Electronic and Communication Engineering (Top-up) BEng(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

UCAS Code

H604

About the course

Communications technology is a crucial part of the world economy. It’s a growing industry with lots of opportunities for people who are qualified and skilled in the subject. This one-year top-up course could help you take your place in this exciting profession.

Electronic and Communication Engineering (Top-up) is designed for people who have already spent two years studying a related subject at university or higher education level. For instance, you might already have an HND in Electronic and Communication Engineering. If you’re interested not just in technology, but also in how that technology is managed and applied, then this course could be for you.

The course covers a broad range of topics, including a mix of advanced technology and technology management modules. We’ll also encourage you to look at technology within the wider business, commercial and legal context.

The course also covers Internet of Things, the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. It is a technology of the future for electronics and communications engineers.

We never forget the course is all aimed at helping you to find a job in this dynamic and exciting industry. So we focus on the practical aspects, and give you lots of opportunities to experience the working environment.

You might like to hear what Philippa has to say about studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield.

The teaching team here at Huddersfield has a wealth of industry and professional experience and are also active researchers, with many at the forefront of their research field. We support our students in gaining the skills valued by industry, and inspire them to be enquiring and experimental. Our aim is that you graduate fully prepared for either work or further study depending on your ambitions. With that in mind you'll have access to industry standard facilities in a supportive environment.

Professor Nigel Schofield

Prof Nigel Schofield, Subject Area Leader, Electronic Engineering

Course detail

Final Year Project

This module is driven by you. It gives you the opportunity to undertake a project on a topic appropriate to your course, which may be focused on an industry based problem (previously some students have brought a project back from their placement company). Your project should consist of in-depth study of an engineering problem requiring a degree of initiative and result in a written report. This aims to help you extend your intellectual abilities by, enabling you to apply and increase your knowledge in a chosen field and demonstrate your professional engineering capabilities.

Digital System Integration

This module aims to build on the digital electronics knowledge you gained in your second year; covering system and circuit design, modeling, layout, fabrication and test of integrated circuits (ICs). You’ll be encouraged to investigate the various stages of design and techniques used to improve system performance and function: from top-level specification using hardware description languages, (typically VHDL) through to transistor level layout. Throughout this module the compromises required to achieve an optimum design solution will be considered.

Analogue System Integration

This module covers the design and analysis of analogue integrated circuits (ICs) structures, incorporating Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs), Junction Field Effect Transistors (JFETs), Metal-Oxide Semiconductor FETs (MOSFETs), Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS), and Bipolar-CMOS (BiCMOS) technologies. Advanced op-amp based IC systems will be developed through the design, analysis and integration of fundamental building blocks (differential input, gain and output stages, current mirrors and biasing circuits, etc). Low distortion and high-output power capability audio IC designs will also be considered along with complete integrated system case studies.

DSP Applications

The module combines the theory of signal processing and analysis of discrete time systems, with practical aspects of digital signal processing (DSP) applied to the design of digital filters. Term one focuses on signal processing operations and analysis in time and frequency domain and digital filter (FIR and IIR) design and simulation using MATLAB. In term two you’ll be supported in implementing your digital filter design using DSP software and hardware development system. A range of DSP design case studies (for example audio filters and two dimensional filters for image processing), will be used to illustrate typical DSP applications through practical laboratory work.

Communication Systems

This module has been designed to build on the knowledge you have gained so far. You’ll study noise in receivers and examine the noise performance of AM and FM detectors. You’ll be supported in expanding your knowledge of noise by examining the error rate performance of a cable link (such as a telephone line) and you’ll also have the chance to explore optical communications. Other topics that may be covered include aerials, satellite communications, the ionosphere, modems, digital radio and TV.

This course has been designed to help you gain a wide knowledge of electronic engineering, with specific application to communications.

You’ll study five modules which cover a broad range of topics. You’ll explore digital and analogue system integration, digital signal processing and a variety of communication systems, including AM and FM detectors, aerials, satellite communications, digital radio and TV.

There will be many opportunities for you to engage in practical work on the course and you also have the chance to undertake a project on a suitable topic of your choice.

In addition to conventional lectures and tutorials there are many opportunities for practical, hands-on learning, including group mini-projects where collaboration and team work is positively encouraged. 21.4% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, practicals, tutorials etc.

Assessment is by assignments (group and individual), examinations, in-class tests and presentations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

Lewis’ Story


Lewis is an Electronic Engineering student at the University of Huddersfield. Hear him talk about his journey since starting his course and watch the different projects he in involved with.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Our students

Your career


Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as systems engineer, electronic design engineer, senior electronic engineer and senior metrology engineer in organisations including BAE Systems, Siemens, Dyson and Bentley Motors Ltd.**

Additionally, you may gain skills that are transferable to other industries and may be able to pursue a career that requires a good honours degree. You could go on to further study and the University has many options available for postgraduate study and research which may interest you.

* Whilst this is a top-up course and therefore there are no graduate statistics for this specific course, 89% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2016/17).

** Source: LinkedIn

89%* Graduates employed from this subject

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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