Electronic Engineering (Top-up) BEng(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
We encounter electronics daily and developments in electronic engineering help to drive innovation and improve our lives. This important industry presents you with many career opportunities.
This top-up course has been designed for those who have already completed at least two years of University or Higher Education study in a related subject. It is suitable if you have completed a HND in Electronic Engineering (or equivalent) and are not only interested in technology but also the application and management of that technology.
The course content is broad, covering a mixture of advanced technology and technology management modules, delivered in the wider business, commercial and legal context.
Your studies will be vocational, featuring lots of opportunities for practical work. The course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you secure a graduate level job.
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You will undertake a project on a topic appropriate to your course, which may be industrially based. This will be an in-depth study of an engineering problem requiring a degree of initiative and an individual written report.
You will be assessed on your project planning and management skills, communication and overall achievement.
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.
Project Quality and Production Management
Engineers have a responsibility to ensure that they deliver projects on time and within budget. With this in mind this module covers the scheduling of project activity, with appropriate consideration of resource constraints and the costs required for undertaking successful projects. You’ll study financial analysis in the justification of projects and approaches to risk analysis. To support this you’ll be introduced to project management software used by industry. The module also includes total quality management, introducing tools and techniques such as statistical process control, improvement programmes and maintenance management.You’ll explore how to effectively manage the manufacture of products and the decision making processes required with regard to people, machines, materials and finance.
Parallel Computer Architecture Clusters and Grids
In this module you will be introduced to Computer Cluster, Cloud and Grid technologies and applications. Term one focuses on the fundamental components of Cluster environments, such as Commodity Components for Clusters, Network Services/Communication software, Cluster Middleware, Resource management, and Programming Environments. In term two you will study the fundamental components of Grid environments, such as Authentication, Authorization, Resource access, and Resource discovery. The hands-on laboratory exercises will provide the necessary practical experience with Cluster and Grid middleware software required to construct Cluster and Grid applications.
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.
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.
Whilst this is a top-up course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 92% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as senior systems engineer, electronic design engineer, electronics engineer, controls engineer, plant manager and senior quality engineer in organisations including Rolls-Royce, Vodafone, Siemens, Dyson and Schneider Electric.*
Additionally, you may gain skills that are transferable to other industries and may be able to pursue a career that requires a good honours degree. You could go on to further study and the University has many options available for postgraduate study and research which may interest you.
Teaching and assessment
In addition to conventional lectures and tutorials there are many opportunities for practical, hands-on learning, including group mini-projects where collaboration and team work is positively encouraged.
Assessment is by assignments (group and individual), examinations, in-class tests and presentations.
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.
• Electronics and Communications: modern digital oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies and spectrum analysers etc for over 35 students.
• Electrical Energy and Control: contains modern industrial ac and dc motors and drives, electric vehicle technology, renewable energy generation technology (small wind turbines, solar photo voltaic panels and fuel cell etc). There are also process control rigs and software for, servo motor, liquid level, flow rate, and engine speed control applications.
• There are many additional computing laboratories equipped with PCs/workstations running industry standard software for a large range of areas such as; measurement & control, computer aided engineering and power system analysis - all with high speed internet access.
• High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster facility: will enable students to speed up simulation and modelling of tasks.
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.
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 Embedded Systems 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) or 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
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
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.