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UDCMSYEN - BEng Computer Systems Engineering

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Engineering Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Engineering, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Subject Area Communications Technology and Mathematics
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader Panchamkumar Shukla

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The course is designed to equip its graduates to work at a professional level in areas of Computer Systems Engineering or for entering postgraduate studies such as master degree programmes or Mphil/PhD.

The course is supported by a number of specialised laboratories in general electronics, Microwave and Satellite communications, Computer Aided Design, Embedded Systems and Digital Systems, Opto-electronics and Audio. Students in each of the specialized modules spend a considerable part of the module in these laboratories providing an opportunity to practice what they learn in the formal lecture/seminar session in investigating (using an industry’s standard simulation package), design and implement, test and document a variety of real-world examples of Electronics and Communications systems. These sessions are performed individually or as part of a group.

Course aims

The BEng (Hons) has been designed with close collaboration with our Industrial Liaison Committee (ILC) and in accordance with the Engineering Benchmark Statement, the Output Standards for Accredited Engineering Programmes defined in the UKSPEC and also by the requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The aim of the course are:

• To ensure that students are appropriately prepared to develop into professional engineers by meeting the Engineering Professors’ Council’s Output Standard;

• To produce graduates who are numerate, literate, analytical, articulate, practical, adaptive, creative, confident and inquisitive;

• To apply analytical and mathematical modelling techniques used to solve problems in electronic circuit design, computer and embedded systems;

• To develop analytical, practical and ICT skills appropriate for the specification, design, implementation and testing (hardware and software) of computer/embedded systems engineering;

• To promote awareness of commercial and economic context, social and business factors that influence the choice of solution to engineering problems including health, safety and risk (including environmental risk) issues;

• To prepare students for employment by developing their transferable skills and problem based learning skills;

• To develop organisational, teamwork and practical management approaches required by professional engineers;

• To develop critical and reflective capacities in students so that they are equipped to assess and plan their continuing developmental needs;

• To provide students with sound knowledge and skills, confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in the computer engineering context;

• To promote awareness in students of ethical issues concerning their work, their potential roles to operate within the appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising their responsibilities and obligations to society, the profession and the environment;

• To provide a broad educational base with an emphasis on project-oriented activities where students will gain appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for a professional career in the field of computer and embedded systems.

Course learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge and understanding will be developed in a number of modules. The emphasis will be on the design and implementation of Computer systems. On completing the course the students should be able to:

• Apply scientific, mathematical and ITC principles and methods relevant to electronic and computer engineering;
• Master the characteristics, architectures and classifications of computer systems and of the components used in them;
• Apply analytical and mathematical modelling techniques used to solve problems in electronic circuit design;
• Master the practical skills necessary for the specification, design implementation and testing of electronic and computer systems;
• Recognize the commercial and economic context, social and business factors that influence the choice of solution to engineering problems;
• Recognize the management and operational practices, including risk assessment, social and environmental impacts, and professional, ethical and legislative issues;
• Apply the sequence of design processes which make up the product life cycle.

Cognitive/intellectual skills
The preliminary modules have been designed to provide students with the fundamental tools and techniques, which will prepare them in later stages of the course.
On completing the course, students should be able to:
• Define real-world problems and express them in engineering terms;
• Select and apply appropriate scientific, mathematical and technical methods to model, analyse and solve problems;
• Apply the concepts and principles of electronic and communications science to the solution of engineering systems in a number of commonly encountered engineering contexts;
• Evaluate electronic / computer components, products, processes and systems; expose the strengths and weaknesses and critically assess results to select the most appropriate design solution, recognising that inadequate or invalid results may require further design iterations;
• Present results verbally and in writing in a way that is understood in the wider community;
• Consider the problem and the proposed solution in the relevant social, environmental, ethical and legislative context including health, safety and risks issues.

Transferable skills
On completing the course, students should be able to:
• Use ICT for data manipulation and presentation;
• Work with and relate effectively as a member of a team;
• Managing time and prioritising workload;
• Identify and acquire the information needed to achieve an objective and make appropriate use of relevant numerical and statistical information;
• Identify problems and create solutions using appropriate professional simulation and design tools;
• Recognise the need for continuous personal development and plan to achieve this showing confidence and self-awareness, reflect on own learning, and be self-reliant and constructively self-critical;
• Communicate to various audiences using appropriate presentation methods and styles;

Subject-specific practical, research and independently learning skills
On completing the course, students should be able to:
• Use project planning methods to identify required resources and timescales (work to deadlines) and accept accountability for learning decisions;
• Use current and new information to produce a practical implementation of a design solution;
• Select and use appropriate hardware and software to test systems and components;
• Interpret experimental results, taking account of errors and accuracy constraints and recognising the limitations imposed by incomplete or imperfect information;
• Use appropriate laboratory and workshop equipment to execute safely a series of applied experiments and to generate transferable data;
• Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in the context of a professional career.

Students are encouraged to plan their own work schedules and are required to meet strict deadlines. Diaries / logbooks are required to be kept in some modules. Learners undertake a major individual practical / research project and complete a related dissertation.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding will be developed in a number of modules. The emphasis will be on the design and implementation of Computer systems. On completing the course the students should be able to:

MA4005 : L&MT (LO1, LO3)
CS4001: CE (LO1, LO2,LO5, LO6 and LO7)
CT4002: ES (LO5, LO6)
CT4005: CH&SA (LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6)
CS5003: DS&SP (LO2, LO3, LO4,LO5,LO7)
CC5051: SE (LO1, LO4)
CT5003: M&ES (LO3, LO5, LO6)
CT5051: AES (LO3, LO5, LO6)
FC5W51: WRL
FC6P01 (LO1 to LO7)
CS6002: D&IS(LO1, LO3)
CT6053: DSA (LO2, LO4 to LO7)
CT6052: WN


Optional Modules also cover a combination of the Learning Outcomes: e.g.
CT6054: NP&S
CS6051: MA
CC6051: EH

LO1. Apply scientific, mathematical and ITC principles and methods relevant to electronic and computer engineering:

LO2. Master the characteristics, architectures and classifications of computer systems and of the components used in them:

LO3. Apply analytical and mathematical modelling techniques used to solve problems in electronic circuit design:

LO4. Master the practical skills necessary for the specification, design implementation and testing of electronic and computer systems:

LO5. Recognize the commercial and economic context, social and business factors that influence the choice of solution to engineering problems:

LO6. Recognize the management and operational practices, including risk assessment, social and environmental impacts, and professional, ethical and legislative issues:

LO7. Apply the sequence of design processes which make up the product life cycle.


Cognitive/intellectual skills

The preliminary modules have been designed to provide students with the fundamental tools and techniques, which will prepare them in later stages of the course. On completing the course, students should be able to:

MA4005 : L&MT (LO2 and LO5)
CT4001: CE (LO1 to LO6 )
CT4002: ES (LO1 to LO6)
CT4005: CH&SA (LO1, LO3 to LO6)
CS5003: DS&SP (LO2, LO3 to LO5)
CC5051: SE (LO1, LO4)
CT5003: M&ES (LO3, LO5, LO6)
CT5051: AES (LO3, LO5, LO6)
FC5W51: WRL
FC6P01 (LO1 to LO7)
CC6002: D&IS (LO2, LO5 and O6)
CT6053: DSA (LO2, LO4 to LO6)

Optional Modules also cover a combination of the Learning Outcomes: e.g.
CT6054: NP&S
CS6051: MA
CC6051: EH

LO1. Define real-world problems and express them in engineering terms

LO2. Select and apply appropriate scientific, mathematical and technical methods to model, analyse and solve problems

LO3. Apply the concepts and principles of electronic and communications science to the solution of engineering systems in a number of commonly encountered engineering contexts:

LO4. Evaluate electronic / computer components, products, processes and systems; expose the strengths and weaknesses and critically assess results to select the most appropriate design solution, recognising that inadequate or invalid results may require further design iterations:

LO5. Present results verbally and in writing in a way that is understood in the wider community:

LO6. Consider the problem and the proposed solution in the relevant social, environmental, ethical and legislative context including health, safety and risks issues.


Transferable skills

On completing the course, students should be able to:

MA4005 : C&LA (LO1 to LO7)
CT4001: CE (LO1, LO2,LO5, LO6, LO7)
CT4002: ES (LO5, LO6)
CT4005: CH&SA (LO1 to LO7)
CS5003: N&OS (LO2, LO3, LO4,LO5,LO7)
CC5051: SE (LO1, LO4)
CT5003: M&ES (LO3, LO5, LO6)
CT5051: AES (LO3, LO5, LO6)
FC5W51: WRL
FC6P01 (LO1 to LO7)
CS6002: MM (LO1, LO3)
CC6002: D&IS (LO2, LO5 to LO6)
CT6053: DSA (LO2, LO4 to LO7)

Optional Modules also cover a combination of the Learning Outcomes: e.g.
CT6054: NP&S
CS6051: MA
CC6051: EH

LO1. Use ICT for data manipulation and presentation:

LO2. Work with and relate effectively as a member of a team:

LO3. Managing time and prioritising workload:

LO4. Identify and acquire the information needed to achieve an objective and make appropriate use of relevant numerical and statistical information:

LO5. Identify problems and create solutions using appropriate professional simulation and design tools:

LO6. Recognise the need for continuous personal development and plan to achieve this showing confidence and self-awareness, reflect on own learning, and be self-reliant and constructively self-critical:

LO7. Communicate to various audiences using appropriate presentation methods and styles:

Subject-specific practical, research and independently learning skills: On completing the course, students should be able to:

CT4001: CE (LO1, LO2,LO5, LO6)
CT4002: ES (LO5 to LO6)
CT4005: CH&SA (LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5)
CS5003: N&OS (LO2 to LO6)
CC5051: SE (LO1, LO4)
CT5003: M&ES (LO3, LO5, LO6)
CT5051: AES (LO3, LO5, LO6)
FC5W51: WRL
FC6P01 (LO1 to LO7)
CS6002: MM (LO1, LO3)
CC6002: D&IS (LO2, LO5 to LO6)
CT6053: DSA (LO2, LO4 to LO7)

Optional Modules also cover a combination of the Learning Outcomes: e.g.
CT6054: NP&S
CS6051: MA
CC6051: EH

LO1. Use project planning methods to identify required resources and timescales (work to deadlines) and accept accountability for learning decisions;

LO2. Use current and new information to produce a practical implementation of a design solution;

LO3. Select and use appropriate hardware and software to test systems and components;

LO4. Interpret experimental results, taking account of errors and accuracy constraints and recognising the limitations imposed by incomplete or imperfect information;

LO5. Use appropriate laboratory and workshop equipment to execute safely a series of applied experiments and to generate transferable data;

LO6. Apply and use various project management

LO7. Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in the context of a professional career.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Engineering
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Pages/Subject-benchmark-statement-Engineering-.aspx

Assessment strategy

A range of assessment methods is employed throughout the course. The method of assessment for each module in each level is clearly described in the individual ‘Module Guide’ which is made available to the students at the start of the semester. Every module (core as well as options) have a dedicated Web site providing students with comprehensive learning/teaching material including Workshops exercises. Module leaders use this site regularly to communicate with their students including providing general feedback, guidelines on how to write technical report/ effective presentations and keeping logbooks. Modules employ a combination of the following forms of assessments:

• Case study reports and presentations
• Laboratory workbooks
• Laboratory logbooks
• Unseen examinations
• Part seen examinations
• Individual vivas

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Students have the opportunity to apply for a one year work-experience at the end of level 5. The university provides full support in securing relevant employers.

Course specific regulations

"IET accreditation and the BEng (Hons) degree is awarded according to the following additional course regulations. Failing to achieve this will result in a lesser award, such as the BSc (Hons) degree, according to the normal regulations. Although the student will be enrolled on the BEng, the final award will be determined at the end of the course."

Course specific regulations for all accredited programmes:

  1. The proportion of failed modules deemed to be completed will be less than or equal to 20 credits in each year; and
  2. The minimum acceptable progression marks will be greater than or equal to 30 %; and
  3. Degree classifications will include all modules in the final 2 years (total of 240 credits at levels 5 and 6) using the standard university weightings; and
  4. Re-assessment and re-takes will be capped at 40% for UG and 50% for PG; and
  5. The Final-Year project for UG and Project for the PG courses must be passed in the first attempt for all accredited courses.

Direct entry and exit qualification

Direct entry students will ONLY be accepted to the final year if and only if their prior learning has been from an accredited institute by the IET. Direct entry applicants who do not meet this requirement will only be accepted to the second year of the course provided there is strong evidence that the first year (Level 4) modules/program have been fully covered and passed in their previous studies. All direct entry students are required to attend an interview with the course leader and deputy prior to being made an offer.

If attendance falls below 75% on a module, reassessment opportunities will not be available and instead the module will have to be retaken the following year with attendance and payment of fees. Mitigating circumstances cannot be claimed for missed classes; however Module Leaders will take account of absences that are a consequence of recorded disability or otherwise recorded as 'Authorised Absence' when applying the 75% threshold.

Modules required for interim awards

Completing all modules at level 4 & 5 and 6 and meeting the ‘Course Specific Regs’ – BEng (Hons)

Completion of all modules at level 4 - Cert HE,

Completion of all modules at level 5 - Dip HE

Completing all modules at level 4 & 5 and 6 BUT Failing to meet the ‘Course Specific Regs’, BSc (Hons)

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). You’ll be able to apply for student membership while undertaking your degree. Your fees will be covered by the University, and you’ll have access to resources such as a digital library, jobs boards and networking events.

Career opportunities

The recent advances in computing mean that system engineers are in high demand right now. Through this course, you’ll learn to design, program and build devices and systems used by a number of industries, including games and entertainment, medicine and automotive.

With the technical skills and the know-how to work on anything from generic embedded systems to extremely sophisticated, specialised and critical systems such as safety systems, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career as a hardware designer, a systems programmer or a designer or consultant.

This course is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study or research.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum grades CCD, one of which must be from a relevant subject (or a minimum of 88 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Computer Network Enginerring Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes I100 (Computer Science): 100%
Route code CMSYEN

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CS4001 Programming Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
CT4002 Electronics Systems Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
CT4005 Computer Hardware and Software Architectures Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM    
MA4005 Logic and Mathematical Techniques Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CT5003 Microprocessors & Embedded Systems Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
CT5051 Advanced Electronics Systems Core 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
CT5052 Network Operating Systems Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
CC5051 Databases Option 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
CS5003 Data Structures and Specialist Programming Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
CS5052 Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law Option 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
CT5005 Network Engineering Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
CT5053 Audio Engineering Option 15        
FC5W51 Work Related Learning Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    
MN5W50 Creating a Winning Business 1 Option 15 CITY SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT WED PM

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CT6052 Wireless Networks (Cisco) Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
CT6053 Digital Systems Applications Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
CT6055 Data Aquisition and Interfacing Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
FC6P01 Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
CC6051 Ethical Hacking Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
CS6002 Distributed and Internet Systems Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
CS6051 Mobile Applications Option 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
CT6004 Network Security (CISCO) Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
CT6054 Network Planning and Simulation Option 15        
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT