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Electronics and Computer Engineering BEng

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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    You are viewing this course for 2023-24 entry. 2022-23 entry is also available.

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    Course description

    Digital design, hardware circuit design, programming in C - this course teaches you skills that are at a premium.

    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 years 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.

    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

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

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    Title: Electronics and Computer Engineering BEng course structure
    UCAS code: H655
    Years: 2022, 2023

    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. The module is delivered via online lectures, reinforced with weekly interactive problem classes..

    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 is a general skills module which encompasses a range of professional development activities that will be useful throughout the remainder of your degree and career. These include practical skills in the laboratory, simulation skills for analysing circuits, communication skills and career development.

    You will learn to use the full range of industry standard laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, waveform generators and soldering workstations. A series of engaging exercises, both in the lab and using advanced simulation tools, are designed to build up your proficiency in practical engineering. You will use measurements to determine the mystery components in hidden boxes, practice soldering and fault-finding on printed circuit boards, and combine programming with circuits using microcontrollers to solve real world challenges. Many activities have short written tasks aligned to them, allowing focused practice at technical communications with rapid feedback from staff.

    In the personal tutorials programme, you will work through personal development activities in small groups, such as effective CV writing and communication skills. You will receive regular feedback on your personal development through skills audits aligned to the Sheffield Graduate Attributes. Some activities will be individual, such as researching your own employability strategy to get your dream engineering job, while others will be in teams, such as giving peer feedback on presentations and an exciting team-based robotics challenge.

    The module culminates in an independent construction project that will require all of your skills together - past projects have included creating audio speaker circuits (handling digital input signals right through to audible sound outputs) and infra-red remote controls.

    The combination of the two strands to the module will prepare you to work as a professional engineer throughout your degree programme and beyond.

    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 module gives you a hands-on appreciation of the design, manufacture and operation of electrical and electronic products. It will consist of lectures plus up to six laboratories.

    There will be two types of laboratories:
    (a) Deconstruction, and
    (bi Construction.

    In (a) you will be guided through the deconstruction of defunct commonplace electrical products. You will discover how the products are made and how the various sub-components interact.

    In (b) you will build some simple electrical/electronic systems. The lectures will be used to facilitate the labs and will include discussions of the material characteristics of the products alongside issues of recycling and sustainability.

    10 credits
    Global Engineering Challenge Week

    The Faculty-wide Global Engineering Challenge Week is a compulsory part of the first-year programme. 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 5-6, for a full week, all students in the Faculty choose from a number of projects arranged under a range of themes including Water, Waste Management, Energy and Digital with scenarios set in an overseas location facing economic challenge. Some projects are based on the Engineers Without Borders Engineering for people design challenge*.

    *The EWB challenge provides students with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable and cross-cultural development projects identified by EWB with its community-based partner organisations.

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

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

    International Baccalaureate 34, with 6, 5 in Higher Level Maths and either Physics or Chemistry

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in Engineering + A in A Level Maths

    BTEC Diploma DD in Engineering + A in A Level Maths

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AB in Maths and either Physics or Chemistry

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

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction (to include Maths and Physics units), and 9 at Merit. Applicants are considered individually and a Maths test may also be required

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

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

    International Baccalaureate 33, with 5 in Higher Level Maths and either Physics or Chemistry

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in Engineering + B in A Level Maths

    BTEC Diploma DD in Engineering + B in A Level Maths

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AABBB + AB in Maths and either Physics or Chemistry

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB in Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Electronics

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction (to include Maths and Physics units), and 15 at Merit. Applicants are considered individually and a Maths test may also be required

    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

    Other qualifications | UK and EU/international

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    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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    Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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    QS World University Rankings 2021


    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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