The field of Electrical and Communication Engineering deals with analogue and digital communication systems. The student of the course learns about information processing, telecommunications and computer communication networks, signal and image processing, control and instrumentation as well as electronic design. Modern computing is predominantly distributed and emphasizes wireless communication and mobile networking. It involves an interaction of network-connected processors, so that computing and networking are inextricably linked. A communications engineer is concerned with the design of such networks and considers all hardware, software and firmware functions. He will also be involved in the implementation of protocols for the transmission of data, the detection and correction of transmission errors, the sharing of communication capacity on high-speed media, and the routing of data to specific destinations within a network. With the rapid growth and progress of the information society, the role of communications is becoming even more critical in increasing an industry’s efficiency and competitiveness. Some examples include transaction processing at banks, POS outlets at supermarkets, electronic funds transfer, office and factory automation and intelligent home appliances.
The first year is studied in common with all other engineering students which build their range of basic science skills and knowledge, with particular emphasis on physics, chemistry and mathematics. Students then undertake a year of study in common with those in Computer Systems Engineering and Electrical Power Engineering. Students have the flexibility to change between these courses until the beginning of third year. Starting the third year, students commence specialisation in Electronic and Communication Engineering.
Honours are awarded to graduates based upon their performance during the four years of the course. Prior to graduation, the students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience, which may be done during their vacations. This industrial work experience complements their theoretical studies to make it more meaningful.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)
- Apply the theory of mobile telecommunications within the engineering design method, whilst remaining cognisant of telecommunications operational issues;
- Define a problem and apply creative thinking to the formulation of a solution; verify and implement the solution;
- Access information, evaluate and organise information relevant to telecommunications studies;
- Document telecommunications information to meet technical and legal requirements; communicate concepts and technical information to lay and professional personnel in written, oral and electronic forms;
- Use appropriate tools to design, analyse and verify telecommunications systems and their components;
- Recognise that the telecommunications industry changes rapidly, and maintain currency via a spirit of inquiry and relevant further study;
- Apply international standards, practices and conventions appropriate to telecommunications engineering;
- Function effectively within a typical multidisciplinary and multi-cultural engineering design team as a team member, manager or team leader, recognising individual human rights;
- Commit to and behave in accordance with the professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers.
Program Objectives (PO)
- Graduates work productively as Electronic or Communication Engineers, including supportive and leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams
- Graduates communicate effectively, recognize and incorporate societal needs and constraints in their professional endeavours, and practice their profession with high regard to legal and ethical responsibilities
- Graduates engage in life-long learning, such as graduate study, to remain current in their profession and be leaders in our technological society
The degree is a professional qualification recognized by the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEA) and the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). By mutual agreement between IEA and similar international bodies, Curtin’s Electrical and Communication Engineering degree is internationally recognized.
The growth in computer networking in terms of volume of sales generates a continuing demand for network Communication Engineers is currently far outstripping supply.
Course Entry Requirements.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the University, applicants should have completed Physics and Mathematics, including Calculus at school leaving level. Exemption on certain units of the course may be granted for Diploma holders. Two intakes are offered each year, in March and August.