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Electronic and Computer Engineering
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Requirements and Assessment
For A-Levels: A minimum of Grade C in Mathematics is required
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A Level Grades (2017)
AAA or equivalent combination
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Mode of study
- Engineering Calculus
- Engineering Mathematical Methods
- Engineering Mechanics
- Engineering Chemistry
- Engineering Physics
- Fundamentals of Engineering
- Engineering Graphics
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Computing
- Engineering Calculus
- Engineering Algebra
- Applied Maths I & II
- Computer Programming
- Electrical Circuits and Systems I & II
- Analogue Systems Design
- Operating Systems
- Engineering Statistics
- Engineering Numerical Analysis
- Laboratory Exercises
- Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Theory
- Microprocessor Systems Engineering
- Digital Systems I
- Embedded Systems
- Application Programming
- Communications Systems Engineering
- Signals and Communications
- Professional Studies
- Business Management and Finance
- Project and laboratory work
- Engineering Electromagnetics
- Infrastructure for Embedded Systems Programming
- Digital Systems II
- Laboratory exercise
- Advanced RF Engineering Electromagnetics
- Applied Software Engineering
- Digital Signal Processing
- Digital Systems Design and VHDL
- Object-Oriented Programming
- Telecommunications Software Applications
- Plus a choice from a number of other courses
- Graphics and Image Processing
- Semiconductor Technology
- Electronic & Computer Engineering Project
- Laboratory exercises
Year 5 - Optional
Follow chosen course of Engineering to Masters level.
Details for Masters level can be found here.
Students can choose from a number of advanced technology modules such as: signal and image processing, embedded systems, communications technologies, sensor systems, the Internet of Things, advanced system-on-chip design and artificial intelligence.
A range of Engineering Transferable Skills modules enable students to develop skills in business, innovation, regulatory and research methods, while also providing options in advanced mathematical techniques and information technology. These modules will prepare students for lifelong learning and development in a professional engineering career, either in industry or in a research environment.
The programme will run over nine months from September–May, aligned with the academic year. It will consist of 60 ECTS divided into advanced Electronic & Computer technology modules, engineering transferable skills modules and a 20 ECTS individual project defined in one of the following research areas: signal and image processing, embedded systems, communications systems, consumer electronics, and biomedical electronics.
Advanced Technology Modules provide students with a range of electronic & computing technology topics designed to complement proposed research project areas such as: signal and image processing, embedded systems, sensor systems for biomedical applications, communications systems, automotive applications, the Internet of Things, and advanced system-on-chip technologies.
A range of Engineering Transferable Skills modules enable students to develop skills in business, innovation, regulatory and research methods, while also providing options in advanced mathematical techniques and information technology as necessary. These modules will prepare students for lifelong learning and development in a professional engineering career, either in industry or in a research environment.
The Electronic & Computer Engineering Project combines students’ technical experience in advanced electronic & computer engineering with professional skills of project management, report writing and presentation skills, where students will work to design and implement a system using advanced technologies and techniques. All projects will include components of design, modelling, analysis, prototyping and testing, building on current state-of-art technologies as identified in commercial and academic literature. In addition to technical development towards a demonstrator system, project deliverables will include an oral presentation, submission of a research abstract and presentation of a research poster at NUI Galway’s Research Day and a professionally written technical report. Efforts will be made to identify an industrial partner for each project.
Modules for 2016-17Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required EI160: Engineering Graphics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CH140: Engineering Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MP120: Engineering Mechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MA140: Engineering Calculus - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EI140: Fundamentals of Engineering - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1110: Engineering Computing I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MM140: Engineering Mathematical Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EI150: Engineering Design - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required CT1111: Engineering Computing II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PH140: Engineering Physics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required ST1100: Engineering Statistics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required CT2106: Object-Oriented Programming - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MA2101: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EE344: Communication Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EE220: Digital Systems I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EE231: Electronic Instrumentation and Sensors - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EE224: Microprocessor Systems Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EE230: Electrical Circuits & Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EE219: Analogue Systems Design I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MA2102: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EE232: Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Theory - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required CT2109: Object Oriented Programming: Data Structures and Algorithms - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required EE357: Signals and Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE345: Digital Systems II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE343: Communication Signals and Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE347: Embedded Systems Applications Programming - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required CT326: Programming III - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE342: Analogue Systems Design II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required CT230: Database Systems I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME3102: Project Management for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EE3102: Electrical & Electronic Engineering Discipline Professional Experience Programme - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Required CT3112: Professional Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Year 4 (60 Credits)Optional CT434: Electronic & Computer Engineering Project - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Required EE453: Telecommunications Software Applications - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EE451: System on Chip Design I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required CT417: Software Engineering III - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required EE445: Digital Signal Processing - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required CT475: Machine Learning & Data Mining - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EE443: BE Project - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Required EE348: Engineering Electromagnetics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required EE452: System on Chip Design II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required CT420: Real Time Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required CT414: Distributed Systems & Co Operative Computing - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required EE444: Communications and Signal Processing Applications - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, suitably qualified students have the option to enrol and continue their studies to Masters or PhD level.
Students can advance to Masters level (ME) through our one year taught Masters programme (September-June) that builds on the successful completion of their undergraduate programme, subject to a sufficient standard (2nd Class Honours minimum). This programme is an integrated follow-on to the BE programme and is designed to meet Engineers Ireland’s criterion for Level 9 degrees, providing graduates with a route to Chartered Engineering status that will be recognised worldwide.
Masters degree education is becoming increasingly the norm internationally in Engineering, and this programme strengthens the ability of our graduates to compete nationally and internationally at the highest level for employment in industry and other sectors of the economy.
In our PhD programme, students develop highly innovative state-of the-art solutions to current problems in Electronic & Computer Engineering, particularly in technologies such as signal and image processing, embedded systems and communications. Many PhD students work closely with industry on the research and development of solutions in a diverse range of applications such as: automotive, biomedical, environmental, aerospace, energy and the Internet of Things.
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- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.
What Our Students Say
Shane Tuohy | BE (Electronic and Computer)
..I'm studying Electronic and Computer Engineering and loving it. The department here is very well kitted out. The equipment in the labs is just top class and the lab technicians are amazingly helpful, they truly go out of their way to sort you out. The lecturers are friendly and definitely know their stuff. As part of the course you get to work on genuinely interesting projects and use cutting edge technologies. A great feature of the course is the five month PEP (Professional Experience Programme) in third year. I've learnt so much about how what I learn in lectures applies to the real world and what is expected of an Electronic Engineer in the field. Plus, I've made a bit of money for next year!...