Welcome to the Department!
Whether you're starting here on campus, on joining us online, we're looking forward to meeting you this autumn!
Meet our Department's Education Team — we'll be keeping this space updated with everything you need to start your studies in EEE with confidence.
Useful information for new students
Teaching in Autumn 2020
We'll be delivering our teaching in EEE as a combination of in-person and remote activity we call multi-mode.
Mathematics summer revision
We have a voluntary summer revision course in Mathematics set up for you. You should have received an email from Dr Daniel Nucinkis, about how to take part and join in the Q&A on Piazza, but please contact him if you have any problems, email email@example.com.
Lockdown has affected students in different ways, for example cancellation of some students' final examinations, and it means you may missed out on that crucial revision period, where you engage intensively with the material and the topics get properly lodged in your minds.
Here’s a summary:
1) go through the exercises, increasing in difficulty, until you find some that require effort.
2) enrol for free in the online course on edX, and start at the point where you found you needed this extra effort.
3) Watch the videos, do the extensions and challenges, do the exercises you found difficult, get them marked, see the solutions, watch solution videos.
4) If you have questions, we’re here to help. Dr Nucinkis and several experienced PhD students are available to answer your questions on Piazza, the online Q&A platform on which you will be enrolled. You should receive a separate email about this.
From about mid-August and into September, we will go through the A-level Mathematics courses on edX in order, with live online teaching: we will do exercises from the courses and answer questions from you.
This course is not for credit. You can choose to participate or not, it’s entirely up to you. So if you don’t feel you need this, that’s fine, no-one will judge you! You can un-enrol from Piazza anytime, and an email with instructions sent to you. Send an email to Dr Nucinkis and he will take you off the mailing list.
Computing and laptops - Bring Your Own Device
updated 29 July 2020 - for students starting in October 2020
Advice on laptops
The department runs a Bring-Your-Own-Devices (BYOD) scheme. TElectrical and Electronic Engineers need excellent skills in using computers for programming, controlling equipment and many other tasks. There is no better way to become proficient than by managing your own laptop, including all the software installed on it.
Financial assistance may be available from College to support purchasing a laptop https://www.imperial.ac.uk/students/fees-and-funding/financial-assistance/student-support-fund/
What laptop to choose?
Our recommendation is to buy a laptop with the following specifications:
- Intel i5/i7 CPU
- 8/16GB of RAM
- 512GB hard drive
- 13”/15” screen
We do not make official recommendations on the specific make of laptops. When choosing your laptop processing power is less important than weight (light) and battery life (long). The more RAM you have the better. An SSD hard drive can speed up some processes, but is not essential. A touch screen can be useful for annotating notes but is also not essential.
The Department’s laptop loan scheme uses:
HP EliteBook 840G5, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD drive, 15” display
Mac users can consider the MacBook Pro 13”, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD drive.
This depends solely on personal taste but if you bring a MacBook make sure to install both OS X as well as Windows 10. We advise you run an English Windows 10 version on any laptop. Every student can request a key for their own license to windows 10 educational version from ICT (via software shop). Help will be available for installing and converting operating systems. Windows is more compatible with alot of the software we use.
What about Software?
We use Office 365 at Imperial College. It is available free to all students and you can install it on up to five devices. We offer students a wide range of free software to support your work. The ICT resources for new students pages have information about the software packages that are available.
Do I need a desktop as well as a laptop?
You are strongly advised againstpurchasing a desktop machine. Instead, you may want to buy a lightweight external monitor and connect your laptop to it. This configuration is much more portable and useful than a desktop machine.
Do I need a printer or other computer peripherals?
Scanning, photocopying and printing services are available in public areas, including the library. You access the printers and purchase print credits using your College ID card and details. If you intend to print lots of paper copies, it may be cheaper if you use your own printer.
Do I need to subscribe to cloud-based storage?
You do not need to pay for your own cloud. You will be provided with 4GB of secure file space in your Home directory, along with 5TB of cloud-based space on Microsoft One Drive