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Electronics (Including Year Abroad)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Electronics (Including Year Abroad)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
BSC H632

External Examiners

Dr Robert John Watson
University of Bath
Senior Lecturer

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

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 CE101-4-FY Team Project Challenge Compulsory 15
02 CE142-4-FY Mathematics for Engineers Compulsory 15
03 CE150-4-AU Intro to Programming with C Compulsory 15
04 CE155-4-SP Network Fundamentals Compulsory 15
05 CE161-4-AU Fundamentals of Digital Systems Compulsory 15
06 CE162-4-SP Digital Electronic Systems Compulsory 15
07 CE163-4-AU Foundations of Electronics I Compulsory 15
08 CE164-4-SP Foundations of Electronics II Compulsory 15

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 CE223-5-SP Signal Processing Core 15
02 CE262-5-AU Engineering Mathematics Compulsory 15
03 CE263-5-SP Analogue Circuit Design Compulsory 15
04 CE264-5-AU Digital Systems Design Compulsory 15
05 CE266-5-SP Engineering Electromagnetics Compulsory 15
06 CE243-5-AU C Programming and Embedded Systems Compulsory 15
07 CE293-5-FY or CE299-5-FY Compulsory with Options 15
08 Option from list Compulsory with Options 15

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AW600-6-FY Compulsory 60

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 CE301-6-FY Individual Capstone Project Challenge Compulsory 45
02 CE331-6-SP Signal Processing Compulsory 15
03 Option(s) from list Compulsory with Options 30
04 Option(s) from list Compulsory with Options 30

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


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

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:

C: Practical skills

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:

D: Key skills

D1 Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences.
D2 Understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.
D3 Awareness of quality issues and their application to continuous improvement.
D4 Ability to work with technical uncertainty.
D5 Understanding of, and the ability to work in, different roles within an engineering team.
D6 Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering and a knowledge of professional codes of conduct.
D7 Knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes.
D8 Knowledge and understanding of management techniques, including project management, that may be used to achieve engineering objectives.
D9 Understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate.
D10 Awareness of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health and safety, contracts, intellectual property rights, product safety and liability issues.
D11 Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk, and of risk assessment and risk management techniques.
D12 Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources.
D13 Knowledge of relevant legal and contractual issues.
Learning Methods: Students learn key skills in research, problem solving, communication and team project work in the first year project module, and thereafter the development of key skills forms an integral part of their overall learning activity.
Assessment Methods: Assessment of the key skills is intrinsic to subject based assessment.
The assessment of project work includes specific allocations of credit for project management and the quality of presentations.


The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: