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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 Management: 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

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.

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