To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.
In the meantime, there are some suggested books you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest:
- Bird, J.O. (2022). Bird’s Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology. Routledge.
- Reeping, D. and Reid, K. (2016). Introductory Engineering Mathematics. Momentum Press.
- Dorf, R.C. and Bishop, R.C., (2017). Modern Control Systems. 13th ed. London: Pearson Education.
- Essick, J. (2012) Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers. 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press.
Throughout your studies you will have access to absolutely all the facilities and equipment you will need, however some students like to purchase equipment before they start their studies. If you would like to purchase any of this equipment before you start your studies, we recommend looking into pre-owned options.
- Portable Hard Disk Drive – Whilst you can store files online, we strongly recommend that you purchase a 500GB shock proof USB 3 portable self-powered hard disk drive (approx. £50) which will be invaluable, especially for multimedia work.
- Computer – We have excellent computer labs, but for those who prefer the independence of using their own machines we recommend a machine which has the following specification:
- 8GB RAM
- 750GB HDD
- Intel i5 (or equivalent AMD processor)
- (15” Screen Desirable)
Things to do now
As in all specialised fields of engineering, intelligent automation and robotics students benefit from basic skills in reading and writing documents and mathematics skills that will be useful in solving problems and programming. Although not essential, making sure you have basic reading and writing skills will help when you need to read moderately technical articles during your studies.
Meet your programme lead
Dr Umar F Khan
Dr Umar F Khan is a senior lecturer in electronics who’s areas of expertise include electronics, control, and robotics.
Additional ways to prepare
Preparing to start
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