Bachelor of Science in

ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering is designed for students interested in focusing on electronics and communications within the broader field of electrical engineering, such as telecommunications engineering, computer science engineering, consumer electronics engineering, electronics circuit design engineering, electronics test and maintenance engineering, or electronics and communications research engineering.

The BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering program prepares graduates for employment as professional engineers in the field of electronics and communications engineering. The knowledge and skills graduates acquire enable them to work in a wide range of related occupations.

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Program Details

In the first two years, students will focus on completing the university’s General Education Program (42 US credits / 84 ECTS), which introduces five thematic areas: communication, data and quantitative literature, scientific inquiry, arts and humanities, and social sciences. In the third and fourth years, students will focus on topics relevant to their major.

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Program length: 

4 years / 8 semesters.

GPA needed to earn the degree:

2.0 or higher

Credits needed to earn the degree:

124 US credits / 248 ECTS

Degree level:

MQF Level 6

Additional Degree Entry Requirements

Maltese System

 

British System

 

MATSEC Certificate in Mathematics

 

A level A2 mathematics

BBB at A Level

GSCE: Science C.

At least one other Science/Technology subject (or equivalent qualification) from the following:  Electronics, Materials Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, IT, Further Mathematics, Mechanics, Dynamics or General Engineering.

Program Learning Outcomes

The main objective is to prepare graduates for employment as professional engineers in the field of electronics and communications engineering.  To achieve this objective, the program will endeavor to provide students with the following knowledge, skills, and competencies:

 

Knowledge

Students who major in Electronics and Communications Engineering will acquire knowledge in the following areas:

Basic Sciences (chemistry and calculus based physics).

Mathematics (calculus, differential equations, probability and statistics, and linear algebra).

Engineering Areas: Electric circuits and associated labs. Electronics and associated labs. Digital systems, computers and associated labs. Signals, systems, & communications and associated lab. Control systems and integrated systems design.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. (ABET Student Outcome f).

Students will demonstrate the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. (ABET Student Outcome h).

Students will develop a recognition of the need for life-long learning. (ABET Student Outcome i, part 1).

Students will demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues. (ABET Student Outcome j).

Skills

Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Students will develop appropriate information technology (IT) skills.

Students will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.  (ABET Student Outcome a).

Students will demonstrate an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. (ABET Student Outcome b).

Students will demonstrate an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. (ABET Student Outcome c).

Students will demonstrate an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams (ABET Student Outcome d).

Students will demonstrate an ability identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (ABET Student Outcome e).

Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively. (ABET Student Outcome g).

Students will demonstrate an ability to engage in life-long learning (ABET Student Outcome i, part 2).

Students will demonstrate an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.  (ABET Student Outcome k).

Competencies

1) Ability to independently analyze, design, and implement electronic systems.

2) Ability to independently analyze, design, and implement communications systems.

3) Ability to collaborate effectively with a team to design and development a system involving electronics and/or communications components.

4) Ability to use computer hardware and software to solve engineering problems.

5) Ability to effectively utilize laboratory equipment to analyze electronic systems.

6) Ability to apply mathematics to analyze and design engineering systems.

Teaching & Assessment

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Teaching & Assessment

The Electronics and Communications Engineering program addresses the real-world needs of industry through a combination of lecture and laboratories courses, based on a strong foundation of mathematics and science, and culminating with a major capstone design experience.  Lecture courses are taught using a combination of theory and applications. Pedagogical approaches and assessments vary substantially from module to module.

Career Opportunities

  • Electrical Engineer at a music or film studio.
  • Aerospace Engineer in the space industry.
  • IT Manager at a cloud computing software firm.

4-Year Degree Plan Outline

SEMISTER I

YEAR 1

ENG 101

English Composition 101

US CREDITS: 3

 

MAT 120

Calculus I

US CREDITS: 4

 

CHE 111

Introduction to General Chemistry (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

REL 101 OR ATH 101 OR PHI 101

Arts/Humanities GE

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 14

YEAR 2

CSC 202

Introduction to Programming in C (with lab)

US CREDITS: 3

 

ECE  201

Logic and Computing Devices

US CREDITS: 3

 

ECE 202

Electric Circuits I (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

MAT 220

Multivariable Calculus

US CREDITS: 4

 PHY 112

Physics with Calculus II (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

TOTAL CREDIT: 18

YEAR 3

REL 101 OR ATH 101 OR PHI 101

Arts/Humanities GE

US CREDITS: 3

 

ECE 320

Electronics I (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

ECE 330

Signals, Systems, and Transformations (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

MAT 260

Linear Algebra

US CREDITS: 3

 

COM 101

Introduction to Multicultural Communication

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 17

YEAR 4

ECE 409

Introduction to Linear Control Systems

US CREDITS: 3

 

ECE 430

Digital Communications

US CREDITS: 3

 

ECE 427

Communications Systems

US CREDITS: 3

 

ECE 495

Integrated System Design I

US CREDITS: 2

 

PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 14

SEMISTER II

YEAR 1

ENG 102

English Composition 2

US CREDITS: 3

 

CHI 112

General Chemistry II

US CREDITS: 4

 

MAT 130

Calculus II

US CREDITS: 4

 

PHY 111

Physics with Calculus I (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

TOTAL CREDIT: 15

YEAR 2

BIO 101

Unity of Life (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

ECE 262

Electric Circuits II (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

ECE 272

Computer Organization (with lab)

US CREDITS: 3

 

MAT 250

Differential Equations

US CREDITS: 3

 

IEE 265

Engineering Management I

US CREDITS: 3

 

TOTAL CREDIT: 14

YEAR 3

ECE 317

Random Signal Analysis

US CREDITS: 3

 

ECE 321

Electronics II (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

ECE 371

Microprocessor Interfacing (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

ECE 382

Electromagnetics

US CREDITS: 3

 

PHI 102

Applied Ethics

US CREDITS: 3

 

TOTAL CREDIT: 17

YEAR 4

ECE 467

Intro. To Digital Signal Processing

US CREDITS: 3

 

ECE

Tech Elective

US CREDITS: 3

 

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

US CREDITS: 3

 

HIS 101

History of the Mediterranean

US CREDITS: 3

 

TOTAL CREDIT: 14