Teaching includes practical work in conventional laboratory experiments or projects, lecture modules and examples classes, which develop your problem-solving skills, and staff hold regular ‘surgeries’ where you can discuss any questions you have. Practical work is carried out in air-conditioned laboratories, with state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding IT infrastructure.
Stage 3 modules, with the exception of the final year project, are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. The programme includes project work to replicate industrial practice and develop skills to maximise employability.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the mathematical principles relevant to electronic and communications engineering
- scientific principles and methodology required in electronic and communications engineering
- advanced concepts of analogue and digital circuits and systems, telecommunications and instrumentation
- the value of intellectual property and contractual issues
- business and management techniques that may be used to achieve engineering objectives
- the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in electronic engineering
- current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety and Electromagnetic Compatiility (EMC) standards and directives
- characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products
- codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues
- contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- analysis and solution of problems in electronic engineering using relevant mathematical methods
- apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support the study of electronic engineering
- deploy engineering principles and apply them to the analysis of key electronic engineering processes
- identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques
- apply and understand a systems approach to electronic engineering problems
- investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues
- use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions while understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal
- demonstrate the economic and environmental context of an engineering solution.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- use of mathematical techniques to analyse problems in electronic engineering
- the ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and computer aided design (CAD) tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits
- the ability to work with technical uncertainty
- apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to electronic engineering to solve engineering problems
- design electronic circuits or systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance
- awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
- the ability to use technical literature and other information sources and apply it to a design
- apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate outcomes
- prepare technical reports and presentations.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- the ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data
- use of Information and Communications Technology
- personal and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work as part of a team
- communication by various means: written, verbal and visual
- to learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development
- critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
- the ability to manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project.
The programme aims to:
- enable students who have gained 240 credits on equivalent modules to those on our Stage 1 and 2 Electronic and Communications Engineering programme to obtain a top-up to a full BEng honours degree
- educate students to become engineers, well equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities and who are well prepared to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject
- produce professional engineers with specialist skills in hardware and software
- provide academic guidance and welfare support for students
- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and provide an environment where students can develop their potential.