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Electronics and Communications Engineering Top-up to BEng (Hons)

Overview

Career boost

If you have a HND in Electrical Engineering and are looking to extend your technical and application skills, then this one-year Top-up course is for you. Design and develop engineering systems for a variety of fields in today’s fast-changing marketplace.

You’ll study integrated and multidisciplinary electrical, electronic, computer, telecommunications, mechanical and computer aided design in engineering environment. Expect to gain industry-critical skills, such as team working and leadership, and learn to communicate effectively and exchange ideas with specialist professionals and a wider audience.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why study Electrical Engineering and Communications at LSBU?

No. 1 London modern uni for graduate prospects in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
Dedicated facilities: make use of our electronic projects room and specialist labs.
Live briefs and enterprise project work will enhance your prospects of employment and consultancy, or of running your own business.
Our staff are experts, with a great deal to share
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

We’ll cover analogue and digital communication systems and Digital signal processing (DSP) for communications. This course will prepare you for a career within many fields of electrical and electronic engineering where electronic systems are in use, specifically in embedded control systems where large scale integrated circuits are programmed and used to automate typical processes.

In your 'design-make-test' project you'll adapt theoretical principles to solve real-world engineering problems. 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.

Every decision a professional engineer takes has wider social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations – we’ll teach you about this too. You can be sure of one thing – that you’ll graduate confident in your ability to take your next career step.


  • Innovations and enterprise
    In the rapidly changing world around us, it is imperative that you're to think dynamically to create advantage for themselves (entrepreneurial) and for the businesses you may work for (intrapreneurial). This module encourages you to question what you see and experience around you and in your  prospective engineering fields with an aim to enhance your creativity to discover new and improved ways of doing things. This module will 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 a 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. Assessment: 100% coursework made up of two team assignments. Team Assignment 1: To develop an idea for a service or a product with an aim to make it into a viable commercial proposition. Team Assignment 2: Investigation of an existing company presented as a Business Model Canvas and a supporting report.
  • Advanced analogue and RF electronics
    In this module we'll explore specialist linear analogue circuit techniques. The case study of a typical monolithic operational amplifier design is used as a vehicle for further analysis of analogue linear methods of IC design. Workshops follow the development of the material in lectures, leading to the design of a discrete op-amp on a breadboard.  Further material involves the designs of Digital to Analogue Converters (DACs) and ADCs. We'll also cover Radio Frequency circuits, including oscillators and PLLs. Assessment: 3-hour examination (50%), plus coursework (50%) comprising: Logbook (30%) and a Phase Test (20%).
  • Analogue and digital communication systems
    This module provides deeper understanding of modern communication theory, communication system performance analysis and a brief overview of wireless communication technologies. The areas covered are analogue, discrete and digital communication systems, modulation techniques, multiplexing, principles of digital modulation and wireless communication systems. We'll give particular emphasis to current digital communication technologies and architectures, design approaches and applications. Assessment: Coursework: Matlab workshops + reports (15%) and Experiments + Report (15%), plus a 3-hour Exam (70%).
  • Digital signal processing (DSP) for communications
    Today, digital signal processing (DSP) is widely used in radio receivers, computers, and many other applications where signals need to be processed. DSP is based upon the fact that it is possible to build up a representation of the signal in a digital form. In this module we'll introduce fundamental concepts, algorithms and applications of digital signal processing, starting from a description of how signals can be represented as digital waveforms and how systems may be modelled as digital filters. We'll investigate the processing and analysis of discrete signals using the most common approaches and algorithms for communication applications. Assessment: 2-hour  Exam (70%), plus Coursework (30%) comprised of: One hour Phase Test in week 8 (10%) and a Lab Report (20%).
  • BEng final year project
    The individual major project requires students to plan, execute, review and report upon a major piece of technical work directly related to your degree discipline. It 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. Assessment: 1.Project Arrangement form (no mark but compulsory submission); 2.Project Progression Report (5%); 3.Interim report (10%) 4.Final project report Comprising: i.Technical quality (literature review and understanding of the necessary background, results & outcomes, analysis, evaluation of the findings, quality of abstract and conclusions) 45% ii.Quality of referencing 5% iii.Report presentation (structure and organisation, standard of English, quality of diagrams and graphs) 10%  iv. Evidence and quality of project planning and management  5%  v. logbook 10%; 5. Project oral presentation and demonstration with questions 10%.

Employability

The UK energy industry adds a net value to the economy of more than £15 billion per year with electricity sales alone amounting to around £100 million per day. Key players in this industry range from large national grid operators to regional distribution and power generation companies. Meeting the challenges of using renewable energy to reduce the problems of climate change means that there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the power and related applications industry.

Career prospects are excellent in this growing engineering sector. Graduate electrical engineers command high salaries and are often involved in cutting-edge projects. You could work for industry players ranging from large national grid operators to regional distribution and power generation companies.

Take a look at some potential careers, including electrical engineer, on Prospects.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

James Barnham

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Design and Practice

James works as part of the Nathi Puri Institute team within LSBU and is a passionate product designer with interests in many technical areas and markets.


Dr Sandra Dudley

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Director of Research and Enterprise

Sandra specialises in the areas of radio and optical communication system design, assistive living and sensor systems and is a member of the School Academic Standards Committee.


Prof. Mohammad Ghavami

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Professor of Telecommunications Engineering

Mohammad Ghavami is Professor of Telecommunications Engineering and the founder and leader of BiMEC research group. His research interests include UWB, smart antenna systems and biomedical applications of wireless technology.


Dr Vincent Siyau

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Course Director, Advanced Telecommunications and Networks Engineering

Vincent is Course Director for Advanced Telecommunications and Networks Engineering.


Dr Antonio Vilches

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Antonio Vilches is an electronics engineer with a device, circuits and systems background. His expertise is in device modelling, circuit design, autonomous systems, robotics, electronic materials and devices, and human computer interaction.


Facilities

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.

  • Facilities

    Facilities

    Our students have access to modern workshops and laboratories.

Teaching and learning

Your lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. 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 take a personal approach. You'll be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course, with whom you can discuss course-related and personal issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets.

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.

Personal Tutoring

As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.  
They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

For September 2017 entry the number of UCAS tariff points that qualifications are worth is changing. Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2017 tariff.

  • Higher National Diploma with at least 60 credits at Merit in second year modules, or
  • Other equivalent Higher Education qualification in a relevant area
  • We welcome applicants with qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0, TOFEL-550 (print-based), TOFEL-80 (internet-based), Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

2018 Entry

To be confirmed

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
H604
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5094Session code: 1FS00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

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.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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