Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year), BEng

Teesside University
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BEng (Hons)

Course overview

This degree includes an integrated foundation year for you if you do not have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for direct entry to year 1 of the degree. The foundation year helps you develop your knowledge in mathematics and other important subjects to enable you to proceed confidently through the remainder of the programme.

If you have non-standard qualifications, or have been away from education for some time, this programme is a great alternative route into higher education. Electronic intelligence is found in virtually all household and industrial equipment. Modern life relies heavily on electrics and electronics, which means electrical and electronic engineering graduates are in great demand, so completing this degree gives you great career prospects.

 

Course details

In the foundation year (Year 0) you study a range of mathematics and fundamental science and engineering subjects, and you develop important practical laboratory skills to prepare you for the remainder of your programme. The content of the remaining years of this programme is identical to the content of our BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree. The foundation year of this programme is sufficiently broad in content to provide you with the flexibility to change degree subjects after you successfully complete the foundation year.If your ultimate aim is to graduate with a master’s degree rather than a BEng degree, after successfully completing the foundation year, and providing you achieve excellent grades, you would have the option of joining one of our integrated master’s degrees leading to the award of an MEng (Hons) degree.

Course structure

Engineering in Practice

This module focuses on how science can help address some of the biggest global Grand Challenges that face society. This reflects the University’s focus on externally facing research that makes a real, practical difference to the lives of people and the success of businesses and economies.You work on a project in a group, to enabling you to develop innovative answers to some of the biggest issues of our time based on five thematic areas – health and wellbeing, resilient and secure societies, digital and creative economy, sustainable environments and learning for the 21st century.

Materials Science

You are introduced to the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and how to apply this to analyse simple electric circuits. You are also introduced to a range of standard electrical circuits and how these may be applied in engineering problems. You attend a series of weekly lectures to learn the theory, discuss applications and for solving simplified illustrative examples. You also attend practical sessions to reinforce the lecture material and develop practical electrical skills.

This module gives you a basic understanding of the physical fundamentals used in electrical engineering, together with specific techniques you need to determine the behaviour of electric circuits. We cover the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory, analysis of electrical circuits, give you an understanding of simple analogue and digital circuits and an appreciation of their application to engineering problems.We look at voltage, current, power, energy, resistance and impedance. Also magnetic fields and inductance, electric fields and capacitance, Kirchhoff’s Laws. We examine time varying voltages and currents, effects on inductors and capacitors, sinusoidal voltage and current use of symbolic notation. You also study power, reactive power and apparent power, circuit analysis techniques, mesh and nodal analysis, transistors and properties of amplifiers. Our primary method of teaching is lectures supported by laboratory sessions, tutorials, problem solving and directed learning.You learn how to:

  • apply given tools in the solution of well defined electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • apply numerical skills to simple electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • use basic IT tools and specialist software to solve simple electrical and electronic engineering problems.

 

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined. Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques. This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Engineering Practice

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • gather record, describe and evaluate sensor and system data from a variety of sources
  • demonstrate practical ability in carrying out experimental physical measurements, within defined contexts in areas relevant to physics and instrumentation
  • present written evidence to demonstrate understanding of experimental investigation of underlying physical principles of measurement sensors and systems.

 

You will be assessed on an exam, system design exercise and laboratory report.

Programme Logic Controllers and Embedded Systems

 

This module introduces communications principles and communications systems, including signal analysis and noise. You develop an understanding of communications principles and transmission systems. From studying a range of elementary methods such as analogue communications, transmission media and signal analysis, you gain a technical overview and an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of communications principles.

DC Drives and Control

In this group project module you work in teams to solve an industrially relevant digital electronics design problem. Through your project work you develop employability skills such as project management, work presentation, research and commercial awareness. You become more adept at technical problem solving.You investigate digital electronics and are introduced to digital electronics design techniques, and their application to real problems.

This module introduces electrical power systems, including balanced/unbalanced three-phase systems, transformers, and transmission lines.Practical sessions involve the use of laboratory setups and software packages (Pspice & Matlab) for the analysis of power system component characteristics. Tutorials will involve guided exercises and practical tasks incorporating examples of current industry practice.

Industrial Communications

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application. You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

 

To extend the depth of your understanding of analogue electronics, especially in the context of integrated circuits, this module covers the interaction of circuit segments (loading), temperature dependence and device variability, and how to robustly design around these problems. You use the ‘library’ of common configurations to build larger circuits and to see how integration and component matching facilitates complex general and application-specific circuits, with examples drawn from the variety of analogue devices currently available. Laboratories enable you to perform analysis, simulation and synthesis of relevant circuit configurations, both using components on Breadboard and by simulation in SPICE.

Modelling Control for Power Electronic Devices

You study operation and design, and the economics of high voltage generation and transformation systems. Frequency and voltage control, and transient schemes are covered for both normal and fault conditions. Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. You also take part in a series of practical sessions, utilising a range of electrical power systems, laboratory equipment and industry standard software to analyse power systems.

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period. You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

How you learn

You are expected to attend a range of lectures and problem-solving tutorials. You also use laboratory work widely to underpin the engineering principles studied. A series of laboratory-based activities provides a practical introduction to a range of engineering disciplines.The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects, examinations). You are also expected to spend time on your own - this self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. In most cases, around 60 hours are spent in lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The remaining learning time is for you to use to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits, so, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.Some of your modules involve a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

How you are assessed

Your programme involves a range of types of assessment including coursework assignments, laboratory work, presentations and tests. You also work in teams on design project, and in the final year you complete a major individual project, including a poster presentation and project report.

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Entry requirements

Typical UCAS tariff based offers are 32-88 tariff points. Non-tariff qualifications are also considered. The level of the tariff point offer depends on the subjects that you have studied. Students are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. GCSE grade 4 (or C) or a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills is acceptable. If you are unsure your qualifications are eligible for admission, please contact our admissions office for advice.Entry requirements are provided for guidance only. We offer entrance interviews which help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview before an offer is made. Your interview is to determine your potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.We encourage all applicants to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend an interview we may consider your application based on your UCAS application alone. Online or skype interviews may be possible in some cases.Non-EU international students who require a student visa to study in the UK must meet, in addition to the academic requirements, the UKVI compliant English language requirement. Please check our international student pages for further information.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Career opportunities

Electrical and electronic engineers find employment in almost every area of modern manufacturing, service and financial industries. These sectors include aerospace, banking and financial, communications, power generation, manufacturing and process, research and development and many others.

 

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