Electronic Engineering (2018)

The Electronic Engineering programme is based on studies in electronics, mathematics, and physics. There are papers in design and a major electronic engineering project in the fourth year. Extensive experience is attained in electronic laboratories. Economic and professional training elements are also included. New Zealand's electronics manufacturing industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, and New Zealand has a shortage of skilled people. Companies are targeting niche markets, such as telecommunications, and export their products all over the world. The largest number of exporters is in the industrial/commercial field, followed by healthcare, radiocommunications and agriculture.

Electronic Engineering is available as a specified programme for the BE(Hons).

To complete the specified programme in Electronic Engineering, students must follow the following programme.


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  • Year 1

    Students must take the following papers:

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGEN103Engineering Computing18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as C# and Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers within the School of Engineering.
    ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics18A (Hamilton)
    Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
    ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering18B (Hamilton)
    Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
    ENGEN170Engineering and Society18B (Hamilton)
    Introduction to the role of engineering in society in particular understanding of Treaty of Waitangi, history of science, engineering and technology, philosophy and ethics and public participation, participatory design, sustainability.
    ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering18A (Hamilton)
    Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
    ENGEN183Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    A study of introductory statistics and the fundamental techniques of algebra including Gaussian elimination, vector and matrix algebra, complex numbers, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, as well as basic statistical notions and tools, with engineering applications.
    ENGEN184Calculus for Engineers18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
    A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.
  • Plus 15 points of electives from: Chosen from any 100 level CHEMY paper, BIOEB101, BIOMO101, COMPX102, ECONS102, ENGEN110 or PHYSC101.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB101Concepts of Biology18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics.
    BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology18B (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming18B (Hamilton), 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 18S (Hamilton)
    This paper continues from COMPX101, expanding upon data organisation and algorithms, and introducing code contracts, computer architecture, Boolean algebra, assembly language, program analysis and object-oriented programming.
    ECONS102Economics and Society18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces selected economic models, with a focus on developing and applying critical thinking skills to a range of business and social issues and to economic policies.
    ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of engineering mechanics.
    PHYSC101Physics for Engineers and Scientists18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Secondary School - Unistart)
    This is a lecture and laboratory course covering fundamental physics concepts relevant to engineers and scientists. Topics covered include vectors, kinematics, force, work, energy, collisions, rotation, equilibrium, oscillations, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light.
  • Year 2

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    COMPX203Computer Systems18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an overview of the operation of computer systems. The central theme is the way in which the hardware and software co-operate to allow the execution of programs written in a high-level language.
    ENGEE211Electromagnetics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers engineering applications of electric and magnetic fields including capacitance, magnetic induction, and motors, taught in a problem-solving context.
    ENGEE231Circuit Theory18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers theory, analysis and frequency response of electrical circuits involving passive elements, complex impedance, complex gain, and feedback.
    ENGEE232Analog Electronics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the characteristics of diodes and BJTs, CE, CC, CB, Darlington and cascode configurations, push-pull amplifiers and operating class, power supply and oscillator circuits. To an assumed understanding of feedback, operational amplification, and complex impedance, the ideas of dynamic resistance and small-signal anal...
    ENGEE233Digital Systems18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with an introduction to digital electronics and microprocessors. It covers combinatorial and sequential logic, hardware description languages, and processor architecture and construction.
    ENGEE280Electronics Design18B (Hamilton)
    This course is an introduction to the design process in electronic engineering. The use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) as a tool is reinforced using practical exercises.
    ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 218B (Hamilton)
    Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to partial differential equations. Fourier series.
    ENGEN270Engineering Professional Practice 118A (Hamilton)
    Preparation for success in the engineering workplace including CV preparation, interview techniques, job seeking skills, online profile, workplace and engineering business cultures and norms, ethics, communication and management structures.
    ENGEN271Industry Placement 118C (Hamilton)
    First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
  • Year 3

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENEL312Electromagnetic Waves18A (Hamilton)
    This paper discusses electromagnetic wave phenomena using classical electromagnetic theory which is applied to a range of engineering applications like transmission lines, waveguides, antennas, electromagnetic interference, and microwave circuits.
    ENEL317Microprocessor Applications and Control18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an introduction to mechatronics. Topics covered include sensors, transducers, a/d and d/a converters, signal conditioning, systems theory and control theory. This paper includes a compulsory laboratory component in which a microprocessor is interfaced to real-world devices.
    ENEL321Application Specific Integrated Circuits18B (Hamilton)
    The design and construction of integrated circuits including silicon and compound semiconductor IC fabrication, design hierarchy, circuit layout, operating reliability and failure, verification and test. Circuits that can only be fabricated in a monolithic environment are studied and built.
    ENEL324Optoelectronics18A (Hamilton)
    This paper discusses the principles of modern optoelectronic components and systems in particular, lasers, semiconductor devices, electro-optic devices and optical fibres. Theoretical as well as practical aspects will be covered.
    ENEL382High Speed Communications18B (Hamilton)
    This lecture and laboratory paper presents an introduction to communications theory and its application to wireless and fibre-optic communication systems.
    ENGG372Engineering Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
    The second Work Placement for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.
    ENGG379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
    Guided reflection on professional work placements in engineering.
  • Year 4

    Students must take the following papers:

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGG381Engineering Statistics18A (Hamilton)
    Aimed specifically at Engineering students, this paper covers statistical models, experimentation for quality design and control, process measurement and improvement, statistical process control and capability, and reliability.
    ENGG492Honours Research and Management Project18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    An engineering research and development project, including design philosophy, market requirements, specifications, design and analysis, component and materials selection, prototype development, documentation, quality and failure analysis, standards and codes, IP protection, and project planning and management.
  • Plus 40 points of electives from:

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENEL301Special Topics in Electronics18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical, literature, or experimental investigation of an electronics topic, supervised by a member of staff. Progress and assessment are negotiated between student and supervisor, and typically take the form of a paper manuscript or report.
    ENEL417Mechatronics18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers embedded micro-programming, feedback control, interface to electro-mechanical systems involving gears, motors, belt drives, actuators, and sensors: the enabling technologies of robotics. A series of projects require students to integrate software, control, mechanical and electromotive skills to achieve practical g...
    ENEL423Electro-optical Instrumentation18B (Hamilton)
    Theoretical and practical aspects of advanced electro-optical instrumentation will be discussed and applied in practical sessions. Topics include telemeters, interferometers for velocity or vibration detection, optical gyroscopes, optical fibre sensors, and others.
    ENEL485Power Electronics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the theory and practice of power converters, power management, protection and variable speed drives.
    ENGG401Control Theory and Image Processing18A (Hamilton)
    This paper deals with PID feedback control of linear systems using classical as well as state space methods. It also deals with signal processing with special attention to image processing. It is highly computer and project based.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2017 4:56pm

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