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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering (Students undertaking Part D 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)
Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)

 

Final award MEng/ MEng + DIS/ 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) 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 Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:24:36 GMT

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;
  • K9.   team roles, team-working skills and leadership skills;
  • K10.  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

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory modules (100 credits)

Code Title Credits
ELA004 Signals and Systems 20
ELA007 Introduction to Systems Engineering for Projects 20
MAA303 Mathematics A 20
ELA001 Circuits 20
ELA003 Electronics A 20
ELA010 Programming and Software Design 20

Semester 2

Compulsory modules (10 credits)

Code Title Credits
ELA005 Electromagnetism A 10

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

Smester 1 and 2

Compulsory modules (85 credits)

Code Title Credits
ELB014 Software Engineering 15
ELB019 Computer Architecture 15
ELB020 Introduction to FPGA Design 15
ELB010 Electronics B 20
MAB303 Mathematics B 20

 Optional Modules (35 credits)

Code Title Credits  
ELB006 Systems Integration 20 OA
ELB013 Engineering Project Management 20 OA
ELB002 Communications 15 OB
ELB004 Control Systems Design 15 OB

Students should take one of the optional modules marked oA and one marked oB.

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 Regulations XX.

 

4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

Semester 1 and 2

Compulosry modules (90 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC008 Business Management 15
WSC018 Real-Time Software Engineering 15
WSC054 Electronic System Design with FPGAs 15
WSC055 Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation 15
WSD001 Team Project 30

Optional Modules (30)

Code Title Credits  
WSC002 Principles of Digital Communications 15 OA
WSC004 Computer Networks 15 OA
WSC013 Electromagnetic Compatibility 15 OA
WSC014 Biophotonics Engineering 15 OA
WSC030 Bioelectricity - Fundamentals and Applications 15 OA
WSC039 Microwave Communication Systems 15 OA
WSC041 Digital and State Space Control 15 OA
WSC056 Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing 15 OA
DSC502 Human Factors in Systems Design C 15 OA
MPC022 Materials Properties and Applications 15 OA
XXXXXX Options from the University Catalogue

30

OB

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

The option OB 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.

  

4.5       Part D - Degree Modules

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory modules (60 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSD030 Advanced Individual Project (Sem 1: 20 credits; Sem 2: 30 credits) 50
WSD034 Applying Management Theory (Sem 1: 5 credits; Sem 2: 5 credits) 10

 

Semester 1

Compulsory modules (15 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSD530 Programming Multi/many-core Systems 15

 Optional modules (15 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSD506 Digital Signal Processing 15
WSD509 Communication Networks 15
WSD510 Personal Radio Communications 15
WSD511 Information Theory and Coding 15
WSD568 Sensors and Actuators for Control 15
WSD546 Statistical methods and Data Analysis 15

Semester 2

Optional Modules (15 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSD508 Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio 15
WSD516 Telecommunication Network Security 15
WSD517 Mobile Network Technologies 15
WSD525 Advanced Electronic Engineering Applications 15

 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

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, from C to D 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 and in addition candidates must accumulate 120 credits and achieve an overall average of 55% in each part.

To qualify for the Degree of Masters of Engineering, candidates must accumulate 120 credits from Part D, and achieve an overall average of 55%.

5.2 Criteria for Candidates who do not receive Permission to Progress or gain the Award of a Degree

Any candidate who fails to achieve the criteria for progression from Part A to Part B, Part B to Part C or Part C to Part D shall have the opportunity to repeat module assessments in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XX. Alternatively, the candidate may elect to enter the BEng Honours Degree programme in Electronic Computer Systems Engineering, provided that the candidate has satisfied the criteria for progression on the BEng programme at the appropriate point.

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

Any candidate who, having successfully completed Part C, is unable to commence or complete Part D or who fails to achieve the criteria necessary for the award of MEng may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded the degree of BEng in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering with a classification corresponding to the candidate’s achievements in the Part B and Part C assessments and determined on the basis of the weightings given for the BEng programme.

 

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

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

 

 

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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