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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Key Fact
  • Program name
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Program code
    ECE
  • Chair of the Department
    Dr. Aziza Ibrahim
  • Program length
    5 years
  • Credit hours
    160

 About the Program

​There is a growing need for female engineers with a strong educational background in electrical and computer engineering. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Effat University offers this as a Bachelor of Science Degree. As a student on the ECE Program you will be introduced to topics central to the computer-engineering field, such as computer-hardware design, computer networks and software engineering. Electrical engineering, communications and signal processing, microelectronics and integrated circuits, wireless communications, microwave electronics, computer-aided design, and control systems will also be examined.
Due to the domination of communication, modern electronics, information processing, and the internet, electrical and computer engineers are able to influence all facets of modern life. They apply hardware and/or software skills to the design and development of modern systems. They require a strong foundation in mathematics and the basic sciences. The ECE curriculum provides students with the skills they will need to develop professionally.

Vision

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will be recognized for its outstanding undergraduate teaching and outreach programs, and for the quality and integrity of its graduates and faculty.

Mission

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will continue to lead in educating qualified engineers who combine the highest level of technical competence with creativity, innovation and leadership skills necessary for contributing to technological advancements locally and globally.

Goals

  1. Enhance Effat University’s recognition and complement the Saudi 2030 vision through educating electrical and computer engineers to become pioneers in contributing to technological, economic and social advances.
  2. Foster an intellectually challenging, enlightened, and collaborative learning/ work environment that enjoys excellence, transparency and integrity.
  3. Seek to achieve top program-wise ranking, thereby strengthening the University’s local and global standing.
  4. Provide students with an exceptional educational experience with a focus on academic excellence, innovation in design and technology.
  5. Establish the ECE department to be at the forefront of attracting and attaining an exceptional, diverse body of students and transform them into role models for future generations of engineers by cultivating an environment that supports effective knowledge exchange.
  6. Expand and optimize the use of educational resources to ensure a dynamic learning environment in both teaching and research.
  7. Provide and sustain state of the art facilities that enhance students’ hands-on and design experience with a self-sufficient and expandable academic infrastructure.
  8. Maintain and enhance overall financial strength by effective and efficient planning and execution of all financial aspects of the department.
  9. Recruit and retain diverse, highly qualified faculty and staff by providing support in professional development opportunities and maintaining a healthy, positive work environment.
  10. Foster collaborative high quality applied research among faculty, graduate and undergraduate students with industrial and academic partners as well as national and international institutions.
  11. Build national and international long term productive partnerships and collaborations with industry and academic institutions and develop outreach programs to strengthen our relationship with the community.

 Concentration

The ECE Department offers four areas of concentration: digital systems, communications, microelectronics, and control systems

and robotics. A brief description and career opportunities for each concentration are included below:


1. Digital Systems

Primarily, digital systems involves the design and utilization of digital system hardware and software. Almost every electronic device made today contains a digital system in the form of application-dependent digital interfaces or microprocessors. Digital systems involve discrete, quantized electrical signals which are represented by strings of binary digits. Topics for this area of concentration include Boolean algebra, combinational logic design, sequential logic design, digital integrated circuits, programmable logic devices, computer design, and microprocessor hardware and software. Typical end-products of a digital system designer include computers, microprocessors, video games, industrial data acquisition and control systems, medical instrumentation, and automobile instrumentation. The final products developed within many of the electrical and computer engineering areas are often implanted with digital systems, such as control systems, telecommunications systems, and signal processing systems.

2. Communications

The field of communications is concerned with processing signals and finding the best way to transmit and receive voice, picture or computer data signals. Communications engineering is a rapidly growing field. In just one century, it has progressed from telegraph systems capable of sending only a few letters per second over wires to the sophisticated protocols used today. Now, wired and wireless communications systems are capable of sending voice, pictures, and digital data anywhere in the world with great speed. Advances in communication make modern devices such as the telephone, radio, television, computer modems, fax machines, and radio navigation systems a reality. Other devices, such as compact discs (CDs), computer disks, and magnetic tapes are also communication systems since they transfer a message through time via an optical or magnetic medium.

3. Microelectronics

Electronic devices form the building blocks of most computers and electrical systems. Some examples of systems include telephones, radios, televisions, controllers, oscilloscopes, logic gates, memories, digital systems, computers, power circuits, and instrumentation systems. Analysis of devices and circuits is an essential task in the evaluation of these systems. The designers and engineers of this field conceive and design these building blocks while engineers in other areas develop systems using these building blocks. The dividing line between device and circuit has been blurred considerably since the advent of integrated circuits. It is important for every circuit designer to know something about how these devices work. Students should have a wide spectrum of courses in communications, control, analogue electronics, microprocessors, and very-large-scale integration (VLSI). VLSI is the product of the latest revolution in the development of integrated circuits. VLSI is becoming the basic building block for digital and computer electronics. Customized VLSI signal processing chips have been used, for example, to improve the functionality of modern systems since microprocessor controlled instrumentation is already a reality.

4. Control Systems and Robotics

Control systems permeate life in all advanced societies today. Control systems are used in automatic toasters, heating and cooling systems, washers and dryers, space vehicles, robots, and industrial processes. Control systems regulate and optimize force, stress, temperature, altitude, and speed over time. For example, control methods are used to regulate the work process in spaceships, aero planes, automobiles, heaters, elevators, machines, power plants, and medical treatment devices. The system quantities being controlled are sensed, fed back, and used to control the system. The theory of control is based on firm mathematical foundations including differential equations, optimization, and stability theory. Due to advances in computer technology, many industrial companies use computers for control purposes. The control systems area affects, in one way or another, all other engineering disciplines.

 Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program will demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function within multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • ​An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice​

 Career Opportunities

​Computer and electrical engineers are responsible for developing many of the technological advances that we take for granted. Electrical engineers are heavily involved in the design, development, supervision and manufacturing of electronic/electrical equipment. Computer engineers do similar work with the hardware, software and networks in computer systems.
Graduates of the University’s ECE Program will be prepared to pursue careers in the sector. They will be able to further their education at graduate schools nationally and internationally, and will be able to work in industry and governmental agencies. 

Examples of career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Computer network engineering
  • Computer system and application development
  • Software design
  • Digital signal and image processing
  • Integrated circuit design
  • Internet applications development
  • Medical electronics design
  • Robotics and automated manufacturing
  • Wireless communication and telecommunications engineering
  • Engineering consulting
  • Manufacturing
  • Global communication systems
  • Instrumentation​

 Graduation Requirements

​Digital Systems Concentration

General Education Requirements: 42
Collatoral Basic Science and Mathematics Requirements: 30
ECE General Requirements: 52
Concentration Core Requirements (Compulsory): 9
Concentration Electives: 9
ECE General Electives: 9
Free Elective Requirements: 9
Total: 160​

Communication Concentration

General Education Requirements: 42
Collatoral Basic Science and Mathematics Requirements: 30
ECE General Requirements: 52
Concentration Core Requirements (Compulsory): 9
Concentration Electives: 9
ECE General Electives: 9
Free Elective Requirements: 9
Total: 160

Microelectronics Concentration

General Education Requirements: 42
Collatoral Basic Science and Mathematics Requirements: 30
ECE General Requirements: 52
Concentration Core Requirements (Compulsory): 9
Concentration Electives: 9
ECE General Electives: 9
Free Elective Requirements: 9
Total: 160

Control Systems and Robotics Concentration

General Education Requirements: 42
Collatoral Basic Science and Mathematics Requirements: 30
ECE General Requirements: 52
Concentration Core Requirements (Compulsory): 9
Concentration Electives: 9
ECE General Electives: 9
Free Elective Requirements: 9
Total: 160​

 Program Plan

Foundation Year
Semester 1 – Foundation 1
Semester 2 – Foundation 2
Course
Code
 Course Title
Credit
Hours
Course
Code
 Course Title
Credit
Hours
LANG 011
Reading & Critical Thinking-I
3
LANG 012
Reading & Critical Thinking-II
3
LANG 013
Academic Writing - I
3
LANG 014
Academic Writing - II
3
LANG 015
Listening  and Speaking - I
3
LANG 016
Listening  and Speaking - II
3
SSKL 021
Independent Learning & Research Skills - I
2
SSKL 022
Independent Learning & Research Skills - II
2
HSS 051
Introduction to HSS I
3
HSS 054
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills for HSS-II
3
HSS 055
Cases and Projects in Psycology and Language I
2
HSS 056
Cases and Projects in Psychology Language II
2
MATH 041
Basic Math - I
3
MATH 042
 Basic Math - II
3
CL 031
Computer Literacy
0
IL 032
Information Literacy
0
Total Credit Hours
19
Total Credit Hours
19
Freshman Year
Year 1 – Semester 1
Year 1 – Semester 2
GMTH 141E
Pre-Calculus for Engineering
3
GPHY 112
Foundations in Physics
3
GENG 161
Project based language and Critical Thinking
3
MATH 127
Calculus for Engineers
3
GISL 171
Social and Moral Values in Islam
3
ECE 102L
Computer Programming and Problem Solving
3
BIO 113L
Principles of Biology
2

Physical and environmental well being
2
GCS 150
Digital Skills: Information and Computer Literacy
2
GSTA 140
Elementary Statistics
3
CHEM 113L
Principles of Chemistry
3
 GENG 263
Engineering Communication
2
Total Credit Hours
16
Total Credit Hours
16
Sophomore Year
Year 2 - Semester 3
Year 2 - Semester 4
ECE 105
Introduction to ECE
2
MATH 205
Intermediate Calculus
3
PHYS 113L
Principles of Electricity and Magnetism
3
ECE 100L
Introduction to Electric Circuits
4
ECE 202L
Object Oriented Programming
3
ECE 302L
Data Structures and Algorithmic Design
3

Linguistic Communication (Arabic)
3
ECE 150L
Introduction to Switching Theory and Logic Design
3
MATH 128
Calculus for Engineers-2
3
 
GSEM 200
Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research
3
EGR 113L
Principles of Computing Methods
3
 


Total Credit Hours
17
Total Credit Hours
16
Junior Year
Year 3 - Semester 5
Year 3 - Semester 6
ECE 110L
Introduction to Electronics (Devices)
4
ECE 210L
Introduction to Electronics (Integrated Circuits)
3
MATH 305
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
3
ECE 250
Computer Architecture and Organization
3
ECE 101
Linear System Theory
3
 
MATH 306
Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
3
 ECE 200L
Microprocessor Based System Design
3

ECE Compulsory Concentration 1
3
 
Approved Free Elective 1
3
 
Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages I)
2
 
 
 
 
Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement II
2
Total Credit Hours
16
Total Credit Hours
16
Summer Session
ECE 390
Summer Training -1
4
 
Senior Year
Year 4 - Semester 7
Year 4 - Semester 8
ECE 240L
Linear Control Systems
3
 
ECE Compulsory Concentration 3
3
ECE 330L
Digital Communication Systems 1
3
STAT 206
Probability and Statistics for Engineers
3
 
ECE Compulsory Concentration 2
3
 
ECE General Elective 1
3
 
Approved Free Elective 2
3
 
Global Awareness
3
 
Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement
2
 
Civic Engagement Requirement
2
 
Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages)
2
 
 
 
Total Credit Hours
16
Total Credit Hours
14
Summer Session
ECE 490
Summer Training -2
4
 
 
 
Senior Year
Year 4 - Semester 9
Year 4 - Semester 10
 
ECE General Elective 2
3
 
ECE Concentration Elective 3
3
 
ECE Concentration Elective 1
3
 
ECE General Elective 3
3
 
ECE Concentration Elective 2
3
 
Approved Free Elective 3
3
ECE 491
ECE Capstone Design Project-1
 
ECE 492
ECE Capstone Design Project-2
2
 
Culture Literacy
 
 
 
 
Total Credit Hours
14
Total Credit Hours
11​
Admissions
Hi-School Percentage
Science Section
85% in Math and Physics
Art Section
Not Eligible
Qudurat *(SAT)
65%
Math Level *DTMS
Part
1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Cut-Score
512, 612, 712, 412
Effat Placement Tests
*TOEFL+ *TWE
TOEFL (525) - TWE (5)
**IELTS
5.5
Additional Department Requirement
Interview
Required
Recommendation
Letter
3
Personal Statement
Required
Contact Information
Dept. Chair
Tel.+966 122137899
Assistants
Tel.+966 122137855 

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