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Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: H432
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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Module details

Programme Year One

  • Digital and Integrated Electronics Design
  • Electrical Circuits and Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Experimental Skills/Engineering Skills
  • Electronic Circuits
  • C Programming
  • Electromechanics and Electromagnetism
  • Aerospace Engineering

For the optional ‘with Pilot Studies’ time is factored into the timetable to enable you to acquire the flying time. If you are not sure if you wish to take a BEng (Hons) or an MEng (Hons) degree then we advise that you apply for the MEng and make a final decision at the end of Year Two.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Electronic Circuits (ELEC104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
  • ​To introduce students to fundamental electronic devices (diodes and transistors).
  • ​To show how diodes and transistors are used in amplifier and switching circuits.​

  • Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to show knowledge and understanding of the behaviour, important properties and applications of diodes and transistors.​​Students will have the ability to understand and apply equivalent circuit representations of diodes and transistors.​​

    Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of circuit biasing, the role of decoupling capacitors and the performance of some commonly used configurations and their practical significance.​​

  • Electromagnetism & Electromechanics (ELEC120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims
  • Upon completion of this module students will understand the basic elements of electrostatics and electromagnetics. Students will be able to demonstrate the importance of these core topics in engineering applications and complete simple designs of their own.



  • ​The course covers electrostatics, current and permanent electromagnetism. In particular, it is the first time that year 1 students meet design as distinct from problem based activity. This part of the course demands innovation and also demands that the student has approach as near as possible to a specification which may not, of itself, be possible.​​​

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  • ​ The second part of the module covers electromechanics. The aims of this section will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the principles and construction of DC and AC machines, transformers and linear actuators.​

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  • Learning Outcomes​Basic understanding of charge and electric field strength.​​

    ​Knowledge of Gauss''s Law and its engineering applications.​​

    ​Basic understanding of the generation of electric currents.​

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    ​Knowledge of engineering applications of the magnetic effects of currents.​​

    ​Understanding the fundamentals of current flow into inductors and capacitors.​

    ​An understanding of how the physical laws of electromagnetism and mechanics apply to practical motors, transformers and actuators.​

    ​An understanding of the properties of materials best suited for use in electromechanical devices.​

    ​​An introductory knowledge of the behaviour of common electrical devices, such as series and shunt dc motors, alternators, solenoids and transformers​​

  • Introduction to Programming in C (ELEC129)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Despite the popularity of newer languages such as C++ and Java the C language remains a core skill in the software business ranking in the top ten desired skills. C is one of the most popular languages for programming embedded systems that are found in automobiles, cameras, DVD players and many other modern appliances.

    This module aims to enable students to:

    • Learn and use the C programming language
    • Use the C language to solve real engineering problems
    • Acquire fundamental software development skills covering program design, coding and testing
    Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge of the C programming language

    Knowledge of general programming concepts

    ​Knowledge of the role and functions of the hardware and software components of a computer

    ​Understanding of the software development process

  • Electrical Circuits and Systems (ELEC142)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
  • To become familiar with a range of circuit analytical techniques

  • ​To be able to apply the most appropriate technique for a given circuit

  • To understand and be able to analyse transient phenomena in circuits containing reactive elements
  • To understand the basic principles of operational amplifiers and analyse circuits containing them

  • To introduce students to AC circuits.

  • To provide a method for AC circuit analysis for fixed frequency supplies.

  • To extend the AC circuit analysis for variable frequency circuits (ie simple filters).

  • To extend the analysis from passive frequency dependent circuits to active circuits. ​

  • Learning Outcomes

    ​Understand Ohms Law and other fundamental principals

    Understand how circuits can be simplified using resistor combinations

    ​Understand the difference between real and ideal components

    ​Understand how to apply advanced circuit analysis techniques  (Nodal Analysis, Superposition, thevenin and Norton theorems) to  solve simple DC and AC circuit problems.

  • Digital & Integrated Electronics Design (ELEC143)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with knowledge of:

    • Number systems such as binary, hexadecimal, BCD
    • Laws of Boolean Algebra
    • Basic design methods for combinational and sequential logic circuits.
    • Operation of various silicon electronic devices
    • To provide students with the opportunity to understand the basic principles of silicon microelectronics design.
    • Introduce the subject in the frame of reference of basic design and problem solving.
    • To develop practical skills in the handling and measurement of components.
    • To increase the confidence of the student in undertaking material with a strong analytical and engineering content.
    Learning OutcomesUnderstanding of number systems such as binary, hexadecimal and BCD
    ​​Knowledge of the laws of Boolean Algebra

    ​​Knowledge of basic design methods for combinational and sequential logic circuits 

    ​Understanding of the application of the physical laws of semiconductor to practicle silicon electronic devices such as diodes and transistors

    ​Familiarity of the common design rules for development of layouts for the silicon devices and simple circuits

  • Experimental Skills (ELEC172)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    AimsThis module covers the fundamental concepts and techniques necessary to use industrial/commercial windows-based software applications. It also attempts to create new knowledge and understanding of electrical engineering principles. On completion of the module, a student is expected to know and understand:   
    • The opportunities presented in MATLAB for solving complex mathematical problems
    • How to structure a scientific report or presentation 
    • How to connect basic measuring equipment to electronic circuits
    • The main sustainability practical and legal issues to come into force in the near future
    • Data interfacing and data analysis
    • Error analysis, systematic and random errors
    Learning Outcomes

    ​have enhanced and harmonised IT skills with relation to:

    • University computer network
    • technical report writing
    • data analysis
    • engineering spreadsheet analysis

    ​be creative in design, be able to evaluate results and synthesise knowledge

    ​know how to complete individual work and be a valuable team member

    recognise the basic building blocks of electrical circuits

    ​know how to use basic measuring equipment

    ​correlate theory in textbooks with its practical application

    to provide an appreciation of electrical engineerings responsibilities in the context of sustainable development ​

    ​to solve problems by programming and plotting mathematical expressions in MATLAB

  • Mathematics I for Electrical Engineers (MATH191)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To bring students from varying backgrounds up to a common level in preparation for further modules in mathematics. To cover in detail the basic techniques of differential calculus,and provide an introduction to the theories of integral calculus, vectors, complex numbers and series.

    Learning Outcomes

      Understand the notion of limits on an intuitive level

    ​Differentiate functions using the product, quotient and chain rules

    ​Understand various applications of the theory of differentiation, including Maclaurin series and Taylor series

    ​Carry out simple calculations involving integration, vectors, complex numbers, and series

  • Mathematics II for Electrical Engineers (MATH192)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    1. To provide a detailed introduction to techniques (change of variable,

        integration by parts and partial fractions) for and applications of

        one-dimensional integrals.

     

     2. To introduce partial derivatives of functions of two variables and their

        applications, e.g., for linear approximations.

     

     3. To comprehensively introduce matrices, determinants and several

        techniques for solving systems of linear equations; to introduce

        eigenvalues and eigenvectors for 2x2 matrices.

     

     4. To briefly revise or introduce the scalar and cross products of vectors

        and their basic applications.

     

     5. To give a comprehensive introduction to first-order ordinary differential

        equations (ODEs), including systems of two ODEs with constant coefficients,

        and second-order ODEs with constant coefficients.

     

     6. To introduce, time permitting, the Fourier expansion of periodic functions.

    Learning Outcomes

    Learning outcomes

     After completing the module students should be able to

     *  evaluate a range of one-dimensional integrals using standard techniques

     *  calculate partial derivatives and find the tangent plane to a surface

     *  invert 3x3 matrices and solve systems of linear equations

      *  solve basic (systems of) ODEs relevant to electrical engineering

Year One Optional Modules

  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (AERO110)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims
  • To introduce students to a range of fundamental topics that an aerospace engineer must at least be aware of to be able to function in such a multi-disciplinary industry. The module provides a basic coverage of material from aerodynamic, performance and stability and control disciplines that are built upon in subsequent years of study.

  • To introduce students to the power of computer-based computation methods using simple mathematical examples.​

  • To enthuse students in their chosen degree programme.​

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to evaluate solutions to aerospace-engineering related problems.​

    Students will be able to utilise simple computational software to develop tools that will be useful throughout their career.

    Describe, in relatively simple terms​, key concepts that relate to the field of aerospace engineering.

  • Pilot Studies 1 (AERO131)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • To provide basic knowledge of the following topics that relate to the systems and operation of a light aircraft: Aircraft technical, Navigation and Radio Aids, Meteorology, Flight Performance and Planning, Radio Communications and Human Performance.

  • ​To engage students in a PPL/NPPL flight training programme aiming to expose them to the procedures required for flying and help them develop the required flying skills.

  • Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this module the student will have knowledge of meteorological conditions and be able to interpretate of weather information relating to flight.

    ​On successful completion of this module the students will have gained knowledge of the basic principles of systems found on a typical light aircraft, including communication systems and radio navigation aids.

    ​To be able to assess the implications of Human Factors on aviation safety.

Programme Year Two

  • Signals and Systems
  • Electronic Circuits and Systems
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Digital Electronics and Microprocessor System
  • Applied Design/Project
  • Electrical Circuits and Power System
  • Field Theory
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Avionic and Communication Systems
  • Electromagnetics

If you are not sure whether you wish to take a BEng (Hons) or an MEng (Hons) degree then we advise that you apply for the MEng and make a final decision at the end of Year Two.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Instrumentation & Control (ELEC207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting95:5
    Aims

    Part A:

    To provide the student with the ability to select a suitable transducer and associated system for a given measurement application and to consider possible alternative solutions. To understand the principles of transducer operation and factors contributing to the measurement error.

    Part B:

    To provide the student with a thorough understanding of the principles of a closed loop control system via system modelling, performance analysis and controller design and synthesis.

    To provide a framework, within which students can evaluate, develop and implement the design methodologies of classical control, with applications to Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronics systems.

    Learning Outcomes
    • ​An understanding of the physical basis of some common electrical transducers
    • A general appreciation of basic transducer specifications and their interpretation
    • An understanding of the system requirements for a typical measurement system
    • An appreciation of some common factors that can affect the performance of a measurement system.

    • An understanding of the behavior of linear systems, the derivation of mathematical models, and transfer function representation
    • A familiarity with the problem of stability, and the ability to apply standard tests for stability
    • An appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of closed-loop feedback with regard to system response speed, sensitivity to parameters and disturbances, accuracy and stability
    • An appreciation of graphical techniques for representing control system characteristics
    • A familiarity with common types of system controller, and an ability to select the most appropriate controller for a given problem
    • An appreciation of how complete control schemes are implemented in hardware and software, and the problems of system integration.
  • Electrical Circuits & Power Systems (ELEC209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims
    • This modules aims to equip students with tools to analyse inter-related circuits.
    • To provide students with an introduction to the components and composition of an electric power system. 
    • To consider the different primary energy sources and the way in which power is delivered to the customers.
  • Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding of magnetically coupled circuits and the concept of mutual inductance. ​

    Knowledge and understanding of three-phase networks and the concept of a balanced and unbalanced network​

    Knowledge and understanding of response of simple networks to transient​

    Knowledge and understanding of the interconnection of two port networks including maximum power transfer, insertion loss and impedance matching​

    Knowledge and understanding of power, power balance, power systems

    Knowledge and understanding of components of a power system

    Knowledge and understanding of the per-unit systems

    Knowledge and understanding of different energy sources

    Knowledge and understanding of induction generators

    Knowledge and uderstanding of synchronous generators

    Knowledge and understandng of unbalanced powers systems operation

  • Digital Electronics & Microprocessor Systems (ELEC211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    AimsTo provide students with the ability to:
    • Design digital systems using the Algorithmic State Machine (ASM) methodology.
    • Understand the features of Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs) and use them in their designs.
    • Interface memory and other peripherals to microprocessor systems.
    • Provide knowledge of microprocessor systems with a good understanding of how basic microprocessors work.
    • Understand basic assembly language programmes.
    • Know the different data formats such as ASCII 2''s complement and floating point format and more advanced microprocessor concepts such as pipelines and Harvard architecture.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Demonstrate a knowledge of digital electronics including combinational and sequential logic, algorithmic state machine (ASM) design techniques, Quine-McCluskey method and Karnuagh map-entered variables.

    ​Demonstrate an ability to design digital electronics using FPGA and a hardware description language.

    ​Demonstrate a knowledge of microprocessor concepts including architecture, assembly language, standard formats for negative and floating point numbers

    ​Demonstrate a knowledge of more advanced microprocessor concepts including von Neuman/ Harvard architectures, pipelining and memory cache.

    ​Demonstrate an ability to understand assembly language code and use assembly language  to write simple computer programmes on a basic microprocessor.

  • Signals and Systems (ELEC270)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting45:55
    Aims

    To introduce the student to the fundamentals of the analysis of continuous- and discrete-time signals and systems.

    To equip the student with the mathematical tools that would allow him/her to design and/or analyse a linear time-invariant system, e.g. a filter.

    To present the concepts involved with signals and systems. Namely:

    • Signal Classification, Representation and Analysis
    • Fourier Series
    • Fourier Transform
    • Laplace Transform
    • Linear Time-invariant (LTI) Systems and Filters
    • Discrete-time Fourier Series
    • Discrete-time Fourier Transform
    • z-Transform
    Learning Outcomes​​

    ​After completion of the module, the student should have:

    An understanding of the use of Fourier Series to represent periodic continuous-time signals.

    An understanding of the use of the Fourier Transform to represent finite energy signals.

    An understanding of the Laplace Transform, its properties and its use in circuit and system analysis.

    An understanding of the use of Discrete-time Fourier Series to represent periodic discrete-time signals.

    An understanding of the use of the Discrete-time Fourier Transform.

    An understanding of the z-Transform, its properties and its use for discrete-time signals and systems.

    An understanding of the relationship between time and frequency domains.

    An understanding of Linear Time Invariant Systems, and filters, both in the continuous- and discrete-time domains.

    An appreciation of the relationship between the system function and the frequency response.


    ​​The ability to deal with real physcial signals and analyse, synthesise and otherwise manipulate them using available laboratory equipment.
  • Electronic Circuits and Systems (ELEC271)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
    • To understand how electronic circuits are designed and undertake some simple design exercises .
    • To understand how electronic devices can be represented by simple, linear equivalent circuits.
    • To show how complex circuits can be sub-divided into building blocks and these blocks in turn represented by linear equivalent circuits which can be analysed using standard circuit techniques.
    • To understand the interaction between the building blocks to allow estimation of important systems parameters such as gain, input output resistance etc.
    • To appreciate the importance of negative feedback in improving electronic systems performance and tolerance.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Circuit operation

    Circuit design fundamentals

    ​Appreciation of historical perspective and state-of-the-art

  • Field Theory and Partial Differential Equations (MATH283)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims
    • To introduce students to the concepts of scalar and vector fields.
    • To develop techniques for evaluating line, surface and volume integrals.
    • To introduce students to some of the basic methods for solving partial differential equations
    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module, students should be able to:

    • Evaluate Grad, Div, Curl and Laplacian operators in Cartesian and polar coordinates
    • Evaluate line, double and volume integrals
    • Have a good understanding of the physical meaning of flux and circulation 
    • Be able to solve simple boundary value problems for the wave equation, diffusion equation and Laplace''s equation      
  • Avionics and Communications Systems (AERO250)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop an understanding of basic communication systems, avionic systems, including radar, navigation and aircraft vision systems.​

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:

    • Independent learning
    • Problem solving and design skills

    After successful completion of the module, the student should:

    • be able to demonstrate their analytical skills to the design of simple avionic systems, including radio communications, radars and elementary EMC engineering.
    • be able to demonstrate the use of the Friis and Radar Equations, as well as the concepts of noise and interference.
    • be able to demonstrate their familiarity with, and ability to manipulate, the decibel notation that is used extensively in radar and radio systems.
    • be able to demonstrate a familiarity with basic intertial and GPS navigation systems.  
    • be able to demonstrate an understanding of aircraft vision systems.
    • Be capable of analysing a simple radio and radar systems by performing the necessary link budget calculations.
    • Be able to demonstrate the use of error budgets in inertial navigation systems.
    • Be able to demonstrate their appreciation of the role of avionics within the multi-disciplinary world of aerospace engineering.​

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Aircraft Performance A (AERO212)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To acquaint students with the fundamentals of the performance of fixed-wing aircraft; to develop from first principles the theory required to formulate and solve representative performance problems; to discuss the limitations of the theory; to introduce students to the basics of aircraft stability.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the module, studentsshould be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:

     technical report writing
      
     analysing and presenting data.
     


    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following discipline-specific practical skills:

    collecting, recording, analysing and presenting lift, drag and moment data using a wind-tunnel
    collecting, recording, analysing and presenting flight test data

    mathematical problem formulating and solving skills.

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to:

    deriving and applying formulae relating to fundamental performance parameters
    estimating range, endurance, climb and descent performance, take-off and landing lengths, and performance in turning flight, given basic aircraft and atmospheric data
    assessing the longitudinal and lateral-directional static stability of an aircraft
     

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

    the physical principles that govern the performance of subsonic aircraft
    the mathematics required for Aircraft Performance analysis
    the terminology associated with Aircraft Performance
    the limitations of the performance theory static stability.

  • Electromagnetics (ELEC210)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To further enhance the students knowledge and use of Maxwells equations and their use in practical EM applications.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​​Knowledge and Understanding

    After successful completion of the module, the student should have:

    • An understanding of the differential and integral form of Maxwell''s equations and their application in electrical engineering and electronics
    • Awareness of some numerical methods for solving static EM field problems
    • An understanding of energy transport by EM waves​

    ​Intellectual Abilities

    After successful completion of the module the student should be able to solve 3 dimensional electromagnetic problems using Maxwell''s equations.​
  • Project, Problem Solving & Industrial Awareness (ELEC222)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of the project is to provide students with practical work which underpins, confirms and gives application focus for academic study, while testing a wide range of skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Qualify and quantify errors in experimental work

    ​Be aware of Engineering ethics and relevant issues-I

    Documenting an open-ended problem

    ​Presenting an open-ended problem

    ​Be aware of sustainable design considerations

    ​​Be aware of Engineering ethics and relevant issues-II

    ​Summarise a technical presentation

  • Pilot Studies 2 (AERO231)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide knowledge of navigation, meteorology, aircraft instrumentats and human factors appropriate to commercial operations.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Knowledge of the influence of human factors in the context of commercial aircraft operation

    ​An understanding of global meteorological conditions relevant to commercial aircraft operations.

    Knowledge and understanding of commercial aircraft navigation

    Knowledge and understanding of commercial aircraft flight instruments and warning systems

  • Pilot Studies 3 (AERO232)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide knowledge of Aircraft Performance and Principles of Flight, Radio Navigation systems and Aircraft General Knowledge appropriate to commercial aircraft operations

    Learning Outcomes

    ​An appreciation of Radio Navigation principles

    ​An understanding of commercial aircraft systems

    ​A sound knowledge of the principles of flight

    ​A sound knowledge of aircraft performance

Programme Year Three

This is the placement year during which you will spend time working in an engineering company. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical engineering experience which will boost your CV. Many placement students continue their relationship with the placement provider by undertaking relevant projects when they return to the University and may ultimately return to work for the company when they graduate. The placement is assessed by two reports, a poster and an oral presentation.

Preparation for the placement is provided by the University’s Careers and Employability Services (CES) who will assist to finding a placement, help you prepare a professional looking CV and prepare you for your placement interview. Placements can be near or far in the UK, Europe and China. For example placements have been offered by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory which is based on the University campus. CES is active in finding placements with companies based on Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) in China. Students who take up a placement on SIP are offered accommodation at our partner University, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, based in Suzhou and they have access to all the facilities on the XJTLU campus.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Placement (ELEC299)
    Level3
    Credit level120
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is provide students with experience of an industrial environment and to assess operational aspects of the company, its products, working practices, marketing and managment structures.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students should have the ability to identify: Strengths and weaknesses within the organisation and its management structure; The effectiveness of marketing within the company; And assimilate financial information from the company''s published accounts; Ethical policies and their effectiveness within the company; Sustainability issues for the company; The effectiveness of the Human resources and policies on employees, motivation and loyalty; Areas where the strategic plan is being implemented and how effective it is being delivered.

    ​At the end of the module students should have an appreciation of: Management and organisational structure of the company; Principal roles of company personnel; Strategic plans (as published); Processes for ordering goods etc; Processes for processing orders etc; Financial controls that are in place to ensure that costs are controlled; The company''s accounts; Decision making processes within the company; Marketing processes within the company; Processes function in the company to ensure deliver of quality in services or products; Any ethical policies; Sustainability of product lines or services.

Programme Year Four

You undertake an extended individual project in the area of Avionics.

  • Image Processing
  • RF Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics
  • Antennas
  • Electronics for Instrumentation and Communication
  • Flight Dynamics and Control
  • Avionic Systems Design

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Flight Dynamics and Control (AERO317)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to give the students a The aim of this module is to give the students a solid grounding in the theory of Flight Dynamics/Flight Control Systems principles and to equip them to solve related problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    Understand the basic theory set out in the syllabus

    ​Understand the concepts of aircraft stability and dynamic response

    ​Understand and be able to apply the basic principles of feedback control to aircraft flight dynamics

    ​Be able to formulate and to solve representative problems problems using using using a calculator.

    Be able to solve more challenging analysis and design problems using computer to solve more challenging analysis and design problems using computer software and simulation.

  • Avionic Systems Design (AERO350)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with the experience of solving a design problem within the scope of a typical avionic system. The module aims to provide the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and creative skills to design and evaluate a practical design solution to meet a given requirement and to further develop their team-working and presentation skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate

    • a detailed knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of avionic system design, particularly of their design project.
    • an appreciation of the relationship between the results of computer based analysis and practical measurements.​

    ​​On successful completion of the module, students should have developed

    • the ability to apply technical knowledge and understanding to create a practical engineering design solution
    • the ability to use some example computer based design tools and critically assess their value and limitations.
    • the ability to interpret simulation results in order to compare performance against a given requirement.​
  • Rf Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics (ELEC311)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students the fundamentalconcepts of high frequency electromagnetics; to present and develop theunderlying theory of transmission lines (TX), including lossy TX; to introducethe Smith Chart as an important tool in TX design and analysis;  to give an appreciation of the importance ofcomputational electromagnetics its role in industrial applications; to give aclear understanding of impedance matching and related techniques; to introducethe concept of the scattering parameters for 2-port networks and their applicationsand measurements; to understand radio wave propagation, attenuation andreflection; and to enable students appreciate the basic understanding of RF filter, antenna andamplifier design.​

    Learning Outcomes

     

    • The essentials of RF engineering and applied EM. The circuit and field concepts and their relevance to RF systems.

    • The underlying theory and physical concepts behind transmission lines (TX) and the factors governing performance of real TEM transmission lines, and knowledge of various transmission lines in practice.​

    • Reflection coeffiecients, VSWR,and return loss in communication systems​

    • The methods of achieving matched conditions for maximum power transfer.​

    • S- parameters and their measurement and applications.​

    • An appreciation of radio propagation and antennas.​

    • Fundamental knowledge of RF components and devices, such as filters and amplifiers, for modern communicaiton systems.
  • Antennas (ELEC312)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • To introduce fundamental antenna principles and concepts based on the underlying electromagnetic theory.

  • ​To gain a good understanding of antenna theory and design​

  • Learning Outcomes

    The ability and understand the operation and fuctions of antennas

    ​​The ability to design basics antennas

  • Electronics for Instrumentation and Communications (ELEC317)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To gain knowledge of a wide range of analogue components and electronics for instrumentation and communications.

    To gain a better understanding of the theory, analysis and design of analogue electronic circuits used in instrumentation and communications systems.

    To learn and use an industrial standard simulation tool (Agilent ADS) for the design of electronic systems.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​After successful completion of the module, the student should have

    • A good understanding of a wide range of analogue components, including filters, amplifiers, oscillators, mixers, and phase locked loops.
    • An understanding of the limitations of these components and how these can be overcome by design or the appropriate choice of device.
    • An understanding of how to design these components.
    • An understanding of computer aided design of electronic systems

    After successful completion of the module, the students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the module topics to:

    • Analyse problems associated with electronic circuits for instrumentation and communication systems
    • Select correct components for electronic system design.
    • Design an electronic system using an industrial standard CAD tool.

  • Image Processing (ELEC319)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To introduce the basic concepts of digital image processing and pattern recognition.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​After successful completion of the module, the student should have:

    • An understanding of main principles of digital image processing, and its relation to pattern recognition in images, object detection,  tracking and machine vision.
    • An appreciation of the areas of applications for various image enhancement techniques.

    ​After successful completion of the module, the student should have:

    • An understanding of the standard methods of image manipulation, representation and information extraction.

  • Engineering Management and Entrepreneurial Skills (ELEC352)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting25:75
    Aims

    ​To introduce students to some of the tools and constraints associated with managing both small and large projects, and with some simple costing approaches.  To undertake a virtual project in small groups.  To encourage students to adopt a project approach to current and future tasks and to learn the language adopted by project oriented employers.  To instil an entrepreneurial outlook.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Practical project management

    ​Practical risk management

    ​Practical cost management

    ​Formal meeting administration and record taking

    ​Teamwork and communications

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Digital Control and Optimisation (ELEC303)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • To introduce the students to the fundamentals of applied digital control
    • To familiarise the students with digital control design techniques through realistic control examples and applications
    • To introduce digital,P,PI,PID and full state feedback controller design
    • To introduce how to implement a digital control algorithm in software
    • To introduce the basic concept of optimisation
    • To introduce the conventional optimisation techniques
    • To introduce gradient based optimisation methods and their properties
    • To familiarise the student with the application of optimisation methods
    Learning Outcomes

    ​1: The student will be able to use Z transforms and state-space modelling to design and implement digital control algorithms.

     

    2: The student will be able to set-up optimisation problems and utilise conventional and gradient based methods to solve these problems.​

  • Signal Processing & Digital Filtering (ELEC309)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims
    • To develop basic framework for signal processing and to demonstrate some applications.
    • To provide students with a good understanding of the types and behaviours of a number of different digital filters,

  • Learning Outcomes

    Appreciation of how to analyse FIR and IIR filters using z-transform.​

    Appreciation of the effects of quantisation.​

    Applications in waveform generators and digital audio.​

    The use of DFT, FFTand linear convolution.​knowledge of the concepts of linear time-invariant circuits and systems.

    Knowledge of samplingand filtering methodologies.

    Designing FIRdigital filters using the window(Fourier series) technique.​

    Designing IIRdigital filters using pole/zero placement, the bilineartransform or othertechniques. ​

    Using MATLAB in filter design.

  • Photonics and Optical Information Systems (ELEC313)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • To introduce students to the fundamental principles of opto/electronic systems for the transfer of information.
    • To introduce the duality of light as both wave and ray.
    • To show intensity and phase related optical principles.
    • To demonstrate optical information transfer through a number of applications.
    Learning OutcomesKnowledge and understanding of electronic to optical and optical to electronic conversion and associated devices.

    ​An understanding of power transfer, modulation transfer function, system transfer function and optical data storage​

    ​An understanding of information transfer via optical intensity and phase modulation.


    ​Knowledge and understanding of the duality of light.


    ​An appreciation of how to manipulate light rays and an appreciation of intensity and phase related effects of light.​


  • Neural Networks (ELEC320)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • ​Understand the basic structures and the learning mechanisms underlying neural networks within the field of artificial intelligence and examine how synaptic adaptation can facilitate learning and how input to output mapping can be performed by neural networks.
  • ​ Obtain an overview of linear, nonlinear, separable and non separable classification as well as supervised and unsupervised machine learning.
  • Learning OutcomesLearning  the advantages and main characteristics of neural networks in relation to traditional methodologies. Also, familiarity with different neural networks structures and their learning mechanisms.​

    ​​​​​​​Understanding of the neural network learning processes and their most popular types, as well as  appreciation of how neural networks can be applied to artificial intelligence problems.
  • Organic Electronics (ELEC324)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The main aim is to make thestudents aware of the new developments in large-area, low-cost and flexible Electronics,particularly those relating to the use of conjugated polymer and fullerenebased compounds and composites.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Knowledge and understandingof the operation of organic Schottky diode, thin-film transistors, light-emittingdiodes and photovoltaics

    ​Knowledge to analyse novel organic device models

    Ability to analyse static and dynamic organic circuits​

    ​Ability to utilise organic models to design simple organic circuits

  • Drives (ELEC331)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • To introduce students to a range of electrical machines (AC & DC) using the concepts of rotating magnetic fields, co-energy.
    • To facilitate the prediction of machine performance by the use of equivalent circuits
    Learning Outcomes
  • Application Development With C++ (ELEC362)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with the ability:

    • To Identify functional requirement for an application and produce an adequate specification.
    • To design a programme based on functional decomposition method.
    • To convert design into efficient C++ code.
    • To design and implement an application graphical user interface.
    • To use common components including controls in Windows based programme.
    • To implement event handlers and validate the programme functionality.
    • To work independently or as a team member in the management of application development.
    Learning OutcomesKnowledge and Understanding--On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate:
    • Knowledge of C++ as an advanced programming language.
    • Understanding of functional decomposition based and Object-oriented programme design.
    • Knowledge of the principles of system development.
    • Understanding of Windows based applications and their components.
  • Embedded Computer Systems (ELEC370)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To obtain an understanding of the construction and operation of embedded computer systems and their components. Furthermore to gain an understanding of how computer performance is dependent upon the design of computer architectures and sub-circuits.

    Learning Outcomes
  • Digital and Wireless Communications (ELEC377)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • To provide an extensive coverage of the theory and practice of digital and wireless communication systems
    • To allow students to be able to design and develop digital and wireless communication systems, with an awareness of all the main factors involved and of existing and emerging technologies.

       

    Learning Outcomes

    ​After completion of the module, the student should have a good knowledge and understanding of:
    The nature of data and how it is stored and communicated.
    The limitations imposed on communication system performance and design by various factors
    How noise arises in communications systems, and its effects of noise upon communications system behaviour and performance.
    Sources and effects of mobile radio propagations.
    Design of the optimum receiver and analysis of error probability for digital communications
    How to achieve the goals of a communication system by trading off system parameters such as signal-to-noise ratio, error probability and bandwidth expenditure
    Various multiuser communication techniques

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge in applying the module topics to:
    Specify the requirements for a digital or wireless communication system
    Design the optimum receiver for a communication system
    Analyse the performance of a communication system
    Critical thinking ability from evaluating and responding to issues such as unachievable or impractical specifications and impossible performance claims.

  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (ELEC382)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    AimsThe module is aimed to provide the students with advanced knowledge and skills to deal with EMC problems.The students are expected

    1. To master the fundamental EMC principles and concepts based on the underlying electromagnetic theory.
    2. ​​To study EMC standards and regulations, and be able to apply them to real world problems.
    3. ​​To be able to use advanced theory too analyse EMC problems
    4. To be able to conduct EMC measurements and tests, and also interprete the results. 
    Learning Outcomes

    ​An indepth understanding of EMC theory, standards and practice.

    ​Ability to conduct EMC tests and analysis. 

    ​Ability to conduct EMC analysis and designs

    Knowledge and skills and solve EMC problems

  • Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution (ELEC401)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims

    • To give students a generalised view of the structure of a power system.
    • To develop the ability to analyse the steady-state and transient operation of an integrated power system in terms of the electrical and other constraints on power flow.
    • To introduce the basic principles of fault analysis and electrical safety regulations.
    • To familiarise students with some basic concepts of power electronics and to provide them with the tools to design some basic circuits.
    • To understand the principles of operation of power converters.
    • To show how power electronics and machines are complementary components of drive or generating systems, through examples of practical applications.
    Learning Outcomes

    • An advanced understanding of the nature of the load on a power system and the way in which power is supplied by generators and transmitted to consumers. 
    • A clear understanding of how synchronous generators (alternators) interact with a power system in both normal and fault conditions. 
    • Knowledge of how these generators are interconnected by the high-voltage transmission grid. 
    • Advanced knowledge of complex power flow in a network. 
    • An understanding of the matrix analysis of the network and load flow analysis. 
    • Good command of the per-unit system in the analysis of large power systems. 
    • A clear understanding of the consequences of different faults on transmission and distribution networks. 
    • Good awareness of general electrical safety issues.​

    • An advanced understanding of AC-DC uncontrolled and controlled rectifiers. 
    • An understanding of pulse width modulation to control voltage and its development into switching DC-DC supplies. 
    • An understanding of the AC(-AC) voltage control. 
    • An advanced understanding of the electronic generation of AC from DC and the ability to vary frequency. 
    • An understanding of variable speed DC and AC drives. 
    • A clear understanding of the fundamental ON-OFF nature of power electronic switches and how they are controlled to vary voltage levels and frequency. 
    • Advanced knowledge of various applications of power electronics in power systems and renewable energy.​​
  • Integrated Circuits - Concepts and Design (ELEC472)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting45:55
    Aims

    To understand the reasons for the predominance and importance of silicon based microelectronics to the semiconductor industry. To understand how materials, devices and circuit issues are inter-related and exploited to make the microchips that underpin the information age. To prepare students for entering the Si semiconductor industry.

    Learning OutcomesAppreciation of MOS based integrated circuit design philosophy: power, speed, yield, packing density considerations and of design trade-offs associated with materials, device and circuit limitations.

    Knowledge of how to analyse and design simple MOS logic gates and amplifier stages.

    Appreciation of historical and future development of silicon based integrated circuit technology.

    Knowledge of silicon integrated circuit technology.

    Appreciation of some IC design issues.

    Ability to use a professional design tool (Cadence) to design, layout and test by simulation digital circuit cells.

     

  • Digital System Design (ELEC473)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting20:80
    Aims

    To provide students with the ability to:

    • Design and synthesise digital systems using Verilog and ASM.
    • Understand the problems of meta-stability in digital systems.
    • Design microprocessors using ASM techniques.
    • Develop and test customised NIOS II systems using Altera''s System on a Programmable Chip (SOPC) builder tool and Software Build Tools (SBT)..
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Ability to design digital systems using the ASM design method.

    ​Ability to implement digital systems using the Verilog Hardware Description Language.

    ​Understanding the internal operation of a MIPS processor.

    ​Ability to implement a SOPC system using Quartus Nios-II.

  • Advanced Modern Management (MNGT352)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The Aims of this module are as follows:

    • To introduce the student to various aspects of advanced modern management.
    • To develop a knowledge and understanding of modern management tools.
    • To stimulate an appreciation of management and its importance in organisational success.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students who complete this module will obtain a good understanding of the following:

        The scientific theory of industrial psychology and organisational behaviour.    The key components of operations and management.    The impact of supply chain and logistics to modern business.

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to:

        Analysis of organisation behaviour.    Analysing of operations systems and performance evaluation.    Analysis and modelling of supply chain.

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

All programmes are taught over two semesters with examinations at the end of each semester. Modules vary from those which are assessed by examination only to others which are continuous assessment only. All programmes incorporate a substantial practical component, with an increasing emphasis on project work as you progress through to the final year. You can select your final year individual project in consultation with members of staff.