There are many terms in currency around the education world which display ambiguity of meaning. This is an attempt to define a vocabulary which clarifies at least what is meant when we use a word or phrase of jargon in the context of engineering education.  The following list is alphabetical: no further significance is intended by the order of terms.


In the UK, undergraduate programmes tend to be rigidly divided into years of study.  It is normal to acquire exactly 120 credits in each year of study and typically a year must be passed before progress to the next is permitted.  This strict pattern is not so common elsewhere in the world, nor in the Open University.