Electronic and Communication Engineering (Top-up) BEng(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
Communication technology is advancing at a rapid rate and is an essential part of the word economy. Therefore there are opportunities globally for graduates who are qualified in this growing area.
This top-up course has been designed for those who have already completed at least two years of University or Higher Education study in a related subject. It is suitable if you have completed a HND in Electronic and Communication Engineering (or equivalent) and are not only interested in technology but also the application and management of that technology. The course content is broad, covering a mixture of advanced technology and technology management modules, delivered in the wider business, commercial and legal context.
Your studies will be vocational, featuring many opportunities for practical work. The course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you secure a graduate level job. In addition to the core modules there are option modules enabling you to tailor your course to your interests.
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18 / 09 / 2017
1 year full-time
Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:
• HND at Merit, or equivalent, in a Science/Technology subject*
• Foundation Degree in a Science/Technology subject*
• Completion of two years of a Degree course in a related Science/Technology subject*
Your previous studies should be in a physics or engineering science related area. Other sciences may not be acceptable as they may not contain the relevant mathematical components that are an essential requirement for this course.Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.
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This course has been designed to help you gain a wide knowledge of electronic engineering, with specific application to communications.
You'll study five modules which cover a broad range of topics. You'll explore digital and analogue system integration, digital signal processing and a variety of communication systems, including AM and FM detectors, aerials, satellite communications, digital radio and TV.
There will be many opportunities for you to engage in practical work on the course and you also have the chance to undertake a project on a suitable topic of your choice.
Final Year Project
This module is driven by you. It gives you the opportunity to undertake a project on a topic appropriate to your course, which may be focused on an industry based problem (previously some students have brought a project back from their placement company). Your project should consist of in-depth study of an engineering problem requiring a degree of initiative and result in a written report. This aims to help you extend your intellectual abilities by, enabling you to apply and increase your knowledge in a chosen field and demonstrate your professional engineering capabilities.
Digital System Integration
This module aims to build on the digital electronics knowledge you gained in your second year; covering system and circuit design, modeling, layout, fabrication and test of integrated circuits (ICs). You’ll be encouraged to investigate the various stages of design and techniques used to improve system performance and function: from top-level specification using hardware description languages, (typically VHDL) through to transistor level layout. Throughout this module the compromises required to achieve an optimum design solution will be considered.
Analogue System Integration
This module covers the design and analysis of analogue integrated circuits (ICs) structures, incorporating Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs), Junction Field Effect Transistors (JFETs), Metal-Oxide Semiconductor FETs (MOSFETs), Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS), and Bipolar-CMOS (BiCMOS) technologies. Advanced op-amp based IC systems will be developed through the design, analysis and integration of fundamental building blocks (differential input, gain and output stages, current mirrors and biasing circuits, etc). Low distortion and high-output power capability audio IC designs will also be considered along with complete integrated system case studies.
The module combines the theory of signal processing and analysis of discrete time systems, with practical aspects of digital signal processing (DSP) applied to the design of digital filters. Term one focuses on signal processing operations and analysis in time and frequency domain and digital filter (FIR and IIR) design and simulation using MATLAB. In term two you’ll be supported in implementing your digital filter design using DSP software and hardware development system. A range of DSP design case studies (for example audio filters and two dimensional filters for image processing), will be used to illustrate typical DSP applications through practical laboratory work.
This module has been designed to build on the knowledge you have gained so far. You’ll study noise in receivers and examine the noise performance of AM and FM detectors. You’ll be supported in expanding your knowledge of noise by examining the error rate performance of a cable link (such as a telephone line) and you’ll also have the chance to explore optical communications. Other topics that may be covered include aerials, satellite communications, the ionosphere, modems, digital radio and TV.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
Whilst this is a top-up course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 92% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as instrument and protective systems engineer, commercial manager, quality engineer, project manager, project engineer and technical director. In organisations including BP, BT Group, Schneider Electric, Technip, GlaxoSmithKline and EA Mobile.*.
Additionally, you may gain skills that are transferable to other industries and may be able to pursue a career that requires a good honours degree. You could go on to further study and the University has many options available for postgraduate study and research which may interest you.
Teaching and assessment
In addition to conventional lectures and tutorials there are many opportunities for practical, hands-on learning, including group mini-projects where collaboration and team work is positively encouraged.
Assessment is by assignments (group and individual), examinations, in-class tests and presentations.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only university where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
We have excellent teaching facilities, including an impressive range of professionally equipped laboratories for electrical, electronic and communications projects. There is also a dedicated embedded systems laboratory (for advanced DSP and microcontroller development).
There are many additional computing laboratories equipped with workstations running industry standard software for ‘measurement & control' and ‘computer aided engineering' applications - all with high speed internet access.
For project work we have facilities that you may can access depending on what project you undertake. These facilities include a number of process control rigs for servo motor control, liquid level control, flow rate control, engine speed control and there are also facilities for teaching machine tool control, and programmable logic controller (PLC) applications.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.
The School of Computing and Engineering currently offers MSc Electronics and Communications. You may be interested in pursuing this course once you have completed your undergraduate studies. Please check the course details for the entry requirements.
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.