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Undergraduate study
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering
BEng (Hons)

 

Course overview

Electrical and electronic engineering drives our daily living, from energy, communications, transportation, artificial intelligence, automation, manufacturing, robotics and computing.

You gain an understanding and knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering subjects including analogue and digital electronics, microprocessors, embedded systems, design, modelling, coding, communication systems, electrical machines and power systems.

Life without electronics seems imaginable – you develop the technical and practical skills to be a highly sought after engineer playing a key role in modern society. An optional work placement year is included, at no extra cost.

Top reasons to electrical and electronic engineering at Teesside

  • Financial awards: you may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.
  • Prepare for your studies: develop your understanding in maths with our free online Mathematics for University course.
  • Earn while you learn: join our AdEDA scheme and you can switch to an apprenticeship course, undertaking a degree while you look for employment.

Alongside the optional work placement year, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.
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Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, under license from the Engineering Council, for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Further masters-level accredited learning is required to complete the educational base for full CEng status.

An accredited degree is more likely to be favoured by UK and overseas employers.

 
 

Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Electrical Principles

You are introduced to the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and how to apply this to analyse simple electric circuits. You are also introduced to a range of standard electrical circuits and how these may be applied in engineering problems. You attend a series of weekly lectures to learn the theory, discuss applications and for solving simplified illustrative examples. You also attend practical sessions to reinforce the lecture material and develop practical electrical skills.

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 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.

Engineering Practice

You develop and enhance the practical, professional and electrical engineering skills necessary for success in both the academic and work environment. There is a significant practical element which enables you to develop your knowledge, confidence and the fundamental principles of electrical engineering design methods and laboratory practice. You are also introduced to the skills required to improve opportunities in career selection and development through exposure to a range of on-campus services and external professional bodies.

The practical sessions include: health and safety, equipment selection, component selection, circuit construction, measuring instruments, testing and fault diagnosis.

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.

PLCs and Embedded Systems

You focus on the implementation of systems for both programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and embedded systems. PLCs are used to explain theory, to discuss applications and to cover practical aspects of programmable logic controllers and lead to the design of a control system for an industrial process. Embedded systems are explained by using their industrial applications and practical programming applications using a microcontroller-based system. You work in teams to solve an industrially-relevant real-time embedded system application.

 

Year 2 core modules

Analogue Circuit Analysis

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.

DC Machines and Control

You are introduced to time-domain and frequency-domain representations of engineering systems. You consider: modelling and simulation, first and second order systems, frequency response, poles and zeros, and concepts of control. The second half of the module provides an introduction to electrical drive systems, and covers the principles of torque production in electro-mechanical devices, operation of power electronic converters and open-loop speed control of DC drive systems.

Digital Electronics Design

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.

Industrial Communications

The module encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of modern digital and industrial communications systems and protocols. The module provides the principles of the design, analysis and practical implementation and industrial use of digital, serial, wired and wireless communication systems. The module also introduces practical industrial communication protocols and information management systems.

Integral Transforms and Matrices

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

 

Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

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

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits 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.

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

 

Final-year core modules

AC Drives and Control

This module provides an introduction to AC electrical machines such as induction and synchronous. Machine performance and operation characteristics are investigated in-depth in both analytical and experimental methods. The module provides you with the capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and to integrate them in AC electric drive systems.

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.

Modelling and Control of Power Electronic Devices

This module provides an introduction to power electronic devices, power electronic converters and their application to switched-mode power converters and other power electronic applications. The module also considers the principles of modelling and control of switch mode power converters.

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.

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

You learn through lectures, seminars and hands-on lab sessions. You are also expected to undertake self-guided study time to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through coursework assignments, project reports and formal exams.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Typically 96-112 UCAS points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including maths.

We accept A-levels, BTECs, Access or equivalent UK and international qualifications.

English language
You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy skills. For example GCSE English language grade 4 or a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills.

International students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the entry requirements by studying one or more Summer University short courses.

Direct entry to later years
Applicants qualified to at least BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


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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Employability

Career opportunities

Skilled electrical and electronic engineers are in high demand and can find employment in almost every sector of modern industry including energy, manufacturing, transport, communications, electronics, and health industries.

Our graduates are employed by companies such as PD Ports, ConocoPhilips, Polyphotonics, EDF Energy, Mott McDonald, WSP, Northern Powergrid, MBDA, Hitachi, GSK, and many others.

Our Student Futures careers and employability team can help you map out your future career.

Working as an electrical engineer.
Working as an electronics engineer.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

International applicants - find out what qualifications you need by selecting your country below.

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Full-time

Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: H601 BEng/EEE
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

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Part-time

2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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