Electrical and Electronic Engineering, MA

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Would you like to develop the technical, analytical and practical skills required to become an electrical and electronic engineer, with the option of progressing to full Chartered Engineer status?

An electrical and electronic engineer has the ability and knowledge to use principles of science and mathematics to create new products that enhance and improve quality of life across the world. This integrated master’s course will give you an extra edge in today’s competitive job market.  

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

The MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering course will allow you to explore this subject in greater depth, with a specialised final year that leads to a master of engineering qualification.

Thanks to the recovering economy and advancements in technology, graduates are in high demand globally meaning there has never been a better time to enter the industry.

97% of students are satisfied overall with the their course and 100% of students say that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2016)

  

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

 

 

Would you like to develop the technical, analytical and practical skills required to become an electrical and electronic engineer, with the option of progressing to full Chartered Engineer status?

An electrical and electronic engineer has the ability and knowledge to use principles of science and mathematics to create new products that enhance and improve quality of life across the world. This integrated master’s course will give you an extra edge in today’s competitive job market.  

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

The MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering course will allow you to explore this subject in greater depth, with a specialised final year that leads to a master of engineering qualification.

Thanks to the recovering economy and advancements in technology, graduates are in high demand globally meaning there has never been a better time to enter the industry.

97% of students are satisfied overall with the their course and 100% of students say that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2016)

  

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

 

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Department / Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Book an Open Day / Experience Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons)

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This course will teach you about all aspects of electrical and electronic engineering, with a focus on engineering mathematics, programming and practical skills as well as the fundamentals of electrical, electronics and energy systems.

You will be given an in-depth understanding of this subject before spending your final year broadening your knowledge of mathematics and management, in addition to deepening your knowledge in your chosen discipline.

Learning is delivered via a range of methods such as lectures, seminars and laboratory-based sessions. Assessments are primarily undertaken in the form of exams, in addition to assignments or laboratory work.

Thanks to our accreditation with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this course’s content has been cohesively designed to satisfy the expectation of this industry and fully meet the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.  

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Northumbria University is a pioneer in renewable energy technology and your course will be taught by our specialist team of academics who integrate their uniquely informed industry-leading research into all areas of their teaching.

Our staff specialise in a broad range of subject areas, from computer programming to wireless communication systems. Being able to tailor your module options in your course will allow you to closely align yourself with academics in with key specialisms, allowing you to learn from the industry-leaders of your field.

All of our teaching team will be on-hand throughout every step of your degree, providing guidance and support to ensure you graduate confident and ready to enter into employment or further study. 

Staff / Meet the Team

We are an enthusiastic, committed, knowledgeable and likeable staff team, who are here to motivate you and propel you through your degree and beyond.

Book an Open Day / Experience Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons)

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Throughout the duration of your degree you will have access to Northumbria University’s leading facilities.

You will also be able to utilise our state-of-the-art Electrical and Electronics Lab, where you can gain practical experience of high-spec signal generators and dedicated measurement equipment. You will also gain experience of using the National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) to measure and control signal voltages.

All of your course’s supporting documentation will be available on our e-Learning Portal, Blackboard, which is accessible at all times. This enables you to support your own learning and self-development. 

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Facilities

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has modern laboratory and computing resources for learning, teaching, research, innovation and business engagement.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons)

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At Northumbria your learning will be enhanced through the contact with research-active Electrical and Electronic staff as well as our strong research groups throughout the modules and research projects. This MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering course has been constructed based on their subject knowledge and the original research they have undertaken at both national and international levels. This learning contributes to an outstanding student experience, whilst supporting research and underpinning successful partnerships and collaborative working with external organisations. You will associate to a research group to learn and accelerate your research skills. The expertise will include, but not limited to: 

  • Power system and renewable energy
  • Mobile communications
  • Sensor system

Electrical and Electronics research power at Northumbria is highly ranked in the last UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.

 

Research / Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

From statistics to complex and nonlinear phenomena, astrophysics to smart materials, and communications to renewable energy, the pioneering research in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering focuses on a wide range of issues.

Book an Open Day / Experience Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons)

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This course will equip you with all of the skills, knowledge and practical experience to progress your future career.

You will leave with a strong understanding of electrical and electronic engineering, alongside the technical, analytical and practical skills required to work within this industry.

Employability skills are embedded throughout all areas of this degree, with a key emphasis on communicating ideas cohesively in oral and written formats, IT skills, time management, problem solving and independent learning.

The MEng Electrical and Electronic degree is highly valued by employers thanks to our accreditation with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons)

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Previous graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Intel, Motorola, Siemens and Triumph.

This course’s accreditation with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will enable to you meet the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer, in addition to ensuring you have completed your first step on the path to becoming a Chartered Engineer, an accreditation that will give you access to additional global job opportunities. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Who would this Course suit?

Would you like to distinguish yourself from the crowd and take your passion for electrical and electronic engineering to master’s level? This course could be for you. 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels including Mathematics and a GCE/VCE A level in another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology)

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology) 

Irish Highers:

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology) 

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma in Engineering including 18 units at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

 

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

120 UCAS Tariff pointsFrom a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:A level Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology), or recognised equivalents

GCSE Requirements:

Additional Requirements:

International Qualifications:We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1:£15,000

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**:TBC

Undergraduate fees are set by Government and are subject to annual review. Once these have been approved we will update fees/funding information for UK and EU students.

International Fee in Year 1:£15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

AdjustmentIf an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from CareNorthumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

Engineering Mathematics (Core,20 Credits)

The module will provide you with a first level course in engineering mathematics. Fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and calculus are reviewed. Your knowledge of calculus will be extended and complex numbers, matrices, vectors and differential equations are studied. Outline SyllabusBasic calculus Derivative as slope and rate of change, standard derivatives; product, quotient and function of a function rules; integrationas reverse of differentiation, standard integrals, area under a curve; solution of simple differential equations by direct integration.Complex numbersexponential form, with multiplication and division. De Moivre's theorem (powers and roots). Locus problems.CalculusImplicit, parametric and logarithmic differentiation. Maxima and minima. MacLaurin's series. Partial differentiation, first order change, analysis of errors, method of least squares. Integration techniques (substitution, partial fractions, by parts) and simple applications of integration.Matrices and DeterminantsSecond and third order determinants, evaluation, properties, Cramer's Rule for solution of simultaneous equations; matrices, addition, subtraction, multiplication, transpose, inverse (via adjoint), solution of simultaneous linear equations by matrix inversion.VectorsSum, difference, magnitude, components, Cartesian representation in three dimensions; scalar and vector products, angle between vectors, application to simple geometrical and physical problems.Differential Equations Solution of first order by separation of variables and integrating factor; second order with constant coefficients, auxiliaryequation, complementary function, particular integral by substitution, applications to, for example, mass-spring-damper and/or L-C-R circuits.

Computer Programming (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module you will cover the design and development of C based code for both a standard PC and an embedded system (typically the Arduino).The module syllabus us based but not exclusively on the following:• Introduction of computer systems, the architecture and types from standard PCs to embedded systems,• Code development from specifications through Pseudo code to a top-down or bottom-up based design,• Language operators for example, if-then-else, switch-case, do-while, for,• Data types for systems including bit length, and data pointer structures and use,• Use of information hiding in functions, with strongly typed designs,• File system access for a PC and for an embedded system where files may be more abstract handles,• Controlling hardware on an embedded system for example and ADC or DAC on a microcontroller,• The use of IO lines and interrupt structures in low level programming.Typically the learning in the module will be based on simple case studies and example such that the above knowledge can be applied to solve a real world problem within a defined engineering context. An example of such a real world problem would be a Traffic Light controller, or Home Burglar Alarm system.

Within the digital electronics aspect of this module the student will learnThe operation of logic gates AND,NAND,OR,NOR,XOR.The use of truth tables and logic gates to solve combinational logic problems.Boolean algebra and the use of Boolean algebra to simplify logic expressions prior to implementation.The use of Karnaugh maps to simplify logic expressions prior to implementation.Implementation of adders/subtractors using logic gates.Using logic gates to implement S-R flip flop, J-K flip flop and D-type flip flop.Using flip flops to develop asynchronous counters and shift registers.Within the communication aspects of this module the student will learna) Basic telephone systemsIntroduction to POTS, ISDN, VOIPand emerging telephone systems.Telephone line encoding technology, A-law, u-law companding and Analogue to Digital conversion ADC , Digital to Analogue conversion DAC techniques. b) Basic Network SystemsEthernet frames and IP addressing.Current physical layer technologies for example Ethernet, Witeless Ethernet, Bluetooth, Zigbee

Electricity, Magnetism and Electronics (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to fundamental electromagnetism, electrical circuit theory and analogue electronics. Through a combination of lectures, labs and technology-enhanced resources, you will learn to analyse basic DC and AC circuits and to familiarise with fundamental electronic components such as operational amplifiers and semiconductor diodes. This module will provide you with core knowledge, and experimental, numerical and analytical skills to tackle problems in electrical and electronic principles, thus establishing firm foundations for future employability. Electricity and Magnetism (25%) Electric charge: conductors, insulators and semiconductors. Electrostatics: Coulomb's law and the electric field; Concept of electric potential and its relation to the electric field; Energy stored in an electric field; Application to a capacitor and link to capacitance. Magnetostatics: Forces arising between wires carrying electric currents; concept of the magnetic field; Ampere’s Law; geometrical statement of the Biot-Savart law; the B field around a wire; the right-hand rule. DC and AC Circuit Theory (50%) Introduction to ideal linear elements: resistor, inductor and capacitor. Transient currents across ideal elements. Current and voltage division rule. Applications of superposition: Kirchhoff’s law. Properties of sinusoidal and periodic waveforms, average, RMS values. Phasors and phasor diagrams, and j operator. Complex impedance, impedance diagrams. Applications to series circuits. Power in AC circuits, power factor, apparent power, active power, and reactive power. Complex admittance and applications to parallel circuits. Series and parallel RLC circuits. Frequency response and resonance in simple RLC circuits. Analogue Electronics (25%) Introduction to the properties of an ideal operational amplifier. Simple inverting and non-inverting applications using virtual earth principles. Properties and parameters of a non-ideal op-amplifier including gain-bandwidth and off-sets. Op-amplifier applications including summing, integrator and differentiator. Linear and non-linear applications.

Fundamentals of Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of energy and power. The underlying electrical engineering, physics and mathematics is illustrated using examples from electricity generation, distribution and storage. Focus is given to sources of sustainable energy amidst current concerns about climate change, finite natural resources and energy security.IntroductionBasic SI units. Kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion and force. Work, kinetic and potential energy, and power. Conservation of energy. Circular motion. Basic electromagnetism. Electric charge: conductors, insulators and semiconductors. Electric field. Electrostatic potential energy and potential. Magnetic field of an infinitely long straight wire, magnetic flux density. Forces on a current carrying conductor on a magnetic field. Electric motors. Force on charged particles in a magnetic field. Electromagnetic induction: Faraday’s law and Lenz’s law. Electric generator.Three phase power and power electronic devicesProduction of three-phase power. Phase and line voltages and currents in star and delta systems. Earthing on low-voltage systems. Measurements of three-phase power. Introduction to single-phase transformer: principle, construction, referring of impedances, losses and efficiency, and equivalent circuit. Power electronic switching devices: Rectifiers, MOSFET, transistor, IGBT, and thyristor. Single-phase rectifier circuits,Power generation, energy efficiency and energy storageConventional power generation: gas and coal-fired power stations, combined heat and power, IGCC, nuclear power. Generating plant performance. Load curve and load factor. Fundamentals of power transmission and distribution. Wind energy and the Betz limit. Solar spectrum, p-n junction, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal. Introduction to marine technologies. Efficiency of renewable energy systems. Energy storage technologies.

Research, Analysis and Presentation (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to gathering research data from either laboratory or reference material, analysing the acquired data in an appropriate manner and then presenting the key findings. Formal training in experimental techniques acquired in this module will support your professional and personal skills.ResearchResearch methods will demonstrate where and how to gather information; researching for knowledge and information which can be applied to generate solutions to real world problems. The ability to select from a number of research methods is important for example the ability to research a method to design simple laboratory tests.AnalysisCorrect use of units and symbols for physics and engineering along with the use of data analysis techniques. Specific techniques may include for example: mean and standard deviation, simple regressive techniques, log – log and log linear relationships, and error analysis. Simple measurement techniques for example measuring: velocity, voltage, current and power. Key factors in measurement include the need to analyse: accuracy, errors, resolution and the need for calibration.PresentationKey communication skills in report writing, lab book writing (of laboratory data), and the presentation of information both visually via graphs and diagrams, and using text. A number of key skills are in focus here namely the highlighting of key findings and drawing suitable conclusions from a piece of work. Both written and oral presentation skills are exemplified.Computation You will be introduced to suitable computational packages for data analysis and processing in physics and engineering, for example, ORCAD and MATLAB.

Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide You with a basic course in Laplace Transforms, their use in solving ordinary differential equations arising from physical problems, and their use in describing the behaviour of simple control systems. You will be introduced to the concept of the harmonic components of a periodic waveform and be shown how this is useful in matching general solutions of partial differential equations to particular boundary or initial conditions. The solution of systems of linear ordinary differential equations using matrix methods will also be considered.The module will be delivered using a combination of lectures and seminars.Assessment is by formal examination.Outline SyllabusLaplace Transforms: Definition, simple transforms, linearity. First shift theorem. Inverse transforms, linearity, use of the first shift theorem and partial fractions. Transforms of derivatives. Transforms of an integral. The Heaviside Unit Step function. The second shift theorem. Solution of linear ordinary differential equations with constant coefficients, including systems of such equations. The Delta function and the Impulse Response function; transfer function. Initial and final-value theorems. Convolution and the convolution theorem. Poles of the transfer function and stability. Steady-state response. (50%)Periodic functions and Fourier series. Full-range and half-range series. Even and odd functions.Coefficients in complex form. Application to the solution of partial differential equations by the method of separation of variables. (25%)Matrices, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Algebraic evaluation of the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix. Application to the solution of asystem of linear ordinary differential equations. (25%)

Analogue Electronics and Instrumentation (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn on module key technical content around two themes that of analogue electronics and instrumentation. These are important topics for electrical engineering covering the key basics of analogue design and the use of analogue signals used in instrumentation. Amplifiers and signal conditioning devices will be covered that convert the sensor output into usable signals for typical process control platforms. Operational amplifiers will be used extensively in the module, leading up to an understanding of discrete electronic transistor design.Operational Amplifiers - Operational amplifier applications applied to instrumentation signals, active filter circuits, and instrumentation amplifiers. Filter considerations including magnitude and phase bode diagrams, and compensation methods.Sensors - Temperature, strain and light sensor systems looking into devices and signals. Additional sensors considered may also include slot encoders, accelerometers and hall-effect devices.Instrumentation - Amplifiers and signal conditioning demonstrates the ability for signal conversion and used in real world environments. Operational amplifiers will be expanded upon with the design of the instrumentation amplifier to highlight the performance improvements. Noise analysis will be introduced to show how instrumentation techniques reduce this phenomenon.Discrete Electronics - Operational amplifiers are made from discrete elements; these building blocks will be explained include the Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs) and the Field Effect Transistor (FET). Biasing and amplifier design for these will be shown, with more advanced introduction to performance analysis using Monticarlo simulations. Transistor applications may include current sources, current sinks, and differential input stages.

C Programming and Digital Systems (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to further develop your capabilities in the areas of digital systems and C programming, building on the hardware and software design and development techniques covered in previous related module(s). In the area of digital systems, you will learn how to design, specify and apply digital combinatorial and sequential building blocks in isolation, and also as part of a larger system. The module provides an introduction to an industry standard Hardware Description Language (HDL), and shows how it can be used to describe, at the gate and equation level, digital functions such as decoders, multiplexers, encoders, shift registers and counters. You are given the opportunity to explore designs by means of simulation using industry standard design tools. The underlying architecture and technology of programmable logic devices is covered along with their use as a target for digital designs described using a HDL, the latter activity being covered during the workshops. You will also cover other practical aspects of digital hardware design, such as logic hazards, propagation delays and interfacing.You will use the C programming language to program a microcontroller to perform hardware control as an alternative to using digital hardware. CAD tools will be used to develop and simulate the C programs, as well as the programming of a microcontroller to implement given specifications. In this way you will learn how modern electronic systems can be programmed for both hardware and software based solutions to meet a range of applications.Specifically, you will cover the following aspects in the C programming part of the module:Computing in the C language on a microcontroller platform (such as the Arduino©)Introduction to the microcontroller; program memory, ram memory, special function registers, I/O ports, control and status registers. Using the C language to program a microcontroller, limitations of a C program using a microcontroller.Typical microcontroller circuits to read digital inputs and output to digital outputs using the C programming language. Use of C language bit masking to control output bits in a microcontroller system. Use of bit masking in C to read digital inputs in a microcontroller system. Controlling peripheral devices in a microcontroller; such as an Analogue to digital converter (ADC), a Hardware Timer, using serial I/O in a microcontroller. Identifying bit range in ADC devices as well as estimating signal to noise limits in particular applications. Developing microcontroller applications for particular specifications such as a Traffic Lights controller, a Home Alarm system, a system to determine object distance using an Ultrasonic transmitter and receiver. All of the above will enhance your skills and future employability.

Communication Systems (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about electronic communications. Within this module you will learn how to transfer information successfully from the sender to the receiver (and vice versa) using a number of mediums including electrical, radio or optical signals. There are two key themes of electronic communications that you will study which are Analogue communication and Digital communication. In both themes you will learn a number of key engineering processes that are fundamental to communications. In analogue communications you will learn the key physical and electronic processes necessary to transfer information in an analogue form. You will also explore current technologies and techniques in radio and satellite communications. In the digital communications topic, the knowledge that you learn in analogue communications will be expanded to a higher level to allow you to understand the key requirements for digital communication. Three key areas within these two topics are identified:ANALOGUE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMSAmplitude Modulation; comparison of various forms of AM, demodulation, frequency and phase insertion errors, examples and applications. Frequency modulation; NBFM, WBFM, spectra and bandwidth, examples and applications. Transmission and reception circuits. Attenuation in radio systems. Modern systems and standards.DIGITAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS Spectra of rectangular waveforms, bit rates, baud rates and relationship to bandwidth. ISI, line codes and shaping. ASK, FSK, PSK, generation and demodulation, spectrum and bandwidth. Comparison of bandwidth and power. Quadrature carrier systems. OSI reference model. Asynchronous and synchronous networks. The serial data link. Protocols. FDM and TDM multiplexing. Parity and CRC principles and implementation. Networks. IP addressingOPTICAL SYSTEMS

Power Machine and Renewable Energy (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to the principles of operation of power systems, and enhance your knowledge of electrical machinery, power electronics andrenewable energy. It will also allow you to consider the interaction between these system components. A power network typically integrates power generators, distribution grid, transformers, transmission lines, and loads. This module provides you with an introduction to power system structure, and the principles of electrical machines. Moreover, low-carbon energy sources have increasingly contributed to the current power network, and power electronics play a key role in energy conversion. Therefore, the module also provides you with an introduction to renewable energy, and power electronics. Specifically, you will learn the following from this module:POWER SYSTEMS (30%): Principles and consturction of single-phase transformers, equivalent circuits, efficiency and regulation, open and short circuit tests, connections of 3-phase transformers, and vector groups. Basics of powers, and power flow. Per unit systems and fundamentals of balanced fault level calculations.ELECTRIC MACHINES (30%): Principles and construction of DC machines, equivalent circuit, starting and speed control. Principles and construction of induction machines, expressions for speed of rotating field and slip, rotor power balance, torque-slip curve, and modern control techniques.POWER ELECTRONICS (20%): RENEWABLE ENERGY (20%): Overview of electricity generation technologies from new and renewable energy, current contributions and future prospects. Operating principles, types, characteristics and comparison of features for hydro, photovoltaics, wind, combined heat and power, fuel cells, tidal and marine power plants. Applications of rotating machines (generators) and power electronics in renewable energy conversion systems.

Electrical Product Development (Core,20 Credits)

This module provides you with the knowledge and skills required to research, design, implement and manage the development of an electrical/electronic product. Specifically this will involve:- Project management and the use of Gantt charts, the product life cycle and project costing.- The use of NORA to search for current articles, research current market trends, formulate ideas, assist with project development, and the use of Endnote to assist article citation.- Project specification development, project design, use of simulation tools to prove design, design analysis, design for manufacturing.- Standards and legal issues -market and technical risk assessment. End of life considerations.- Ethical aspects, social aspects and environmental aspects of electrical/electronic engineering product development.- Susceptibility, quality and reliability with regard to electrical/electronic engineering product development.- Engineering report writing, style and content.

International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional,60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one semester as part of your programme.This is a 60 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as an additional 60 credits for Engineering and Environment Study Abroad Semester.

International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme. This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one semester work placement as part of your programme.You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme. This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the placement is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 20 weeks.

Power Systems (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and the ability to analyse the components of a modern power system. It allows you to study the components and operation of power systems, highlighting the principles, design, control, performance limits and protection from abnormal conditions. The theory, control and the properties of alternators, transmission lines, switchgear and protection will also be covered. Commercial issues surrounding the economics of power generation, electricity market and quality of supply are also explored.This module also gives you the opportunity to critically analyse and develop an understanding of practical design and implementation issues, such as load flow, fault and stability studies together with methods for voltage and frequency control, including the use of modern FACTS technologies. These and other topics will be reinforced by the use of real-world examples and case studies, with emphasis on the use of modern technologies in power systems.

Individual Engineering Project (Core,40 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to carry out an extended study in a specific area of Engineering, developing your ability to work independently and promoting self-reliance. Guidance on how to source and assess the appropriateness of information is provided to you by the module tutor. A key aim is to encourage you to apply theoretical and analytical techniques to problem solve. The module also aims to develop both verbal and written communication skills. The project will provide practical experience of drawing up a project specification defining aims, objectives and identifying an envisaged endpoint. With the supervisor’s guidance, you will prepare a project plan that includes a Gantt chart, project background and sourcing previous work and associated theory/simulation to assess whether the aims and objectives are achievable and that your theoretical basis is sound. To meet University requirements and gain practical experience, you must perform a risk assessment to identify potential risks/hazards associated with the project. You will follow the defined plan to complete the project that will involve the application of appropriate theory and simulations leading to the production of prototype designs. You will be encouraged to monitor your progress based upon the project plan and complete the design cycle by testing and redesign, if necessary. A final project report and verbal/poster presentation to the supervisor, second markers and peers are required towards the end of the module. You must maintain contact with the supervisor on a regular basis to: discuss/assess progress and obtain advice.

Design and Manufacturing Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with an analytical approach to the issues around both the design and manufacturing of electronic or electrical products. In this respect you have two clear sections, linked by an analysis approach to determine functionality within the bounds of manufacturability.Design Analysis• Operational amplifier construction with a view to component reduction and therefore performance degradation. Analysis is therefore required to pinpoint the performance of sub-optimal designs with suitable engineering compromises being found.• Differential amplifier structures as applied to Instrumentation design, is explored with mathematical rigor to establish their fundamental performance limits.• Circuit design (typically filters) with consideration of the circuit performance when non-ideal components are used.• Other complex analysis methods are introduced including: Sensitivity analysis, Tolerance analysis, and Monticarlo analysis.Manufacturing Analysis1. Electronics Manufacturing Yield - the performance of electronic yield predictions, with typical examples provided from Integrated Circuit Manufacture.2. Reliability in Electronics Manufacturing - electronic reliability under the factors of cost, performance availability3. Waste Management in Electronic Components - green electronic issues and legislation which affect both electronic product design andmanufacturing aspects,

Digital Signal Processing Systems (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to make use of the knowledge and analytic skills developed throughout the programme to design modern digital signal processing systems. In this module you will learn:• The fundamental concepts of discrete-time signals and systems.• The fundamental mathematical transforms for time-domain and frequency domain representations.• The design of digital filters; finite impulse filter and infinite impulse filter.• The practical implementation of digital filters in simulation and hardware.

Embedded Systems (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the architecture, and how to program a high performance microcontroller - ARM M0+ cortex.Specifically this will include:- A detailed investigation of the ARM cortex series of microcontrollers, including architecture, peripherals and capabilities.- Using ARM IDE development tools to compose, compile and fault find programs written in a high level programming language ('C').- Features of the ARM microcontroller that will be considered are:- Clock generation - internal/external- USART, SPI, I2C - serial communications- Timers

Digital System Design and Implementation (Optional,20 Credits)

The module aims to show you how to design and implement digital systems using a range of powerful techniques and tools, such as Finite State Machines (FSMs) and Programmable Logic. A central theme of the module is the use of a Hardware Description Language (HDL), and how it can be used to describe and verify a digital design at a behavioural level. Practical sessions, involving the use of industry standard simulation, synthesis and implementation software, will be used to provide experience of the complete digital system design flow, from concept to realisation. In addition to the use of HDLs, this module also considers some of the key low-level aspects of digital systems, including Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) circuits and their performance and optimisation using circuit-level simulation.This module also aims to develop your understanding of practical design and implementation issues, such as testing and ‘Design-for-Test’. These and other topics will be reinforced by the use of real-world case examples and designs.The commercial issues surrounding digital system realisation using a variety of technologies will be explored, with emphasis on Programmable Logic. The design of FSMs is methodically introduced and synchronous and asynchronous FSMs are covered. The Petri Net is also introduced and used to create both sequential and parallel based FSMs. All these FSM methouds are used to synthesise particular digital systems to meet required specifications.This module will provide you with the skills you require to practice digital system design in an industrial context, making use of real-world design problems and industry standard software. Case studies, based on industrial consultancy work carried out by academic staff, will be used as examples to enhance your employability.

Wireless and RF Systems Design (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to the theory, design and analysis of RF and wireless communication systems. Wireless communication will be delivered via two key curriculum themes of Microwave circuit design and Antenna design.All modern high frequency mobile communication systems can be split into two distinct sections. The first key section if the design of circuitry to generate and modify the performance of RF signals. This part will be covered in the microwave circuit design part of this module and will cover the key concepts of microwave circuit design for wireless and RF systems. Once the RF signal has been generated, it must then be converted to a signal that can be transmitted through air. This is the second key concept to be covered in this module – namely antenna design. The antenna design section covers the key principles of transmitting an RF signal through free space. The antenna design topic also examines the key concepts of antenna design related to modern communication systems, including mobile telephone systems from 1G to 4G. Two key areas within these two topics are identified:Microwave circuit designTransmission Line Basics, Smith Chart, Impedance Matching techniques, Lumped Elements, Impedance / Admittance parameters, ABCD parameters , S-parameters, Passive microwave circuits.Antenna design Basic antenna parameters, outline of antenna types, wires, apertures, dishes, patch antennas, antennas required formobile systems, Structure of Cellular systems. Base station design, Typical RF transmitter layout, Antenna types for mobile handset and base stations. Factors affecting reception.

Optical Communications System Design (Optional,20 Credits)

The module will provide the knowledge and skills for you in two key themes of optical fibre and optical wireless communications. These are essential topics for communications pathway in electrical and electronics engineering programme that cover the fundamentals and advanced optical system designs in both fibre and wireless systems. Optical fibre communications provides the backbone for long-haul and medium range telecommunications that offers ultrahigh data transmission capacity whereas optical wireless communications is an emerging technology that enables data transmission via light, either in infrared or visible light band using laser and/or light emitting diode (LED) for indoor and short range communications system.Through the module syllabus you will learn:Fundamental optical fibre/wireless communications includes- Introduction to the optical wire/wireless communications system and the overall design- Identification of system elements, subsystems and required specifications- Optical transmitter design, optical propagation channel, effect on the optical fibre, effect on the optical wireless channel, noise and losses, optical receiver design.System design includes: multiple access techniques, system design and performance evaluation, analysis of the practical and industrial optical communications system

Instrumentation and Control of Dynamical Systems (Optional,20 Credits)

This module shows you how to use modern control design techniques based on state-space differential equations governing a dynamical system. You will also cover instrumentation techniques that are required for practical implementation of control algorithms. Upon completion of the module, you will be able to design instrumentation and control systems; implement and evaluate them using relevant software packages. There are two main themes:ControlClassical control design and analysis. PID control and pole placement methods, Bode and Nyquist plots, Laplace transforms and z-transforms. Modelling of dynamical systems including for example: magnetic levitation, chemical processes, sustainable energy systems, particle detection, satellite positioning and the gyroscope. State feedback control design: state-space representation of systems, linear controllability and observability and rank condition. Linear feedback control design. Stability: asymptotic and global asymptotic stability, Lyapunov stability and Lyapunov equation. Estimation: Luenberger observer design. Digital control: Different equations, sampling effect in computers, ADC, DAC, ZOH, Z-transfer function, compensator design, stability analysis. Use of Matlab and Simulink software for simulation of control algorithms. Systems representation of instrumentation systems. Modelling of measurement systems including the effects of sensors.InstrumentationRange, span, nonlinearity, hysteresis, resolution, ageing effects. Dynamic modelling of sensors using transfer functions and state-space methods. Signal conditioning: loading effects, bridge circuits, correction of non-linearity, effects of feedback, amplifier limitations. Noise and interference in instrumentation systems and estimation of errors. Signal recovery from noise interference. Computerised data acquisition systems including ADCs and a range of modern instrumentation protocols. Use of microcontrollers and inversion techniques. Use of Matlab and Simulink for simulation of instrumentation systems.

Engineering Technology Management (Core,20 Credits)

This module is intended to broaden your knowledge and understanding of business and management considerations necessary in modern industry and research establishments.A central theme of the module will be the use of complexity and systems science for evaluating and managing organisations. This requires several individual, yet linked, skills that must be applied if an industry, business or project, is to be successful and satisfy the internal and external constraints placed upon it. External constraints fall in the category of legislation, ethics and employment law. Internally, organisations need to encompass operational processes, management of change and innovation, whilst implementing a strategic approach to business success in a global context. You will develop understanding of portfolio of management strategies and methods, to apply to diverse business contexts and dynamics. In addition, you will build up leadership skill, i.e. social and ethical awareness, to diagnose situations and to act in a contextually appropriate way.

Applied Engineering Statistics (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will develop and apply the statistical techniques required for the analysis and modelling of engineering systems.In the first half of the Semester the module is delivered through a series of lectures, with accompanying seminars, on requisite material, followed in the second half by assessed independent and group work associated with two case studies, assessed either by a PowerPoint or poster presentation. You will receive on-going formative feedback during seminars in the first half of the semester, with both written and verbal feedback of their assessed work in the second half. The two statistical modelling case studies will focus on regression analysis and time series, which are commonly required in engineering disciplines.Outline SyllabusStatistical methodsGeneralised linear and non linear models. Curvilinear and non linear regression models. Analysis of variance and linear logistic model. Testing of model suitability. (40%)Operational research and time seriesTime series characteristics. Trends, moving averages and stationarity. Autocorrelation and tests of randomness. Queuing theory and its application. (40%)Use of appropriate statistical software (e.g. R).

Wind Energy Conversion Systems (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will consider the current practices and technological advances in the design, control, mathematical modelling, and performance optimisation of modern Wind Energy Conversion Systems. You will gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of the main concepts, methodologies and future developments in this field. The module syllabus includes, but is not limited to, the following topics: wind energy resource; operating principles, characteristics and types of wind turbines; commercial and emerging distributed wind generators; power electronic converter topologies for variable speed systems; turbine aero-dynamics and manufacturing; grid-connected and stand-alone applications; research and development aspects; environmental and social context and issues; regulations and standards; economics, employment opportunities etc.

Advanced Embedded System Design Technology (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will cover the broad topic of Microprocessors and Microcontrollers and how they are used in Embedded Systems. This will involve investigating processor architectures, operating modes and interfacing to peripherals. Examples of structures from current industrial vendors such as ATMEL, ARM, and Microchip will be explored and examined. You will consider the hardware design and development of embedded microcontroller systems, including implementations for controlling both internal and external interfaces and peripherals. Careful examination of Real-Time control issues, interrupts and microcontroller interactions will be analysed. This will allow you to be able to design the necessary hardware for microcontroller-based systems to meet a client’s specification.To support the implementation of hardware designs software development of Embedded Microcontroller Systems will be employed looking at both low level assembly language/machine code programming through to C programming. The techniques employed will cover code generation procedures, structured programming techniques, reusable library functions and top down/bottom up programming methods. All these techniques will be applied case studies based upon industrial research activities. Typical applications include:These will cover areas such as temperature monitoring, algorithmic techniques; message passing systems and communication protocols.Microcontroller technology has a broad range of applications within industry and research environments. Employing the use of a sophisticated ARM module exposes students to the diverse implementations, of such modules, and provides the key technical skills required by industry essential to modern digital and communication systems.

Digital Design Automation (Optional,20 Credits)

This module provides you with a working knowledge of the tools, languages and methodologies used in the design and realisation of modern electronic systems.A central theme of the module will be the use of industry standard Hardware Description Languages, such as Verilog-HDL and its extensions, to capture, at various levels of abstraction, the behaviour and structure of digital, analogue and mixed-signal systems (AMS). Syntax and semantics of digital language will be examined in order to create combinational and sequential building blocks that are compatible with logic synthesis using programmable logic design tools. You will get the opportunity to realise your designs using programmable hardware (CPLD and FPGA) in the workshop.You will gain experience of System Level Design by learning about, and making use of, an advanced hardware description and verification language such as System Verilog.The use of simulation, as a means of exploring the complex interactions within a system, will be a central theme of the module.In addition, design realisation (using Logic Synthesis) and implementation will be used to target programmable logic devices with the digital part of a design.In Analogue and mixed signal simulation you will develop behavioural models of analogue and mixed-signal components and integrate these into a system model in order to perform verification and exploration of design interactions and trade-offs.The skills provided by this module are essential academic, practical and professional skills demanded by industry and research for the design of digital and mixed signal systems. This applies both to the general electronic systems but also to communications system development.

Photovoltaic System Technology (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about the principles of photovoltaic (PV) system, design, operation and application. This will include consideration of the system components and the design and configuration of the solar array, together with examples of stand-alone, grid-connected and space applications. The module will also help you to appreciate the issues relating to the implementation of photovoltaic systems. The topics within the module syllabus include:• PV arrays and system components• Grid connected PV systems, including large scale and building integrated systems• Stand-alone PV systems and applications• Concentrator PV systems• Monitoring and performance analysis

Interdisciplinary Team Engineering Project (Core,40 Credits)

This module provides you with the opportunity to take an integrated approach to the application of both your specialist and non-specialist knowledge and skills within an industrial or research based project. You will work in a team around a substantial interdisciplinary (e.g. electrical, mechanical and control engineering) project involving the development of a product, from concept to design and fabrication through to critical evaluation and redesign.This project will provide you with enhanced preparation for professional practice, integrate technical expertise with business, commercial, ethical and social concerns and provide experience of working across engineering disciplines. You will also have the opportunity to develop team leadership attributes.

Wireless Communication Systems (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to the concepts, structure and organisation of wireless communications from a system point of view, thus illustrating the theoretical concepts and their application in practical scenarios. Wireless communication systems including the old analogue as well all digital technologies based on the optical and radio frequencies will be introduced. In addition, You will learn about the fundamental theoretical concepts for both radio and optical based wireless communications. The module syllabus:• Communication Regulation: Regulating authorities; standards organisation; frequency spectrum, and power usage• Radio Communication: System and subsystem specifications for radio based communication including antennas and propagation mechanisms; cellular wireless systems, traffic engineering; noise and interference; noise factor and cascaded systems; wireless channel; link budget calculations; frequency re-use; GSM; multi-path propagation.• Optical Wireless Communications: Including the concept of indoor optical wireless systems; diffused and line of sight links; optical channel characteristics; noise sources; and optical path link budgets.• Digital Communication: M-ary modulation and demodulation; coherent and non-coherent systems; signalling space and constellation diagrams; BER performance of different modulation formats; matched filter detection.• Multiplexing and Multiple Access: TDM, FDM, TDMLA, FDMA and CDMA.The syllabus will allow you to understand and pursue careers of communication system design and deployment within the telecommunications industry. This module together with other modules such as the high level system design and high level digital / analogue circuit design will give you the skills and expertise required within the telecommunications and computer network industries, as well as preparing you to do further studies in the this and relevant fields.

Optical Communications System (Optional,20 Credits)

The module will provide you with the knowledge and skills in system design around two key themes of optical fibre and optical wireless communications. These are essential topics for modern telecommunications and cover advanced optical system designs as well as including industrial standards in both fibre and wireless systems. Optical fibre communications provides the backbone long-haul and medium range telecommunications that offers ultrahigh data transmission capacity whereas optical wireless communications is an emerging technology. This technology enables data transmission, either in the infrared or visible light bands, employing lasers or light emitting diodes (LED) for indoor and short range communications system.The module syllabus covers the technical analysis of optical fibre and wireless communications both at a system and sub-system level. Performance calculations and design considerations are covered, specifically in the areas of optical transmitters and receivers, Careful examination of performance limiters will be defined and methods to offset them will be explored and analysed for optimum design. These limiters include such effects as modulation, noise, dispersion, modal transmission, multipath effects, diffusion, fog, turbulence, smoke etc.System performance is developed and explored to maximise the capability of a communication channel covering such aspects as link budgets, multiplexing techniques, BER analysis etc. allowing the performance criteria being characterised to meet a system specificationWith these developed skills and knowledge you will be able to undertake the design and analysis of a complex optical communication system, making judicial choices and improvements.

Analogue Electronic Design (Optional,20 Credits)

Within this module you will learn some of the key design and development skills needed for analogue electronics. The module will run through a number of fundamental building blocks of circuit design to enable you to design and develop from a high level abstraction in circuit design. The module supports this learning though the use of specific tools mixed in with key design theory along with practical lab based skills for the development and design of analogue circuitry using optimisation techniques.Computer Aided Design (CAD)Experimentation based on the use and application of an industry standard CAD package (for example, OrCAD or Mentor Graphics). Use of CAD tools to experiment with a number of circuit structures to derive their function and application inside of an abstract CAD environment.Components, Bipolar device operation and modelling in association with passive components. The design needs for the layout of components, including some of the key parameters needed for modelling inside a CAD environment.Analogue DesignDesign of fundamental analogue cell structures, including switches, active resistors, current sources and current sinks. The design of current mirrors from basic to more advanced supply voltage independent mirrors, and voltage and current references. Integrated circuit level design of the building blocks of communications, for example, low noise amplifiers, mixers, phase locked loops and oscillators.

Power Electronics and Drive Systems (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with thorough understanding and knowledge of existing and new concepts and technologies in electrical power engineering with emphasis on design and industrial applications of power electronics and electric motor drives. You will cover the principles of advanced control techniques as applied to these systems. The module is specifically concerned with the following subjects: power electronics devices and conventional converter topologies; pulse-width-modulation (PWM) techniques; state of the art practical switching power converters; power quality and harmonic analysis of various power conversion systems; power electronics control of renewable energy sources including solar, wind, and fuel-cell energy systems as well as electric and hybrid vehicles; electric machines and drives fundamentals; space-vector theory, control and applications of DC and AC drives; vector and field-oriented control of high performance induction and synchronous motor drives; applications and efficiency of electric drives; regulations, standards and other professional issues.

Smart Grids (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to deepen your understanding and ability to study existing electrical power distribution networks and to consider new concepts and technologies for future ‘smart grid’ power networks. Emphasis will be given to the integration of renewable energy resources, electric vehicles, enabling technologies and the quality of supply. The module also covers advanced power electronics controllers and ICT techniques as applied to the smart grid.This module also gives you the opportunity to critically analyse and develop an understanding of practical design and implementation issues, such as, quality of supply, cost considerations, regulations and standards.Topics covered will be reinforced by the use of real-world examples and case studies.

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