The Bachelor of Science – Electrical Engineering aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills in the components of electrical energy systems, control systems, telecommunications, and electronic circuits and systems, along with the necessary mathematical rigour. Such a graduate is expected to be a competent electrical engineer. Specifically, the goals of this programme are to prepare graduates who are able to:
- Demonstrate that they possess a solid foundation in the core areas of electrical engineering;
- Display technical competence for immediate employment in the fields of telecommunications, power systems, control systems, or electronics circuits and systems;
- Design, develop, and test electronic/electrical equipment/instruments with high levels of professionalism;
- Use modern engineering techniques and tools to identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering problems;
- Adapt to future changes in the discipline, as well as to have an in-depth understanding of a specialized area where he/she can better serve his/her organization;
- Show environmental awareness and take cognizance of social and ethnic diversities;
- Manifest strong, independent learning, analytical and problem solving skills, with special emphasis on design, communication, and an ability to work in teams;
- Exhibit commitment to ethical, societal and professional responsibilities, and who will have an appreciation of the need for life-long learning.
The Bachelor of Science – Electrical Engineering is designed to serve students who are desirous of pursuing a career as an electrical engineer. The programme contains a blend of hands-on and theoretical learning activities with strong focus on problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the application of current technology to meet the needs of industries and commercial enterprises. Students are provided with the knowledge required to design and manipulate electrical systems and to develop testing and maintenance procedures.
This 4-year programme is structured so that during the first year students are exposed to foundation physics and mathematics courses at the CAPE equivalent level. The concept of who is an engineer and what the engineering profession entails, are added. Some fundamental courses in electronics and electrical technology are also offered in the first year. Oral and written communication skills are emphasized. The second year offers an introduction to electronic circuits and systems, electrical energy systems, and telecommunication systems, along with relevant laboratory exercises and projects to develop practical skills. Modern electrical systems are predominantly interfaced to computers for control and monitoring. An introductory course on microprocessors and microcontrollers is therefore introduced in order to build basic competencies in programming.
Students are assigned a minor project during the second semester of the second year, where they are expected to apply the skills and competencies they have developed over the course of the programme up to that point.
The core areas of electrical engineering are covered in year 3, and includes the core courses for the four focus areas, namely telecommunications, control systems, electronic circuits, and energy systems. The core areas are also presented in year 4.
Students learn through a combination of design and lab work. This mix of theory and practical application allows students to think meaningfully about the content and their learning and then apply their ideas in a variety of real life situations. Students also learn to diagnose problems and develop a variety of solutions.
Students are assigned a capstone project during year 4 where they are expected to apply the skills and competencies they have developed over the course of the programme. Every effort will be made to align projects with the needs of the local industries.
Students will be required to complete six (6) months of Industrial Attachment, which may commence after year 2. While on Industrial Attachment, students are expected to sharpen their skills as they work alongside experienced engineers. Academic and industrial advisors are assigned to advise and track students' performances.
Student Learning Outcomes
The successful graduate of the Bachelor of Science – Electrical Engineering should be able to:
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to the analysis of electrical power systems, telecommunication systems, control systems or electronics circuits and systems;
- Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems related to the generation, distribution and transmission of electricity, telecommunication systems, industrial controllers and electronics circuit and systems;
- Design and perform laboratory experiments to gather data, validate theories, and solve problems;
- Engage in lifelong learning activities and work independently, and demonstrate leadership and teamwork in and across disciplines;
- Produce written documents; deliver oral presentations; develop, prepare and interpret visual information; and communicate these with a specific audience at a level of effectiveness expected in industry;
- Demonstrate an awareness of the social, safety and environmental consequences of engineering decisions, and engage in public debate on technological issues;
- Apply professionalism and ethics in all responsible decision making processes;
- Embrace the importance of, and opportunities for, life-long learning;
- Respond meaningfully to diversity and demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal, regional and global issues.
Candidates may matriculate for the full 4-year degree or for the 2-year advanced portion of the degree, depending on their qualifications at the point of entry. The specific requirements for matriculation are:
For the 4-year degree:
- Passes in at least five (5) subjects at the CSEC/GCE 'O' Level. The subjects must include English Language, Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry or Electrical and Electronic Technology; or
- Applicants with five (5) subjects, but without passes in English or Mathematics or Physics, are required to write a Qualifying Examination. Applicants without Physics can also opt for the Pre-University Physics course offered by the Faculty; or
- Guyana Technical Education Examination Technician Certificate [G.T.E.E.], Parts I and II in Electrical Engineering or Telecommunications; or
- G.T.E.E. Diploma in Science (Physics or Chemistry or Computer Science); or
G.T.E.E. Technician Diploma in Electrical Engineering; or
- G.T.E.E. Technician Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; or
- Mature applicants [26 years or older in the year of admission] with the relevant technical experience who have passed the University of Guyana Entrance Examination (UGEE).
For the 2-year advanced portion (i.e commencing year 3):
- Diploma in Electrical Engineering with a GPA of 2.0 or above, and one (1) year of Industrial Attachment
- Associate of Science – Electrical Engineering
- Diploma in Electrical Engineering with a GPA less than 2.0 (applicable to pre-2007 Diploma entrants), and two (2) years Industrial Attachment
To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Science – Electrical Engineering, the student must complete the programme with a minimum of 136 credits, within eight (8) years. The 6-month Industrial Attachment, which is spread over the final three (3) years of the programme, is also a requirement for graduation.
The Bachelor of Science – Electrical Engineering constitutes a minimum of 136 credits of courses taken over four (4) years. The programme has a blend of foundation courses, core courses and electives, as well as complementary courses in Mathematics and Management. This is detailed below:
- Credits allotted to foundation courses total fourteen (14). Physics and English courses are covered in year 1, another Physics course is offered in year 2, and a Programming course is offered in year 3.
- Two (2) electives, which may be courses in Caribbean Studies, a Foreign Language, History, Economics, Accounts or Computer Science, have to be taken by each student. The two (2) electives have to be 3-credit or 4-credit courses. The electives are offered in year 1 and year 4.
- Core courses encompass the broad areas of electrical engineering, such as telecommunications, electrical technology, electronics, control systems and power systems. Core courses are offered at all levels. Credits allotted to core courses total ninety-five (95).
Mathematics and Management courses complement the other courses. Mathematics courses are offered in the first three (3) semesters, as well as both semesters of year 3, while one (1) management course is offered in year 2 and one (1) in year 3. Credits allotted to Mathematics courses total fifteen (15), and the Management courses are worth six (6) credits. All students are required to take these courses.
Faculty of Engineering & Technology
- University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus