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Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
403
Course code:
LM118
Duration:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr Colin Fitzpatrick
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 233561
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus
 
 

This new Electronic and Computer Engineering degree has been developed in conjunction with employers, to meet the demand for male and female graduates with strong skills in software and hardware engineering, along with mathematical analysis ability.

This course will give you the skills to employ and develop technologies to tackle many of the challenges of the coming decades including energy, climate change, health and well-being as well as other innovative areas such as entertainment and self-driving vehicles.

Graduates of this degree programme will play key roles in the research, design, development, test and installation of future systems. They will frequently work in teams to tackle challenging problems. Many of the men and women who graduate from this degree also pursue higher degrees by research (MEng, PhD, etc), or through taught postgraduate programmes (MSc, MEng, MBA, etc).

This new Electronic and Computer Engineering degree has been developed in conjunction with industrial employers, to meet the demand for engineering graduates with strong skills in software and hardware engineering, along with mathematical analysis ability.

At the end of the second year, this new programme in Electronic and Computer Engineering will allow you to select a major option from five major options – Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, Robotic Engineering, Electrical Energy Engineering, anda General option.

Graduates of this degree programme will play key roles in the research, design, development, test and installation of future systems. They will frequently work in teams to tackle complex and challenging problems. Graduates may also pursue higher degrees by research (MEng, PhD, etc), or through taught postgraduate programmes (MSc, MEng, MBA, etc).

The programme of study thus offers excellent choice, thereby enhancing the range employment prospects and career choice options for the student.

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What you will study

The first two years of the programme will provide you with a strong practical and theoretical foundation in: computing and programming languages, software, digital and analogue electronics, electrical science, and engineering mathematics. During these first two years you will be guided towards your choice of a major option to be undertaken in the final two years of the programme.

For years 3 and 4, you will select one of the major options. You will also have the freedom to choose a General option, where you can select modules from the various major option streams – instead of specialising on a single major option.

Work experience is provided through a positive and motivating thirty-week period of Cooperative Education, which is an integral part of the programme. Co-op will provide you with experience and practice in the field of your chosen major option area.

In the final year (year 4) you will undertake a major individual project, which in general solves a real-world problem. The project involves advanced design and implementation work, and builds confidence by putting into practice the skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout the course.

Major Options

Electronic Engineering

Electronic Engineers have brought us mobile phones, digital cameras, security systems, improved weather forecasting, electronic medical devices and so many other things that we now take for granted. Material covered in this option includes:

Circuit Design - integrated circuits (ICs), analogue circuits, digital circuits

Data and Telecommunications - networks, communications, protocols

Electrical Engineering - power systems, power electronics, electromagnetics

Control - advanced control systems, sensors and actuators

Signal Processing - signal processing, VLSI signal processing

Computer Engineering

Computer engineers will work in important application areas which include mobile phone systems, gaming, medical diagnostic and monitoring equipment, the Internet, smart transport and energy management systems etc. Material covered in this option includes:

Software - software engineering, distributed and real-time software design, advanced operating systems, language processors

Digital Electronics - integrated circuits (ICs), computer architectures

Control – advanced control systems, machine vision

Data and Telecommunications - networks, communications, protocols, security

Signal Processing - digital signal processing, coding theory

Robotic Engineering

Robotics is an exciting area of computer-controlled technology. Robotic applications are found in space exploration, deep-ocean systems, transport, product manufacturing, medical equipment, entertainment systems etc. Material covered in this option includes:

Robotics - advanced robotics systems, artificial intelligence, machine vision

Control - advanced control systems, digital control systems

Software - software engineering, distributed and real-time software design

Automation - industrial automation, sensors and actuators

Electrical Energy Engineering

Recent times have seen a worldwide shift towards a refocused commitment on the topic of energy. Electrical energy power engineering is an important element of this activity and there is an increasing need for engineers in this discipline to work on new solutions for the electrical energy grid based on wind, solar, ocean, wave and other renewable forms of energy. Material covered in this option includes:

Electrical Engineering - power systems, power electronics, electromagnetics

Physics - thermal physics, mechanical energy, electrical energy

Control - advanced control systems, sensors and actuators

Environment - advanced electronics for the built environment

General Option

This General option is aimed at students who have a broad interest in the areas of electronic and computer engineering, and want to explore several topics of the prescribed major options.

LM118 Programme of Study in more detail. Module outline descriptions

The programme is broken into two parts.

1. Years 1 and 2 are common to all the degree options.
2. Years 3 and 4 of all degree options have some common modules but they are designed to offer specialist modules in each option area.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer
Chemistry for Engineers Computer Software 2 Vacation
Electrical Engineering 1 Circuit Analysis 1  
Engineering Computing Semiconductor Device Fundamentals  
Engineering Mathematics 1 Digital Systems 1  
Introduction to Engineering 1 Engineering Mathematics 2  
Engineering Science 1    
Semester 3 Semester 4
Engineering Maths 3 Engineering Maths 4
Digital Systems 2 Digital Systems 3
Computer Software 3 Communications & Networks Protocols
Active Circuit Design 1 Active Circuit Design 2
The Engineer as a Professional Control 1

Every Student will complete their co-operative education during semester 1 of year 3. 

After your co-op placement you will continue with your major option. 

Year 3 Semester 2 Year 4 Semester 1 Year 4 Semester 2
  Operating Systems   Software Engineering   Distributed Systems
  Language Processors   Computer Networks   Communication and Security Protocols
  Signals & Systems   Artifical Intelligence   Computer Architectures
  Telecommunication Fundamentals   ASICs 1   Machine Vision
  Control 2   Final Year Project 1   Final Year Project 2
Year 3 Semester 2 Year 4 Semester 1 Year 4 Semester 2
  Active Circuits   ASICs 1   ASICs 2
  Sensors & Actuators   Computer Networks   VLSI DSP Systems
  Signals & Systems   Electrical Power Systems   Power Electronics
  Telecommuncation Fundamentals   Electronics & the Environment   Electromagnetics
  Control 2   Final Year Project 1   Final Year Project 2
Year 3 Semester 2 Year 4 Semester 1 Year 4 Semester 2
  Operating Systems   Artificial Intelligence   Spatial Robotics
  Sensors & Actuators   Digital Signal Processing   Digital Control
  Signals & Systems   Software Engineering   Distributed Systems
  Telecommunications Fundamentals   Electrical Automation   Machine Vision
  Control 2   Final Year Project 1   Final Year Project 2
Year 3 Semester 2 Year 4 Semester 1 Year 4 Semester 2
  Signals & Systems
Communications Theory
Control 2
Electives
Operating Systems
Languages Processors
Electrical Energy
Active Circuits 4
Sensors & Actuators
  Electives - (Choose Min 4 Max 4)
Computer Networks 1
Software Engineering
Artificial Intelligence
Digital Signal Processing 1
Electrical Power Systems
ASICS 1
Electrical Automation
Electronics & the Environment
Final Year Project 1
  Electives - (Choose Min 4 Max 4)
VLSI Digital Processing Systems
Distributed Systems
Computer Architecture
Electromagnetics 1
Power Electronics
ASICS 2
Communications & Security Protocols
Digital Control
Energy Mangement & Technology
Spatial Robotics Final Year Project 2

Entry requirements

CAO points history 403
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and a grade O6/H7 in any one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Studies, Design & Communication Graphics/Technical Drawing, Technology, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths.

Additional considerations

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€16,465

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
Intel Shannon "Paul Whelan" Scholarship
€2,500 for the remainder of your degree
Women in Engineering Bursary Awards
€500
8
The Ei Electronics Women in Engineering Scholarship
€2,500 for 3 years
1
Robbie McAdam Commemorative Scholarship
€7,000
1
Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards
€1,500 and a trophy
1
Intel, Shannon Women in Technology Scholarship
€2,000 grant for the remainder of your degree

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Graduates of the Electronic and Computer Engineering programme will build successful careers in a wide range of application areas, including research, design and development of:

  • Mobile and Wireless Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Security and Forensics
  • Game Systems
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Integrated Circuit Technology
  • Energy Production & Distribution Systems
  • Smart Energy Management
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Sensors and Sensor Networks
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Automation Control Systems
  • Robotics
  • Automotive and Aerospace electronics

Engineers often move quickly into senior management and consultancy positions, using their analytical approach to project management and problem solving. There are also worldwide opportunities for advanced study and research, and graduates can diversify into many other areas such as business, medicine and law.

The Bachelor of Engineering (BE) programmes in UL are accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI). This is an internationally recognised professional engineering accreditation. The new BE in Electronic and Computer engineering will be accredited once students have graduated from the programme, in accordance with Engineers Ireland rules.

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