Electronic and Electrical Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

 

About the course

The world we live in today is profoundly dependent upon the talents of electronic and electrical engineers. Creating, designing and managing the systems that keep things running is vital in our society, from the generation of heat, light and power, to the ease and speed of communication that we have come to expect.

This course aims to help you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills associated with the generation, distribution, application and control of electrical energy. You'll investigate sustainable power generation, infrastructures and electric motor performance and control, in addition to exploring the principle aspects of electronic engineering.

We aim to prepare you for your future career and you'll be taught by professional engineers with many years of experience in industry, teaching and/or research.

If you apply for the BEng(Hons) route initially and you attain an overall yearly average grade of 60% or above during your first two years of study, there is a chance for you to transfer onto the integrated Master's MEng route. The MEng route has higher entry requirements at the outset and means you study for an extra year and gain a deeper understanding of the subject.


Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

Minimum of 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

•  A minimum of a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

•  A Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.

Contact:

Places available:
(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Course content

Dependent on your level of entry, you will complete a combination of the following modules over a two to four year period:

Intermediate level modules

Core modules:

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.


Communications

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.


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

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.


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.


Electronics 2

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.

Higher level modules

Core modules:

Individual Project

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.


Control Systems

In this module you will study control systems for various types of processes, for example heating systems, conveying systems and processes in which liquid level control is critical. You’ll be supported in modelling these systems using MATLAB and SIMULINK software and in developing appropriate analogue control strategies. You’ll study how to design compensators, such as ‘phase lag’ and ‘phase lead’ compensators, in order to stabilise inherently unstable systems. The module also covers digital control, state variable analysis and state variable feedback control. A major part of the module is the chance to design a practical digital control system for controlling liquid level in a tank. This could involve designing the interfacing electronics between a ‘data acquisition & control board’ and the pump, flow meter and level sensors associated with the tank - and then writing software to perform appropriate level control whilst allowing controller parameters (such as the set point) to be updated without halting the program.


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.


Electrical Power and Drive Systems

This module will introduce you to the advanced techniques required for the analysis, design, operation and control of electrical power networks and power electronic drive systems. It covers load flow analysis, fault analysis (symmetrical components), transient analysis, drive systems and power converter design/operation. You will be taught through a combination of lectures with integrated tutorial/seminar activities and you'll participate in laboratory based investigations.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include-

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.


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.


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.

You'll typically study a minimum of three modules per year, in order to work towards gaining the BEng qualification.

Important information

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.

Career opportunities

Whilst this is a part-time course and therefore no graduate statistics for this for this specific course are available, 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 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 any 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.

*Source: LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). 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 either Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration, making the registration process more straightforward for you. You can find further details around this on the IET's website.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. 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.

The time you spend in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc is dependent upon what modules you choose. Please note that the course is not “day release” and all teaching currently takes place on week days, so you may find that your attendance is required on multiple days of the week.

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 UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities, including an impressive range of professionally equipped laboratories for teaching, projects and research.
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 being 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?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £950 per 20 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).

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're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

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 Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Funding

'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.

Further study

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.

We currently offer a number of taught Master's courses in the subject area of Electronic Engineering and details of these, including the entry requirements you will need, can be found on Course finder.

How to apply

Research community

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.