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BE(Hons) - Electrical and Electronic Engineering as a specified programme

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is the basis for a professional career in engineering, and at Waikato you're provided with plenty of opportunities to apply what you’ve learnt in real-life work situations.

The world as we know it is continuously and rapidly evolving, with electrical and electronic engineers at the forefront of all practical technology that we require in order to solve society's needs for communication, clean energy, industry and climate change.


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Key information

Years: 4
Points: 480
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,950 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $37,875 per year (any of years 1-3)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*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.

Career opportunities

  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Systems Developer

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points.  This structure applies to study starting in 2021.

Year 4

Programme Elective

Programme Elective

Programme Elective

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The Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme is a future-focussed integration of core electrical and electronic principles in modern power systems, electronic design, embedded systems and communication, with computer science and information technology knowledge and understanding, of programming, data management, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering is available as a specified programme for the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)).

To complete the specified programme in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, students must complete the following programme.

Year 1

Students must complete the following papers: COMPX102, ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.

Year 2

Students must complete the following papers: COMPX203, COMPX204, ENGEE211, ENGEE231, ENGEE233, ENGEE281, ENGEN201, ENGEN270 and ENGEN271.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Management, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).

Year 3

Students must complete the following papers: COMPX310, COMPX349, ENGEE319, ENGEE331, ENGEE332, ENGEE358, ENGEN301, ENGEN370 and ENGEN371.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Management, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).

Year 4

Students must complete the following papers: ENGEN570 and ENGEN582.

Plus 30 points from Set A: ENGEE510, ENGEE523, ENGEE534 or ENGEE536.

Plus 15 points from Set B: COMPX518, COMPX523, COMPX525, COMPX527, COMPX529, COMPX550 or ENGEE532.

Plus another 15 points from either Set A or Set B, or ENGEE505, ENGEE531 or ENGEE580.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Internet Waikato College), 22H (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper continues from COMPX101, expanding upon data organisation and algorithms, and introducing code contracts, computer architecture, Boolean algebra, assembly language, program analysis and object-oriented programming.
ENGEN101Engineering Maths and Modelling 1A15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22B (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
ENGEN102Engineering Maths and Modelling 1B15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)
A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as the MATLAB language. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
ENGEN111Electricity for Engineers15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22X (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.
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
ENGEN170Engineering and Society15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
Introduction to the role of engineering in society with a focus on sustainable development, data analysis, holistic systems thinking, and the future of work within a global and New Zealand context including an introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi.
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX203Computer Systems15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
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.
COMPX204Practical Networking and Cyber Security15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This paper provides an overview of the technologies and protocols involved in computer communications and cyber security. Practical work includes network programming.
ENGEE211Electromagnetics and Machines15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers engineering applications of electric and magnetic fields including capacitance, magnetic induction, and motors, taught in a problem-solving context.
ENGEE231Electrical Circuits15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers theory, analysis and frequency response of electrical circuits involving passive elements, complex impedance, complex gain, and feedback.
ENGEE233Digital Electronics and Microprocessors15.022A (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.
ENGEE281Design of Smart Systems15.022B (Hamilton)
The paper will involve a number of design case studies and design project, involving smart homes and buildings, smart manufacturing and agriculture, smart grids, and smart transportation.
ENGEN201Engineering Maths and Modelling 215.022A (Hamilton) & 22H (Hamilton)
Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to ordinary differential equations and methods to solve them.
ENGEN270Engineering and Business15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on empowering students to become “business savvy” and prepared to enter the workplace and solve real-world problems. Topics covered include; team formation, design thinking, Lean Canvas, project management, Agile, risk management, project finance, professional ethics, preparing for the workplace, and business...
ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 10.022X (Hamilton)
First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
ENGEN272Engineering Work Placement 130.022X (Hamilton)
First work placement for the DipEPP involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX310Machine Learning15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces Machine Learning (ML) which is the science of making predictions. ML algorithms strive to be fast and highly accurate, while processing large datasets. This paper will use standard Python-based ML toolkits to teach the fundamentals of ML.
COMPX349Embedded Systems15.022B (Hamilton)
This course covers the principles and design of embedded systems, including micro-controllers, embedded system architecture, real-time programming and operating systems, and Field Programmable Gate Arrays.
ENGEE319Smart Grids and the Internet of Things15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper is concerned with the application of sensors and IoT to modern smart grid electrical power systems including; sensor interfacing, data processing, power flow control and network stability.
ENGEE331Signals15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers communications signalling and modulation, and signals fundamentals. Wired and wireless, baseband and passband, the Fourier representation of signals, bandwidth, and transmit filtering, are taught.
ENGEE332Analogue Electronics15.022A (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 concepts of dynamic resistance and small-signal a...
ENGEE358Control Theory and Applications15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper teaches control theory and its applications in electrical and mechatronics engineering. The theory convers behaviour of linear time-invariant systems in time and frequency domain as well as the impact of feedback on the system behaviours.
ENGEN301Engineering Maths and Modelling 315.022A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
ENGEN370Engineering and the Environment15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers sustainability in engineering design and renewable energy generation through the critical lens of environmental impact assessment, risk and resilience, sustainable infrastructure and development, material and energy flow analysis, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 20.022X (Hamilton)
Second work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of third year.
ENGEN372Engineering Work Placement 230.022X (Hamilton)
Second work placement for the DipEPP involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX518Cyber Security15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover various aspects of defensive, offensive and preventative security. Selective topics from a wide range, such as security vulnerabilities, secure software, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptography, applied cryptography, authentication...
COMPX523Data Stream Mining15.022A (Hamilton)
Data streams are everywhere, from F1 racing over electricity networks to news feeds. Data stream mining relies on and develops new incremental algorithms that process streams under strict resource limitations.
COMPX525Deep Learning15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction into Deep Learning, focussing on both algorithms and applications. It covers both the basics of Neural networks and current mainstream and advanced Deep Learning technology.
COMPX527Secure Cloud Application Engineering15.022B (Hamilton)
Software Engineering on the Cloud is extremely prevalent nowadays. In this paper, you will learn how to design, develop and test cloud-native applications with a special focus on satisfying requirements.
COMPX529Engineering Self-Adaptive Systems15.022A (Hamilton)
Software-intensive systems need to manage themselves to fulfill dynamic requirements in a changing environment. Self-adaptation is employed in clouds/datacenters, digital twins, networks, IoT, autonomous robots, etc. Adaptation challenges include self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing and self-protection.
ENGEE505Topics in Renewable Energy15.0No occurrences
The paper will introduce and explore one or more advanced topics in Renewable Energy systems.
ENGEE510Sustainable Energy and Power Systems15.022A (Hamilton)
This course provides an in-depth understanding of modern power systems, their operation and control, and particularly the issues related to the integration of distributed sustainable/renewable generation into the network.
ENGEE523Sensors, Instrumentation and Measurement15.022A (Hamilton)
An overview of instruments used by engineers, including sensor fundamentals and measurement uncertainties for discussions leading to measurement system development with technical procedures (characterisation, calibration, accreditation, documentary standards and accreditation).
ENGEE531Advanced Signal Processing15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces advanced methods for digitally processing signals. It covers signal transforms with applications in 1D and 2D, principles and practical methods of digital filter design, statistical signal processing.
ENGEE532Image Processing and Machine Vision15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper is an introduction to image processing and machine vision in the engineering context. Students will learn to develop image processing algorithms from theory through to software implementation.
ENGEE536Power Electronics15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers theory, design, applications and the systems approach in power electronics. Subjects include power semiconductors, power converters, energy storage devices, DC power management, AC power conditioning and surge protection.
ENGEE580Mechatronic Projects15.022A (Hamilton)
The paper brings together electronic, programming, and mechanical skills into projects where real-time systems are designed, constructed, and demonstrated. Timing of actuators and sensor inputs from fastest to slowest limits of a real-time controller imparts an appreciation of scheduling what is possible in any given mechatronic pr...
ENGEN570Engineering and the Profession15.022D (Hamilton)
The roles and responsibilities of professional engineers are examined. Topics include; project management, leadership, negotiation, ethical responsibilities, legal duties, Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and professional communication.
ENGEN582Honours Research and Development Project45.022X (Hamilton)
This paper provides the "capstone" project required to complete an accredited engineering degree. The paper builds on the knowledge and skills students have gained in the first three years of their professional engineering degree and reinforces the multidisciplinary aspect of engineering. Students will learn how to carry out a Res...

Entry into the BE(Hons) in the specified programme of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus. Applicants must also gain at least 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Physics.

All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and pathways are available


New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering  Not currently accepting applications

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the School of Science or the School of Engineering at the University of Waikato.

Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship  Not currently accepting applications

For students who are enrolled full-time in their 3rd or 4th year (including honours year) in the field of science, engineering, economics, law or other related fields, with a specific interest in energy matters in New Zealand.

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Work placements are a major feature of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme and you will complete 800 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our  Work-Integrated Learning team actively seeks and oversees your work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and supporting you throughout your work experience.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take with you as you start your career.


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Study years 1 and 4 in Tauranga

Year 1 of the BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme can be completed in Tauranga. Years 2 and 3 of the degree need to be completed in Hamilton. Year 4 will be taught in Tauranga from 2023.

Contacts

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Phone: +64 7 838 4322
Email: [email protected]
Website: eng.waikato.ac.nz
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