Control and Automation is concerned with the design and operation of control systems used to monitor and control a variety of systems such as production processes or chemical plants. It has applications in industry, transport, defence and other technologies, leading to demand for graduates in this area. The first year of the course (Level 4) covers core engineering principles and technologies such as mathematics, electrical & electronic engineering, programming and so on. During the second year (Level 5) there is greater emphasis on the application of the core principles through design. Electronics and microprocessors are taught in the context of designing and controlling engineering systems and the mathematics course provides the essential skills to enable you to design control strategies, and supports the more mathematical modules of the programme. The design project is less structured, allowing you more freedom to design your own solutions to problems.