wellbeing Service - available free of charge, to provide confidential help and support. Student Health Centre - We are a Primary Health Care Centre, primarily funded by the National Health Service, providing care for all acute and long-term health problems for students on the Streatham Campus.
  • Student Services Centre - in the Forum is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of 12 student services from Accommodation to Finance, Wellbeing to International Student Support, IT to AccessAbility. You can access the SID team 12 hours per day during term time between 8am – 8pm plus 10am – 3pm on Saturdays. Out of term time we are open 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday.
  • The Student Engagement and Skills - team offer support for all students who wish to improve their personal, professional and academic skills, through lectures, workshops, individual appointments and peer support programmes in colleges and interactive online resources on Exeter’s Learning Environment (ELE).
  • Family Centre (Streatham campus) provides high quality care and education for early-years children of students and staff. 
  • Student Advice Centre (the Forum) is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of issues: housing, finance, and academic matters.
  • The Students’ Guild is the students’ union of the University of Exeter providing representation, advice, activities, social events, dining outlets and more. 
  • Student complaints procedure.
  • Chaplaincy offers confidential support, advice and pastoral listening for all students.
  • The International Student Support Office supports non UK students across all University of Exeter campuses.   
  • INTO University of Exeter partnership provides English Language and other preparatory courses for international students.
  • AccessAbility offers advice and support to students with specific learning disabilities (eg. dyslexia) and physical disabilities/health conditions. Support includes helping students access learning and teaching opportunities and make the most of university life.
  • Employability and Graduate Developmentthe Career Zone has over 40 staff working to help you improve your chances of getting a great job after you graduate. They provide expert advice to enable you to plan your future through: guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

 

For entry to the International Year One in Engineering (leading to the Certificate of Higher Education (Engineering)), academic subject entry requirements are:

Mathematics – levels to be determined on a country-by-country basis, broadly equivalent to a C grade at A-level. A second 'hard' science must also have been studied e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Further/Additional Mathematics and/or Physics.

English IELTS 6.0 with 5.0 in all skills (or equivalent).

 

The grade range is satisfactory completion of A-levels or equivalent; or a recognised foundation programme; or first year of an overseas university programme. Country-specific entry qualifications can be obtained from INTO Admissions.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences engineering degree programmes are accredited by engineering institutions under the rules set out by the Engineering Council in UK-SPEC. See http://www.engc.org.uk/UKSPEC/
The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences ensures that students studying on the Undergraduate Diploma in Engineering (leading to the Certificate of Higher Education (Engineering)) meet the accreditation standards required by the engineering institutions for direct entry of students into the second year of an engineering degree programme through representation at Examination Boards.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

INTO

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS)

Partner Institution

College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

Cert HE International Year One in Engineering (September Start)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

4 (Certificate)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Engineering

23. Dates

Origin Date

20/04/2012

Date of last revision

19/04/2018