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BEng / MEng Electronics & Electrical Engineering

Electronics has revolutionised to world we live in, from microprocessors and mobile communications through to power generation and transmission, modern society is built on the manipulation of electrical energy! 

Studying Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Chichester will give you knowledge of the scientific foundations on which the electronic revolution is built and provide you with the practical skills and techniques that are used by electronic engineers in industry. Because Electronic & Electrical Engineering is an applied subject, our course is based around workshop learning; seminars with demonstrations; practical and lab work, and design-build-test challenges. We don’t do lectures!

*Students without the standard entry requirements may take an Electronics & Electrical Engineering degree through Chichester’s integrated foundation year.

Course content

Our Electronics & Electrical Engineering (EEE) degree will give you a broad exposure to the huge and rapidly growing fields of Electronics, Photonics and Electrical Engineering. You will learn to apply knowledge, techniques and skills in a practical environment, individually and as part of a team as well as gaining a strong foundation in scientific principles and mathematics.

Traditional engineering courses often involve large, impersonal lectures but out courses are taught in small, interactive seminar groups in our state-of-the-art facilities. This means more demonstrations and guided experiences working as a team with others in your department and from related courses such as Business, Product Design or Digital Media.  

The University of Chichester is a member of the CDIO worldwide initiative alongside other leading universities. However, our unique CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) approach means that our courses are designed to be practical and lab-focused from the ground up.

Each academic year of the BEng (Hons) Electronic & Electrical Engineering degree centres on a two-semester long design-build challenge. The knowledge and techniques that you will apply in your design-build-test challenges are gained in workshops, seminars and practical lab based modules that are specific to Electronic & Electrical Engineering.

Design-build-test challenges start with a design brief, to which you must apply the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) engineering cycle. The course also contains many specialist modules to provide you with the breadth knowledge and skills needed for a career in engineering and science.

First Year: SEMESTER 1 First Year: SEMESTER 2

Electronic Engineering Team CDIO Project 

Electronic Engineering Team CDIO Project 

Engineering Mathematics 

Electricity and Magnetism 
Electrical Circuit Analysis

Programming for Engineers

Analogue Electronics

Digital Electronics

In your first year of study, you will take part in a team CDIO challenge with other students from the Electronic & Electrical Engineering cohort. Alongside this, you will study engineering mathematics along with electromagnetism, which is the foundation of electronic and electrical engineering. You will also learn about circuit theory, analogue and digital electronics and computer programming.

Second Year: SEMESTER 1 Second Year: SEMESTER 2

Interdisciplinary Team Engineering CDIO Project

Interdisciplinary Team Engineering CDIO Project
Control and Power Engineering

Analogue and Digital Design

Communication engineering

Power Electronics and Electrical Machines

Engineering Tools and Techniques

Embedded Systems and Internet of Things (IoT)

The second year CDIO challenge is an interdisciplinary team challenge, where you will tackle your design brief with students from other engineering disciplines. Year two introduces topics that are more advanced, which include power electronics and communications as well as the mathematical tools needed. 

Final Year BEng / Third Year MEng: SEMESTER 1 Final Year BEng / Third Year MEng: SEMESTER 2

MANDATORY: Individual Project (CDIO)

 MANDATORY: Individual Project (CDIO)

MANDATORY: Renewable Energy and Sustainability

 MANDATORY: The Professional Engineer 

MANDATORY: Photonics and Optical Communications

 MANDATORY: Power Systems Operation
OPTIONAL: Power Electronic Converters  OPTIONAL: Mobile Communications

OPTIONAL: Managing & Leading Teams*

 OPTIONAL: Small Business Enterprise*

*Students may only opt for one of these modules

In the final year, you will work on an individual project and present your work technically to other engineers and to a non-technical audience. The final year teaches engineering management, finance, law and the ethics expected of a professional engineer. Optional modules are available at this point, allowing you to specialise your field of study.

Students who make excellent progress in their first two years, and who wish to further their learning, will be eligible to continue their study at master’s level through our integrated Electronics and Electrical Engineering MEng. If you continue onto a master’s degree, you will study an extra year of more advanced material, which includes an involved group project and options to study areas that particularly interest you. 

Final Year MEng: SEMESTER 1 Final Year MEng: SEMESTER 2

MANDATORY: Masters Group Project (CDIO)

MANDATORY: Masters Group Project (CDIO)

MANDATORY: Measurements and Instrumentation Systems

MANDATORY: High Frequency Electronic Systems 

 

Advanced Mathematical Techniques for Engineering Antennas & RF Engineering

Digital Signal Processing 

Sensors and data acquisition systems

Digital Control Systems

Image Processing 

Smart Grids and Energy Sustainability

Robotics and Industrial Automation

Embedded Systems Design

Solar and Wind Energy
Project Management *

Preparation for Consultancy*

*Students may only opt for one of these modules

Our facilities

Our facilities content

The ground-breaking Engineering and Design Department will be based at our new Engineering & Digital Technology Park (due for completion in 2018). It is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach. With cutting edge teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy world class facilities for engineering education including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering our unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences
  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities
  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories
  • Fabrication laboratory
  • Specialist 3D printers
  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design
  • 300 square-metre television production studio, with auxiliary 100 square-metre special effects room
  • 400 square-metre media operation centre
  • Media editing and finishing suites
  • Hands-on educations spaces for partnerships with schools and colleges
  • Co-working spaces and IT suites

The Engineering & Digital Technology Park is based on our Bognor Regis Campus, located just 600 metres from the beach and next door to the leafy and tranquil Hotham Park.

Where this can take you

Engineering graduates are prized by a wide range of companies and employers.

As a numerate and scientifically trained thinker, you’ll have skills that are immediately transferable to a diverse range of sectors including: the electronics industry; ICT; the automotive industry; manufacturing; electrical power, the financial sector; transportation; construction and utilities.

Most large, and many SME, electronics companies have research and development departments, in which electronic and electrical engineering graduates could work, developing next generation technologies.

Our inclusion of industrially-relevant project and lab experiences along with access to business and enterprise units will provide you with a rounder set of skills than your engineering knowledge alone.

This will provide you with the know-how to set up your own business, if you so wish, and enable you to stand-out in the competitive jobs market. 

Work placements

You can apply for a year long industrial placement in your second year of study.

The placement typically begins after the second year and, following the placement, you will return to complete your degree (effectively extending your study by one year).

The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage.

This is a competitive process and, although staff will assist you in finding a suitable placement, a placement is not guaranteed.

Indicative modules

First Year

Electronic Engineering CDIO Project

In these team projects you will be introduced to engineering through CDIO. The first year projects are team design and build experiences in which you will work with other first year Electronic and Electrical Engineering students. The projects provide a forum to apply the knowledge and techniques you have acquired to challenging open-ended design briefs.

Engineering Mathematics

This module helps you build a solid foundation in engineering mathematics and the confidence to apply mathematical techniques to electronic and electrical engineering related work you will undertake in other modules of study.

Electricity & Magnetism

You will learn and apply the fundamentals of classical electrometric theory to a level that will enable you to be able to predict the behaviour of basic electronic circuits and simple electrical systems and design such systems with a scientific approach.

Electrical Circuit Analysis

You will learn and apply circuit theorems and concepts to analyse and design simple circuits. You will build, test and analyse some key fundamental electronic circuits that you will use in larger, more complex circuits later in your course.

Programming for Engineers

Through this module, you will learn programming using the C language with an emphasis with an emphasis on using C for programming embedded electronic systems.

Analogue Electronics

You will learn to analyse analogue circuits and describe their behaviour and operation. You will also learn how to use an appropriate range of analogue electronic components to build practical analogue systems and sub-systems.

Digital Electronics

You will learn common digital electronic circuits and their application in larger, more complex circuits. You will also learn to use a range of digital electronic components to design and build practical digital systems and subsystems. 

Second Year

 

Interdisciplinary Team Engineering CDIO Project

In these exciting interdisciplinary team projects, you will be part of a team with engineering and design students from other disciplines. These projects provide a forum to apply the knowledge and techniques you have acquired to challenging open-ended design briefs.

Control and Power Engineering

In this module, you will be introduced to control systems and the application of control in electronic and electrical systems and to common control techniques such as PID control. You will also learn about modern power systems, power generation and transmission of electrical power and the concept of smart grids.

Analogue and Digital Design

In this module, you will study operational amplifiers, filters and filtering of signals and the design of digital-to-analogue converters and analogue to digital converters. In digital design, you will learn about the design process of digital systems using electronic design automation tools, hardware description languages and field programmable gate arrays.

Communication Engineering

In this module you will learn about analogue and digital communications systems and modulation techniques, the effect of noise on communication systems and examples of commonly deployed communication systems

Power Electronics and Electrical Machines

This module will show you how power semiconductor devices operate, their applications and characteristics. You will also learn about converters, switch mode power supplies, single and three-phase transformers and direct current machines.

Engineering Tools and Techniques

This module will teach you the mathematical tools, techniques and the implementation of these as applied to electronic and electrical engineering, for example in circuit design and analysis and in measurement and instrumentation 

Embedded Systems and IOT

This module develops your understanding of the architecture and applications of the generic microcontroller and embedded systems. You will study the architecture of the PIC18 microcontroller, how to programme and interface a microcontroller and assembly language programming. 

Final Year (BEng.); Third Year (MEng.)

Final Year Project

Unlike the first and second year team CDIO design-build challenges, your final year project is an individual piece of work, which involves Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating a solution to a problem of your choice or one provided by our industrial partners. This challenging project work will provide you with self-starter skills and could utilise all of the knowledge, experience and techniques that you have acquire throughout your study.  

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

In this module, you will study renewable energy, such as solar, wind, wave and geothermal sources and the technologies used for harvesting and harnessing them. You will also study the likely future direction and growth of renewable energy and how renewable energy links with smart grids, load manipulation and energy storage.

The Professional Engineer

The professional engineer will provide you with knowledge of the entrepreneurial process through an analysis of the steps required to take an idea and transform it into a viable business proposition. You will learn about constructing a business plan, accounting and finance and legal and ethical aspects of engineering. 

Photonics & Optical Communications

This module will provide you with knowledge and practice in the characteristics, analysis and design, of common components used in modern optoelectronic systems, including devices for generation, detection, modulation and transmission of optical signals. You will also learn how optical fibre has revolutionised communications and enabled the transmission of vast amounts of data.

Mobile Communications

In this module you will acquire knowledge of digital mobile communication systems, the principles of wireless communications and the methodology cellular system design.

Power systems operation

This module will provide you a sound knowledge and understanding of the operation of a modern power system operating under balanced steady-state and fault conditions. You will also develop mathematical skills and engineering knowledge needed for the analysis of electrical power systems.

Power Electronic Converters

In this module you will study Power Switching Devices, DC-DC Converters, AC-DC converters, DC-AC converters and their applications

Teaching and assessment

This is an exciting time to join a brand new Engineering and Applied Design department. Our intention is to ensure that our newly formed Engineering and Product Design courses are fully accredited with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and The Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) respectively. We will be working closely with both, and our students, to ensure our courses gain accreditation with the intention that we will back date accreditation for those graduating in 2021.

Typical contact hours for the BEng degree are 14 hours per week at levels 4 and 5, falling to 10 hours per week at level 6.

The course is delivered through seminars/workshops; tutorials; computer labs; physical labs and project practical time.

There is a split of about 50% of time in seminars and tutorials and the remaining 50% in labs and projects work.

Electronic & Electrical Engineering is a demanding subject with significant contact hours.

In addition to scheduled learning activities, students are expected to engage in intensive self-study. 

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including: coursework; written examinations; lab and practical work; project work; presentations and online tests.

Additional Costs

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Working with industry

Our Engineering, Creative Science and Product Design degrees offer a practical approach to learning based on a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses.

This ensures that graduates are ready for work and are highly employable in these competitive industries.

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park will offer students the chance to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses.

It will include a large multi-purpose engineering laboratory which is also open to local companies, incorporating a workshop, prototype manufacturing facilities and collaborative co-working spaces.

Engineering and Design at Chichester

All of Chichester’s Engineering courses take a problem-based learning approach following the engineering cycle: Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate.

CDIO provides a highly practical and engaging engineering experience that encourages interdisciplinary team working to solve open-ended problems and foster communication skills. These are exactly the skills that will help to mark you out in the highly competitive employment arena. 

Replacing standard lectures, all of our Engineering and Design programmes are delivered in an interactive workshop/seminar style with balanced mix of laboratory and practical work. There are also lab-based sessions where you will engage in CDIO design and build activities.  

Engineering degrees at Chichester are about participating in interesting activities and not just listening and taking notes.  We don’t do lectures

Places still available

Codes

UCAS code: 
H600 / H606

Course length

Full Time