Learning and assessment
In your first year you will experience a wide range of teaching and learning environments. Concepts, principles and theories are typically explored in formal lectures, practised in tutorials, and demonstrated in laboratory classes. Practical skills are developed in laboratories. Cognitive and personal skills are developed in more open-ended problem solving and design exercises, often tackled by working in small groups supported by members of academic, technical, and library staff. Project work is used to bring various aspects of the programme together.
Typically, each module will involve 72 hours of timetabled contact except Mathematics for which you will have 96 hours of timetabled contact for each module. The expected weekly timetabled commitment will be around 21 hours.
After the foundation year the teaching and learning strategy accounts for learning outcomes that need to be achieved, progression through the levels of study, and the nature of the subject. One of the goals of Higher Education is that students develop lifelong learning skills and are increasingly able to take greater responsibility for their own learning (become independent learners) as they progress through the programme. Our strategy begins with the end in mind. We want students to become great engineers; that means great problem solvers and great team-workers with an inquisitive and curious mind. This should mean that by the end of your study with us you can move seamlessly into the world of work, academic research, or become an entrepreneur.
Our assessment methods incorporate a range of different methods designed to meet the needs of industry and accrediting bodies, as well as to prepare students for a research career.
We have a number of specialist laboratories equipped to cover a range of engineering disciplines.
You'll have a dedicated technical support team to keep everything running smoothly, and will have access to high-spec IT facilities running industry-standard engineering applications and software.
A Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) will be assigned to you to support you throughout your studies. You will have weekly meeting with your PAT, who will be an independent source of advice and guidance on making the transition to Higher Education and assisting you with any questions or problems you may encounter. The same tutor and tutees are paired in the second year.
In their final year of study the project supervisor takes over the personal tutor role. Weekly drop-in mathematics tutorials are available for Stage 1 students to help students with tutorial and coursework questions and to clear up difficulties that students have with mathematical topics taught in class.
In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas) allows you to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7. The University central services are rich with support teams to assist you with every aspect of your journey through our degree courses.
From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers you need.
The research informed curriculum at Bradford not only gives you the opportunity to be taught by experts but also to carry out research projects in some of the most advanced laboratories in the world - the Research & Knowledge Transfer Centres in:
- Advanced Materials Engineering
- Polymer Micro and Nano Technology
- Pharmaceutical Engineering Science
- Sustainable Environments
You will be taught by academics who are working at the forefront of their engineering discipline. This enables us to explore with you how theoretical principles are being applied to solve real world challenges.