Electronic and Communication Engineering BEng(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
The need for communication is hardwired to the human condition and as communication technology has advanced, demand has increased. In a very short period of time the communications industry has grown exponentially, and people's expectations have grown with it. Meaning there are many career opportunities for those qualified in this area.
You'll be taught by professional engineers with many years' experience in industry, teaching and/or research. This course has been designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers, providing you with a broad introduction to electronic engineering and giving you specialist skills in communications. You'll also explore our other course areas of electrical, electronic and computer systems engineering.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporate Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You also have the option of spending a year working in industry, gaining valuable skills, experience and contacts. You'll be supported in this by our Placement Unit who have specialist knowledge of the industry.
If you attain an overall yearly average grade of 60% or above during your first two years, you have the opportunity to transfer to the Electronic Engineering MEng integrated Master's course.
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Our courses are flexible, enabling you to develop expertise in a variety of electronics and electrical engineering areas. You'll study a broad range of topics in your first year and as we offer four course options, focusing on either communications, electrical, electronic or computer systems, you'll have opportunities to switch between specialisms during Years 1 or 2. This means you can explore different areas of the subject and if you find you are particularly interested in one area you can tailor your studies towards that.
As you progress through the course, you have the chance to study modules in communications and gain skills in this specialist area.
On this module you’ll explore how to systematically design computer programs. You’ll be introduced to coding, testing and documenting software appropriate for engineering systems using the “C” programming language. You’ll be supported in developing your knowledge and understanding of the underlying syntax and logic structures specified by the programming language by solving practical problems in dedicated lab sessions. You’ll be expected to design and implement a software solution to a given problem specification.
Electronic Design Manufacture and Test
This module is laboratory based and you’ll complete a log book to record your progress, leading to you developing a formal report/business plan on which you’ll be assessed. Detailed assessment criteria and examples of excellent past work are provided to you at the outset and feedback is given at regular intervals. In the first term you’ll work in pairs or groups on a series of design, build and test exercises, which you record in your log book. In the second term you’ll work as part of a team to design, construct and evaluate a marketable electronic product. The formal report (one per team) should include business/marketing plans as well technical information.
The module contains a range of basic engineering mathematics including numbers, functions, linear mathematics, calculus and numerical techniques to support the engineering modules.
This module introduces you to the role played by professional engineers in terms of their responsibilities, ethical behaviour and contribution to the business team. Additionally, you'll be supported in improving your personal and practical skills including study techniques, communication skills (report writing and oral presentations), CV preparation and planning for your career. This is covered in lectures, tutorials, seminars, Problem Based Learning (PBL) sessions and laboratory-based activities.
Electrical Principles 1
In this module you’ll study the fundamentals of electrical engineering. You’ll explore how to determine the voltage and current of circuits (circuit theorems) as well as studying electrostatics, conduction and electromagnetism (field theory). You’ll be encouraged to discuss practical examples of resistors, capacitors and inductors, which can be an aid when you come to use these components in practice. The topics this module covers are fundamental to the whole of electrical engineering and will be useful throughout your course.
In this module you’ll explore the fundamentals of electronics, both digital and analogue. You'll be introduced to the basic digital functions AND, OR and NOT and the appropriate methods of representing digital information. Along with helping you to gain an understanding of technical datasheets parameters and memory devices, you’ll have the chance to gain skills in designing digital circuits from a given specification. Analogue design covers diode, transistor and operational amplifier circuit operation. You’ll also be supported in building circuits in the laboratory and testing them.
Enterprise: Electronic Product Design and Manufacture
In this module you'll be supported in acquiring an understanding of the lifecycle process of electronic product design and develop the skills required by professional engineers to play an active role in the product design process. You'll study relevant aspects of business, finance, marketing, engineering management and design for manufacture (DFM). Your studies and research will centre on an electronic design and, as a team member, you will consider how a business could be set up to manufacture and sell the device for profit. In conclusion your team will be expected to produce and present a business plan including technical, marketing, environmental and financial aspects for the proposed enterprise. Learning is achieved through Problem Based Learning (PBL) sessions supplemented by lectures, and seminars.
Signal Analysis and Control
In this module you will be introduced to MATLAB and SIMULINK software to enable modelling of the dynamic response of instruments, devices and systems to different types of input - for example thermometers, dc motors, electronic filters and suspension systems. You’ll be supported in gaining an understanding of how laplace transforms are used to simulate processes and how they are used in the design of controllers for controlling the output from complex systems - such as positions control systems. You’ll be given the opportunity to design simple controllers for various processes using proportional and integral control and explore how to determine whether such systems are likely to become unstable. You’ll explore how to analyse the frequency content of instrumentation signals using discrete fourier transforms and you’ll study how to design appropriate filters to eliminate unwanted frequencies. The module also covers how cross correlation methods are used in velocity measurement systems.
Embedded systems are used in everyday products such as mobile phones, cars, cameras, printers and toys. These embedded systems contain a small computer on a single integrated circuit called microcontroller. This module introduces the principle of embedded systems which can sense their surrounding environment by receiving signals from a variety of transducers and control attached actuators such as lights and motors according to a specified strategy. You’ll have the opportunity to design and develop efficient ‘C’ programs in practical sessions and download them onto development boards containing many sensors and actuators. This will allow you to see your programs in action.
This module covers the design and analysis of Analogue and Digital electronics circuits and systems. You'll be supported in building on the fundamental theory you studied in Electronics 1 and in using industrial computer-aided design (CAD) tools. You'll study analogue electronics topics including single transistor circuit operation (DC, AC and hybrid r modelling) as well as multistage transistor amplifier circuits (biasing and low/high frequency response compensation analysis). You'll investigate extensive operational amplifier (op-amp) circuit structures including, active filter design (single and multi-order) with defined characteristics, with consideration of device manufacturer data sheet information. The digital electronics introduces you to a hardware description language, namely VHDL (VHSIC Hardware Description Language), along with the design and analysis of combinational and sequential logic circuit structures (finite state machines). You'll also be supported in undertaking the design of analogue to digital and digital to analogue converters (ADCs and DACs) to enable interfacing of analogues and digital systems.
Electrical Principles 2
This module aims to provide you with a greater insight into electric and magnetic forces and fields and their unification in Maxwell’s equations. The module material has been designed to support you in gaining a deeper understanding of fields and circuits and a knowledge of when and where to use appropriate scientific principles and methods. The module will address electrical principles and relate them to engineering applications. You'll be supported in developing the knowledge and analytical skills required for further study of electrical engineering topics.
This module introduces you to the fundamentals of communications. It covers basic modulation methods such as AM and FM and how to generate and demodulate them, as well as how a radio receiver works. You’ll also be given the opportunity to explore digital communications, transmission lines (lengths of cables) and noise in receivers. The theory is backed up by lab sessions, which are aimed at helping to further develop your understanding of the subject.
Year 3 – optional placement year
Final Year Project
This module is driven by you. It gives you the opportunity to undertake a project on a topic appropriate to your course, which may be focused on an industry based problem (previously some students have brought a project back from their placement company). Your project should consist of in-depth study of an engineering problem requiring a degree of initiative and result in a written report. This aims to help you extend your intellectual abilities by, enabling you to apply and increase your knowledge in a chosen field and demonstrate your professional engineering capabilities.
This module has been designed to build on the knowledge you have gained so far. You’ll study noise in receivers and examine the noise performance of AM and FM detectors. You’ll be supported in expanding your knowledge of noise by examining the error rate performance of a cable link (such as a telephone line) and you’ll also have the chance to explore optical communications. Other topics that may be covered include aerials, satellite communications, the ionosphere, modems, digital radio and TV.
The module combines the theory of signal processing and analysis of discrete time systems, with practical aspects of digital signal processing (DSP) applied to the design of digital filters. Term one focuses on signal processing operations and analysis in time and frequency domain and digital filter (FIR and IIR) design and simulation using MATLAB. In term two you’ll be supported in implementing your digital filter design using DSP software and hardware development system. A range of DSP design case studies (for example audio filters and two dimensional filters for image processing), will be used to illustrate typical DSP applications through practical laboratory work.
Analogue System Integration
This module covers the design and analysis of analogue integrated circuits (ICs) structures, incorporating Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs), Junction Field Effect Transistors (JFETs), Metal-Oxide Semiconductor FETs (MOSFETs), Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS), and Bipolar-CMOS (BiCMOS) technologies. Advanced op-amp based IC systems will be developed through the design, analysis and integration of fundamental building blocks (differential input, gain and output stages, current mirrors and biasing circuits, etc). Low distortion and high-output power capability audio IC designs will also be considered along with complete integrated system case studies.
Digital System Integration
This module aims to build on the digital electronics knowledge you gained in your second year; covering system and circuit design, modeling, layout, fabrication and test of integrated circuits (ICs). You’ll be encouraged to investigate the various stages of design and techniques used to improve system performance and function: from top-level specification using hardware description languages, (typically VHDL) through to transistor level layout. Throughout this module the compromises required to achieve an optimum design solution will be considered.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company's policy.
The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.
Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in applying for and finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.
The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. Previous students from this subject area have spent their placement year at companies including Sellafield, Cummins, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Red Bull, DSTL, Philips Healthcare, Echostar, GE Oil and Gas.
Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University's Enterprise Team. You'll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.
92% of graduates from this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey).
Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as instrument and protective systems engineer, commercial manager, quality engineer, project manager, project engineer and technical director in organisations including BP, BT Group, Schneider Electric, Technip, GlaxoSmithKline and EA Mobile.*
Professional links and accreditations
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporate Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
The IET is one of the world's leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community and IET accreditation is recognised around the world as an indicator of quality. Our relationship with the IET means that they feel our course content is relevant to the needs of industry, which could give you a potential advantage when looking for a job as employers may ask for graduates with accredited degrees.
Graduating from an accredited course means that you will avoid some or all of the detailed assessment of the educational requirements necessary for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration, making the registration process more straightforward for you. You can find further details around accreditation and registration for CEng status on the IET's website.
Teaching and assessment
You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and 27.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
We aim to develop your knowledge, understanding, analysis and design abilities principally through lectures and tutorials. You'll be supported in developing your practical and design skills through laboratory work involving problem solving assignments, practical exercises and mini projects. UniLearn, the University's Virtual Learning Environment, is used to support teaching.
Examinations, assignments, short tests and project work are all used for assessment. The percentage of coursework to examination is typically approximately 45% and 55% respectively. Our staff are committed to supporting you and helping to solve any problems you may have through tutorials and the personal tutor system.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only university where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
We have excellent teaching facilities, including an impressive range of professionally equipped laboratories for teaching, projects and research. Also, to support your practical work, every new student will receive a free laboratory toolkit.
There are dedicated laboratories for:
• Embedded Systems: hardware and software facilities for advanced DSP and PIC microcontroller development.
• Specialist communications equipment including: modern digital oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies and spectrum analysers. -
• There are many additional computing laboratories equipped with PCs/workstations running industry standard software for a large range of areas such as; measurement andcontrol, computer aided engineering and power system analysis - all with high speed internet access.
• High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster facility: that enables you to speed up simulation and modelling of tasks. The HPC system currently consists of over 150 cores with 300GB RAM and 20TB+ of storage, and is capable of carrying out approximately 250 Billion Instructions per Second.
All our laboratories are regularly updated to keep abreast of the equipment and software being used in associated industries. So you have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that may make you ideally placed to gain employment in your chosen specialism.
How much will it cost me?
The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
'Ambition' scholarships and grants
Students doing IET accredited courses can apply for these scholarships and grants. There are five scholarships available to pre-university students, and two types of undergraduate grants.
For further information please visit the IET's website.
Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.
The School of Computing and Engineering currently offers Electronics and Communications MSc. You may be interested in pursuing this course once you have completed your undergraduate studies. Please check the course details for the entry requirements.
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
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Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.