Year 1

Making the transition from school or college to university is a major step for most students. At Bristol we have a personal tutoring system to provide support as you adapt to the new demands of university life. In the weekly tutorial sessions, we guide you in taking charge of your own education, advise you on organising your studies efficiently, provide opportunities to improve your communication and presentation skills, and help you to gain confidence in your own abilities.

The aim of the first year is to introduce you to the fundamentals of electrical and electronic engineering. Most subjects build upon the knowledge and background provided by maths and physics related A-level courses.

Because previous experience in computing tends to be so variable, we make few assumptions when teaching you how to use computers effectively, both for analysis and design. C is the language used to teach the principles of structured program design for solving engineering problems, and this is followed by C++. A virtual learning environment provides support to complement the lectures and practical classes, with online quizzes allowing you to test your progress.

On average, there are about 10 hours of lectures each week. Because of the importance of relating theory to practice, a similar amount of time is spent in our well-equipped teaching laboratories. In some subjects, practical work will be based on short experiments; in other subjects, students work in small groups on longer design projects such as the Paris-Dakar challenge.

Highlights in Year 1 include

Paris Dakar Project

The Paris-Dakar first year group project requires you to design a microprocessor application to control a Scalextric car over a short course, attempting to minimise the time while stopping it close to the finish line.

Shu Fei Wong

“What’s fantastic at Bristol is that if you’ve ever got a problem you can just ask or email your lecturers and say ‘look I’m struggling, can you help me?’ and they are more than happy to give you time.”

Shu Fei Wong, Electrical and Communications Engineering (MEng) Year 2

Dr Mike Barton

“The course starts off covering the fundamentals. In the first year we provide a mathematical toolbox along with topics such as digital systems, analogue electronics and the foundations of control theory.”

Dr Mike Barton, Senior Tutor.