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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Systems Engineering (2018 Entry)

Academic Year: 2019/20

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

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Final award BEng/ BEng+DIS/ BEng+DPS/ BEng+DIntS
Programme title Systems Engineering
Programme code WSUB20
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 semesters or 8 semesters if taken with the Diploma in Industrial Studies. The programme is only available on a full-time basis.
UCAS code H652, H650
Admissions criteria

 http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/systems­engineering/

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:15:38 BST

1. Programme Aims

The BEng in Systems Engineering aims to 

  • A1.   Prepare highly skilled graduates to pursue careers in Systems Engineering across a range of industries and activities involving the design, development, and analysis of complex systems
  • A2.   Provide a high-quality learning experience across a complete range of core subjects in order to give students the skills to investigate systems engineering problems.
  • A3.   Develop engineers capable of designing systems and managing the development process in order to deliver solutions that meet the requirements of customers.
  • A4.   Produce engineers knowledgeable of engineering management and business practices and of the relevant ethical, business, sustainability and legal constraints.
  • A5.   Promote high-quality engineering practice by applying appropriate knowledge, skills, tools and techniques in the analysis, diagnosis and solution of industry-related problems.
  • A6.   Support personal and professional development, including problem solving, leadership and team work and both oral and written presentation skills.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external 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, July 2014.
  • 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.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • K1.   Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific, mathematical and engineering principles appropriate to systems engineering;
  • K2.   Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of general engineering principles;
  • K3.   Understand the commercial, economic and sustainable aspects in the application of engineering processes;
  • K4.   Demonstrate awareness of the relevant codes of practice and regulatory frameworks and the operational practices for safe operation of engineering processes;
  • K5.   Show knowledge of the management and business practices appropriate to engineering industries;
  • K6.   Recognise 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: 

  • C1.   Apply engineering principles to the analysis of electronic and electrical engineering problems;
  • C2.   Apply mathematical and computer-based methods for modelling and analysing a range of practical and hypothetical engineering processes, components and products;
  • C3.   Investigate and define engineering problems within the framework of economic, social, ethical and environmental issues;
  • C4.   Evaluate and respond to customer needs, including fitness for purpose and cost;
  • C5.   Follow essential design principles appropriate to relevant components, equipment and associated software.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • P1.   Apply design, modelling, simulation and analytical methods and tools appropriate to systems engineering;
  • P2.   Define and solve practical engineering problems;
  • P3.   Demonstrate an ability to manage the design process;
  • P4.   Use conventional laboratory equipment and relevant test and measurement equipment in an appropriate and safe manner;
  • P5.   Apply relevant codes of practice and industry standards;
  • P6.   Demonstrate awareness of contractual issues and intellectual property rights;
  • P7.   Work with technical uncertainty;
  • P8.   Use appropriate management tools for project work.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • T1.   Search and retrieve information, ideas and data from a variety of sources;
  • T2.   Select and analyse appropriate evidence and data to solve problems;
  • T3.   Apply skills in problem solving, communication, team working and in the use of general software tools;
  • T4.   Develop a personal work plan and take responsibility for its execution, both  independently and as a member of a team;
  • T5.   Produce appropriate technical reports, papers, diagrams and drawings;
  • T6.Plan self-learning as the foundation for lifelong learning.

4. Programme structure

4.1 Part A 

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

 C/O

WSA016

Industrial Project in Systems Engineering

1 + 2

20

C

WSA011

Electronic Circuits

1

20

C

WSA010

Introduction to Programming

1

20

C

MAA103

Core Mathematics 1

1

10

C

WSA012

Electrical Science A

2

20

C

WSA013

Digital Systems

2

20

C

MAA203

Core Mathematics 2

2

10

C

  

4.2 Part B 

Candidates must choose one option ‘O’ from semester 1 

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

 C/O

WSB006

Systems Integration

1 + 2

20

C

WSB007

Systems Methods

1

20

C

MAB103

Advanced Mathematics 1

1

10

C

WSB004

Control System Design

2

20

C

WSB009

Mobile Robots

2

20

C

MAB203

Advanced Mathematics 2

2

10

C

WSB010

Electronics

1

20

O

WSB014

Embedded Systems Programming

1

20

O

WSB140

Mechanics for Robots

1

20

O

 

4.3 Part I 

 

Code Title
WSI010 Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) (Non-credit bearing)
WSI020 Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) (Non-credit bearing)
WSI035 Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) (Non-credit bearing)

 

 

For candidates who are registered for the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS), Part I will be followed between Parts B and C and will be in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XI and Regulation XX.

 

4.4 Part C 

Candidates must choose one option ‘O’ from each semester 

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

C/O 

WSC025

Project

1 + 2

30

C

WSC200

Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality

1

10

C

DSC502

Human Factors in Systems Engineering

1

10

C

WSC012

Systems Engineering Applications

1

10

C

WSC013

Systems Architecture, Simulation and Modelling

2

20

C

WSC018

Embedded Systems Design and Implementation

1

20

O

WSC002

Digital Communications Theory and Practice

1

20

O

WSC003

Sustainable & Renewable Energy Systems

1

20

O

WSC041

Digital and State Space Control

1

20

O

WSC004

Computer Networks

2

20

O

WSC014

Bioelectricity and Biophotonics Engineering

2

20

O

WSC054

Electronic Systems Design with FPGAs

2

20

O

WSC055

Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation

2

20

O

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements and other provisions set out in Regulation XX.

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 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 40: Part C 60 to determine the final Programme Mark.

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