BEng Computer Systems and Electronics


computer systems electronics beng

93% of UWTSD students at the School of Applied Computing were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.

There has long been a demand in industry for the computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems.  

While many courses cover one or other of these important topics this programme will educate you in all of these areas.

The School is equipped with state of the art equipment such as Xilinx and software from Mathworks (Matlab and Simulink) this gives students the chance to gain first-hand experience on the best technology currently in use in industry.

All Students are provided with free access, at home and University, to the full Mathworks suite of software.


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Key Facts

UCAS Code (HND): 116H
UCAS Code (Foundation): H608
UCAS Code (BEng): H610
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
BEng 3 years f/t - up to 6 years p/t;
(With Foundation Entry 4 years f/t - up to 8 years p/t;)
HND 2 years f/t - up to 4 year p/t HNC 2 years p/t

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
School of Applied Computing
Contact Name:
Gareth Jones
Contact Email:
computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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  • I work for Thales UK, Vice President of RTI (Research, Technical and Innovation), the most useful skills learned at University are communication, team work, task prioritising and discipline and the attention to details particularly for example in PCB design. Previously I was a senior design engineer and designed and developed mathematical algorithms. So I’d say my maths modules became very useful. Also understanding the systems at a top layer and looking down was also something I had learnt at university which is essential for detailed designing as you need to understand the concept of operation and applications.

    Ana MirsayarBEng Computer System and Electronics

  • I am a Web Developer at Copper Bay Creative, my role is back-end programming to create database driven software and ensuring performance and stability is consistent throughout all devices. Each and every module has been equally helpful: keeping a straight head and being open minded about learning bits of everything I have found really helpful. I have used a lot of techniques from Systems Analysis and Design, Database Management Systems, Application Design and Development to help plan and structure the types of database driven software which I develop.

    Nicky ThomasBSc Computing and Information Systems

  • I chose UWTSD specifically because I knew that there would be more potential for contact time with lecturers. I had a great spread of lecturers who were always up for a laugh and always got the content across.

    Aidan KielyMEng Computer Systems and Electronics (Applied Environmental Engineering)

  • Last year we were going to leave with a Bachelors of Engineering but now we get to leave with a Masters of Engineering which is a lot more highly regarded than a Bachelors so we are hoping that it won’t only just open doors in the electronic engineering department but also have more doors open to us for water treatment and renewable technologies.

    Aidan Kiely MEng Computer Systems and Electronics (Applied Environmental Engineering)


The BEng Computer Systems and Electronics will develop knowledge of both the hardware and software systems needed for modern computers. It also concentrates on analogue electronics, digital electronics, microprocessors and the design and simulation of modern communications systems.

Emphasis is put on hands on exercises to reinforce the theoretical concepts covered in the lectures. Heavy use is put on industrial standard software packages such as Matlab, Xilinx, Mentor Graphics and Microsoft’s Visual Development Studio

The School is equipped with state of the art digital signal processing and digital synthesis development systems made possible by equipment donations from Xilinx and Texas Instruments, this gives students the chance to gain first-hand experience on the best technology currently in use in industry.

There has been a move away from large scale design and manufacturing companies and small highly skilled SMEs have taken their place. Students in such an environment could benefit from starting their own business.

The overall aim of this programme is to develop students with the skills to work in the computer systems and electronics industries. Through a number of industrial links the school has established a strong industrial demand for this programme.  The expertise and skills you develop from creating and managing software and hardware solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Year 0 modules - Foundation Entry (for more details see here: Foundation Year for Computing and Electronics)

  • Academic Writing (20 credits)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (10 credits)
  • Further Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Science (10 credits)
  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Electronics (20 credits)

Year 1 modules - BEng/HND/HNC

  • Academic and Employability Skills (10 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Micros, Peripherals and Interfacing (20 credits)
  • Programming 1 (20 credits)
  • Workshop Skills (10 credits)

Year 2 modules - BEng/HND

  • Circuit Design and Analysis (20 credits)
  • Digital Signal Processing (20 credits)
  • Group Project (20 credits)
  • Network Operating Systems and Security (20 credits)
  • Object-Oriented Programming (20 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)

Year 3 modules - BEng

  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Digital Systems Synthesis (20 credits)
  • Critical & Real-time Applications Programming (20 credits)
  • Electronic Systems Design (20 credits)
  • Embedded Microcontrollers (20 credits)

An MEng programme is also available: MEng Computer Systems and Electronics (Applied Environmental Engineering)

This degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the computer systems and electronics industries within the UK. Through our industrial links we have also developed a program structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry.

Students will gain a wide exposure to modern technologies including: Field Programmable Gate Arrays, Digital Signal Processors, Advanced Digital Communication Systems, C, C++, Java, Computer Networks, Analogue and Digital Electronics.

Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied engineering, science, maths or information and communication technology. Such students will seek more specialised hardware, software and electronics skills.

They would seek to become a computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems. Graduates would seek positions as computer science teacher, physics teacher, network design engineer, electronics design engineer, communications systems engineer, etc.

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and electronics. The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of laboratory based practicals, assignments, presentations, projects and examinations.  Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module. Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

Typical A-Level Offer:

104 UCAS tariff points to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Pass; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Please note that subjects at Advanced Level should/may include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar. GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

Please contact the Admissions Tutor for more information.

Other:

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact the  for more information.

Also available as a four year programme (including Foundation year)

 

Applicants for this programme would be technically minded and may have previously studied engineering, computing or the sciences. 

They would seek to become a computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems. Graduates would seek positions as computer science teacher, physics teacher, network design engineer, electronics design engineer, communications systems engineer, etc.

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

Other graduate testimonials can be found here:

Graduate Testimonials

 

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

The School will be seeking Chartered Engineering status from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the near future to align it with the existing programmes in the Computing Portfolio.

These students transferred onto the MEng Computer Systems and Electronics (Applied Environmental Engineering) with Power and Water: