BSc (Hons) Computer System Engineering (Top-up)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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Overview

The BSc Top-up programme is designed to be followed after the completion of an HND NQF level in Computing, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or closely related fields. This programme also provides a forward route for BEng students who have been unable to progress directly to BEng level 6 status.

The BSc programme is organised from a subset of the school's Level 5 and 6 modules. The BSc Top-up programme is intended to provide, to those who qualify for entry, with the appropriate further learning outcomes so that they additionally meet the educational requirements for Incorporated Engineers.

Why Computer System Engineering at LSBU?

1st in London for Student Satisfaction in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Complete University Guide, 2023). This course is running under the Division of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
2nd in London for Student Experience and Teaching Quality (Times Good University Guide, 2022).
2nd for Graduate Prospects amongst London Modern Universities for Electrical Engineering (Times Good University Guide, 2022).
2nd in London for Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Guardian League Table, 2022).
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

The BSc Top-up programme in Computer Systems Engineering is offered as Full-Time and the 20 credit modules are spread across 2 semesters (1 year). The detailed structure is shown below

Semester 1

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems (EEE_5_CAO)
    This module consists of two parts. The first part, Computer Architecture, provides the basic engineering foundations of detailed design and implementation of a digital computer system; designs for the CPU, I/O subsystems, and memory organizations; ALU design and computer arithmetic. Bus, memory organization and interrupt structures, control function implementation, pipelining, performance measurement and further Computer Organisation topics. The second part, Operating Systems, is designed to teach students about the role that the operating system has in computing. It also considers the applications in systems such as distributed, multimedia systems and the role that the OS has in supporting the functioning of these. Students will view the operating system from several vantage points. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Cybersecurity and Cryptography (EEE_6_CSC)
    This module provides a thorough discussion on cybersecurity and cryptography. It covers thoroughly computer security, network security, information security and mobile security. It discusses critical network security techniques, including the use of firewalls, encryption, intrusion detection, and enterprise-wide security policies. Network security is a major concern when designing and maintaining modern networks, which typically use open protocols and connect to public networks such as the Internet. Cryptographic algorithms in network protocols and network applications as well as the security of computers against intruders (e.g., hackers) and malicious software (e.g., viruses) are examined. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam
  • Computer Systems and Software Engineering (EEE_6_CSE)
    This module covers computer systems from database system to advance computer Architectures. It provides a co-ordinated and consistent coverage of theory, design and development of database systems. Then it focuses to the development of modern computer architectures for servers, workstations, hand-held devices, signal processing and embedded systems. Emphasis is given to design approaches and applications of Data-Level Parallelism in Vector, SIMD, and GPU Architectures. This module also provides students with a theoretical understanding and practical experience in software engineering. The module concentrates on the whole life-cycle of a software product, including: requirement analysis, software architecture and design, implementation, quality assurance, maintenance activities. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Semester 2

  • Artificial Intelligence and Signal Processing (EEE_6_ASP)
    This module focuses on the signal processing in intelligent systems applications and consists of two parts. The first part, Artificial Intelligence, covers the history and contemporary development of artificial intelligence systems and looks forward to likely near-future developments. It will cover all the major techniques of problem description, knowledge representation and data searching that represent the current toolkit for developing intelligent applications. The second part, Signal Processing, encompass the following: need for and tradeoffs made when sampling and quantizing a signal, linear, time-invariant system properties, frequency as an analysis domain complementary to time, filter design and implementation, control system properties and applications. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Embedded Systems and The Internet of Things (EEE_6_ESI)
    This module presents the nature and characteristics of embedded systems and the Internet of Things (IoT). It presents techniques for embedded applications, parallel input and output, serial communication, interfacing, interrupt handling, applications involving data acquisition, control, sensors, and actuators, embedded micro controllers, implementation strategies for complex embedded systems. It is discussed advanced challenges in embedded systems design using contemporary practice; interrupt driven, reactive, real-time, object-oriented and distributed client/server embedded systems. It is further discussed how IoT connects devices and various systems aiming to understand that it is a network of multiple connected physical objects, the things, involving myriad of applications.
  • BSc Project
    The individual BSc project requires students to plan, execute, review and report upon a major piece of technical work directly related to their degree discipline. In this regard, it provides students with the opportunity to develop a high degree of subject specific expertise.

Employability

This course will prepare you for a career in most of the industries where nowadays the computer system engineering is essential. To name a few, like automobile, aerospace, telecommunications and networking, network security etc.

Employability Service

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.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching staff have a great deal of experience. Whether they are teaching, carrying out research or involved in consultancy, they have the skills to make a difference to all our students. You will learn in a modern, well-equipped environment complete with sophisticated technology.


The course is delivered with the traditional approach of lectures in lecture theatres and practical work in workshop and labs with electronic equipment. Session for so-called tutorials is also timetabled. Roughly each 20-credit module has around 4 or 5 hours of contact time per week over a period of 13 weeks or around 52-65 hours per semester.  Lectures is for all students while workshops are for groups no larger than 30 students. Lectures are recorded and all material is distributed via vle.lsbu.ac.uk portal.


Modules are assessed by exam and/or coursework so that the balance overall is around 60% of coursework and 40% in written examinations.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the BSc CSE Top-up FT course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:

Full-Time Students

  • HND, Foundation Degree in related subject, or
  • Equivalent L5 qualification worth 240 credits in related subject.
  • An overseas qualification assessed by UK ENIC as equivalent to at least BTEC HND in a closely-related subject and an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

Course status

  • Accreditation and Course validation status

    This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

How to apply

International students

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

Home applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
5793
Application method

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.

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Enrolment

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 Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

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 and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

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.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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