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BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with International Year One)

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with International Year One) Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Engineering
Programme Code ELE-BENG-I UCAS Code H600 HECoS Code 100163
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 3 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 360
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sci

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Engineering (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Progression from Stage 1 to Stage 2
Students may progress to Stage 2 only if they have achieved, as a minimum requirement, the level of performance in both academic modules and an English Language and Study Skills module, specified as follows:
English Language and Study Skills Module
A minimum of 50% overall (equivalent to IELTS 6.0) with minimum of 40% (equivalent to IELTS 5.5) in the components: speaking, listening, reading, writing.
Academic Modules
A minimum average of 60% across all 10 academic modules with passes in 10 out of 10 modules (a module pass mark is 40%).
For the calculation of the average, a module mark will be capped at 40% if the module pass is achieved at a re-sit attempt.

Progression from Stage 2 to Stage 3
In order to proceed to Stage 3, students must normally have passed a minimum of 5 Stage 2 modules (100 CATS) taking account of any prerequisites.

Transfer to MEng

Students passing all Stage 2 modules (120 CATS) with an average of at least 55% on their first module enrolments may after consultation with the Advisor of Studies (and subject to UKVI regulations) transfer to the MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme at Stage 3.
Students considered to have reached the appropriate academic standard will be invited to transfer before the start of Stage 3.

Transfer to Sandwich programme

Students may transfer to the corresponding sandwich programme if they have secured an appropriate one-year placement (subject to UKVI regulations).

Award of Degrees
For the award of a BEng degree, students must normally have accumulated at least 320 CATS credits to include ELE3001 (Project 3) and have achieved a weighted average mark of at least 40%.
Classification of BEng Honours
When calculating the Honours classification of BEng the module weighting with be equal to:
• 33.3% of the marks for modules at Stage 2 to include all compulsory modules
• 66.7% of the marks for modules at Stage 3 to include all compulsory modules

For those students that have transferred to this programme from Stage 3 or Stage 4 of the equivalent MEng degree programme, the following conditions apply in place of the above.
For the award of an BEng Honours Degree students must normally have passed at least 16 modules to include a final year project: only one from either ELE3001 or ELE4001. For this purpose, a pass in ELE4001 will be awarded as a pass at Stage 3.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

Yes
Fitness to Practise programmes are those which permit students to enter a profession which is itself subject to Fitness to Practise rules

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 Stage 3. 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 individual final-year project in Stage 3 is 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, 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 Stage1, design exercises in Stage 2, a group Software Engineering 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 primarily taught through design projects and particularly through the final year project.

Methods of Assessment

Written project reports

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 Software Engineering 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 final year project.

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 Software Engineering 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 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 Stage 3.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen written examinations

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

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

Have demonstrated necessary competency in the use of English

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students study the module English Language and Study Skills in Stage 1 in order to develop their proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in the English Language to the level necessary to progress to Stage 2.
Written presentations are also embedded in the Stage 1 modules and are integrated with the aims of the English Language and Study Skills module. All Stage 1 academic modules are taught in small classes with specific instruction in the vocabulary and use of English appropriate to each academic module.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen examinations in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English
Written laboratory reports and essays
Reading Logs
Group project oral presentation
Listening coursework assignments

Unseen written examinations
Written laboratory reports

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Have demonstrated necessary competency in the use of English

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students study the module English Language and Study Skills in Stage 1 in order to develop their proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in the English Language to the level necessary to progress to Stage 2.
Written presentations are also embedded in the Stage 1 modules and are integrated with the aims of the English Language and Study Skills module. All Stage 1 academic modules are taught in small classes with specific instruction in the vocabulary and use of English appropriate to each academic module.

Methods of Assessment

Unseen examinations in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English
Written laboratory reports and essays
Reading Logs
Group project oral presentation
Listening coursework assignments

Unseen written examinations
Written laboratory reports

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
English Language and Study Skills NTO1001 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 60% 0% 40%
Computer Programming NTO1012 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Circuit Principles 1 NTO1020 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Digital System Design NTO1021 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Circuit Principles 2 NTO1022 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Electrical Power and Machines NTO1024 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Engineering Mathematics 1 NTO1026 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Engineering Mathematics 2 NTO1027 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Engineering Design and Practice NTO1038 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Electronic Materials and Devices NTO1051 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Communications NTO1052 1 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Electronics 2 ELE2018 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 10% 20% 70%
Electrical Power Engineering 2 ELE2019 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 10% 20% 70%
Signals and Communication Systems 2 ELE2020 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 10% 70%
Circuits and Control ELE2024 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 15% 15% 70%
Embedded Systems 2 ELE2025 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 0% 40% 60%
Mathematics and Algorithms ELE2035 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 15% 20% 65%
Professional Engineering and Innovation ELE2036 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 25% 65% 10%
Project 3 ELE3001 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Computer Algebra PMA3008 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 100% 0%
Connected Health ECS3003 3 20 YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 10% 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 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 30% 0% 70%
Networks and Communications Protocols ELE3040 3 20 YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Signal Processing and Communications ELE3041 3 20 YES 24 weeks Y YES 15% 0% 85%
Control Systems Engineering ELE3042 3 20 YES 24 weeks Y YES 30% 0% 70%
Engineering Entrepreneurship ELE3043 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Power Electronics and Motor Drives ELE3045 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 30% 0% 70%
Advanced Electronics ELE3046 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 50% 0% 50%

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