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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Electronic and Computer 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)
Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)

 

Final award MEng/ MEng + DIS/ MEng + DPS/ MEng + DPS/ MEng + DIntS
Programme title Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering
Programme code WSUM30
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 8 semesters or 10 semesters if taken with either the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). The programme is only available on a full-time basis.
UCAS code H612, H613
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:38:03 BST

1. Programme Aims

To meet the aims of the MEng 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:

  • A1.   increases the depth and breadth of technical study to the level expected of Masters level graduates;
  • A2.   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;
  • A3.   develops an enhanced capacity for independent learning, planning and self–reliance;
  • A4.   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 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.

Master's Degree Characteristics, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, March 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.   mathematical methods appropriate to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines, including their limitations and range of applicability
  • K2.   principles of engineering appropriate to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines, including their range of applicability;
  • K3.   principles of Information Technology and Communications appropriate to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines;
  • K4.   design principles and techniques appropriate to relevant components, equipment and associated software;
  • K5.   characteristics of relevant engineering components;
  • K6.   management and business practices appropriate to engineering industries, their application and limitations;
  • K7.   codes of practice and regulatory frameworks relevant to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines;
  • K8.   operational practices and requirements for safe operation relevant to electronic and electrical engineering and related disciplines;
  • K9.   the professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers;
  • K10.  team roles, team-working skills and leadership skills;
  • K11.  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:

  • C1.   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;
  • C2.   an ability to develop innovative solutions to practical engineering problems;
  • C3.   a competence in defining and solving practical engineering problems;
  • C4.   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:

  • P1.   use appropriate or novel mathematical methods for modelling and analysing pertinent engineering problems;
  • P2.   select and use relevant test and measurement equipment;
  • P3.   plan and execute safely novel or unfamiliar experimental laboratory work;
  • P4.   select and use computational tools and packages (including programming languages where appropriate);
  • P5.   design, and where appropriate construct, new systems, components or processes;
  • P6.   undertake testing of design ideas in the laboratory or by simulation, and analyse and critically evaluate the results;
  • P7.   search for, retrieve and evaluate information, ideas and data from a variety of sources;
  • P8.   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:

  • T1.   manipulate, sort and present data in a range of forms;
  • T2.   use evidence based methods in the solution of complex problems;
  • T3.   work with limited, incomplete and/or contradictory information in the solution of unfamiliar problems;
  • T4.   use an engineering and/or systems approach to the solution of problems in unfamiliar situations;
  • T5.   be creative and innovative in problem solving;
  • T6.   work effectively as part of a team and show potential for leadership;
  • T7.   use a wide range of information and communications technology;
  • T8.   manage time and resources;
  • T9.   use appropriate management tools;
  • T10.  communicate effectively orally, visually and in writing at an appropriate level;
  • T11.  learn effectively, continuously and independently in a variety of environments.

4. Programme structure

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSA017 Industrial Project in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering 20 1+2 C
MAA103 Core Mathematics 1 10 1 C
WSA010 Programming and Software Design 20 1 C
WSA011 Electronic Circuits 20 1 C
MAA203 Core Mathematics 2 10 2 C
WSA012 Electrical Science B 20 2 C
WSA013 Digital Systems 20 2 C

 

4.2       Part B - Degree Modules

Candidates must choose ONE option from Semester Two.

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSB013 Robotics Project Design and Management 20 1+2 C
MAB103 Advanced Mathematics 1 10 1 C
WSB010 Electronics 20 1 C
WSB014 Embedded Systems Programming 20 1 C
MAB203 Advanced Mathematics 2 10 2 C
WSB019 Computer Architecture 20 2 C
WSB002 Communications 20 2 C
WSB004 Control Systems Design 20 2 C

 

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 Diploma in International Studies (DIntS), Part I will be between Part B and C or Parts C and D and will be in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XI and Regulation XX.

 

 

 

4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

Candidates must choose ONE option from Semester One.

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSD001 Team Project 30 1+2 C
WSC018 Embedded Systems Design and Implementation 20 1 C
WSC200 Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality 10 1 C
WSC054 Electronic Systems Design with FPGAs 20 2 C
WSC055 Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation 20 2 C
WSC002 Principles of Digital Communications 20 1 O
WSC003 Sustainable & Renewable Energy Systems 20 1 O
WSC039 Microwave Communications 20 1 O
WSC041 Digital and State Space Control 20 1 O

 

  

4.5       Part D - Degree Modules


Candidates must choose optional modules totalling 20 credits.

 

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSD030 Advanced Project 50 1+2 C
WSD034 Applying Management Theory 10 1+2 C
WSD530 Programming Multi/many-core Systems 15 1 C
WSD525 Advanced Electrical Engineering Applications 15 2 C
WSD506 Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing 15 1 OA
WSD509 Communication Networks 15 1 OA
WSD510 Personal Radio Communications 15 1 OA
WSD511 Information Theory and Coding 15 1 OA
WSD515 Communication Channels 15 1 OA
WSD568 Sensors and Actuators for Control 15 1 OA
WSD508 Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio 15 2 OA
WSD516 Telecommunication Network Security 15 2 OA
WSD517 Mobile Network Technologies 15 2 OA
WSD032 Microwave Circuits Laboratory 15 1+2 OB
XXXXXX Options from the University Catalogue 30 1+2 OC

 

The optional 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. The total of 120 credits should be arranged as near to 60 credits per semester as possible.

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

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for programme progression

Progression from Part A to Part B, from part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D will be subject to the provisions set out in Regulation XX and in addition candidates must accumulate 120 credits and achieve an overall average of 55% in each part.

At the end of Parts A, B, or C candidates not meeting the progression requirements for the MEng after reassessment, or at the option of the candidate, may transfer to the BEng degree programme providing they meet the minimum requirements set out in Regulation XX.

In the event of a candidate transferring onto the BEng programme following assessment (or reassessment) at the end of Part C the degree mark will be calculated by combining average marks in the ratio Part B:40 and Part C:60.  The degree award in this case will be governed by the provisions set out in Regulation XX.

 

5.2  Degree award

To qualify for the award of the Degree of Master of Engineering, candidates must accumulate 100 credits from Part D, with no module mark less than 30%, in accordance with the provision of Regulation XX. 

In addition, candidates should normally obtain a mark of at least 50% in all modules with the prefix WSD5xx in order to accumulate credit.

Should a candidate fail to qualify for the MEng award at the end of Part D following reassessment (or at the option of the candidate) the BEng degree will be awarded on the basis of performance at Parts B and C.  The degree mark will be calculated by combining average marks in the ratio Part B:40 and Part C:60.

 

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 20: Part C 40: Part D 40, to determine the final Programme Mark.

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