Future Undergraduate Students
Program Philosophy: The Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) program is broadly based on fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. There is no specialisation available within this program, apart from a minor selection of options in the final year. The program builds a foundation of physics, mathematics, computing and electronics engineering science and teaches skills and techniques that can be applied to a wide range of engineering environments. Such graduates should be able to take up specialisation after graduation, and have an understanding of engineering systems that is broader than that of the true specialist. We have received feedback from various industries in Australia, that our graduates can by and large adapt successfully as the nature of the work changes, and as such have been found very valuable. Such graduates will have received a solid basis on which to build a lifelong career.
Our other programs (Avionics & Electronic Systems, Computer Systems Engineering, Electrical & Sustainable Energy, and Telecommunications Engineering) are more specialised but include a solid component of electronics, electromagnetic fields, and laboratory work. This is designed to equip the graduate for dealing with physical problems that arise in the design, development and interconnection of the systems they study.
Workload: In common with most professional courses at tertiary level, the workload for all of the programs described here is quite heavy. This means that students must begin working from the first day of the semester, and are expected to maintain a significant effort throughout the year on assignments, projects and study associated with lectures, tutorials and laboratories. Significant preparation for laboratory work is mandatory. It is expected that about 48 hours per week will be needed throughout the 8 months of the academic year. We have observed that students whose learning has been ineffective in the earlier years, normally find that the workload increases as the program progresses.
Nature of learning: At tertiary level, learning is different from that at school. Students are expected to take charge of their own learning. The University should be viewed as having the roles of providing resources for student learning, and assessing what students have learned. Lecturers spend a great deal of time with students to help with understanding of difficult concepts, however they will not normally put pressure on students to work.
You should have as your overriding goal in your chosen program, to develop skills and learn techniques that will allow you to pursue an engineering career over the next 40 years. The examinations may appear to be forbidding obstacles to overcome, however a pattern of study which focuses too much on passing examinations, and not enough on learning for a lifetime career, will most likely result in failures in later years. The assessment in the later years draws on what has been learned over the entire program, and focuses on the ability of the student to solve real problems. Project work features significantly during the program, culminating in a major project in the final year that requires independent application of learned skills and knowledge, normally in a team environment, to carry out a design or solve a problem typical of that encountered by engineers in the workplace.
Interaction with external organisations: The School maintains exceptional teaching standards through its regular interaction with the Centre for Learning and Professional Development (CLPD), Engineers Australia (formerly The Institution of Engineers Australia), the Australian Computer Society (ACS) , the Technology Industry Association (TIA) and an Industry Advisory Board, consisting of representatives of South Australian employers of the School's graduates, which advises the School on industry requirements for course content and graduate attributes.
See the exciting and diverse range of Undergraduate Degree Programs offered by the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.