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

Course Title: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Engineering and Engineering Software 

2022 CAO Points: 260

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of

Subjects

Higher

6

2/H5

Minimum Grade in

Maths

English OR Irish

O4/H7

English O6/H7  Irish 06/H7

Other Grade Requirements

In Addition: 2 H5s and O6/H7 required for the remaining subjects.

QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award

Three Distinctions one of which must be C20138
or C20174 or C20175 or 5N1833 or 5N18396 or 5N0556 or 6N3395 or B20029 or 5N2066 or C20139 or 4N2138 or N33029 or 5N16654 or O4/H7 in LC Maths

Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants:

Applications from mature students (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 have the opportunity to choose to specialise in their chosen discipline of Electronic Engineering or Engineering Software in greater depth. 

This course is designed to produce professional engineers who can design and optimise complex hardware, software and communications systems, and you will be at the forefront of developing the connected world.  You’ll develop the skills you need to work in all aspects of the ICT industry, including software design, information technology, telecommunications, and computer network engineering.

You’ll combine expertise in engineering with advanced knowledge of electronic design, computer hardware and software, and be able to apply your skills to designing systems ranging from the embedded microprocessors in modern mobile devices to high-performance computing and Microelectronic device design. You’ll be trained to be creative and inventive, and able to solve difficult problems in areas. You’ll spend many hours in our labs, developing strong technical and design skills. Each of the eight semesters, you’ll take six modules, designed to provide a broad-based technical foundation in electronic or software engineering.

In Years 2 & 3, you’ll undertake a major hardware or software project, involving strong interaction between you and your supervisor. In your final year, you’ll work on an open-ended design project that will require research, project management and a creative approach to the solution. You can select elective modules such as software design, network engineering, communications systems or microchip design so as to study what interests you in greater depth.

Electronic Engineers are responsible for the design, development and testing of hardware and software components or systems. The modern Electronic Engineer will work in a diverse and very dynamic field spanning from the design and operation of mobile phones to robotics. Typical career opportunities will include:

  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Hardware Design Engineer
  • Computer Network Engineer
  • Radio Frequency Design Engineer
  • Integrated Circuit Design Engineer
  • Engineering Systems Engineer
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Networks Operation Engineer Nanotechnology Design 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 3

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 4

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 5

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

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 6

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.

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.

Semester 7

Mathematics 7    
This Module aims to provide students on the electronics degree programme with knowledge of key theoretical concepts and methods of Calculus of several variables and Stochastic Processes.

Final Year Project    
The Project is a yearlong Module and students are expected to use the knowledge they have gained during their attendance at lectures, labs, and tutorials. The project supervisor will provide support and advice for the project student during allocated time. The Project will be a hardware or software-based task and will target the solution to an engineering problem.

Analysis of Digital Communication    
This Module provides a comprehensive mathematical analysis of modern Digital Communication systems.

Digital Finite State Design    
This Module will enable the student to analyse and design digital circuits using state machine and other techniques and to assess and evaluate real world effects like setup and hold time issues, signal reflections and relevant real-world issues.

Communications Engineering (Elective)    
The Module discusses telecommunication regulation, compares the architectures of GSM, 3G, 4G and 5G mobile systems, and analyses Microwave Digital Radio systems and link budgets.  This module also provides a theoretical background for understanding and analysing OFDM signals.

Internet Systems (Elective)    
On completion of this module, the student should be able to understand the operation of a computer network and both design and interconnect computer networks.

Software Development 1 (Elective)    
The aim of this Module is to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to allow the student to design, implement and test programs written in a high-level object-oriented language, such as the C++ language

Semiconductor Device Physics (Elective)    
This Module aims to develop the students’ knowledge of cleanroom fabrication techniques and how to manufacture semiconductor devices. The student will also understand the structure and operation of devices such as a MOSFET and PN Junction, and be able to explain how device structure can affect device performance

Semiconductor Materials Characterisation (Elective)    
This Module aims to introduce the student to the range of popular instrumentation used for analysing the structure and composition of modern semiconductor devices and materials

Mathematics 7    
This Module aims to provide students on the electronics degree programme with knowledge of key theoretical concepts and methods of Calculus of several variables and Stochastic Processes.

Final Year Project    

The Project is a year long Module and students are expected to use the knowledge they have gained during their attendance at lectures, labs, and tutorials. The project supervisor will provide support and advice for the project student during allocated time. The Project will be a software-based task and will target the solution to an engineering problem.

Internet Systems
On completion of this module, the student should be able to understand the operation of a computer network and both design and interconnect computer networks.

Software Development 1
The aim of this Module is to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to allow the student to design, implement and test programs written in a high-level object-oriented language, such as the C++ language

Embedded System Software Design    
The aim of this Module is to study the design of software for embedded systems. It covers areas of embedded system software design such as Functional decomposition, Data-Flow analysis, State machine design and the fundamentals of Real-Time operating systems

Mobile Systems Programming (Elective)    
The purpose of this module is to develop applications for an android device, which will then be able to interface and control other hardware.

Machine Learning with Python (Elective)    
This Module deals with machine learning and the student will learn where and how to apply Machine Learning algorithms. The course will cover examination of data and the range of tools available through Python for the analysis and visualisation of data

Note: The student must select one Elective Module

Semester 8

TU829 modules - Semester 8aTU829 Modules Semster 8b

The B.Eng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering has allowed me gain a senior position with an engineering company.
Thanks to the B.Eng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering I now work with a company designing integrated circuits for next-generation equipment.
When I received my B.Eng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering I was able to travel abroad and make a career in software development.
TU Code

TU829

Level

Level 8

Award

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Duration

4 years

Number of Places

25

Location

Tallaght

Fees

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees