Mak­ing progress in engi­neer­ing

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CURTIN Univer­sity’s Master of Engi­neer­ing Science in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing

(by course­work) is de­signed to broaden the ca­reer prospects of elec­tri­cal, elec­tri­cal power, elec­tronic and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion en­gi­neers across the world.

Curtin’s largest in­ter­na­tional cam­pus, Curtin Malaysia, of­fers the course to Malaysian and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents at roughly one-third the cost of pur­su­ing the same pro­gramme at Curtin’s main cam­pus in Perth, Aus­tralia.

The course as well as the qual­ity of teach­ing and stu­dent sup­port mech­a­nisms are iden­ti­cal to those of­fered in Perth. As a re­sult, de­grees earned at the Sarawak cam­pus are con­ferred by Curtin Perth.

Stu­dents can rest as­sured that their qual­i­fi­ca­tions are widely ac­cepted glob­ally through pro­fes­sional ac­cred­i­ta­tion and govern­ment recog­ni­tion of the pro­grammes.

In Year 1 of the two-year course, stu­dents can choose one of three streams – emerg­ing power sys­tems, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and net­work­ing, or em­bed­ded sys­tems.

Year 2 in­volves re­search de­sign projects over two semesters where stu­dents are re­quired to de­velop a pro­to­type and present a for­mal the­sis on the out­come to demon­strate their tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and pro­fes­sional skills.

Among a wide range of op­tional units, stu­dents may also study elec­tri­cal power, re­new­able en­ergy, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­puter engi­neer­ing at the sys­tem level and the com­po­nent level.

The emerg­ing power sys­tems ma­jor ad­dresses chal­lenges in the generation, trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion of elec­tric­ity. Emer­gent tech­nolo­gies such as smart grid and dis­trib­uted generation are cov­ered in de­tail.

The telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and net­work­ing ma­jor ex­plores rel­e­vant top­ics in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and net­work­ing such as mo­bile ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions and data net­work se­cu­rity.

Op­tional units in­clude top­ics such as com­puter ar­chi­tec­tural philoso­phies, LAN (lo­cal area net­work) and WAN (wide area net­work) tech­nolo­gies, elec­tro­mag­net­ics, er­ror con­trol cod­ing, trou­bleshooter man­age­ment, le­gal frame­works and sys­tem de­sign.

In the em­bed­ded sys­tems ma­jor, stu­dents study in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced top­ics such as em­bed­ded sys­tems in field-pro­gram­mable gate ar­rays (FPGAs) and em­bed­ded soft­ware engi­neer­ing.

In ev­ery ma­jor, they will have the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther in­ves­ti­gate a spe­cial­ist area and ap­ply their skills and knowl­edge through their project work.

Those in­ter­ested to en­rol in the Master of Engi­neer­ing Science in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing must have a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in elec­tronic, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, elec­tri­cal, elec­tri­cal power or com­puter sys­tems engi­neer­ing from a recog­nised univer­sity. Two in­takes are of­fered each year (Fe­bru­ary and July).

Upon com­plet­ing the course, stu­dents are ex­pected to be able to ap­ply elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing the­ory and de­sign meth­ods to in­ves­ti­gate and solve sig­nif­i­cant tech­no­log­i­cal prob­lems.

They should also be able to an­a­lyse prob­lems and ap­ply re­search and cre­ative think­ing to the for­mu­la­tion of so­lu­tions, in ad­di­tion to com­mu­ni­cat­ing con­cepts and tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion in writ­ten, oral and elec­tronic forms.

Fur­ther­more, grad­u­ates should be able to ap­ply in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, prac­tices and con­ven­tions ap­pro­pri­ate to elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing as well as func­tion ef­fec­tively within a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary and mul­ti­cul­tural engi­neer­ing de­sign team.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 085-443 939, e-mail en­ or visit

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