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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering - pre-2016
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institute of Measurement and Control

 

For students joining the programme in 2009 or earlier, all module combinations satisfy the requirements at BEng level for accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Measurement and Control. 

For students joining the programme in 2010 or later, all module combinations satisfy the requirements for accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. However, the Institute of Measurement and Control requires the following specific programme content:

The programme must include at least 15 credits from:

Code

Title

Modular
Weight

ELC041

Advanced Control

15

ELC055

Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation

15

ELC056

Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

15

Such accreditation provides a partial fulfillment of the educational requirements for CEng.

Final award BEng / BEng + DIS
Programme title Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering
Programme code ELUB30
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if taken with the Diploma in Industrial Studies. If the industrial training is undertaken, as required for the award of the Diploma, this will occur between Parts B and C, but only after successful completion of Part B. The programme is only available on a full-time basis.
UCAS code H611, H614
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/eese/electronicandcomputersystemsengineering/

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:04:16 BST

1. Programme Aims

The BEng in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering aims to:

  • provide a programme of study producing graduates that are attractive to the electronic and computer systems engineering industry;
  • ensure a high quality educational experience in which knowledge and skills are developed, to an appropriate level, as a preparation for a career in that industry;
  • provide a broad, well-balanced degree programme in which analytical skills are developed over the full range of core subject areas. Equipping graduates of the programme for employment across all fields appropriate to electronic and computer systems engineering;
  • support each student’s ability to apply their knowledge and skills effectively to solve engineering problems;
  • develop analytical and transferable skills to enable students to gain employment in a wide variety of professions, thus helping graduates of the programme to make a valuable contribution to society;
  • maintain up-to-date curriculum that is responsive to developments in both higher education and industry, and which is informed by the School’s research activities;
  • develop each student’s skills in teamwork, self–learning, planning and communication.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence: Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer Standard, Engineering Council UK, 2013.

UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence: The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Engineering Council UK, 2011.

Guidance Note on Academic Accreditation, Engineering Council UK, July 2011

IET Handbook of Learning Outcomes for BEng and MEng Degree Programmes, October 2009.

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, April 2012.

The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, August 2008.

Subject Benchmark Statement: Engineering, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, November 2010.

Code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education, Section 7: Programme design, approval, monitoring and review, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, September 2006.

The Northern Ireland Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (NICATS): Principles and Guidelines 2002.

Beyond the honours degree classification; The Burgess Group final report, October 2007.

Proposals for national arrangements for the use of academic credit in higher education in England: Final report of the Burgess Group, December 2006.

The report of the EAB Accreditation Panel, September 2010 (the panel included representatives of the IET, InstMC, RAeS and EI).

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:

  • essential mathematical methods appropriate to the electronic and computer systems engineering industry;
  • essential principles of engineering and/or systems science appropriate to electronic and computer systems engineering;
  • the role of Information Technology and communications;
  • essential design principles appropriate to relevant components, equipment and associated software;
  • relevant common engineering materials and components;
  • management and business practices appropriate to engineering industries;
  • relevant codes of practice and regulatory frameworks;
  • basic operational practices and requirements for safe operation relevant to electronic and electrical engineering;
  • the professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of standard mathematical and/or computer based methods for modelling and analysing a range of practical and hypothetical engineering problems, and the essential principles of modelling and analysing routine engineering systems, processes, components and products;
  • a competence in defining and solving practical engineering problems;
  • the ability to integrate, evaluate and use information, data and ideas from a range of sources  into project work;
  • the ability to apply systems processes in a range of different engineering contexts.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • use conventional laboratory equipment and relevant test and measurement equipment in a safe manner;
  • use computational tools and packages (including programming languages where appropriate) in familiar situations;
  • design, and where appropriate construct, systems, components or processes;
  • search for and retrieve information, ideas and data from a variety of sources;
  • manage a project and produce technical reports, papers, diagrams and drawings.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate skills in problem solving, communication, group working, use of general software and information retrieval, which act as a foundation for life-long learning;
  • use an engineering and/or systems approach to the solution of problems;
  • use appropriate management tools including management of time and resources;
  • select and analyse appropriate evidence/data to solve engineering problems;
  • work independently or in a team.

4. Programme structure

These Programme Specifications apply to the conduct of the programme in the 2013-14 session and should not be construed as being relevant to any other session.  These Programme Specifications may be subject to change from time to time.  Notice of change will be given by the School responsible for the programme. 

In the following tables, ‘c’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘o’ indicates an optional module. The optional modules ‘oA’, ‘oB’ and ‘oC’ should be considered along with the text following the table in which they appear. 

Modules which are indicated as being taught in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 have elements of assessment in each semester however examinations for these modules normally occur during the Semester 2 examination period. Modules indicated as being taught in a single semester are assessed entirely within that semester.

 

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

 

ELA005

Electromagnetism A

10

2

c

ELA002

Project and Study Skills

10

1+2

c

ELA004

Signals and Systems

10

1+2

c

ELA007

Introduction to Systems Engineering  for Projects

15

1+2

c

MAA303

Mathematics A

15

1+2

c

ELA001

Circuits

20

1+2

c

ELA003

Electronics A

20

1+2

c

ELA010

Programming and Software Design

20

1+2

c

The 20 credit module ELA001 Circuits is taught over both semesters, 2/3 of the module is taught in Semester 1 and 1/3 in Semester 2.

 

4.2       Part B - Degree Modules

 

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

 

ELB004

Control System Design

15

1+2

c

ELB014

Software Engineering

15

1+2

c

ELB019

Computer Architecture

15

1+2

c

ELB010

Electronics B

20

1+2

c

MAB303

Mathematics B

20

1+2

c

ELB006

Systems Integration

20

1+2

oA

ELB013

Engineering Project Management

20

1+2

oA

ELB002

Communications

15

1+2

oB

ELB003

Electromechanical Systems

15

1+2

oB

 Students should take one of the optional modules marked oA and one marked oB.

 

4.3       Part C  - Degree Modules

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

 

ELC004

Computer Networks

15

1+2

c

ELC008

Business Management

15

1+2

c

ELC010

Microprocessor Architecture

15

1+2

c

ELC025

Project

30

1+2

c

ELB002

Communications

15

1+2

oA

ELB003

Electromechanical Systems

15

1+2

oA

ELC002

Principles of Digital Communications

15

1+2

oB

ELC006

Fast Transient Sensors

15

1+2

oB

ELC007

Electromagnetism C

15

1+2

oB

ELC013

Electromagnetic Compatibility

15

1+2

oB

ELC014

Biophotonics Engineering

15

1+2

oB

ELC018

Real-Time Software Engineering

15

1+2

oB

ELC030

Bioelectricity – Fundamentals and Applications

15

1+2

oB

ELC039

Microwave Communication Systems

15

1+2

oB

ELC041

Advanced Control

15

1+2

oB

ELC054

Electronic System Design with FPGAs

15

1+2

oB

ELC055

Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation

15

1+2

oB

ELC056

Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

15

1+2

oB

DSC502

Human Factors in Systems Design

15

1+2

oB

MPC022

Materials Properties and Applications

15

1+2

oB

Option modules with a total weight of 45 credits should be chosen.

Options listed as oA will normally continue to be delivered throughout the Semester 1 examination period.  The options listed as oB will normally be suspended during the Semester 1 examination period. No more than two oA modules should be chosen and only where they were not taken at Part B.

All module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, prerequisite, preclusive and student number restrictions. Any difficulties arising from optional module choice will not normally be considered as the basis of a claim for impaired performance.

 

4.4  Part I - Industrial training

Following successful completion of Part B, candidates registered for the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) shall undertake a period of at least 45 weeks at a placement organized through or with the consent of the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.  The assessment for the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) is by a dissertation and a poster.

Participation in industrial training is subject to School approval, and all arrangements  must be in accordance with University Regulation XI.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to Part I or Part C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also:

5.1.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B, candidates must obtain at least 100 credits from Part A together with at least 30% in all remaining modules.  

5.1.2 In order to progress from Part B to either Part C or Part I (a period of professional training required for the DIS award), candidates must obtain at least 100 credits from Part B with at least 30% in all remaining modules.

5.1.3 To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Engineering candidates must acheive at least 40% in the project module ELC025. Where applicable, the Advanced Project ELD030 is an acceptable alternative to ELC025.

5.2 Re-assessment

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University’s Special Assessment Period (unless modules unavailable for re-assessment in the Special Assessment period are involved).

It should be noted however that

(i) Where a candidate has achieved fewer than 60 credits in any part of the programme, re-assessment in that Part is not permitted within the Special Assessment Period.

(ii) In accordance with Regulation XX, paragraph 40, individual project work for ELC025 obtaining a module mark between 30% and 39% inclusive may be revised and resubmitted for re-assessment. At the discretion of the Programme Board such re-assessment may be allowed in the Special Assessment Period.

(iii) Coursework re-assessment for exercises undertaken in groups and/or involving constructional, experimental or laboratory work may not be available during the Special Assessment Period. 

5.3 Criteria for progression onto an MEng programme

5.3.1 Any candidate who has achieved, at the first attempt, 100 credits, no module marks less than 30% and an overall average mark of at least 55% from modules taken in Part A would normally be allowed to transfer to Part B of any MEng programme in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering should they so wish.

5.3.2 Any candidate who has achieved, at the first attempt, 100 credits, no module marks less than 30% and an overall average mark of at least 55% from modules taken in Part B would normally be allowed to transfer to Part C or Part I of any MEng programme in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering should they so wish.

Such transfers are subject to the prerequisite requirements of the MEng programme.

 

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments at Parts B and C in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The average percentage marks for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 20: Part C 80 to determine the final Programme Mark.

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