Electronics and Internet of Things - BEng (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This career-focused course is designed to help you kick-start your career in a range of industrial sectors that require you to use internet connected electronic and cyber-physical systems. It will equip you to work in areas such as aeronautics, automotive, defence, smartphones, telecommunications and with medical devices and railway systems. 

You could also progress to further postgraduate study such as a master’s degree or MPhil/PhD.

More about this course

Businesses around the world view the lack of skill and knowledge of Internet of Things (IoT) within their workforce as one of the biggest obstacles to using it more extensively. Consequently the demand for graduates with knowledge and skills in electronics and IoT is rapidly growing.

The course is supported by several specialised laboratories in general electronics, IoT, high frequency communications, computer-aided design (CAD), embedded systems and digital systems and opto-electronics.

When studying any of our specialised modules you will spend a considerable part of the module in these laboratories and this will provide you with an opportunity to practice what you learn in your lectures and seminar sessions. Using an industry-standard simulation package you will investigate, design, implement, test and document a variety of real-world examples of electronics and communications systems. These sessions are performed individually or as part of a group.

You will gain the skills that employers are looking for and will also acquire relevant experience through a work placement in a real client-driven project in the work-related learning module. The course will also help you develop interpersonal, team working and engineering skills alongside commercial, ethical and environmental awareness.

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.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code H200
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Entry requirements

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

  • a minimum of 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, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or above

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Electronics and Internet of Things (including foundation year) BEng (Hons) degree.

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

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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) - Friday morning

    This module introduces a range of fundamental concepts in both analogue and digital communications, through theory and lab work. The module also considers ethical, social, economic and environmental issues relevant to the communications and telecommunications fields.

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  • The module introduces students to the analysis of DC (including both steady state and transient behaviour) for resistors, capacitors and inductors. Techniques for the analysis of DC resistive circuits will be introduced including serial and parallel networks, mesh and node analysis and the principle of superposition. Equations for the response of a switched voltage across a capacitor and inductor will be developed considering an R-C and R-L circuits. The module then develops the analysis of AC circuits, introducing the more powerful methods associated with the use of complex numbers

    Aims of the module: what key skills and knowledge will it enable students to develop?
    1. To introduce students to the basic principles governing the behaviour of electrical circuits;
    2. To introduce students to the applications of complex numbers in AC analysis;
    3. To develop the ability to analyse more complex circuits by using techniques of network analysis;
    4. To develop the ability to design circuits to meet a given specification within agreed tolerances;
    5. To develop an awareness of the two different modes of analysis of time-domain and frequency domain.

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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 equipment/simulators.

    The aims of the module are as follows:
    1. 1. To familiarise students with commonly used electronic components, standard laboratory test and measurement equipment and their usage in designing/analysing, building, and testing simple electronic circuits/systems.
    2. 2. To introduce students to circuit simulation software and develop an awareness of its strengths and limitations
    3. 3. To introduce students to the basic electronics and measurement techniques through practical approach and provide scope for putting theory into practice and develop investigation/analysis skills that exemplify core electrical and measuring principles relevant to the course.
    4. 4. To develop the ability to write a well-structured, concise and thoughtful logbook / report / poster.
    5. To develop the ability to work independently as well as in team

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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 and related applications in Computer Science, Computer Games Programming, Computer Systems Engineering and Robotics and Electronics and Internet of Things.

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Year 2 modules include:

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

    This module builds on the knowledge gained in the first-year module CT4002: Electronic Systems. It aims to introduce some subtle, real-world issues associated with electronic sub-systems by means of carefully chosen group design case study. The group design involves hands-on approach in analysis, design and troubleshooting of mixed-signal systems involving discrete components and ICs (Integrated Circuits).
    The module follows a key set of engineering processes such as research skills, systems level analysis and design, circuit simulation, PCB/prototyping, soldering and testing which enable them to understand the real-world aspects of simple but sufficiently involved electronic systems.
    This laboratory-based module is delivered in such a way that students have a balanced autonomy enabling them to explore personalised learning, creative problem solving, demonstrate and acquire transferable skills.

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

    This module examines the technology underlying current and future mobile wireless systems. It provides the essential theoretical principles and concepts encountered in the design of typical modern communications systems. Various analogue and digital modulation schemes essential for information transmission are examined, including the detrimental effect of noise in limiting system performance.

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

    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).

    Assessment: Coursework (60%) + Unseen exam (40%) [Pass on aggregate]

    The aims of this module are to:
    • Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the regulations governing the digital environment (e.g. Internet) and social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline.
    • Prepare students for the world of work and equip them with the knowledge and appreciation of professional bodies, code of conducts and professional certifications.
    • Introduce students to academic research and research ethics, and to academic writing.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module consists of a short work placement (or work-related activity) lasting over one semester. This usually translates into 12 to 15 full working days (or the part time equivalent of this) in the framework of 150 hours (15-credit module) considering some time for reflection, research and documentation. The work placement is facilitated by University’s Careers and Employability Team. The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, usually 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 student’s part-time job, a volunteering activity, employment activity, an activity within Londonmet, an activity related to client’s brief or business start-up activity.

    The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
    • gain a useful experience of the working environment.
    • undertake a real work-related activity/project appropriate at level 5.
    • enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their
    academic skills and abilities by tackling real life problems in the workplace.
    • enhance professional and personal development.
    • develop and document employability related skills

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

    This module is based on Networking Essentials (Cisco). It teaches networking based on application, covering networking concepts within the context of network environments students may encounter in their daily lives – from small office and home office (SOHO) networking. Students who complete this course are prepared to begin the CCNA Routing & Switching and IoT curricula.
    Students will recognize the significant impact of networking in the world and learn skills needed for entry-level home and small business network installation positions.
    The module covers the necessary background through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive hands-on practical workshops.

    The module aims:
    • To explain the operation of Local Area Network (LAN), and the internet
    • To enable students to perform subnetting of IP addresses as well as scaling IP addresses
    • To gain an understanding of static and dynamic routing protocols
    • To understand Network documentation, security and troubleshooting
    • To understand WLANs, and how to configure residential wireless routers in a SOHO environment

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

    This module develops the skills required for the design and analysis of continuous-time signals and linear systems. It provides the necessary mathematical tools for linear circuit analysis and design such as operational amplifier-based active filters. It also provides analysis of periodic and non-periodic signals.

    The aims of the module are:
    • To understand the necessary mathematical tools for linear system analysis and design
    • To understand the necessary mathematical tools for the analysis of signals
    • To apply the mathematical tools on real applications involving signals and linear time-invariant systems
    • To develop the ability in solving a real problem in the field of linear systems such as active filter design and analysis.
    • To develop the ability in analysing periodic and non-periodic signals

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Year 3 modules include:

  • 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/Altera and its associated hardware).

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  • The module is designed to provide students with technical knowledge and skills on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Theoretical material delivered in the lectures is supported by practical lab work to ensure students have a sound grasp of the technical content where students are expected to develop IoT systems. A number of devices, platforms and software tools will be introduced during the course from different vendors. The module is assessed through lab reports and final examination

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

    This module introduces students to microwave and optoelectronic technologies. It covers the key features of modern microwave wireless systems, their operations and design requirements. Also covered is basic concepts of optoelectronics. Students are shown how various optoelectronic devices are currently used in laser line-of-sight and fibre optic communication systems. The module develops analytical and design knowledge and provides experience of team working through a group work.

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

    This module is based on Cisco CCNA Security curriculum delivered through Cisco Networking Academy at the University.
    This module provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skillset 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. This module helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification.
    This module 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. It offers a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. To pass this module with good grades, students are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills. The module aims:
    1. To provide a firm understanding of Security Policy design and management.
    2. To introduce students to security technologies, products and solutions.
    3. To provide students with practical experience of configuring firewalls and router security
    4. To discuss VPN implementation using routers and firewalls
    5. To introduce concepts of Intrusion Detection
    6. To explain the implementation of AAA (Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (September start) - 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 aims to provide students with the technical background and skills necessary to design and construct robotic devices. It reviews a selection of sensors and actuators that are commonly used in robotic products and provides students with practical experience in the design, construction and evaluation of relatively simple fixed and mobile robots. It also helps students develop an awareness of legal requirements governing robotics, including personnel, health & safety, intellectual property rights, product safety and liability issues. The module covers the necessary background through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive hands-on practical workshops.

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  • The module aims to prepare students in analysing, designing and developing image processing algorithms routinely used in commercial computer vision systems (e.g. Robots). This module covers fundamental principles, underlying mathematics, algorithmic implementations and practical configurations of computer vision systems. After successful completion of this module, students are expected to professionally evaluate elements of computer vision systems and work with real-world computer vision systems.

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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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After the course

The course will ensure you're equipped to work at a professional level in upcoming areas of electronics, Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber physical systems, as well as for progressing to further postgraduate study such as a master’s degree or MPhil/PhD.

Additional costs

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

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

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

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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