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Computer Systems Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Computer systems engineers work on everything from games consoles, to car controls, to hospital equipment. Reviewed every year to make sure it’s up-to-date, this hands-on degree will help you get to grips the with hardware and software design in any computer system. We focus on giving you the skills, knowledge and work experience needed to get straight into a career in the field.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This course will help you develop your expertise as a hardware designer, developer and programmer in the field of computer systems engineering. There’s an emphasis on microprocessor and microcontroller-based systems and embedded systems.

One of the main strengths of our course is its focus on practical work. You’ll develop your hands-on skills through lab work and optional work placements, ensuring your technical expertise is just as strong as your knowledge base.

You can further your experience with work placements from our World of Work agency. They provide external clients such as TimesOnline with affordable IT solutions, and you’ll have the opportunity to work on real, paid projects.

Alongside subject-specific knowledge, the course is designed to further your interpersonal, team-working and IT skills, and develop your ethical and environmental awareness. As the course progresses, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you, through modules like Audio Engineering, Ethical Hacking and Network Security.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through coursework reports, case studies, individual and group research assignments, written and laboratory-based examinations and a final engineering project or dissertation. You'll receive regular, supportive feedback throughout the course.

If you do not complete the course with the required achievements to qualify for the IET-accredited BEng (Hons) degree, you may be awarded a lesser degree, such as the BSc (Hons) degree. The final award will be determined at the end of the course.

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). You’ll be able to apply for student membership while undertaking your degree. Your fees will be covered by the University, and you’ll have access to resources such as a digital library, jobs boards and networking events.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum grades CCD, one of which must be from a relevant subject (or a minimum of 88 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include studies undertaken at an IET-accredited institution.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon

    The module introduces students to the basics of Information Technology; past, current and future trend in computer systems. The detailed design of a small scale Computer Systems is presented where students have the opportunity to build, configure and test a computer system for a given application. Students will identify the basic features of the Windows operating system and its elements.
    Health Safety issues and the safe disposal of equipment is also covered leading to an understanding and appreciation of social, ethical, environmental and economical issues related to computer’s hardware and software element.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    The module is designed to introduce the most common electronics devices and their applications in small-scale systems. The module is divided into two broad sections of analogue and digital electronics. The module is based on formal seminar/lecture sessions followed by comprehensive practicals/tutorials in both areas which provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in using and applying the laboratory’s test and measurement equipments/simulators.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module develops a range of mathematical techniques including set theory, logic, relations and functions,algebra, differentiation and integration. The techniques provide the foundation for further study of mathematics, computer science and computer games.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This is an introductory programming module, designed to develop interest, ability and confidence in using a programming language. Students will gain the basic knowledge and experience to solve simple programming problems using established techniques in program design, development and documentation.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module aims at providing the students an advanced understanding of key analogue and digital electronic sub-systems. The module aims to develop students’ ability in analysing, designing, implementation and testing standard electronic sub-systems.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module introduces students to the basic concepts of microprocessors and the role that hardware and software play in the functional behaviour of microprocessor systems. Students are then introduced to some of the more common microcontrollers. Interfacing external memories as well as various input/output devices and sensors are also covered. The module enables students to analyse the requirements of a given task, make decisions in selecting an appropriate controller, design and implement prototype hardware/software for a typical embedded systems product. Practical workshops are designed to introduce microprocessor software development, testing and debugging. Workshops provide students with an opportunity to use both ‘C’ and assembly language.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This module helps the student to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of network operating systems, This is achieved by exposing the student to some of the most commonly used network operating systems. The student will reinforce their theoretical knowledge in practical sessions where they will install configure , manage and trouble-shoot network operating systems.

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  • This module aims to introduce students to the range of equipment available in a modern recording studio, and develop both an operational and technological understanding.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an entrepreneurial role within a large organisation.

    Students opting for this modules, will NOT be able to take “Create a Winning Business 2”

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module further develops students’ knowledge and skills in developing software applications for solving real-world problems. It focuses on the data structures, the algorithms for data processing and the software technologies for building standalone, networked and Internet applications. The module is designed to enhance employability through the use of modern industrial tools and technologies, and familiarisation of software development life cycle.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    Introduces techniques for analysing, designing and implementing database systems. Anunderstanding of data modelling and design concepts is provided and database programming language skills are taught.The practical aspect of developing database systems is emphasised and use is made of a widely-used commercial database system (e.g. Oracle) for this purpose.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module focuses on fundamental network terminology and concepts, e.g. protocols, Open System Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models, Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, development of analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing routing protocols and network devices, such as routers and switches. The module provides an opportunity for students to understand the interconnections of various networks and to be able to design and configure small-scaled networks given some typical (customers) requirements.
    It provides further experience of laboratory team working and individual trouble shooting in EIGRP Configuration, Switch Configuration, Spanning-Tree Protocol, Virtual LANs, Frame relay and WAN design.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law, 15 weeks: This module focuses on computer laws, social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline. It also covers techniques for the world of work such as job search, CV and interviews as well as professional ethics and responsibilities. Topics on academic research and academic writing are also presented. (Exam and course work).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module consists of a short work placement of 25 full working days (or the part time equivalent of this).

    The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, related to their course at level 5 (Intermediate level), with a business or community organisation and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be a volunteering activity, employmentactivity,an activity within the Faculty of Computing Virtual Business Environment (VBE), placement orbusiness start-up activity.
    For the purpose of this module – the FOC VBE will be also be recognised as ‘the employer’.

    It is expected that the student should work for 150 hours which should be recorded clearly in the learning log. The 150 hours can be completed in 25 working days in a FT mode, or spread over a semester in a PT mode.

    Students should register with the module leader to be briefed on the module, undergo induction and planning and to have the learning outcomes approved, before they start thelearning activity. It is essential that students are made aware that both the “learning agreement” and “health and safety checklist” where is applicable need to be approved before starting the placement.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module reviews a selection of sensors and transducers and the signal conditioning necessary for including these in a data acquisition system. It provides a good grounding on analogue to digital and digital to analogue conversion principles and their practical applications.

    Examples of a selection of output drivers and devices are also provided.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module extends the digital design techniques learnt at intermediate level to the use of Application Specific Integrated Circuits. It provides an extensive treatment of the use of Virtual Hardware Description Language using the industry's standard (Xilinx and its associated hardware).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work, either individually or as part of a group, in accordance with their course requirements. The topic of investigation will cover a broad spectrum of various analysis and techniques and will lead to a comprehensive and concise academic/industry-related report. Students will be assisted in exploring areas that may be unfamiliar to them and encouraged to develop innovative ideas and techniques. Students will be able to choose a project that may require the solution to a specific problem, creation of an artefact in a real-world environment or an investigation of innovative ideas and techniques related to an area within their field of study. Collaboration with outside agencies and projects with industrial, business or research partners/ sponsors will be encouraged.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module focuses on the design, planning, implementation, operation and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs. It covers fundamentals of WLAN technologies, security, and best practices

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module equips students with professional level programming skills required for developing distributed software systems to solve real-world problems. Students are taught alternative conceptual paradigms, design patterns, frameworks and programming techniques for developing distributed systems for local networks, Internet or the Web. The typical phases of software development life cycle are covered using industry standard languages and tools, for example modelling (UML, XML), design, implementation and testing using popular IDEs, thereby improving students’ employment prospects. Successful completion of this module will give students an opportunity to gain professional Java certification or similar and essential modern requirements of risk assessment prior to embedding appropriate cybersecurity.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module is designed to develop understanding, knowledge and skills associated with the various malicious hacking attacks targeting computer systems and the appropriate safeguards needed to minimise such attacks.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module introduces a range of specialist programming techniques as applied to mobile platforms. Specific areas of study will include: programming strategies for resource-limited portable devices – including reviewing key components through the development of exemplar applications using an appropriate mobile-based programming platform such as Google Android.

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  • The module provides an introduction to computer and telecommunications network planning, design and simulation. Aspects of network management, monitoring as well as security embedded to the design are considered as well. The theoretical work is focusing on two main aspects: (a) WAN design principles and relevant algorithms based on Graph Theory, and (b) systems approach to network design. The practical work involves development and manipulation of network models with the help of tools such WAN design tool and network simulator as well as analysis of the obtained designs and results of simulations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is based on the CCNA Security, one of the Cisco Networking Academy Programme courses.
    The Cisco CCNA Security curriculum provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skill set and help meet the growing demand for network security professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. CCNA Security helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification.
    This course is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialized security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. CCNA Security is a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. Students who enroll in CCNA Security are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills.

    Assessment: Practical exam - PRA (50%) + Unseen exam - EXU(40%) + Open book exam (10%) [Pass both PRA and EXU]

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Computer Hardware and Software Architectures
  • Electronic Systems
  • Logic and Mathematical Techniques
  • Programming

Year 2 modules include:

  • Advanced Electronics Systems
  • Microprocessors and Embedded Systems
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law
  • Work-Related Learning
  • C++ Programming (optional)
  • Ethical Hacking (optional)
  • Network Engineering (optional)
  • Signals and Systems (optional)

Year 3 modules include:

  • Data Acquisition and Interfacing
  • Digital Systems Applications
  • Project
  • Wireless Networks (Cisco)
  • Mobile Applications (optional)
  • Network and Cloud Security (optional)
  • Network Security (Cisco) (optional)
  • Work-Related Learning II (optional)

“Thanks to this course, I can now build my own robot - just like I dreamed during my school days!”

"This course taught me how to solve engineering problems using Java, C, Matlab, Assembly language and VHDL.”

“The course provided lots of varied options, so I could decide what I studied in my second and third years.”

The recent advances in computing mean that system engineers are in high demand right now. Through this course, you’ll learn to design, program and build devices and systems used by a number of industries, including games and entertainment, medicine and automotive.

With the technical skills and the know-how to work on anything from generic embedded systems to extremely sophisticated, specialised and critical systems such as safety systems, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career as a hardware designer, a systems programmer or a designer or consultant.

This course is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study or research.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Applying for September 2017

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2017 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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