Electronic and electrical engineering impacts almost every aspect of our lives – including renewables, electricity generation, transmission and distribution, transport, control, computation, communication and satellite communication.
This BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree exposes you to a broad range of topics in the large and rapidly growing fields of Electronics, Photonics and Electrical Engineering. This course takes a practical approach to learning, with a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses to ensure you are ready for the industry when you graduate.
You will complete multiple design-build-test challenges during your degree which test your theoretical engineering understanding and practical skills. These challenges start with a design brief, to which you must apply the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) engineering cycle.
The University of Chichester is a member of the CDIO worldwide initiative alongside other leading universities. The unique CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) approach means our courses are designed to be practical and lab-focused from the beginning.
On this course you will:
- Complete yearly design-build challenges.
- Study modules specific to electronic and electrical engineering.
- Learn to apply your knowledge, techniques and skills in a practical environment.
- Complete workshops, seminars and practical lab based modules.
- Gain a strong foundation in scientific principles and mathematics.
- Have the opportunity to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses.
This course included and an integrated foundation year. This means you will complete an extra year of study before starting your BEng to build your subject knowledge and develop your academic writing, reading and research skills. This option is for you if you are interested in BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering but do not meet the course entry requirements yet, or if you want more time to prepare for higher education.
This varied foundation course is designed to make our STEM degrees more accessible and is delivered through small, interactive seminars and tutorials as well as practical labs. You will develop your research, communication, team work and problem-solving skills and cover a range of topics including physics, mathematics, electronics and computing, and the practical application of these to engineering disciplines through design-build-test challenges.
This Foundation Year prepares you to transition to our other Engineering degrees and is not a standalone programme.
Teaching and Assessment
This course is taught in small, interactive seminar groups at our Tech Park. This is different to traditional engineering courses which often involve large, impersonal lectures. Using seminars and small teaching groups means you get more demonstrations and opportunities to work as a team with others in the department including students from related courses such as Business, Product Design or Digital Media.
The course is delivered through seminars, workshops, tutorials, computer labs, physical labs and project practical time. You will spend about 50% of your time in seminars and tutorials and the remaining 50% in labs or completing project work.
You can expect 14 scheduled hours of contact time per week in your first and second year, and 10 scheduled hours per week in your final year. In addition to scheduled learning activities you will need to complete independent study outside of class hours.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments including coursework, written exams, lab and practical work, project work, presentations and online tests.
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and you will study 360 credits throughout your degree. Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
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Mathematical FoundationsThis module will give you the necessary mathematics skills to start your BEng. degree. This module assumes little or no experience in applied mathematics at level 3 (A level, BTech) and is essential so you can study other modules in the foundation year. You will be assessed through a matlab assessment and a written exam. You will cover topics including equations, inequalities and basic rules of algebra, geometry (2D and 3D) and introductions to vectors, matrices and probability.
Mechanical FoundationsThis module will introduce you to mechanical engineering. You will begin by discussing Newton’s laws of motion and learn to apply static mechanics to determine the forces, moments and deflections acting on simple mechanical systems under load. You will cover topics including Newtonian physics, free body diagrams and static mechanics; mechanical systems in equilibrium and non-equilibrium; frictional forces; torque and moment of inertia; energy: kinetic, potential and conservation of energy; and deformations including elastic, plastic and viscoelastic behaviour.
Electrical FoundationsYou will explore the fundamentals in electricity you need to complete further study in engineering and/or science and receive a general overview of electrical engineering. You will cover: fundamental electrical quantities: charge, current, voltage, energy and power; electrical circuits: DC and AC, Ohms law, resistance and resistivity; resistors in series and parallel; voltage and current dividers; EMF and internal resistance; Kirchhoff’s laws; capacitors and inductors; alternating current: Simple AC generators and the sinewave, peak, average and RMS values and frequency; and electronics: semiconductors, diodes and rectifiers, light-emitting diodes, LDRs and thermistors and some simple circuit applications.
Communication & Study SkillsThis module will prepare you for full participation in engineering studies by equipping you with effective and efficient communication and study skills and practical exercise. You will develop the relevant skills to be progress onto BEng courses. You will be assessed through an assignment, group or individual assignment and an oral presentation with poster. You will study time management methods, literacy search and database introduction, critical thinking and analysis methods, report writing skills with proper formatting and referencing styles and communication skills in spoken, written and visual communication.
Foundation Year Engineering ProjectsThis module focuses on the practical application of science and mathematics to develop engineering solutions. You will learn through a problem based engineering philosophy. You will be challenged by a typical engineering problem that requires both theoretical and practical skills to solve, and work in groups of 2-4 to complete the project. You will be assessed through a presentation and a report. You will explore: defining the project philosophy and rationale, health and safety training and PPE distribution, workshop, laboratory and experimentation skills, using workshop and laboratory facilities, testing day of proposed solutions to engineering challenge, testing proposed solutions to engineering challenges, and individual report and team presentation assessments.
Foundation Year LabsThis module will develop your basic laboratory and analytical techniques as well as your mathematical, statistical and IT skills. You will be assessed through a lab book and formal lab reports. You will practice recording laboratory data and maintaining a lab-book, be encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively to interpret laboratory data and understand them in light of available literature, and learn to communicate your findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.
Mathematical Principles IThis introductory module provides a mathematical foundation for Engineering students. This module assumes some experience in applied mathematics at level 3 (A level, BTech) and is essential for studying other modules in electrical and mechanical engineering. You will be assessed through an assignment using the METLAB software and an analysis assignment.
Mechanical PrinciplesIn this module you will explore statics, dynamics thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. You will gain a wide understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering and be assessed through an assignment using an appropriate modelling software and an analysis assignment.
Electrical PrinciplesThe module will provide you with the fundamentals, tools and techniques required for DC and AC circuit analysis. You will be introduced to the fundamental properties of electromagnetic fields and their application in engineering context. Your assessments will include a research assignment, a problem sheet and an analysis assignment.
Computer Aided EngineeringThis module provides a basic introduction to several software packages used in BEng degrees. You will gain a basic competency in using these software packages. This module also stresses the importance that computer-aided engineering (CAE) plays in modern engineering practice. You will be assessed through 3 mini assignments.
1st Year Engineering ProjectsThis year-long module is an opportunity to work within a group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will develop your research, planning and practical skills, from inception to completion, and develop skills in appraising your results to identify solutions supported by relevant theory and literature. You will document a detailed project plan and present your work practically, visually and through presentation.
1st Year Engineering LabsIn this module you will develop basic practical and analytical techniques while improving your mathematical, statistical and IT skills. You will practise recording laboratory data and maintaining a lab-book. You will be encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively to interpret laboratory data and understand them in light of available literature. You will communicate your findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.
Control and InstrumentationThis module will introduce you to the important fields of instrumentation, sensing and control design for electromechanical systems. You will then be able to select a suitable transducer and associated system for a given measurement application and to consider possible alternative solutions and demonstrate a thorough understanding of feedback control system principles.
Mathematical Principles IIThis module builds on your studies in Mathematical Principles I and is essential for studying other modules in both electrical and mechanical engineering.
2nd Year Engineering ProjectsThis year-long module is an opportunity to work a group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will build on the skills you developed in your first year and refine your ability to appraise your project results and identify solutions. You will document a detailed project plan and present your work practically, visually and through presentation.
2nd Year Electrical LabsThis module builds on your studies in the previous Engineering Laboratory module and develops your laboratory and analytical skills as well as your mathematical, statistical and presentation abilities. You will record laboratory data and maintain a lab-book. You will be encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively to interpret laboratory data and understand how it can be used by comparison with theory and other analytical methods. You will communicate your findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.
Analogue & Digital DesignThis module introduces the tools and techniques you will use to analyse and design analogue circuits and digital systems. You will be assessed through coursework and written lab reports.
Power Systems and Electrical MachinesThis module will introduce you to the fundamental semiconductor devices, their operation and characteristics, and their applications in power electronic converters and how these are used in electrical energy conversion. You will also discover the basic types of electrical machines and how they are used to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy and vice versa. You will be assessed through an analysis assignment and a lab report.
Signal ProcessingThe module develops a basic framework for signal processing and demonstrate some applications. You will gain a good understanding of the types and behaviours of a number of different digital filters as well as techniques for analysis.
Renewable Energy & SustainabilityThis module will introduce you to the fundamental operating principles of commonly adopted renewable energy sources and the economic and ecological impact of these different generation types. You will cover electrified transportation and explore the technologies for future ‘smart grid’ power networks.
Individual Engineering ProjectsThis module is an opportunity to work a group on a defined project offered by departmental staff. You will develop your research, planning and practical skills, from inception to completion, and develop skills in appraising your results to identify solutions supported by relevant theory and literature. You will document a detailed project plan and present your work practically, visually and through presentation. You will also get the opportunity to develop your skills in time management, constructing and documenting a detailed project plan and presenting and defending your work visually and orally. You will be assessed on a final report.
Control EngineeringThis module will give you a thorough understanding of the principles of a closed-loop control system. The module will also provide a framework within which you can carry out tasks such as state -space modelling, control performance analysis, controller design and synthesis, with applications to Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronics systems.
Communication SystemsThis module will introduce you communications systems and takes a wide-ranging approach while focusing on the core theoretical concepts required by all communications systems.
Business for EngineersThis module will give you a basic grounding in business so that you can appreciate the importance of business in engineering and have the business knowledge necessary to set-up and run a Ltd. business.
BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering is taught in our state-of-the-art Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus. The Tech Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach.
With teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy facilities including:
- A large, double height space for delivering unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences
- Practical, project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities
- Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories
- Fabrication laboratory
- Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design
- Renewable labs (e.g. Solar PV modules and wind turbine modules)
- Control and instrumentation lab
- Power electronics and automation lab
- Electrical machines lab
- Digital electronics lab
- Communication and circuit kits
- Engineering workshop and Machining centre (e.g. CNC machines, drills, laser cutter, and specialist 3D printers)
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Prepare for your career with practical placements
You can apply for a year long industrial placement during your degree.
As well as giving you the opportunity to put your studies into practice and use the skills you develop on your course, undertaking a placement helps to improve your CV and show employers that you’ve already completed work in industry when you graduate.
Placements years usually take place between your second and third year of study. You will spend 1 year working with a company in industry before returning to the University to complete your final year. This effectively extends your studies by one year.
The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage.
Placement years are competitive. We will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement, but we are unable to guarantee placements.
Discover what you can do after you graduate
The demand for electrical engineers is growing and will continue to grow. Engineering graduates are successful in a wide range of sectors.
You will graduate with more than your engineering knowledge. You will graduate as a numerate and scientifically trained thinker with skills that are immediately transferable to a range of sectors. Your independent project work, team projects, presentations, skills and lab experiences will help you to develop skills that are useful in a range of job roles, and you will have the opportunity to study business and enterprise modules to prepare you for the industry or to set up your own business.
You could work in:
- Automotive industry
- Electrical power
Typical offer (individual offers may vary):
You will sign up to a full degree course at the same time as the integrated foundation year.
If you do not meet these entry requirements yet you could still be offered a place subject to a satisfactory interview.
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This course starts in September 2022.