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Undergraduate Courses 2017

Computer Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry - BEng (Hons)

Canterbury

Overview

The range of uses for computers is increasing all the time – from smart phones and games consoles to aircraft flight control systems, super computers and global telecommunications.

This programme develops the skills and expertise needed to design computer systems, covering up-to-date detailed knowledge of computer hardware and software including electronics, communications systems and interface technologies.

We base our courses on leading-edge research, which is vital in a field that advances at such a fast pace. Our courses are designed with strong industrial input and therefore students graduate with excellent career prospects.

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has always scored well in the National Student Survey, coming top three times in the last six years. We recently celebrated over 30 years’ continuous accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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Course structure

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

EL305 - Introduction to Electronics (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRIC CIRCUITS

Resistors, voltage, current, power, Ohm's law. Ideal and non-ideal voltage and current sources. Maximum power transfer in DC circuits and load matching. Kirchoff's voltage and current laws, series and parallel connection, voltage divider. Node voltage analysis of DC circuits. Mesh analysis. Superposition, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems. Transfer functions, attenuation, gain, decibel. Equivalent circuits for subsystems. Capacitors, inductors, and RC circuits. Harmonic signals, magnitude and phase, voltage and current vectors, voltage-current relationships. Impedance and admittance. Simple filter circuits. Series and parallel resonant circuits.



PRACTICAL OPERATIONAL AMPLIFIER CIRCUITS

Operational amplifier (op-amp), ideal and practical representation. Op-amp comparators and level detection. Negative feedback. Non-inverting, voltage follower and inverting op-amp configurations, their gains and properties. Effects of input offset voltage and input bias current. Testing and troubleshooting op-amp circuits. Effect of noise on op-amp operation. Schmitt trigger. Summing amplifiers. Digital-to-analogue converter. Basic integration and differentiation circuits. Differential amplifier, common-mode rejection ratio. Real op-amp parameters, slew-rate, critical frequency, gain-bandwidth product, closed loop bandwidth.



Coursework



LABORATORIES - INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRIC CIRCUITS

1 laboratory training session, not assessed - 2 hours

4 assessed laboratory sessions - 2 hours each.



LABORATORIES - PRACTICAL OPERATIONAL AMPLIFIER CIRCUITS

5 assessed laboratory assignments - 2 hours each.



ASSIGNMENT - PRACTICAL OPERATIONAL AMPLIFIER DESIGN

2 non-assessed tutorials - 1 hour each

1 assessed practical laboratory mini-project - 3 hours

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL311 - The Robotics Project (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



LABORATORY PRACTICE

Introduction to the project and use of log-books. PCB manufacture. Resistor and capacitor components. Robot mechanics.



INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY TALK



USE OF INSTRUMENTS AND INTRODUCTION TO FAULT-FINDING



INTRODUCTION TO CAD OF PCBS AND ROBOT CIRCUITRY

CAD tools. Dos/don'ts on CAD package. Robot sensors and circuits.



ROBOTS AND C/C++ PROGRAMMING

Introduction to Robots. Introduction to C/C++ Programming.. Programming of self-built robots using C/C++ Programming and the Arduino Duemillenova Board.



PANEL Q&A



Coursework



LABORATORIES

LAB PRACTICE IN THE PROJECT LAB AND PCB CONSTRUCTION

This is designed to provide experience in the practical and management aspects of project work and is supported by lectures and weekly small group tutorials. There is a total of 42 laboratory hours over the Autumn and Spring terms. The main components are: use of the Mechanical Workshop, basic mechanical work, soldering, assembly and testing of a printed circuit board.



CAD TOOLS

A series of weekly exercises (Weeks 14 to 16) aimed at familiarising the students with the Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools needed to develop the PCB circuit which will later be integrated into the robot. This practical work will be supported by three lectures given at the beginning of term.



ROBOTS

A series of weekly individual exercises, of which two are assessed. The exercises are designed to provide experience with the robot kit, and programming the robots using C/C++ language. During the second Project Week of the term, the developed PCB will be integrated into the robot and the complete design will be assessed by demonstration at the end of the term. This practical work will be supported by five lectures given towards the beginning of term. There will be a competition for the best robot, with the award of a prize.



Assignments



ASSIGNMENT 1 - THE USE OF INSTRUMENTS

A laboratory exercise using the Project Laboratory facilities.

Assessment is by completing an answer booklet.



ASSIGNMENT 2 - MECHANICAL DESIGN OF THE ROBOT BASEPLATE

Assessment of students' design and built quality of the robot baseplate.



ASSIGNMENT 3 - PCB LAYOUT

Assessment of students' PCB design.



ASSIGNMENT 4 - ROBOT PROGRAMMING EXERCISE 1

Weekly exercises of programming of robots.



ASSIGNMENT 5 - ROBOT PROGRAMMING EXERCISE 2

Weekly exercises of programming of robots.



ASSIGNMENT 6 - PCB FABRICATION

Assessment of students' hardware construction of the PCB.



ASSIGNMENT 7 - DEMONSTRATION OF ROBOT

An assessed demonstration of the robot constructed in the project.



ASSIGNMENT 8 - LOG BOOK

An assessed record of PCB design and construction.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL318 - Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



SIMPLE FUNCTIONS AND GRAPHS (4 lectures)

Revision of fundamental mathematics. Linear, polynomial, exp, log, circular functions. Odd and even functions.



COMPLEX NUMBERS (4 lectures)

Complex Numbers: Addition, multiplication, division. Argand diagram, modulus argument representation. De Moivre's theorem.



DIFFERENTIATION and SERIES (6 lectures)

Differentiation of simple functions, sums, products, reciprocals, inverses, function of a function. Higher order derivatives. Mclaurin and Taylor series.



TRIGONOMETRY, VECTORS AND MATRICES (6 lectures)

Definition of a vector. Basic properties of vectors. Vector addition and subtraction. The scalar product. Cross product. Definition of a matrix. Addition, subtraction and product. Determinant and inverse of square matrices. Solution of simultaneous equations using matrices.



INTEGRATION (4 lectures)

Revision. Indefinite integrals. Definite integrals and interpretation as an area. Evaluation using substitution and integration by parts.



SETS, PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS (6 lectures)

Sets and elements. Basic set operations. Probability

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL319 - Engineering Analysis (15 credits)

None

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO320 - Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)

This module provides an introduction to object-oriented software development. Software pervades many aspects of most professional fields and sciences, and an understanding of the development of software applications is useful as a basis for many disciplines. This module covers the development of simple software systems. Students will gain an understanding of the software development process, and learn to design and implement applications in a popular object-oriented programming language. Fundamentals of classes and objects are introduced, and key features of class descriptions: constructors, methods and fields. Method implementation through assignment, selection control structures, iterative control structures and other statements is introduced. Collection objects are also covered and the availability of library classes as building blocks. Throughout the course, the quality of class design and the need for a professional approach to software development is emphasized

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO323 - Databases and the Web (15 credits)

• An introduction to databases and SQL, focussing on their use as a source for content for websites.

• Creating static content for websites using HTML(5) and controlling their appearance using CSS.

• Using PHP to integrate static and dynamic content for web sites.

• Securing dynamic websites.

• Using Javascript to improve interactivity and maintainability in web content.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO324 - Computer Systems (15 credits)

14. A synopsis of the curriculum

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental behaviour and components (hardware and software) of a typical computer system, and how they collaborate to manage resources and provide services. The module has two strands: ‘Hardware Architecture’ and ‘Operating Systems and Networks,’ which form around 35% and 65% of the material respectively. Both strands contain material which is of general interest to computer users; quite apart from their academic value, they will be useful to anyone using any modern computer system.

Hardware Architecture

Data representation: Bits, bytes and words. Numeric and non-numeric data. Number representation.

Computer architecture: Fundamental building blocks (logic gates, flip-flops, counters, registers). The fetch/execute cycle. Instruction sets and types.

Data storage: Memory hierarchies and associated technologies. Physical and virtual memory.

Operating Systems and Networks

Operating systems principles. Abstractions. Processes and resources. Security. Application Program Interfaces.

Device interfaces: Handshaking, buffering, programmed and interrupt-driven i/o. Direct Memory Access.

File Systems: Physical structure. File and directory organisation, structure and contents. Naming hierarchies and access. Backup.

Background and history of networking and the Internet.

Networks and protocols: LANs and WANs, layered protocol design. The TCP/IP protocol stack; theory and practice. Connection-oriented and connectionless communication. Unicast, multicast and broadcast. Naming and addressing. Application protocols; worked examples: SMTP, HTTP).

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

CO520 - Further Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)

This module builds on the foundation of object-oriented design and implementation found in module CO320 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming to provide a deeper understanding of and facility with object-oriented program design and implementation. More advanced features of object-orientation, such as inheritance, abstract classes, nested classes, graphical-user interfaces (GUIs), exceptions, input-output are covered. These allow an application-level view of design and implementation to be explored. Throughout the module the quality of application design and the need for a professional approach to software development is emphasized.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL560 - Microcomputer Engineering (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



C PROGRAMMING

variables, operators and control structures.

Good programming practice: layout, naming, software documentation. Scope.

Pointers and Arrays.

Data structures. Memory handling.



MICROCOMPUTER ENGINEERING

The structure of a typical micro computer. The PIC: an overview. The programmer's model, instruction set and addressing mode. The control unit, stack and stack pointers and program counter. The operation of a microcomputer: fetch and execute activities. Translating C into assembler. How to run a C program on the PIC. The efficiency of C programs: memory requirements and operational speed. An introduction to input/output. Accessing interface registers in C. Simple input/output using the switches and lights. Bit testing and bit manipulation. Generating waveforms. Time delays using program loops and timers. Controlling peripherals. Determining peripheral status. Serial ports. The interaction of hardware and software during polled input/output. The principles of input/output using interrupts. Interrupt service routines: how they are instigated and typical activities. The implementation of interrupts in C. Handling several interrupt sources. A Keyboard interface. Polling vs Interrupts. Flow of data and control in a memory reference instruction. The structure of memory

- conceptual, addressing, decoding

- memory components

- multiple memory chips

- chip enable, implementation strategies



SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Software Engineering Process: lifecycle models. Software requirements engineering: basic concepts and principles, requirements engineering process, requirements elicitation, requirements analysis, requirements validation, requirements management. Software design: basic concepts and principles, software architecture, design notations, design strategies and methods (object-oriented, function-oriented, real-time systems). Software testing: basic concepts and principles, testing process, test planning, testing strategies and techniques.



Coursework



WORKSHOPS

4 two-hour assessed workshops support the C Programming language component.

Workshop 1: Control structures and program flow.

Workshop 2: Pointers and arrays.

Workshop 3: Use of structures for data representation.

Workshop 4: Mini project involving the development of a software solution for a problem according to given specifications.



ASSIGNMENT - INTRODUCTION TO MICROCOMPUTERS

One assessed and five non-assessed lectures.



LABORATORY - MICROCOMPUTER ENGINEERING

This one-day laboratory uses the PCs with PIC microcomputers. Assessed.



EXAMPLES CLASS - SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

One assessed examples class.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL562 - Computer Interfacing (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



CV PREPARATION AND INTERVIEW SKILLS



INTRODUCTION TO LABVIEW

Support in the use of LabView for interfacing data between a PC and external hardware.



LABVIEW DAQ DEMONSTRATION

Demonstration of the LabView DAQ board in the Project Lab.



LABVIEW DAQ INTERFACE BOARD

Introduction to the LabView DAQ interface board and its use for A/D conversion and digital I/O.



INTERFACING

Support in the use of the project PC-based hardware and software, including sensors, transducers,

analogue I/O, digital I/O, event handling, data manipulation, data visualisation and the design of user

interfaces.



PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project planning, project proposal, information search, risk assessment, documentation, use of

logbooks, group management.



REPORT WRITING

Writing project reports forthe second and third year projects.



PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES

Presentation skills for the second and third year projects.



GROUP SKILLS

Working together in a group. Delivered by the Unit for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.



CV PREPARATION

One assessed assignment.



Coursework



PROJECT - 2ND YEAR PROJECT

This is a group project with a large element of practical work including both hardware and software

based around an engineering application of a PC. It has the following features:-

(1) Each group is supervised by a member of academic staff who provides a brief description of what

is required for the project.

(2) The group responds to the brief by producing a written specification for the work required.

(3) Project support is provided by weekly meetings with the supervisor, lectures and the Software

Management component of the lectures in EL560.

(4) Project assessment includes the following components:

- a specification and preliminary design report

- a group colloquium presentation

- a group equipment demonstration

- a final group report

- a final individual report

- logbooks

- supervisions (see below)



SUPERVISIONS

Number: 20

Type: Weekly short project group supervisions in Terms 1 and 2.



LABVIEW HANDS-ON SESSIONS

Students are given three pieces of laboratory work to practise the use of the LabView DAQ board for A/D conversion and digital I/O as well.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL565 - Electronic Instrumentation and Measurement Systems (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF MEASUREMENT AND INSTRUMENTATION

Purpose, structure and classification of measurement systems. Systematic characteristics (range and span, errors and accuracy, linearity, sensitivity and hysteresis). Statistical characteristics (repeatability and reproducibility). Calibration, traceability and standards.



SENSING DEVICES

Introduction of a range of sensors and transducers. Resistive sensors. Capacitive sensors. Ultrasonic sensors. Electromagnetic sensors. Optical sensors. Radiological sensors. Semiconductor sensing elements. Measurement of temperature, pressure, displacement, force and flow. Thermocouples and thermistors. Strain gauges.



SIGNAL CONDITIONING AND DATA PRESENTATION

Design of bridges, amplifiers and filters. Panel meters, LED and LCD displays, moving coil meters, chart recorders and printers. Data acquisition with microcomputers. Smart sensors and intelligent instrumentation systems.



POWER SUPPLIES

Physical construction and functional uses of power supplies. Linear regulators. Switched-mode power supplies. DC-DC converters. Batteries.



NOISE

Sources of noise in electronic circuits. Thermal, shot and l/f noise. The Friis equation and low noise amplifiers. Noise reduction techniques.



Coursework



EXAMPLES CLASS - GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF MEASUREMENT AND INSTRUMENTATION



EXAMPLES CLASSES - SENSORS, SIGNAL CONDITIONING AND DATA PRESENTATION



EXAMPLES CLASS - NOISE



LABORATORY - TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Students will design, construct and test a temperature measurement system using a precision integrated-circuit temperature sensor.



LABORATORY - FORCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Students will design, construct and test a force measurement system using load cells.



LABORATORY - LIGHT MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Students will study, evaluate and test an optical sensor based light intensity measurement system.



LABORATORY – POWER SUPPLIES

Students will design, construct and test a linear regulator circuit and compare its performance with a switching regulator.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL568 - Digital Implementation (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



AN INTRODUCTION TO VHDL

This course introduces the hardware description language, VHDL. A subset of the VHDL language is introduced, which enables moderately complex behavioural and structural models of digital components to be developed. Practical work associated with this course is performed using a Windows-based VHDL compiler and simulator. The Workshops complement the lecture material and provide students with the necessary skills to enable them to use VHDL in their third year projects.



DIGITAL SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION

Real Logic Gates: voltage and current characteristics, noise immunity and fanout. The MOS

Transistor - detailed operation. Introduction to Stick diagrams.

CMOS Logic Gates. Clocked Logic. Registers, Shift registers.



MEMORY INTERFACING

Structure of Read/Write and Read Only memory cells. Storage mechanisms in Read Only Memories,

Static and Dynamic RAMs. DRAM Cell Design - 3 transistor and 1 transistor, row & column decoders. Memory Read and Write Cycles. Memory Addressing. Multiplexed Addressing. Address decoding, Memory system implementation, Processor-Memory Interfacing. Structure and operation of a small memory system based on RAM devices.



Coursework



EXPERIMENT

(CAD1 Introduction to VHDL Design). 2 days. Assessed.



WORKSHOPS: INTRODUCTION TO VHDL

Six, 2-hour workshops on VHDL/Xilinx, Two of these workshops are assessed.



EXAMPLES CLASS: DIGITAL SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION

A one-hour examples class. Assessed.



EXAMPLES CLASS: MEMORY INTERFACING

A one-hour examples class. Assessed.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL569 - Signals and Systems (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



INTRODUCTION TO SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS

Introduction to MATLAB functions for signals and systems. Introduction to signals and systems. Time-domain models. Frequency-domain models. Periodic signals and the Fourier Series. Non-Periodic Signals and the Fourier Transform.

Simple Continuous Time systems. Convolution. Impulse Response. Filtering of Continuous Time Signals. Sampling and Discrete-Time signals. The Sampling Theorem. Aliasing.



AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LAPLACE TRANSFORM

The Laplace Transform and its application to signals and systems.



INTRODUCTION TO CONTROL SYSTEMS

Why control? Feedback. Review and revision of the Laplace Transform. The Transfer Function. Introducing Feedback into a system. Root Locus analysis. Proportional control systems, Integral control systems Derivative control systems. Introduction to the PID controller.



Coursework



EXAMPLES CLASS - INTRODUCTION TO SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS

One assessed Examples Class.



WORKSHOPS - MATLAB FOR SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS

Directed study, including one marked assignment.



EXAMPLES CLASS - INTRODUCTION TO CONTROL SYSTEMS

One assessed Examples Class.



WORKSHOPS - MATLAB FOR CONTROL

Directed study examples, including one marked assignment.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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Year in industry

Students on the Year in Industry degree spend a year working in industry between Stages 2 and 3. We have a dedicated Employability Officer who will help you apply for placements; but please note that it is your responsibility to secure a placement, which cannot always be guaranteed. The School has excellent industrial links, providing students with many placement opportunities.


Students taking the Year in Industry programme are eligible to apply for a placement offered through the School's exchange agreement with Hong Kong City University.

There are many benefits to taking the Year in Industry. Information specific to this programme can be found in the Year in industry Engineering and Digital Arts leaflet.

Possible modules may include:

EL790 - Year In Industry (120 credits)

Lecture Syllabus

Not applicable.



Coursework

Students spend a year (minimum 30 weeks) working in an industrial or commercial setting, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have developed and studied in the earlier stages of their degree programme. The work they do is entirely under the direction of their industrial supervisor, but support is provided via a dedicated Placement Support Officer within the department. This support includes ensuring that the work they are being expected to do is such that they can meet the learning outcomes of the module.



Note that participation in this module is dependent on students obtaining an appropriate placement, for which guidance is provided through the department in the year leading up to the placement. Students who do not obtain a placement will be required to transfer to the appropriate programme without a Year in Industry.

Credits: 120 credits (60 ECTS credits).

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Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

EL600 - Project (45 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



INTRODUCTION TO THE 3RD YEAR PROJECT

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

POSTER DESIGN

REPORT WRITING



Coursework



LITERATURE REVIEW

ORAL PRESENTATION

INTERIM REPORT

POSTER DESIGN AND PRESENTATION



LABORATORIES

Students are expected to work two full days a week designing, building and testing their hardware and/or software.



SUPERVISIONS

Weekly meetings are held with the project supervisor throughout the year.



LITERATURE REVIEW

A literature review report is submitted in the beginning of the Autumn Term giving an introduction to the chosen project and the definition of the state-of-the-art in the field.



ORAL PRESENTATION

An oral presentation is required in the middle of the Autumn Term outlining the project and how it will be implemented (i.e., project plan- Gantt Chart).



INTERIM REPORT

The interim report is submitted at the end of the Autumn Term reporting the progress against the Gantt Chart of the project during the term.



POSTER DESIGN AND PRESENTATION

The poster is required at the end of the Lent Term giving an outline of the project. The poster presentation is required in the beginning of the Summer Term.



FINAL PROJECT REPORT, VIVA AND DEMONSTRATION

The final project report is submitted at the end of the Lent Term and is subject to a viva voce examination and demonstration. The final report is a formal documentary description of the project, including the introduction in the field, definition, aim and objectives of the project, detailed technical approaches, design, implementation and experimental results of the work completed.

Credits: 45 credits (22.5 ECTS credits).

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EL667 - Embedded Computer Systems (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



INTRODUCTION TO MBED

Introduction to the mbed microcontroller system. Structure of the mbed, data input/output, serial communications, interrupts and timers. Compiling and downloading code to the mbed.



EMBEDDED AND REAL TIME SYSTEMS

An introduction to operating systems. Real time operating system features. Concurrent processes and priority. Synchronising processes. Hardware and operating system constraints. Deadlines and real time scheduling. Inter-task communication, message passing and threads. Multi-processor systems and redundancy. Hardware for real time. Safety critical systems. Case studies.



MICROCOMPUTER ARCHITECTURE APPLICATIONS AND PERFORMANCE

A series of case studies illustrating design and performance issues for real-time embedded systems leading to an introduction for the assignment to control a petrol engine.



Coursework



ASSIGNMENT - RTOS DEMONSTRATOR

This laboratory uses a hardware platform to develop an RTOS application and to monitor its performance.



ASSIGNMENT - MICROCOMPUTER ARCHITECTURE APPLICATIONS AND PEFORMANCE

This laboratory assignment is concerned with the control of the ignition timing of a simulated petrol engine. A microcomputer is programmed in 'C' to generate the spark at the appropriate time.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL671 - Product Development (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



PRODUCT DESIGN and PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

A series of 10 x 1 hour lectures covering specification and design considerations for electronic products including the use of design and manufacturing standards, product safety considerations, sustainable manufacture and product qualification. PCB design, fabrication and assembly techniques are discussed, including electrostatic damage in the field and the production environment, assembly techniques (surface mount and conventional) and inspection, test and reworking during the manufacturing procedure



ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY

A series of 8 x 1 hour lectures introducing techniques for managing electromagnetic compatibility of products in design, manufacture and use. This includes electromagnetic interference (EMI) in the near and far field-regions, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and EMC testing, conducted EMI and filtering, signal conductors and grounding schemes. Students are introduced to the European EMC directive..



PROJECT MANAGEMENT and SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Two x 2 hour lectures providing an introduction to the principles of good project management and systems engineering, including project planning and review, governance, risk management and product safety management. The lectures will also introduce the use of management Standards such as ISO 9000, commercial and contractual considerations, ethical considerations, and managing intellectual property.



FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Two x 2 hour lectures will aim to introduce the importance of financial management for engineering covering the principles and importance of corporate finance and financial management within the business and project. The lectures will also discuss entrepreneurship and introduce the financial liabilities of companies and directors, the treatment of assets and the evaluation of net present value.



Coursework



ASSIGNMENT – FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

One assessed assignment

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ASSIGNMENT - PROJECT MANAGEMENT and SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

One assessed assignment.



ASSIGNMENT - PRODUCT DESIGN and PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

Two assessed assignments.



EXAMPLES CLASS - ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY

Two classes, one of which is an assessed test.



ASSIGNMENT - EMC: TESTING AND PREVENTION

One assessed assignment.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL673 - Digital Systems Design (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



DIGITAL SYSTEM REALISATION

These lectures will: Develop techniques for reliable system design using strictly synchronous design methods. Introduce synthesis tools which map VHDL architecture to FPGAs and consider how to get the best performance from these tools. Review alternative technologies available for implementing digital systems. A practical lab-based assignment will be carried out to gain experience of VHDL design and hardware implementation.



DATA PATH DESIGN



CMOS VLSI revision,

Data Path Component building blocks, e.g. Function Blocks, Manchester Carry Chain, ALU, Register Files, Shifters, Structure of Programmable Logic Arrays and their use in the control of the Data Path.



FORMAL TESTABILITY

Testing chips, boards and systems. Single stuck fault models, fault dictionary, test pattern generation.

Testability.

Formal approaches to testability improvement. Scan path techniques.

Boundary scan approach to chip/board testing. IEEE1149.1 Boundary scan - Structure and operation.

Worked Examples.



Coursework



ASSIGNMENT - DIGITAL SYSTEM REALISATION

EXAMPLES CLASS - DATA PATH DESIGN

EXAMPLES CLASS - FORMAL TESTABILITY

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL676 - Digital Signal Processing and Control (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



AN INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS

ADC and DAC, The sampling Theorem, The Discrete Fourier Transform, The Fast Fourier Transform, The z-Transform, pole-zero diagrams, Transfer Functions, Stability



DIGITAL FILTERS AND DIGITAL FILTER DESIGN

An introduction to digital filters. FIR Filters: design, implementation and applications, Windowing Functions, IIR Filters: design implementation and applications. Matlab Tools for Filter Design and implementation. Applications of DSP. Hardware architectures for DSP



FEEDBACK CONTROL

Implications of digital implementation of feedback control systems. Analogue design using Root Locus analysis and Bode Plots. Controller Emulation Methods. Direct digital design of feedback control systems.



APPLICATIONS OF FEEDBACK CONTROL

Case Studies: Motor Speed Control; Position Control; Aircraft Pitch Control; Robot Control - for example





Coursework



EXAMPLES CLASS

Digital Control Design



WORKSHOP

Two assessed directed study MATLAB DSP examples.



WORKSHOP

Directed study MATLAB CONTROL examples.



LABORATORY

DSP Experiment.



LABORATORY

Control Experiment using MATLAB.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO633 - Computer Networks and Communications (15 credits)

This modules contains two main components. It starts with a comprehensive and detailed study of current computer networks and communications technologies. You learn how the various hardware and software components are organised and how they actually work . A selection of key topics are then looked at in even greater depth to reveal the state-of-the-art and issues (problems) that remain to be solved.

Network Architectures and Protocols: This component provides a comprehensive study of network architecture and individual protocol layers, including details of the technologies, algorithms and protocols currently used.

The Advanced Topics component takes an in-depth look at a number of advanced topics in the area of computer communications, including details of the current practice and outstanding issues in a number of state-of-the-art areas.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO634 - Computer Security and Cryptography (15 credits)

Security has always been an important aspect of computing systems but its importance has increased greatly in recent years. In this module you learn about areas where security is of major importance and the techniques used to secure them. The areas you look at include computer operating systems (and increasingly, distributed operating systems), distributed applications (such as electronic commerce over the Internet) and embedded systems (ranging from smart cards and pay-TV to large industrial plant and telecommunications systems).

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO643 - Computing Law and Professional Responsibility (15 credits)

The scope of the module is outlined below. Note that topics will not necessarily be delivered in this order

Professional issues and professional organisations.



Data privacy legislation, and other UK laws relating to the professional use of computer systems

Criminal law relating to networked computer use, including new Anti-Terrorism legislation; and their application



Intellectual Property Rights, including Copyright, Patent and Contract Laws

Health & Safety issues.

Computer-based Projects, including the vendor-client relationship and professional responsibilities

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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Teaching & Assessment

Teaching includes lectures, coursework and laboratory assignments, examples classes where you develop your problem-solving skills and regular staff ‘surgeries’. Practical work is carried out in air-conditioned 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 final-year 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.

Please note that progression thresholds apply. In particular, in order to be considered for an Industrial Placement, students are required to achieve an overall mark at Stage 1 of at least 60%.

Programme aims

  • Educate students to become engineers who are well equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities, and who are well adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject.
  • Produce Computer Systems engineers with specialist skills in hardware and software engineering, prepared for the complexities of modern computer system design.
  • Enable students to satisfy the professional requirements of the IET.
  • Provide proper academic guidance and welfare support for all students.
  • Create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer the students an environment where they can develop their potential.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Mathematical principles relevant to computer systems engineering.
  • Scientific principles and methodology relevant to computer systems engineering.
  • Advanced concepts of Embedded Systems, Signals and Image Processing, Control, Computer Communications and Operating Systems.
  • The value of intellectual property and contractual issues.
  • Business and management techniques which may be used to achieve engineering objectives.
  • The need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in computer systems engineering.
  • Current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety and EMC standards and directives.
  • Characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products.
  • Appropriate codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues.
  • Contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied.

Intellectual skills

  • Analysis and solution of hardware and software engineering problems using appropriate mathematical methods.
  • Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of computer systems engineering.
  • Use of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key computer systems engineering processes.
  • Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques.
  • Ability to apply and understand a systems approach to computer systems engineering problems.
  • Ability to investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues.
  • Ability to use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions whilst understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal.
  • Ability to demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution.

Subject-specific skills

  • Use of mathematical techniques to analyse and solve hardware and software problems.
  • Ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and CAD tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits.
  • Ability to work with technical uncertainty.
  • Ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to computer systems engineering in order to solve engineering problems.
  • Ability to implement software solutions using a range of structural and object oriented languages.
  • Ability to design hardware or software 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.
  • Ability to use technical literature and other information sources and apply it to a design.
  • Ability to apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate outcomes.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports and presentations.

Transferable skills

  • Ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data.
  • Use of Information and Communications Technology.
  • Personal and interpersonal skills, work as a member of a team.
  • Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through drawings).
  • Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development.
  • Ability for critical thinking, reasoning and reflection.
  • Ability to manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project.

Careers

Recently, our graduates have gone into the design of electronic and computer systems, software engineering, real-time industrial control systems and computer communications networks, in companies including BAE Systems, RAF, CISCO and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (MOD). Others have opted for further postgraduate study; for example, the MSc in Information Security and Biometrics or Embedded Systems and Instrumentation.

Year in industry students

Employers are always keen to employ graduates with knowledge of the work environment and some students receive job offers from their placement company.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level

BBB including B in Mathematics and a science/techology subject (Physics, Computing or Electronics)

Access to HE Diploma

The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

Engineering: Distinction, Distinction, Merit including Further Mathematics for Technicians

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 15 at HL including Mathematics (not Mathematics Studies) and a science subject 5 at HL or 6 at SL

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about our country-specific requirements.

Please note that if you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes through Kent International Pathways.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

Funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our funding opportunities for 2017 entry have not been finalised. However, details of our proposed funding opportunities for 2016 entry can be found on our funding page.  

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Details of the scholarship for 2017 entry have not yet been finalised. However, for 2016 entry, the scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our scholarships pages. Please review the eligibility criteria on that page. 

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Fees

The 2017/18 tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £9250 £16480

As a guide only, UK/EU/International students on an approved year abroad for the full 2017/18 academic year pay an annual fee of £1,350 to Kent for that year. Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. Please note that for 2017/18 entrants the University will increase the standard year in industry fee for home/EU/international students to £1,350.

The Government has announced changes to allow undergraduate tuition fees to rise in line with inflation from 2017/18.

The University of Kent intends to increase its regulated full-time tuition fees for all Home and EU undergraduates starting in September 2017 from £9,000 to £9,250. This is subject to us satisfying the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework and the access regulator's requirements. The equivalent part-time fees for these courses will also rise by 2.8%.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk

Key Information Sets


The Key Information Set (KIS) data is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.

If you have any queries about a particular programme, please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

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*Where fees are regulated (such as by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills or Research Council UK) they will be increased up to the allowable level.

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