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Coventry University

Computer Hardware and Software Engineering

UCAS Code: GG56

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,B,C

include Mathematics AND one from Electronics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computing or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

to include Mathematics AND one from Physics, Chemistry or Design Technology at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

in an engineering subject to include Merits in the 'Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems' and 'Further Engineering Mathematics' units.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

77%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Computer systems engineering

Coventry has a long tradition of teaching computing and electronics with a strong emphasis on its applications in practical situations. We have extensive industry links, collaborating with a broad range of commercial partners, including ABB, IBM, Halliburton, BlackBerry and Bosch, many of whom offer competitive placement opportunities to our students, as well as visits and guest lectures.

Informed by the Engineering Council UK-SPEC standard, the technical focus of the programme is intended to develop the practical skills expected of a professional computer system engineer or system administrator. As such, we concentrate on a number of core themes to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise in: engineering mathematics; analogue and digital electronics; computer engineering, operating systems; computer networking and security; software engineering; and network management and design.

We adopt an innovative activity-led approach to learning, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage in both individual and team work on practical engineering projects. In the first stage ‘Systems Project’ module, for example, we have previously implemented an electronic design, providing specific design, simulation, building and testing challenges.

You’ll be taught by staff with teaching experience in the Higher Education sector and/or industry experience, many of whom are active researchers with expertise in electronics and computing. This helps to inform their teaching, keeping you abreast of new developments and issues, as well as providing opportunities for collaborative research projects. For example, in the past, students have worked on industry inspired research projects, such as the development of an Android application, VeriMaster Mobile, for producing ABB flow meter calibration and verification reports and development of a robotic operating system (ROS).

Key Course Benefits:

* Meets the full academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

* Well-equipped dedicated electronics laboratory and CISCO laboratory, featuring electronic development and testing equipment, networking devices, associated tools and software.

* Regular expert guest lectures, which previously have covered topics such as 3D printer PCB design by RS Component, embedded development with ARM processors by ST Microelectronics and system security by IET members.

* Our Research Centres in Mobility and Transport and Low Impact Building have a strong portfolio of research in wireless sensors, pervasive Computing, distributed computer systems, digital forensics, computer security, serious games, virtual reality, aerodynamics and electrical energy.

This course is accredited and recognised by Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

Modules

Our main study themes are:

* **Analogue and digital electronics**: Develops your capability to produce useful practical designs in the technology area of analogue and digital electronics. You will be required to conceive and simulate your own practical computer circuit designs. Topics covered include semiconductor diodes and their application in power supplies, bipolar junction transistors in single-stage amplifiers, and field effect transistors. Digital topics include the realisation of logic gates, design of small and medium scale combinational functions and the use of flip-flops in sequential logic.

* **Software engineering**: Develops problem solving skills for task-oriented problems consistent with the conventions of the Unified Modelling Language (UML). Programs will be implemented using a block structured programming compatible language within an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). You should develop the skills required to design, develop, test and implement object-oriented (OO) computer programs pertaining to engineering problems.

* **Operating systems, security and networks**: We look at computer communications, mainly in the context of local and wide area networks, together with and systems architecture from the users point of view. You should analyse the issues and constraints involved in modern computer operating systems (OS), network communications, services, performance level and associated security, covering concepts such as processes, memory management, drivers and file systems. We examine the interactions between the OS and system hardware and devices, alongside those security issues of relevance to the Operating System. There will be particular focus on Linux and Unix, but you will learn the main features of Windows and Mac OSX as well. Network configuration and management will include LAN and WAN design, with network monitoring within the context of ethical and legal issues.

* **Engineering mathematics**: Develops your competence in mathematical methods relevant to engineering. You will learn to analyse problems using appropriate mathematical techniques carrying out the manipulation themselves and also using modern mathematical software.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Computing, Electronics and Maths

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Computer systems engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

54%
UK students
46%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Electrical and electronic engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Engineering professionals
23%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is one of the more popular areas to study engineering and there is not quite such a serious shortage of electrical engineers as there is of other engineering subjects - but there's still plenty of demand. The most common jobs are in telecommunications, electrical and electronic engineering, but there is some crossover with the computing industry, so many graduates start work in IT and computing jobs. At the moment, there's a particular demand for electrical engineers in the electronics, and the car and aerospace industries, and also in defence, and salaries can vary across the country depending on the industry you start in. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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