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Undergraduate Courses 2017

Electronic and Communications Engineering - MEng

Canterbury

Overview

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 Institution 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.

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Independent rankings

Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent was ranked 1st for course satisfaction in The Guardian University Guide 2017 and 2nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2017. In the National Student Survey 2016, 90% of students in Electronic and Electrical Engineering were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

For graduate prospects, Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent was ranked 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2017.

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:

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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EL303 - Electronic Circuits (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



ELECTRIC CIRCUITS



(i) SINUSOIDAL STEADY-STATE ANALYSIS

The phasor concept. Phasor relationships for R, L and C elements. Circuit laws using phasors. Thevenin & Norton equivalents and source transformations. Node voltage and mesh current analysis using phasors; supernodes and supermeshes. Superposition in AC analysis.



(ii) AC STEADY STATE POWER

Electric power. Instantaneous power. Average power. Effective value of a sinusoidal waveform. Maximum power transfer and conjugate matching. The transformer. The ideal transformer. Using transformers in circuit matching.



(iii) TWO-PORT NETWORKS

Definition and calculation of Z, Y, H and AB parameters. Relations between various parameters. Symmetric, reciprocal and unilateral two-ports. Input and output impedances and transfer functions of terminated two-ports. Two-port interconnections. Analysis and design of simple feedback amplifiers using two-port approach.



ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND CIRCUITS



(i) INTRODUCTION TO SEMICONDUCTORS

Atomic structure. Semiconductors, conductors and insulators. Conduction in semiconductors. N-type and P-type semiconductors. The PN junction, formation of the depletion region. Biasing the PN junction, current voltage

characteristics.



(ii) DIODES

The pn diode, ideal and practical models. Diode applications: half-wave rectifier, full-wave rectifier, power supplies. Diode limiters.

Zener diode, operation and characteristics. Using Zener diodes for voltage regulation. Zener limiting.

Optical diodes, operation and applications: light-emitting, photodiode.



(iii) BIPOLAR JUNCTION TRANSISTOR (BJT).

Basic operation, characteristics, parameters and biasing. Transistor as an amplifier. Transistor as a switch. Transistor packages. BJT bias circuits, base bias, emitter bias, voltage-divider bias. DC load line. Small-signal BJT amplifiers. Hybrid parameters and r-parameters. AC equivalent circuit and AC load line. Common-emitter amplifier, equivalent circuit and voltage gain. Emitter-follower, equivalent circuit and voltage gain.



(iv) FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTOR (FET)

Junction field-effect transistor (JFET), n- and p-channel, operation, characteristics. Self-bias and voltage divider bias. Metal Oxide Semiconductor FET (MOSFET), depletion and enhancement mode devices, characteristics, biasing. FET amplifier circuits.



Coursework



LABORATORIES - ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS AND DEVICES

6 assessed laboratory assignments - 2 hours each.



ASSIGNMENT - PRACTICAL AMPLIFIER DESIGN

2 non-assessed tutorials - 1 hour each.

1 assessed practical laboratory mini project - 3 hours.



ASSIGNMENT - ELECTRIC CIRCUITS

3 assessed laboratory assignments - 2 hours each.



EXAMPLES CLASS - ELECTRIC CIRCUITS

1 non-assessed examples class.



EXAMPLES CLASS - ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS AND DEVICES

1 non-assessed examples class.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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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

Non-inverting amplifier, inverting amplifier, voltage follower and summing amplifier (including DC off-set circuit). Differential amplifier and instrumentation amplifier. Active filter, differentiator and integrator. Comparator (zero-crossing/threshold detector) and Schmitt trigger. Ideal op-amp (the golden rules) and practical op-amp. Static and dynamic op-amp parameters. Frequency response of op-amp circuits. Open-loop and closed-loop. Negative feedback and positive feedback. Op-amp circuit simulation. Trouble-shooting and testing.



Coursework



There are 6 assessed and 4 non-assessed laboratories.



There will be an assessed Operational amplifier mini project together with 2 non-assessed tutorials associated with the mini-project.

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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EL313 - Introduction to Programming (15 credits)

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING IN C

An introduction to the use computers and the process of programming them.

Variable declaration. Executable statements.

Data Types, Expressions.

Operators, precedence and associativity.

Logical Expressions and the if statement.

Decision steps in algorithms.

Nested-if statements.

Switch statements.



CORE C

Repetition and loops in Programs. Conditional loops. Nested control structures.

Top-down design with functions.

Modular programming.

Arrays. Multi-dimensional arrays. Strings.

Using indexed for loops to process arrays.



SOFTWARE ENGINEERING WITH C

Programming in the large. Program life-cycle.

Pseudo code.

File input and output.

Recursion.

Binary files.

Case studies

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL315 - Digital Technologies (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



COMBINATORIAL LOGIC

The analogue world, the digital world. Digital systems design: hardware and software. An overview of digital technologies. Examples of digital systems. Combinatorial logic. AND, OR and NOT gates. Introduction to Boolean algebra. Karnaugh maps and minimisation techniques. Functional building blocks: adder, comparator, encoders and decoders. Implementation issues, programmable devices.



SEQUENTIAL LOGIC

The NAND latch, D-type FF, shift register, counters. Delays, clocks. Hierarchical design. Overview of Computer Systems. Architectural and operational properties of sequential machines, comparison with combinational circuits. Finite State Machines. Realisation of synchronous machines: design technique, approaches, examples. Algorithmic State Machines. Basic computer operation. The stored program concept.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL318 - Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



INTRODUCTION TO MATLAB (4 lectures)

Introduction to MATLAB, syntax, graphs, functions, loops, logical operators, arrays and matrices.



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. Maclaurin 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 and probability distributions. Mean, standard

deviation and variance. The Normal distribution.

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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Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

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



INTRODUCTION TO LABVIEW

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



LABVIEW DAQ DEMONSTRATION

Demonstration a DAQ device in the Project Lab.



LABVIEW DAQ INTERFACE BOARD

Introduction a DAQ interface device and its use for A/D and D/A 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 for the second and third year projects.



PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES

Presentation skills for the second and third year projects.



Coursework



GROUP PROJECT

This is a group project with a large element of practical work including both hardware and software. It is 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 the engineering application.

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

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

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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EL566 - Microwave Circuits and Electromagnetic Waves (15 credits)

TRANSMISSION LINES AND NETWORKS

Commonly used transmission lines. The equivalent circuit of a loss-less transmission line. The Wave equation and its solution. The phase velocity, the characteristic impedance, the reflection and transmission coefficients linked to the inductance and capacitance of the line. The relationship between L and C. Examples of step and pulses on a transmission line. Reflections and transmission from R, L & C and different lines.

Examples of sine waves on transmission lines. The phase constant and voltage standing wave ratio. Power in a wave. Examples transmission and reflection involving resistors and different lines.The propagation constant and attenuation constant. Scattering parameters as logarithmic reflection and transmission coefficients. Transmission line design and microwave network parameters. The Smith Chart and its application to transmission line network design.



ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES

Free space waves. TEM structure, and polarisation. Material properties: Conductivity, permeability and permittivity. Normal and oblique reflection from boundaries and transmission into materials, including those with loss. Snell's law, critical and Brewster angles.

Wave propagation down guiding structures – metallic and dielectric waveguides and dielectric fibre. Waveguide components, modal field structures and cut-off frequency.



MICROWAVE CIRCUITS

Overview of RF and microwave passive circuit components. Review of transmission lines and Scattering parameters. The Smith chart and it usage. Simple distributed circuit components: stubs, directional couplers, Wilkinson dividers.

Matching networks: two-component matching, practical design examples.

RF amplifiers: general performance criteria and design considerations. Amplifier stability. Practical design of narrow-band RF transistor amplifier.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL567 - Electronic and RF Circuit Design (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



COMPUTER AIDED CIRCUIT DESIGN

Circuit simulation methods: DC, transient and AC analysis. Component models. Statistical and temperature analysis.



Tutorials using circuit simulator software to explain the operation of and to analyse and design practical common electronic circuits.



FILTER DESIGN

Methods of filter design, the use of tables and transformations. Butterworth and Chebyshev filters and their design. Active filters, second order responses, multiple feedback filters, practical design examples.



Switched capacitor filters and their design.



Transients: revision of Laplace transform. Impulse and step responses. Time domain and complex frequency domain representations of circuit elements. Transient analysis of switching circuits with any input and initial conditions. Practical examples.



Practical work associated with this course is performed in a 2 day laboratory experiment, E7.

The exercises complement the lecture material and provide students with the necessary skills to enable them to design and characterise passive and active filters.



RF CIRCUITS

Basic RF communication systems. Diode and transistor detectors, mixer circuits. AM and FM modulator and demodulator circuits. Sinusoidal oscillator types and design principles.

Crystal oscillators. Introduction to phase locked loops and frequency synthesis.



Coursework



Experiment – E7 – PASSIVE AND ACTIVE FILTER DESIGN

An experiment on the design, construction and testing of passive, active and switched capacitor filters.



WORKSHOPS – COMPUTER AIDED CIRCUIT DESIGN

10, 2 hour assessed classes.



EXAMPLES CLASS – FILTER DESIGN

One non assessed class.



EXAMPLES CLASS – RF CIRCUITS

Two non-assessed classes.

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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EL570 - Communications Principles (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



COMMUNICATION SYSTEM PRINCIPLES

Signals and spectra: the Fourier transform. Modulation/demodulation; AM. SSB/DSB. Angle modulation; narrow- and wide-band FM. Baseband signalling. Sampling and pulse modulation. PCM, PAM, PPM. Synchronous and asynchronous transmission. Line codes. Bit and word synchronisation. Band-limited channels, pulse shaping and ISI. Noisy channels and matched filters. Dispersive channels and equalisation. ASK, FSK, PSK and QPSK. Bandwidth and noise immunity of modulation formats. Spread spectrum communications. Pseudo random sequences. Direct sequence and frequency hopped systems.



COMMUNICATION NETWORKS PRINCIPLES

Network architecture, protocol stacks. Network topologies. Link layer and local area network protocols. Internet protocols.



Coursework



EXPERIMENT – COMMUNICATION NETWORKS PRINCIPLES

Assessed.



EXPERIMENT – COMMUNICATION SYSTEM PRINCIPLES

Assessed.



EXAMPLES CLASSES – COMMUNICATION SYSTEM PRINCIPLES

Assessed.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 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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EL665 - Communication Systems (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION FOR MODERN WIRELESS SYSTEMS

Hertzian dipole, small loop, resonant dipoles and balanced/unbalanced transitions, patch and slot antennas, antenna matching, mutually coupled and phased arrays, reflector antennas, antenna measurement and CAD modelling. Wireless propagation, direct and 2-ray reflection, diffraction, scattering, Doppler spread, large and small scale Rayleigh fading. Outline of Radar, Stealth & RFID operation.



MOBILE TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS

Cellular concept: frequency reuse, channel assignment, handoff, system capacity, cell sectorization. 2G, 3G and 4G systems. Propagation in macrocells, microcells and picocells (indoor). Empirical models for signal strength. Narrow-band and wideband channels. MIMO transmission.



POINT TO POINT AND SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

Review of methods of long distance communication. Microwave point to point links; capacity, atmospheric conditions, spatial and frequency diversity. Receivers, noise figure, BER, amplifier compression, frequency converters, antenna branching feed networks. Transmitter systems. analogue and digital systems. Satellite link architecture and link budgets. orbits, control, multiple access.



Coursework



EXAMPLES CLASSES



ANTENNAS AND PROPOAGATION FOR MODERN WIRELESS SYSTEMS



MOBILE TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS



POINT TO POINT AND SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL677 - Digital Communication Systems (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



INFORMATION THEORY AND CODING

Information theory. Shannon channel capacity. Source coding. Single and matrix parity codes, Hamming distance and error protection properties. Code classification; Block, convolutional, linear, nonlinear, cyclic codes: definition, generator polynomial, encoding and decoding. Convolutional codes; Encoder trees and trellis diagrams, free distance, Viterbi algorithm.



COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

Network types, applications: architectures and topologies. General characteristics of traffic. Characteristics of circuit and packet switching. The access network: telephony and ISDN. Wireless access and mobile communications. The transport network: PDH and SDH. Traffic theory. Modern telecoms networks:WDM, intelligent networks. Data networks: multiple access techniques. LAN access protocols: Ethernet, Wireless LANs, network interconnection. Wide-area packet switched networks, Internet Protocol (IP), TCP; TCP/IP protocols.



OPTICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

Fundamentals. Propagation in fibres. General system considerations. Optical sources: LEDs and lasers; types, modulation effects, performance. Optical detectors: PIN and avalanche photodiodes. Optical amplifiers, modulators and filters. Receiver performance. System power budget; noise and dispersion. Modulation formats, coherent systems, multiplexing including WDM. Future systems.





Coursework



INFORMATION THEORY AND CODING

2 one-hour examples classes. Assessed.



COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

2 one-hour examples classes. Assessed.



OPTICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

2 one-hour examples classes. Assessed.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL671 - Product Development (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



PRODUCT DESIGN and PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

Eight hours of 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, plus design verification.



ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY

Eight hours of 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

Four hours of 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

Four hours of 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 provide an introduction to accountancy and financial statements; discuss entrepreneurship and introduce the financial liabilities of companies and directors; the treatment of assets and the evaluation of net present value will also be considered.

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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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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Stage 4

Possible modules may include:

EL750 - Systems Group Project (60 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



PROJECT PLANNING AND THE PROPOSAL

An introduction to the use of tools such as MS Project. An introduction to group working and managing group projects. An explanation of the requirements for the project proposal.



FINAL REPORT WRITING AND PRESENTATION

An explanation of the requirements for the final report, presentation and demonstration, and poster.



Coursework



MENG PROJECT

This is a significant group project. Team members have their own individual contributions as well as shared c ontributions. For the individual contributions it is essential that good management and control practices are followed to ensure the interfacing of the contributions. The project has the following features:-

(1) Each group is supervised by a team of academic staff who provide a brief description of what is required for the project. These initial project descriptions are moderated by the module team to ensure the engineering challenge is sufficient and that module learning outcomes can be attained.

(2) The group responds to the brief by producing a written proposal for the work required, which is also presented. The proposal will clearly indicate the component parts of the system required in the project and attribute responsibilities to the group members.

(3) Project support is provided by weekly meetings with academic members of staff (the staff members present depending on t he progress of the work); interaction with external industrial/professional advisers will also occur on a regular timetabled basis.

(4) Project assessment includes the following components:

- a written proposal for the project combining an explanation of technical approach with that of project management (Term 1)

- a group presentation of the above (Term 1)

- an interim presentation of the project progress (Term 1/Term 2)

- a final report on the project (end of Term 2)

- a poster on the project results, made in the style of the School (Term 2)

- a presentation and demonstration of the project results (Term 3)

- logbooks and performance in supervisions are assessed by the project supervisor when assessing the project final report

- personal development planning: individual self-assessment (end of Term 2)

- peer assessment: students are asked to meet, agree and report on the performance of each term member.



SUPERVISIONS

Type: 25 weekly project group supervisions in Terms 1, 2 and 3 with academic supervisors.

There will also be ad-hoc supervisions with visiting staff acting as advisors, also in Terms 1 and 2.

The supervisions with academic supervisors will provide the main technical direction for the work. The supervisions with visiting staff will provide guidance on the project organisation and management, and the interfacing between the component parts of the project; technical guidance on particular aspects of the project work may also be provided in consultation with the academic supervisor.



WORKSHOPS

Three workshops with Visiting Staff on Systems Project Management:

1. Introduction to Systems Engineering: Engineering Systems in the Real (Messy) World.

2. Project Management and "Level 2" Systems Engineering.

3. User Centred Design and "Level 3" Systems Engineering.



One 2-hour laboratory session introducing and practising the use of MS project.

Credits: 60 credits (30 ECTS credits).

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EL822 - Communication Networks (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



Local Networks

Network architecture and topology. Multiple access strategies; contention and controlled access. LAN standards: Ethernet, WLANs; hubs, bridges, switches, VLANs. High speed LANs and new standards. Wireless PANs: Bluetooth, ZigBee and UWB.



IP Networks

WAN topologies. Circuit- and packet-switching. The Internet and IP; routing protocols. Transport protocols and TCP. Address and name servers. Elements of communication network security (IPSec, firewalls ..).



Network Performance Analysis

Traffic processes. Queuing theory applied to different traffic statistics and service types.



Coursework



Local Networks

Four examples classes.



IP Networks

Four examples classes.



Network Performance Analysis

Two examples classes.



OPNET Network Simulator

Three 4-hour laboratory classes. An assessed assignment in Weeks 11 and 12.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL827 - Signal & Communication Theory II (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



Digital Communication

Optimal receivers design and their performance of QPSK, MSK and QAM. Signal design for bandlimited channels. Multichannel and multicarrier communications. Spread spectrum signals for digital communications. Multiuser communications.



Information Theory and Coding

Channel capacity and coding. Block codes, convolutional codes and Turbo codes.



Coursework



Digital Signals and Communication

Six examples classes.



Information Theory and Coding

Five examples classes.



Simulink

Two 4-hour laboratory sessions introducing Simulink and its application to digital communications. An assessed assignment on a digital communications link.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL872 - Wireless/Mobile Communications (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



Overview of wireless communications; path loss, shadowing, and fading models; capacity of wireless channels; cellular concept; handoff; adjacent cell interference; adaptive modulation; diversity; MIMO systems, wireless multiple access techniques; resource allocation; cross layer optimization; Ad-hoc networks; wireless sensor networks; ultra-wideband (UWB) communications; third generation (3G) and super 3G mobile communications.



Coursework



Eight examples classes - not assessed.

The final class will be for assessed student group presentations on case studies.



COLLOQUIA - ADVANCED MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

One/two colloquia. An assessed short report (<1000 words) on the subject of one of the colloquia will be required.





ASSIGNMENT – CASE STUDY

A case study group presentation, on a "hot-topic".

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL873 - Broadband Networks (15 credits)

Lecture Syllabus



BROADBAND NETWORKS

Broadband network architecture and topology; transmission network layering. Access networks, including xDSL and fibre-in-the-loop. Cable network access: DOCSIS. Wireless access: WiMAX. Comparison of wireless LANs. MANs and PANs. SDH transmission, topologies and network management. SDH equipment. Network protection. Quality of Service provision: ATM networking. Multi-service IP networks. IntServ and DiffServ approaches for Class of Service provision. MPLS networks. Multicast routing. Real-time protocols. Optical networks: DWDM, wavelength and lightpath routing, optical burst and packet switching technologies.



Coursework



EXAMPLES CLASS - BROADBAND NETWORKS

Eight examples classes - not assessed.



COLLOQUIA – BROADBAND NETWORKS

One/two colloquia.



ASSIGNMENT – CASE STUDY

A case study group presentation, on a "hot-topic".



ASSIGNMENT - SHORT REPORT

An assessed short report (<1000 words) on the subject of one of the colloquia will be required.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL876 - Advanced Control Systems (15 credits)

This course is concerned with the design of practical feedback controllers. Feedback is used in a control system to change the dynamics of the plant or process, and to reduce the sensitivity of the system to uncertainty from external signals (for example, disturbances and noise) and model uncertainty. If the performance specifications are achieved in the presence of the expected uncertainties, then the control is said to be robust.



Lecture Syllabus



CONTROL FUNDEMENTALS AND MODELLING

Methods for modelling engineering processes, state space representation, controllability and observability. The feedback control paradigm.



DIGITAL FEEDBACK CONTROL

Implications of digital implementation of feedback control systems. Controller Emulation Methods. Direct digital design of feedback control systems. Case study examples.



NONLINEAR CONTROL SYSTEMS

Characteristics of nonlinear system behaviour, Phase-plane methods, Variable-structure systems and sliding-mode control. Case study examples.



Coursework



EXAMPLES CLASSES

Digital control design, modelling and control fundamentals, nonlinear control techniques.



LABORATORY

Advanced Control Systems



INDUSTRIAL CASE STUDY

A real-life, open-ended control problem will be assigned to each student for suitable solution

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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EL893 - Reconfigurable Architectures (15 credits)

An Introduction to reconfigurable systems. PLDs, PLAs, FPGAs. Fine grain architectures, Coarse grain architectures, Heterogeneous device Architectures. Case studies. Configuration of FPGA's. Run-time configuration, partial configuration, dynamic reconfiguration. Partitioning systems onto a reconfigurable fabric. Synthesis tools. Timing issues. Verification and Test strategies.



An introduction to Hardware Description Languages. VHDL will be used to illustrate a typical HDL (but this may change to or include Verilog in future). The lectures will define the architectural aspects of a VHDL : entity, architecture, process, package, types, operators, libraries, hierarchy, test benches and synthesisable VHDL. Workshops and laboratories will be used to illustrate how VHDL code is synthesised on to physical hardware devices and a number of challenging practical design examples will be used to illustrate the process



Basic computer arithmetic and its implementation on reconfigurable logic architectures. Fixed-point and Floating point number representations. The IEEE-754 FP standard. Redundant Number Systems. Residue Number Systems. Methods for Addition and Subtraction. Fast adder architectures. Multi-operand addition. Multiplication: Multiplier architectures; Constant coefficient multipliers; Distributed arithmetic; LUT methods. Special methods: division, square root, the CORDIC algorithm. High-throughput arithmetic. Low-power arithmetic.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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Teaching & 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 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 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.

Please note that progression thresholds apply

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • 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 professional electronic engineers with a well-balanced knowledge of Electronic Engineering
  • enable students to satisfy the professional requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • provide academic guidance and welfare support for students
  • create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students in an environment where students can develop their potential
  • produce high calibre professional engineers with advanced knowledge of modern electronic communication systems
  • enable students to fully satisfy all of the educational requirements for Membership of the IET and Chartered Engineer status.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • mathematical principles relevant to electronic and communications engineering
  • scientific principles and methodology relevant to electronic and communications engineering
  • advanced concepts of analogue and digital circuits and systems, telecommunications and instrumentation
  • the value of intellectual property and contractual issues
  • business and management techniques that may be used to achieve engineering objectives
  • the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in electronic engineering
  • current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety and Electromagnetic Compatibililty (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
  • electronic digital communication systems and developing technologies
  • mathematical and computer models for analysis of digital communication systems
  • design processes relevant to communication systems
  • the characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products.

Intellectual skills

You gain the following intellectual abilities:

  • analyse and solve problems in electronic engineering using appropriate mathematical methods
  • other engineering disciplines to support study of electronic engineering
  • use of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key electronic engineering processes
  • identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques
  • a systems approach to electronic engineering problems
  • investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues
  • use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions while understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal
  • demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution
  • the fundamental knowledge to explore new and emerging technologies
  • the limitations of mathematical and computer-based problem solving and assess the impact in particular cases
  • extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem and apply it in the solution
  • evaluate commercial risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks
  • apply engineering techniques, taking account of commercial and industrial constraints.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific knowledge in the following:

  • mathematical techniques to analyse problems in electronic engineering
  • the ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and computer aided design (CAD) tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits
  • the ability to work with technical uncertainty
  • apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to electronic engineering in order to solve engineering problems
  • the ability to design electronic circuits or systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance
  • an awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
  • the ability to use technical literature and other information and apply it to a design
  • apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate outcomes
  • prepare technical reports and presentations
  • apply business, management and professional issues to engineering projects
  • apply knowledge of design processes in unfamiliar situations and generate innovative designs to fulfil new requirements.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • generate, analyse, present and interpret data
  • use information and communications technology
  • personal and interpersonal skills and to work as part of a team
  • communicate in various forms: written, verbal and visual
  • learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development
  • critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
  • manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project.

Careers

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.

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

ABB including B in Mathematics and a science/technology 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, Distinction including Distinction in Further Mathematics for Technicians

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 16 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

University 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 but will be updated on our funding page in due course.

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

The Government has confirmed that EU students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support for the duration of their course.

Scholarships

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. 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.

The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.

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Fees

The 2017/18 tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £9250 £16480

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

In accordance with changes announced by the UK Government, we are increasing our 2017/18 regulated full-time tuition fees for new and returning UK/EU fee paying undergraduates from £9,000 to £9,250. The equivalent part-time fees for these courses will also rise from £4,500 to £4,625. This was subject to us satisfying the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework and the access regulator's requirements. This fee will ensure the continued provision of high-quality education.

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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