En­gi­neer­ing a bright fu­ture

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TECH­NO­LOG­I­CAL ad­vance­ment in elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing has im­pacted the world more than any other en­gi­neer­ing field. Elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic en­gi­neers are in great de­mand across the globe and in Malaysia and the wider Asian re­gion where the de­vel­op­ment of elec­tri­cal power schemes, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works and elec­tronic man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries have re­sulted in an un­prece­dented de­mand for pro­fes­sion­als in the field.

Recog­nis­ing the grow­ing needs, Curtin Univer­sity, Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) of­fers the Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neer­ing (Hon­ours) ma­jor un­der its Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing (BEng) pro­gramme.

Stu­dents tak­ing this four-year course at Curtin Malaysia’s Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and Sci­ence can spe­cialise in ei­ther Elec­tri­cal Power En­gi­neer­ing or Elec­tronic and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion En­gi­neer­ing, both highly rel­e­vant to to­day’s world.

There is hardly any as­pect of mod­ern civil­i­sa­tion not de­pen­dent upon elec­tri­cal en­ergy. Elec­tri­cal Power En­gi­neer­ing con­sid­ers the ap­pli­ca­tions of elec­tri­cal en­ergy, to­gether with its gen­er­a­tion, trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion, as well as the har­ness­ing of sources of re­new­able and sus­tain­able en­ergy.

The Elec­tron­ics and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion fields rep­re­sent two of the fastest grow­ing tech­nol­ogy ar­eas in­ter­na­tion­ally and job op­por­tu­ni­ties abound. With the rapid progress of the in­for­ma­tion so­ci­ety, the role of elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions is be­com­ing more cru­cial to in­crease in­dus­try ef­fi­ciency and com­pet­i­tive­ness. In this stream, stu­dents will learn about the the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal as­pects of mod­ern elec­tronic and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems.

In the first year, en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents will com­plete the En­gi­neer­ing Foun­da­tion Year (EFY), which builds a solid base of the fun­da­men­tal con­cepts com­mon to all ar­eas of en­gi­neer­ing and de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the in­dus­try. Af­ter com­plet­ing this com­mon year, stu­dents can se­lect to ma­jor in Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neer­ing with a fo­cus on ei­ther Elec­tri­cal Power En­gi­neer­ing or Elec­tronic and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion En­gi­neer­ing.

In the fi­nal year, stu­dents will un­der­take a ma­jor re­search or de­sign project. They will also need to com­plete at least 12 weeks of en­gi­neer­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence. High-achiev­ing stu­dents may com­plete an ad­di­tional Hon­ours year.

The de­vel­op­ment of the Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neer­ing ma­jor is guided by an In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee whose mem­bers are drawn from se­nior mem­bers of in­dus­try and academia. The course em­pha­sises fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge and the de­vel­op­ment of prac­ti­cal, prob­lem-solv­ing, de­sign and generic skills. The Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and Sci­ence has highly-qual­i­fied teach­ing staff with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try. In ad­di­tion, the fac­ulty has rel­e­vant teach­ing and re­search lab­o­ra­to­ries. These lab­o­ra­to­ries, with up-to-date equip­ment, ma­te­ri­als and sup­plies, al­low stu­dents to in­crease mas­tery of their stud­ies.

Mean­while, ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by the In­sti­tu­tion of Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neers (IEEE) Curtin Malaysia Stu­dent Branch fo­cus­ing on the many facets of elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing al­low stu­dents to gain hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion of the ma­jor, go to http://cour­ses.curtin. edu.my/cour­ses-and-study/ un­der­grad­u­ate/en­gsci/beng/ elec­tri­cal­elec­tronic/

For de­tails on Curtin Malaysia, visit www.curtin.edu.my, its Face­book page (Curt­inMalaysia),

Twit­ter pro­file (curt­inmalaysia),

Google+ page (Curtin Malaysia)

or In­sta­gram (curt­inmalaysia).

There is hardly any as­pect of mod­ern civil­i­sa­tion not de­pen­dent on elec­tri­cal en­ergy.

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