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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MEng, BEng Electronic and Communications Engineering

Programme code:MEBE-ELE/ECMUCAS code:H640
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Mr Roland Clarke Contact address:R.G.Clarke@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

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:

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

Programme Overview

The communications field includes mobile phones and cellular networks, long-haul optical and satellite communications, data transmission and security, the internet and digital broadcasting. It’s one of the fastest growing engineering sectors, and one in which the UK is particularly successful. If you’re looking for a career in the communications industries, this course is for you.

You will gain a broad foundation in modern electronic engineering and the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin it. You will also study a range of specialist topics including digital communications and signal processing, as well as high-frequency/microwave engineering, which is used in mobile communications links.

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. Due to the nature of the electronics industry, the demand for high calibre electronic engineering graduates is high and wide-ranging employment opportunities exist both in large multinational corporations and small start-up companies working on next-generation products and technologies.

This course is a four-year degree. If you wish to graduate after three years of study, you may choose to transfer to the BEng in Electronic and Communications Engineering at the beginning of your third year. "

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 four-year MEng programme, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate a comprehensive and specialist knowledge and understanding of the science, mathematics and engineering principles which underpin the discipline, including those which are at the forefront of the subject, and a critical awareness of new developments and the wider engineering context.
- 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; formulate and analyse complex problems, which may involve information that is incomplete or uncertain.
- Demonstrate the ability to select, use and critically 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, and showing originality and creativity in the design process.
- 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, including the entire lifecycle of products, 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, eq uipment and processes, recognising their limitations.
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of quality management systems, and demonstrate the ability to apply professional project management and academic research skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively, exercising initiative, decision-making skills and personal responsibility, and to evaluate their own performance, individually and as a member of a professional 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, selecting and evaluating the methods used.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage and extend their own learning and professional development, the transferable skills necessary for employment within the engineering sector, and the skills necessary for life-long independent learning and professional development.

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:-

ELEC1130Circuit Analysis and Design20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ELEC1405Communications Networks and Signals10 creditsSemester 1
ELEC1420Communications Systems10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC1620Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ELEC1704Further Engineering Mathematics10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC1801Electronic Design Project10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC1900Physical Electronics 110 creditsSemester 1
ELEC1901Physical Electronics 210 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Students entering with BTEC or Access to HE Diploma qualifications will be required by the School to take ELEC1701 instead of ELEC1702 and ELEC1703. All other students are required to take ELEC1702 and ELEC1703.

ELEC1701Introduction to Engineering Mathematics20 creditsSemester 1
ELEC1702Engineering Mathematics10 creditsSemester 1
ELEC1703Algorithms and Numerical 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:-

ELEC2130Electronic Circuit Design10 creditsSemester 1
ELEC2140High Frequency Electronics10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC2240Transistors and Optoelectronic Devices20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ELEC2430Communications Theory20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ELEC2530Power Electronics10 creditsSemester 1
ELEC2540Control Systems10 creditsSemester 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:

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

ELEC3030Professional Studies10 creditsSemester 1
ELEC3285Integrated Circuit Design10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC3360RF and Microwave Engineering10 creditsSemester 1
ELEC3430Digital Communications10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC3612Digital Media Engineering10 creditsSemester 2
ELEC3662Embedded Systems20 creditsSemester 1
ELEC3885Group Design Project50 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

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


Year4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

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

ELEC5032MModern Industry Practice15 creditsSemester 1
ELEC5870MMEng Individual Project45 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Students will be required to select 60 credits from the following optional modules, with an appropriate workload balance between semesters:

ELEC5333MWireless Communications Systems Design15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan
ELEC5442MDigital Signal Processing for Communications15 creditsSemester 1
ELEC5456MOptical Communications Networks15 creditsSemester 2
ELEC5471MData Communications and Network Security15 creditsSemester 1
ELEC5650MMedical Electronics and E-Health15 creditsSemester 2

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

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