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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BEng Electronics and Computer Engineering

Programme code:BEN-ELEC/ECUCAS code:H6B7
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr. Craig Evans Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

AAA A-Levels including A-Level Mathematics. A wide range of other qualifications accepted.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Faculty of Engineering Learning and Teaching Committee

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

Programme Overview

Communications, information, visualisation and sensing technologies are increasingly being integrated in smartphones, advanced manufacturing, electronic healthcare and other areas. As a result, the interface between electronics and computing is a key growth area for the technology industry.

You will study the foundations of electronics and computing, from programming languages to electronic circuit design, and learn how the whole hierarchy of digital electronics and software fits together. You will also study specialist topics, which may include areas such as distributed systems, parallel computing and medical electronics.

The aim of this programme is to equip you with the skills you need to succeed in industry, including design, problem solving, numeracy and analysis skills, together with ‘transferable skills’, such as communication and working as a team. Virtually all high-tech fields require engineers with expertise in electronics and in computer engineering, which means that this degree leads to an impressive variety of career opportunities across sectors and industries that span the globe.

Learning Outcomes

As an engineering degree programme, the primary learning outcomes are aligned with the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer with ECUK. For BEng programmes, some further learning will be required; MEng programmes meet the educational requirements for professional registration in full. This applies to programmes accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The accreditation status of this programme may be confirmed by contacting the School.

The subjects studied in the programme modules are designed to meet these learning outcomes while focussing on the key topics which are relevant to the programme theme.

On successful completion of the three-year BEng programme, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the science, mathematics and engineering principles which underpin the discipline, including some which are at the forefront of the subject.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific, mathematical and engineering principles, and also computational and analytical techniques and models, in order to solve complex engineering problems and reach substantiated conclusions.
- Demonstrate the ability to select, use and evaluate technical literature, and recognise the limitations of knowledge in the discipline.
- Demonstrate the ability to design solutions to complex problems, and carry out extended engineering projects, considering a range of societal, user and commercial factors, and industry standards.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply an integrated or systems approach to the solution of complex problems.
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the economic, social, legal, ethical and environmental impacts of engineering, making appropriate decisions informed by professional codes of conduct.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply the techniques of risk management in order to deal with technical uncertainty in engineering projects, and mitigate the effects of security risks.
- Demonstrate the ability to use a range of practical and laboratory skills, in order to solve complex engineering problems, selecting appropriate materials, equipment and processes, recognising their limitations.
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of quality management systems, and demonstrate the ability to apply professional project management skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively, exercising initiative, decision-making skills and personal responsibility, individually and as a member of a team.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both the results of their own work and other complex information, to specialist and non-specialist audiences, in a variety of forms.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage and extend their own learning and professional development, and the trans ferable skills necessary for employment within the engineering sector.

Progression and Award

This programme is subject to rules for progression and award which are slightly different from the University’s standard rules. Current and prospective students should make themselves familiar with these additional rules which are listed in the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) applicable to the year of study, and summarised under the ‘[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment] links below.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:-

COMP1211Computer Architecture10 creditsSemester 1
COMP1511Introduction to Discrete Mathematics10 creditsSemester 2
COMP1711Procedural Programming10 creditsSemester 1
COMP1721Object Oriented Programming10 creditsSemester 2
COMP1921Programming Project10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC1130Circuit Analysis and Design20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ELEC1405Communications Networks and Signals10 creditsSemester 1
ELEC1420Communications Systems10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC1620Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ELEC1702Engineering Mathematics10 creditsSemester 1

Students are referred to the School's Code of Practice on Assessment for the rules for progression/award.

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:-

COMP2221Networks10 creditsSemester 2
COMP2321Formal Languages and Finite Automata10 creditsSemester 2
COMP2711Algorithms and Data Structures I10 creditsSemester 1
COMP2811User Interfaces10 creditsSemester 1
COMP2932Compiler Design and Construction10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC2130Electronic Circuit Design10 creditsSemester 1
ELEC2430Communications Theory20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ELEC2645Embedded Systems Project20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ELEC2665Microprocessors and Programmable Logic20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students are referred to the School's Code of Practice on Assessment for the rules for progression/award.

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMP3211Distributed Systems10 creditsSemester 1
COMP3221Parallel Computation10 creditsSemester 2
COMP3911Secure Computing10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC3030Professional Studies10 creditsSemester 1
ELEC3430Digital Communications10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC3662Embedded Systems20 creditsSemester 1
ELEC3875Individual Engineering Project50 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Students are referred to the School's Code of Practice on Assessment for the rules for progression/award.

Last updated: 30/06/2020 18:52:14


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