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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)
Fees (Domestic): $7,580 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $36,770 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 2020.

Year 4

500 Level
ENGEE paper (see footnotes)

500 Level
ENGEE paper (see footnotes)

500 Level
COMPX paper (see footnotes)

One of
ENGEE532 or ENGME580

  • Stream
  • Compulsory
  • Elective
  • Placement

The Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme is based on studies in electronics, mathematics and physics, along with new material related to modern power systems, smart grids, renewable energy and heavy current engineering, and related concepts, in combination with key material from information technology and computer science.

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 Professional Practice, 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 Professional Practice, 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: ENGEE505, ENGEE531, ENGEE534, ENGEE581 or ENGEE585.

Plus 15 points from: COMPX518, COMPX521, COMPX523, COMPX527, COMPX529 or COMPX550.

Plus another 15 points from these two sets of papers, or ENGEE532 or ENGME580.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Mathematics 1A20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
ENGEN102Engineering Mathematics 1B20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20C (Hamilton), 20G (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20G (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
ENGEN111Electricity for Engineers20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Tauranga), 20G (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Engineering20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (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 Society20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Engineering20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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 Occurrence / Location
COMPX203Computer Systems20A (Hamilton) & 20B (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.
COMPX204Practical Networking and Cyber Security20B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an overview of the technologies and protocols involved in computer communications and cyber security. Practical work includes network programming.
ENGEE211Electromagnetics and Machines20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers engineering applications of electric and magnetic fields including capacitance, magnetic induction, and motors, taught in a problem-solving context.
ENGEE231Electrical Circuits20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers theory, analysis and frequency response of electrical circuits involving passive elements, complex impedance, complex gain, and feedback.
ENGEE233Digital Electronics and Microprocessors20A (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 Systems20B (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 Mathematics 220B (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 Business20A (Hamilton), 20C (Online) & 20X (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 120X (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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX310Machine Learning20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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.
ENGEE331Signals20B (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.
ENGEN301Engineering Mathematics 320A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
ENGEN370Engineering and the Environment20A (Hamilton) & 20C (Online)
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 220X (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.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX518Cyber Security20A (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...
COMPX521Advanced Machine Learning20A (Hamilton)
This paper exposes students to more advanced topics in machine learning. Rule induction, numeric prediction, clustering and state-of-the-art ensemble learning methods are among the topics covered.
COMPX523Data Stream Mining20A (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.
COMPX527Cloud Computing Technologies and Security20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores cloud computing's underlying enabling technologies (e.g. virtualisation) and business models. It also covers key research topics in cloud computing security, trust and data privacy.
COMPX529Engineering Self-Adaptive Systems20B (Hamilton)
Software needs to manage itself to fullfill dynamic requirements in a changing environment. Self-adaptive software is currently employed in clouds, networks, IoT, autonomous robots, etc. Adaptation challenges include self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing and selfprotection.
ENGEE531Advanced Signal Processing20A (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 Vision20B (Hamilton)
This paper is an introduction to image processing and machine vision in the context of machine automation and control and includes noise suppression, object recognition and tracking, and camera technologies and geometries.
ENGEE580Mechatronic Projects20A (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 Profession20C (Online) & 20D (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 Project20D (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
This is the final year Honours, research and design "capstone" project.

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Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering  Closed

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. The scholarship will have a value of up to $3,000.

Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship  Closed

For students who are enrolled full-time at any level including) first and honours year of relevant degree and are undertaking study in the fields of science, engineering, economics, or related fields with specific interests in energy matters in New Zealand. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000.

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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

School of Engineering
Phone: +64 7 838 4322
Email: contact-hecs@waikato.ac.nz
Website: eng.waikato.ac.nz
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