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Electronics and Computer Engineering MEng

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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Course description

Modern electronic system design is based on an understanding of a wide range of subjects from electrical network behaviour through signal processing and programmable systems, to the programming languages used to design hardware circuits.

All our first-year students take part in the faculty's Global Engineering Challenge, working with students from other engineering disciplines to solve a real-world problem. All second-year Electronics and Computer Engineering students get to work on a week-long project devised by one of our industry partners. You'll also get the chance to work with an engineering company through the Sheffield Industrial Project Scheme.

In your third year, you'll carry out your own research project, supervised by an academic. You'll start to focus on more advanced topics such as digital signal processing, VLSI design, hardware description languages and operating systems.

In your final year, you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team on a research project led by an academic with industry input.

Accreditation

Our Electronics with Computer Engineering courses are new degree titles and the department is seeing accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which will be backdated to entry. If you take our three year BEng you will need to complete some further learning to satisfy the requirements to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. A four year MEng meets all the academic standards for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

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Title: Electronics and Computer Engineering MEng course structure
UCAS code: H651
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Digital System Engineering

This module introduces the basic principles underlying the design of electronic systems. The ideas are discussed mainly in the context of digital design which cannot be undertaken realistically without some level of system thinking and planning. Other areas of system design will be used to illustrate and reinforce the idea that system design ideas apply to many fields beside digital design. The module will also introduce some of the computer based tools used by system designers for simulation and verification.

20 credits
Electrical Circuits and Networks

This module introduces the basic principles underlying electric circuits. The idea of a circuit, and the concepts of voltage, current and power are introduced for both alternating and direct sources. The interaction between electrical circuits and magnetic circuits is discussed and the idea of mutual coupling and transformers is introduced. Formal analysis methods such as nodal, loop and superposition are introduced in the context of dc and ac circuits and the complex notation for ac quantities applied to the latter. The calculation of power in a range of contexts is discussed extensively.

20 credits
Electronic Devices and Circuits

This module introduces the physical principles that govern the properties and applications of the active and passive circuit components that comprise all electronic and electrical circuits. Issues affecting the practical behaviour of resistors, capacitors and especially diodes and transistors are discussed. The circuit environments in which diodes and transistors are used, and the models describing their internal behaviour and external interactions, are introduced. It is shown how transistors and diodes can be used in both switching circuits and amplifier circuits and the important concept of small signal modelling is introduced in the context of the latter.

20 credits
Mathematics (Electrical)

This module aims to reinforce students' previous knowledge and to develop new basic mathematical techniques needed to support the engineering subjects taken at levels 1 and 2. It also provides a foundation for the level 2 mathematics courses in the appropriate engineering department.

20 credits
Algorithms and Data Structures

This module introduces the basic building blocks of non-trivial computational processes by providing the knowledge required to select and implement appropriate data structures and algorithms. The understanding of the limits of computation for a given problem is developed using a range of examples. The module will be delivered using a range of lectures and practical sessions to help students develop the module outcomes.

10 credits
General Skills

This unit deals with practical laboratory skills.

10 credits
Programming

This unit deals with practical programming. Students will study and practise programming in C andMatlab to provide underpinning skills for their development as engineers.

10 credits
System Design Analysis

This unit aims to investigate the design and assembly of common electrical and electronic devices. Examples of commercially available devices will be examined in detail and deconstructed to allow critical assessment of the assembly and the design decisions that have been made in their construction. The unit will be a combination of formal lectures and laboratory analysis of the devices, being assessed by a short report and interaction during laboratory sessions. A formal talk will also form part of the assessment.

10 credits
Global Engineering Challenge Week

The Faculty-wide Global Engineering Challenge Week is a compulsory part of the first-year programme, and the project has been designed to develop student academic, transferable and employability skills as well as widen their horizons as global citizens. Working in multi-disciplinary groups of six, for a full week, all students in the Faculty choose from a number of projects arranged under a range of themes including Water, ICT, Waste Management and Energy with scenarios set in a developing country. Some projects are based on the Engineers Without Borders Challenge* and other projects have been suggested by an academic at the University of Makerere in Uganda (who is involved in developing solutions using IT systems for health, agriculture and resource problems in developing countries). Students are assessed on a number of aspects of being a professional engineer both by Faculty alumni and a number of local industrial engineers. *The EWB Challenge is a design program coordinated internationally by Engineers Without Borders Australia and delivered in Australian, New Zealand, British and Irish universities. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable and cross-cultural development projects. By participating in the EWB Challenge students are presented with a fantastic opportunity to design creative solutions to problems identified by real EWB projects. Each year, the EWB Challenge design brief is

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment

Learning

Learning will be delivered through a combination of lectures, practical labs and tutorials as well as independent study that is supported by problem classes.

In your first and second year all your labs will be held in the Diamond where you will use industry grade equipment and have lab sessions in the dedicated teaching clean room.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

Our teaching is informed by the research that our department is involved with. This results in learning by a combination of theory and hands on practical lab sessions in our state of the art facilities with courses that are accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Assessment

You will be assessed using a mixture of exams/tests, coursework and practical sessions.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAA
including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB
including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics

A Levels + additional qualifications | AAB, including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics + A in a relevant EPQ; AAB, including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics + A in AS Level or B in A Level Further Maths AAB, including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics + A in a relevant EPQ; AAB, including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics + A in AS Level or B in A Level Further Maths

International Baccalaureate | 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics 34, including Higher Level Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics at grades 6, 5

BTEC | DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A Level Maths grade A DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A Level Maths grade B

Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AAAAB + AA, including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics AAABB + AB, including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + AA, including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics B + AA, including Maths and Physics, Chemistry or Electronics

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 at Level 3 including 39 credits at Distinction, to include Mathematics and Physics, and 6 credits at Merit. A Mathematics test may also be required 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 at level 3 including 36 credits at Distinction, to include Mathematics and Physics, and 9 credits at Merit. A Mathematics test may also be required

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English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

MBE cluster tool used for fabrication by the National Epitaxy Facility

We have been at the forefront of research and teaching within the field of electronic and electrical engineering for over a century. In that time the use of electronics has become mainstream requiring challenges to be overcome to provide solutions for everyday needs.

Our students learn from academic experts who have strong links with partners in industry. Our state-of-the-art laboratories allow you to get hands on with equipment used in industry as preparation for your career.

Our wide range of MEng and BEng undergraduate degree programmes provide you with a robust understanding of the principles of electronic and electrical engineering. We offer a common start to all our degrees which offers you the flexibility to change courses at the end of your first year if you wish to focus on certain areas of interest.

All of first year students take part in the faculty's Global Engineering Challenge, working with students from other engineering disciplines to solve a real-world problem. In your third year, you will work on your own research project supervised by an academic.

All our courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. A four-year MEng meets all the academic standards for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. If you take our three-year BEng, you'll need to complete some further learning to satisfy the requirements.

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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World University Rankings 2019


Graduate careers

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Typical graduate job titles include cybersecurity consultant, design engineer, energy engineering consultant, system engineer, electrical engineer, technology analyst, nuclear controls engineer, software engineer and electronics field engineer.

Employers of graduates include ARM, ARUP, BAE Systems, Barclays, Deloitte, Jaguar, Nissan, National Grid, National Instruments, Renault, Rolls Royce, Shell, Siemens, Unilever and Volvo.

Profile photograph of EEE Alumnus Anthony who now works for ARM

My career path from EEE undergraduate to Software Engineer at ARM

Anthony MEng Digital Electronics (now Electronics and Computer Engineering)

Anthony graduated from EEE in 2019 with an MEng in Digital Electronics (now Electronics and Computer Engineering) and started his career at ARM as a Graduate Software Engineer. Read his profile to find out about his time at EEE and what advice he has to give to students to get the most out of your time at university.

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