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MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Engineering

Programme Code

ELE-MENG

UCAS Code

H602

JACS Code

H600 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level: AAB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Electronics, or Further Mathematics.

BTEC Extended Diploma: a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with 16 Distinctions and 2 Merits. Distinctions will be required in stipulated relevant units.
Note: applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Physics or Double Award Science.

Irish Leaving Certificate: AB2B2B2B2B2 including Higher Level grade A and B2 in any order in Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry.

Option to Transfer: transfers between BEng and MEng may take place at the end of Stage 2

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Undergraduate Master

Length of Programme

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

480

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sci

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Engineering (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 16-12-15

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Steve Hall

University of Liverpool

Dr Steven Freear

University of Leeds

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Progression

Stage 3
In order to proceed to Stage 3, students must normally have 6 Level 2 module credits (120 CATS) with an average of at least 55% on their first module enrolments and have passed 6 Level 1modules (120 CATS).

Students unable to progress to Stage 3 may be required to transfer to the BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme.

Stage 4
In order to proceed to Stage 4, students must normally have 6 Level 3 module credits (120 CATS) with an average of at least 55% on their first module enrolments.

Students unable to progress to Stage 4 may be required to transfer to the BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme.

Award of Degrees
For the award of a MEng degree students must normally have passed at least 24 modules (480 CATS) to include ELE4001 (Project 4) and have achieved a weighted average mark of at least 50%.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aims of the programme are to provide a broad foundation in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, to provide opportunities to study selected themes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in greater depth, and to develop a range of practical and transferable skills to prepare graduates for careers in the engineering and IT industries as well as other professional roles.

• The fundamental principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering are taught in Stages 1 and 2. The themes of Electric Power, Digital Electronics, Analogue Electronics, Control, Communications, Computer Programming and Embedded Programming form the core curriculum. This is designed to ensure that each student is well grounded in the full breadth of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

• In-depth study of selected themes is provided in Stages 3 and 4. This is designed to allow students to choose topics for which they have a particular aptitude, to encourage students to develop individual expertise in these topics and to expose students to recent developments and unanswered questions in particular disciplines. The final year project aims to provide each student with an opportunity to engage in a year-long practical study within their chosen field. It is an aim of the programme that students will be well prepared for and attracted to full-time postgraduate study.

• The programme aims to develop practical skills in parallel with fundamental understanding. The laboratory classes and design projects in Stages 1 and 2 are designed to be slightly more prescriptive, whilst the team-based industrial project in Stage 3 and the individual final-year project in Stage 4 are designed to be more open-ended to encourage innovative thinking and problem-solving skills. Oral presentations and technical reports are a key aspect of all project work and these aim to ensure that graduates will have strong communication skills.

• Through the Professional Engineering Practice modules at Stages 2 and 3 and the industrial project at Stage 3, students are exposed to the commercial and legal realities of industry and the professional behaviours expected of graduate engineers.

• Consistent with the general educational aims of the programme and the specific requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, this specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme, and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Plan, conduct, present and report a major engineering project.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are progressively developed via Design Projects in Stage 1, design exercises in Stage 2, a group Industrial Project in Stage 3 and an individual final year project.

Methods of Assessment

Written project reports
Individual project presentation
Group project presentation

Analyse, evaluate and interpret experimental data.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are introduced in structured laboratory classes in Stages 1 and 2 and analysis of experimental data is a core component of the individual final year project.

Methods of Assessment

Structured laboratory classes
Written project reports

Innovate and exploit concepts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Innovation is at the heart of the Stage 3 group Industrial Project. Students will already have a good grounding in engineering fundamentals but in this project they are challenged to develop a new product idea, including prototyping and marketing.

Methods of Assessment

Written project reports
Group project presentation

Design engineering systems/components.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are progressively developed via Design Projects in Stage 1, design exercises in Stage 2 and the individual final year project.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen written examinations
Coursework assignments
Written project reports

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Make effective use of both oral and written skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Oral and written presentations are embedded in the Stage 1 Design Projects, Stage 2 Design Exercises, Stage 3 group Industrial Project and the final year project. Many individual modules include substantial pieces of written coursework.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen written examinations
Structured laboratory classes
Coursework assignments
Written project reports
Individual project presentation
Group project presentation

Use Information Technology (eg WP, www, spreadsheets, specialist packages).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills in standard packages developed by practice across most modules. Instruction in specialist packages (e.g. Matlab) typically provided for design exercises and final year projects.

Methods of Assessment

Structured laboratory classes
Coursework assignments

Demonstrate aptitude for lifelong learning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are encouraged to read outside their course notes and are specifically expected to carry out literature reviews and state-of-the-art reviews in the Stage 3 and Stage 4 projects.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments
Written project reports

Work in a team and understand professional responsibilities.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students learn to work together in Stage 1 design projects and laboratory classes. The Stage 3 Industrial Project provides vital experience of group work.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments
Written project reports
Group project presentation

Demonstrate software and programming skills appropriate to an engineer.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student are taught C++ in first and second year and embedded programming skills in second year. Software skills are developed in many individual modules.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen written examinations
Structured laboratory classes
Coursework assignments
Written project reports

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understand electrical and electronic engineering principles and terms.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These are primarily taught through lectures and tutorial classes at all Stages.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen written examinations
Structured laboratory classes
Coursework assignments
Written project reports

Understand engineering constraints in design.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Introduced in the Stage 1 Design Projects and further developed in Stage 2 design exercises, Stage 3 industrial project and final year project.

Methods of Assessment

Structured laboratory classes
Coursework assignments
Written project reports

Undertake mathematical analysis of engineering components and systems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Primarily taught through lectures and tutorial problems at Stages 3 and 4.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen written examinations
Structured laboratory classes
Coursework assignments
Written project reports

Appreciate the role of the engineer in society regarding economic development.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught through Professional Studies modules at Stages 2 and 3 and in the Stage 3 Industrial Project.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen written examinations
Group project presentation

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Apply software, hardware and CAD skills to engineering projects.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught in individual modules and combined in project activity.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments
Written project reports

Apply business, economic and professional skills required for management roles in industry.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Primarily covered in Stage 3 Industrial Project.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen written examinations
Written project reports
Group project presentation

Prepare descriptive and interpretative technical reports.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

All project work includes submission of a technical report.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments
Written project reports

Use instrumentation competently and safely.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Primarily taught through structured laboratory classes at Stages 1 and 2 but also covered in lecture course at Stage 1. Health and safety induction compulsory for all students.

Methods of Assessment

Structured laboratory classes

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Project 4

ELE4001

4

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Computer Algebra

PMA3008

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

MEMS Devices and Technology 4

ELE4007

4

20

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Wireless Communications

ELE4009

4

20

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Intelligent Systems and Control 4

ELE4011

4

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

40%

0%

60%

Sustainable Energy Systems

ELE4012

4

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

40%

0%

60%

Mathematics 1

ELE1012

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Electronics 2

ELE2018

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Electrical Power Engineering 2

ELE2019

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Signals and Communication Systems 2

ELE2020

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Circuits and Control

ELE2024

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Embedded Systems 2

ELE2025

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Embedded Systems

ECS1001

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Smart Grids

ELE4020

4

20

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Connected Health

ECS3003

3

20

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Wireless Sensor Systems

ECS4002

4

20

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

High Frequency Technology and Design

ELE4021

4

20

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Digital Systems Architecture and Design

ELE3038

3

20

YES

24 weeks

Y

YES

30%

0%

70%

High Frequency System Techniques

ELE3037

3

20

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Electrical Power and Energy

ELE3039

3

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

30%

0%

70%

Networks and Communications Protocols

ELE3040

3

20

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Signal Processing and Communications

ELE3041

3

20

YES

24 weeks

Y

YES

30%

0%

70%

Control Systems Engineering

ELE3042

3

20

YES

24 weeks

Y

YES

30%

0%

70%

Electronics 1

ELE1052

1

30

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Computer Programming

ELE1053

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Electrical Engineering

ELE1054

1

30

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Mathematics and Algorithms

ELE2035

2

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

50%

0%

50%

Professional Engineering and Innovation

ELE2036

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Engineering Entrepreneurship

ELE3044

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes