The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Electronic and Communications Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng BEng (Hons)
This is a full-time single honours programme within the Electronic and Communications Engineering subject area.
- Subject area: Electronic and Communications Engineering
- Award: BEng (Hons)
- Code: H605
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study: Full-time
- Duration: 4 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Electronics-based products play a vital role in our daily lives, from the sophisticated diagnostic equipment used in modern hospitals to leading-edge fibre optic communications. Computer technology, telecommunications and consumer electronics are advancing at an ever-increasing pace.
At Kent, we offer degree programmes teaching state-of-the-art technology, which means our graduates can work at the forefront of all the major areas of electronic engineering.
Our teaching is research-led so you get to know about the latest cutting-edge technologies, and the courses combine theory with vitally important practical and project work – the chance to turn ideas into real systems. Our student work has been awarded international prizes.
The School has strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). We have several visiting industrial professors who contribute to the strong industrial relevance of our courses.
Our staff meet regularly with a team of senior industrialists to ensure that our courses keep up to date with industry, and you have the opportunity to spend a year working in industry, which improves your skills and career prospects.
You take eight 15-credit modules.Core modules
- Computer Systems
- Digital Technologies
- Electronic Circuits
- Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Analysis
- Introduction to Electronics
- Introduction to Programming
- Robotics Project
You take eight 15-credit modules.Core modules
- Communication Electronics
- Computer Interfacing
- Digital Implementation
- Digital Signal Processing
- Electronic Circuit Design
- Electronic Instrumentation and Measurement Systems
- Microcomputer Engineering
- Operating Systems and Architectures
You take three 15-credit core modules, one 45- credit core project module, and then choose two 15-credit options.Core modules
- Communication Systems
- Digital Communications
- Product Development
- Digital Control
- Digital Systems Design
- Embedded Computer Systems.
- Broadband Networks (optional)
- Business Strategy
- Communication Networks
- Signal and Communication Theory
- Systems Group Project
- Wireless/Mobile Communications (optional)
This programme is for students who do not have the qualifications needed for direct entry to Stage 1 of our degree programmes. It covers electronics, computing, physics and mathematics.
If you successfully complete the foundation year, you can go on to take either the Electronic and Communications Engineering programmes mentioned above or Computer Systems Engineering.
Teaching and assessment
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 airconditioned laboratories, with state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding IT infrastructure.
Stage 1 modules are assessed by coursework and examination at the end of the year. Stage 2 and 3 modules, with the exception of the Stage 3 project, are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. All years include project work to replicate industrial practice and develop skills to maximise employability.
If you choose to take our year in industry programme, you will gain practical work experience, while assessing possible future career options and making contacts in the industry. In addition to the technical skills you acquire on this programme, you also gain key transferable skills including the ability to present complex material in an accessible way, the ability to work independently and in a team, and the confidence to develop your own ideas.
Our graduates go into careers such as: electronic engineering and computing; telecommunications industries including radio, television and satellite communications; medical electronics, instrumentation and industrial process control, in companies including BAE Systems, Nokia, The Royal Navy, Xilinx, British Energy and RDDS. They also frequently go on to postgraduate study, for example, MSc in Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks, Embedded Systems and Instrumentation or Information Security and Biometrics.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Passing the electronics pathway of the Kent IFP, with an overall mark of 60% or over, guarantees you entry onto the first year of these programmes.
DDD at A level, IB 24 points. GCSE Mathematics and a science grade C.
GCSE Mathematics and Physics/Science grade C.
Direct entry to Stage 2 available to suitably qualified students.
T: +44 (0)1227 827272
Key Information Sets
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