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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Students undertaking Part C in 2019)

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)
Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)
Energy Institute (EI)


Final award BEng/ BEng+DIS
Programme title Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Programme code WSUB10
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 H600, H604
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:15:58 BST

1. Programme Aims

The BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering aims to:

  • A1.   provide a programme of study producing graduates that are attractive to the electronic and electrical engineering industry;
  • A2.   ensure a high quality educational experience in which knowledge and skills are developed, to an appropriate level, as preparation for a career in that industry;
  • A3.   provide a broad, well-balanced degree programme in which analytical skills are developed over the full range of core subject areas. Equipping graduates from the programme for employment across all fields appropriate to electronic and electrical engineering;
  • A4.   support students ability to apply their knowledge and skills effectively to solve engineering problems;
  • A5.   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;
  • A6.   maintain an up-to-date curriculum that is responsive to developments both in higher education and in industry, and in a manner which is informed by the School’s research activities;
  • A7.   develop students skills in teamwork, self–learning, planning and communication.

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, 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 demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:

  • K1.   essential mathematical methods appropriate to electronic and electrical engineering;
  • K2.   essential principles of engineering and/or systems science appropriate to electronic and electrical engineering;
  • K3.   the role of Information Technology and communications;
  • K4.   essential design principles appropriate to relevant components, equipment and associated software;
  • K5.   relevant common engineering materials and components;
  • K6.   management and business practices appropriate to engineering industries;
  • K7.   relevant codes of practice and regulatory frameworks;
  • K8.   basic operational practices and requirements for safe operation relevant to electronic and electrical engineering;
  • K9.   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:

  • C1.   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;
  • C2.   a competence in defining and solving practical engineering problems;
  • C3.   the ability to integrate, evaluate and use information, data and ideas from a range of sources in to project work;
  • C4.   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:

  • P1.   use conventional laboratory equipment and relevant test and measurement equipment in a safe manner;
  • P2.   use computational tools and packages (including programming languages where appropriate) in familiar situations;
  • P3.   design, and where appropriate construct, systems, components or processes;
  • P4.   search for and retrieve information, ideas and data from a variety of sources;
  • P5.   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:

  • T1.   demonstrate skills in problem solving, communication, group working, use of general software and information retrieval, which act as a foundation for life-long learning;
  • T2.   use an engineering and/or systems approach to the solution of problems;
  • T3.   use appropriate management tools including management of time and resources;
  • T4.   select and analyse appropriate evidence/data to solve engineering problems;
  • T5.   work independently or in a team.

4. Programme structure

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

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules 

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
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 Introduction to Programming 20 1+2 C
ELA005 Electromagnetism A 10 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 Title Weight Semester C/O
WSB002 Communications 15 1+2 C
WSB003 Electrical Science B 15 1+2 C
WSB004 Control System Design 15 1+2 C
WSB010 Electronics 20 1+2 C
WSB013 Engineering Project Management 20 1+2 C
MAB303 Mathematics B 20 1+2 C
WSB012 Renewable Energy Systems Analysis 15 1+2 O
WSB014 Software Engineering 15 1+2 O
WSB019 Computer Architecture 15 1+2 O
WSB140 Mechanics 15 1+2 O

Students should take ONE of the optional (o) modules indicated.

4.3   Part C - Degree Modules 

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSC008 Business Management 15 1+2 C
WSC025 Project 30 1+2 C
WSC002 Principles of Digital Communications 15 1+2 O
WSC003 Renewable Energy Sources 15 1+2 O
WSC004 Computer Networks 15 1+2 O
WSC007 Electromagnetism C 15 1+2 O
WSC013 Electromagnetic Compatibility 15 1+2 O
WSC014 Biophotonics Engineering 15 1+2 O
WSC018 Real-Time Software Engineering 15 1+2 O
WSC022 Power Electronics for Renewables 15 1+2 O
WSC030 Bioelectricity - Fundamentals and Applications 15 1+2 O
WSC039 Microwave Communication Systems 15 1+2 O
WSC041 Digital and State Space Control 15 1+2 O
WSC054 Electronic System Design with FPGAs 15 1+2
WSC055 Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation 15 1+2 O
WSC056 Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing 15 1+2 O
DSC502 Human Factors in Systems Design 15 1+2 O
MPC022 Materials Properties and Applications 15 1+2 O

Option modules with a total weight of 75 credits should be chosen.


All optional module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.


 4.4   Part I - Industrial Training

For candidates who are registered for the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) or 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.



5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for programme progression

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 satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.


5.2  Criteria for progression to an MEng programme

For candidates who commence study on the programme before October, 2016:

Any candidate who has accumulated, at the first attempt, 100 credits, no module mark 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 Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering programme administered by the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering should they so wish.

Any candidate who has accumulated, at the first attempt, 100 credits, no module mark 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 the MEng Part C or Part I of their current programme of study 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

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 20: Part C 80 to determine the final Programme Mark.

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