BEng (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks EngineeringSouthwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time; Day release
Developers and programmers
The networking industry’s growth in recent years has been phenomenal. This balanced programme equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to become an engineer, developer or programmer – use it to take you where you want to go. Computer hardware, interface electronics, software and database design, programming for real-time and embedded systems and telecommunications – you’ll cover it all (and more).
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 Computer Systems and Networks Engineering at LSBU?
- Professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, with fast track progression to Chartered Engineer status.
- Sophisticated software: gain experience in using industry-standard equipment, computer programming and simulation packages.
- Choose to spend your third year studying with our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, in Germany.
- Paid work experience: option to complete your third year in a professional work placement.
- Ranked 3rd for graduate prospects in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
As a BEng degree programme, this course develops a deep understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of computer engineering and its underpinning science and mathematics.
This is a balanced programme of computer hardware, interface electronics, programming for real-time and embedded systems and telecommunications – supported by the basics in analysis, software and database design. You’ll use industry-standard equipment to carry out assignments in network configuration.
All learning at LSBU is applied. It’s just the way that we do things here. You can expect to take a PC apart, rebuild and configure it at sub-component level. Your third year placement gives you the chance to further hone your skills by developing real-world systems in professional environments.
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.
When you graduate you’ll be fully equipped for computer network administration roles under Windows and Unix, software engineering and design. Recent graduates work as computer networking engineers, embedded systems developers and senior computer programmers.
Take a look at some potential careers, including software engineer / system developer, on Prospects.
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.
Our close links with industry ensure that our course is up-to-date with their needs – and this means are graduates are in demand.
Put your skills to work
Work experience transforms a CV. It’s important that you get some – and we’ll help you do that. This is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment. Many students get their first job offers through this training year.
What’s more you can choose to complete your sandwich year at our partner institution Hochschule (Bremen), where you’ll study German and then complete your industrial placement year in Germany.
During the year you’ll stay in regular contact with your tutor and your peers – and we’ll make sure that you have the support you need.
In-sync with industry
Accreditation is a mark of quality assurance - the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council, who represent the engineering profession. This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
The IET is the professional society for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries.
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
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 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.
Applied knowledge is what counts
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.
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As an undergraduate or MEng 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.
Your tutor 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 throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.
- 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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Prepare to start
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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
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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £9250||International fee: £13780|
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|Total course fee:|
|UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750|
|UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750|
|International (excluding any optional years) £41340|
|International (including any optional years) £41340|
|UK/EU fee: £6935||International fee: £10335|
|AOS/LSBU code: 2419||Session code: 1PS00|
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Possible fee changes
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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.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.