Computer Systems and Networks Engineering BEng (Hons)
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This course offers a balanced programme of computer hardware, interface electronics, programming for real-time and embedded systems and telecommunications - all of which are supported by basic modules in analysis, software and database design.
5 reasons to study here
- Professional accreditation: Accredited by Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the IEE) under licence from the Engineering Council, and offers fast track progression to Chartered Engineer status.
- Sophisticated software: Gain a wealth of experience in using industry-standard equipment, computer programming and simulation packages.
- European study: You can choose to spend your third year studying with our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, in Germany.
- Work experience: Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.
- Innovative research: No. 1 London Modern Uni for Research Quality - Computing, Sunday Times League Table 2017.
This degree course covers...
You'll gain experience in using industry-standard equipment and simulation packages. You'll also take apart, rebuild and configure a PC at sub-component level and carry out assignments in network configuration and management. This course covers:
- computer engineering
- engineering mathematics
- data networks
- communications systems
- software engineering
- network technologies
Methods of assessment for course overall: 44% coursework
- Engineering mathematics and modelling
This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students, as well as to prepare you for the Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Modelling module that you'll take in the second year. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- Principles of computer engineering
This module consists of two separate parts. The first part covers the essential principles of analogue and digital electrical and electronic circuits. The module will also cover underlying magnetic and electrical properties, with a look at power supplies, power requirements and transformers. Much of the work will be workshop-based and illustrated throughout by typical applications in the industry. In this part you'll use standard digital integrated circuits to implement basic operations, and to build and test simple digital circuits using basic 'off the shelf' components, simple i/o devices, prototype boards and standard workstation instrumentation. The second part of this module deals with computer databases. It will cover database technology and modern networks, as well as their limitations and trends. It will also give an introductory overview of the current state of the technology. It will review database terminology, database design, design rules, and it will teach you to create a database, query a database and use forms. This module will make use of case studies. Assessment methods: 70% coursework, 30% exam.
- Introduction to data communication & networks
Technologies related to data communication and computer networking may be the fastest growing in engineering and in society. People use the Internet more and more every day for learning, research, online shopping, airline reservations, checking the latest news and weather, and so on. Today’s business world could not function without data communications and computer networks. This module will provide an introduction of the broad field of data communications and computer networks including principles, design approaches and standards. This module is designed to give you an initial foundation of computer systems and understanding of how computers are used in a networked environment. This will include data communication and computer networking technologies, as well as computer structure and the internetworked environment. It will help you understand the basics of data communications and networking in general and the protocols used. The approach will concentrate on the fundamental principles, from an engineering point of view, on which you can build more substantial computing studies throughout the course and afterwards. The module will lay the foundations of the computer networking engineering course. It will familiarise you with computers and computer systems, which form the basis of the internetworked computer infrastructure, as well as with the applications and terminology used in an internetworked environment. This module will also teach you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in the data communications and networking field, and more generically in engineering, and will so provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. In terms of programming languages, this modules assumes that, in parallel with this module, you study and experience programming with C, C++, Java, or Python. Computing with Python will be introduced to this module. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Engineering Principles
This module will help you develop your understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of engineering to degree level. It's designed to be accessible to students with a range of prior science specialisation. The module comprises two blocks of study. These will introduce the principles of measurement systems and units, thermal physics and mechanical and electrical principles. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Engineering Computing
This is an introductory module that will address the engineering formation as well as programming knowledge and skills. It will enable you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in engineering, and so provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Design and practice
This module will cover material design activities, team work, creative problem-solving, project management, sustainable development principles, personal development planning, report writing communication, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), employability and transferable skills. It's also a work-based module for part-time students, utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide supporting teaching material and assessments. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Operating systems and multimedia
Operating systems are at the heart of all computer applications and multimedia is fast becoming a major field in computer systems and networking applications. In order to inform you in these areas, this module is split into two parts. The first part is designed to teach you about the role that the operating system has in general computer systems. The second part will provide the basic engineering foundations of multimedia technology and its associated tools and components. It will thus consider the applications of computer systems in multimedia engineering and the role that the OS has in supporting the functioning of these. The operating system is the base level of software on which applications run. It is responsible for managing and allocating the system hardware, including CPU, physical memory and I/O devices. It also provides support for additional functions such as file systems and network protocols. There are several ways in which we can put pieces together to build an operating system. Last decade, the influence of the Internet and the www has encouraged the development of modern operating systems that include web browsers and networking and communication software as integral features. In this module you'll view the operating system from several vantage points. There are many instances in engineering when the content of an image or sound sample needs to be used to control other processes. There are consequently many different ways of digitally manipulating the data. This module introduces the main technologies used in multimedia applications. The work concentrates on graphical, audio and video data storage, processing and output. Many of the standards in this field will be defined and explored. You'll be given a chance to contrast and compare different software approaches to creating engineering solutions in multimedia form. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Introduction to communication systems and networks L5
This module is intended to give you an introduction on data communications and computer networking. The topics covered mainly focus on the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model for the basic communication and networks, especially the four bottom layers: i.e. Physical layer, Data-link layer, Network layer and Transport layer. You'll gain comprehensive understanding in terms of overall connection of these layers and the importance of each layer and their specific functions. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Engineering software C++
This module introduces the syntaxes and programming skills of computer language C++ and briefly OOP (Object Oriented Programming). The module is delivered in the way of 2 hours teaching, 2 hours computer workshops and 2 hours tutorials per week. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- Computer networks
This module concentrates on teaching you the material that a networking engineer should know before proceeding with network infrastructure design. It begins with seven-layer network reference model (OSI) and network architectural concept, which covers concepts for the rest of the module. Then it follows a systematic approach to explore networks from data link layer to application layer. General background to the technologies that are available for local and wide area networks are covered so that you can relate these during network specification and design. The most important parts of this module fall into the network layer and transportation layer, and TCP/IP is taught in a certain level of detail. The module also delivers knowledge like network performance and security, which are essential considerations in terms of network design. The module wraps up with a network design overview to apply the learning to the practice of design. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Team design project
This is a skills-based module developing your understanding of the design process within engineering, including factors that need to be taken into account in identifying and meeting requirements for new products (used to mean outcome of a process and can include specifications for a tangible product, or process, or system), such as working within Regulatory, professional and Standards requirements, developing practical skills, working as part of a team, handling information, project planning and management, and report-writing and presentation skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Optional placement year
- Innovation and enterprise
In the rapidly changing world around us, it's imperative that you're able to think dynamically to create advantage in your life. This module encourages you to question what you see and experience around you and in your prospective engineering field with an aim to enhance your creativity to discover new and better ways of doing things. It aims to equip you with methods and processes to recognise opportunities and to plan on harnessing commercially viable benefits that may exist from exploiting those opportunities in a sustainable fashion. This might be a product or service (such as consultancy or contract management). The application of project management principles will help to define the critical path of a proposed business and how the many processes involved (planning, market research, market placement, finance, operations, human resources etc.) are interlinked throughout the initial planning exercise and how they can change over time. You'll be expected to reflect on what you can contribute towards a group. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Systems and software engineering
This module provides formal study of software engineering and its application in the broader engineering fields, with a tendency towards electro-mechanical, electronic and building services engineering. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Network technologies and design
This module will provide you with a broad understanding of the enterprise network technologies, and will teach you how to design enterprise networks. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Advanced computer engineering
This module will begin by considering the predictive and empirical performance measures as well as the technological and architectural approaches to high performance computer architectures. The module will look at high performance and novel architectures such as pipelining and superscalar architectures. The associated memory support will also be considered, and memory techniques for high speed main memory, memory hierarchies and caching technology, as well as virtual memory management, will form a major part of the module. The memory hierarchy will be discussed with special emphasis on CPU cache design. Furthermore, the module will incorporate consideration of I/O techniques for improving latency and throughput. We'll cover concepts such as direct memory access (DMA), I/O processors, buses for system and I/O data transfer as well as bus standards. The very topical subject of parallel processing and concurrency will also be covered, as will be the concept of shared and distributed memory and interconnection networks. The relationship between computer components and the arithmetic logic unit (ALU) and the ALU implementation of number representations and operations will be covered from an engineering perspective. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
The Individual Major Project requires you to plan, execute, review and report upon a major piece of technical work directly related to your degree discipline. In this regard, this module provides you with the opportunity to develop a high degree of subject-specific expertise. This module differentiates from others on the course taken due to the high degree of autonomous study expected. This flexibility should be seen as an opportunity to explore new areas of interest and to acquire new and often unexpected skills. The work undertaken within the project will require you to develop your own methodology in advance of presenting solutions to the studied problem. It's therefore expected that project will include evidence and demonstration of detailed research of the subject matter, practical demonstration of understanding of the material, testing and evaluation of the practical elements, detailed reporting, discussion and conclusions of the entire project, and a high level of written presentation and grammar skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
With computers now an essential part of our lives, the demand and opportunities for those who can design, manage and service computer systems is only going to continue to grow.
This means Computer Systems Engineering graduates are equipped with the skills needed to work in a wide range of computer network engineering and commerce roles. These include computer network administration under Windows and Unix, as well as software engineering and design using Java and C++.
Graduates have a variety of skills that make them desirable to potential employers, including hands-on experience of industry-standard equipment and simulation packages, the ability to complete analytical investigative work and also the opportunity to take up a placement in a sandwich year in industry.
Graduate success stories
Recent graduates from this course have gone onto a range of high technically challenging posts including: Computer Networking Engineer, Embedded Systems Developer, Senior Computer Programmer, Computer Systems Administrator and Operations & Infrastructure Manager.
Progression to postgraduate studies
Graduates will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Embedded and Distributed Systems or MSc Computer Systems and Networking.
What to expect from your career
Information Systems Manager
One option is to work in information systems – these are the overall information and communications technology infrastructures in an organisation. Information systems managers are responsible for ensuring that these infrastructures are well designed, tested, implemented and managed on an on-going basis.
This means that information systems managers carry lots of responsibilities, with tasks including managing a team of professionals, developing plans in great detail and being responsible for budgets. It is a role suited to people with exceptional technical expertise, but it also requires fantastic organisational skill, strong teamwork abilities and rigorous attention to detail. As I.T. is a constantly developing field, most jobs will likely require keeping up-to-date with the latest technological changes and learning new skills in order to be successful.
Computer Network Engineer
Another option is to work as a Computer Networking Engineer. These people are technical experts who set up computer networks and maintain them. They are also the people who help provide solutions when something goes wrong, with both hardware and software.
Starting salaries for those in information systems are around the £20,000-£25,000 mark. For those who progress to management level, salaries between £50,000 and £100,000 are not uncommon. (All About Careers)
Salaries for entry-level network engineers tend to be around £19,000-£26,000, while senior network engineers can earn up to £60,000 a year. (All About Careers)
LSBU Employability Service
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.
As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.
Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
- Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
- Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
- Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
- Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
- Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university
For those students who choose to take the four year sandwich course, the third year is spent on an industrial placement in the UK and our industrial placement team will provide the necessary guidance, support and advice.
This 4-year Sandwich option is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment.
European placement opportunity
The European Studies endorsement is available on all our BEng courses. If you choose to complete a sandwich year abroad you will study German at our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, and then complete the year with an industrial placement in Germany.
Ya joined LSBU in 2001 and prior to that had been an associate professor in Southwest Jiaotong University (China) and visiting researcher at the University of Leeds.
Paul is Course Director of the MSc in Mechatronics, Robotics and Embedded Systems.
Juquan's teaching includes modules relating to computer system and networks, electrical and electronics, both at UG and PG levels.
Vincent is Course Director for Advanced Telecommunications and Networks Engineering.
Dr Xiao's research focuses on the development of novel infrared and electronic sensing technologies for skin measurements and industrial Non-Destructive Testing. He is also a director and co-founder of Biox Systems Ltd, a university spin-out company, which designs and manufactures AquaFlux (trans-dermal water loss measurements) and Epsilon (capacitive imaging).
Our students learn in an environment that is highly in tune with leading technologies. They gain the knowledge and training needed to meet future demands for products and services. You'll learn to use the latest computer interfacing technologies in our National Instruments Laboratory. Sponsored by National Instruments, the laboratory contains virtual instrument workstations using software including Multisim, Ultiboard and Labview.
Read more about our laboratories and industry-standard software.
Teaching and learning
The vocational approach to teaching taken at LSBU will have a positive impact on your employability. This is because our graduates understand the theory, but can also confidently apply that learning and adapt their skills to the workplace.
Our teaching staff have a great amount of experience. Whether they're teaching, carrying out research or involved in consultancy for industry they have the skills to make a difference to you. You'll learn in a modern, well-equipped environment complete with sophisticated technology.
Approach to learning
You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award. We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.
The amount of project-based learning that you'll do on an engineering degree varies from university to university. At LSBU we offer 'design-make-test' projects throughout the degree course rather than concentrating them all into your final year. This means that you'll adapt theoretical principles to solve real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career.
This experience of delivering innovation makes you attractive to employers. Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineer does on a day-to-day basis. Engineers look for practical ways of making things better, more efficient, cheaper, safer, stronger, more resilient, quicker, more integrated and more effective. Our engineering courses will teach you first-hand how to develop these crucial skills and traits.
Prepared for modern engineering practice
In reality most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. One of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up. That's why some of our modules are shared across all our engineering courses. These modules are about understanding the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice and problem-solving.
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- A Level BBB or;
- BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
- Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
- Level 3 qualifications must include Maths
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.
All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.
Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
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Fees and funding
Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
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|UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750|
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|International (excluding any optional years) £37500|
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|UK/EU fee: £6935||International fee: £9375|
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For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Possible fee changes
Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.
As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.
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Prepare to start
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Applicant Open Days
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Enrolment and Induction
Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.
In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.
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