Electrical Engineering covers a very broad range of activities involving the generation and use of electrical energy for all applications. Fields of activity ranging from planning and operation of large power generating stations, through digital computers and information transfer, to telecommunication systems, all form part of Electrical Engineering.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical Engineering) is a 4 year programme. The final year is considered as honours level. The first two years of the curriculum focus on enhancing knowledge in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry of Materials. In the third year there is more emphasis on Electrical Engineering Science subjects, as well as more advanced courses in mathematics (for example, Electronics, Power Engineering, Electromagnetic Engineering and Mathematical Methods).
In the final year, there are five compulsory courses, which include Engineering Design, Engineering Laboratory and Systems Management. In addition, students choose three elective courses that allow a small degree of specialisation.
Engineering Design and Engineering Laboratory are both project - based subjects in which the student is required to submit a report for examination. These simulate real world engineering projects and are evaluated as such. The course Selected Topics in Society introduces the student to the many sociological issues relating to engineering decision - making, while Systems Management and Integration reflects the fact that, for a large number of electrical engineering graduates, career paths will lead to senior management and leadership positions.
The University’s undergraduate engineering degrees are recognised by the Engineering Council of South Africa and have received the approval of professional accrediting bodies in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. Career opportunities for engineers are in high demand and extend beyond the engineering sector.