ACADEMIC DELIVERY UPDATE

Academic Year 2021/22 Commencement



Faculty of Engineering and Science


School of Science and Informatics

The following programme information has been provided by academic departments in the School of Science and Informatics. This information is accurate at the time of publication but is under constant review as we receive further guidance from the HE.

Department of Biological Sciences

The following information has been sent to all students including incoming first years:

·         Year 1 Students - Currently we plan to have first year students on-campus for laboratory classes on Mondays and Tuesdays during Semester 1. As you can appreciate this plan is provisional, and under constant review, as we receive further guidance from the HSE.

·         Year 2 Students - Currently we plan to have second year students on-campus for laboratory classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays during Semester 1. As you can appreciate this plan is provisional, and under constant review, as we receive further guidance from the HSE.

·         Year 3 Students- Currently we plan to have third year students on-campus for laboratory classes on Fridays during semester 1.  As you can appreciate this plan is provisional, and under constant review, as we receive further guidance from the HSE.

·         Year 4 Students– The Department of Biological Science currently plans to deliver all programmes online for the duration of semester 1, except for a lab on Fridays for one module for fourth-year students of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and for which specific details will follow as soon as possible.
 

Department of Physical Sciences

·         Undergraduate- A phased approach to return to campus is being adopted.  Initially, lectures will primarily be delivered remotely online, with labs being delivered on-campus but with room maximum lab occupancy determined by the public health requirement that will apply in late September/early October. The days of lab delivery are being timetabled such that each class group's labs will occur over 1 or 2 (consecutive) days per week. It is planned that first years will be on campus on Monday/Tuesday, second years on Wednesday/Thursday with third years and fourth years on campus for Thursdays and Fridays. It is planned that this delivery mode will be retained up until the mid-semester break with an assessment made to phase in increased on-campus activity from this point. Please note that this plan is provisional, and under constant review by the department in conjunction with MTU's safety officers, as we receive further guidance from the HSE.

·         Part-time/Night-time and Full Time Postgraduate Programmes:lectures, for the most part, will be delivered remotely online for part time programmes. Occasional small-group tutorial sessions may be facilitated on campus. Laboratory-based practical work will be delivered on campus either on specific weeknights or in block (compressed) delivery over 1 or more days. Please note that this plan is provisional, and under constant review by the department in conjunction with MTU's safety officers, as we receive further guidance from the HSE.


Department of Computer Science

·         Undergraduate and Full Time Postgraduate- Lectures will be remote and laboratory classes will be on-campus but with limited laboratory occupancy pertaining during September/early October. The days of lab delivery are being timetabled such that each class group will be timetabled for laboratory classes over approximately 2 days. It is planned that this delivery mode will be retained up until the mid-semester break with an assessment made to phase in increased on-campus activity at this point. As you can appreciate this plan is provisional, and under constant review, as we receive further guidance from the HSE.

·         Part-time/Night-time Programmes:Lectures and labs will be delivered remotely for the semester.


Department of Mathematics

·         Undergraduate service modules:Delivery of undergraduate modules by the Department of Mathematics will be in line with plans developed in collaboration with the respective home departments.

·         Full-time MSc programme:Lectures for this programme will be, initially, delivered remotely with all lab sessions taking place on campus subject to occupancy levels as determined by prevailing public health advice. Lab delivery is being scheduled to take place over the course of three days with the other two days being reserved for remote delivery of lectures. It is anticipated that this delivery mode will remain in place up to the mid-semester break, at which point a plan for a further phased return to campus for lectures will be assessed. 

·         Part-time/Night-time Programmes:Lectures and labs for all part-time programmes will be delivered remotely for the semester.

 
 

Faculty of Engineering and Science


School of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering

The following programme information has been provided by academic departments in the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering. This information is accurate at the time of publication but is under constant review as we receive further guidance from the HSE.


Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering

·         Year 1 Students:The plan is to have students on campus at least one day per week for workshop/lab/CAD practical classes.

·         Subsequent Years:Delivery will be remote as far as practicable with on-campus delivery generally, but not limited to, one day per week to facilitate laboratory-based modules. It is programme dependent.

·         Part-time/Night-time Programmes:Currently under review but on-campus delivery is planned in a limited number of cases where numbers permit.


Department of Process Energy and Transport Engineering

·         Year 1 Students:The plan is to have students on campus one/two days per week for all workshop/lab/CAD practical classes. Lectures will be delivered remotely for the most part.

·         Subsequent Years:The plan is to have students on campus one/two days per week for all workshop/lab/CAD practical classes. Lectures will be delivered remotely for the most part.

·         Final Year Chemical Engineering Research Project:There is a requirement for up to ten final year chemical engineering students to undertake research-based project work on-campus using Lab/Computer Room facilities.

·         Part-time/Night-time Programmes:  Delivery will be largely done remotely with initial familiarisation and certain lab/practical elements being conducted on campus.


·         Year 1 Students:The plan is to have students on campus two consecutive days per week for lab/computer-based practical classes. The balance of delivery will be remote on the other three days of the week.

·         Subsequent Years:The plan is to have students on campus two consecutive days per week for lab/computer-based practical classes. The balance of delivery will be remote on the other three days of the week.


Centre of Craft Studies

·        Craft apprentice students:Approximately 460 craft apprentices across ten trades will be fully on-campus for all labs/practical classes; delivery of theory classes will be done remotely in most cases.


 

Faculty of Engineering and Science

School of Building & Civil Engineering

The following programme information has been provided by academic departments in the School of Building & Civil Engineering. This information is accurate at the time of publication but is under constant review as we receive further guidance from the HSE.


Department of Architecture

·         Year 1 Students:Students will be on campus for Design Studio and Graphics tutorial modules three days per week. All theory/lecture modules will be delivered online over the remaining two days. 

·         Year 2 Students:Students will be on campus for Design Studio three days per week. All other modules will be delivered online over the remaining two days. 

·         Year 3 Students:Students will be on campus for Design Studio two days per week. All other modules will be delivered online over the remaining three days. 

·         Year 4 Students:Students will be on campus for Design Studio two days per week. All other modules will be delivered online over the remaining three days.


Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering

·         It is the intention to have all full-time undergraduate students on campus for two days per week for key laboratory, fieldwork and tutorial activity, some lectures may also be delivered on campus on these days. Remaining lectures and tutorial will be delivered online on other days.

·         The work to plan, schedule and facilitate delivery is ongoing and given the many constraints detailed draft timetables are unlikely to be available until the week beginning September 20th.


Department of Construction

·         It is the intention to have all full-time undergraduate students on campus for two days per week for key practical and tutorial activity, some lectures may also be delivered on campus on these days. Remaining lectures, computer labs and tutorials will be delivered online on other days.

·         The work to plan, schedule and facilitate delivery is ongoing and given the many constraints detailed draft timetables are unlikely to be available until the week beginning September 20th.

 

National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)

NMCI’s maritime programmes are subject to international maritime regulation. In light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation NMCI is in receipt of a number of derogations from the regulator to support the delivery of your programme for the coming Academic Year. Timetables are being finalised at this time on the basis of those derogations. Individual student cohorts have been contacted about timetabling for this year and you will be in receipt of further information shortly.

NMCI’s maritime programmes involve compulsory sea time requirements under international maritime regulation. Particular sectors of the shipping industry have been significantly impacted by the pandemic and this has resulted in a shortage of berths on ships for cadets at present. This situation will impact programme timetables for all of the coming Academic Year.

All maritime programme practical and lab elements will be delivered on-site NMCI. Lectures will generally be delivered on-site with some exceptions

Department of Maritime Studies

·         Year 1 Students:NMCI first years on all programmes will be on-site for most of their timetable.

·         Year 2 Students:NMCI second years on all programmes will be on-site for most of their timetable.

·         Year 3 Students:NMCI third years on all programmes will be on-site for most of their timetable.

·         Final Year Students:NMCI final year students on all programmes including 2EO will be on-site for most of their timetable.

·         Supply chain programmeswill be delivered via blended delivery this year except for the Certificate in Customs and Global Trade Management which is a fully online programme.


 

Faculty of Business and Humanities


School of Business

·         In the School of Business, each Head of Department has communicated with students on each full and part-time programme. An overview of the approach to on-campus and remote activity has been provided to them this week.

·         In general, full time undergraduate students are on campus for one to two days per week with the remainder delivered online. This is subject to change as the semester progresses and students are reminded to check their timetable daily, particularly for the first two weeks. We will try not to make any significant changes in weeks 3 to 5 and timetables may change again when students return after reading week.

·         Students have received information on registering for electives, return to campus, coordinator contact details and alerting them that further communication will be sent with specific information for next week’s timetable.


School of Humanities

·         The School of Humanities, comprising the Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Department of Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies, and the Department of Applied Social Studies all have different requirements, and each of the three Heads of Department have been in contact with their students this week advising them of their timetables.

·         Programmes which have practical or lab-based elements will all be delivered on-campus.   It is still necessary to deliver some theoretical modules online for the immediate future.


Crawford College of Art and Design(including Media Communications)

·         Each Head of Department has communicated with students on each full and part-time programme. An overview of the approach to on-campus and remote activity has been provided to them this week.

·         All programmes will have significant activity in-practical based modules on campus, with the large number of theoretical lectures delivered remotely except for some Masters programmes. Students can expect to be on campus across the full week.

·         Students have received information on their class timetables or studio and workshop arrangements, information on electives, return to campus and coordinator contact details.


Cork School of Music

·         All programmes will have significant activity in-person on campus, with a very small number of theoretical whole-class lectures delivered remotely.

·         Students can expect to be in the School across the full week.

Timetables have been issued


Issued 17 Sept 2021