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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.

Please note:

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

Electronics covers a wide range of exciting modern developments ranging from microscopic electronic circuits and machines, mobile and computer communications, advances in medical diagnosis and treatment, to developments in the latest audio and video technologies.

Studying electronics at the University of Waikato will give you valuable skills in electronic engineering and design. You will have the option to specialise in some of the most progressive areas in electronics today such as optoelectronics or mechatronics.

Optoelectronics deals with the conversion of electrical signals to light or vice-versa.  Solar cells, fibre optics and lasers are integral components of everyday devices such as supermarket barcode scanners and long distance communication systems.

Mechatronics combines aspects of electronic software and mechanical engineering to produce devices such as printers, cars, aircraft, photocopiers and even washing machines. These are fast growing areas in which you can develop a productive and satisfying career.

Facilities

The electronics laboratories at the University of Waikato feature the latest equipment and are supplied with a wide selection of modern components and powerful software. Classes are run in an environment just like that found in contemporary electronics companies.  Engineering students have access to the latest equipment including vector impedance and spectrum analysers, precision meters, fast oscilloscopes, semiconductor analysers, lightning and surge simulators, distortion analysers, complex signal sources, a range of special-purpose measuring equipment, a mechanical workshop and high-power computing facilities.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton
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Career opportunities

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

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.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Elec) and GradDip(Elec)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Electronics at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGG501Control 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.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Elec), PGDip(Elec), MSc, MSc(Research) and MSc(Tech)

Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Up to 30 pts of the level 500 COMP papers listed below can contribute to the major in Electronics. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Chairperson of School.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMP513Topics in Computer Networks18B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer networks, at an advanced level.
COMP514Carrier and ISP Networks18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer communications, at an advanced level.
COMP589Programming for ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
COMP590Research in Computer ScienceThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENEL501Special Topics in Electronics18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
ENEL504Analog Filter Design18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the design of electronic filters to process analog signals.
ENEL505Rechargeable Batteries and their Management18A (Hamilton)
No description available.
ENEL506Surge Protection of Electronic Systems18B (Hamilton)
No description available.
ENEL517Mechatronics18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the design of electromechanical systems combining sensors and actuators interfaced to microcontrollers for feedback control: the enabling technologies of robotics. A series of projects require students to integrate hardware and firmware to achieve specific practical goals.
ENEL522Electro-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.
ENEL585Power Electronics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the theory and practice of power converters, power management, protection and variable speed drives.
ENEL590Directed Study18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENEL591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENEL592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENEL593Electronics Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENEL594Electronics Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENEL595Electronics Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

Prescriptions for the MEngPrac

Students completing a Master of Engineering Practice are required to take a research project and a selection of papers. To complete a MEngPrac in Electronics students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including ENGEE506, 30 points from EXPM501, EXPM502, EXPM505, EXPM506, EXPM507 and EXPM510, 60 points from ENEL501, ENEL504, ENEL506, ENEL522 and ENEL585, as well as 60 points from ENGEN508.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENEL501Special Topics in Electronics18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
ENEL504Analog Filter Design18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the design of electronic filters to process analog signals.
ENEL506Surge Protection of Electronic Systems18B (Hamilton)
No description available.
ENEL522Electro-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.
ENEL585Power Electronics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the theory and practice of power converters, power management, protection and variable speed drives.
ENGEE506Electronic System Analysis18A (Hamilton)
This paper uses the approach of problem based learning for the analysis of common electronics circuits and their applications.
ENGEN508Master's Capstone Project18A (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
This paper requires students to carry out a theoretical or empirical investigation in a relevant subject/engineering discipline and write a report on the findings of the investigation.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENEL800Electronics MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENEL900Electronics PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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