Engineering with Technology Management (Electronic and Electrical) (Top-up) BEng 2013-14
At a Glance
23 / 09 / 2013
1 year full-time
24 (this number may be subject to change)
Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:
• HND at Merit in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or equivalent.
• Candidates with HNC and appropriate industrial experience are also encouraged to apply.
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This course has a broad-based curriculum with a mixture of advanced technology and technology management modules, delivered in the wider business, commercial and legal context. It is suitable if you have completed a HND in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (or equivalent) and are not only interested in technology but also the application and management of that technology.
The course is robustly vocational and designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to find employment. In addition to the core modules you have option modules enabling you to tailor your course.
It is also possible to receive the award in the sandwich mode by completing an appropriate managed work placement (minimum 42 weeks) before commencing the taught programme.
Core Modules: (available for condonement): -
+ Individual Project
You will undertake a project on a topic appropriate to your course, which may be industrially based. This will be an in-depth study of an engineering problem requiring a degree of initiative and an individual written report.
You will be assessed on your project planning and management skills, communication and overall achievement.
+ Project Quality and Production Management
The module will teach you about the scheduling of activity, with appropriate consideration of resource constraints and cost required for undertaking successful projects. It will cover financial analysis in the justification of projects and approaches to risk analysis. You will also learn how to use industry standard project management software.
The module also includes Total Quality Management, introducing tools and techniques such as Statistical Process Control, improvement programmes and maintenance management.
You will learn how to effectively manage the manufacture of products and will understand the decision making processes required with regard to people, machines, materials and finance.
Options modules: (available for condonement): -
+ Manufacturing Systems Design and Analysis
You will learn how an holistic systems approach is used to describe, investigate and design processes within manufacturing businesses. You will gain an understanding of the interaction of human resources, machines and materials within the context of manufacturing is developed through the use of complementary modelling and simulation techniques. The techniques learned will provide you with the ability to analyse existing manufacturing systems and to design the new systems required by modern industry.
+ Control Systems
In this module you will study control systems for various types of processes, for example heating systems, conveying systems and processes in which liquid level control is critical. You will model these systems using MATLAB and SIMULINK software and develop appropriate analogue control strategies. You will learn how to design compensators, such as ‘phase lag’ and ‘phase lead’ compensators, in order to stabilise inherently unstable systems. You will also study digital control, state variable analysis and state variable feedback control. A major part of the module is the design of a practical digital control system for controlling liquid level in a tank. This involves designing the interfacing electronics between a ‘data acquisition & control board’ and the pump, flow meter and level sensors associated with the tank - and then writing software to perform appropriate level control whilst allowing controller parameters (such as the set point) to be updated without halting the program. The module is assessed by examination (70%) and practical assignment (30%).
+ Electrical Power and Drive Systems
This module will introduce you to the advanced techniques required for the analysis, design, operation and control of electrical power networks and power electronic drive systems. The course covers; load flow analysis, fault analysis (symmetrical components), transient analysis, drive systems and power converter design/operation. Your mathematical skills will be enhanced as the required methods and models are introduced during the course. You will attend lectures with integrated tutorial/seminar activities and participate actively in laboratory based investigations. Assessment is by examination (70%) and laboratory based coursework (30%).
+ Digital System Integration
This module builds on the digital electronics knowledge gained in the second year; covering system and circuit design, modelling, layout, fabrication and test of Integrated Circuits (ICs). You will investigate the various stages of design and techniques used to improve system performance and function: from top-level specification using VHDL through to transistor level layout. Throughout this module the trade-offs required to achieve an optimum design solution will be considered.
You will be assessed by a VHDL based assignment (30%) and an end of module exam (70%).
+ DSP Applications
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. Semester one focuses on Signal processing operations and analysis in time and frequency domain; and digital FIR and IIR filter design and simulation using MATLAB. In semester two you will implement your digital filter design using DSP software and hardware development system. A range of DSP design case studies: eg audio filters, two dimensional filters and adaptive filters will be used to illustrate typical DSP applications through practical laboratory work. The module is assessed by examination (70%) and practical assignment based on laboratory work (30%).
Around 95% of our students, who studied on one of our Electronics related courses and graduated in 2010, have secured employment or gone on to further study.
Opportunities exist in a wide range of industries including entertainment, computing, medical, communications and aerospace. Successful graduates have secured careers, at senior technical or managerial level, in the design, development, production and maintenance of electronic and electrical systems with such companies as Caterpillar, General Electric, Tarmac and Ryanair.
Teaching and assessment
Your typical week will involve approximately 14-16 hours of class contact time.
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.
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 and teaching work we have 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, precision metrology and PLC applications.
How much will it cost me?
At the University of Huddersfield, we have worked hard to ensure that we set a fair fee for undergraduate students that offers fantastic value for money. The University of Huddersfield is debt free, meaning every penny you spend on your education is re-invested in you.
In 2013/14, the tuition fee for students at the University of Huddersfield will be £7,950*. Your 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, please see Fees and finance.
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