Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems With Foundation Year BEng (Hons) - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems With Foundation Year

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems With Foundation Year
DipHE Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems With Foundation Year
CertHE Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems With Foundation Year

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UFA12033 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY UFA12048 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

1. UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment (UK-SPEC, Engineering Council, August 2020) and associated Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, version 4 (AHEP4, August 2020). 2. QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering (March 2023). 3. Academic Accreditation Information Pack for Higher Education Institutions, Institution of Engineering Technology (accessed 2023). 4. For transfer to and/or remaining on an accredited MEng programme an end-of-year average of 55% is required.

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Computer Science and Electronic Eng

Programme Leader

TAYLOR Alison (Maths & Phys)

Date of production/revision of spec

24/05/2024

Educational aims of the programme

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of a Foundation Year and 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are based on a 15-credit tariff
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over five academic years, consisting of a Foundation Year, an optional professional training year and 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are based on a 15-credit tariff
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 0 - FHEQ Level 3

Module Selection for Year 0 - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems programme.

Year 0 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

Module Selection for Year 0 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and professional training year please view the programme specification for the full-time with PTY BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems programme.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

The University of Surrey is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This programme is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas:

Digital capabilities: Students develop skills and confidence in using a variety of software tools, and they are encouraged as well as supported in organising and setting up their own social network groups. Examples include: Students are introduced to Microsoft Teams as part of their group projects, and working with these tools in a professional versus social setting is explored. Programming languages such as Matlab, Javascript and Python are introduced. The students become conversant with working within the university VLE (SurreyLearn) through dedicated training sessions which are reinforced with embedded activities in specific modules (which may use different aspects of SurreyLearn functionality, particularly for different assessment styles.) All students learn to use tools such as the similarity checker Turnitin and debating the use of generative AI tools is now a learning objective within the Computer Laboratory module. Further applications that students need to develop competency in for producing academic output include using MS Office tools such as Word, Excel and Power point.

Employability: Students learn to use industry standard software packages such as MS Office suite, MATLAB and introductory programming with Python (the industry standard for Data Science and numerous other application domains.) Engineering and Physical Sciences students undertake a group project. We liaise with the University Student Enterprise team to provide mentoring and guidance, as well as being part of the Engineers in Business Competition that provides opportunities for prize money and links with the Sainsbury's Management Fellows for mentorship.

Global and cultural capabilities: The student cohort has a diverse spectrum of social and cultural backgrounds. Students are encouraged to work together, particularly in lab and tutorial sessions where they gain exposure to different points of view, approaches and experiences. On a practical level students encounter scenarios where for instance they have to change the usage of familiar language, such as the use of reserved words in Matlab. The programming language was constructed using American English so simple commands using the word colour will not work and students have to use the word color instead. This can be a source of frustration but provides a useful exemplar of how different cultural points of view, in this case the choice of spellings for reserved words, forces us to adjust our way of working. Students also learn for example that engineers work to different standards in different countries and that design codes and health and safety regulations may evolve as a function of location. For instance, structural design codes and building regulations in Japan consider the impact of earthquakes - clearly this is not a consideration when building new homes in the UK.

Resourcefulness and resilience: All of the modules are designed in such a way as to encourage and support the progressive development of independent thinking and resourcefulness through scaffolded activities and assessments. Students are exposed to challenging authentic scenarios which invariably lead to setbacks and frustration. They are encouraged to reflect and fault find and to question their strategy if the outcome of a problem-solving process is not as expected. Students learn how to seek verification of their output through independent research or peer collaboration and how to respond constructively to formal and informal feedback.

Sustainability: When students join the FYP they often have a very mechanical approach to problem solving, accepting facts and applying them without question and without consideration of the implication for society or for the environment. Through the introduction of more complex and connected scenarios, such as within independent research projects, the students begin to appreciate that there are often many ways of approaching the same problem and the solutions have differing impacts on society and the environment. UN sustainability goals are considered and discussed as a part of the group project work. Societal and environmental impact, and real-world examples are included in module teaching and learning.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.