Computer Systems Engineering BSc Honours
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TYPICAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER 2015
|A Levels||CCC/AA including at least one technical subject|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points including 5 in any Higher Level technical subject|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma||DMM/D*D* to include Merit in Maths at Level 3|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade C in IT or Engineering and relevant ASL at Grade C|
|GCSE Maths and English||Grade C or above or equivalent grades in Key Skills (Functional Skills qualifications are not accepted)|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C|
Computer systems engineering is a growing market in today’s computer industry. Embedded systems have become widespread in industry and can be found in almost all modern consumer devices, from smart phones to management systems in cars. This course aims to develop your skills as a strong computer-based engineer, in demand in both industry and research. It will equip you with necessary knowledge and engineering skills related to modern day computer and embedded microprocessors, as well as embracing their structure, design and efficient operation. This course focuses on three main areas – computer systems, embedded systems and program development – and you will gain the technical expertise and knowledge to take a good idea from conception through to a viable product, a key characteristic for many employers.
Project-based learning forms an integral part of the course, with project modules being highly valued by employers. These projects include the design and construction of a maze-solving autonomous robot with its associated drive and control circuitry as well as a full-custom design and implementation of a digital system utilising industry standard design tools. The projects are also designed to enhance your practical skills as well as develop your teamwork and project management skills.
Teaching methods include lectures and seminars, laboratory work, group and individual projects and mobile learning.
Assessments include formal exams, group work, written reports, presentations and posters
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Digital Systems
- Electronics Principles
- Embedded System Project
- Mathematics for Computing
- Programming Methodology I
- Programming Methodology II
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Digital System Design and Implementation
- Operating Systems and Systems Programming
- Robotic Systems Project
- Professional Engineering Practice and Industrial Management
- Sensors, Data Acquisition and Interfaces
Plus one option from:
- Network Software Engineering
- Scripting for Engineering
Industrial placement year
You will have the opportunity to take a placement in industry between Years 2 and 3. This gives you practical experience in the workplace and a competitive edge in the job market. It also contributes to your professional development towards Chartered Engineer status.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Embedded and Real Time System Architectures
- Individual Project in Computer Systems
Plus three option from:
- Advanced Biomedical Electronics
- Algorithm and System Implementation
- Applied Distributed Systems Programming
- Operating Systems and Drivers
This course is accredited by the Engineering Council and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This entitles you, after a period of experience, to become an Incorporated Engineer.
- Dr Vivian Bartlett, Course Leader
- Katerina Christofylaki-Fines, Module Leader
- Dr Mohammed Al-Janabi, Module Leader
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelors degree entry requirements. For more information, visit the Kaplan International London website.
The Computer Systems Engineering BSc Honours aims to create graduates who will have the ability to work in the areas of embedded systems, systems based programming, application level programming.
The degree provides the ideal educational base for entry to a career in computer systems, and embedded systems. Today this requires knowledge of hardware, processor design, peripheral interfacing, system programming, and application level programming. There is a need for versatile engineers who would be able problem solve, design, support and build embedded system devices.
Students on the degree in the past have gone on to work for all manner of companies, from banking to software-based companies.
Students are also well equipped to progress to postgraduate study in software and or engineering.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
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