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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering

Academic Year: 2016/17

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 Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

All module combinations fulfil the educational requirements for accreditation at CEng by both the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  For accreditation by the Institute of Measurement and Control the programme must include at least 15 credits from the following: 

Code

Title

Modular
Weight

ELD506

Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

15

ELD023

Microcontroller Laboratory

15

ELD062

Understanding Complexity

15

ELD568

Sensors and Actuators for Control

15

Final award MEng/ MEng + DIS/ MEng + DIntS
Programme title Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering
Programme code ELUM30
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 8 semesters or 10 semesters if taken with either the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) or the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). The programme is only available on a full-time basis.
UCAS code H601, H605
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/eese/electronic-computer-systems

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 01 Nov 2016 16:25:34 GMT

1. Programme Aims

To meet the aims of the BEng programme in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering and to further enhance a student’s learning experience by providing a high quality educational experience, for well motivated high achievers, that:

  • increases the depth and breadth of technical study to the level expected of Masters level graduates;
  • develops knowledge and skills, to a depth and breadth expected of Masters level graduates, as a preparation for a career in the electronic and electrical engineering industry;
  • develops an enhanced capacity for independent learning, planning and self–reliance;
  • enhances teamwork and leadership skills, equipping graduates of the programme to play leading roles in industry and potentially take responsibility for future innovation and change

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, 3rd edition, 2013.

UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence; The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Engineering Council UK, 3rd edition, 2014.

Guidance Note on Academic Accreditation, Engineering Council UK, 2014.

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

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

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

The report of the EAB Accreditation Panel, 2015 (the panel included representatives of the IET, InstMC, RAeS, EI and IMechE).

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:

  • mathematical methods appropriate to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines, including their limitations and range of applicability
  • principles of engineering appropriate to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines, including their range of applicability;
  • principles of Information Technology and Communications appropriate to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines;
  • design principles and techniques appropriate to relevant components, equipment and associated software;
  • characteristics of relevant engineering components;
  • management and business practices appropriate to engineering industries, their application and limitations;
  • codes of practice and regulatory frameworks relevant to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines;
  • operational practices and requirements for safe operation relevant to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines;
  • the professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers;
  • team roles, team-working skills and leadership skills;
  • relevant research methods.

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 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;
  • an ability to develop innovative solutions to practical engineering problems;
  • a competence in defining and solving practical engineering problems;
  • the ability to apply engineering processes in a range practical contexts.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • use appropriate or novel mathematical methods for modelling and analysing pertinent engineering problems;
  • select and use relevant test and measurement equipment;
  • plan and execute safely novel or unfamiliar experimental laboratory work;
  • select and use computational tools and packages (including programming languages where appropriate);
  • design, and where appropriate construct, new systems, components or processes;
  • undertake testing of design ideas in the laboratory or by simulation, and analyse and critically evaluate the results;
  • search for, retrieve and evaluate information, ideas and data from a variety of sources;
  • manage a project and produce technical reports, papers, diagrams and drawings at an appropriate level.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • manipulate, sort and present data in a range of forms;
  • use evidence based methods in the solution of complex problems;
  • work with limited, incomplete and/or contradictory information in the solution of unfamiliar problems;
  • use an engineering and/or systems approach to the solution of problems in unfamiliar situations;
  • be creative and innovative in problem solving;
  • work effectively as part of a team and show potential for leadership;
  • use a wide range of information and communications technology;
  • manage time and resources;
  • use appropriate management tools;
  • communicate effectively orally, visually and in writing at an appropriate level;
  • learn effectively, continuously and independently in a variety of environments.

4. Programme structure

These Programme Specifications apply to the conduct of the programme in the 2016-17 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’, ‘oC’ and ‘oD’ should be considered along with the text following the table in which they appear.

Modules 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

ELA004

Signals and Systems

10

1+2

c

ELA007

Introduction to Systems Engineering  for Projects

20

1+2

c

MAA303

Mathematics A

20

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

 

ELB014

Software Engineering

15

1+2

c

ELB019

Computer Architecture

15

1+2

c

ELB020 

Introduction to FPGA Design 

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

ELB004

Control System Design

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

 

ELC008

Business Management

15

1+2

c

ELC018

Real-Time Software Engineering

15

1+2

c

ELC054 

Electronic System Design with FPGAs 

15

 1+2 

c

ELC055 

Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation 

 15 

1+2

c

ELD002

Group Project

30

1+2

c

ELB002

Communications

15

1+2

oA

ELB004

Control System Design

15

1+2

oA

ELC002

Principles of Digital Communications

15

1+2

oB

ELC004 

Computer Networks 

15

 1+2 

 oB 

ELC013

Electromagnetic Compatibility

15

1+2

oB

ELC014

Biophotonics Engineering

15

1+2

oB

ELC030

Bioelectricity – Fundamentals and Applications

15

1+2

oB

ELC039

Microwave Communication Systems

15

1+2

oB

ELC041

Digital and State Space Control

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

ELC027

or

ELC028

or

ELC029

Independent Study 1

or

Independent Study 2

or

Independent Study 3

10

 

10

 

10

1+2

 

1+2

 

1+2

oC

 

oC

 

oC

XXXXXX

Options from the University Catalogue

30

1+2

oD

Option modules with a total weight of 30 credits should be chosen.

Options listed as oA will normally continue to be delivered throughout the Semester 1 examination period, while options listed as oB will normally be suspended during the Semester 1 examination period. Modules marked oA may only be chosen if they were not taken at Part B.

The option oD allows a free choice of modules worth 30 credits from the University Catalogue. This choice should be restricted to modules from Part B, C or D level, subject to the overall requirement for the Part that at least 90 credits should be from Part C level or above. Choosing modules from Part D may result in examinations at the end of Semester 1. This free choice includes language modules from the University-wide Language Programme.  The total of 120 credits should be arranged as near to 60 credits per semester as possible.  When making such free choices, students are responsible for ensuring that all module choices can be incorporated into their individual timetables.

All optional module arrangements are subject to Programme Director’s approval.

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

 

4.4       Part D - Degree Modules

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

 

ELD030

Advanced Project

50

1+2

c

ELD034

Applying Management Theory

10

1+2

c

ELD521 

Advanced FPGAs 

15

1

c

ELD522 

Embedded Software Development 

15

2

c

ELD506

Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

15

1

oA

ELD509

Communication Networks

15

1

oA

ELD510

Personal Radio Communications

15

1

oA

ELD511

Information Theory and Coding

15

1

oA

ELD515

Communication Channels

15

1

oA

ELD568

Sensors and Actuators for Control

15

1

oA

ELD005 

Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) Engineering 

 15 

2

oA

ELD062

Understanding Complexity

15

2

oA

ELD508

Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio

15

2

oA

ELD516

Communication Network Security

15

2

oA

ELD517

Mobile Network Technologies

15

2

oA

ELD525

Engineering Applications

15

2

oA

ELD023

Microcontroller Laboratory

15

1+2

oB

ELD032

Microwave Circuits Laboratory

15

1+2

oB

XXXXXX

Options from the University Catalogue

30

1+2

oC

The modules listed oA are block taught in one week or two week long blocks, while those listed oB run over both semesters

The option oC allows a free choice of modules worth 30 credits from the University Catalogue. This choice should be restricted to modules from Part C or D level, subject to the overall requirement for the Part that at least 90 credits should be from Part D level or above. This free choice includes language modules from the University-wide Language Programme.  The total of 120 credits should be arranged as near to 60 credits per semester as possible.  When making such free choices, students are responsible for ensuring that all module choices can be incorporated into their individual timetables.

All optional module arrangements are subject to Programme Director’s approval.

Module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, prerequisite, preclusive and student number restrictions. Note that ELD modules are generally taught in one/two week blocks while ELC and modules from other Departments may be taught over one or both semesters and this may lead to timetable clashes. Any difficulties arising from optional module choice, including such timetabling issues, will not normally be considered as the basis of a claim for impaired performance.

 

4.5  Part I - Industrial or International training

Candidates registered for the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) will receive the award if ELI001 is passed with a mark of at least 40%.

Candidates registered for the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) shall undertake an international placement at a host university under the UNITECH Scheme and is subject to a selection process. The award involves both an internship at a UNITECH Corporate partner and a programme of approved learning at a partner university.

The DIS or the DIntS may be taken after successful completion of Part B and before Part C, or they may be taken after successful completion of Part C and before Part D. University Regulations do not allow for the award of both DIS and DIntS.

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

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C or I, from C to D or I 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 For candidates who commence study on the programme in October, 2016:

To progress from Part A to Part B, candidates must achieve 120 credits from Part A, and an average mark in Part A of at least 55%.

To progress from Part B to either Part C or Part I, (a period of professional training and/or study at an approved institution abroad, DIS or DIntS), candidates must achieve 120 credits from Part B, and an average mark in Part B of at least 55%.

To progress from Part C to either Part D or Part I, (a period of professional training and/or study at an approved institution abroad, DIS or DIntS), candidates must achieve 120 credits from Part C, and an average mark in Part C of at least 55%.

5.1.2 For candidates who commenced study on the prgramme before October, 2016:

To progress from Part A to Part B, candidates must achieve 100 credits from Part A, with no module mark less than 30%, and an average mark in Part A of at least 55%.

To progress from Part B to either Part C or Part I, (a period of professional training and/or study at an approved institution abroad, DIS or DIntS), candidates must achieve 100 credits from Part B, with no module mark less than 30%, and an average mark in Part C of at least 55%.

To progress from Part C to either Part D or Part I, (a period of professional training and/or study at an approved institution abroad, DIS or DIntS), candidates must achieve 100 credits from Part C, with no module mark less than 30%, and an average mark in Part C of at least 55%.

5.1.3 To qualify for the award of the degree of Master of Engineering, candidates must achieve 100 credits from Part D, with no module marks less than 30%. In addition, candidates should normally obtain a mark of at least 50% in all modules with codes of the form ELD5xx taken in Part D

5.2  Re-assessment

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in Parts A, Part B or Part C of the programme 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 ELD030 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.

(iv) Most postgraduate modules (including ELD5xx numbers) are unavailable in the Special Assessment Period.

(v) Candidates may elect to enter any of the three Electronic, Electrical andSystems Engineering programmes administered by the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering if the requirements for progression for that programme have been achieved. Failure at MEng re-assessment will not affect subsequent entry to the BEng programme.

(vi) Any candidate who, after re-assessment, fails to satisfy the requirements for the award of Master of Engineering may elect to enter Part C of the BEng degree programme in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering and on successful completion of the requirements of that programme qualify for the award of Bachelor of Engineering. Such a BEng award would be based on the candidate’s previous performance in Parts B and C of the MEng programme. The award will be calculated by combining average marks for those Parts in the ratio Part B:20 and Part C:80. Credit in the Advanced Project module ELD030 will be transferred where applicable.      

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

A candidate's final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments at Parts B, C and D 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 15: Part C 42.5: Part D 42.5, to determine the final Programme Mark.

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