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Undergraduate Programme Specification

BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year of Professional Experience

Academic Year 2021/22

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Programme Title BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year of Professional Experience Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Engineering
Programme Code ELE-BENG UCAS Code H604 HECoS Code 100163 - Electrical and electronic engi - 100
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 4 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 480
Exit Awards available

Institute Information

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sci

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 6

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Engineering (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 16-12-15

Regulation Information

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

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Progression

Stage 2
In order to proceed to Stage 2, students must normally have passed a minimum of 5 Stage 1 modules (100 CATS, taking account of any prerequisites).

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) and have passed 6 modules (120 CATS) at Stage 1.
Students achieving six Stage 2 module credits (120 CATS) with an average of at least 55% on their first module enrolments may after consultation with the Advisor of Studies transfer to the MEng Software and Electronic Systems Engineering programme at Stage 3.

Students normally proceed to placement after completion of stage 2.

Stage 3
Unless exempted, students must have successfully completed the Year of Professional Experience prior to entering Stage 3.

Award of Degrees
For the award of a BEng degree students must normally have passed at least 16 modules (320 CATS) to include ELE3001 and have achieved a weighted average mark of at least 40%.

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. Finally, the Year of Professional Experience must also be satisfactorily completed.

The classification of the BEng degree is determined by a straight aggregate of the weighted marks for the individual modules which contribute to the classification. The classification is based on 6 stage 3 modules, to include: core modules, ELE3001 or ELE4001 and the best optional modules, of equal weight = 60% of the final mark, the 6 modules taken in Stage 2, of equal weight = 30% of the final mark, the 6 modules taken in Stage 1 of equal weight = 10% of the final mark.

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 year of professional experience aims to give the student a practical insight into working as part of a professional team in an engineering context and the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained from university study.

• 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. The year of professional experience provides students with direct experience of being part of a professional engineering team.

• 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 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

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Mathematics 1 ELE1012 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Embedded Systems ECS1001 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Microelectronics ELE1055 1 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 80% 20%
Electrical Engineering ELE1056 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Digital Systems ECS1005 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 60% 0% 40%
Fundamentals of Electric Circuits ECS1006 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 75% 5%
Electronic Systems ECS1007 1 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
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 20% 0% 80%
Professional Engineering and Innovation ELE2036 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 40% 60% 0%
Sandwich - Year of Professional Experience ELE2034 3 120 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Project 3 ELE3001 4 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Connected Health ECS3003 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
High Frequency System Techniques ELE3037 4 20 YES 24 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
Electrical Power and Energy ELE3039 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 30% 0% 70%
Networks and Communications Protocols ELE3040 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Signal Processing and Communications ELE3041 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 15% 0% 85%
Control Systems Engineering ELE3042 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 30% 0% 70%
Engineering Entrepreneurship ELE3043 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Digital Audio Effects MUS3006 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Power Electronics and Motor Drives ELE3045 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 30% 20% 50%
Advanced Electronics ELE3046 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 50% 0% 50%

Notes