Important Information on teaching in autumn trimester 2020 for all students.

The University has committed to the Health and Welfare of its students, faculty and staff and its wider community.  It will at all times operate in line with prevailing Government and Public Health advice. 

The University seeks to give you the best possible campus and blended learning experience, considers face-to-face interaction between students, and between students and faculty, as integral elements of the learning journey. While the national response to COVID-19 presents challenges in maintaining this experience, we seek to ensure that student’s access and use our campuses to the greatest extent possible.

The information provided below is specific to the programme and reflects current planning. We recognise that the response to COVID-19 is constantly evolving and our plans must be adaptable to this changing environment.  Should restrictions be imposed or removed, the delivery of courses and their assessment may have to change at short notice.

If you have any questions the most efficient way to reach us is via the student connector which you can access here.

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Engineering, Stage 1 (DN150, NUS1)

This Programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand that UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, and this is particularly important as you embark on your third level journey. With this in mind we set out to maximise face to face learning options in the hope that the public health restrictions would be eased. Unfortunately we are currently still restricted to a maximum capacity of 50 people (typically 49 students and a lecturer) for even our largest lecture theatres, and given that the class size is in excess of 320, this greatly reduces the number of face to face contact hours we can deliver in the Autumn trimester. Therefore, the College has decided to use a blend of face to face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment. It should also be noted that due to the later than normal release of Leaving Certificate grades and CAO offers, the Autumn teaching trimester will be reduced to 11 weeks this year for Stage 1 students.

PRINCIPLES

In the Autumn trimester, every student registers for 6 core modules, as shown in the Programme Information section of the UCD website. In the case of 4 of these modules, lectures will be delivered face to face as per the existing timetable subject to the restrictions of maximum group size and physical distancing under which we must operate. Under current restrictions, a given student will typically attend approx. 1 lecture in 8 face to face. The lectures will also be recorded and made available to the remainder of the class through Brightspace, UCD’s virtual learning environment. For the other 2 modules, the lectures will be delivered entirely online, where the lectures are pre-recorded in advance. In some cases, tutorials/workshops will be delivered face to face and where appropriate these will be delivered online. In either case, you will have plenty of opportunity to interact with your lecturers and have all your questions answered.

Laboratories and design studio activities are essential components of your Engineering programme and although the number of laboratory sessions attended by a given student will be reduced due to physical distancing restrictions, the associated learning outcomes will still be achieved. Under current guidelines, every student will attend 2 laboratory sessions in both Physics and Chemistry, 2 design studio sessions, and 6 computer laboratory sessions face to face in addition to related online activities.

For all modules, where possible, the timetable has been set up to ensure that on-campus activities take place using an alternating week structure. In practice this means that you will typically attend your face to face lectures, tutorials and laboratories on the UCD campus every other week to allow you to efficiently plan your time management.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

 

3 of the 6 modules will be assessed using continuous assessment and coursework including essays, design projects, computing assignments, laboratory reports, short answer questions and MCQs.

In addition, the other 3 modules will also utilise end of trimester exams using an open book online format.

 

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 BSc in Architectural Science (Hons) - BHARCH001 & Bachelor of Architectural Science  - BHARCH007

BSc in ArchSc: Stages 1 to 3 BArchSc: Stages 1 to 4

Undergraduate Architecture degree programmes have agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

In principle, we are planning to teach Architectural Studio on-site following social distancing rules and public health guidelines and online. Other modules will be taught mostly online with some on-site teaching. The programmes will be partly re-designed to optimise the teaching outcomes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-to-face and online learning options to optimise student experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, face to face on-site learning will be prioritised by Architectural Design Studio teaching / learning. Each student will be able to spend ~40% of the studio time in the studio (taking into account social distancing and public health guidance). It is important to note that Architectural Studio modules count for 50% of overall programme credits.

In general, lecture modules will be largely delivered online. Some modules may integrate some face-to-face on-site learning where social distancing restrictions allow.

Students will be advised of plans for on-site aspects of each module in advance of the beginning of semester. Further details of all such arrangements will be issued by module co-ordinators and programme directors in the immediate lead-up to the semester.

The building laboratory will be operating on a timetabled basis to maintain social distancing.

Tutorials will be arranged through Zoom or any other appropriate platforms / tools, generally on a weekly basis in the autumn trimester.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs. Design Portfolio submissions may be used in digital format and in some cases in printed version.

End of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

We understand that students are currently making decisions concerning accommodation. Detailed timetable information will be available in early September.  We cannot at this point give any specific timetable information for the Autumn Trimester and we would like to point out that even when we are in a position to provide that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing pandemic-related public health guidelines change.    

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered in line with the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 

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BSc City Planning & Environmental Policy CAO Code: DN130 Programme Major: RCS1 - Stages 1-3

DN130 City Planning & Environmental Policy has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning: 

  1. essential practical teaching sessions,
  2. small group teaching,
  3. studios
  4. tutorials
  5. Problem Based Learning
  6. Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow)

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • large lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace,

or

  • pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.

This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from the School in August, when You will receive further information on your registration and timetable.

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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Programme BSc Landscape Architecture, CAO Code: DN120,  Programme Major: LDS2 - All 4 stages

The Landscape Architecture undergraduate programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others. Therefore, the School has decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In principle teaching and assessment will be blended in studio based and most accompanying modules in the Autumn Trimester. Some modules might be delivered online only.

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning: 

  • essential practical teaching sessions,
  • small group teaching,
  • tutorials,
  • fieldwork
  • Problem Based Learning
  • some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • large lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace,

or

  • pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online format.  Course work in studio based modules require an End of Trimester digital portfolio submission.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 

This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from early/mid September

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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BSc Structural Engineering with Architecture, Programme Code: BHENG001,

Stages 1 (common year NUS1), 2 & 3

The BSc Structural Engineering with Architecture Programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. UCD follows the prevailing national and public health COVID-19 guidelines for all campus activities for the safety of all students, staff and the UCD community. Responding to the restrictions imposed by the public health guidelines, the University has prepared a number of teaching scenarios for the autumn trimester, designed to maximise face-to-face engagement between students and their lecturers.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

The programme will be a mix of online, blended and face to face classes. What this means is that we will maximise our face-to-face contact, in accordance with the social distancing guidance in place at the time. Students who cannot attend campus for the start of term, or who cannot join us physically on campus for the autumn trimester for reasons related to COVID-19, will have access to real-time streaming and recorded lectures and classes, the recordings of which will be made available through Brightspace, so they will not miss out and they will be able to attain the learning outcomes of their modules and programme.

Module Coordinators will provide sufficient information in an online format for students who register to their module as online students, to meet the module learning outcomes.  The format of materials provided online may vary across modules, and may include some of the following: Online slides, online notes, synchronous (live streamed) lectures, asynchronous (recorded) lectures, synchronous tutorials, asynchronous tutorials, video materials, etc.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

Those modules with an end of trimester exam in their assessment strategy will take place in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

You will receive further information on your registration and timetable by email from UCD Registry.

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Structural Engineering with Architecture (4-stage) Major Code: NAS3

ME in Structural Engineering with Architecture FT Major Code: NAS2

The ME in Structural Engineering with Architecture Programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. UCD follows the prevailing national and public health COVID-19 guidelines for all campus activities for the safety of all students, staff and the UCD community. Responding to the restrictions imposed by the public health guidelines, the University has prepared a number of teaching scenarios for the autumn trimester, designed to maximise face-to-face engagement between students and their lecturers.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

The programme will be a mix of online, blended and face to face classes. What this means is that we will maximise our face-to-face contact, in accordance with the social distancing guidance in place at the time. Students who cannot attend campus for the start of term, or who cannot join us physically on campus for the autumn trimester for reasons related to COVID-19, will have access to real-time streaming and recorded lectures and classes, the recordings of which will be made available through Brightspace, so they will not miss out and they will be able to attain the learning outcomes of their modules and programme.

Module Coordinators will provide sufficient information in an online format for students who register to their module as online students, to meet the module learning outcomes.  The format of materials provided online may vary across modules, and may include some of the following: Online slides, online notes, synchronous (live streamed) lectures, asynchronous (recorded) lectures, synchronous tutorials, asynchronous tutorials, video materials, etc.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

Those modules with an end of trimester exam in their assessment strategy will take place in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

You will receive further information on your registration and timetable from UCD Registry by email.

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BE and ME Biomedical Engineering Programmes

Programme Majors: NBS1 Biomedical Engineering ME Biomedical Eng T160 &  NBS2 Eng. Sci. Stage 4 (Biomedical Eng stream)

The information below provides an overview of the delivery of teaching, learning and assessment for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, our Schools have decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to provide the best possible learning experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

  • In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:
  1. essential practical teaching sessions,
  2. small group teaching,
  3. tutorials
  4. Problem Based Learning
  • Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow
  • In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:
  • large lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace,

or

  • pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online or alternative remote format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. The details will vary for each module depending on what the module coordinator has determined to be the best way to deliver teaching and learning for that module.
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available in August.
  • You will receive further information on your registration and timetable by email.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. We cannot at this point give you specific time-table information for the Autumn Trimester, and we note that even when we are in a position to provide that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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BE/ME Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

BE (Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering) NQS2, NQS3

BE (Chemical Eng with Minor Biochemical Eng) NCW1/NLI1 & NCW2/NLI2

T309 ME (Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering)

BE Stages 2, 3 & 4 ME Stage 1

The BE/ME Programme in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering will endeavour to ensure that students receive the optimum delivery of their modules (maximising face-to-face delivery and support) under the variety of circumstances  than may arise during the Autumn Trimester of the 2020/21 Academic Year (in adherence to best practice and public health guidelines).

AIM

Recognising the myriad of individual circumstances that may arise (for both staff and students alike), the School will endeavour to maximise the opportunity each student will have for face-to-face teaching (including laboratory/practical work), supplemented by best practice online teaching resources, student support and assessment practices.

PRINCIPLES

Not withstanding the exceptions that may arise because of individual circumstances (for both students and staff) and the changing conditions of government guidelines, face-to-face delivery will be prioritised for

  1. Laboratory and/or practical sessions
  2. Small group teaching/consultancy sessions
  3. Tutorials
  4. Problem-Based Learning
  5. Lectures (we expect at least 1 week on 1 week off delivery, i.e. 50% face-to-face for most lectures)

In general, where lectures are delivered online only, they will be delivered synchronously with the existing timetable (live) and/or made available in recorded format through BrightSpace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

While assessment MUST be designed in advance to take account of the changing circumstances that may arise, it is also acknowledged that such component assessments will be designed so as to fairly adjudicate upon learning outcomes.  This includes the possibility of attendance on campus for some end-of-trimester examinations (with exceptions allowed for special student circumstances).

FURTHER INFORMATION

The nature of the BE/ME Programme is such that we recognise that maximising face-to-face delivery is desirable and have tried to ensure this by review of all of our taught modules subject to national COVID-19 guidelines.

The timetable for your modules will be adhered to in terms of face-to-face and online delivery, except where circumstances denote otherwise.

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation.  Detailed timetable information will be available in early September.  We cannot at this point give you specific time-table information for the Autumn Trimester, and we note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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BE Civil Engineering, Major Code: NVS1 - Stages 1-4

The Civil Engineering (4-stage) Programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-to-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning: 

  • essential practical teaching sessions,
  • small group teaching,
  • tutorials
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow)

 

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • large lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace,
  • pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

or

Module Coordinators will provide sufficient learning materials in an online format for students who register to their module as online students, to meet the module learning outcomes.  The format of materials provided online may vary across modules, and may include some of the following: Online slides, online notes, synchronous (live streamed) lectures, asynchronous (recorded) lectures, synchronous tutorials, asynchronous tutorials, video materials, etc.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and end-of-trimester examinations.

Continuous assessment will include assignments, laboratory practicals and design projects.

End-of-Trimester assessment will be in an open-book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will be available in early September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

More detailed information on each module is available online at:

 https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/!W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=MAJR&MAJR=NVS1&COMMONACYR=2020

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BE Electrical Engineering (NES3) -  BE Stage Four, ME Stages 1 & 2, Stage Four stream.

The information below provides an overview of the delivery of teaching, learning and assessment for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand that UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching more readily lend themselves to distance learning relative to others. Therefore, the schools involved in your programme have decided to utilise a blend of face-face and online learning options to provide the best possible learning experience, whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  1. essential practical laboratory sessions
  2. small group teaching
  3. tutorials
  4. Problem based learning

Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow

  • In general, for modules with a large number of registered students, lectures will largely occur online:
  • lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable, but also recorded and made available through Brightspace,

or

  • lectures will be pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of practical laboratory exercises, continuous assessment and coursework including technical calculations, essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online or alternative remote format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. Details will vary for each module, depending on what the module coordinator has determined to be the best way to deliver teaching and learning outcomes for that particular module.

Timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from September.

You will receive further information on your registration and timetable by September.

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. We note that even when we are in a position to provide that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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BE Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Programme codes: BHENG001, Major codes: NES1, NES2, NES3 - Stages 2 to 4

This is a summary of what you can expect in the BE Electronic and Electrical Engineering in Autumn 2020.  However, the situation may change it public health guidelines change, either before or during the trimester.

AIM

We would like all UCD Engineering students to learn on campus as normal, but it is not possible to achieve this with the current restrictions in place.  In most of your modules this Autumn, you will find a blend of face-to-face and online learning, chosen to give you the best possible learning experience while maintaining a safe environment for you, your lecturers and teaching assistants.  Some smaller modules will be delivered fully face-to-face, as normal.  Other modules, especially those taken as electives by students from many programmes, will have to be completely online.

You have an important role to play in allowing on-campus learning to happen, by keeping your social circle small and staying at home if you have any symptoms of illness, or if you have recently engaged in any high-risk activity.

PRINCIPLES

  • For Engineering modules, we have tried to maintain as much of the lab component as possible. However, longer labs have been shortened so that you spend a maximum of 2 hours physically in the lab – you will be expected to prepare yourself before you arrive, and to complete reports after you leave. You will also work alone, not in a group of two as in the past. Some modules with computer-based labs have moved some of the lab online, with online support available from teaching assistants. Averaged across all the EEEN modules this autumn, time in the lab is 52% of normal.
  • Tutorials will generally be face-to-face, except in Maths modules, where they will be delivered online.
  • Most modules will have face-to-face lectures, but with only a fraction of the class in the theatre. In most cases, you can expect to attend one lecture in two or one in three. Some small modules will have all lectures face-to-face as normal. In some very large modules, you might only attend one lecture in six. Students who are not at the lecture will be able to watch online, and/or watch a recording later. Averaged across all the EEEN modules, face-to-face lecture time is about 40% of normal.
  • For students in Stage 4, the Professional Engineering Project will run through both trimesters as usual. You will still have regular weekly meetings with your supervisor, but most of these may be online, at least in autumn. The capacity of the projects lab will be reduced, but projects that need special facilities or equipment will get that as normal. Some projects will run remotely, others will be able to use the lab on a part-time basis.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Most modules will have a significant component of continuous assessment, and some will rely entirely on continuous assessment.  For your core and option modules, we will try to spread assessment deadlines, and publish them in advance, so that you can plan your work during the trimester.

Where modules have an exam at the end of the trimester, this will be an online open-book exam or quiz.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Each module has been redesigned for the new teaching and learning environment.  You will see the details of each module, and its timetable, when registration begins.
  • At registration, you will have to choose offerings in more cases than before, as more activities in each module have been broken into smaller groups.
  • We understand that you may be making decisions about accommodation.  Detailed timetable information will not be available until September.  UCD has decided that students should be available to attend lectures, tutorials and labs whenever they are scheduled.  So it is likely that you will need to be on campus most days – the detail will depend on which option modules you choose (where applicable) and which offerings of lecture, labs and tutorials you choose.
  • If you are unable to attend the campus for health reasons or similar, special provision can be made.  However, it will be your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable place to work remotely, with a reliable connection to the Internet. 
  • If you prefer to take leave of absence for the trimester or the year, you should apply as soon as possible – contact the Engineering and Architecture Programme Office.
  • When you are registering for modules in September, you will probably be expected to register for modules in spring 2021 also.  The timetable for those modules is based on normal room capacities, and it is likely to change significantly before January.  There will be an opportunity to change your module registration in January.

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BE (Mechanical Engineering), Programme BHENG001, Major Code NMS1 Mechanical Engineering - Stages 2,3 & 4

This is a summary of how the BE (Mechanical Engineering) will be delivered in Autumn 2020.  It should be noted that this may need to adapt if public health guidance changes.

AIM

We would like all UCD Engineering students to learn on campus as normal, but it will not be possible to achieve this with the current restrictions in place. For most modules, you will find a blend of face-to-face and online learning, chosen to give you the best possible learning experience while maintaining a safe environment for you, your lecturers and teaching assistants.  Some smaller modules will be delivered fully face-to-face.  Other modules, especially those taken as electives by students from many programmes, will be completely online.

PRINCIPLES

Lectures: Most modules will have face-to-face lectures, but often with only a fraction of the class in the theatre.  In most cases, you can expect to attend one lecture in two or one in three. Some modules will have all lectures face-to-face. Students who are not at the lecture will be able to watch online, and/or watch a recording later.  Averaged across all the MEEN modules, face-to-face lecture time will be about 50% of normal.

Laboratories: We have tried to maintain as much of the lab component as possible. However, lab sessions will be shorter and for some labs you will be expected to prepare before you arrive, and to complete reports after you leave. Some modules with computer-based labs have moved some of the lab online, with online support available from teaching assistants. Averaged across all the MEEN modules this autumn, time in the lab is likely to be approximately 50% of normal. 

Tutorials: Tutorials will broadly be face-to-face. Some tutorials will be delivered online (e.g., Maths modules).

BE Project: For students in Stage 4, the Professional Engineering Project will run through both trimesters as usual.  You will still have regular meetings with your supervisor, some of these may be online. Your supervisor will provide detailed guidance on software, workshop and laboratory supports for your project, as required. The BE project list will be available during the first week of the trimester.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Each module will use different assessment methods. Most modules will have a significant component of continuous assessment, and some will rely entirely on continuous assessment.  In general, assessment will be by a combination of: quizzes, MCQs, assignments, laboratory attendance and reports. For your core and option modules, we will try to spread assessment deadlines, and publish them in advance, so that you can plan your work during the trimester. If an end of trimester assessment is held, it will be in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Each module has been reconfigured for the new teaching and learning environment. Exact details for each module, and its timetable, will be available when registration begins.
  • We understand that you may be making decisions about accommodation.  Detailed timetable information will be available in early September. UCD has decided that students should be available to attend lectures, tutorials and labs whenever they are scheduled.  So it is likely that you will need to be on campus most days – the detail will depend on which option modules you choose (where applicable) and which offerings of lecture, labs and tutorials you choose.

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T299 ME Biosystems & Food Engineering (Major) T299  - Stages 1 & 2

The UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, which is responsible for the delivery of the ME Biosystems & Food Engineering, has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, we recognise that some students will not be able to attend because of travel restrictions, to protect vulnerable family members or because they are in isolation. Therefore, every effort will be made to make learning material available online, either a recording or duplication of  face-to-face sessions.

For those students who can attend we will make as much as possible available face-to-face, where this can be done safely.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including assignments, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be module specific and described in module descriptor documentation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available in August.
  •  You will receive further information on your registration and timetable in September.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetables will not be available until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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ME Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering (T298) - Stage 1/Year 1 – 60 credits /Stage 2/Year 2 – 60 credits

The Civil Engineering (4-stage) Programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-to-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  • essential practical teaching sessions,
  • In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:
  • large lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace,
  • small group teaching,
  • tutorials
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow)

or

  • pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

Module Coordinators will provide sufficient learning materials in an online format for students who register to their module as online students, to meet the module learning outcomes. The format of materials provided online may vary across modules, and may include some of the following: Online slides, online notes, synchronous (live streamed) lectures, asynchronous (recorded) lectures, synchronous tutorials, asynchronous tutorials, video materials, etc.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and end-of-trimester examinations.

Continuous assessment will include assignments, laboratory practicals and design projects.

End-of-Trimester assessment will be in an open-book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will be available in early September. We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic. 

More detailed information on each module is available online.

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ME Electronic and Computer Engineering Majors: T163 (ME) & NES4 (Eng. Sci. Stage 4 Elec & Comp Stream) Stages 1 & 2

This is a summary of  how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted in the ME Electronic and Computer Engineering Programme in the coming 2020 Autumn Trimester. Please note that the delivery may change as public health guidelines may change due to COVID-19 situation, either before or during the trimester.

AIM

We would like all UCD Engineering students to learn on campus as normal, but it is not possible to achieve this with the current restrictions in place.  In most of your modules this Autumn, you will find a blend of face-to-face and online learning, chosen to give you the best possible learning experience while maintaining a safe environment for you, your lecturers and teaching assistants. 

PRINCIPLES

  • For most modules, we will try to maintain as much of the lab component as possible. Longer labs have been shortened to 2 hours, so that you spend a maximum of 2 hours physically in the lab – you will be expected to prepare yourself before you arrive, and to complete reports after you leave. You will also work alone, not in a group as in the past.  Some modules with computer-based labs have moved some of the lab online, with online support available from lecturers and teaching assistants.
  • Most modules will have face-to-face lectures/tutorials, but with only a fraction of the class in the theatre. In most cases, you can expect to attend one lecture in two or three. Some small modules will have all lectures face-to-face as normal.  In some very large modules, you might only attend one lecture in six.  Students who are not at the lecture will be able to watch online, and/or watch a recording later.  Averaged across all the EEEN modules, face-to-face lecture time is expected about 40% of normal.
  • For students in Stage 2, the ME Project will run through autumn and spring trimesters as usual.  You will still have regular weekly meetings with your supervisor, but most of these may be remotely, at least in autumn.  The capacity of the projects lab will be reduced, but projects that need special facilities or equipment will get that as normal.  Some projects will run remotely, others will be able to use the lab on a part-time basis.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Most modules will have a significant component of continuous assessment, and some will rely entirely on continuous assessment.  For your core and option modules, we will try to spread assessment deadlines, and publish them in advance, so that you can plan your work during the trimester. Where modules have an exam at the end of the trimester, this will be an online open-book exam.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Each module has been redesigned for the new teaching and learning environment. You will see the details of each module, and its timetable, when registration begins.
  • At registration, you will have to choose offerings in more cases than before, as more activities in each module have been broken into smaller groups.
  • We understand that you may be making decisions about accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. UCD has decided that students should be available to attend lectures, tutorials and labs whenever they are scheduled. So it is likely that you will need to be on campus most days – the detail will depend on which option modules you choose (where applicable) and which offerings of lecture, labs and tutorials you choose.
  • If you are unable to attend the campus for health reasons or others, special provision can be made. However, it will be your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable place to work remotely, with a reliable connection to the Internet.

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ME Electrical Power Engineering (T335) -  BE Stage Four, ME Stages 1 & 2, Stage Four stream.

The information below provides an overview of the delivery of teaching, learning and assessment for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand that UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching more readily lend themselves to distance learning relative to others. Therefore, the schools involved in your programme have decided to utilise a blend of face-face and online learning options to provide the best possible learning experience, whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  1. essential practical laboratory sessions
  2. small group teaching
  3. tutorials
  4. Problem based learning

Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow

  • In general, for modules with a large number of registered students, lectures will largely occur online:
  • lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable, but also recorded and made available through Brightspace,

or

  • lectures will be pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of practical laboratory exercises, continuous assessment and coursework including technical calculations, essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online or alternative remote format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. Details will vary for each module, depending on what the module coordinator has determined to be the best way to deliver teaching and learning outcomes for that particular module.

Timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from September.

You will receive further information on your registration and timetable by September.

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. We note that even when we are in a position to provide that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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ME Electrical Energy Engineering T274  -  BE Stage Four, ME Stages 1 & 2, Stage Four stream.

The information below provides an overview of the delivery of teaching, learning and assessment for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand that UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching more readily lend themselves to distance learning relative to others. Therefore, the schools involved in your programme have decided to utilise a blend of face-face and online learning options to provide the best possible learning experience, whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  1. essential practical laboratory sessions
  2. small group teaching
  3. tutorials
  4. Problem based learning

Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow

  • In general, for modules with a large number of registered students, lectures will largely occur online:
  • lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable, but also recorded and made available through Brightspace,

or

  • lectures will be pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of practical laboratory exercises, continuous assessment and coursework including technical calculations, essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online or alternative remote format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. Details will vary for each module, depending on what the module coordinator has determined to be the best way to deliver teaching and learning outcomes for that particular module.

Timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from September.

You will receive further information on your registration and timetable by September.

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. We note that even when we are in a position to provide that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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ME (Energy Systems) & BSc Engineering Science (Energy Systems Stream)

Programme codes MTEMP006 & BHENG004 Major codes T164 & NYS2

Stages 1 & 2 ME (Energy Systems)

Stage 4 BSc Engineering Science (Energy Systems Stream)

This is a summary of what you can expect in the BSc / ME in Energy Systems Engineering in Autumn 2020.  However, the situation may change it public health guidelines change, either before or during the trimester.

AIM

Our strong intention is for UCD Engineering students to be able to learn on campus as normal, but it is not possible to achieve this with the current restrictions in place. In most of your modules this Autumn, you will find a blend of face-to-face and online learning, chosen to give you the best possible learning experience while maintaining a safe environment for you, your lecturers and teaching assistants.  Some smaller modules may be delivered fully face-to-face, as normal.  Other modules will have to be completely online.

You have an important role to play in allowing on-campus learning to happen, by keeping your social circle small and staying at home if you have any symptoms of illness, or if you have recently engaged in any high-risk activity.

If you are unable to attend campus at all during the Autumn 2020 Trimester because of personal circumstances, we will make every effort to ensure that you are able to progress your studies and assessments “at-distance”.

PRINCIPLES

For Engineering modules, we have tried to maintain as much of the lab component as possible Some labs have been shortened so that you spend a less time physically in the lab – you will be expected to prepare yourself before you arrive, and to complete reports after you leave.   Some modules with computer-based labs have moved some of the lab online, with online support available from teaching assistants.

Tutorials will generally be face-to-face although most lecturers will be facilitating simultaneous online access.

Most modules will have face-to-face lectures, but with only a fraction of the class in the theatre.  In most cases, you can expect to attend one lecture in two or one in three. Some small modules will have all lectures face-to-face as normal.  Students who are not at the lecture will be able to watch online, and/or watch a recording later.  Averaged across all of the modules, face-to-face lecture time is estimated to be about 40% of normal. This number is necessarily estimated since public health guidelines are subject to rapid change.

For students in Stage 2 ME, the final year Research Project will run through both trimesters as usual.  You will still have regular meetings with your supervisor, but most of these may be online, at least in Autumn.  Some projects will run remotely, others will be able to use the lab on a part-time basis.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

 

Most modules will have a substantially increased amount of continuous assessment (by comparison with previous practice), and some will rely entirely on continuous assessment. For your core modules, we will try to spread assessment deadlines, and publish them in advance, so that you can plan your work during the trimester.

Where modules have an exam at the end of the trimester, this will be an online open-book exam or quiz.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Each module has been redesigned for the new teaching and learning environment.  You will see the details of each module, and its timetable, when registration begins.

At registration, you may be offered a choice of offerings, as more activities in each module have been broken into smaller groups.

We understand that you may be making decisions about accommodation.  Detailed timetable information will not be available until September 10th, 2020.  UCD has decided that students should be available to attend lectures, tutorials and labs whenever they are scheduled.  So it is likely that you will need to be on campus most days – the detail will depend on which option modules you choose (where applicable) and which offerings of lecture, labs and tutorials you choose.

If you are unable to attend the campus for health reasons or similar, special provision can be made.  However, it will be your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable place to work remotely, with a reliable connection to the Internet. 

If you prefer to take leave of absence for the trimester or the year, you should apply as soon as possible – contact the Engineering and Architecture Programme Office.

When you are registering for modules in September, you will probably be expected to register for modules in spring 2021 also.  The timetable for those modules is based on normal room capacities, and it is likely to change significantly before January.  There will be an opportunity to change your module registration in January.

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MEngSc Electronic and Computer Engineering (T257) - One Year

This is a summary of  how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted in the MEngSc Electronic and Computer Engineering Programme in the coming 2020 Autumn Trimester. Please note that the delivery may change as public health guidelines may change due to COVID-19 situation, either before or during the trimester.

AIM

We would like all UCD Engineering students to learn on campus as normal, but it is not possible to achieve this with the current restrictions in place.  In most of your modules this Autumn, you will find a blend of face-to-face and online learning, chosen to give you the best possible learning experience while maintaining a safe environment for you, your lecturers and teaching assistants. 

PRINCIPLES

For most modules, we will try to maintain as much of the lab component as possible. Longer labs have been shortened to 2 hours, so that you spend a maximum of 2 hours physically in the lab – you will be expected to prepare yourself before you arrive, and to complete reports after you leave.  You will also work alone, not in a group as in the past.  Some modules with computer-based labs have moved some of the lab online, with online support available from lecturers and teaching assistants.

Most modules will have face-to-face lectures/tutorials, but with only a fraction of the class in the theatre.  In most cases, you can expect to attend one lecture in two or three offerings. Some small modules will have all lectures face-to-face as normal.  In some very large modules, you might only attend one lecture in six.  Students who are not at the lecture will be able to watch online, and/or watch a recording later. 

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Most modules will have a significant component of continuous assessment, and some will rely entirely on continuous assessment.  To spread workload, we will try to spread assessment deadlines, and publish them in advance, so that you can plan your work during the trimester. Where modules have an exam at the end of the trimester, this will be an online open-book exam.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Each module has been redesigned for the new teaching and learning environment.  You will see the details of each module, and its timetable, when registration begins.

At registration, you will have to choose offerings in more cases than before, as more activities in each module have been broken into smaller groups.

We understand that you may be making decisions about accommodation.  Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. UCD has decided that students should be available to attend lectures, tutorials and labs whenever they are scheduled.  So it is likely that you will need to be on campus most days – the detail will depend on which option modules you choose (where applicable) and which offerings of lecture, labs and tutorials you choose.

If you are unable to attend the campus for health reasons or others, special provision can be made.  However, it will be your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable place to work remotely, with a reliable connection to the Internet. 

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ME Engineering with Business T166

Stage 1 (Students are on work placement during Autumn Trimester of Stage 2); there will be 3 online synchronous lectures related to Research Methods as part of the ME Eng. with Business Thesis module (MEEN41080) for the Stage 2 students.

Programme T166 has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others. Therefore, all Schools belonging to the College of Engineering and Architecture together with other associated Colleges, such as the UCD School of Business, have decided to use a blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  • It is expected that, on average, 40% of the lectures are expected to take place in face to face manner.
  • It is expected that, on overage, 50% of the lab sessions will be done face-to-face with social distancing where students will be grouped and informed to attend their specific lab session. The other 50% which are related to lab preparations will be recorded / delivered online.

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • Larger lectures will be delivered remotely (synchronous) as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace.
  • It is expected that on average 40% of lectures will be done remotely in synchronous manner (recorded and made available through Brightspace after each session).
  • 20% of lectures will be done in an asynchronous manner (recorded and made available through Brightspace)

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

  • The assessment principles of the modules will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including group projects, individual assignments, quizzes, short answer questions and final exams.
  • On average, it is expected that about 35% of the modules will require a final exam.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • The information above is based on the communication between the Programme Director and Modules Coordinators and the most updated information in Infohub.
  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 
  • in August you will receive further information on your registration and timetable.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation.   Detailed timetable information will be available in early September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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Master of Engineering Management (MEM) T169 - Year 1

The Master of Engineering Management programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

Given the profile of MEM students, typical class size and the part-time nature of the programme, the programme will be delivered in an on-campus, face to face manner as much as possible during the Autumn trimester, taking into account public health guidance and health circumstances of students and specific lecturers.

PRINCIPLES

In general, face to face learning will be prioritised where social distancing restrictions allow.

The following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • Large lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace (UCD’s Virtual Learning Environment), or Pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

Year 1 MEM students are required to take 3 core modules and 1 option module in the Autumn Trimester:

Core modules:

MEEN40260 Operations Management

HRM40100 Human Resource Management

MEEN40820 Technical Communications

Option modules:

STAT40690 Quantitative Methods for Engineers

Or

STAT40720 Introduction to Data Analytics

The delivery of each module is currently planned as follows:

Core modules:

MEEN40260: 12 x 2 hour Face to Face classes.

HRM40100: 4 x 2 hour Face to Face classes, 4 x 2 hour live online classes, 4 pre-recorded lectures.

MEEN40820: Fully online module. This module was already designed and delivered as an online module for a number of years before Covid-19 pandemic.

Option modules:

STAT40690: This module is taken by MEM students as part of a larger class, shared with some full time Engineering masters students. Due to Covid-19 capacity limits, groups of students will attend face to face lectures on alternate weeks, and attend live online or recorded lectures on other weeks. When you register for this module, you will also register to a Course Reference Number (CRN). Each CRN will have a face to face and online schedule.

STAT40720: Fully online module. This module was already designed and delivered as an online module for a number of years before Covid-19 pandemic.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Modules on the MEM programme are heavily oriented towards continuous assessment, which includes individual and group projects, presentations, in-class tests, MCQs etc. Where modules have an end of trimester assessment, this will be in an open-book, online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.  Detailed timetable information will be available in September and registration will be live on 8th September 2020.

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Master of Engineering Management (MEM) T169 - Year 2

The Master of Engineering Management programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

Given the profile of MEM students, typical class size and the part-time nature of the programme, the programme will be delivered in an on-campus, face to face manner as much as possible during the Autumn trimester, taking into account public health guidance and health circumstances of students and specific lecturers.

PRINCIPLES

In general, face to face learning will be prioritised where social distancing restrictions allow.

Year 2 MEM students are required to take 4 modules in the Autumn Trimester. Students who wish to take the 20 ECTS MEM Applied Research Project (over Autumn and Spring trimesters) will take 2 taught modules plus the Applied Research Project module. Students must register for the Applied Research Project in Autumn. It is not possible to commence this project in January.

Core modules:

MEEN40360 Decision Analysis

MEEN40250 Design & Innovation

MEEN40830 Marketing

BMGT40720 Strategy

MEEN41060 MEM Applied Research Project (Autumn + Spring)

Planned module delivery:

MEEN40360 Decision Analysis: 12 x 2 hour face to face classes.

MEEN40250 Design & Innovation: blended approach with face to face classes and live online classes

MEEN40830 Marketing: blended approach with face to face classes and live online classes

BMGT40720 Strategy: 12 x 2 hour face to face classes.

MEEN41060 MEM Applied Research Project: This is carried out in the student’s own work place. An academic advisor will be assigned to the student. Face to face meetings may be possible while maintaining distance requirements, along with virtual meetings.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Modules on the MEM programme are heavily oriented towards continuous assessment, which includes individual and group projects, presentations, in-class tests, MCQs etc. Where modules have an end of trimester assessment, this will be in an open-book, online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.  Detailed timetable information will be available in September and registration will be live on 8th September 2020.

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ME Materials Science and Engineering Major Code T275 - Stage 1 & 2 of Masters

The details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the upcoming Autumn Trimester has been agreed for ME Materials Science and Engineering Programme. It should be noted that this may need to adapt if public health guidance changes. 

AIM

Although we believe that a campus setting is the norm for teaching UCD Engineering students, under the current circumstances this will not be feasible. Majority of modules will be delivered using a blend of face-to-face and online learning options, chosen to give you the best possible learning experience while maintaining a safe environment for you, your lecturers, technical and administrative staff. Depending on the size, some smaller modules will be delivered fully face-to-face.  Other modules, especially those taken as electives by students from many programmes, will be completely online.

PRINCIPLES

Lectures / Tutorials: Majority of the modules will have face-to-face lectures, however with only around half of the class in the theatre.  Therefore, you can expect to attend one lecture in two. Lectures will also be available online (pre-recorded and available through Brightspace). Averaged across all the MEEN modules, face-to-face lecture time will be about 50% of normal. Tutorials will broadly be face-to-face.

Laboratories: Lab sessions will be shorter and for some labs you will be expected to prepare before you arrive, and to complete reports after you leave. On the other hand, computer-based labs have moved some of the lab online, with online support available from teaching assistants. Averaged across all the MEEN modules this autumn, time in the lab is likely to be approximately 50% of normal. 

ME Project: Projects will continue to run as usual.  Some of the regular meetings with your supervisor may be online. Your supervisor will provide detailed guidance on software, workshop and laboratory supports for your project, as required. The ME project list will be available during the first week of the trimester.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Assessment methods will vary depending on the module. Majority of the modules will have a significant component of continuous assessment. There will be a combination of: quizzes, MCQs, assignments, laboratory attendance and reports. For your core and option modules, we will try to spread assessment deadlines, and publish them in advance, so that you can plan your work during the trimester. End of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Each module has been reconfigured for the new teaching and learning environment.  Exact details for each module, and its timetable, will be available when registration begins. 

We understand that you may be making decisions about accommodation.  Detailed timetable information will be available in early September. UCD has decided that students should be available to attend lectures, tutorials and labs whenever they are scheduled. So it is likely that you will need to be on campus most days – the detail will depend on which option modules you choose (where applicable) and which offerings of lecture, labs and tutorials you choose.

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ME (Mechanical Engineering) Programme code: MTEMP006 Major code: TE 165 

Stages 1 and 2 ME Mechanical Engineering

Stage 4 BSc Engineering Science (Mechanical)

This is a summary of how the ME (Mechanical Engineering) will be delivered in Autumn 2020.  It should be noted that this may evolve if public health guidance changes.

AIM

UCD would like all Engineering students to learn on campus as normal, but it will not be possible to achieve this with the current restrictions in place. For most modules, you will find a blend of face-to-face and online learning, chosen to give you the best possible learning experience while maintaining a safe environment for you, your lecturers, technical and administrative staff and teaching assistants.  Some smaller modules will be delivered fully face-to-face.  Other modules, especially those taken as electives by students from many programmes, will be completely online.

PRINCIPLES

For Engineering modules, we have tried to maintain as much of the lab component as possible Some labs have been shortened so that you spend a less time physically in the lab – you will be expected to prepare yourself before you arrive, and to complete reports after you leave.   Some modules with computer-based labs have moved some of the lab online, with online support available from teaching assistants.

Tutorials will generally be face-to-face although most lecturers will be facilitating simultaneous online access.

Most modules will have face-to-face lectures, but with only a fraction of the class in the theatre.  In most cases, you can expect to attend one lecture in two or one in three. Some small modules will have all lectures face-to-face as normal.  Students who are not at the lecture will be able to watch online, and/or watch a recording later.  Averaged across all of the modules, face-to-face lecture time is estimated to be about 40% of normal. This number is necessarily estimated since public health guidelines are subject to rapid change.

For students in Stage 2 ME, the final year Research Project will run through both trimesters as usual.  You will still have regular meetings with your supervisor, but most of these may be online, at least in Autumn.  Some projects will run remotely, others will be able to use the lab on a part-time basis.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

 

Most modules will have a substantially increased amount of continuous assessment (by comparison with previous practice), and some will rely entirely on continuous assessment. For your core modules, we will try to spread assessment deadlines, and publish them in advance, so that you can plan your work during the trimester.

Where modules have an exam at the end of the trimester, this will be an online open-book exam or quiz.

FURTER INFORMATION

Each module has been redesigned for the new teaching and learning environment.  You will see the details of each module, and its timetable, when registration begins.

At registration, you may be offered a choice of offerings, as more activities in each module have been broken into smaller groups.

We understand that you may be making decisions about accommodation.  Detailed timetable information will not be available until September 10th, 2020.  UCD has decided that students should be available to attend lectures, tutorials and labs whenever they are scheduled.  So it is likely that you will need to be on campus most days – the detail will depend on which option modules you choose (where applicable) and which offerings of lecture, labs and tutorials you choose.

If you are unable to attend the campus for health reasons or similar, special provision can be made.  However, it will be your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable place to work remotely, with a reliable connection to the Internet. 

If you prefer to take leave of absence for the trimester or the year, you should apply as soon as possible – contact the Engineering and Architecture Programme Office.

When you are registering for modules in September, you will probably be expected to register for modules in spring 2021 also.  The timetable for those modules is based on normal room capacities, and it is likely to change significantly before January.  There will be an opportunity to change your module registration in January.

 

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Engineering Science Stage 4 (Optical Engineering Stream) BHENG004, NES6

ME (Optical Engineering) MTEMP006, T319 - Stage 1 & 2

The ME Optical Engineering has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. The course includes both core and a range of optional course choices from across the university, e.g. Engineering, Physics and Computer Science. In principle, as much of the teaching material as is practicable, including lecturing and assessment, will beavailable  online in the Autumn Trimester.  To achieve this some re-structuring of the modules and course has been performed with additional supports provided for students.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  

To date the numbers of students taking this course have been relatively manageable (2 students per staff member).  This has always permitted staff to interact on an individual basis with the students undertaking the program.  We aim to support this with additional on line meetings, talks, tutorials, structured online learning material, and opportunities for peer engagement. Face to face interaction will continue in as much as this is possible.

PRINCIPLES

  • In as much as it is practicable during the autumn trimester lecture material and assessment will be available/performed online.
  • Learning will be available directlt from lecturers and in Brightspace, including notes, slides, technical papers, webinars and other reference/ reading material.
  • Regular information sessions will be arranged for the class group through zoom, through out the autumn trimester. These will be included as part of structured core module interactions (which all students must take).
  • Students will be engaged on an individual basis. Through regular communication (via email, zoom and face to face meetings).  The needs of individual students will be carefully assertained and catered for in order to minimise the educational challenges encountered.
  • Every effort will be made to ensure that no student shall be disavdvantage by their particular circumstances

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

A wide range of assessment techniques will continue to be employed. However much greater emphahsis will be placed on both continuous assessment (assigned essay and reports), also zoom based presentations and discussions.

End of term assessments will typically involve openbook clearly scheduled sheduled examinations.

Students are as always envcouraged to communication with lecturers and course coordinators in order to ensure their needs and situations are fully iunderstood well in advance.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from
  • Over the coming weeks you will receive further information by email about registration (early/mid September) and teaching (from 21 September). Please check the university websites and your emails regularly for updates. 
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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MEngSc in Biopharmaceutical Engineering T015 (Part-time) - Year 1 & 2

 The details of how this programme will be delivered and assessed in the Autumn trimester have been agreed by the Programme Director in consultation with module co-ordinators – both internal and external to UCD. 

AIM

In light of the nature of the students that register for this programme – working in the Biopharma or associated industries - all teaching will be delivered remotely. This is in recognition of the sensitivity of this industry to covid infections at their sites and travel restrictions that exist for many of their staff.

PRINCIPLES

  • Lectures are typically delivered as a 4 hour block on Friday afternoons therefore this material will be made available as pre-recorded voice-over slides on a weekly basis.
  • Where appropriate, lecturers will host live tutorial sessions to review the material uploaded to Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

  • The assessment will be largely as per a ‘normal’ year for most modules.
  • Some in-class exams will be converted to open book exams with set time limits.
  • End of trimester exams, where applicable, will be open-book online.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • The mode of delivery of modules in the spring trimester will be based on ongoing public health advice.
  • Detailed timetable information will be available in September.

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MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering, (T070) full-time - Stage 1

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand that UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use of blend of face-to-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  • Essential practical teaching sessions
  • Some lectures will be delivered face to face where social distancing restrictions allow.

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  •  Large lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace.
  • Tutorials will be arranged through Zoom for small groups, generally on a weekly basis.
  • Modules delivered by lecturers based in NIBRT and Manufacturing companies will be delivered online.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, homework assignments, short answer questions and presentations. 

End of trimester assessment will be a mixture of open book online format and assignments.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.
  • Detailed timetable information will be available in September.
  • You will receive further information on your registration and timetable by email from 8th September. If you have any specific queries please contact the programme director, Assoc Prof Susan Mc Donnell (susan.mcdonnell@ucd.ie)
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. We cannot at this point give you specific time-table information for the Autumn Trimester and we note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public heath guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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MEngSc Chemical Engineering T218 - 1 year

The MEngSc Programme in Chemical Engineering will endeavour to ensure that students receive optimal delivery of their modules (whilst maximising face-to-face delivery and support) under the various circumstances  than may arise during the Autumn term of the 2020/21 Academic Year (in accord with best practice public-health guidelines).

AIM

Cognisant of the wide variety of individual circumstances that could arise (for both staff and students alike), the School will endeavour to maximise the opportunity each student will have for face-to-face teaching (including group work), supplemented by best-practice online teaching resources, student support and assessment practices.

PRINCIPLES

Notwithstanding potential exceptions that could arise due to individual circumstances (for both students and staff), and possibility of shifting government guidelines, face-to-face delivery will be prioritised for

  1. Small-group teaching/consultancy sessions
  2. Tutorials
  3. Group-based work/projects
  4. Lectures (we hope for at least 1-week-on/1-week-off delivery, e., 50% face-to-face for most lectures)

In general, where lectures are delivered online only, priority will be on delivery synchronously via the existing timetable (e., live), and/or made available in recorded format, e.g., through BrightSpace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Although assessment should be designed in advance to take account of changing contingencies, it is also acknowledged that such component assessments will be designed so as to judge impartially upon students’ individual learning outcomes.  This includes the possibility of attendance on-campus for some end-of-trimester examinations (with exceptions allowed for special student circumstances).

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • The nature of this MEngSc Programme is such that we recognise that maximising face-to-face delivery is desirable, and we have tried to ensure this by review of all of our taught modules subject to national COVID-19 guidelines.
  • The timetable for modules will be adhered to in terms of face-to-face and online delivery, except where circumstances denote otherwise.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be published until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to provide hat level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public-health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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MEngSc Engineering Management (T288) - Stage 1

Programme T288 has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others. Therefore, the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering together with other associated schools such as School of Mathematics and Statistics have decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning: 

  • 92% of the lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow. This comprises of the teaching hours of the five offered modules in Trimester 1 i.e. MEEN41070, MEEN40790, MEEN40800, MEEN41120, and STAT40690.  These face-to-face lecture hours will be recorded and uploaded on Brightspace after each session. Students’ attendance to these classes will be under the direct discretion of the module coordinator. Generally, students are expected to attend the classes regularly and will full compliance with health and safety guidelines e.g. social distancing and wearing face masks.
  • 75% of the lab sessions will be done face-to-face with social distancing where students will be grouped and informed to attend their specific lab session. The other 25% which are related to lab preparations will be recorded/delivered online. There are associated with one module; MEEN41120.

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • Larger lectures will be delivered remotely (synchronous) as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace (related to one module (MEEN41070) comprising of 8% teaching hours of the five offered modules in Trimester 1).

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

  • The assessment principles of the three out of five modules will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including group projects, individual assignments, quizzes, short answer questions and MCQs.
  • End of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online format for the other two modules.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will be available in September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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Masters in Food Engineering Science (MEngSc) | MEngSc Food Engineering FT X082 - Stage 1

The UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, which is responsible for the delivery of the Masters in Food Engineering Science, has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  • essential practical teaching sessions,
  • small group teaching,
  • tutorials
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow.

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • large lectures will be pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be module specific and described in module descriptor documentation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.
  • You will receive further information on your registration and timetable in September.

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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MEngSc in Materials Science and Engineering (T286) - Single Stage

The MEngSc in Materials Science and Engineering programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. In general, it is planned that where possible face-to-face sessions will be used with the remaining content being delivered online.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  1. Essential practical teaching sessions,
  2. Small group teaching,
  3. Tutorials
  4. Problem Based Learning
  5. Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allows

In general, for larger classes, the student cohort will be split in two or more with students attending every second or less lecture face-to-face with online content being provided for the others

In some cases, lectures will be delivered remotely but also recorded and made available through Brightspace, or made available pre-recorded through Brightspace

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including MCQs, online discussion forums, in-class exams, homework questions, essays, and short answer questions.

In some cases, end of trimester assessment will be in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from in August. You will receive further information on your registration as we approach the start of the trimester.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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MEngSc Structural Engineering (T279) - One Year Full Time / Two Years Part Time - 90 credits

The MEngSc Structural Engineering Programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. UCD follows the prevailing national and public health COVID-19 guidelines for all campus activities for the safety of all students, staff and the UCD community. Responding to the restrictions imposed by the public health guidelines, the University has prepared a number of teaching scenarios for the autumn trimester, designed to maximise face-to-face engagement between students and their lecturers.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

  • The programme will be a mix of online, blended and face to face classes. What this means is that we will maximise our face-to-face contact, in accordance with the social distancing guidance in place at the time. Students who cannot attend campus for the start of term, or who cannot join us physically on campus for the autumn trimester for reasons related to COVID-19, will have access to real-time streaming and recorded lectures and classes, the recordings of which will be made available through Brightspace, so they will not miss out and they will be able to attain the learning outcomes of their modules and programme.
  • Module Coordinators will provide sufficient information in an online format for students who register to their module as online students, to meet the module learning outcomes.  The format of materials provided online may vary across modules, and may include some of the following: Online slides, online notes, synchronous (live streamed) lectures, asynchronous (recorded) lectures, synchronous tutorials, asynchronous tutorials, video materials, etc.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

Those modules with an end of trimester exam in their assessment strategy will take place in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.
  • You will receive further information on your registration and timetable from UCD Registry by email.

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MEngSc in Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering (T277 & T278) - One Year Full Time/ Two Years Part Time – 90 Credits.

The MEngSc Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering Programme has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-to-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

  • The programme will be a mixture of online blended and face to face classes.
  • Face-to-face contact will be maximise in accordance with the social distancing guidance in place at the time. It is expected that two of your three core modules in the Autumn will have significant face-to-face contact with the third core module being delivered through a mixture of live and recorded lectures.
  • Students who cannot attend campus for reasons related to COVID-19 will have access to real-time streaming (if feasible) and recorded lectures and classes, the recordings of which will be made available through Brightspace.
  • Module Coordinators will provide sufficient learning materials in an online format for students who register to their module as online students, to meet the module learning outcomes. The format of materials provided online may vary across modules, and may include some of the following: Online slides, online notes, synchronous (live streamed) lectures, asynchronous (recorded) lectures, synchronous tutorials, asynchronous tutorials, video materials, etc.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

  • There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.
  • Those modules with an end of trimester exam in their assessment strategy will take place in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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Masters in Environmental Technology (MSc) Programme Major: X565 Stage 1

The UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, which is responsible for the delivery of the Masters in Environmental Technology has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-to-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  1. Essential practical teaching sessions,
  2. Small group teaching,
  3. Tutorials
  4. Problem Based Learning
  5. Some lectures will be delivered face-to-face where social distancing restrictions allow.

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • Large lectures will be pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be module specific and described in module descriptor documentation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available in August. • You will receive further information on your registration and timetable in September.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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Masters in Sustainable Energy & Green Technology (MSc) X413  - Stage 1

The UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, which is responsible for the delivery of the Masters in Sustainable Energy & Green Technology has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  1. essential practical teaching sessions,
  2. small group teaching,
  3. tutorials
  4. Problem Based Learning
  5. Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow. 

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • large lectures will be pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

End of Trimester assessment will be module specific and described in module descriptor documentation. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available in August.
  • You will receive further information on your registration and timetable in September.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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Master of Architecture - (T273), Stage 4 and Stage 5

The Master of Architecture program has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. The Masters of Architecture programme that you are starting will be a mix of online, blended and face to face classes. What this means for you is that you will receive online lectures, briefings and specific inputs appropriate to the specific modules of the programme. In some modules you will also participate in face-to-face discussions on your work and the work of your peers at stages across the semester. Access to studios and laboratory workshops will be possible on a proscribed basis. Modular co-ordinators will outline how the semester will work in advance of the module commencing.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning: 

  • essential practical teaching sessions,
  • small group teaching,
  • tutorials
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Some lectures will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow)
  • Building workshop where possible.

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • large lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace;
  • all class introductions and discussions of module structures and outlines will be on line.

or

  • pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

Subject specific information e.g. clinical, musical, internships etc

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Assessment varies from module to module and is outlined in the specific module descriptors. Assessment processes have been adapted to reflect the current learning environment, based on previous experiences of blended learning in 2020.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from
  • in August You will receive further information on your registration and timetable by 1st September 2020.
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.
  • If you have specific queries, you may contact emmett.scanlon@ucd.ie. 

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Masters of Landscape Architecture (X051) - Year 1 & 2

We have agreed many details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. However, the MLA programme includes a large range of optional modules and we do not yet have information about how all of them will be delivered. We ask for your patience, academics are working hard to finalise details.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning.  Given the current circumstances, therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-face and online learning to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  • essential practical teaching sessions
  • small group teaching
  • some lectures and tutorials will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow
  • studio may contain some online learning, but it will consist largely of face to face classes and tutorials, with weekly meetings in studio on two different days. However, studios will not be available for use outside class times and some tutorials may take place on line.

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • larger lectures will be delivered remotely as per the timetable, some of them will also be recorded and made available through Brightspace, others will also be pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

Year 1: We expect at least 75% of the programme to be delivered in face to face classes in the Autumn semester. The remainder will be delivered online.

Year 2: We will confirm the proportion of the programme that will be delivered online in the Autumn as soon as possible

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including studio reviews, online portfolios, essays, short answer questions and MCQs. In the case of exams, end of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. This review is still ongoing and we are working hard to complete it.
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from Sophia MEERES (MLA Programme director) Please contact sophia.meeres@ucd.ie
  • At the end of August you will receive further information about your registration and timetable
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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Masters of Landscape Studies (T296) -Year 1

We have agreed many details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. However, the MLA programme includes a large range of optional modules and we do not yet have information about how all of them will be delivered. We ask for your patience, academics are working hard to finalise details.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning.  Given the current circumstances, therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-face and online learning to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  • essential practical teaching sessions
  • small group teaching
  • some lectures and tutorials will be delivered face-face where social distancing restrictions allow
  • studio will be blended, it will consist of online learning in conjucntion with face to face tutorials. Studios will not be available for use outside class times and one on one tutorials may also take place on line.

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • Larger lectures will be delivered remotely as per the timetable, some of them will also be recorded and made available through Brightspace, others will also be pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.

We will confirm the proportion of the programme that will be delivered online in the Autumn as soon as possible.

 ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including studio reviews, online portfolios, essays, short answer questions and MCQs. In the case of exams, end of Trimester assessment will be in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. This review is still ongoing and we are working hard to complete it.
  • This timetabling information will result in module and programme specific information being available from Sophia MEERES (MLA Programme director) Please contact sophia.meeres@ucd.ie
  • At the end of August you will receive further information about your registration and timetable
  • We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September. We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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Master of Regional and Urban Planning (Planning)

Majors: W032, W178, W032 is two stage; W178 is one stage

Planning staff have agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. For W032 and W178, there will be one full day for each cohort of face-to face teaching in Richview to minimise interaction with the remainder of teaching being conducted remotely.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  For students undertaking this programme we have decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise the student experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In the autumn trimester all teaching and assessment materials will be made available online.

Face to face teaching will be prioritised for studio and practice-based learning but will also be available on a more limited basis for other modules.

Learning material (structured by week/ theme) will be available in Brightspace, including notes, slides, audio of lectures and other reference/ reading material.

Zoom will be utilised for group based work where appropriate and other forms of information distribution.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs. There will be no terminal exams on campus; those that are required will be delivered online.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 
  • Accepted and continuing students have already received an email outline separate timetables for face-to-face and remote delivery.
  • Students from each cohort will only be required to be on campus one day per week in Trimester 1
  • Detailed timetable information will be available in Early September.
  • A decision on delivery of the Trimester 2 modules will be made later in the year.

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MSc Urban Design & Planning, Programme code: MTENA001, Major code: W332 - Single Stage

The MSc Urban Design & Planning has agreed details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that tis may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. Teaching and assessment will be delivered via blended learning, involving both face-to-face and online teaching. However, the curriculum remains unchanged.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others. Therefore, the intention is that face-to-face studio learning will take place each week, supplemented by online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

  • In general, design studio teaching, small group teaching, and tutorials will be prioritised for face-to-face teaching.
  • In general, larger group lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable or pre-recorded. These will be made available through Brightspace.
  • Learning materials will in general be structured by week/theme, including notes, slides, and other reference/ reading material.
  • Smaller group sessions will be arranged by specific module coordinators via Zoom, Brightspace, or Google Meet.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Assessment will be conducted via a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework, including essays and reports, in trimester 1.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.

The detailed timetable will not be available until September.  You will receive further information by email about registration (early/mid September) and teaching (from 21 September). Please contact frances.ashmore@ucd.ie Senior Executive Assistant (Graduate Affairs) or arthur.parkinson@ucd.ie (Programme Director) with any queries.

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MSc Architecture, Urbanism and Climate Action T339 - Single Stage

The MSc in Architecture, Urbanism and Climate Action has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. Teaching will be blended in the Autumn Trimester, while the majority of assessment will be online, or submitted through online platforms.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Therefore, the School has decided to use of blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning:

  • essential practical teaching sessions,

In general, the following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • large lectures will be delivered remotely as per the existing timetable but also recorded and made available through Brightspace,
  • small group teaching,
  • tutorials
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Some lectures will be delivered face-face (where social distancing restrictions allow)

or

  • pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace.
  • Learning material (structured by week/ theme) will be available in Brightspace, including notes, slides, podcasts and other reference/ reading material.
  • Information sessions will be arranged for the class group through zoom, generally on a monthly basis in the autumn trimester.
  • Tutorials will be arranged through zoom for smaller groups, generally on a weekly basis in the autumn trimester. This is a new support for online learning and timetabling will accommodate students in other time-zones in so far as possible.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessment and coursework including essays, short answer questions and MCQs.

Studio and Technology Studio assessment will be submitted online and evaluated in the established format.

End of Trimester assessment will, in the main, be in an open book online format.

FURTHER INFORMATION

All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply.

We understand that students are making decisions around accommodation. Detailed timetable information will not be available until September.  We note that even when we are in a position to show you that level of detail, we may still have to amend the proportion of online learning if the prevailing public health guidelines change associated with the pandemic.

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MSc Environmental Policy FT (W269) & MSc Environmental Policy (Accredited) FT (W271)

The MSc Environmental Policy has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. In principle, lectures will be delivered online and seminars face-to-face.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others. Therefore, the School has decided to use a blend of face-face and online learning options to optimise your experience whilst maintaining a safe learning environment. We aim to support this with tutorials, structured online learning material, and opportunities for peer engagement.

PRINCIPLES

In general, the following forms of learning will be prioritised for face to face learning: 

  • Essential practical teaching sessions
  • Small group teaching
  • Problem Based Learning

The following forms of learning will largely occur online:

  • Lectures will be delivered remotely on Zoom as per the existing timetable. These lectures will also be recorded and made available through Brightspace. Some lecture material will be pre-recorded and made available through Brightspace, but most lectures will happen in real time.
  • We will make best use of the situation and invite experts from policy and academia from Ireland as well as from oversees to present their research online to us in research presentations, guest lectures, and workshops.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

There will be a mixture of continuous assessments and coursework including essays, short answer questions, presentations, and open book multiple choice questionnaires. There will be no traditional exams at the end of the Trimesters but there may be open book exams for which you have only a limited amount of time.

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Professional Diploma (Architecture)

Programme codes: PDARCH002 and PDARCH003

Majors: T290 and T291

The Professional Diploma (Architecture) has agreed the details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, noting that this may need to adapt as public health guidance changes. In principle all teaching and assessment will be online in the Autumn Trimester, with some re-structuring of the course and with additional supports provided for students.

AIM

We understand the UCD students value the opportunity to learn in a campus setting, but we also recognise that some forms of teaching lend themselves to distance learning more than others.  Students undertaking this part-time programme are graduates working in architectural practice, who generally have mentoring and available in their workplace. We aim to support this with additional tutorials, structured online learning material, and opportunities for peer engagement.

PRINCIPLES

  • In the autumn trimester all teaching and assessment will be available online.
  • Learning material (structured by week/ theme) will be available in Brightspace, including notes, slides, podcasts and other reference/ reading material.
  • Information sessions will be arranged for the class group through zoom, generally on a monthly basis in the autumn trimester. These sessions will also be podcasted.
  • Tutorials will be arranged through zoom for smaller groups, generally on a weekly basis in the autumn trimester. This is a new support for online learning and timetabling will accommodate students in other time-zones in so far as possible.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

Assessments will be in the established  format, however the written examinations (for the Construction Legislation and Procurement & Contracts modules) will be online, and the assessments of the Practical Experience (Oral Exam) module will be online.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • All modules within the University have undergone a review of how best they can be delivered according to the social distance restrictions that are likely to apply. 
  • The detailed timetable will not be available until September.  You will receive further information by email about registration (early/mid September) and teaching (from 21 September). Please contact professionalpractice@ucd.ie with any queries.

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Disclaimer:

This information is subject to change. University College Dublin follows the prevailing national and public health COVID-19 guidelines and if the public health position changes, the College of Engineering and Architecture will implement revised teaching scenarios accordingly.