Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Hardware and Software Engineering

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Course summary

Coventry has a long tradition of teaching computing and electronics with a strong emphasis on its applications in practical situations. We have extensive industry links, collaborating with a broad range of commercial partners, many of whom may offer competitive placement opportunities to our students, as well as site visits and guest lectures. Please note that placement opportunities and site visits may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements. Meeting the educational requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), the technical focus of the programme is intended to develop the practical skills expected of a professional computer system engineer or system administrator. As such, we concentrate on a number of core themes with an aim to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise in: engineering mathematics; analogue and digital electronics; computer engineering, operating systems; computer networking and security and software engineering. We adopt an innovative Activity-Led learning (ALL) approach to learning, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage in both individual and team work on practical engineering projects. In the first stage ‘systems project’ module, for example, we have previously implemented an electronic design, providing specific design, simulation, building and testing challenges. You’ll be taught by staff with current teaching experience in the Higher Education sector and/or industry experience, many of whom are active researchers with expertise in electronics and computing. This can help to keep teaching up-to-date, keeping you abreast of new developments and issues, as well as providing opportunities for collaborative research projects. For example, past students have worked on industry inspired research projects, such as the development of an Android application, VeriMaster Mobile, for producing ABB flow meter calibration and verification reports and development of a robotic operating system (ROS). Key Course Benefits

  • Meets the full academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration upon successful completion of the course. Further details can be found on the IET website.
  • 94% of computer hardware and software engineering students stated that staff were good at explaining things in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.
  • Well-equipped dedicated electronics laboratory and CISCO laboratory, featuring electronic development and testing equipment, networking devices, associated tools and software.
  • Regular free to attend expert guest lectures, which have previously covered topics such as 3D printer PCB design by RS Component, embedded development with ARM processors by ST Microelectronics and system security by IET members (subject to availability).

Course details


Your main study themes are:

  • Analogue and digital electronics: Aims to develop your capability to produce useful practical designs in the technology area of analogue and digital electronics. You will be required to conceive and simulate your own practical computer circuit designs. Topics covered include semiconductor diodes and their application in power supplies, bipolar junction transistors in single-stage amplifiers, and field effect transistors. Digital topics include the realisation of logic gates, design of small and medium scale combinational functions and the use of flip-flops in sequential logic. Embedded system design modules combine both electronic and programming knowledge for practical solutions for real life problems.
  • Embedded System and hardware design: Embedded system design modules combine both electronic and programming knowledge for practical solutions for real life problems. Advanced hardware design modules are taught in third year covering the topic of FPGA based system design and System on Chip design.
  • Software engineering: Aims to develop problem solving skills for task-oriented problems consistent with the conventions of the Unified Modelling Language (UML). Programs will be implemented using a block structured programming compatible language within an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). You should develop the skills required to design, develop, test and implement object-oriented (OO) computer programs pertaining to engineering problems. Students will be exposed to Mobile app development, machine learning and security modules in third.
  • Operating systems, security and networks: We look at computer communications, mainly in the context of local and wide area networks, together with and systems architecture from the user’s point of view. You should analyse the issues and constraints involved in modern computer operating systems (OS), network communications, services, performance level and associated security, covering concepts such as processes, memory management, drivers and file systems. We examine the interactions between the OS and system hardware and devices, alongside those security issues of relevance to the Operating System. There will be particular focus on Linux and Unix, but you will explore the main features of Windows and Mac OSX as well. Network configuration and management will include LAN and WAN design, with network monitoring within the context of ethical and legal issues.
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

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Computer Hardware and Software Engineering at Coventry University - UCAS