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UG Year 4 information

Welcome week

  • Welcome week details
  • On arrival in September it is Welcome week. You should ensure you attend this week's events.
  • Please pay particular attention to the times put aside for me to meet you in person when I can check your course unit choices and and address any other concerns you may have. It will be a case of forming an orderly queue and NOT coming later. Checking you have been sensible should not take too long.
Nick Filer

Meet the Computer Science MEng And Fourth Year Tutor

Hello, the Fourth Year and MEng tutor is me, Nick Filer (click for contact details).

The role of the fourth Year tutor is to provide general support for fourth year students, to monitor their progress, and to help you get smoothly and successfully through your final year. You can come and talk to me anytime, but emailing to make an appointment is preferable, if it's a non-urgent matter.

Tutors are available for an Open Hour once a week when students can visit them in their office. I have a habit of leaving my door open most of the time when I am in my office so feel to pop in and say hello. I may tell you to come back later if I do not want to be disturbed.

Students arrive back from their summer placement into the fourth year and need to adjust to being effectively a post-graduate who will spend almost all the time with other Masters level students. In fact the PGT pages will often prove to be more useful than undergraduate pages for information.

In the fourth year you will take a total of 130 credits made up of 25 credits you have already started as they are part of your summer placement and seven 15 credit modules. Your year is again split into two semesters, but now, each semester is two six week periods. There is no reading week but each six week period has a catch-up week in the sixth week.

  • Welcome Week
  • Semester 1 (September - December)
    • Period 1
    • Period 2
  • Semester 2 (February - June)
    • Period 3
    • Period 4

There are two activities left over from the summer placement COMP40901. You must hand-in your placement report by the end of "Welcome Week" 23rd September 2016 and finally there is a seminar to give which will hopefully be scheduled for week 6, the catch-up week for period 1 of the year.

Key Dates in the Academic Year 2016/17. Some exact dates have yet to be confirmed.
Period/Event
Dates
Welcome Week + Summer Reports Due 19 September - 23 September
Deadline for Course Unit Registration 23 September
Semester 1 Period 1 course unit teaching 26 September - 28 October
Deadline for Semester 1 Period 2 course unit changes 7 October (I think)
MEng Seminars Hopefully 31 October - 4 November
Integrated with 3rd Year Seminars. But different structure and guidelines!
There is some guidance in PDF format.
Coursework Completion Week 1 31 October - 4 November
Semester 1 Period 2 course unit teaching 7 November - 9 December
Coursework Completion Week 2 12 December - 16 December
Vacation 17 December 2015 - 9 January 2016
Deadline for Sem. 2 Periods 3 & 4 course unit changes 8 January, 2016 (Needs checking!)
Semester 1 Periods 1 & 2 examinations 16 January - 27 January 2017
Semester 2 Period 3 course unit teaching 30 January - 3 March
Coursework Completion Week 3 6 March - 10 March
Semester 2 Period 4 course unit teaching 13 March - 5 May (Split 3:3 around vacation)
Vacation 1 April - 23 April
Coursework Completion Week 4 8 May - 12 May
Semester 2 Periods 3 & 4 examinations 15 May - 7 June

Modules in the fourth year are six weeks long with each consisting of 5 weeks of lectures and laboratories followed by a catch up week. In each six week period you are expected to take one or two (never more than two!) COMP4XXXX, COMP6XXXX or other modules which are all now worth 15 credits each for a total of 105 credits. There are three compulsory modules:

  • COMP40901 The Summer Placement
  • COMP609PM Plagiarism and Malpractice Unit. Zero credit course taken during Welcome Week or as soon as possible afterwards.
  • MSEC60922 Business Feasibility Study and

In addition it is compulsory to take exactly one of the small set of business or enterprise modules:

  • MSEC40021 Entrepreneurial Commercialization of Knowledge.
  • BMAN70391 Managing Projects.
  • BMAN60422 Data Analytics for Business Decision Making.
  • BMAN71652 Information and Knowledge Management.

The full "Year 4 MEng" timetable can be found here. A printable course choices document MEng Course Choices 2016 - 2017.pdf is here. This or an update to it will be used in Welcome Week for actual registration.