BSc Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree | Effat University
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Key Fact
  • Program name
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Program code
    ECE
  • Chair of the Program
    Dr. Aziza Ibrahim
  • Program length
    5 years
  • Credit hours
    154

 About the Program

Overview​

​Electrical and computer engineers are the technical driving force behind the progress of technology, communications, modern electronics industries as well as many other forms of technology that influence all facets of modern life. There is a growing need for female engineers with a strong educational background in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Effat University's BSc Electrical and Computer Engineering program will introduce you to multiple topics central to the computer engineering, communications, signal processing, microelectronics, robotics, power and control systems fields.

Students will graduate with the knowledge to apply hardware and software skills to the design and development of modern systems, and an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. The program also provides the necessary foundations in mathematics and the basic sciences needed to be applied in formulating and solving engineering problems.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the Electrical and Computer Engineering program provides students with a comprehensive introduction to core areas including computer programming, problem solving, communications,  signal processing, microelectronics, integrated circuits, wireless communications, microwave electronics, robotics, power and control systems, amongst other key areas.​

 Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision

To be recognized as a leading Electrical and Computer Engineering program in providing outstanding undergraduate teaching and research to serve the society with innovative leaders, contributing to the technological evolution.

Mission

The Program of Electrical and Computer Engineering will continue to lead in educating qualified engineers who combine the highest level of technical competency 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; in addition, seek to maintain and expand national and international accreditation and ranking to ensure the quality of the ECE Program.
  3. Provide students with an exceptional educational experience with a focus on academic excellence and innovation in design and technology as well as expand and optimize the use of educational resources to ensure a dynamic learning environment in both teaching and research.
  4. To attract and maintain a diverse and talented body of students to ensure ongoing advancements of students' lifelong goals and community services and to establish our students as pioneers of the electrical and computer engineering fields.
  5. Recruit and retain diverse, highly qualified faculty and staff and support them in maintaining a healthy, positive learning/teaching environment; and encourage them to foster high quality collaborative applied research with students; and build national and international long-term collaborations with industry and academia to strengthen the students' relationships with the community.
  6. Provide and sustain state of the art facilities that enhance students' hands-on and design experience with a self-sufficient and expandable academic infrastructure; and maintain and enhance financial planning and execution to support all learning/teaching activities of the ECE Program.

             Concentration

            The  Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program offers four areas of concentration: 

            • Computer Engineering
            • Communications and signal processing
            • Microelectronics
            • Power and control systems​

            A brief description for each concentration are included below

            1. ​Computer engineering

              Computer Engineering systems are implemented using discrete, quantized, electrical signals which are represented by strings of binary digits. The students in the computer engineering area study Boolean algebra, combinational and sequential logic design, digital integrated circuits, programmable logic devices, computer design, and microprocessor hardware and software. Typical end products of computer engineering design 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 area are often integrated with digital systems, such as control systems, telecommunications systems, and signal processing systems.

            2. ​Communications and signal processing

              The field of Communications and Signal Processing is concerned with processing signals and finding the best way to transmit and receive voice, picture, or computer data signals. The field of Communication and Signal Processing 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.

              ​The Communications and Signal Processing field of study includes communication theory, wireless communications, multiple antenna systems design, channel and source coding, space time coding, digital signal processing, machine vision, image processing, neural and soft computing, intelligent machines, studies of data networks, flow control and routing in integrated networks, dynamic resource allocation in telecommunication networks, and high speed network real time video multicasting. The integration of signal processing and communications expertise is providing important results in smart antennas, accurate Global Positioning System (GPS), improved modems, and efficient radar applications.

            3. ​​​​​Microelectronics

              Electronic devices are the building blocks of most computers and electrical systems. Some examples of systems include telephones, radios, television, 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.

              It is important for every circuit designer to know how electronic devices and circuits work. Students should have a wide spectrum of courses in communications, control, analog and digital electronics, microprocessors, and Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI). The VLSI is the product of the latest revelation in the development of integrated circuits; it’s the basic building block of 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 reality.

            4. ​​​Power and control systems

              The goal of Power and Control Systems concentration is to provide students with a high quality applications oriented undergraduate education based on state of the art electrical and electronic equipment associated with electrical power and control systems. The curriculum of the concentration is designed to satisfy the educational needs of the Middle East region by providing a climate that fosters self-awareness, personal growth, and a desire for lifelong learning.

              ​Topics in power engineering deal with the generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization of electricity as well as the design of a range of related devices. The energy and pollution awareness was also included. Control engineering courses offer the study of a diverse range of dynamic systems and the design of controllers that will cause these systems to behave in the desired manner. To implement such controllers, students will learn how to utilize electrical circuits, digital signal processors, and microcontrollers. Applications of control to power systems is an important part in this concentration and, therefore, students will study motor control systems, smart motor controllers, variable frequency drives, motor control centers, and power system control using recent technologies.​​

             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

            ​​Students who complete an electrical engineering program can expect to find many opportunities and career paths available to them, with computer and electrical engineers being responsib​le for developing many of the technological advances that we take for granted.

            Electrical engineers are heavily involve​d in the design, development, supervision and manufacturing of electronic/electrical equipment. Computer engineers a​lso do similar work with the hardware, software and networks in computer systems.​

            Typical career opportunities pursued by graduates with an electrical engineering degree or similar include Software Designers, Wireless Communication & Telecommunications Engineers, as well as various manufacturing roles.

            Examples of career opportunities for graduates include:​

            • Career Opportunities (Computer Engineering)

              Computer Engineers are trained to address critical interface issues between hardware and software essential to many current and future applications. They may work on discrete large board-level systems or smaller systems-on-a-chip. Applications of computer engineering systems include all domains of commercial and industrial enterprise. Typical products include supercomputers, personal computers, appliances, cellular phones, video and audio products, data acquisition, process control, instrumentation, and automobile and aviation systems. Examples of career opportunities include:

              • Designing, constructing, managing and maintaining computer networks
              • Working in specialized computer labs
              • Interfacing computers in measurement and control applications, control systems, and data logging applications
              • Managing computerized automotive systems
              • Operating computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing   systems
              • Developing operating systems for special computer applications
              • Designing, operating, and maintaining database systems
              • Designing digital and embedded systems
              • Designing and managing information security systems

              Career Opportunities (Communications and signal processing)

              Communication, signal processing and image processing engineers are trained to design and maintain communication systems using the latest technologies. Examples of career opportunities in this area of concentration include:

              • Managing satellite-based worldwide cellular telephone systems
              • Using satellite-based direct home broadcasting of audio and video data
              • Restructuring telephone networks
              • Updating wired and wireless computer networks
              • Designing inexpensive worldwide navigation systems
              • Refining smart-house systems and security systems
              • Producing telecommunication device designs
              • Working in wired and wireless telecommunication companies​

              Career Opportunities (Microelectronics)

              The students in microelectronics concentration will use testing and measuring instruments to acquire data, identify, analyze and solve technical problems, analyze and implement systems containing hardware and software components. Their skills are of particular importance to the following areas/processes:

              • Circuit Design Engineer
              • System Development & Integration Engineer
              • Communication Design Engineer
              • Chief Electronics Engineer
              • Electronics Research Engineer
              • Electronics Testing and Development Engineer
              • CAD and Drafting Engineer
              • Medical Electronics Engineer
              • Service Engineer
              • Project Engineer
              • Hardware Engineer
              • Integration & Verification Engineer

              Career Opportunities (Power and Control Systems)

              Energy and Control Systems are essential in all engineering disciplines, Power and Control engineers have a wide employment market. Their study covers automatic control devices and techniques which are required in most modern industry. Important power subjects are included in the program. The graduates are therefore qualified to work in power stations, energy companies, and power system utility companies. Graduates of the program will be able to work productively in the following areas:

              • Power Generation Operation Engineer
              • Power Supply QA/QC Engineer
              • Power Engineer
              • Process Engineer
              • Power Protection Engineer
              • Instrumentation & Control Engineer
              • Power Transformer Design Engineer
              • Power System Design & Analysis Engineer
              • Control System Engineer
              • Process and Control Engineer
              • Electrical Energy Transmission Engineer
              • Electrical Power Scheduling Engineer
              • Electrical Distribution Planning Engineer​

             Graduation Requirements

            Computer Engineering Concentration

            • General Education Requirements: 42
            • Collateral Basic Science and Mathematics Requirements: 30
            • ECE General Requirements: 49
            • Concentration Core Requirements (Compulsory): 15
            • Concentration Electives: 9
            • ECE General Electives: 9
            • Total: 154

            Communication& Signal Processing Concentration

            • General Education Requirements: 42
            • Collateral Basic Science and Mathematics Requirements: 30
            • ECE General Requirements: 49
            • Concentration Core Requirements (Compulsory): 15
            • Concentration Electives: 9
            • ECE General Electives: 9
            • Total: 154

            Microelectronics Concentration

            • General Education Requirements: 42
            • Collateral Basic Science and Mathematics Requirements: 30
            • ECE General Requirements: 49
            • Concentration Core Requirements (Compulsory): 15
            • Concentration Electives: 9
            • ECE General Electives: 9
            • Total: 154

            Power & Control Systems Concentration

            • General Education Requirements: 42
            • Collateral Basic Science and Mathematics Requirements: 30
            • ECE General Requirements: 49
            • Concentration Core Requirements (Compulsory): 15
            • Concentration Electives: 9
            • ECE General Electives: 9
            • Total: 154​​

             Program Plan

            Freshman Year

            Semester 1

            Semester 2

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            GENG 161

            Project based language and Critical Thinking

            2-1-2

            Placement

            GENG 263

            Engineering Communication

            2-1-2

            GENG 161

            GMTH 141E

            Algebra and Trigonometry

            2-2-3

            None

            GSTA 140

            Elementary Statistics

            2-2-3

            GMTH 141E

            GCS 150

            Digital Skills: Information and Computer Literacy

            2-2-3

            No​ne

            MATH 127

            Calculus For Engineers I

            2-2-3

            GMTH 141E

            BIO 113L

            Principles of Biology

            2-3-3

            None

            PHYS 113L

            Principles of Electricity and Magnetism

            2-3-3

            GPHY 112

            GISL 171

            Social and Moral Values in Islam

            2-1-2

            None

            ECE 103L

            Introduction to C++ with Engineering Applications

            2-3-3

            GCS 150

            GPHY 112

            Foundations in Physics

            2-3-3

            None

            ECE 106L

            Introduction to ECE

            1-2-2

            None

            Total

            16

            Total

             

            16

             

            Sophomore Year

            Semester 1

            Semester 2

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            MATH 128

            Calculus  for Engineers II

            2-2-3

            MATH 127

            MATH 222

            Calculus for Engineers III

            3-0-3

            MATH 128

            CHEM 113L

            Principles of Chemistry 

            2-3-3

            None

            ECE 204

            Signals and systems

            3-1-3

            ECE 201L

            GSEM 200

            Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research

            2-2-3

            None

            ECE 203

            Electric Circuit Analysis II

            3-0-3

            ECE 201L

            ECE 201L

            Electric Circuit Analysis I

            3-2-4

            PHYS113L

            ECE 211L

            Introduction to Electronic Devices

            3-2-4

            ECE 201L

            ECE 251L

            Digital Logic Design

            3-2-4

            ECE 106L,
            GPHY112L

            ECE 252L

            Microprocessor Systems

            2-3-3

            ECE 251L

            Total

             

            17

             

            Total

             

            16

             

            Junior Year

            Semester 1

            Semester 2

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            ECE 212L

            Introduction to Electronic  Circuits

            2-3-3

            ECE 211L

            STAT 321

            Probabilistic Methods in Engineering

            3-0-3

            GSTA 140

            MATH 321

            Discrete Mathematics for Engineers

            3-0-3

            MATH 222

            MATH 322

            Linear Algebra

            3-1-3

            MATH 321

            ECE 320L

            Communication Systems

            2-3-3

            ECE 204

            Choice

            Linguisitic Communication (Arabic)

            2-2-3

            None

            ECE 340L

            Analog Control Systems

            2-3-3

            ECE 204

             

            ECE Concentration Compulsory 2

            3

             

            Choice

            Linguisitic Communication (Foreing Languages)

            2-1-2

            None

            ECE 107L

            Computing Methods for Engineers

            2-2-3

            ECE 103L & MATH 128

             

            ECE Concentration Compulsory 1

            3

             

             

             

             

             

            Total

             

            17

             

            Total

             

            15

             

            Summer One

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            ECE 398

            Summer Internship I
            This course requires the completion of 180 hours of training in industry

            0-4-2

            Department approval & Completion of 65 Credit Hours

            Total

             

            2

             

            Senior 1 Year

            Semester 1

            Semester 2

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            MATH 421

            Differential Equations

            3-1-3

            MATH 322

             

            ECE General Elective 1

            3

             

            ECE 356

            Computer Organization and Architecture

            3-0-3

            ECE 252L

            Choice

            Islamic Thoughts and Ethics

            2

            None

            Choice

            Islamic Thoughts and Ethics

            2-1-2

            None

             

            ECE Concentration Compulsory 4

            3

             

             

            ECE Concentration Compulsory 3

            3

             

             

            ECE Concentration Elective 2

            3

             

            Choice

            Civic Engagement

            2

             

            Choice

            Cultural Literacy

            3

            Choice

             

            ECE Concentration Elective 1

            3

             

            PEW-Choice

            Physical and environmental well being

            2

            None

            Total

             

            16

             

            Total

             

            16

             

            Summer 2

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            ECE 498

            Summer Internship II
            This course requires the completion of 180 hours of training in industry

            0-4-2

            ECE 398 &
            Dept. Approval

            Total

             

            2

             

            Senior 2 Year

            Semester 1

            Semester 2

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

            Course No.

            Course Title

            Credits

            Prerequisite

             

            ECE Concentration Compulsory 5

            3

             

             

            ECE General Elective 3

            3

             

             

            ECE Concentration Elective 3

            3

             

            ECE 492

            ECE Capstone Design Project II

            1-2-2

            ECE 491

             

            ECE General Elective 2

            3

             

            Choice

            Linguisitic Communication (Foreing Languages)

            2-1-2

            None

            ECE 491

            ECE Capstone Design Project I

            1-2-2

            Senior Standing & Dept. Approval.

            Total

             

            7

             

            Choice

            Global Awareness

            3

            None

            ECE 499

            Co-op in Electrical and Computer Engineering

            This course offers students the opportunity to spend one full semester in industry or research

            0-8-4

            Department approval & Completion of 65 Credit Hours

            Total

             

            14

             

            NOTE:

            ECE students may take ECE 499 Co-op course instead of the two Summer Internships ECE 398 and ECE 498.​​​

             Fact Sheet

            ​​​​

            ​​​​

            Admissions
            High-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
            Program Chair
            Tel.+966 122137899
            Assistants
            Tel.+966 122137855 

              Program Accreditations and Partnerships

              Our qualifications are recognised globally, so you can study safe in the knowledge that wherever your path may lead, you have the whole wide world to choose from.

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