This M.Eng programme is targeted specifically at the area of Electronic Design Engineering. There is a wide breadth and depth requirement in the techniques regarded as indispensable for the design of modern complex electronic products. In the field of Electronic Design Engineering it is unlikely that any single individual will possess all the required skills to sufficient depth. In reality each individual Engineer must endeavour to reach a depth of knowledge in a chosen speciality to allow participation in that discipline as part of a team. The Engineer must also possess a breadth of skills and knowledge to ensure they are not too constrained by their speciality and also to allow for constructive interaction with Engineers from other disciplines.
Electronic systems can be viewed as a combination of analogue, digital and software sub-systems. Design problems or tasks are often partitioned into sub-systems in each of these categories, and perhaps some others, where they can be tackled by specialist Engineers. Modern Engineers need specialist knowledge i.e. the depth of knowledge to function effectively but must also understand more than just their narrow area and in smaller companies will be required to contribute across a broader spectrum of skills. For example, digital designers need to understand clock skew, cross talk, fan out limitations and much more to be effective while software engineers performing real time software design typically must understand the principles of microprocessor performance and input/output latencies to be effective. This Masters Degree Programme aims to give the students the necessary depth and breadth of knowledge to be effective at a professional level.
This M.Eng programme requires the student to take modules in the major (i.e. depth) area while also taking additional modules to give breadth to their studies. This combination of modules delivers the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills required of a modern graduate. The student is also required to study a module on Technical Innovation and Research Methods which aims to provide lifelong learning and self-learning skills in the crucially important area of research and innovation. In total the student will take eight taught modules. The Project and dissertation permits further opportunity for skills, knowledge and expertise to be developed and practiced.
About the Course
The Masters Degree in Electronic Design Engineering is designed to meet the needs of both students and employer. High Tech Electronic Engineering companies (SYNOPSYS, XILINX, ACTEL, INTEL and others), were involved in the design and review of this Masters Degree Programme along with academics in IT Tallaght and other third Level Colleges. The programme equips the student with advanced design and analysis skills which are applied to leading edge design problems using the latest tool sets. Graduates will have Design-Engineering skills and expertise that will be of particular value to the Semiconductor, Networking and Wireless Industries. It is likely that many of the course participants will already be employed in one of these sectors and this qualification will help move their career to the next level.