Advice for students on digital design courses

This information is very important, please read it

Take notes

It is your own responsibility to take sufficient notes during workshop sessions to enable you to complete project work. Learning materials can be found at and course specific resources on this site.

Data storage and backup

It is recommended that all students buy a USB flash drive (if you do not already own one) so that it can be used for personal archiving, backups and presentations. Your allocation of space on the university network will not be sufficient for all your project work. In most cases, a 256 or 512MB capacity drive will be sufficient.

Always keep at least one backup copy of all your important files. Hard disks die and laptops can be stolen or damaged. You can avoid data loss by keeping a second copy of all you files on an external drive, separate from your PC or laptop. Never rely upon the university computer network for safe file storage. Data loss will not be considered as a reason for allowing a student extra time to complete coursework because (except in exceptional circumstances) it can be avoided.

Submission of coursework

All project work must be handed-in (irrespective of assessment method) on a CD or DVD unless otherwise specified. Discs will not normally be returned, so make sure you keep an additional copy of your finished work.

Please ensure that all submitted disks are readable. Check after burning a CD or DVD that it can be read and that all the necessary files are on the disk. Ideally, check it on a second computer. Submitted disks that are unreadable or do not contain files will result in your work being marked as a late submission.

All disks submitted must be clearly labeled with the course code and title, project title, your name, your year group (e.g. FAL1), the academic year (e.g. 2007-08) and your email address.

If you are submitting a PowerPoint presentation, please ensure that any linked media such as video and audio files are included on the disc and that it has a title slide with your full name, and the course title on it.


Generally, students will use the available software on which the course is based; however, students may use any software available to them at home or at work to complete projects providing that the project brief is satisfied. Students are encouraged to use new and innovative software wherever possible and to experiment with presentation techniques. See the Student Software page for information on free and academic software.


Students who are unable to attend a workshop session must inform the course tutor by email in advance (if possible) so that alternative arrangements can be made. A weekly register will be taken and attendance will be considered when your work is assessed.

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