Communication Systems MEng - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MEng Communication Systems

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
BEng (Hons) Communication Systems
Ord Communication Systems
DipHE Communication Systems
CertHE Electronic Engineering

Professional recognition

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UFA15023 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY UFA15023 600 credits and 300 ECTS credits

JACs code

H640

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Engineering (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points

UK-SPEC; EC document ‘Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes in Engineering’; IET document ‘IET Learning Outcomes Handbook (incorporating UK-SPEC) for Bachelors and MEng Degree Programmes’.

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Programme Leader

BARNAGHI P Dr (Elec Elec En)

Date of production/revision of spec

11/12/2017

Educational aims of the programme

To provide a broad electronic and electrical engineering education with some degree of specialisation in the later stages.

To provide basic engineer formation, as part of the process leading to Chartered Engineer registration. BEng programmes partly meet the CEng educational requirements. MEng programmes, with their added depth, completely meet the CEng educational requirements.

To produce graduates equipped for roles in industry, in research, in development, in the professions, and/or in public service.

As part of this, to produce graduates equipped with modern transferable skills, including information literacy and the skill of planning and managing their own life-long learning.

To provide relevant professional experience to students on programmes incorporating a Professional Training Year.

General transferable skills – possess necessary basic personal skills, be personally efficient, be able to manage his/her own time and resources, and be able to plan effectively both for engineering tasks and for personal development in the contexts of his/her life and career and of the need for life-long learning.

Underpinning learning – know, understand and be able to apply the fundamental mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles that underpin all of electronic and electrical engineering.

Engineering problem solving – be able to analyse electronic and electrical engineering problems and find solutions.

Engineering tools – be able to use relevant workshop and laboratory tools and equipment, and have experience of using task-specific software packages to perform engineering tasks.

Technical expertise – know, understand and be able to use the basic mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles associated with the topics within electronic and electrical engineering that he/she has chosen to study, including relevant aspects of information and internet technology, digital signal processing, computing, modern physics and (where relevant) nanotechnology.

Societal and environmental context – be aware of the societal and environmental context of his/her engineering activities.

Employment context – be aware of commercial, industrial and employment-related practices and issues likely to affect his/her engineering activities.

Research and development investigations – be able to carry out research and development investigations.

Design – be able to design electronic and electrical circuits, and electronic / software products and systems.

Project management – be able to manage projects and to work in a team, including interdisciplinary teams, and be aware of the nature of leadership.

The specialist Programmes in Communication Systems concentrate on all communications aspects of electronic engineering, and provide understanding of modern technologies for mobile, digital and high speed communications. Students are prepared for a career at the forefront of the telecommunications industry. A wide range of specialist modules is available in the areas of mobile communications, RF electronics and satellite communications. These exploit the expertise of the Surrey Institute for Communications Systems (ICS), which is one of the Department's Research Centres. Further information is available

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of electronics, circuit theory, and telecommunications, and basic engineering science, and the ability to apply them to problems. CertHE
Demonstrate knowledge of basic mathematical methods for solving circuit and physical problems and the ability to use them in basic applications. CertHE
Apply computer programming to solve problems relevant to engineering CertHE
Apply practical skills to build and test basic electronic instrumentation. CertHE
Demonstrate an ability to present, evaluate and interpret data and make basic deductions from them. CertHE
Demonstrate basic information literacy and presentation skills, and basic skills involved in assessing the work of themselves and others. CertHE
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic principles of electronic engineering, and the ability to apply them to problems. DipHE
Demonstrate knowledge of most of the widely used mathematical methods for engineering problems and the ability to apply and adapt them in a variety of applications. DipHE
Apply practical skills at solving engineering problems using a range of computer models. DipHE
Demonstrate practical laboratory skills with a variety of basic electronic engineering instrumentation and an ability to select the appropriate instrumentation for the problem in hand DipHE
Apply basis design principles for simple electronic instruments and manufacture them in a team. DipHE
Demonstrate an ability to present, evaluate and interpret data and make basic deductions from them DipHE
Demonstrate personal skills relating to information technology and the use of personal computers. DipHE
Demonstrate personal skills in relation to team-working, and the creation and presentation of business plans. DipHE
Ability to undertake further studies, including electronic and electrical engineering topics at FHEQ level 6 and/or undertake professional training year studies. DipHE
Demonstrate knowledge and application of advanced principles of selected areas of electronic and electrical engineering that they have chosen to study. Ord
Apply mathematical methods to describe and solve advanced engineering problems. Ord
Demonstrate a practical ability at solving problems using a variety of computer models. Ord
Demonstrate practical skills using a variety of basic and advanced instrumentation and an ability to select appropriate instrumentation for the problem in hand. Ord
Demonstrate an ability to present, evaluate and interpret data and make basic deductions from them, plus provide critical analysis of the data and any problems arising Ord
Understand the role of environmental, societal, commercial and employment issues in electronic and electrical engineering Ord
Demonstrate individual or group project work requiring decision making and responsibility, and the ability to derive and present a full analysis of the results. Ord
Analyse data and critically understand the limitations of the data. Ord
Demonstrate knowledge and application of advanced principles of selected areas of electronic and electrical engineering that they have chosen to study. BEng (Hons)
Apply mathematical methods to describe and solve advanced engineering problems. BEng (Hons)
Demonstrate a practical ability at solving problems using a variety of computer models. BEng (Hons)
Demonstrate practical skills using a variety of basic and advanced instrumentation and an ability to select appropriate instrumentation for the problem in hand. BEng (Hons)
Demonstrate an ability to present, evaluate and interpret data and make basic deductions from them, plus provide critical analysis of the data and any problems arising BEng (Hons)
Understand the role of environmental, societal, commercial and employment issues in electronic and electrical engineering BEng (Hons)
Demonstrate individual or group project work requiring decision making and responsibility, and the ability to derive and present a full analysis of the results. BEng (Hons)
Analyse data and critically understand the limitations of the data. BEng (Hons)
Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of advanced principles of electronics and electrical engineering, circuit theory and telecommunications, linear systems theory, semiconductor physics, communications networks, software engineering and the ability to apply them to problems. MEng
Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of more advanced key topics especially in electrical power systems, control theory, communications, networking, semiconductor devices, software engineering plus other topics in specialist areas at or near the frontiers of present day Electronic Engineering MEng
Critical analyse problems and/or topics of research interest in specialist topics at the forefront of Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng
Demonstrate a knowledge of most of the widely used mathematical methods for engineering problems and the ability to apply and adapt them in advanced applications, including open ended problems MEng
Demonstrate a practical ability at solving advanced engineering problems using advanced computer models MEng
Analyse, evaluate and interpret data and make deductions from them, plus provide critical analysis of the data and any problems arising MEng
Demonstrate an ability to manage a personal learning programme, and continue to develop personal skills to a high level MEng
Demonstrate engineering research and development in a Multidisciplinary Design project and the ability to derive and present a full analysis of the results. MEng
IT tools. Be able to use computers and basic IT tools effectively. T
Information retrieval. Be able to retrieve information from written and electronic sources. T
Information analysis. Be able to apply critical but constructive thinking to received information. T
Studying. Be able to study and learn effectively. T
Written and oral communication. Be able to communicate effectively in writing and by oral presentations. T
Presenting quantitative data. Be able to present quantitative data effectively, using appropriate methods. T
Time & resource management. Be able to manage own time and resources. T
Planning. Be able to develop, monitor and update a plan, in the light of changing circumstances. T
Personal development planning. Be able to reflect on own learning and performance, and plan its development/improvement, as a foundation for life-long learning. T
Underpinning science. Know and understand scientific principles necessary to underpin their education in electronic and electrical engineering, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering content, and to support their understanding of historical, current and future developments. KC
Underpinning mathematics. Know and understand the mathematical principles necessary to underpin their education in electronic and electrical engineering and to enable them to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems. KCP
Underpinning engineering. Be able to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of electronic and electrical engineering. C
Analysis and modelling of systems and components. Be able to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques. CP
Engineering principles and analysis. Understand electronic and electrical engineering principles and be able to apply them to analyse key engineering processes. KCP
Use of mathematical and computer-based models. Be able to apply mathematical and computer-based models to solve problems in electronic and electrical engineering, and be able to assess the limitations of particular cases. CP
Use of quantitative methods for problem solving. Be able to apply quantitative methods relevant to electronic and electrical engineering, in order to solve engineering problems. C
Systems thinking. Understand and be able to apply a systems approach to electronic and electrical engineering problems. KCP
Workshop & laboratory skills. Have relevant workshop and laboratory skills. P
Programming & software design. Be able to write simple computer programs, be aware of the nature of microprocessor programming, and be aware of the nature of software design CP
Software tools. Be able to apply computer software packages relevant to electronic and electrical engineering, in order to solve engineering problems. CP
Topic-specific knowledge. Know and understand the facts, concepts, conventions, principles, mathematics and applications of the range of electronic and electrical engineering topics he/she has chosen to study. KCP
Characteristics of materials and engineering artefacts. Know the characteristics of particular materials, equipment, processes or products. K
Current and future practice. Have thorough understanding of current practice and limitations, and some appreciation of likely future developments. K
Emerging technologies. Be aware of developing technologies related to electronic and electrical engineering. K
Deepened knowledge of underlying scientific principles. Have comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of electronic engineering and related disciplines. KC
Deepened knowledge of mathematical and computer models. Have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computer models relevant to electronic and electrical engineering, and an appreciation of their limitations. KCP
Deepened topic-specific knowledge. Know and understand, at Master's level, the facts, concepts, conventions, principles, mathematics and applications of a range of engineering topics that he/she has chosen to study. KCP
Deepened knowledge of materials and components. Have extensive knowledge of a wide range of engineering materials and components. K
Broader grasp of relevant concepts. Understand concepts from a range of areas including some from outside engineering, and be able to apply them effectively in engineering projects. KC
Sustainable development. Understand the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development. K
Legal requirements relating to environmental risk. Relevant part of: Be aware of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety and risk (including environmental risk issues. K
Ethical conduct. Understand the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering. K
Commercial context. Know and understand the commercial and economic context of electronic and electrical engineering processes. K
Engineering applications. Understand the contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied (e.g. operations and management, technology development, etc.) K
Intellectual property. Be aware of the nature of intellectual property. K
Codes of practice. Understand appropriate codes of practice and industry standards. K
Quality. Be aware of quality issues. K
Working under constraints. Be able to apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints. CT
Financial Accounting. Understand the basics of financial accounting procedures relevant to engineering project work. K
Commercial risk. Be able to make general evaluations of commercial risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks. CT
Regulation. Be aware of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety and risk (including environmental risk) issues. K
Technical information. Understand the use of technical literature and other information sources. T
Need for experimentation. Be aware of the need, in appropriate cases, for experimentation during scientific investigations and during engineering development. K
Investigation of new technology. Be able to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies. CP
Problem-solving using researched data. Be able to extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and employ this data in solving the problem, using computer-based engineering tools when appropriate. CP
Technical uncertainty. Be able to work with technical uncertainty. CT
Understanding design. Understand the nature of the engineering design process. K
Design specification. Investigate and define a problem and identify constraints, including environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety and risk assessment issues. C
Customer needs. Understand customer and user needs and the importance of considerations such as aesthetics. KT
Cost drivers. Identify and manage cost drivers. CT
Creativity. Use creativity to establish innovative solutions. CPT
Design-life issues. Ensure fitness for purpose and all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal. KC
Design management. Manage the design process and evaluate outcomes CT
Design methodologies. Have wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and be able to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations. KCP
Innovative design. Be able to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes, to fulfil new needs. CP
Team membership. Be able to work as a member of a team. T
Team leadership. Be able to exercise leadership in a team. T
Multidisciplinarity. Be able to work in a multidisciplinary environment. T
Management awareness. Know about management techniques that may be used to achieve engineering objectives within the commercial and economic context of engineering processes. K
Business practice. Have extensive knowledge and understanding of management and business practices, and their limitations, and how these may be applied appropriately. K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Integrated Master's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and 7). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Honours) (360 credits)
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Integrated Master's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over five academic years, consisting of 600 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6, 7 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Honours) (360 credits)
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
EEEP012 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR WORK) Optional 120 Year-long

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

N/A

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) Y
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) Y
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) Y Yes
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.