Information for Engineering Students

A general overview of the structure of the degree courses in Engineering can be found in the 2017/2018 UCD Engineering Pathway Document, curriculum information, literature, presentations and forms specific to each year can be found below.

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Module Level and your Undergraduate Degree

A programme is an approved course of study, the successful completion of which normally leads to a University award.

The award is made when the required number of credits have been successfully accumulated, at appropriate levels, from approved modules, and over an appropriate period of time, and all other programme requirements have been met, as outlined in the programme specification (see General Regulation 3.8 of UCD's Academic Regulations) approved by Academic Council and/or its sub-committees.

Below is the information relating to the Module Levels applying to the undergraduate Honours Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering: Bachelor of Engineering, BSc (Engineering Science) and BSc (Structural Engineering with Architecture). Students intending to pursue the 5-year BSc/ME pathway should be mindful of this information when selecting elective modules particularly in respect of the 3-year 180 credit BSc (Engineering Science) degree award.

Module level restrictions for Honours Bachelor Degrees

  • Level 0: 10 ECTS credits maximum
  • Level 2: a minimum of 100 ECTS credits must be at level 2 or above*
  • Level 3: a minimum of 40 ECTS credits must be at level 3 or above

* These modules may include the 40 ECTS credits of Level 3 modules that are also required.

To understand more about how your Degree Programme is structured in terms of modules levels (modules of different levels of difficulty) and the relevance of Module Levels to your degree award please refer to the information online in the User’s Guide to General Regulations.

UCD’s Academic Regulations

All students, including students returning to their programme following a leave of absence or withdrawal, are governed by the Academic Regulations in place in the academic session they (re-)register.

User's Guide to the General Regulations

The Online User's Guide has been designed to help students and staff navigate their way through the Academic Regulations. The Guide is organised thematically and uses a FAQ approach. The Academic Regulations are subject to review and amendment on an annual basis. The Online User's Guide is updated accordingly to reflect any changes.

Curriculum

BE MAJORS

ENGINEERING SCIENCE

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING WITH ARCHITECTURE (SEWA)

5-YEAR INTEGRATED ME IN CHEMICAL & BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING (Stage 4 2017/18)

Stage 4 Information and Guidance

Stage 4: Students entering Stage 4

ENGINEERING SCIENCE STAGE 4 REGISTRATION GUIDANCE FOR ME OPTIONS AND STAGE 4 REGISTRATION GUIDANCE FOR ME (SEWA)

Engineering Science Stage 4 - the normal workload is 60 credits. Students must follow the Year 1 Core and Option Modules as per their relevant ME stream listed below.  Following successful completion of Stage 4, students will progress into Year 2 of their Master of Engineering (ME) programme, and modules from Stage 4 Engineering Science / SEWA will be mapped forward in place of Year 1 of the ME.

In the event of any queries, students should consult with and obtain prior approval of the relevant ME Programme Coordinator before registering to their module selection. Should any manual registration assistance be required, please contact the Engineering and Architecture Programme Office. Specific queries relating to the selection processes for Internships/Professional Work Placement modules should be directed to eainternships@ucd.ie

ME Biomedical Engineering

ME Biosystems & Food Engineering

ME Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering

ME Electrical Energy Systems

ME Electronic & Computer Engineering

ME Energy Systems Engineering

ME Engineering with Business

ME Materials Science & Engineering

ME Mechanical Engineering

ME Structural Engineering with Architecture

CHEMICAL & BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING STAGE 4 ME REGISTRATION GUIDANCE 

HOW YOUR ENGINEERING DEGREE AWARD AND GPA IS CALCULATED:

Your performance across the range of modules you take will be calculated using a Grade-point Average (GPA)system, which is an average of grade-points awarded for each module weighted, according to the credit value ofthe modules for which the grades were approved – most modules will count for 5 credits. Each stage has 60 credits and you will receive a GPA at the end of each stage. You will also receive a Degree GPA (DegreeAward) when you have completed your programme. The classification of your DegreeAward will be based on a method of calculation which combines your GPA in stages 2 and 3 or stages 3 and 4(depending on whether you graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) or a BSc (Bachelor of EngineeringScience), per below

METHOD OF CALCULATION – RULE:

Final and penultimate stages (weighted) - The degree GPA is calculated based on all modules, including electivemodules, which the student completed and passed in UCD to satisfy the credit requirements of the final andpenultimate stages of the programme where the credit values and grade points of final-stage modules areweighted by a factor of 7 and those of penultimate-stage modules are weighted by a factor of 3.

BE (Bachelor of Engineering) – 4 Years

Final Stage – Stage 4
Penultimate Stage – Stage 3

BSc (Engineering Science) – 3 Years

Final Stage – Stage 3
Penultimate Stage – Stage 2

HOW YOUR DEGREE AWARD IS CALCULATED IF YOU ARE STUDYING ABROAD FOR ONE SEMESTER OR A FULL ACADEMIC YEAR:

The Rule:

Final and penultimate stages (weighted) - The degree GPA is calculated based on all modules, including elective modules, which the student completed and passed to satisfy the credit requirements of the final and penultimate stages of the programme where the credit values and grade points of final-stage modules are weighted by a factor of 7 and those of penultimate-stage modules are weighted by a factor of 3.

“How does this apply to me?"

The modules that you pass while on study abroad will not be included in the GPA calculation. The weighting factors of the individual UCD modules will remain the same, but as there will be fewer UCD modules, each one will contribute a larger fraction of the degree GPA. One of the following calculations will apply:

Example:

 STUDY ABROAD FOR STAGE 3
 4 Year Bachelor of Engineering  3 Year BSc (Engineering Science)
 If you are going on study abroad for all of stage 3, and return with the equivalent of 60 credits, and choose to continue with the 4-year BE degree, your degree GPA will be based entirely on your grades in stage 4. If you choose the 3-year BSc degree, your degree GPA will be based entirely on your grades in stage 2. Degree GPA for progression to ME: 2.80
 STUDY ABROAD FOR ONE SEMESTER OF STAGE 3
If you are going on study abroad for one semester of stage 3, and return with the equivalent of 30 credits, and choose to continue with the 4-year BE degree, your degree GPA will be based on 30 credits from stage 3 and 60 credits from stage 4. The stage-3 modules will have weight 3, so will contribute 90 weighted credits to the total. The stage-4 modules will have weight 7, and contribute 420 weighted credits to the total. If you are going on study abroad for one semester of stage 3 and choose the 3- year BSc degree, your degree GPA will be based on 60 credits for Stage 2 and 30 credits for Stage 3. The stage-2 modules will have a weight 3, so will contribute 180 weighted credits in total. The stage-3 modules will have a weight 7, and contribute 210 weighted credits to the total. Degree GPA for progression to ME: 2.80

Understanding your degree award calculation

Information & Guidance

Master of Engineering (ME) Year 1

The normal workload is 60 credits, with options for Professional Work Placement. Students must follow the Year 1 Core and Option Modules as per their relevant ME Programme listed below. When commencing online module registration, it is important that students refer to the Programme Framework Structure for their ME Programme (see below), in order to identify the modules that are denoted as Core Modules (i.e. modules that must be completed over the course of the student's studies at UCD) and Optional Modules (where students have some choice).

It is recommended that students select modules in consultation with their Programme Coordinator.

If a student finds that they are unable to register to a particular module because of a pre-requisite issue, they will need to obtain their Programme Coordinator's permission to register to that module. This requires a manual registration, which the Programme Office will assist with.

In the first instance, the student will need to download the “ME Pre-requisite Over Ride Form 2017-18” for completion, approval and signing in consultation with their Programme Coordinator. The student should then bring the form to the Programme Office where a member of staff will assist them with manual registration.

Work Placement

In the event of any queries regarding selection of Professional Work Placement long or short modules, students should consult with and obtain prior approval of the relevant ME Programme Coordinator before registering to their module selection. Should any manual registration assistance be required, please contact the Engineering and Architecture Programme Office. Specific queries relating to the selection processes for Internships/Professional Work Placement modules should be directed to eainternships@ucd.ie

Master of Engineering (ME) Year 2

The normal workload is 60 credits. Students must follow the Year 2 Core and Option Modules  as per their relevant ME stream listed below. In the event of any queries, including pre-requisite issues, students should consult with and obtain prior approval of the relevant ME Programme Coordinator before registering to their module selection. Should any manual registration assistance be required, please contact the Engineering and Architecture Programme Office.

ME Biomedical Engineering

ME Biosystems & Food Engineering

ME Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering

ME Electrical Energy Systems

ME Electronic & Computer Engineering

ME Energy Systems Engineering

ME Engineering with Business

ME Materials Science & Engineering

ME Mechanical Engineering

ME Structural Engineering with Architecture

Curriculum details

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