Computer Hardware and Software Engineering BEng (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

GG56

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Overview

Computer Hardware and Software Engineering BEng (Hons) at Coventry University is a course aimed at bridging the gap between electronics and software engineering knowledge.

According to Prospects, Skills shortages in key areas of the UK’s digital economy has led to a demand for software and hardware engineers.

This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to take up the challenges for development of future technologies such as IoT, smart cities, autonomous car, green technologies etc. Successful graduates of the course should be able to solve problems related to both electronics and software by learning the subjects related electronic engineering, embedded systems, computer architecture and security, programming, mobile app development, machine learning, FPGA based design and system on Chip design.

Currently fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)*, this course enables you to register with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer on successful completion. It provides a broad technical education in the hardware and software aspects of computer systems engineering and applications development.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditations and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council

*Currently accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the 2020-21 intake on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Course information

If you interested in working with new technology, this professionally accredited course* focuses on the engineering and integration of hardware and software systems, encouraging you to think creatively and independently, and aims to prepare you to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing technological environment.

This course is specially designed to bridge the gap between electronics/hardware engineering and computer science/software engineering. The course covers most aspects of software while focusing on the advanced hardware design based on FPGA and system design based on microcontroller.

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Modules

Overview

The first year is designed to allow students from a diverse range of backgrounds to make a solid start on the course. Computer engineering looks at the building blocks of computers and essential programming skills required for the following year, while electrical engineering covers essential electrical circuits. In electronics, you will explore the digital logic and electronic circuits which are the foundation of computer hardware engineering.

Modules

  • Introduction to Computer Engineering

  • Introduction to Programming and Algorithms

  • Analogue Circuits and Embedded Systems

  • Analogue and Digital Electronics 1

  • Electrical Science

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

  • Professional skills

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In second year, more advanced electronics and embedded system design topics will be covered in the electronic modules. Operating system and advanced programming will be taught along with a communication technologies module.

Modules

  • Operating Systems and security

  • Object Oriented Programming

  • Analogue and digital electronics 2

  • Embedded System Design and Development

  • Communication and Networking Systems

  • Manufacture of Electronic Systems for Regulatory Complicate

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. Past students have undertaken placements working as a trainee system test engineer at Halliburton, trainee operational analyst at IBM and trainee network operations engineer at BlackBerry in the UK.

Placement opportunities may be subject to availability, additional costs, competitive application and meeting applicable visa requirements.

Modules

  • Professional placement

  • Study abroad

Overview

In the final year, you will continue your studies in advanced hardware and software design, but with a focus on individual projects in which you will perform a detailed research or design study with the help of an experienced supervisor into a technical aspect from the course.

You can choose a topic to suit your interests or to assist your career aspirations, with past students having worked on train diagnostics interface system for Spherea GmbH, designing and building a brand new MCC (Motor Control Centre) for Coalport STW and flat panel implementation of a Lava Lamp for Morph Designs.

Modules

  • Individual projects

  • Mobile Application Development

  • Security

  • Machine Learning and Related Application

  • Hardware Realisation of a Computer System

  • System on Chip Design

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom in The Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Meets the full academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration upon successful completion of the course. Further details can be found on the IET website.
  • 94% of computer hardware and software engineering students stated that staff were good at explaining things in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.
  • Well-equipped dedicated electronics laboratory and CISCO laboratory, featuring electronic development and testing equipment, networking devices, associated tools and software.
  • Regular free to attend expert guest lectures, which have previously covered topics such as 3D printer PCB design by RS Component, embedded development with ARM processors by ST Microelectronics and system security by IET members (subject to availability).

Our main study themes are:

  • Analogue and digital electronics: Aims to develop your capability to produce useful practical designs in the technology area of analogue and digital electronics. You will be required to conceive and simulate your own practical computer circuit designs. Topics covered include semiconductor diodes and their application in power supplies, bipolar junction transistors in single-stage amplifiers, and field effect transistors. Digital topics include the realisation of logic gates, design of small and medium scale combinational functions and the use of flip-flops in sequential logic. Embedded system design modules combine both electronic and programming knowledge for practical solutions for real life problems.
  • Embedded System and hardware design: Embedded system design modules combine both electronic and programming knowledge for practical solutions for real life problems. Advanced hardware design modules are taught in third year covering the topic of FPGA based system design and System on Chip design.
  • Software engineering: Aims to develop problem solving skills for task-oriented problems consistent with the conventions of the Unified Modelling Language (UML). Programs will be implemented using a block structured programming compatible language within an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). You should develop the skills required to design, develop, test and implement object-oriented (OO) computer programs pertaining to engineering problems. Students will be exposed to Mobile app development, machine learning and security modules in third.
  • Operating systems, security and networks: We look at computer communications, mainly in the context of local and wide area networks, together with and systems architecture from the user’s point of view. You should analyse the issues and constraints involved in modern computer operating systems (OS), network communications, services, performance level and associated security, covering concepts such as processes, memory management, drivers and file systems. We examine the interactions between the OS and system hardware and devices, alongside those security issues of relevance to the Operating System. There will be particular focus on Linux and Unix, but you will explore the main features of Windows and Mac OSX as well. Network configuration and management will include LAN and WAN design, with network monitoring within the context of ethical and legal issues.

This course can be studied full-time over three or four years with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study.

Your personal tutor will meet with you weekly during the first academic year and assist with your transition to studying at Coventry University.

You’ll have access to modern teaching and learning facilities and a well-equipped specialist library, which houses technical books, print and graphic services, and a variety of learning spaces.

The highly practical nature of the course enables you the opportunity to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, mirroring the work you may be subject to in professional practice. This means that while this course should enable you to learn about the technical content of your degree, the hardware and software projects also aim develop the professional skills required including: problem analysis and design; project, task and time management; risk assessment; team work and leadership; technical report and bench assessment; troubleshooting and more. For example, past students have tackled data recovery with Coventry University’s research group in System Security and Digital Forensics.

UK field trips and industry visits are organised from time to time to try to enhance the student learning experience. Previous students have visited Bletchley Park, the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology, for computing history and inspiration, and the British Telecommunications (BT) for communications technology. Please note that UK field trips and industry visits may be subject to availability and additional costs.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, tests, portfolios, practical or project work, group work, demonstrations, presentations and posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: Communications, computer systems and computer networking; digital electronics, microcomputers, computer systems hardware; operating systems, network security and software; mathematical principles necessary to underpin the discipline; management of engineering including social, environmental, economic, legal and ethical topics.
  • Solve engineering problems employing a system approach.
  • Design software for application specific purpose.
  • Design computer systems and networks.
  • Search and evaluate information sources.
  • Adopt a holistic approach to using computer hardware and software technology in a commercial context.
  • Use electrical and electronic test equipment in experimental work.
  • Implement and test software solution.
  • Simulate computer systems and protocols.
  • Apply computer technology, software tools and quantitative methods.
  • Configure and connect electronic and computer systems.

In a typical week you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of meeting with tutor (or later, individual project supervision) each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 12 hours of tutorials and practical work each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

Computer technology is an international business, so we encourage a global perspective throughout our teaching.

If you opt for a sandwich year, you have the opportunity to spend a period of time abroad*** for part of your studies; we have student exchange links with universities in 20 countries around the world and we will support you in trying to find a work placement abroad. We have had past students secure international placements in, for example, Austria and France.

We have previously organised a number of international field trips*** for our students. For example, three groups of our past students and a team of staff members have attended the annual European Embedded Digital Signal Processing (eDSP) group project events three years running and worked with local staff and students in Lithuania, France and Germany. We have also previously undertaken three separate visits to China; we visited the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) in Shanghai, Jiang Su SAS-Tech Auto Industrial Company in Taicang City and worked with Chinese staff and students on an embedded system development project, experiencing the Chinese culture throughout the visits.

***May be subject to availability, competitive application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU134
A Level BTEC IB Diploma Access Grades GCSE requirement
BBB-BBC to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Computing or Design Tech. Excludes General Studies. DDM-DMM in an Engineering subject, to include Merits in 'Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems' and 'Further Engineering Mathematics' units. 29 points to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology and IT at a higher level. The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three. A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements.

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

Course essentials – additional costs

Please note that international field trips, placement opportunities and/or study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Engineering remains one of the most in-demand jobs in the UK, with a particular shortage of Power System Engineers, Control Engineers and Protection Engineers. However, opportunities exist throughout the world for highly trained professionals who combine computing and engineering skills.

The course focuses on computer hardware-software design and integration, giving you the opportunity to gain substantial practical experience and which aims to support you in demonstrating your capabilities to future employers. Course content is regularly reviewed to reflect what is relevant and in demand in the industry by seeking external feedback from the External Examiner and a group of professionals and subject experts from industry, universities and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) through the IET accreditation process.

You will also receive support from our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

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Where our graduates work

Previous graduates from the course have gone into predominately industry roles in diverse range of industries, for example, JLR, GE and National Grid, Jaguar Land Rover, Blackberry, IBM, DSTL – Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Advanced Electronics Company, Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems, PX Group and more. Some choose to progress to further study of an MSc or PhD.


What our alumni say

The faculty’s employability and placement unit has been with me at every step of the way, from supporting me with my original applications to the point of getting an internship and beyond. My placement advisor has been of continuous support in helping me improve my CV, making me aware of the placement process and even performing mock interviews. When I was looking for a job EEC futures was there to patiently discuss which one would best suit my career growth.

Surbhi Mago, Computer Hardware and Software Engineering BEng (Hons), graduated 2019
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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