BEng (Hons) Power Engineering (Electrical)Southwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time
Many electrical power installations have advanced, computer-controlled equipment for optimised performance, reliability, compliance and efficiency.
This course is distinctive because it teaches you traditional electrical engineering with more recent advances in power electronics and computer control, helping you to understand both the design and operation of plant and equipment in power systems.
We aim to produce engineers who meet the educational needs for full Incorporated Engineer status. Our course fully satisfies the requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and partially satisfies the requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Why Power Engineering (Electrical) at LSBU?
- Ranked 3rd for graduate prospects in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
- This course is pending accreditation by the IET.
- Dedicated facilities: We have an electronic projects room and specialist labs.
- Ranked 2nd for teaching in London, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (National Student Survey 2019).
- Ranked 3rd for satisfaction with course in London (Guardian League Tables 2020).
The course offers common modules at level 4, setting the background for more detailed power engineering as well as systems operation and SCADA at level 5. Levels 6 offers advanced topics in energy converters and drives, as well as the environmental considerations that must be taken into account when infrastructure improvements are planned within power, rail and other safety-critical industries.
The course has a focus on regulatory aspects relevant to the power industry, which are important to understand how a large power network can be operated securely and reliably while complying with relevant regulations.
All modules are compulsory and most modules attract 20 credits, except for the individual BEng project which is double weighted (40 credits).
- Introduction to electrical and electronic engineering
This module will cover the essential material relevant to the fundamentals of both electrical and electronic engineering. Starting with basic circuit elements, Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law, the first half of the module will introduce basic and more advanced circuit analysis techniques such as Node Voltage and Mesh Current methods, progressing onto Source Transformation techniques and the basics of semiconductors (Diodes, BJTs and Op-Amps). Then, the electrical part will cover DC responses of RC, RL and RLC circuits and finally AC sinusoidal circuit theory and power systems and three phase circuits. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- 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 Mathematics module that you'll take in the second year. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Principles of power generation, transmission and distribution
This module introduces the basic concepts of Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution. Develop knowledge on the principles of complex power, per-unit system, one-line diagrams. Understanding the transmission line parameters, typical distribution system components, overhead and underground distribution system and types of distribution transformer.
- Electrical machines and power electronics
This module adopts a modern approach to the study of electrical machines, 3-phase transformers and power electronic converters. The treatment emphasises the features common to all types of electrical machines and power electronic converters and then develops basic performance equations and equivalent circuits and applies them to common electrical machines and power converters in current use. The associated laboratory workshop features work on typical electrical machines and power converters. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Advanced mathematics
This module covers undergraduate advanced engineering mathematics to enable you to consider and model a variety of relevant engineering problems (e.g. electrical, mechanical, petroleum, chemical, computer, civil).
- Principles of control
This module aims to give a sound understanding of a range of topics in Control Systems Engineering. It will impart methods to model and analyse dynamical systems met in the engineering of systems such as robotics, automobiles, aircraft, automatic machinery, chemical process plant, etc. It will teach you to determine the stability of a system and to predict system responses in the time domain (transient and steady state) and in the frequency domain, as well as to handle the interconnection of many Single Input Single Output systems connected in feedback and feed forward configurations. The module will provide you with methods to specify supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and to modify the behaviour of a given system by using feedback control to improve stability, to make the system act quickly and precisely, and to reduce the effect of disturbances. Learning will be supported by a laboratory workshop that enables the study of control systems using both analysis methods and computer simulation using MATLAB and SIMULINK. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Circuits, signals and systems
This module introduces methods to mathematically model circuits, signals and systems required for the engineering of electrical, electronic, telecommunication and control systems. It shows how to model and analyse complex signals with Fourier series, Fourier transforms and Laplace Transforms. The direct and indirect method of convolution is used to find the time response of systems to given inputs. First and second order LTI dynamical systems are modelled with transfer functions and their zero-state and zero-input responses predicted when the inputs are any function of time. The frequency responses of some common LTI two port filter circuits are studied. A MATLAB/SIMULINK workshop enables understanding of signal synthesis using the Fourier series, finding the frequency spectra of complex and noisy signals using FFT, and the time response and the frequency response of systems. 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.
- System operation and SCADA
This module provides a broad understanding of the various components that form the combined systems and how these systems can be controlled in real-time in the Power Industry, Rail Industry and other Safety-critical Industries to enable critical, and some less important network information, to be viewed in (nearly) real time by control engineers at a central location and allow the control engineers to operate and control the network/system.
- 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.
- Individual project
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.
- Electrical energy converters and drives
This module provides a broad understanding of the theory and application of power electronic circuits in the areas of power conversion and electrical machine drives. The material covered is particularly relevant to students in the area of electrical building services, where a significant proportion of electrical plant and drives will have power electronics and microprocessor control components. It's suitable for students who work in organisations that specify, design, commission, operate and maintain all types of electrical power infrastructure and/or who wish to pursue further study afterwards at Masters level or above. You'll be equipped with the essential theory and practice, enabling you to assess modern trends in the subject and maintain and update your knowledge. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Industry and environment
This module examines the Environmental considerations that must be taken into account when infrastructure improvements are planned within Power, Rail and other Safety-critical industries. It introduces a systems methodology for analysing current situations and planned changes, with particular reference to understanding relationships and identifying unwanted consequences. Guest speakers and case studies help students to examine examples in detail and evaluate situations.
- Industry and regulations
This module examines the Regulations and Regulatory frameworks within which Safety-critical industries operate. It examines the importance of Legislation, Standards and Directives in ensuring the safety of workers in the industry, and members of the public, with an examination of the role of regulatory authorities (e.g. Ofgem, ORR)
An important part of ensuring safety is translating high level requirements into specific procedures to be followed by staff working directly on equipment, as well as the need to ensure the design of such equipment takes all regulations and regulatory requirements into account as well as technical ones.
Students who complete the course can find jobs with DNO’s (Distribution Network Operators such as UK Power Networks etc), National Grid, Power Utility companies etc.
The course was developed to meet the requirements for the Integrated Power Engineer Apprentice standard and differs very much from a standard undergraduate degree. Any student doing this course, outside the apprentice standard, will have the advantage of specific and specialist knowledge, putting them in a good position to secure relevant employment.
Following this level 6 undergraduate course, students can progress onto an MSc course.
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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.
The course is developed to meet the core requirements of the Integrated Power Engineering Apprentice standard appropriate to L6.
Several teaching staff have industry links and are actively engaged in research within the relevant industries.
We also have an Industrial Advisory board, membership of which is drawn from industries who have been employers of our students and are major employers in the south-east of England.
Students can take a sandwich year, which involves a one-year placement away from the School between the second and third years of academic study and is offered only on the full-time programme. The placement year is not compulsory and is not assessed. However, students who undertake a placement with a relevant company/industry are required to maintain a portfolio, and an academic staff member will visit during the year.
Students are expected to lead on finding the placement, but the university will provide all possible support. It is sometimes possible to undertake a short placement during the summer break, in which case there is no need to inform the university, but it is recommended to inform your course director for future reference as it can be useful when seeking a reference later on for employment or further study.
Teaching and learning
The course is taught using a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, computing and laboratory workshops. Students will also be undertaking group work and will do presentations as part of coursework.
Modules are assessed by a combination of logbooks, formal reports, open and closed book examinations, laboratory and computing workshop tests.
Each student on the course is allocated a personal tutor in their first week. Students remain with the same personal tutor for the duration of their stay at the university, however, we do realise that the students get more associated with the course director as they progress to the final year of the course and project supervisors.
In order to be considered for entry to the course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:
- A Level BBB including Mathematics (120 UCAS points) or;
- BTEC National Diploma DDM, including Level 3 Mathematics (128 UCAS points) or;
- EAL Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies, D, including: Further Engineering Mathematics; Electrical and Electronic Engineering Principles; and other options relevant to Electrical and Electronic Engineering or;
- Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits, with at least half the course in Mathematics and Physical Science subjects (122 UCAS points) or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 120 UCAS points and including Mathematics
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or;
- 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, and a Mathematics qualification equivalent to reformed GCSE grade 4 or above, as assessed by UK NARIC
Accredited Prior Learning/Transfer Credit
Applicants may be considered for entry to the second year of the course with the following qualifications. Applicants will normally be interviewed and may be required to sit a Mathematics test to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.
- BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or a closely-related subject or;
- DipHE in a directly-relevant subject or;
- Transfer of 120 Level 4 credits from a directly-equivalent degree course and with the approval of the director of that course or;
- An overseas qualification assessed by UK NARIC as equivalent to at least BTEC HND in a closely-related subject and an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
Applicants may be considered for entry to the third year of the part-time course with the following qualifications and will be interviewed to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.
- Foundation Degree (FdEng) in a directly-related subject, or;
- Exceptional performance on the part-time HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at London South Bank University with the recommendation of its course director
Applicants may be considered for entry to the final year of the full-time course only under the following circumstances and will be interviewed to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.
- Transfer from another IET-accredited course with the approval of the director of that course
Direct entry to the final year of the part-time course is not possible.
Accredited Prior Experiential Learning
APEL may be taken into account in determining the entry requirements for candidates with relevant work experience, but cannot replace the requirement for formal qualifications in Mathematics.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Prince Amoako, MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Following in his uncle's footsteps, Prince is well on his way to becoming a chartered engineer and fulfilling his dream of working in the power industry.