BEng (Hons) Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering


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  • BEng (Hons) Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering (with Management)

Year 2 Pathways:

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering-related 2+2s (1+2s)

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* International Students who have sufficient Academic and English language requirements may be exempt from taking the foundation year and complete the degree in only 3 Years.

This degree course is offered by the Liverpool John Moores University and delivered at SBC.

This course provides a programme of study, which develops core knowledge, and understanding of engineering principles, mathematics, and computation, appropriate to the field of industrial electronics and control engineering. It will enable you to develop specialist knowledge, intellectual and practical skills that will help you to analyse, investigate and develop robust solutions to engineering problems.

You will develop relevant study and personal skills to become an independent learner, while receiving appropriate tutoring and support. You will also be equipped with a range of transferable skills and attributes in the use of computers, software packages, team working, communication, time management and problem solving methodology which will enable you to undertake responsible roles in industry and commerce.

You may study the full degree at SBC in Shanghai to receive the Liverpool John Moores University degree certificate (4+0/3+0). Alternatively, you may study partly in Shanghai and partly in the UK, and receive a degree certificate from one of the nine SBC partner universities in Electrical and Electronic Engineering-related areas (3+1/2+1, 2+1+1/1+1+1, 2+2/1+2).

The course is designed to prepare students for their future careers, by providing them with the

initial educational requirements of a professional engineer, together with a suitable range of transferable and management skills appropriate to the discipline. This will enable graduates to operate effectively in their initial professional role and provide a strong basis for future career development.

The first year comprises the Year 1 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme, which is designed to give you the necessary skills in all four language areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking). You will practise these skills by expressing your ideas in spoken or written form, taking part in academic discussions, taking effective lecture notes and giving oral presentations. This is carefully integrated with the content modules in Physics and Mathematics to fully prepare you for years 2-4 of the degree.

In the second year, you will be introduced to the core modules in area of electrical and electronic engineering, including Circuit Principles, Digital System Design, Electronic Engineering Materials and Energy Transport and Conversion. You will also learn computer programming by using C/C++ programming languages. In addition, Mathematics tailored for Engineering students will continue to be studied. Therefore, in Part I (Years 1 and 2) study students will be provided with a solid foundation for advanced study in Part II (Year 3 and 4).

In the third year at SBC, core modules for this course include Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing and the Environment, Automation, Engineering Problem Solution, Measurement and Control, as well as Advanced Mathematics. Modules which specialise in electrical and electronic engineering include Microprocessor Systems, Analogue Electronics and Microcontroller Based Programming.

In the fourth year at SBC, you will be required to complete modules including Industrial Automation, Project Management, Quality Systems, Engineering Project, Control Systems and Field Programmable Gate Arrays.

In addition to the Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering degree with Liverpool John Moores University, a wide range of degree subjects in the area of Electrical and Electronic Engineering are available to students who choose to complete their degree study in the UK after two years study in Shanghai, including Electronic and Communication Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Electrical Engineering. International students may also choose to study Electronics and Nanotechnology, Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems, Music Multimedia and Electronics, Computer Technology, Digital Electronics, Software Engineering and Microelectronics etc. For information regarding the third and fourth years study in other universities in the UK, please refer to the appropriate NCUK partner university's website.

A range of delivery styles are incorporated into the course. You will attend lectures which are heavily supported by small-group tutorial work, led by academic staff and you will be encouraged to develop your thoughts and ideas.

Delivery is interactive in a number of ways. Many modules make significant use of our Blackboard, where online learning resources can be accessed to support your work and to fit in with your personal workload scheduling.

Your knowledge and understanding will usually be assessed via a combination of examinations and coursework. Certain subjects may be assessed by other means, such as through a portfolio of work. In addition, there is a final year project. The final year project allows you to work independently and contributes substantially to the final award.

SBC has an established Centre of Career Service and Student Development, which runs tailor-made skill training courses and helps students to recognise their own potential and plan their future. SBC cooperates with a broad range of Multinational Corporate Partners including Fortune 500 companies. Students will have unique opportunities for internship placements and attending training programmes during their duration of study at SBC.

As well as the obvious manufacturing roles, Electronics and Control Engineers are employed to support both sales and marketing, as well as reaching positions of technical, managerial and commercial leadership. Positions in both small and large companies require both a good technical understanding and strong interpersonal skills. Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering is widely recognised by employers as a degree meeting these requirements. This also enables graduates to be employed by consultancies, government bodies and public utilities.

Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering Module List

You will learn how to clearly express mathematical ideas in English, how to use a scientific calculator and how to analyse complex problems. In this first year course a variety of topics are covered including: Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Linear Algebra. This course will provide a mathematical foundation for your future engineering study.

This course is suitable for students who wish to study Further Mathematics in addition to the core Mathematics programme detailed in the NCUK Mathematics modules. The topics in the Mathematics modules will be assumed as background knowledge. However, as students will be studying the mathematics modules together, the Further Mathematics module topics have often been planned to follow on immediately from a topic taught in the Mathematics modules. This further mathematics module contains some mechanics topics in addition to more advanced pure mathematics topics. Study of Further Mathematics will complement the study of the NCUK Physics module.

The purpose of the Physics course is not only to increase your knowledge of physics, but also to prepare you for study in a Western university. You will have to attend lectures, small tutorials and practical Physics labs, where you will be expected to perform simple experiments. You will be given the skills, knowledge and understanding of fundamental areas of Physics. As well as attending lectures, tutorials and labs, you will gain the confidence required to write both laboratory and investigation style reports.

An understanding of English is key for making progress in all the subjects that you will study at SBC and abroad. The Year 1 English course is designed to give you the necessary skills in all 4 language areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), be it in expressing ideas in spoken or written form, taking part in academic discussions, taking effective lecture notes or giving oral presentations.

You should aim to be practicing English as much as possible, not just in the classroom. For example, at SBC you should always be speaking English on campus. By practicing a little every day your oral English ability will improve and your confidence will grow at the same time. You could read English magazines or you can listen to radio stations in English over the Internet. Try to make a habit or routine of improving your English ability.

This module will develop an outline understanding of what is involved in producing an electronic product ready for market. Students will learn and experience different laboratory techniques needed to underpin the other electronics modules. Students will have basic understanding on how an initial circuit design is developed though simulation, prototyping; testing, design refinement, product engineering and documentation to become a commercial product; they will have and experience of using software to aid in some of these tasks and will have an awareness of commercial and management considerations: planning tools, financial issues, IP (intellectual property) issues, and health and safety issues, ethical issues

Assessment includes three courseworks; for the first coursework (35%), students will design a very simple piece of equipment, predict its performance, build it, test it and analyse its performance. The second coursework (35%), the students need to refine their previous design, rectifying the shortcoming. They will use a MULTISM (circuit simulator) to predict the behaviour of both the earlier and the improved circuits. The last coursework (30%) is an essay writing on the topics not covered in the first two courseworks

The aim of this module is to introduce students to programming with the intention that students gain a firm grasp of the practical use of basic programming concepts in a procedural language. The module has the following goals:

-               To be able explain how sequence, iteration and selection are supported in the C language

-               To describe simple data structures including arrays, strings and linked lists

-               To explain the operation of functions and parameter passing, being able to distinguish between passing parameters by reference and by value

-               To be able to solve well-specified problems using stepwise refinement

-               To be able to select programming language constructs and data structures to develop efficient solutions to well-defined problems

-               To be able to develop programmes in the C language to address detailed specifications

-               To be able to write, compile, run and test programmes written in the C language

Maths 1 is a Calculus course designed to give you the skills to apply mathematics to solving engineering problems in your other courses. It covers differentiation and integration and there application to Engineering problems with the following goals:

-               To develop the students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and appreciation of the mathematics required for a course in engineering.

-               To develop the students’ ability to apply theoretical ideas to practical problems.

-               To allow the students to develop techniques for modelling engineering problems and the abilities to interpret their results.

-               To extend and improve the students’ knowledge and use of the correct mathematical vocabulary and syntax so that they can communicate effectively with other engineers, scientists and mathematicians.

-               To be able to use ICT within their mathematics

This module will develop your understanding of the properties of electronic engineering material structures. We look at material structures, semiconductors, insulators, dielectrics and magnetic materials. These topics are important as they act as a foundation for your later study of the subject and applications.

Assessment includes a laboratory report (20%) and end of semester examination (80%).

This module will introduce the students to the concept of simple circuit elements in electrical and electronic systems with DC and transient (step) excitation. The module will provide a solid grounding of theory in the mathematical analysis of circuits as well as it will offer illustrative practical applications of theoretical concepts.

The theory is complemented with practical analysis and design of circuits using PC simulation software (Multisim).

Assessment includes two assignments (each 10%) and one end of semester examination (80%).

This module will introduce the principles of digital logic, combinatorial and sequential circuit design and digital system implementation. You will learn binary numbers and Boolean algebra, combinatorial circuits, Sequential circuit and implementation issues of basic logic function. Student will gain experience using Electronic Design Automation tools and perform schematic entry of a given logic circuit.

Assessment includes two course works (5% each) and one laboratory report (10%) and end of semester examination (80%).

Maths 2 continues where Maths 1 left off. The course covers linear algebra and differential equations and the application to engineering problems with the following goals:

-               To develop the students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and appreciation of the mathematics required for a course in engineering.

-               To develop the students’ ability to apply theoretical ideas to practical problems.

-               To allow the students to develop techniques for modelling engineering problems and the abilities to interpret their results.

-               To extend and improve the students’ knowledge and use of the correct mathematical vocabulary and syntax so that they can communicate effectively with other engineers, scientists and mathematicians.

-               To be able to use ICT within their mathematics

This module builds on the “Circuit Principles 1” module and aims to introduce the students to electrical and electronic systems excited by sine wave AC. The module provides a solid grounding of theory in the mathematical analysis of circuits as well as it offer illustrative practical applications of theoretical concepts.

The theory is complemented with practical analysis and design of circuits using PC simulation software (Multisim).

Assessment includes two assignments (each 10%) and one end of semester examination (80%).

This module will introduce key concepts in energy systems and their application to both conventional and renewable electrical power generation. It provides the students with an introduction to the mechanisms used in electrical engineering to transform mechanical energy into electrical and vice versa. It covers overall view of the transmission of the produced electrical energy over the power system to the point of utilisation together with distribution network and demand-side management in a simple treatment.

Assessment includes two laboratory report (10% each) and end of semester examination (80%).

This module builds on the knowledge that you learnt last semester in Electronic Engineering Materials. Having gained knowledge of the structure of diodes and transistors, you will learn how to use them in simple circuits. This semester we will look at diodes, transistors, op-amps and oscillators.

The assessment includes 2 assignments each worth 10% and an end of semester exam worth 80%. The assignments concentrate on developing your practical skills.

This course is designed to build upon the mathematical skills you have learnt in previous years at SBC. It will help further build your foundation in advanced engineering mathematics for application to the solution of engineering problems. You will be assessed in the course via examination at the end of the semester. As part of the course you will use a number of different mathematical methods to solve engineering problems. These include using: eigenvectors and eigenvalues, Laplace transforms, Fourier series, and differential calculus. The course also has a large emphasis on using symbolic mathematical software to assist in finding solutions to the various problems presented to you.

This module will introduce students to a graphical based programming language that enables the user to program via a CAD style environment enabling them to create virtual instruments as a base for data acquisition and instrument control. The module is based around the software LabView which will be used to design a simple control and instrumentation system simulation; control external hardware; and perform data collection, analysis and storage.

This course will help you develop an understanding of the components and principles of control systems. The basic design and analysis of control systems is covered and the opportunity for you to practice control systems applicable to industrial situations. By taking part on this course you will gather an understanding of the basic concepts of dynamic system response and closed loop control; create models for a simple dynamic plant using appropriate software; analyse system stability; and simulate and assess system performance. The course is 1 year long, and is delivered by a mix of lectures, tutorials, and practicals.

The course aims to broaden your knowledge and understanding of digital circuit design, and investigates modern microcontroller architectures and their interface requirements to external systems. The course also provides you with the practical skills necessary to design, analyse and implement electronic circuits controlled by microcontrollers and finite state machines. Throughout the course, there is a large emphasis on laboratory work allowing you to become confident in a hands-on practical environment.

The course is generally divided into two main areas: amplifier circuits and op-amp applications. The aim is to broaden your knowledge and understanding of linear electronic circuit design, and also to provide the important practical skills necessary to design, analyse, simulate and manufacture electronic circuits. Topics covered include: transistor characteristics; differential amplifiers; current mirrors; power control; active filters; analogue and digital conversion; and op-amp characteristics. You will also be provided with the skills required to design, test, and implement electronic circuits using the relevant computer simulation software.

This course is intended to provide you with an introduction into electrical power engineering. The concept of three-phase circuits and further analysis of AC circuits is covered. Throughout the course, you will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the broad scientific and technological principles underpinning operation of rotating electrical machinery and transformers. You will also develop understanding of the steady-state operating principles of single-phase, three-phase transformers, and DC and AC rotating machines. You will also rehearse the practical skills in the use of mathematical methods for modelling and analysing problems, and the use of relevant test and measurement equipment by undertaking experimental laboratory work.

Here you will develop the skills required to practice as a professional engineer. The course provides a broad range of experiences with an emphasis upon the systematic thinking, planning and execution required of engineers in a modern professional environment. As part of your studies you will be required to design, build and test an electronic product to a given specification. The product will incorporate elements covered elsewhere on the course, including analogue electronics and a programmable device such as a microcontroller or FPGA. There is a large emphasis on practical work with much of the work you do, taking place in the laboratory.

Strategic Manufacturing will teach you that engineering is not just about designing and constructing devices but also about ensuring that the manufacturing process is as smooth as possible, this module aims to give students an insight into the important area of strategic manufacturing. Areas covered include operation performance objectives, outsourcing and MRP. Assessment is via a piece of coursework and an end of semester examination.

Process Control is the brains of a mechatronic or manufacturing process. The output response of a physical system is detected by sensors and is passed back into the system as an error signal through closed loop feedback and compared to a set reference. The control system should be designed to optimise this process.

The course is concerned with the mathematical description and design methods to determine stability and desired response features. More specifically, it deals with frequency response methods, PID, Nyquist criterion and developing the State Space description and methods.

This course will provide you with an introduction to the scope of engineering projects and an understanding of the principles and techniques of the management of projects. The course will teach you how to discuss project characteristics and the pitfalls in project management; how to plan, organize, coordinate and monitor projects; how to discuss the impact of time, cost of quality; and how to discuss the issues associated with computerised project management.

This course will introduce to you the concepts of quality systems and specific quality management techniques to all stages of the product life cycle. You will learn about the principles of ISO 9001:2000 Quality Standard; specific quality management techniques; and appropriate techniques for organisational improvement. The course is delivered over a single semester, and incorporates and mix of lectures and tutorials.

The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of industrial automation systems for manufacturing and process industries. The control of industrial processes using programmable logic controllers (PLC) is introduced, and you will also learn how to critically review the differences between various types of controllers. By the end of the course you will be able to analyse industrial control problems and design suitable solutions; write PLC programs using a PLC programming language; and integrate external devices into a PLC based industrial system.

An embedded system is a computer system with a dedicated function within a larger mechanical or electrical system, often with real-time computing constraints.It is embedded as part of a complete device often including hardware and mechanical parts. Embedded systems control many devices in common use today. Ninety-eight percent of all microprocessors are manufactured as components of embedded systems.

Power electronics is the application of solid-state electronics to the control and conversion of electric power.

The engineering project is the most important course you will do in your final year. The project represents approximately 30% of your final degree grade. It aims to provide a guided but independent learning activity on a relevant area of engineering or technology. You will be encouraged to be inventive and creative during the course where you will develop the intellectual and practical skills required to undertake a project from specification to a successful conclusion. The project takes place over the academic year. During this time you will be required to produce an interim report, a logbook of your progress, and final report.