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Electrical Engineering Major


With rapid transformation occurring across industries and a greater emphasis on green technologies, electrical engineering plays a vital role in building our future society. This major allows students to deepen their knowledge of the discipline of electrical engineering, including in areas such as satellite communications, high-performance computing, telecommunications, signal processing, energy generation and control systems.

This major best aligns with the Biomedical stream. You can not enrol in the Electrical Engineering Major within the Electrical Engineering Stream.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Electrical Engineering Major

Achievement of a major in Electrical Engineering requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) a minimum of 12 credit points and a maximum of 24 credit points of 2000-level selective units
(ii) 6 credit points of 3000-level project units
(iii) a minimum of 18 credit points and a maximum of 30 credit points of 3000-level selective units

Units of study

2000-level units of study
Selective units
Simulation and Numerical Solutions in Eng
6    A ELEC1103. Understanding of the fundamental concepts and building blocks of electrical and electronics circuits and aspects of professional project management, teamwork, and ethics.
N COSC1001 or COSC1901
Semester 2
Electronic Devices and Circuits
6    A ELEC1103. Ohm's Law and Kirchoff's Laws; action of Current and Voltage sources; network analysis and the superposition theorem; Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits; inductors and capacitors, transient response of RL, RC and RLC circuits; the ability to use power supplies, oscilloscopes, function generators, meters, etc.
Semester 2
Signals and Systems
6    A (MATH1001 OR MATH1021) AND MATH1002 AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023). Basic knowledge of differentiation & integration, differential equations, and linear algebra.
Semester 2
Digital Logic
6    A ELEC1601. This unit of study assumes some knowledge of digital data representation and basic computer organisation
Semester 1
3000-level units of study
Project units
Biomedical Design and Technology
6    A A basic understanding of human physiology and anatomy and an understanding of the engineering design process.
P (AMME2302 OR AMME1362) AND (MECH2901 OR BMET2901) AND (MECH2400 OR ENGG1960 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1800)
N AMME5921 OR BMET5921 OR MECH3921
Semester 2
Selective units
Engineering Electromagnetics
6    A Differential calculus, integral calculus, vector integral calculus; electrical circuit theory and analysis using lumped elements; fundamental electromagnetic laws and their use in the calculation of static fields.
Semester 1
Electricity Networks
6    A This unit of study assumes a competence in 1000 level MATH (in particular, the ability to work with complex numbers), in elementary circuit theory and in basic electromagnetics.
Semester 1
Power Electronics and Applications
6    A 1. Differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, analysis of linear circuits. 2. Fourier theory applied to periodic and non-periodic signals. 3. Software such as MATLAB to perform signal analysis and filter design. 4. Familiarity with the use of basic laboratory equipment such as oscilloscope, function generator, power supply, etc. 5. Basic electric circuit theory and analysis
P ELEC2104
Semester 1
Electrical Energy Conversion Systems
6    A Following concepts are assumed knowledge for this unit of study: familiarity with circuit theory, electronic devices, ac power, capacitors and inductors, and electric circuits such as three-phase circuits and circuits with switches, the use of basic laboratory equipment such as oscilloscope and power supply.
P ELEC3203
Semester 2
6    A Specifically the following concepts are assumed knowledge for this unit: familiarity with basic Algebra, Differential and Integral Calculus, Physics; solution of linear differential equations, Matrix Theory, eigenvalues and eigenvectors; linear electrical circuits, ideal op-amps; continuous linear time-invariant systems and their time and frequency domain representations, Laplace transform, Fourier transform.
P ELEC2302 AND (MATH2061 OR MATH2067 OR MATH2021 OR MATH2961 OR AMME2000)
N AMME3500
Semester 2
Digital Signal Processing
6    A Familiarity with basic Algebra, Differential and Integral Calculus, continuous linear time-invariant systems and their time and frequency domain representations, Fourier transform, sampling of continuous time signals.
P ELEC2302
Semester 1
Electronic Circuit Design
6    A A background in basic electronics and circuit theory is assumed.
Semester 1
Communications Electronics and Photonics
6    A ELEC2104. A background in basic electronics and circuit theory is assumed.
Semester 2
6    P ELEC2302. Fourier transform, fundamental in signals and systems theory, convolution, and similar techniques.
Semester 1
Data Communications and the Internet
6      Semester 2
Embedded Systems
6    A ELEC1601 AND ELEC2602. Logic operations, theorems and Boolean algebra, data representation, number operations (binary, hex, integers and floating point), combinational logic analysis and synthesis, sequential logic, registers, counters, bus systems, state machines, simple CAD tools for logic design, basic computer organisation, the CPU, peripheral devices, software organisation, machine language, assembly language, operating systems, data communications and computer networks.
P ELEC1601 AND ELEC2602 AND (COMP2129 OR COMP2017)
Semester 1
Computer Architecture
6    A ELEC3607. Knowledge of microprocessor systems (embedded systems architecture, design methodology, interfacing and programming) is required.
P ELEC2602
Semester 2
Internet Software Platforms
6    P (INFO1103 OR INFO1110 OR INFO1910) AND (INFO2110 OR ISYS2110) AND (INFO2120 OR INFO2820 OR ISYS2120)
N EBUS4001
Semester 2
E-Business Analysis and Design
6    N EBUS3003
Semester 1
Management for Engineers
6    N ENGG3005 or MECH3661
Semester 2
Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering
6    A ELEC2004 or ELEC2104 A knowledge of basic electrical engineering is required: Ohm's law, Thevenin and Nortons' theorems, basic circuit theory involving linear resistors, capacitors and inductors, a basic knowledge of bipolar and field effect transistor theory, simplified theoretical mechanism of operation of transformers.
Semester 1
6    P ELEC2104 OR ELEC2602.
Semester 2