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BSc - Electronics as a major

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From 2018 new students will be able to enrol in Electronics as a postgraduate subject only.

If you're intrigued by the natural world around you, or enjoy understanding how things work, Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is what you're looking for. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of this degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment.

Science graduates with electronics skills are sought after by many industries that use or manufacture electronic equipment. New Zealand’s electronics manufacturing industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. Our companies are targeting niche markets, such as telecommunications, and exporting their products all over the world.

Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,922 per year
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Fees (International): $29,470 - $29,680 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.
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Career opportunities

  • Design Engineer
  • Electronic Engineer
  • Electronic Technician
  • Information Systems Engineer
  • Mechatronic Designer
  • Embedded Programmer

Electronics is the science and technology concerned with the controlled flow of electrons and other carriers of electric charge. It covers theory, design, and construction of electronic devices, circuits, instruments, or systems.

Electronics is available as a major for the BSc degree.

To complete a major in Electronics, students must gain 135 points in Electronics papers, including ENGEN111, PHYSC101; and 60 points at 200 level including ENGEE231, ENGEE232, ENGEE233, and a further 15 points from one of COMPX203, ENGEE211, and ENGEN280; and a minimum of 45 points of Electronics papers at 300 level.

Further information regarding papers, staff and research details is contained in brochures available from the School of Engineering office or website.

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics18A (Hamilton)
Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
PHYSC101Physics for Engineers and Scientists18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Secondary School - Unistart)
This is a lecture and laboratory course covering fundamental physics concepts relevant to engineers and scientists. Topics covered include vectors, kinematics, force, work, energy, collisions, rotation, equilibrium, oscillations, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX203Computer Systems18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an overview of the operation of computer systems. The central theme is the way in which the hardware and software co-operate to allow the execution of programs written in a high-level language.
ENGEE211Electromagnetics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers engineering applications of electric and magnetic fields including capacitance, magnetic induction, and motors, taught in a problem-solving context.
ENGEE231Circuit Theory18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers theory, analysis and frequency response of electrical circuits involving passive elements, complex impedance, complex gain, and feedback.
ENGEE232Analog Electronics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the characteristics of diodes and BJTs, CE, CC, CB, Darlington and cascode configurations, push-pull amplifiers and operating class, power supply and oscillator circuits. To an assumed understanding of feedback, operational amplification, and complex impedance, the ideas of dynamic resistance and small-signal anal...
ENGEE233Digital Systems18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an introduction to digital electronics and microprocessors. It covers combinatorial and sequential logic, hardware description languages, and processor architecture and construction.
ENGEE280Electronics Design18B (Hamilton)
This course is an introduction to the design process in electronic engineering. The use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) as a tool is reinforced using practical exercises.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMP311Computer Systems Architecture18B (Hamilton)
This paper considers interaction between computer hardware and software; instruction sets; memory and disk hierarchy, caching and performance; traps and exceptions; performance of compiled code.
ENEL301Special Topics in Electronics18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical, literature, or experimental investigation of an electronics topic, supervised by a member of staff. Progress and assessment are negotiated between student and supervisor, and typically take the form of a paper manuscript or report.
ENEL312Electromagnetic Waves18A (Hamilton)
This paper discusses electromagnetic wave phenomena using classical electromagnetic theory which is applied to a range of engineering applications like transmission lines, waveguides, antennas, electromagnetic interference, and microwave circuits.
ENEL317Microprocessor Applications and Control18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to mechatronics. Topics covered include sensors, transducers, a/d and d/a converters, signal conditioning, systems theory and control theory. This paper includes a compulsory laboratory component in which a microprocessor is interfaced to real-world devices.
ENEL321Application Specific Integrated Circuits18B (Hamilton)
The design and construction of integrated circuits including silicon and compound semiconductor IC fabrication, design hierarchy, circuit layout, operating reliability and failure, verification and test. Circuits that can only be fabricated in a monolithic environment are studied and built.
ENEL324Optoelectronics18A (Hamilton)
This paper discusses the principles of modern optoelectronic components and systems in particular, lasers, semiconductor devices, electro-optic devices and optical fibres. Theoretical as well as practical aspects will be covered.
ENEL382High Speed Communications18B (Hamilton)
This lecture and laboratory paper presents an introduction to communications theory and its application to wireless and fibre-optic communication systems.
ENEL385Power Electronics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the theory and practice of power converters, power management, protection and variable speed drives.

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENEL417Mechatronics18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers embedded micro-programming, feedback control, interface to electro-mechanical systems involving gears, motors, belt drives, actuators, and sensors: the enabling technologies of robotics. A series of projects require students to integrate software, control, mechanical and electromotive skills to achieve practical g...
ENEL423Electro-optical Instrumentation18B (Hamilton)
Theoretical and practical aspects of advanced electro-optical instrumentation will be discussed and applied in practical sessions. Topics include telemeters, interferometers for velocity or vibration detection, optical gyroscopes, optical fibre sensors, and others.
ENEL485Power Electronics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the theory and practice of power converters, power management, protection and variable speed drives.
ENGG401Control Theory and Image Processing18A (Hamilton)
This paper deals with PID feedback control of linear systems using classical as well as state space methods. It also deals with signal processing with special attention to image processing. It is highly computer and project based.

DairyNZ Masters Scholarship

For students who are enrolled in the final year or have completed a Bachelors degree in Science, agricultural science, agricultural business or economics and are eligible to enrol in a masters degree at a New Zealand University. Up to three scholarships of $30,000 will be available each year + tuition fees.

Closing Date: 2016-08-08 23:59:00

Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarship

For full-time students who are in their final year completing a Doctorate, a Masters degree with thesis or Postgraduate Diploma at any New Zealand University. The scholarship will have a value of $10,000.

Closing Date: 2017-10-01 23:59:00

School of Science Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to enrol part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Science in either a 180pt masters, the taught components of a masters degree or the research component of a masters degree. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000 per year for two years.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00


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