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MEng Hons Communication Systems and Electronics (with Industrial Experience)
|Mode of Study: Full Time||Department: Computing and Communications (School of)|
|UCAS Code: H648||Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)|
|QAA Subject Benchmark: Not Defined||Director of Studies: Dr U Roedig|
|Total Credit Points: 540||Credit Points Year 2: 120|
|Credit Points Year 3: 120||Credit Points Year 4: 120|
- Compulsory Modules
- Educational Aims
- Learning Outcomes
- Learning and Teaching Strategies
- Assessment Strategy and Skills
- External Benchmarks
Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites
- The student must take the following modules:
- PartII (Year 2)
- The student must take the following modules:
- PartII (Year 3)
- The student must take the following modules:
Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
The degree in Communication Systems and Digital Electronics is designed for students seeking a rigorous grounding in communication systems combined with the necessary background in electronic engineering. Its balanced curriculum combines theory and practice to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, develop, and manage the next generation of communication systems. This program is delivered in partnership with Lancaster’s Engineering Department. The programme aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be a communication systems professional. In particular, it aims to develop graduates equipped to work effectively in a professional systems development environment and at all stages of the product life-cycle.
This four year programme shares its first three years with the BEng Hons Communication Systems and Electronics programme at Lancaster. As such, it also shares many of the programme’s general and subject-specific educational aims. However, students are expected to reach a higher level of expertise and maturity in many of these aims, in particular those related to the practical application of knowledge and skills.
This programme is also designed to develop the transferable skills necessary for working within team-based professional environments.
In summary, the programme aims to:
Ensure students have knowledge of the fundamental principles underpinning the field of Communication Systems.
Impart knowledge and experience of the most significant contemporary developments in practice and technology.
Help students develop the skills they will need in order to respond positively to the evolution of the discipline throughout the course of their career.
Develop knowledge and skills in electronics, real time systems, programming, communication systems, radio frequency engineering, software engineering, and project management.
Develop critical, analytical and problem-solving skills needed by a practising Communication Systems professional.
Equip students with transferable skills necessary for working within team-based, professional environments.
Enhance the development of the students' research, study, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
Equip students with skills for managing engineering projects effectively to a successful conclusion.
Provide practical experience of the challenges associates with working in an industry led environment, and to educate on how these challenges should be met by a practicing computer science professional.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
Graduates with Honours will be able to:
Demonstrate deep understanding and reflection on the principles and concepts applicable to electronics, communication and digital systems engineering, computer science and of infrastructure technology that enable electronic communication systems to be implemented.
Develop solid knowledge and skills of information and signals processing, physical electronics, and programming for creating software solutions, testing hypotheses through simulation and developing real time systems.
Apply, examine and reflect on the knowledge of communication systems to the development and evaluation of possible solutions to engineering problems.
Demonstrate awareness of major issues at the frontiers of engineering research and development, and their possible exploitation to enhance current practices.
Demonstrate solid understanding of financial, economic, and social factors of significance to engineering including the broader obligations of engineers to society.
Demonstrate project and technical documentation writing skills.
Demonstrate knowledge on information and network security and system risk and examine their underlying principles.
Develop mature understanding of social, legal and professional issues.
Deepen awareness of emerging technologies in key areas of Communication Engineering and Electronics
Demonstrate advanced critical analysis and evaluation skills, problem solving and creativity.
Demonstrate mature understanding of ethical, legal and moral issues, and ability to assess technical and commercial risks.
Work effectively as part of a project team for developing applications and systems software solutions.
Communicate effectively through written, oral and other forms of technical presentation.
Demonstrate ability to plan for future career development.
Understand the process of innovation and commercialisation of innovative computer-related products.
Develop knowledge and skills of project management through guided practical project based placements, i.e. defining project plans
Demonstrate knowledge and skills of academic writing through authoring and reviewing academic publications at a level commensurate with international research workshops in the field.
Develop and demonstrate skills of reflecting on their learning practice and to communicate effectively with a professional working in industry.
Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills
The general teaching and learning strategy is to provide closely linked theory and practice components to ensure that knowledge is consolidated and matched to the appropriate skill-based elements of Communication Systems. Teaching is hierarchical with a broad first year, becoming progressively deeper and more specialised in years two and three.
Lectures coupled with practicals are the principal mechanisms used to deliver key concepts and learning guidance. A range of laboratory space is provided all with 24-hour access. There is a dedicated 1st year laboratory, whereas for later years of study the laboratory space is organised according to subjects. Apart from the main Computer Science laboratory there are laboratories for engineering focused modules (e.g. communications and embedded systems) and a dedicated laboratory for Software Engineering. The different laboratories are also used for practical laboratory sessions for some modules. They are equipped with a variety of platforms to ensure that students have adequate access to technology for their projects and course work.
There is effective support for student learning and development of practical skills through laboratory-based work. In the 1st year there is also additional tutorial support in a small group setting. Feedback is provided informally in laboratory sessions and formally through mark sheets.
In the third year students design and complete a supported project that is associated with one of the Department's research groups. Specialised supervision, expertise and equipment is available and, exceptionally, access to research laboratories can be granted if necessary.
In the fourth year, the students are offered a mix of masters modules, and industry-based projects ensuring intensive engagement with the industrial side of the programme.
In summary, the following teaching methods apply:
Theoretical underpinnings of electronics, communication and digital systems engineering, and computer science are communicated through a combination of lectures supported by tutorials, and written coursework.
Information and signals processing, and simulation testing are developed through a combination of lectures, workshops/seminars and written coursework
Social, legal and professional issues are developed through lectures with in-class quizzes and coursework.
Fundamentals of computer systems architecture, embedded systems, computer systems software, abstraction and virtualization in computer science, efficient structuring, storage and retrieval of information, information and network security, and system risk are developed through lectures supported by tutorials and coursework, including both written and practical assignments.
Programming languages and paradigms and the architecture of the internet are developed through lectures supported by coursework, consisting mostly of supervised practical assignments.
Software Engineering skills and knowledge are developed through lectures, supported by both individual and group-based project work.
Documentation skills are supported by seminars, workshops and regular meetings with academics when aligned with project work deliverables.
Awareness of emerging technology and practice and general problem solving skills are instilled implicitly through the philosophy of the programme.
Programming language proficiency, use of appropriate programming techniques, systematic program testing and debugging, development of networked distributed applications, development of database centric applications, implementation of practical Web-based systems, evaluation of computer systems and applications are developed through practical and project work.
Design and documentation of large software systems, software engineering best practice are developed on the basis of the ideas introduced in lectures and developed especially through group work and individual projects.
Interpretation and authoring of technical documentation, effective use of information sources, technical report writing, fundamental research skills, oral presentation of technical material and reflection are developed through seminars, workshops, and individual and group projects/assignments.
Participation in software group projects, group working and team management are developed through group projects and assignments, and poster presentations.
Skills for the execution of indiCareer planning skills are developed through lectures including CV development, ‘mock’ interviews, etc. Additionally, the University has a Careers Service and there is a Faculty placements programmes.
Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
Both assessment and yearly progression follow the official university regulations laid down for undergraduate programmes; however, additional accreditation requirements layer on top of the university’s academic regulations.
Assessment will be based upon:
Purely coursework assessment for the group project module and final year project module.
Innovative mechanisms such as formative assessment or quizzes for monitoring progress within individual modules. These elements may be self-assessed or marked in the labs.
The assessment strategy uses a mixture of exam and coursework assessment.
The nature of the module determines the adopted assessment scheme in Part II. This is specified in the Module Specifications. Coursework takes various different forms and can include in-lecture quizzes, programming exercises, lab-based experiments, essay style coursework, etc. Project based modules are entirely assessed by coursework.
In summary, the following methods apply:
Theoretical underpinnings of electronics, communication and digital systems engineering, and computer science are assessed through written assignments and exercises, followed by formal examination.
Information and signals processing, and simulation testing are developed through a combination of lectures, tutorials and written coursework
Social, legal and professional issues knowledge is assessed through quizzes during lectures.
Fundamentals of computer systems architecture, computer systems software, abstraction and virtualization in computer science, efficient structuring, storage and retrieval of information, information and network security, and system risk are assessed through a combination of written and practical (lab.-based) assignments, and sometimes in-class quizzes, followed by formal examination.
The architecture of the internet is assessed mainly by practical (lab.-based) assignments, followed by formal examination.
Documentation knowledge is assessed through group and individual project reports and holistic assessment of software documentation.
Programming languages and paradigms knowledge and skills are assessed through lab.-based practical work, marked either during the laboratory session or later.
Software engineering knowledge is assessed through a combination of written and practical assignments, in-lecture quizzes, and extensive group-based work, followed by formal examination.
Skills for the development of database centric applications are assessed though a combination of written and practical (lab.-based) assignments, followed by formal examination.
Programming language proficiency, use of appropriate programming techniques, systematic program testing and debugging, development of networked distributed applications, evaluation of computer systems and applications are assessed through lab-based practical work, marked either during the laboratory session or later.
Design and documentation of large software systems is assessed through reports and presentations.
Interpretation and authoring of technical documentation, technical report writing are assessed through project proposal, group and individual project reports, and holistic assessment of software documentation.
Software engineering best practice, implementation of practical Web-based systems are assessed through reports and presentations related to design and implementation of a substantial system.
Participation in group projects, group working and team management, effective use of information sources, fundamental research skills, and oral presentation of technical material are assessed through group reports, peer assessment, and presentations related to a group assignment.
Awareness of emerging technology and practice, execution of individual projects are assessed through the final year project.
General problem solving skills are assessed through the challenging nature of many of our assessment exercises indirectly tests problem-solving skills.
Formative assessment through practical work assignments is used to consolidate taught material and stimulate learning through practice. Formative assessment is always complemented by a summative assessment component; this is provided by examination in most elements of the programme, except those that are project-based.
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