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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Systems Engineering (Students undertaking Part C in 2020)

Academic Year: 2020/21

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


Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:39:23 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 

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory modules (20 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSA016 Industrial project in Systems Engineering (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits) 20

Semester 1

Compulsory modules (50 credits)





Electronic Circuits



Introduction to Programming



Core Mathematics 1


 Semester 2

Compulsory Modules (20 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSA012 Electrical Science A 20
WSA013 Digital Systems 20
MAA203 Core Mathematics 2 10


4.2 Part B 

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory modules (20 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSB006 Systems Intergration 20

Semester 1

Compulsory modules (30 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSB007 Systems Methods 20
MAB103 Advanced Mathematics 1 10

Optional Modules (students should select modules totalling 20 credits)








Embedded Systems Programming



Mechanics for Robotics


Semester 2

Compulsory Modules (50 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSB004 Control Systems Design 20
WSB009 Mobile Robots 20
MAB203 Advanced Mathematics 2 10


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 

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory modules (30 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC325 Project (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 20 credits) 30

Semester 1

Compulsory modules (20 credits)





Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality



Human Factors in Systems Design C



Systems Engineering Applications and Theory


 Optional modules  (students should select modules totalling 20 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC318 Embedded Systems Design and Implementation 20
WSC302 Digital Communication Theory and Practice 20
WSC303 Renewable Energy Systems 20

Semester 2

Optional Modules (Students should select modules totalling 40 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC304 Computer Networks 20
WSC354 Electronic System Design with FPGAs 20
WSC355 Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation 20
WSC203 Manufacturing Planning & Control 10
WSC204 Management of the Human Resource 10
WSC206 Product Innovation Management 10


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.

To meet PSRB requirements students must achieve a minimum of 100 credits in each part with the remaining modules achieving a mark no lower than 10 percentage points below the usual pass mark.

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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