This is a non-assessed module that introduces students to what they can expect from studying at Cranfield, and will provide all required information.

It is compulsory and a pre-requisite for the MSc, PGDip and PGCert awards on the Defence and Security Programme.

This non-assessed module is offered across all Streams of the Defence and Security Programme.

At a glance

  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham

Course structure

Induction comprises lectures, workshops and practicals delivered both face-to-face and digitally via the VLE. Specific elements may be scheduled close to point of use (e.g. Turnitin Workshop). Digital resources comprise videos, podcasts, quizzes and interactive activities, supported where relevant by conditional release, completion tracking and open badges within the VLE. Students will have perpetual access via the VLE to extensive digital reference and support materials via ‘Help/Student Support’ throughout their course of study.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:


  • identify and locate the support staff and services available to aid successful study, both physically and via online services;
  • understand University rules, regulations, policies and procedures to support successful study and where to find such documentation for future reference;
  • recognise how to avoid Academic Misconduct;
  • describe the basic principles of information literacy;
  • understand the processes for alerting the University to any issues affecting course completion (technical, administrative, personal).


  • access all digital services linked to a CCNT account, both at Shrivenham and when studying off-site;
  • locate staff, reference materials and support guides both at Shrivenham and when studying off-site;
  • demonstrate navigation to and completion of all online induction activities (e.g. Turnitin Workshop, plagiarism quiz, library induction activities);
  • submit a test assessment via a practice assignment submission point.

Core content

The course will cover the following topics:

1. Introduction to Student and Academic Support Team – 20 mins (presentation).

  • composition of your Student and Academic Support Team;
  • introduction to and contact details for your SAS Lead;
  • your course handbook – summary overview;
  • exceptional circumstances – when and how they apply;
  • student attendance policy – what it means and how it is implemented;
  • student handbooks – overview of University rules and regulations;
  • academic misconduct – overview;
  • Registry – What Registry does and how to contact Registry staff.


 2. Introduction to Student Advisors and Learning Support – 10 mins (presentation).

  • where to find the Student Advice Centre;
  • what Learning Support Officers can help you with;
  • how to access Learning Support;
  • frequently asked questions;
  • Student Advice Centre contact details.


3. IT and VLE Induction – 60 minutes (presentation with activities)


  • your CCNT account – what it gives you access to; logging on to your account;
  • IT at Shrivenham – DAC accounts, WiFi access, printing, scanning, copying;
  • University IT policies, Defence Academy IT policies/SYOPS;
  • accessing password manager;
  • accessing Cranfield email;
  • using the extranet, in particular accessing electronic Library resources;
  • an introduction to Moodle and how to access your learning materials;
  • location and overview of ‘Help/Student Support’ area on Moodle;
  • BYOD;
  • where to find information about free IT training courses.


Henrietta Campbell (Module Leader)

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.