Incoming students briefing notes
Table of contents
- Information specific to transferring and exchange students
- Introductory Lectures
- Health and safety at work lecture (as above)
- Where are the lecture rooms/theatres?
- How to read the lecture card
- Essential equipment
- Non-compulsory costs
These notes are intended for students who are transferring into the Engineering Tripos from other Departments and those who are undertaking an exchange at the Department.
You might also find the Terminology Guide for Cambridge and/or Engineering-specific jargon, abbreviations and acronyms useful as you settle in to the Department.
Transferring students are urged to make an appointment with the Industrial Experience Coordinator at the earliest opportunity. Visit the industrial placement website for further information.
Registration will be online, in conjunction with your Director of studies
Registration will take place online, and the details will be sent to you by your DoS. This enables you to access the Departmental teaching systems. You will be emailed with your lab group numbers early in the week starting 3 Oct. All students (Part IA plus those transferring to any Part of the Tripos from other Departments) need to register.
Introductory lectures: Wednesday 4 October 2023, 9.15–11.00 in The Constance Tipper Lecture Theatre.
Please note that exact timeings are yet to be finalised
|Welcome to CUED
|Prof. Richard Prager, Head of Department
|Aims of the Engineering Tripos
|Prof. Colm Durkan, Deputy Head (Teaching)
|Introducing the Teaching Office
|Prof. John Durrell
|Introducing Academic Reps
|Aakash Gupta and Juliette Rudellle
|Laboratory work / Maths Quiz
|Prof. Stuart Scott
|Week 1 Lego exercise
|Prof. Andrew Gee
|Mr David Tual
|Health and Safety Talk
|Mr Gary Steele
|Introduction to the Student Support Department
|Introduction to Library services
All new and incoming students to Engineering must attend this talk which takes place during the above session on Wednesday 5 October 2022. Attendance will be registered. For thost students who are unable to attend at that time, an alternative session will be run on Wednesday 12 October in LR1 at 1pm.
Constance Tipper Lecture Theatre, LR4: ground floor Baker building LR5, LT6: first floor Baker building
LT1, LT2: ground floor Inglis building LR10, LR11, LR12: ground floor Baker South Wing
LR3, 3A, 3B: up steps in Inglis building
See also the map of the Engineering Department
All students will need the following essential drawing equipment. Depending on which lab group you are allocated to you may need it for the Structures Lab, which for some students will start in week 2.
A supply of complete kits are available for purchase from the vending machine located in the Design and Project Office (DPO) at a cost of £22.00. The vending machine also sells some of the items individually. Cashless payments only on the vending machine, these include debit or credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay etc.
The drawing kit comprises of the following items (full details/part numbers available here):
- HB Pencil
- Shine Plastic Eraser
- Blundeil Harling 300mm ruler
- Ecobra Compass
- Rumold Circle template
- Rumold Protractor
*Please note, using equipment that does not meet the criteria we have set out may affect the quality and accuracy of your work and therefore it is possible you may be penailised when submitting for marking.
If you wish to purchase your own equipment we would advise you to buy items of at least a similar standard to those we have recommended.
University approved calculator
The only modules of electronic calculator that are permitted to be taken into the exams are:
- CASIO fx-991 (any version)
- CASIO fx-115 (any version)
- CASIO fx-570 (any version)
The Department currently sells the Casio FX-991-ES-Plus model of calculator which is available from the vending machine in the DPO at a cost of £27.00, this is a University approved version for use in the exams.
Each such calculator must be marked by the Department in the approved fashion before bringing it to an examination. Please see instructions below on purchasing and marking an approved calculator.
No other calculator may be brought into the exam room. This is a University regulation and cannot be varied by the Department. Please refer to the official University notice for more information.
A full set of Databooks can be found online here. Paper copies of databooks will be issued to students at the Introductory Lectures.
There is no need to purchase a computer specifically for the Engineering course, as student use desktop computers with course software pre-installed are available in the department.
Many students find having their own computer to be convenient. If you are contemplating buying your own computer you may wish to be aware of the following:
- Most software used in the course is generic and/or web based (Python, Microsoft office etc.)
- The PicoScope provided to students in the 1st year for the IEP project works with Windows, macOS and Linux machines. It does not work with many Chromebooks (although some success has been obtained with more modern Chromebooks that offer a Linux virtual machine).
- The CAD software used in the course is only available for Windows, (but can be run on macOS using emulation with the purchase of extra software). Most students will find using it on the dual monitor machines provided in the department preferable to using a laptop. There is no need to buy a high specification Windows machine optimised for CAD for the modest teaching use in the Engineering course.
- The ANSYS Materials Selector Software, optionally used in the materials course, only runs on Windows (but will run on macOS with emulation software).
Centre for Languages and Inter-Communication (CLIC) trips
The cost of these optional trips for those taking language courses (which are often open to students in all years) is c. £300.
Photocopying and printing
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