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B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electrical and Electronic systems are at the heart of the new industrial revolution and they play a vital role that affects nearly every aspect of our modern daily lives. These systems require professional engineers for their design, development, commissioning and service. The demand for such engineers is growing in UAE because of the new electrical and electronic industries.

The B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering program at Khalifa University offers students quality education that provides them with the knowledge, techniques and skills that will be needed by the next generation of highly qualified engineers. The program has well-designed core courses to ensure that students gain hands on and problem-based learning experiences. The program also gives the students the opportunity to select technical electives from a pool of courses or to specialize in Power Systems.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of Electrical and Electronic engineers.

Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Electrical and Electronic Engineers are usually employed in industries such as semiconductor, telecommunications, satellites, media, power utilities, petroleum, gas or the police and army. They design, test and develop devices, circuits and systems. Electrical Power Engineers are usually employed in the power utilities and nuclear industries.

Career specializations within this field include:

  • design engineers
  • test engineers
  • research and development engineers
  • project and technical managers

To be recommended for the degree of B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories as set out below. The categories cover an extended set of requirements, including the Electrical and Electronic Engineering core and Technical Electives requirements. Students may also select the Power System concentration. The normal length of the program is 140 credits.

General Education Requirements
College of Engineering Requirements

Math/Science Requirement (8 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
MATH 311 Probability and Statistics with Discrete Mathematics 4 cr.
MATH 312 Complex Variables with Applications 4 cr.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Core Requirement (52 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
ECCE 210 Digital Logic Design 4 cr.
ECCE 220 Electric Circuits 4 cr.
ECCE 230 Object Oriented Programming 4 cr.
ECCE 260 Principles of Telecommunications 4 cr.
ECCE 302 Signals Processing 4 cr.
ECCE 312 Electronic Circuits and Devices 4 cr.
ECCE 316 Microprocessor Systems 4 cr.
ECCE 320 Applied Electromagnetics 3 cr.
ECCE 324 Electromechanical Systems 4 cr.
ECCE 360 Communication Systems 4 cr.
ECCE 415 Feedback Control Systems 4 cr.
ECCE 497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr.
ECCE 498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
ENGR 399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technical Electives (12 credits)

Students are required to take a total of 12 credits (four courses) from ECE department technical electives list. At most 3 credits of the technical electives may be at 300-level and at most 3 credits may be independent study. Students can choose any course from the list to satisfy both their technical and/or free elective requirements as long as it is not a core requirement course for their program. Additional courses may be approved by the department as technical electives.

ECCE 320 Applied Electromagnetics 3 cr.
ECCE 360 Communication Systems 4 cr.
ECCE 362 Digital Communications I 3 cr.
ECCE 364 Information Theory 3 cr.
ECCE 370 or 356 Communication Networks or Computer Networks 3 cr. or 4 cr.
ECCE 391 Independent Study I 1-3 cr.
ECCE 460  Wireless Communications 3 cr.
ECCE 470  Antennas and Propagation 3 cr.
ECCE 461 Digital Communications II 3 cr.
ECCE 462 Modulation and Coding Techniques 3 cr.
ECCE 472 Optical Communications 3 cr.
ECCE 484 Broadband Telecommunications 3 cr.
ECCE 484  Satellite Communications 3 cr.
ECCE 336 Introduction to Software Engineering 3 cr.
ECCE 350 Computer Architecture and Organization 3 cr.
ECCE 354  Operating Systems  3 cr. 
ECCE 342 Data Structures and Algorithms 3 cr.
ECCE 330 System Analysis and Design 3 cr.
ECCE 341 Java and Network Programming 3 cr.
ECCE 432 Introduction to Human Computer Interfaces 3 cr. 
ECCE 434 Database Systems 3 cr.
ECCE 436 Software Testing and Quality Assurance 3 cr.
ECCE 438 Software Architecture 3 cr.
ECCE 440 Distributed Systems 3 cr.
ECCE 444 Computer Security  3 cr.
ECCE 446 Network Security  3 cr.
ECCE 448 Cloud Infrastructure and Services 3 cr.
ECCE 454 Artificial Intelligence 3 cr.
ECCE 326 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices  4 cr.
ECCE 324 Electromechanical Systems 4 cr.
ECCE 415 Feedback Control Systems 4 cr.
ECCE 401 Filter Synthesis 3 cr.
ECCE 404 Microwave Circuits and Devices 3 cr.
ECCE 406 Measurement and Instrumentation 3 cr.
ECCE 408 Digital Systems Design  3 cr.
ECCE 410 VLSI Systems Design 3 cr.
ECCE 411 Analog Integrated Circuits Design 3 cr.
ECCE 421 Power System Analysis  3 cr.
ECCE 422 High Voltage Engineering  3 cr.
ECCE 423 Power Electronics 3 cr.
ECCE 425 Power System Stability and Control 3 cr.
ECCE 426 Power Electronics for Renewables Integration  3 cr.
ECCE 450 Embedded Systems 3 cr.
ECCE 456 Image Processing and Analysis 3 cr.
ECCE 491 Independent Study II 1-3 cr.
ECCE 495 Special Topics in ECE  3 cr.

Power Systems (Concentration)

A concentration at Khalifa University leads to a specialized degree and will be specifies on the diploma and the student’s academic record (transcripts). Before selecting their technical/free electives, Electrical and Electronic Engineering students have the option of selecting the Power Systems Concentration.

In case students opt for the Power Systems Concentration, instead of taking 12 credits of technical elective courses and 3 credits of free elective course, they should take the following five courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Numbers
ECCE 421 Power Systems Analysis 3 cr.
ECCE 422 High Voltage Engineering 3 cr.
ECCE 423 Power Electronics 3 cr.
ECCE 425 Power System Stability and Control 3 cr.
ECCE 426 Power Electronics for Renewables Integration 3 cr.

ECCE 210 Digital Logic Design (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: ENGR 112

Data representation in digital computers. Boolean algebra. Minimization and implementation of logic functions. Design of combinational circuits. Programmable devices, multiplexers, decoders, memory and tri-state devices. Basic ALU design. Elements of sequential circuits: latches, flip-flops and counters. Design of synchronous sequential machines. Introduction to CAD tools and hardware description languages. Laboratory experiments provide hands-on experience in the simulation, implementation and testing of combinational and sequential logic circuits.

ECCE 220 Electric Circuits (3-3-4)
Prerequisites: MATH 211; PHYS 122

Voltage and current independent and dependent sources. Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s laws. Circuit theorems: Nodal and Mesh analysis, superposition and source transformation, Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer theorem. Transient and step responses of first-order and second-order RC, RL and RLC circuits. Phasor representation and steady state AC analysis. Transfer function of filter circuits and Bode plot. Poles and zeros of AC circuits and their resonance, bandwidth and quality factors. Two-Port Networks

ECCE 230 Object-Oriented Programming (2-3-3)
Prerequisite: ENGR112

Foundation of object oriented concepts and programming. Basic Object Oriented Programming (OOP) concepts: objects, classes, methods, parameter passing, information hiding, inheritance, exception handling and polymorphism. Java language elements and characteristics, including data types, operators, control structures, search and sort algorithms.

ECCE 260 Principles of Telecommunications (3-0-3)
Co-requisites: MATH 312; ECCE 220

Review and terminology of telecommunications. Basics on telecommunication signals. The basic elements of a telecommunications system. Communications channels, characteristics and modelling. Performance metrics of telecommunication systems; PCM, data transmission, and data encoding. Basics on Modulation. Data multiplexing techniques; The OSI model, types and basic topologies of telecommunication networks; Internet-based networking. Cellular and ad-hoc wireless networks.

ECCE 302 Signal Processing (3-3-4)
Prerequisites: MATH 312
Co-requisite: ECCE 220

Time/space-domain analysis of analog and discrete signals: basic signals, properties and operations. Time/space-domain analysis of signal processing systems: properties, block diagrams, differential/difference equations, LTI systems, impulse response, and convolution. Frequency analysis of signals: Fourier series and transform, sampling and reconstruction, Laplace transform and z-transform, other transforms. Frequency analysis of signal processing systems: frequency response (gain and phase), transfer function, z-transfer function, stability analysis, Bode and Nyquist plots. Fundamentals of filter design. Laboratory experiments covering various aspects of analog and digital signal processing supplement the course.

ECCE 312 Electronic Circuits and Devices (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: ECCE 220

Introduction to semiconductors. Operation of pn-junction and its applications as rectifiers, clippers, and voltage regulators. Operation of bipolar junction transistors (BJT) and field effect transistors (FET). Small signal modeling of BJTs and FETs. Use of BJTs and FETs as single stage amplifiers. BJT, JFET and MOSFET differential and multistage amplifiers. Amplifier classification and Power amplifiers. Practical nonlinear operational amplifier circuits.

ECCE 316 Microprocessor Systems (3-3-4)
Prerequisites: ECCE 210; ENGR 112

Introduction to current microprocessor, microcontroller and microcomputer systems: basic components, memory map, organization and processor architecture. Hardware and software models of microprocessor and microcontroller systems. Processor instructions and assembly language programming. Exception handling: interrupts, traps and exception processing. Memory decoding, input/output interfaces and programming peripheral devices. Laboratory experiments provide hands-on experience in the use of cross-assemblers, C-programming, simulators and actual microprocessor/microcontroller hardware.

ECCE 320 Applied Electromagnetics (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: PHYS 122; MATH 211

Time-varying fields and Maxwell’s equations, Wave equation and its solution, Plane waves in lossless media, Flow of electromagnetic power, Plane waves in conducting media, Reflection and refraction at a planar interface, Transmission line parameters and equations, Smith chart techniques, Impedance matching and transformation, Quarter-wave transformers, Single-stub tuners, Rectangular waveguides, Propagating and evanescent modes.

ECCE 324 Electromechanical Systems (3-3-4)
Prerequisites: ECCE 220

Introduction to the concepts of active, reactive, and apparent power. Fundamentals of mechanics, fundamental of mutual inductance, electric and magnetic circuits, ideal transformers, Phasor diagrams, magnetizing current and core loss, equivalent circuits of transformers, voltage regulation and efficiency of transformers, three-phase circuits. Mechanical energy conversion device, DC machines, three-phase induction machines, synchronous generators.

ECCE 360 Communication Systems (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: MATH 312; ECCE 260
Co-requisite: ECCE 302

Introduction: Classification of signals, Review of Fourier series and transforms, Introduction to modulation, Linear and non-linear modulation: DSB-AM, DSB-SC, SSB-SC, FM, PM, Base-band transmission: PCM, PAM, Noise effects in analogue & pulse modulations, Multiplexing: Frequency Division Multiplexing (FDM), Time Division Multiplexing (TDM), Principles of operations of telephony.

ECCE 362 Digital Communications I (2-3-3)
Prerequisite: ECCE 360

Waveform Coding: PCM, DPCM and DM. Baseband Digital Signals: NRZ and RZ signals and line coding, baseband pulse shaping for ISI-free transmission, eye diagrams and equalization. Band pass Digital Modulation: ASK, FSK, PSK and DPSK, power spectral densities, statistical decision theory and the optimum receiver for digital modulation schemes. Carrier and timing recovery.

ECCE 391 Independent Study I (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)
Prerequisite: Junior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

ECCE 401 Filter synthesis (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECCE 302

Design of passive filters: Approximation theory, network synthesis and frequency transformation. Delay filters. Continuous-time active filters: single and multiple-amplifier filters using operational and operational-trans conductance amplifies, second and high-order sections. Switched-capacitor filters. RF filters design. Designing filters using CAD packages.

ECCE 404 Microwave Circuits and Devices (2-3-3)
Prerequisite: ECCE 312

Type of transmission lines suitable for low and high frequency applications. Components, connectors, attenuators, cavities, dielectric resonators, terminations, couplers, T-junction, isolators and impedance transformers. Signal amplification using Klystrons and traveling wave tubes. Microwave devices, diodes, bipolar and FET transistors. Operation of single and double balanced mixers.

ECCE 406 Instrumentations and Measurements (2-3-3)
Prerequisites: ECCE 302; ECCE 312

Measurements of L, C and R using bridge circuits. Z-, y-, abcd- and s-parameters. Microwave measuring equipments such as spectrum and network analyzers. Digital Measurement systems and data acquisitions. Logic analyzers. Types and descriptions of data acquisition systems. Performing advanced measurements using spectrum and network analyzers such as time domain reflectometer measurements, and noise measurements. Comparison of simulated and practical results.

ECCE 408 Digital Systems Design (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECCE 210

Design and analysis of practical modern digital systems. Simulation, synthesis, and FPGA-based implementation of digital systems using hardware description languages (HDLs). Design space of integer and floating-point arithmetic units. Power- and performance-oriented design techniques and evaluation metrics.

ECCE 410 VLSI Systems Design (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECCE 312; ECCE 210

Introduction to the fabrication of digital VLSI (Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits) systems. Design and layout of VLSI circuits for complex digital systems. CMOS technology using standard-cell-based design flow. Circuit characterization and performance. Interconnect, timing and synchronization issues. Low-power and deep submicron designs. Fault models and design for testability techniques. VLSI design methodologies. Commercial CAD simulation and synthesis tools.

ECCE 411 Analog Integrated Circuits Design (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECCE 312

CMOS analogue circuit modeling. CMOS device characterization. Basic MOS building blocks. Two-stage CMOS amplifiers. High-performance op-amps. Switched-Capacitor Circuits. Sigma-Delta data converters. CAD simulation software tools for analog circuit design.

ECCE 415 Feedback Control Systems (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: ECCE 302

Modeling of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems. Principles of feedback. Open loop response, and time domain specifications. Stability analysis and Routh-Hurwitz criterion. Root locus construction. Lead/lag compensator design using root locus. Bode plots and stability (gain and phase) margins. Lead/lag and PID controller design and PID tuning. State variable approach, State feedback controller design, stability analysis and pole placement.

ECCE 421 Power System Analysis (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECCE 324

Power system analysis is a concern not only for big generators and operators of the public electricity network. It is also the business of those who generate, transform and distribute their own power (for example, large sections of the petrochemical industry) and those who rely on efficiently transmitted power for transport of passengers and goods. The effective, efficient and reliable generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power at the most economic rates is thus basic to the success of any modern economy.

ECCE 422 High Voltage Engineering (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECCE 324

The course covers the basic concepts of electrical insulation requirements and over voltages in power system. It includes over voltages in electrical systems, electrical breakdown in gases, solids and liquids, generation of high voltages and high currents, measurements of high voltages and currents, high voltage testing and insulation, overhead insulators (material, shape, performance), underground cables (single and three-core cables, electrical stresses in cables; equivalent circuits).

ECCE 423 Power Electronics (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECCE 312; ECCE 324

Operation of power semiconductor devices such as power diodes, IGBTs, MOSFETs, and thyristors; Switching losses, snubber circuits, single/three phase(s), half/full wave, half/fully controlled converters with R, RL, and RLC loads, continuous and discontinuous current operations, effect of overlap, design of power converters circuits and their applications on DC electric drives motion control, PSpice simulator.

ECCE 425 Power System Stability and Control (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ECCE 324; ECCE 421

The course covers the basic concepts of power system stability; including steady-state stability studies, using small-signal dynamic models, and transient stability analysis considering both rotor angle (equal area criteria) and time (time-stepping solutions). Power-frequency control and voltage-reactive power control in an interconnected power network are then discussed before a brief examination of the process of voltage collapse.

ECCE 426 Power Electronics for Renewables Integration (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECCE 423

The course covers the design and operation of single-phase and three-phase AC Voltage Regulators, design and operation of DC-to-AC single-phase and three-phase inverters, voltage controlled and current controlled inverters, square wave and PWM inverters design, applications of power semi-conductor devices on motion control of AC electric drives and Power Systems, integration of wind and solar photovoltaic energy conversion systems, PSpice simulator

ECCE 491 Independent Study II (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)
Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

ECCE 495 Special Topics in Communication Engineering
Prerequisite: Topic specific

This course mainly deals with new trends in Communication Engineering and emerging technologies. Course is repeatable if title and content differ.

ECCE 497 Senior Design Project I (1-6-3)
Prerequisites: Senior standing and approval of department

Students will pursue an in-depth project of significance in communication engineering by going from concept to working prototype. Some of the proposed design projects may involve interaction with industry. The students normally work in teams under faculty supervision. The project fosters teamwork between group members and allows students to develop their project management, technical writing, and technical presentation skills. Formal interim and final reports and presentations are required from each group.

ECCE 498 Senior Design Project II (0-9-3)
Prerequisite: ECCE 497

Continuation of ECCE 497.

 

Year 1 ENGL 111 English Communication I 4 cr. ENGL 112 English Communication II  4 cr.
MATH 111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH 112 Calculus II  4 cr.
CHEM 115 Introduction to General Chemistry for Engineers 4 cr. PHYS 121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR 111 Engineering Design 4 cr. ENGR 112 Introduction to Computing 4 cr.
Summer HUMA XXX Humanities and Social Sciences 3cr.    
Year 2 ECCE 210 Digital Logic Design 4 cr. ECCE 260 Principles of Telecommunications 3 cr.
MATH 211 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
4 cr. MATH 312 Complex Variables with Applications 4 cr.
PHYS 122 University Physics II 4 cr. MATH 311 Probability and Statistics with Discrete Mathematics 4 cr.
HUMA XXX Humanities and Social Sciences  3 cr. ECCE 220 Electric Circuits 4 cr.
ECCE 230 Object Oriented Programming 3 cr. BUSS 201 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance 3 cr.
Summer HUMA/SOCS  3cr.    
Year 3 HUMA XXX Humanities and Social Sciences 3 cr. ENGR 311 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design 4 cr.
ECCE 320 Applied Electromagnetics 3 cr. ECCE 316 Microprocessor Systems 4 cr.
ECCE 302 Signal Processing 4 cr. ECCE 326 Semiconductors 4 cr.
ECCE 312 Electronic Circuits and Devices 4 cr. ECCE 324 Electromechanical Systems 4 cr.
ECCE 360 Communication Systems 4 cr.    
Summer ENGR 399 Internship  1cr.    
Year 4 ECCE 415 Feedback Control Systems 3 cr. Free Elective 3 cr.
Technical Elective 3 cr. Technical Elective 3 cr.
Technical Elective 3 cr. Technical Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective  3 cr. BUSS 301 Inside Organizations 3 cr.
ECCE 497 Senior Design Project I  3 cr. ECCE 498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.

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