Electronic Engineering (General Entry) / Innealtóireacht Leictreonach (Iontráil Ghinearálta)

Course Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering/Engineering Software

*2021 CAO Points: 215

Minimum Number of

Subjects

 

5

 

Minimum Grade in

Maths

English OR Irish

O4/H7

English O6/H7 Irish 06/H7

Other Grade Requirements

A minimum grade of O6/H7 is required for the remaining modules.


Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

* This is a General Entry Course

The first year of this course is a common year and students study the same fundamental modules with elements of hardware, software, and electronic principles. In the following years students choose to specialise in their chosen discipline of Electronic Engineering or Engineering Software in greater depth. Students do not need to finalise their choice of specialisation until Year 2 of the course.

Electronic Engineering involves the understanding of both hardware and software and how they combine within high technology systems from the design of nanotech devices to the operation of a high speed computer networks. Engineering Software involves the design and development of software systems and various forms of computer-based applications. Software Engineering is important due to the ever-increasing use of mobile technology, the increasing complexity of high technology solutions, and the emergence of new areas such as Internet of Things. Both courses allow the graduates pursue a wide range of engineering interests and career choices. You will use your imagination, creativity and knowledge to provide society with the complex electronic and software systems. 

A graduate in B.Eng in Electronic Engineering will be able to understand, assemble and test complex electronic systems and equipment; can assist a professional electronic engineer in refining product designs and ensure they work as efficiently as possible, and usually works with teams of other professionals to build and test products. Popular career options include:

  • Electronic Technician Engineer
  • Communications Engineering Technician
  • Systems Test Engineer
  • Circuit Layout Engineer
  • Process Control Technician
  • Embedded System Engineer
  • Computer Network Engineer
  • Mobile Phone Engineer
 

Semester 1

  • Critical Skills Development

This Module will focus, in particular, on the development of critical skills such as research skills, learning skills, the skills of academic writing and referencing, critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills/teamwork. 

  • Electrical Circuits 1    

This Module aims to cover the basic elements of direct current circuits, using components, measurement techniques and important issues surrounding electrical safety when constructing and testing DC circuits. 

  • Electronic Workshop    

The aim of Electronic Workshop is to enable the student to acquire competency in the safe use of electronic laboratory test equipment and to acquire competency in constructing and testing electronic assemblies. 

  • Interactive Computer Programming

This module is a practical introduction to the basics of computer programming. Students will learn to write simple programs using the Processing programming language which is based on Java. 

  • Mathematics 1    

This subject supports other Electronic Engineering subjects in year 1 by covering algebra, coordinate geometry of the plane, right angled triangles, oscillations and complex numbers.

  • Physics    

This subject is an introduction to the basic principles of physics and aims to provide student with skills necessary to apply concepts in the areas of mechanics, heat, waves and light to Engineering.

Semester 2

  • Analogue Electronics Fundamentals    

The student is familiarised with a range of semiconductor components and the relevant measurement techniques involved in constructing and testing simple analogue circuits. 

  • Computer Aided Design    

This module provides the student with the opportunity of using an industry standard application providing for schematic capture, simulation and design of a printed circuit board (PCB).

  • Digital Systems 1    

The purpose of this module is to provide an understanding of digital combinational logic design techniques, synchronous design, use of timing diagrams and test and debug of digital circuits.

  • Electrical Circuits 2    

This module aims to provide an introduction to AC signals and the basic elements of AC circuits, and the concept of a phasor is introduced and applied to solve a variety of reactive circuits. 

  • Interactive Embedded Systems    

This module is a practical introduction to embedded computer programming and computer interfacing.

  • Mathematics 2    

This subject aims to make the student highly proficient in a range of mathematical techniques in linear algebra, analysis and calculus required to support Electronic Engineering subjects. 

 

Semester 1

  • Computer Network Fundamentals    

The aim of this module is to give the student an introduction to the fundamentals of computer networking including an introduction to the physical layer, the concept of framing, the role of the network layer, an introduction to IP, the role of the Transport layer and example protocols. 

  • Digital Systems 2    

This module provides an understanding of digital sequential logic design practices as well as the construction of sequential circuits, and the test and debug of digital circuits.

  • JAVA    

The aim of this module is to teach the student how to implement an algorithm in Java source code 

  • Introduction to Smart Sensors (Elective)    

In this module the emphasis is on wireless integration and embedded software using a low cost microcontroller platform. 

  • Smart Wireless Communications(Elective)    

This module introduces the concepts of wireless communications with specific focus on devices having network connectivity for sending and receiving data.

  • Mathematics 3    

This Module aims to equip the student with the skills to apply probability theory and statistical distributions to Electronic Engineering problems. 

  • Project 1    

The Project Module aims to equip the student with the skills necessary to research, construct and troubleshoot a basic electronic\electrical circuit. 

Note: The student must select only one Elective Module

Semester 2

  • Control Systems    

The aim of this module is to introduce the key concepts of control systems to the student and aspects of digital control are introduced using PLC and digital sensors

  • Microprocessor Fundamentals    

The module emphasis is on understanding the hardware architecture, instruction set and assembly language programming. 

  • Routers and Switches    

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the skill-sets required to configure routers and switches in computer networks. 

  • GUI Development (Elective)    

The aim of this module is to build on the previous Java module and provide the student with the fundamental skills for the development graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for applications and applets using Java.

  • Solid State Electronics (Elective)    

The aim of this module is to provide the student with a broad knowledge of analogue circuit techniques including the design of amplifier circuits. 

  • Mathematics 4    

This Module builds on the student’s ability to use calculus, to introduce more advanced techniques of integration and their application to separable differential equations, and to analogue signals via Laplace transforms and digital signals via Fourier coefficients. 

  • Project 2    

The Project 2 Module is a continuation of Project 1 and equips the student with the skills necessary to research, construct and troubleshoot a basic electronic\electrical circuit. 

Note: The student must select only one Elective Module

Semester 1

  • Mathematics 5    

This module will reinforce the student’s competence in a range of mathematical techniques to support the analytical content of other modules and enable the student to apply these mathematical techniques to the solution of engineering problems, such as the analysis of system behaviour.

  • Control System Design

This Module aims to review feedback control theory in the time domain and introduce control theory in the frequency domain. It deals with introduction to design of feedback control systems, time domain and frequency-domain performance measures, stability and degree of stability, disturbance, and sensitivity. 

  • Network Design    

The aim of this Module is to give the student a detailed understanding of LAN switching, routing protocols and the key skills to build a network

  • C Programming    

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to allow the design, implement and test of software programs written in the C language.

  • Semiconductor Fabrication    

The aim of this Module is to introduce the student to the clean room laboratory where they will learn how to work safely and manufacture semiconductor devices and characterise the performance of devices fabricated in the laboratory

  • Digital Communications Fundamentals
        
    This Module provides students with a knowledge of the main processes involved in a digital transmission communications system and the practical skills to design simple communications circuit blocks

Semester 2

  • Mathematics 5    

This module will reinforce the student’s competence in a range of mathematical techniques to support the analytical content of other modules and enable the student to apply these mathematical techniques to the solution of engineering problems, such as the analysis of system behaviour.

  • Control System Design    

This Module aims to review feedback control theory in the time domain and introduce control theory in the frequency domain. It deals with introduction to design of feedback control systems, time domain and frequency-domain performance measures, stability and degree of stability, disturbance, and sensitivity. 

  • Network Design    

The aim of this Module is to give the student a detailed understanding of LAN switching, routing protocols and the key skills to build a network

  • C Programming    

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to allow the design, implement and test of software programs written in the C language.

  • Object Oriented Software 

Design    The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop effective OOP solutions to engineering problems. They will design their OOP solutions for future implementations of mobile Apps to interact with Hardware.

  • Software Project    

The Project spans the academic year and is largely a Problem Based Learning process where students are expected to use the knowledge they have gained during their attendance at lectures, labs, and tutorials to develop software in order to address an engineering problem. 

 

Semester 1

  • Mathematics 6    

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with further calculus-based techniques for the solution of engineering problems and to develop the student’s abilities to select appropriate techniques for problem solving and the evaluation of results. 

  • Electronic Filters and Circuits    

This Module provides more analytical detail to topics introduced earlier in the Programme including Filters, Oscillators, Transistor Circuits and Negative Feedback.

  • Power Engineering    

This module forms an introduction to electrical power systems and deals with a broad range of theory and analysis relating to energy distribution, circuit and electromagnetic theory, behaviour of circuits under differing loading conditions, implementation of power factor correction and the use of electrical drives.

  • Analysis of Analogue Communications    

This Module provides an analysis of Analogue Communication Systems, and the Fourier Series and Fourier Transforms are used to analyse a selection of communications systems. 

  • Embedded Systems    

The aim of this Module is to learn the design of software/hardware for an embedded system executing native code. Applications will be studied in lectures and labs in order to provide an overview of a complete system. The syllabus is written for the MSP430 family, but other processors may be used.

  • Digital Design with Verilog    

This module is a practical introduction to the Verilog hardware description language and students will learn to write Verilog code, using FPGA Development tools, to model digital devices and systems and leading to implementation using a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) prototyping board.

Semester 2

  • Mathematics 6    

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with further calculus-based techniques for the solution of engineering problems and to develop the student’s abilities to select appropriate techniques for problem solving and the evaluation of results.

  • Management Techniques    

The module aims to develop an understanding of the modern practice of management and allows the student to appreciate the appropriate operational management techniques, organisational processes, and structure. 

  • Network Security & Administration    

This Module will address topics such as Network Administration and the required approach to Security in the design of computer networks

  • Embedded Systems    

The aim of this Module is to learn the design of software/hardware for an embedded system executing native code. Applications will be studied in lectures and labs in order to provide an overview of a complete system. The syllabus is written for the MSP430 family, but other processors may be used.

  • Data Structures & Algorithms     

The aim of this Module is to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to allow the student to design, implement and test data structures and algorithms written in the C language.

  • Software Project    

The Project spans the academic year and is largely a Problem Based Learning process where students are expected to use the knowledge they have gained during their attendance at lectures, labs, and tutorials to develop software in order to address an engineering problem.

 

The B.Eng in Electronic Engineering gave me the opportunity to work in high-technology manufacturing. I am now involved in technical support for complex manufacturing systems and currently lead a team of technicians.
I successfully completed the B.Eng in Electronic Engineering and my results allowed me to progress for a further year to the B.Eng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering.
Staff and technicians in the Department of Electronic Engineering were always very helpful and supportive to me when I was a student.
TU Code

TU726

Level

Level 7

Award

Bachelor of Engineering

Duration

3 years

Number of Places

25

Location

Tallaght

Fees

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

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