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Why choose the School of Computer Science and Technology
100% of our Construction and Engineering students are in employment or further study 15 months after graduation (HESA Graduate Outcomes, 2023)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council UK, our BSC Electronic Engineering fully meets the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer
Our Cybersecurity courses received 100% positive ratings when it came to teaching staff being good at explaining things, and for the course developing knowledge and skills for the future (NSS, 2023)
About the course
Our recent £1m investment in a new electronic engineering lab demonstrates our commitment to this course and means you use state-of-the-art equipment and enjoy top-tier teaching as you study.
Throughout this degree you develop skills in all key electronic engineering areas including analogue and digital electronics; signal processing; sensors; digital communications; software engineering; and embedded programming. You learn via a combination of theoretical learning high-quality learning materials and hands-on practical experience quickly becoming adept at solving real-world engineering problems.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council UK the course fully meets the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meets the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Why choose this course?
- It has a high student satisfaction rating of 92% for teaching (NSS 2022)
- It provides the knowledge and technical skills you need to analyse interpret and make sense of electronic engineering
- Ensures you are up to date with emerging processes and technologies
- Develops your knowledge and understanding of the commercial and economic contexts of engineering processes
- You explore the computer software and hardware toolkits commonly used by electronic engineers
- Gain a thorough awareness of possible equality and diversity issues within electronic engineering
- Benefit from our well-established professional links with local and regional industry partners
- Take the degree over four years and include a fee-free year in industry (see below)
- If you need to step up into higher education start with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees your place on the degree course
with Professional Practice Year
This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.
There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.
*Only available to UK/EU students.
with Foundation Year
A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.
Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.
With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.
The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.
This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.
Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?
- Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
- Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
- Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
- Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees
The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.
During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.
- Our Electronic Engineering courses are accredited by the IET up to and including 2022-23 intake.
- Our next accreditation visit is due in Spring 2024 and, upon a successful visit, IET accreditation will continue for another five years, and will include our 2023-24 intake.
- The accreditation process takes place periodically to ensure universities' courses continue to meet the requirements of the Engineering Council UK.
- We constantly refresh this course to keep at the leading edge in a fast-changing field and are confident it meets the Engineering Council’s requirements for accreditation.
What will you study?
Fundamentals Of Computer Studies
This unit has two sections- section A is aimed at your professional development and section B introduces you to computer hardware basics. This unit will equip you with the skills needed to cope with the demands of your course (which are also important to employers) and to help you to become more ‘self-aware’ learners. It will also teach you to develop an awareness of the expectations and professional requirements of your chosen industry. Section B of the unit will lead you to develop your knowledge of, and ability to use, those aspects of mathematics that are particularly relevant to computer science and the computing disciplines. This section will also give you a basic appreciation of how a computer works internally and also an appreciation of the digital logic that is fundamental to computer hardware.
Introduction To Software Development
This unit introduces key concepts in Software Development relevant to software development. This unit will provide the fundamentals of how to model problems and develop software using a high level language.
The unit will focus on the following areas:
Software development processes and effective team work
Analysis of problems and identification of key features
Modelling using problems abstract modelling techniques
Program Development using a High Level Language
Program testing using appropriate techniques
Understanding distinctions between different forms of programming and modelling
This unit introduces mathematical background knowledge that is used by electrical and electronic engineers. It helps you to establish an understanding of the mathematical concepts and also explains how mathematics is used to solve engineering problems. The unit offers opportunities for practical experience of carrying out mathematical calculations and evaluating the solutions, individually and within a team. It uses case studies to help you develop skills for modelling real-world problems using mathematical notation, and for solving engineering problems.
Foundations Of Electronic Systems And Computer Networks
This unit introduces the basic concepts and applications of electronic systems and computer networks. These include an introduction to circuits, electronic components, signals, systems, data communications and computer networking. The part on data communications and computer networks is joined up with the other units on computer networks.
It focuses on a sound understanding of the principles of electronic and networked computer systems, introduction to technologies which underpin the concepts of signal analysis and processing in electronic circuits, identification of analytical methods for the design of electronic and networked computer systems, and development of basic knowledge and skills enabling sound electronic measurements and laboratory practice.
Circuit Analysis And Signal Processing
This unit covers two fundamental electric/electronic engineering disciplines: circuit analysis and signal processing. The circuit analysis part should give you an understanding of the fundamental concepts in electrical circuits, their components and mathematical models to analyse DC and AC electrical circuits.
The signal processing part should give you a solid theoretical foundation and skills to analyse analogue and digital signals and systems. The practical sessions and the assessments will provide an opportunity to learn and practice circuit analysis and system modelling software working individually and in groups.
Dsp And Embedded Systems Development
This unit aims to develop your knowledge in the basic concept of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and its applications in electrical/electronic engineering; in the structures of microprocessors and embedded systems. You will also develop skills in performing embedded programming with embedded system development tools.
This unit will enhance your ability to undertake critical analysis of real-world problems in electrical/electronic engineering, enabling you to solve them with DSP and apply the DSP toolkit and embedded system development tools to evaluate solutions and potential applications.
It creates the opportunities for students to work in a team.
Analogue And Digital Electronics
The main purpose of this module is to familiarise you with basic electronics; the unit is designed to address the core concepts and fundamental building blocks of Analogue / Digital Electronics. This unit adds on your understanding of Electronics in first year that introduced you to basic concepts in both analogue and digital electronics. In this unit you will learn about advance topics in electronics such as bipolar junction transistors, advanced diode circuits, field effect transistors etc.
Subsequently the module will aim to investigate applications of transistors in transistor circuits like operational amplifiers, small signal modelling. Introduction to digital electronic circuit s will also build on your understanding of gates and logic functions in first year. This unit will teach you to build advanced digital combinational and sequential logic circuits. The practical part of the module will enable you to gain hands on experience, thereby applying the knowledge and skills gained in the theoretical part of the module.
Digital Communications & Software Engineering
In this unit, you will first investigate and analyse the major techniques used in digital communications and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the principles in digital communications. You will also understand the roles of different technologies in the context of broadband ubiquitous networks and demonstrate competency in applying the major digital communication principles using appropriate simulation tools. Then, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the software development process from an engineering viewpoint. You will develop your ability to analyse and apply a diverse range of concepts, principles and techniques to the whole software lifecycle. Through the entire unit, you will extend your knowledge and skills in advanced programming and software development methods.
Research Methodologies And Emerging Technologies
This unit is designed for you to prepare for your honours project utilizing your subject experience from the first two years of your study. You will also asked to contextualize your project idea within current or emerging technologies, typically underpinned by academic publications and to do systematic market research that will equip you with a sound strategy on how to implement your honours project.
Social And Professional Project Management
This unit introduces students to research and the methodologies used to underpin scientific work, data analysis, hypothesises establishment and artefact validation in understanding research in an appropriate subject discipline. The material in this unit is carefully designed to meet students’ needs and requirements for their programme of study along with essential project management skills to support their research activities. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of tools, techniques, methodologies and processes in the field of project management which encapsulate both modern and traditional approaches as an essential preparation for the dissertation stage. The unit also draws on expertise from other departments within the university including library services, the careers and employability service and the English language centre to support students in the best possible way.
Whether you go on to further study or into employment one of the most important skills expected in an Honours Graduate is the ability to work autonomously. This unit is an ideal vehicle for the development of that skill.
You will typically implement the project proposal developed during the unit CIS013-3 Research Methods and Emerging Technologies (an alternative approach will be agreed with the unit coordinator and your project supervisor if you haven’t successfully completed CIS013-3 yet).
Although you will be working independently, you are expected to arrange regular meetings with your supervisor to guide and support you. You will apply coherently your technical, analytical, practical and managerial skills during your project development.
The project is an important opportunity to expand your experience in an area which is of close relevance to the course that you are studying (e.g. Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, and Computer Games Development). Your project may be of relevance to a future employer, and will demonstrate your interest and ability in the chosen area. As such your project topic should be aligned with your career aspirations.
The following aims are addressed in particular:
- To provide you with an opportunity to work autonomously on a sustained piece of work.
- To develop your ability to manage a project from start to finish.
- To develop your ability to identify problems, analyse the requirements and produce and evaluate solutions.
- To develop your ability to work to the relevant academic and professional standards.
Control, Energy And Wsn
The recent advances in MEMS, electronics and communication technologies have led to the emergence of ubiquitous wireless sensor networks and enabled new types of intelligent sensing and control applications. This unit provides a systematic approach to the study of these systems focusing on control theory, low power communication and energy harvesting in the context of wireless sensor networks.
English Language Foundation
This unit focuses on your ability to understand and use the English language accurately when you read, speak, listen and write. We will concentrate on the English you need for undergraduate level study in your chosen subject area, covering grammar, subject area vocabulary and the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
A key element of the unit is the grammar of the language, and particularly the verb tense system in English, because your ability to use the verb tense system accurately will be extremely important when you come to write essays and reports. This unit will focus in particular on the grammar of the language.
We will also focus on reading, listening and speaking skills in the context of your chosen subject area. Beginning with short texts, we will practise each skill and practise it again, so that gradually you will see, hear and feel that your command of the language is improving.
A recurring focus of the unit will be your acquisition of 'learner autonomy'. This means your ability to acquire the language yourself, without needing a teacher's help. This is important because from next year you will not have an English teacher to help you. So we will consider and practise strategies to help you gain confidence in your own ability to increase your knowledge of and ability to use the language, including for instance guessing meaning of difficult words, deciding which words are important in a text, recognising differences between formal and informal language, and other strategies, so that as the first semester continues, you begin to feel more confident in your use and experience with the English Language.
Academic Skills Foundation
When you begin your undergraduate level studies, you will be expected to have knowledge of and ability to use a large range of 'study skills'. You will also be expected to have some knowledge of the subject area you will be studying. This unit deals with both of these aspects of your preparation for undergraduate level study.
All of the academic skills are practised in English, so you will use your developing acquisition of the language from the partner unit 'English Language Foundation' to practise and gain mastery of these skills. You will also use your language and study skills as you learn the foundation of your subject area, putting the skills into practice as you learn.
Developing English Language Skills
This unit builds on the progress you made during its partner semester 1 unit 'English Language Foundation' and increasing your level from that which you had achieved by the end of semester 1.
We will recycle the tense system in English and other elements of the grammar system, but you will now learn how to use other aspects of the grammar, including the passive voice, as well as linking words and phrases and devices which enable you to write longer sentences but retain grammatical accuracy.
You will notice that we gradually introduce more specialist language that you need in preparation for your degree and we will expect you to use and develop the skills that you gained in the previous units so that you are able to work more independently.
Academic Skills Development
This unit builds on the skills learnt and practised in its partner semester 1 unit 'Foundation Academic Skills'. We will add more skills to the list, including summarizing and synthesising, argumentation, critical thinking and referencing and citation skills, as well as several others and practise and test them in the same way as with the semester 1 unit.
We will also investigate the research skill and you will learn how to prepare a research proposal and conduct a literature review, and how to plan a research project, learning about the research tools available and how they can be used to conduct research in your chosen field.
You will continue to broaden your knowledge of key current issues and theory in your chosen subject area, and apply the critical thinking and argumentation skills you acquire in this unit to argue for and against propositions you have studied in the form of in both essays and presentations and in seminar situations, ensuring that you are ready to step up to your chosen undergraduate course with a base level of subject area knowledge from which to continue your academic development as you progress to level 4 study.
How will you be assessed?
The assessments provide you with opportunities to diagnose your skills abilities academic/occupational background and to give you an early indication of what specific learning practices may help you improve in specific areas of study starting from student induction period in conjunction with Fundamentals of Computing unit and throughout the entire in-course period of study.
There will be frequent opportunities to get feedback both from tutors peers and via self-assessment and some assessments will allow for draft submissions to be considered by a tutor or peers to identify aspects in need of development prior to final hand-in.
Assessment methods include portfolios laboratory practical work group and individual production projects individual and group written reports and formal written exams.
Mini-projects and case studies provide you with real-world problems. You are expected to find solutions to the problems following the process of analysis technique evaluation design and syntheses and solution evaluation.
These mini-projects and case studies are designed in both group work and individual work fashions to allow you to practice your communication skills and team working skills and to develop the capability of working individually.
Completion of this course will open up a wide range of career opportunities as an engineer or researcher in electronics as well as many other opportunities within the electronics and telecommunications industry.