London, UK The Continuing Education in Electronics Systems Integration (CEESI) programme is adding to its range of Masters level electronics based learning modules which are designed for users from the industrial sector. Engineers from over 55 electronics companies in the UK have already been involved in the programme.
Eight new postgraduate level modules have been added to the organisation's prospectus now bring the course tally to 24 towards an eventual target of 32 modules. The programme, which is now nearing completion, has been developed with industrial and academic co-operation to raise the standards of training in levels of specialism and relevance for the microelectronics sector.
New modules in Self Timed Logic, Low Power System Design and DSP in Speech Technology will come on stream this session. Now being completed ready for roll out next session are a further five modules: IP Block Integration, System Partitioning, RF Electronics, Mobile Communications and the Internet, and Embedded Software.
Since inception, over 260 engineers have now completed CEESI modules. The 17 modules successfully run to date have covered most areas of Electronic System Design and Implementation including Digital, Analogue and RF Design, Communications, and Software Design.
UK companies with engineers taking part include Philips Semiconductors, QinetiQ, ST Microelectronics, Sony, NSC and Motorola.
The CEESI Masters level training programme enables specific study on a part time basis with options towards higher postgraduate awards. Study is flexible enabling postgraduates to take selective modules or to build towards an MSc.
CEESI's academic partners are Bolton Institute, the Institute for System Level Integration (ISLI) representing the universities of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh and Strathclyde, University of Bradford, University of Manchester, Northumbria University, University of Southampton and the University of Surrey. After taking one or more modules, graduates may register for an MSc at any of the academic partners
The CEESI programme has established its pool of postgraduate level training modules to address the electronics industry's need for flexible training in systems integration. Access is partly via the internet with module structures catering for those looking to continue their professional development without necessarily being concerned about working towards a qualification as well as those continuing education as part of a postgraduate programme.
CEESI modules involve a mixture of distance learning and study at a UK university using a credit based system where credits are earned through levels of study towards a total module. Each credit is expected to involve ten hours study and, for example, a 15 credit module involving some 150 hours study time is spread over 12 weeks and likely to involve around 12 hours per week. Smaller modules require proportionately less time. Most people would be able to study two smaller modules at the same time but only one at 15 credits.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK are supporting the development of the CEESI programme with funds for developing Masters Training Packages. The EPSRC has also provided funding to reduce the cost of CEESI modules to EU residents who are paying their own fees or who work for a small company.