We can show you how to use your problem-solving skills to their full potential in our Computer Hardware and Software Engineering BEng.
The use of computer technology is now pervasive within modern day society – crucial in electrical devices as diverse as tablets to traffic lights, air conditioning to air traffic control. As potential uses of technology grow, so too does the demand for developers and software engineers capable of designing and implementing such applications.
Fully endorsed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this course enables you to register with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer on completion. It provides a broad technical education in the hardware and software aspects of computer systems engineering and applications development.
You’ll have access to facilities, placement opportunities at companies which have previously included the National Grid, GlaxoSmithKline, Severn Trent Water and Mercedes Benz and an annual programme of inspiring lectures on contemporary engineering and computing topics presented by the IET and British Computer Society (BCS).
If you love solving problems and working with computers, this professionally accredited course focuses on the engineering and integration of hardware and software systems, encouraging you to think creatively and independently, ready to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing technological environment.
Why choose this course?
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, including ABB, IBM, Halliburton, BlackBerry and Bosch, many of whom offer competitive placement opportunities to our students, as well as visits and guest lectures.
Informed by the Engineering Council UK-SPEC standard, 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 to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise in: engineering mathematics; analogue and digital electronics; computer engineering, operating systems; computer networking and security; software engineering; and network management and design.
We adopt an innovative activity-led 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.
Students regularly praise the enthusiasm of our lecturers (NSS 2016) and you’ll be taught by staff with teaching experience in the Higher Education sector and/or industry experience, many of whom are active researchers with expertise in electronics and computing. This helps to inform their teaching, keeping you abreast of new developments and issues, as well as providing opportunities for collaborative research projects. For example, in the 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).
International experience opportunities
Computer technology is an international business, so we encourage a global perspective throughout our teaching.
If you opt for a sandwich year, you have the opportunity to spend a period of time abroad for part of your studies; we have student exchange links with universities in 20 countries around the world and we will support you in finding a work placement anywhere in the world. We have had students on international placements in Austria and France.
We have organised a number of international field trips for our students. For example, three groups of our students and a team of staff members have attended the annual European Embedded Digital Signal Processing (eDSP) group project events three years running and worked with local staff and students in Lithuania, France and Germany. We have also undertaken three separate visits to China; we visited the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) in Shanghai, Jiang Su SAS-Tech Auto Industrial Company in Taicang City and worked with Chinese staff and students on an embedded system development project, experiencing the Chinese culture throughout the visits.
Engineering remains one of the most in-demand jobs in the UK, with a particular shortage of Power System Engineers, Control Engineers and Protection Engineers. However, opportunities exist throughout the world for highly trained professionals who combine computing and engineering skills.
The course focuses on computer hardware-software design and integration and provides substantial practical experience, which demonstrates your capability to future employers. Course content is regularly reviewed to reflect what is relevant and in demand in the industry by seeking external feedback from the External Examiner and a group of professionals and subject experts from industry, universities and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) through the IET accreditation process.
When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.