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Computer Systems Engineering

MEng Hons (Full Time)

Year:13/14
UCAS Code:HHP6
Minimum Length:4 Year(s)
Credit Points:480
Part II Weight:12
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:4
Part II Year 4 Weight:4
Director of Studies:Dr IDB Pamunuwa

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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This four-year undergraduate programme aims to equip graduates with a sound foundation in the essentials of engineering science, together with a deeper capability in their computer systems engineering specialism, so that they acquire characteristics of future leaders of the engineering professions and are well prepared to cope with changes that will occur in their professional life.

In pursuit of this aim, the objectives of the programme are

  • To ensure as far as possible that students acquire a basic core of understanding in the key computer systems engineering subjects, as well as familiarity and confidence with some electronic engineering and/or computer systems engineering topics;
  • Through an emphasis on teaching through design, to develop students capabilities in assessing engineering options across a broad range of subjects, their capacity to make decisions, and their creativity and flair;
  • To encourage and value the development of students key skills in communications, IT (including CAD, analysis and simulation tools), lifelong learning, team-working and project management;
  • By providing a multi-disciplinary environment, to foster students capacity to deal with situations that cross subject boundaries;
  • To both broaden students experience and enhance the depth of understanding of their own specialism;
  • To generate the outlook, skills and knowledge required for future leaders of the engineering profession.

As compared with the BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering programme, this MEng programme is designed to provide greater breadth through additional subjects taken in third and fourth years, and increased depth of study of the subjects taken in the fourth year. A very important feature of the fourth year, the major group design project, requires students to maintain an awareness of the full breadth of the whole project, whilst applying their engineering science knowledge and skills to their own designated aspect of the task; they must also communicate effectively with other team members, and with sources of information both inside and outside the University and with outside suppliers.

The four MEng (Hons) programmes offered by Lancaster University Engineering Department are distinguished from each other by their subject emphasis, whilst sharing similar general aims.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Knowledge and understanding of:

1.  Basic mathematics and science that are appropriate to engineering

2.  Principles of ICT relevant to computer systems engineering

3.  General principles of design, design techniques and characteristics of engineering materials and components

4.  Elementary management and business practices; professional and ethical responsibilities

5.  Manufacturing techniques; requirements for safe operation

Skills

Intellectual skills able to:

  • Select and apply appropriate mathematical methods and principles of engineering science to model and analyse engineering situations.
  • Select and apply appropriate computer-based methods to model and analyse engineering situations.
  • Analyse existing engineering systems and create new systems through synthesis of ideas from a range of sources.
  • Undertake project management tasks and carry out financial appraisal of engineering projects
  • Apply engineering knowledge and understanding to design a system, component or process to meet a need.
  • Combine aspects of software engineering and computer architecture to produce optimised systems.

Practical skills able to:

  1. Use relevant test and measurement equipment
  2. Carry out practical hands-on laboratory work
  3. Use engineering IT tools, including writing computer programs
  4. Test design ideas in the lab or through simulation, with analysis and critical evaluation of results.
  5. Take account of industrial and commercial constraints in appropriate situations
  6. Use project management techniques

Transferable skills able to:

  1. Communicate effectively, in writing, orally, through presentations and through drawings.
  2. Use general ICT tools.
  3. Locate and retrieve information from libraries, databases and other sources
  4. Manipulate data, and present it in a variety of ways.
  5. Use creativity and innovation in dealing with engineering situations.
  6. Learn independently.
  7. Manage their own time.
  8. Work with limited or contradictory information.
  9. Understand the processes of entrepreneurship.
  10. Work with others to manage a team project.
  11. Offer leadership in a team situation.
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