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Electronic Engineering with English for Academic Purposes

Course overview

(Graduate Diploma) Graduate Diploma
Electronic Engineering with English for Academic Purposes
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Graduate Diploma

External Examiners

Prof Raouf Hamzaoui
De Montfort University

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 IA931-6-AU English for Academic Purposes Core 15 Core
02 IA932-6-SP Advanced English for Academic Purposes Compulsory 15 Compulsory
03 IA933-6-SU Extended English for Academic Purposes Project Compulsory 15 Compulsory
04 IA934-6-FY Critical Reading and Seminar Skills Compulsory 15 Compulsory
05 CE243-5-AU or CE265-5-SP Compulsory with Options 15 Compulsory
06 CE885-7-AU Mathematical Research Techniques Using Matlab Compulsory 15 Compulsory
07 CE262-5-AU Engineering Mathematics Compulsory 15 Compulsory
08 CE323-6-SP or CE334-6-SP Compulsory with Options 15 Compulsory

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To develop and acquire the productive and receptive language and study skills needed for successful participation at graduate level in a British university.

These include both linguistic and communicative competence, oral skills, academic writing, reading efficiency and the ability to work independently

- to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge in electronic engineering required to progress to Masters degree level

- to develop the students ability to work on projects and relatively unstructured assignments and to understand industrial practice in the electronics industry

- to acquire the knowledge and skills (ie.
Critical, analytical, research, problem-solving and study skills; argument and communication) that will not only stand students in good stead for more specialised academic careers, but will also enhance their opportunities for employment in a wide range of other careers

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Improve language accuracy and fluency to C1 level
A2 Recognise and use the appropriate lexical and discourse structures of their subject area
A3 Principles, techniques and processes of project management
A4 Mathematics and mathematical tools used in electronics
A5 Knowledge of embedded processors and systems
Learning Methods: Lectures and classes

Directed reading

Individual and group tasks


Modules are taught through lectures, laboratory classes, seminar discussions, tutorials and student presentations, with both peer and tutor feedback.

Where feasible, input in the EAP modules will be based on material provided by academic module teachers, and some classes may be team-taught.

Electronic engineering lectures demonstrate skills of analysis and theoretical understanding in electronics.
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations, assessed essays, class tests, class assignments and presentations and laboratory assignments.

Assessment tests both basic understanding of concepts and issues and a range of approaches and interpretations.

A1-A2 outcomes are assessed via an extended project in EL933.

This is designed to examine students’‘ ability to produce an extended piece of writing which demonstrates the ability to present a coherent argument based on a range of sources drawn from key texts in the target academic discipline.

A3-A5 are assessed by means of the coursework and examination requirements of electronic engineering modules.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Use language accurately and appropriately, using a variety of lexis, grammatical structure and communication strategies
B2 Demonstrate an awareness of the language and discourse structure of their subject area
B3 Synthesise information from a variety of sources with appropriate acknowledgement and integrate this into presentations or written work
B4 Create a structured argument based on appropriate research methods
B5 Acquire a knowledge of key concepts, principles and methods of argument in the field of electronics
B6 Analyse a specified problem and choose the most appropriate methods for its solution
Learning Methods: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1-B6 are practised in discussion and presentations, as well as through assessed written work.

Students are given advice in tutorials on research skills and have the opportunity to analyse model assignments.

The ability to develop a coherent argument, supported by evidence, is practised in group discussion and is also a requirement of all assessed written work.

All of these skills are taught and re-enforced continually by a variety of methods - classes involving pair and group work, individual tutorials, taped lectures and student-led workshops.

Input ranges from print to audio and video materials.

Students also use interactive web-based teaching materials.

Oral presentations are video-recorded and students are given group and individual feedback, from peers and tutors.

The essays prepare students for the exam.

As the summative assessment for any given module, the exam tests their ability both to demonstrate and to sustain their skills in controlled conditions.
Assessment Methods: B1-B4 students are assessed by two end of module examinations on knowledge of grammatical structures, listening and note-taking, and there is an integrated English for Academic Purposes skills examination covering reading, vocabulary and writing.

The EAP coursework portfolio also requires demonstration of learning outcomes B1-B4.

B1-B4 outcomes are assessed via an extended project in EL933.

This is designed to examine students’‘ ability to produce an extended piece of writing which demonstrates the ability to present a coherent argument based on a range of sources drawn from key texts in the target academic discipline.

B5-B6 are assessed by means of the coursework and examination requirements of electronic engineering modules.

C: Practical skills

C1 Demonstrate a range of academic skills, including effective note-taking, accurate listening skills and active participation in class discussion
C2 Identify, select and gather information using relevant sources, including the library and online searches
C3 Make effective use of a range of theories, programming languages and operating systems
C4 Present an argument in oral presentations and by planning, drafting and revising written assignments in an appropriate style, referenced according to academic conventions
C5 Work as a member of a team, contributing to the planning and execution of a design task
C6 Specify, design, implement, test and document a simple electronic system or program
Learning Methods: C1 EL 931-933: students practise these skills using audio and video materials.

They are also expected to make notes during classmates’‘ presentations.

They are then required to write up a selection of these notes at a later date, to check their accuracy and effectiveness.

The teaching materials and methodology place great emphasis on pair and group work and student participation - this is explicitly addressed in tutors’‘ reports and students are encouraged to discuss these reports in tutorials.

C2 EL932: students select texts from a variety of sources for class discussion - these texts are then read for content and also critically evaluated for the quality and reliability of the evidence they contain and the structure of their argument.

There is also some analysis of the varying requirements of specific academic genres.

C4 EL933 preparation for project work in plenary sessions and in 1:1 tutorials and feedback on process, editing and drafting.

All of these skills are also practised both directly and indirectly in EL931, EL932, EL933, EL934 and in relevant electronic engineering modules.

C3 is developed through exercises and exposure to mathematical software.

C5 is developed in group assignments and project work Various aspects of C6 are acquired in laboratory programmes and coursework assignments, and further developed in team and individual project work
Assessment Methods: Assessment of EL modules is based on a mixture of oral and written assignments which test students’‘ ability to implement these skills effectively.

Achievement of practical skills in electronic engineering modules is assessed through marked coursework, project reports, oral presentations and demonstrations of completed basic systems.

D: Key skills

D1 A fundamental aim of the course is effective communication in English; orally, through class participation and presentations, in writing and in critical reading. Skills in the communication of arguments and ideas in a range of different contexts is a specific objective. This extends to concepts in electronic engineering and technology as well as in project management and teamwork.
D2 An ability to use relevant software products for supporting learning, including the use of statistical packages for data analysis. Students perform a variety of word-processing operations and use the Internet for research. They use PowerPoint or OHP transparencies for presentations. They also communicate with tutors by email e.g. sending drafts of work as attachments. They use specialised software tools appropriate to electronics.
D3 An ability to use basic problem solving techniques and to apply them to the solution of electronics design problems.
D4 An ability to identify and evaluate various source materials, to apply concepts and solve problems, and to work out objectives and priorities. Students should be able to apply knowledge and understanding in order to make judgements and offer solutions in a range of contexts.
D5 Working with others - Pair and group work are an integral part of the course, and peer evaluation is also built in. There are opportunities for group projects in some modules.
D6 Students are encouraged to keep both learner diaries and records of their own learning and to work independently. Students should have the ability to work to briefs and deadlines; take responsibility for their own work; reflect on their own learning and performance and make constructive use of feedback. Improving time management, prioritising critical tasks, meeting deadlines, and evaluating self-learning.
Learning Methods: D1 There is a continuous emphasis on effective communication.

Awareness of audience and appropriate linguistic and discourse choices is a focus of all work, especially in writing.

D2 Students are trained in the use of PowerPoint for presentations and in using the Internet for research purposes.

D4-D5: Students are expected to work in pairs and groups on a variety of information- and opinion-gap tasks and analysis of texts.
In presentations students give and receive peer feedback, both oral and written.

Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning, especially in individual tutorials.

Reflective tasks are also part of the portfolio requirement.

D1-D6 are implicit in some electronic engineering modules.
Assessment Methods: D1-D6 are assessed as an integral part of class work and assignments.

EL modules: students are required to word process their work and to use PowerPoint for oral presentations.

Peer evaluation and feedback are an important part of the informal assessment of students’‘ performance.

D6: EL931-EL933 include reflective tasks in the portfolio of assessed work.


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