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Computer Hardware and Software Engineering BEng 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

GG56

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

We can show you how to use your problem-solving skills to their full potential in our Computer Hardware and Software Engineering BEng.

The use of computer technology is now pervasive within modern day society – crucial in electrical devices as diverse as tablets to traffic lights, air conditioning to air traffic control. As potential uses of technology grow, so too does the demand for developers and software engineers capable of designing and implementing such applications.

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

You’ll have access to facilities, placement opportunities at companies which have previously included the National Grid, GlaxoSmithKline, Severn Trent Water and Mercedes Benz and an annual programme of inspiring lectures on contemporary engineering and computing topics presented by the IET and British Computer Society (BCS).

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)

Fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this course provides the full academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

What our students say

The course ties in the components of computer science with electronics and robotics engineering, which, if you enjoy a challenge, will prove to be a stimulating and engaging yet exciting experience. We engage in Activity-Led learning, which means that we get hands-on experience of practical activities whilst learning the fundamental theory. This included the use of Raspberry Pi, building robotic vehicles, as well simulating and creating small circuits.

Veena Kumari, final year student, BEng (Hons) Computer Hardware and Software Engineering

Course information

If you love solving problems and working with computers, this professionally accredited course focuses on the engineering and integration of hardware and software systems, encouraging you to think creatively and independently, ready to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing technological environment.

 

94%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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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 how they communicate, while Electrical Engineering covers essential electrical circuits and power systems topics to give you the ability to power large computer systems reliably and efficiently. In Electronics, we explore the digital logic and electronic circuits which are the foundation of computer hardware engineering.

Modules

  • Professional skills

  • Analogue and digital electronics 1

  • Electrical engineering 1

  • Systems project

  • Engineering mathematics

  • Introduction to computer engineering

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

The second year introduces the study of engineering management, which covers the business organisation, finances, contract law, health and safety and human resources issues that you will encounter while working in commercial engineering. We continue to develop your knowledge of programming and operating systems, together with electronics and computer networks.

During the year, you will participate in a microprocessors group project, which allows you to apply appropriate theoretical and practical project management methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle engineering processes, systems, services and products. Previously, students have designed wireless electronic remote lock system and robotics with obstacle detection and remote communication capabilities.

Modules

  • Analogue and digital electronics 2

  • Embedded microprocessors group project

  • Programming for engineers

  • Operating systems, security and networks

  • Networked system architectures

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.

Modules

  • Professional placement

  • Study abroad

Overview

In the final year, you will continue your studies in software and electronics 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

  • Advanced electronics

  • Object oriented software

  • Advanced digital systems

  • Advanced network management and 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.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Meets the full academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.
  • 95% of students felt staff were enthusiastic about what they teach in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Well-equipped dedicated electronics laboratory and CISCO laboratory, featuring electronic development and testing equipment, networking devices, associated tools and software.
  • Regular expert guest lectures, which previously have 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.
  • Our Research Centres in Mobility and Transport and Low Impact Building have a strong portfolio of research in wireless sensors, pervasive Computing, distributed computer systems, digital forensics, computer security, serious games, virtual reality, aerodynamics and electrical energy.

Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, giving you the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad.

Our main study themes are:

  • Analogue and digital electronics: Develops 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.

  • Software engineering: Develops 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.

  • 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 users 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 learn 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.

  • Engineering mathematics: Develops your competence in mathematical methods relevant to engineering. You will learn to analyse problems using appropriate mathematical techniques carrying out the manipulation themselves and also using modern mathematical software.

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 university. 

You’ll have access to cutting-edge 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 to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, mirroring the work you’ll do in professional practice. This means that while you learn the technical content of your degree, these hardware and software projects 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, in the past, students have tackled data recovery with the University’s research group in System Security and Digital Forensics.

UK field trips and industry visits are organised from time to time to enhance student learning experience. Previously, we 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.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials and guest speeches, practical laboratory classes and personal tutorials.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods, such as presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and computer simulation employing Simulink, Matlab, Multisim and Proteus.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 40%
  • Coursework, tests, portfolio: 25%
  • Practical or project work: 20%
  • Group work: 10%
  • Demonstrations, presentations, posters etc.: 5%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Engineering, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 300 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

40% assessed by formal examinations

On successful completion, you should 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.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

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 finding a work placement anywhere in the world. We have had students on international placements in Austria and France.

We have organised a number of international field trips for our students. For example, three groups of our 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 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.

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 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

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)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

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


21

global programmes

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

What our students say

What made the course so interesting was the ability to model and virtualise a working system using software packages before implementing in hardware. I am glad I chose it.

Oluwakemi Borisade, BEng (Hons) Computer Hardware and Software Engineering, graduated with a first in 2016, now IT Consultant at QA Consulting Course detail

Clearing places available on this course

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What our students say

The course ties in the components of computer science with electronics and robotics engineering, which, if you enjoy a challenge, will prove to be a stimulating and engaging yet exciting experience. We engage in Activity-Led learning, which means that we get hands-on experience of practical activities whilst learning the fundamental theory. This included the use of Raspberry Pi, building robotic vehicles, as well simulating and creating small circuits.

Veena Kumari, final year student, BEng (Hons) Computer Hardware and Software Engineering

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


January 2018

£9,250 (per year)


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.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


January 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£14,104 (per year)


January 2018

£14,104 (per year)


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:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Optional personal computer and software: £500+

What our students say

The course ties in the components of computer science with electronics and robotics engineering, which, if you enjoy a challenge, will prove to be a stimulating and engaging yet exciting experience. We engage in Activity-Led learning, which means that we get hands-on experience of practical activities whilst learning the fundamental theory. This included the use of Raspberry Pi, building robotic vehicles, as well simulating and creating small circuits.

Veena Kumari, final year student, BEng (Hons) Computer Hardware and Software Engineering

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 and provides substantial practical experience, which demonstrates your capability 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.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC 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.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

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.

£23K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £23,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

The course provided me with the solid foundation on which to build my career as a Hardware and Software Engineer working on safety-critical projects. The knowledge gained, ranging from Assembly to PCB Design, electronic theory to C++, and Linux to Digital Signal Processing, was invaluable in ensuring that I could hit the ground running. Added to this were the cultural experiences of course visits and Erasmus trips abroad, which all helped to boost confidence, presentation skills, and working in tight-knit teams.

James Marsden, UK, BEng (Honours) Computer Hardware and Software Engineering, graduated in 2013, now Safety Critical Hardware and Software Engineer for Altran UK – Intelligent System Division Employability
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.