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CUED Notebook 2014-2015

Welcome to Cambridge
and to the Department of Engineering
This Notebook is your essential guide to studying at the University of Cambridge
- Department of Engineering. To help ensure that you get the most out of your time here.
In addition to providing a useful source of lined paper and dividers to organise your notes,
the notebook contains information pages at the front on resources and opportunities and
a useful term monthly academic planner at the back.
We hope that you find the Notebook to be a useful reference resource during your studies.

TERM DATES 2014-15
Michaelmas term

Tuesday 7 October - Friday 5 December

Lent term

Tuesday 13 January - Friday 13 March

Easter term

Tuesday 21 April - Friday 12 June

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Given the breadth.eng. especially for courses like Materials where a deep understanding of material behaviour is useful. Try and make the most of it. it is not strictly necessary. with gaps to fill in as the lecture progresses – much better than the old days when all you had was a blank sheet of paper and your pen. experiments. depth and sheer volume of information. and sessions with fellows. Lectures The lectures match the exam syllabus exactly. 2 and you are pretty much guaranteed to do well in the exams. missing even one lecture can cause desperate problems as you try to catch up – try not to miss any lectures unless you are physically incapable of attending! “Don’t miss any lectures!” Printed notes are handed out at the start of each and are fast paced and intensive – understand and learn everything in the .CUED Notebook 2014-2015 The Course In your first year you don’t have to worry much about the course structure. This means that you’ll learn a lot about quite a varied selection of topics. While extra reading is encouraged. Every subject and every question is compulsory. and reinforced through the work set. Most of the course is delivered through lectures.

and any other doubts can always be cleared up during supervisions. especially if you understand a basic principle but are having trouble applying it to problems. but water bottles are permitted. but have not a clue what the lecture was really about. Examples papers together with additional Tripos questions will provide the foundation for your revision.eng.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 Most lecturers don’t mind you putting up your hand to clarify points or to ask sensible questions. If the lecturer seems to be going too fast. 3 . Seeing it performed slightly differently in another context can be a tremendous boost to your understanding. occasional consults on textbooks do give a different perspective on the work. and are an essential part of the The papers often include some of the most difficult questions from previous years’ exam papers (known as Tripos).cam. and are enlightening and entertaining courses that make for relaxing listening. Food is not allowed in lectures. Example Papers Examples papers will be the centre of your Cambridge life. then ask them to slow down! There are two lecture courses aimed at putting engineering into context: the Engineer in Society and Engineering Applications. They make an interesting change from all the theory lectures. It is important to pay attention to the lecture – you can come out with perfect notes. http://teaching. Everything you need to know in order to finish an examples paper is in the relevant lecture notes. These are handed out by lecturers and are sheets of problems intended to ensure you fully understand the lecture material and are able to apply your knowledge correctly.

during which you discuss your attempts at examples papers and any other aspects of the course in which you may have Don’t be afraid to let the supervisor know if you’re having problems: it is their job to guide you through the course.eng. 4 http://teaching. supervision partners. they may think you’re just lazy. or are having genuine difficulty keeping up with them and comprehending the material. let your supervisors know. they will be sympathetic and will work hard to help discuss it with friends. second or third time!! Supervisions Supervisions are informal sessions with an experienced engineer. If you don’t. Make the most of the valuable time to learn something useful. If they know you’re trying your best. and try to get at least some questions on the examples paper for that week done. In a way. You will have opportunity to clarify any queries or uncertainties you have about the course. If all else fails there are worked answers. If the supervisor isn’t able to provide the assistance you need. then talk to your College Director of Studies (DoS). Remember that these sessions are informal and are there to help you rather than being part of the assessment. have the cribs in front of you when you attempt the problem for the first. Don’t. whatever you do. If you have a naturally slow pace with the examples papers. available in many college libraries and in the CUED library –these should be considered only as a LAST RESORT.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 If you have difficulty with a paper. and consolidate your understanding of concepts. and you’re going to have a turbulent relationship from then . known as cribs. who can be anyone from a postgraduate student to a Nobel Prize-winning professor. these sessions are your lifeline to the Cambridge course. and your supervisor.

All the labs are reasonably enjoyable. essays and projects that you will do during the course of the year. such as the Gas Engine. which guarantees that as long as you turn up at every lab and do conscientious work. you will get the qualifying marks.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 Coursework Coursework refers to the series of Turbo Charger and Materials and some. 5 . It accounts for over 10% of your final grade in part 1A. it is relatively easy to get full marks thanks to the “standard credit” system. are brilliant. Fortunately.

you have someone to work with and a way of helping each other during the labs. Lab work is easy to get standard credit and instead you have to answer a few simple questions on the lab instruction sheet. Depending on your . but be warned: lateness to a lab can be penalised heavily – you can get marks docked if you’re even five minutes late. during which the demonstrator will mark your report in a range of 1 to 6 and discuss issues pertaining to the experiment with you. While both types of labs usually cover the same period of time. It is a series of sessions and exercises to teach you how to present information in oral and written form. The Product Design course teaches you the official procedures for designing products. This way. it can be an amazing exercise. Both exercises draw on a series of eight lectures given in the previous term. done in a group of about 12 students. Long labs involve writing up a detailed lab report. There are two kinds of labs – long and short.eng. and a Product Design exercise where you will be expected to design and present a product. It’s really worth making sure you get to these lectures! 6 http://teaching. especially if a safety brief is involved. There is also the Exposition course in the first some or all from your College. plus the entire thought process that led to its creation. and also how to write long lab reports. the short experiments do not require a full write up. At the end of a long lab you have to sign up for a mark-up session. There is additional coursework over each of the holidays – the Engineer in Society essay. Do not fret if you never get higher than 5. with a briefing of the problem your product is to solve in the final lecture before the holiday.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 Laboratory Sessions At the beginning of term you are paired up in a lab group. and after 10/15 minutes the demonstrator is allowed to exclude you from that lab (so zero marks). about 2 hours. then another lecture and exercise in the there is the Part 1A Structural Design Project. especially drawing. Igor Wowk (the industrial experience coordinator). so the SSJC has provided a map. all crammed into a small area! It’s a pretty confusing place to find your way 7 . Four weeks must be done by the end of the first year and a further four by the end of second year.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 Most notably.eng. and both exercises have to be finished by the end of the day. but this can be interpreted quite broadly. should be addressed to Mr Wowk at iw10000@eng. can be great fun – enjoy it! Industrial Experience As part of your degree you are required to do some relevant work experience. this will be adequate as long as it is properly documented. and technical drawing using both traditional drawing boards and CAD software. you will need to fill up a CUED work experience logbook. You and your lab partner get to design and build a cantilever or bridge out of steel or aluminium. Other coursework includes a beginner’s introduction to programming in C++. In spite of the time frame. available online or from Mr. both these courses. If you don’t finish but try hard and do a decent job they’ll often give you full marks – after all. The work undertaken must be relevant to engineering. This is hard work if you’ve had little experience. and the workshop technicians are very helpful if you get into difficulties. Any further questions. If. The only real difficulty with these labs is the time frame – there is a lecture followed by an exercise in the morning. you have not yet qualified there is plenty of help from Mr Wowk to find a placement Facilities and Resources The main site on Trumpington Street is formed from a miscellaneous collection of buildings reflecting their respective decades. such as during a gap year before coming up to is easily the most rewarding activity of the whole http://teaching. If you have already met the requirement at any other time. like most students. particularly on suggested places of work. If you think you have already met the requirements. and then apply a brutal load and watch it tear itself to pieces! It’s a little daunting if you’ve never done much metalworking but you can ask demonstrators for help. but you’ll be shown all the techniques necessary. Savour the Structural Design Project. there is a world of difference between being incompetent and just not being terribly fast. .eng.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 8 http://teaching.

http://teaching.eng. These will be accessible during normal hours. Note that the library’s collection is considerably larger than the storage space in the official Library room. Outside teaching hours. and books that won’t fit in there are stored in locked cupboards scattered anywhere there is free space throughout the whole site. The library is increasingly providing resources to help with all aspects of teaching and learning. put the books back where you found them when you’re done! The library staff are incredibly helpful so don’t hesitate to ask them if you can’t find what you need.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 The Library The department library is staffed between 8:30 and 17:30 Monday to Friday during Full Term. but you should still keep your University Cards with you for identification. your card will allow you access into most areas between 8:00 and 22:00 Monday to It is especially important to keep your card with you if you intend to stay in the department out of teaching so keep an eye on their website. Access to the Department During teaching hours almost the entire area is left 9 . you will need to ask the librarian for the key.e. After hours it is open on a trust basis – i. either by taking a course in one of the 5 languages (French. or by making use of the unit’s available resources to teach yourself languages as diverse as Italian or Arabic. Spanish Japanese or Chinese) that are taught by the unit at beginner. They run on a dual-boot system (Linux and Windows 7). The Language Unit The Language Unit offers you a brilliant opportunity to learn another 10 http://teaching. German.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 Computing You’ll be spending a lot of time using computers during your Computers for use in the course can be found in the Design and Project Office (DPO). The mini library at the language unit For further information visit: . intermediate and advanced levels.eng.

and select Fast Feedback from the First Year Student Pages. especially lectures. The committee meets to discuss department issues raised by both students and staff. You can open up the teaching pages on the department website. Feedback can be given directly and anonymously to a particular lecturer or in general to the Staff Student Joint Committee. the chair of Cambridge University Engineering Society and four members of staff.eng. suggestions or general comments about any part of the course or department. two graduate students. There are two elected representatives from each of the four years of the course. talk with them. Every College has a SSJC representative who you will meet in your first few days at Notebook 2014-2015 Fast Feedback The Fast Feedback system is the most convenient means by which students can express their opinions on the teaching within the department. SOCIETIES Staff Student Joint Committee The SSJC is all about collaboration between students and staff. it is chiefly a voice for the You may find a list of current representatives on the SSJC website at 11 . Fast feedback can be found on the Department’s computers.eng. If you have any complaints.

CUED Notebook 2014-2015 Cambridge University Engineering Society CUES is the largest academic society in Cambridge. Reduced rate membership is offered to all first year engineers during Freshers’ Week.cuengineeringsociety. Since 1999 they have awarded over £500k in prize money to more than 40 start-ups and have seen many of them develop into successful companies. visits and socials. CU Entrepreneurs’ goal is to promote and nurture entrepreneurship in Cambridge via the business creation competition. allowing it to offer high quality taking you from idea to business in under a . It is sponsored by a selection of leading international technology companies. which is helpful for finding both holiday placements and jobs after graduation. along with the training. and it’s for life! For more information on CUES. visit www. and all presentations are free of charge for members.eng. All visits are heavily subsidised. 12 http://teaching. CU Entrepreneurs run one of the most successful student-run business creation competitions in the world. For more information. Cambridge University Entrepreneurs has evolved into being a key part of the University’s ecosystem for supporting and accelerating entrepreneurship and Cambridge University Entrepreneurs Founded in 1999 by three people. visit http://www. CUES also runs an annual Careers mentoring and networking events in support of with around 1000

Cost benefit analysis is carried out and recommendations put together and finally delivered by one of our consultants to the client. http://teaching.eng. and numerous other events throughout the year. training in sustainable humanitarian assistance and first aid. Joining is non-committal and free. It is a chance to learn more about International Development and the crucial role that Engineers play. training. Throughout the year the team is involved in research projects with the opportunity to use the knowledge gained in Cameroon. training workshops and socials. visit www. For more data loggers and a host of other methods to collect information about building/ process performance.ewb-cam. The Cambridge branch runs Outreach workshops at local bursaries to fund Then we use this to target the most significant offences with appropriate resource saving solutions sometimes developed Within the society you form part of a dedicated team and participate in a way that suits you.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 Engineers Without Borders Cambridge Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a UK-wide organisation concerned with enhancing human development through appropriate visit www. workshops and presentations and more are free. Cambridge University Environment Consulting Society CUECS does not just talk about the environment. we use thermal imaging cameras. This is approached through placements around the 13 . For more information.

The projects are of great value in terms of educational and personal growth of the students.CUED Notebook 2014-2015 Student‐led Projects and Industry Partnership (SPIP) Student led projects at Cambridge University Engineering Department showcase the initiative.eng.eng. SPIP is currently supported by the following organizations: There are at least two annual events providing an opportunity for the project teams to present their recent achievements and to bid for the funding available from SPIP. build and race solar and electric-powered cars. By designing a car to run on solar power alone. seizing public imagination around the world. technical brilliance and teamwork of our 14 http://teaching. we can make a step change in vehicle efficiency. raising the profile of modern engineering and developing some really creative engineering http://www.html Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) The aim of Cambridge University Eco Racing is to The team participates in the World Solar Challenge which is a solar-powered car‐race held in Australia that covers over 3000 visit http://www2. thus resulting in new technologies that will reduce our carbon footprint. The extraordinary potential of electric vehicle technologies along with avant‐garde sustainable engineering are displayed by our racing For more .

The competition has 3 aspects: Constructing AUVs brings to bear wealth of skills within http://teaching. cost and design presentations. Every Cambridge Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CAUV) CAUV is a student team that builds and competes with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: robotic submarines. creating PCBs and embedded software to writing the algorithms that make the vehicle act autonomously when it is put in the teams of students compete against each other to design and build a formula‐style race car from Full Blue Racing is a team of Cambridge students who take part in the international Formula Student competition.fullblueracing. but also on business. http://www. The aim is to design a car that is a prototype for a 1000 unit‐per‐year production run for a vehicle intended for amateur autocross racers. With this in mind.cambridgeauv.eng. teams are evaluated not only on the speed and handling of the car. manufacturing and racing. Every year we enter a Europe-wide competition in which such vehicles take part in an underwater obstacle 15 .CUED Notebook 2014-2015 Full Blue Racing Established in 2006. http://www. From machining mechanical components and making precision seals in the CUED

collaborated with the European Space Agency to test parachutes and are designing a hybrid rocket motor. We work with many NGOs and world-leading universities in the UK and abroad. As well as working on technical aspects. Engineering World Health Cambridge Cambridge Engineering World Health is a research and design group at medical and social aspects of the projects. We’re always excited to meet new 16 .cam.eng. especially if you’re interested in Teaching Office Webpages: http://teaching. We’ve launched high altitude balloons to over 36km and high power rockets to Further information Freshers Information Webpages: http://teaching. Examples of current projects are: - Development paediatric drug delivery system - Orthopaedic fixation device for treating femoral shaft fractures - Front-end innovation for a mobility charity - Development of GPS datalogger for field trial of mobility aid http://www. rocketry. we collaborate with researchers to progress commercial. programming or hanging out in cool basement labs! Notebook 2014-2015 CU Spaceflight CU Spaceflight is a student run society developing space and near-space projects. working with partners on healthcare projects to benefit the populations of resource‐poor regions.