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Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industry

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industry

UCAS code: H604 BEng/EEI

Our BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree embraces a broad spectrum of electrical and electronic engineering activities ranging from digital electronics and communications to electrical machines and power distribution.

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  • Length: 4 years (including a work placement year)

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This broad base enables you to gain employment in a wide range of manufacturing sectors but is particularly useful for employment in traditional electrical, electronic or communications industries.

The programme is built around a set of discipline-based threads. These threads include analogue and digital electronics (including microprocessors), control systems, communications systems, and electrical machines and power systems - which form the basis of a number of modules that run through all three years of the programme. Other modules, such as the mathematics, skills and project modules, support these threads and provide a more rounded (industrially relevant) educational experience. Our accredited BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme produces industry-ready graduates and meets the requirements of the Institution of Engineering Technology.

94% of our BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering students recommend Teesside University to other students (National Student Survey 2017).

You may also be interested in our integrated master’s courses:
MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industry

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

This accredited degree will provide you with the BEng-level underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

All modules run through the academic year providing the opportunity for in-depth learning and experience of the subject material.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Calculus

Introducing the skills you need to study engineering at degree level, this module covers differential and integral calculus.

You develop your mathematical skills and learn techniques of fundamental operations such as differentiation and integration to solve differential equations.

You also improve your ability to select and apply appropriate calculus techniques to solve engineering problems.

Digital Electronics and Programmable Logic Controllers

You gain an introduction to basic digital logic operations and simple digital logic circuits. The module then examines microprocessor fundamentals and the programming of microprocessors in assembly language. Weekly lectures explain theory, discuss applications and develop your learning through the solution of simplified illustrative examples. Fortnightly, practical sessions reinforce the lecture material in digital electronics and provide an opportunity for you to program a microprocessor system using assembly language. You are assessed through a combination of in-course assignments and an end examination

Electrical and Electronic Principles

This module gives you a basic understanding of the physical fundamentals used in electrical engineering, together with specific techniques you need to determine the behaviour of electric circuits.

We cover the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory, analysis of electrical circuits, give you an understanding of simple analogue and digital circuits and an appreciation of their application to engineering problems.

We look at voltage, current, power, energy, resistance and impedance. Also magnetic fields and inductance, electric fields and capacitance, Kirchhoff’s Laws. We examine time varying voltages and currents, effects on inductors and capacitors, sinusoidal voltage and current use of symbolic notation.

You also study power, reactive power and apparent power, circuit analysis techniques, mesh and nodal analysis, transistors and properties of amplifiers.

Our primary method of teaching is lectures supported by laboratory sessions, tutorials, problem solving and directed learning.

You learn how to:

  • understand and use key elements of electrical and electronic theory
  • apply given tools in the solution of well defined electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • apply numerical skills to simple electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • use basic IT tools and specialist software to solve simple electrical and electronic engineering problems.

Engineering Design and CAD

This module introduces you to the basic principles and practice of engineering design and the use of Computer Aided Design systems. You gain an understanding of the methods of graphical communication, competing requirements, and how to organise design data. CAD is used to produce simple, orthographic, and schematic representations of engineered components.

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Group Design Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through all the en-gineering programmes. You are exposed to the practice of creating an engineered design and to the organisational issues of controlling and participating in a group project.

It will provide the opportunity to work in a team in order to solve a well defined problem. In the process, you will gain understanding of your own and other people’s knowledge and limitations, along with an appreciation of group dynamics and the process and importance of working with other members of a team.

An entire week is taken out from the standard teaching timetable and allocated to this module which allows the real time application of skills and knowledge developed in the preceding weeks to be applied to enable manufacture of the designed product.

Each group of students will be expected to produce a tangible output from the design and manufacturing work which will account for 60% of the module. For the remaining 40% of marks, you will be assessed on the group work process.

Physics and Instrumentation

This module provides you with an introduction to instrumentation, through studying the principles and characteristics of measurement systems and elements, and their underlying physical principles.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • gather record, describe and evaluate sensor and system data from a variety of sources
  • demonstrate practical ability in carrying out experimental physical measurements, within defined contexts in areas relevant to physics and instrumentation
  • present written evidence to demonstrate understanding of experimental investigation of underlying physical principles of measurement sensors and systems.

You will be assessed on an exam, system design exercise and laboratory report.

Professional Skills

Knowledge of your degree subject is not the only thing you will learn at university, nor is it the only thing which potential employers will be looking for after graduation. You also need to develop a range of skills that are applicable in all walks of life. These include:
- the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to different audiences, both orally and in writing
- the ability to make an effective contribution as a member of a team, and also to work independently or on your own initiative when required
- the ability to tackle problems for which all the necessary knowledge is not available
- the ability to locate information and assess its usefulness
- the ability to make efficient and effective use of the latest information technology.

You also learn to assess their own performance - recognising and building on your strengths, identifying and improving your weaknesses.

This module is the first in a series running through each degree programme in which these key skills are explicitly developed and assessed, by means of a series of learning activities that require the use of different skills, while also teaching key aspects of the chosen subject. The module is delivered via a combination of seminars, laboratory classes and some lectures; the exact pattern will be different for different degree programmes. Assessment is via reflective statements, which require students to identify knowledge and skills that have been developed during the module

Properties of Materials

This module provides you with a foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials, together with a hands-on appreciation of these through laboratory-based practical sessions.

Fundamental relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance will be explored to highlight factors that influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

 

Year 2 core modules

Analogue and Digital Communications Principles

This module introduces communications principles and communications systems, including signal analysis and noise.

You develop an understanding of communications principles and transmission systems. From studying a range of elementary methods such as analogue communications, transmission media and signal analysis, you gain a technical overview and an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of communications principles.

Digital Electronics Design and Implementation

In this group project module you work in teams to solve an industrially relevant digital electronics design problem. Through your project work you develop employability skills such as project management, work presentation, research and commercial awareness. You become more adept at technical problem solving.

You investigate digital electronics and are introduced to digital electronics design techniques, and their application to real problems.

Electrical Engineering

This module introduces electrical power systems, including balanced/unbalanced three-phase systems, transformers, and transmission lines.
Practical sessions involve the use of laboratory setups and software packages (Pspice & Matlab) for the analysis of power system component characteristics. Tutorials will involve guided exercises and practical tasks incorporating examples of current industry practice.

Electrical Machines

You study electrical machines and cover all the major machines: DC, induction, and synchronous, as well as some special machines including stepper and variable reluctance motors.

You also perform in-depth investigations into machine performance and operation characteristics, in both analytical and experimental methods, using laboratory setups and software packages (Pspice & Matlab) for the analysis of DC and AC machine performance during practical sessions.

Electronics and Networks

In this module we use a computer-based teaching approach to provide a thorough understanding of network theory, integrated-circuit operational amplifiers and feedback.

You review and extend the network theory underpinning this module and discover the characteristics and limitations of operational amplifiers (op-amps). We also examine the effects of various feedback configurations on op-amp performance and investigate a wide range of op-amp applications and design circuits to given specifications.

We look at basic amplifier concepts, basic op-amp configurations, feedback principles and op-amp imperfections.

Lectures are the main vehicle for presenting fundamentals and doing worked examples. We provide a detailed set of course notes.

Tutorial sessions (laboratory based) cover the analysis and design of circuits associated with particular applications using LTSPICE (electronic circuit simulation software).

Practical work is used to develop traditional practical skills but is enhanced by computer simulations. You work in groups of not more than three.

You learn how to:

  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of aspects of electronics and networks
  • critically analyse a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks associated with electronics and networks
  • apply, question and relate appropriate knowledge and concepts to a range of activities
  • identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate tools or methods for their resolution in a considered manner
  • interpret and use the information from manufacturers’ data sheets
  • apply practical testing methods to electronic circuits to establish system performance.

Embedded Systems

This teamwork module gives you the chance to solve an industrially relevant problem.

It develops your knowledge of embedded systems and the programming and application of these systems in real time.

Employment Skills for Engineers

You develop your self-marketing, confidence and professional skills that are typically demanded by potential graduate employers.

You are introduced to a number of role-play selection exercises often used by graduate employers; these can include preparing covering letters and CVs, online application forms, attending mock interviews, completing psychometric tests, delivering presentations and contributing to assessment centre tasks.

You develop the necessary skills to succeed at the above exercises using a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) format to emphasise the importance of skills development and career management. This module is also supported by the University’s Careers Service at key stages throughout the lecture plan.

Laplace Transforms

Learn advanced techniques relevant to the solution of discipline-specific engineering problems.

Module content includes the solution of second order differential equations and Laplace transforms.

You learn through lectures and worked examples which illustrate how mathematical techniques are applied.

Problem-solving tutorial exercises give you the opportunity to practise new skills and techniques.

Linear Systems and Control

You will develop a thorough understanding of time-domain and frequency-domain representations of signals and systems, and how to apply these ideas to engineering problems.

You will develop the necessary knowledge and techniques to create dynamic models of engineering systems.

We give you the knowledge and techniques for creating dynamic models of engineering systems and to apply computer-aided methods of analysis and design, plus use data acquisition systems for laboratory investigations.

We examine modelling and simulation, linear time-invariant systems, first and second-order systems, frequency response, poles and zeros, basic concepts of control, alternative control methods, fourier analysis and filters.

In lectures we explaina principles and discuss applications then give you a guided solution of relevant examples in tutorials.

In the laboratories you work in groups of up to three on a small engineering plant. You are expected to produce a model and carry out tests to establish parameters. This process enhances the theoretical work carried out in other parts of the module.

You learn how to:

  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of aspects of linear systems and control
  • critically analyse a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks associated with linear systems and control
  • apply, question and relate appropriate knowledge and concepts to a range of activities
  • identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate tools and methods for their resolution in a considered manner
  • use the industry-standard software MATLAB SIMULINK for simulation and design of signal processing and control systems
  • apply mathematical techniques to analyse and model signal processing and control systems.

Mathematics for Electrical and Instrumentation Engineers

This module introduces further techniques that are relevant to the solution of discipline-specific engineering problems. The content includes the Solution of Second Order Differential Equations, Laplace Transforms, Fourier Series and Transforms, and Matrix algebra.

 

Year 3 work placement

Final-year core modules

Electric Drive Systems l

Develop your capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and integrate them into direct current electric drive systems.

Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You also take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. These sessions demonstrate the dependence of drive system performance on the characteristics of power converters and control schemes.

Electric Drive Systems ll

Develop your capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and integrate them into alternating current electric drive systems.

Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You also take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. These sessions demonstrate the dependence of drive system performance on the characteristics of power converters and control schemes.

Electrical Engineering Design and Implementation

You work in a team to solve a complex control system design and implementation problem. This module amplifies your understanding of the limits of knowledge and the importance of bringing in and working with people with a different knowledge base and skillset.

Working in a team enables you to successfully resolve problems that can’t be resolved as an individual. You develop a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness, to support complex problem-solving in a technical context and enhance the awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

A problem-based learning approach is adopted and, where appropriate, supporting lectures and seminars include technical knowledge or skills development. You are assessed through two in-course assessments.

Electronics

To extend the depth of your understanding of analogue electronics, especially in the context of integrated circuits, this module covers the interaction of circuit segments (loading), temperature dependence and device variability, and how to robustly design around these problems.

You use the ‘library’ of common configurations to build larger circuits and to see how integration and component matching facilitates complex general and application-specific circuits, with examples drawn from the variety of analogue devices currently available.

Laboratories enable you to perform analysis, simulation and synthesis of relevant circuit configurations, both using components on Breadboard and by simulation in SPICE.

Management Skills for Engineers

You develop advanced interpersonal skills that enable you to integrate into the workplace. You develop key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. Issues such as ethics, conflict in a team, equality and diversity, presenting to challenging non-technical audiences such as members of the public or the media and corporate responsibility are considered from a senior management perspective.

Power Systems

This module presents methods of power system analysis to give you a sound understanding of a broad range of topics related to power system engineering.

You study operation and design, and the economics of high voltage generation and transformation systems.

Frequency and voltage control, and transient schemes are covered for both normal and fault conditions.

Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. You also take part in a series of practical sessions, utilising a range of electrical power systems, laboratory equipment and industry standard software to analyse power systems.

Power Transmission and Distribution

This module presents methods of design and analysis related to electrical power transmission and distribution.

You study the function and selection of high voltage transmission media and the arrangement of delivering electrical power to consumers.

The impact of fault conditions on the network, both balanced and unbalanced, are also considered as is the means of providing protection if faults arise.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The objective of the degree is to produce graduates who possess a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of electrical and electronic engineering - and the skills and experience which allow them to analyse complex problems appropriate to electrical and electronic engineering.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects, examinations), but you are also expected to spend time on your own. This self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20 credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. In most cases, around 60 hours are spent in lectures, tutorials and practicals. The remaining learning time is for you to use to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits, so, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

One module in each year of your study involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

How you are assessed

The learning and teaching strategy encourages a progressive acquisition of subject knowledge and skills by moving from study methods that have a greater degree of support and assistance gradually towards more independence and self-direction.

The programme assessment strategy tests subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition and to provide the sort of information about graduates that will be useful to employers. The strategy is robust, equitable and manageable and incorporates both formative and summative assessment opportunities.

Your programme involves a range of types of assessment including coursework, group work, laboratory work and examinations.


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Work placement year

Teesside University's School of Science, Engineering & Design produces graduates with the problem-solving and leadership skills necessary to forge successful careers.

This programme allows you to spend one year learning and developing your skills through work experience. You will have a dedicated work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service to assist you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking. Employers are often invited to our School to meet you and present you with opportunities for work placements.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Throughout this programme, you get to know prospective employers and extend your professional network. An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.



Should you find that you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.

Career opportunities

Electrical and electronic engineers find employment in almost every sector of modern industry, including oil and gas, manufacturing, aerospace, communications, power generation and many others.

Working as an electrical engineer.

Entry requirements

Your offer will be made on the basis of your UCAS application and, if appropriate, your interview.

Year 1 entry
UCAS tariff points: 96-112 UCAS tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including mathematics and physics. Alternative subjects to physics can be considered - for example, electronics, engineering, technology, mechanical principles.

Typical eligible qualifications include

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
At least two GCE/VCE A-Levels including grade C in mathematics and physics

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an appropriate discipline including Merit in Further Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma
Merit in at least 24 Level 3 credits including mathematics and physics

Scottish Advanced Highers
Grade D in higher level mathematics and physics

Irish Leaving Certificate
At least five subjects studied at higher level, including grade B (H2 if awarded after 2016) in mathematics and physics

International Baccalaureate
Award of International Baccalaureate including 5 in higher level mathematics and physics

If the qualification for which you are studying isn’t listed, please contact our admissions team for advice on eligibility.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine each applicant’s potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

We encourage all applicants to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend an interview we may consider your application based on your UCAS application alone. Online or skype interviews may be possible in some cases.

English language and maths requirement
You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. Typically, GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4, or passes in Level 2 Functional Skills.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree with integrated foundation year
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year. The recommended extended route for this course is BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Extended).

Guaranteed Place Scheme (for UK/EU students only)
If you have completed Level 3 qualifications (for example AS Levels, BTEC Nationals) and have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and mathematics, you may be eligible for a guaranteed place on an Extended degree course in your chosen subject whilst still working towards meeting the conditions required for a course with higher entry requirements.
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Direct entry to later years
Applicants with previous study and qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2 of this degree. You will be required to provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to enable us to determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a work placement year)

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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