Computer Systems Engineering BEng(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

We look at software programming techniques, computer systems architecture and electronics – vital if you’re going to become a computer systems engineer.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

H6G4

Places available (subject to change)

40

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

Computer systems are all around us, from home entertainment packages and mobile phones through to car control systems and complex communication networks. We aim to give you the skills you need for a career in this thriving industry sector.

During the course we’ll introduce you to a range of computer systems. From desktop and workstation computers through to high performance computer systems, we aim to give you a thorough background in a wide range of areas. You’ll have the chance to find out what’s really involved in computer systems engineering.

If you’re hoping to be a computer systems engineer, potential employers will be looking for you to understand software programming techniques, computer systems architecture and electronics. This course focuses on these three core aspects to give you the chance to build your knowledge and skills.

You’ll be taught by professional engineers. Many of them have worked in the industry, and you can be confident that the course covers topics that the industry is looking for, as we regularly meet up with our Industry Advisory Panel to get their feedback.

We want to give you as much practical experience as possible. So after your second year, you’ll have the chance to go on a year-long placement to put your skills into practice.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council. When you finish your studies, you could become registered as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), which could be a feather in your cap when you’re looking for your first exciting role in the industry. The course could also lead on to you gaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status following further study.

You might like to hear what Jaimin has to say about studying Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems 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.

Violeta Holmes

Dr Violeta Holmes, Subject Area Leader, Electronic Engineering

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in applying for and finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. Previous students from this subject area have spent their placement year at companies including Airbus, Sellafield Ltd and even as far reaching as Appcelerator in California.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

The placement year showed me how a company operates and how to execute a great product. I was able to see how to manage a team and lead innovation. As a result of my placement I have a job offer for when I've finished my degree, which I have accepted.

Muhammad Dadu

Muhammad Dadu, Software Engineer Intern, Appcelerator

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level . A Levels must include Mathematics and at least one other suitable science/technology subject.

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications which must include the accepted qualifications as listed in Additional Information.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. DDM BTEC Science/Technology Level 3 Extended Diploma is also acceptable with A Level Mathematics at least at Grade C. See additional information for further details of what is accepted.

  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate which must include science/technology subjects.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above in relevant science/technology subjects

Successful completion of Engineering Foundation Year. To successfully complete the Foundation Year you must pass all 6 modules and achieve an average mark of 50% or above.

Other suitable skills or experience gained in a relevant industry will be considered.

A Levels (in addition to A2 Mathematics) must include one of the following: Electronics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Further Mathematics, Mechanics, Dynamics or General Engineering.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (instead of A2 Mathematics) must be one of the following: Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Engineering.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Come along to our Open Day


At Huddersfield we’re passionate about engineering. Hear here about how our courses are designed to combine industry knowledge and academic theory with practical experience to support you in graduating ready for work or further study. Come along to one of our Open Days to find out more.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Hardware and Networks

This module explores how computers and networks function by introducing you to their components and structures, from the basic building blocks to fully functioning systems. The module covers how computers execute programs, how data is stored, recognised and manipulated, and which hardware and software components are used to achieve this. You’ll also get the opportunity to study how networks are constructed and what techniques (eg cryptography, routing and error detection and correction) are used to ensure that data is transmitted correctly and securely through them.

Software Design and Development

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the design, development, and testing of large scale software systems. The material covered includes introductory programming (in a language such as Java), program testing (using JUnit testing techniques), systems modelling (using unified modelling language- UML), graphical user interface (GUI) development, and rapid prototyping techniques.

Professional Development

This module introduces you to the role played by professional engineers in terms of their responsibilities, ethical behaviour and contribution to the business team. Additionally, you'll be supported in improving your personal and practical skills including study techniques, communication skills (report writing and oral presentations), CV preparation and planning for your career. This is covered in lectures, tutorials, seminars, Problem Based Learning (PBL) sessions and laboratory-based activities.

Electronics 1

In this module you’ll explore the fundamentals of electronics, both digital and analogue. You'll be introduced to the basic digital functions AND, OR and NOT and the appropriate methods of representing digital information. Along with helping you to gain an understanding of technical datasheets parameters and memory devices, you’ll have the chance to gain skills in designing digital circuits from a given specification. Analogue design covers diode, transistor and operational amplifier circuit operation. You’ll also be supported in building circuits in the laboratory and testing them.


Mathematics 1

The module contains a range of basic engineering mathematics including numbers, functions, linear mathematics, calculus and numerical techniques to support the engineering modules.

Throughout the course you'll be introduced to a range of computer systems, from those based on programmable logic controllers or microcontrollers through to intelligent systems. the core aspects of computer science and electronic engineering . You’ll investigate the nature of computer systems engineering, whilst being supported in gaining in-depth knowledge and skills in software programming techniques, computer systems architectures and electronics.

In Year 3 you have the opportunity to spend a year working in industry, gaining valuable experience, skills and contacts.

This course is designed to equip you with the relevant skills and prepare you for professional life in this dynamic, evolving industry.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions and 26% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Assessment of your progress is made through a variety of methods including assignments, exams and individual project work, with a strong focus on practical work. 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.

Further information

Once you’ve submitted your application form to UCAS you may be invited to attend an interview. We’ve put together some information for you about what to expect at an interview, but don’t worry, when you're invited you'll be given full details of what will happen.

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

*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.

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Your career


84-86% of our graduates from courses in these subject areas go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

84-86%Graduates employed

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.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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