Bachelor of Engineering – Electrical - BIELE

Short description

Studies published by the Norwegian Society of Engineers and Technologists - NITO (www.nito.no), the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration - NAV (www.nav.no) and the National Bureau of Statistics Norway - Statistisk Sentralbyrå (www.ssb.no) have shown that there is a pressing need for electro-engineers (and other branches of engineers) in the coming years.

”Electro” is a collective term for electronics, telecommunications, automation and electric power engineering. GUC offers two study programmes covering these engineering areas.

The Bachelor of Engineering – Electro-Engineering programme is suitable for students aiming for an education looking to the future and who have the appropriate entry qualifications:

  • Highere Education Entrance Qualification with specialization in Physics-1 and Mathematics R-2;
  • Passed technical college in electro (but must then follow the Three-Semester Plan www.hig.no/studietilbud/tresemester or the Y-VEI scheme www.hig.no/studietilbud/yvei)
    • General admission (followed by the Y-VEI Three-Semester Programme), or
    • Trade Certificate from high school in Electricity and Electronics (followed by the Y-VEI scheme).

Sales of consumer electronics in 2011 totalled some 26 billion kroner just in Norway (www.Elektronikkbransjen.no) in addition to the professional electronics market. All these products are developed by electrical engineers.

Norwegian industrial revenue in 2011 amounted to 566 billion kroner (www.norskindustri.no). All Norwegian industry is dependent on a high degree of automation to survive competitively. These industries need electrical engineers with automation skills.

The telecommunications industry is doing well while more and more mobile technologies are emerging. The future will be even more wireless with new sensors built into new products that will communicate with each other. The wireless community, tele-medical solutions and mobile communications will require many electrical engineers with knowledge of telecommunications technology in the years ahead.

Modern society is extremely dependent on electric power in order to function. Norway imports and exports large amounts of electric power (www.statnett.no). Electric power production is by means of regulated rivers and waterfalls – hydro-electric power. Developing and maintaining this essential infrastructure is the work of the electrical power engineer.

The electrical engineer has a very important place in today's digital society. The electrical engineering course of study gives a good basic grounding before specialising in power engineering or in electronics engineering. Students following telectronics will obtain wide competence in electronics, automation and telecommunications. These skills will prepare students for job opportunities in local, national and international companies.

Electric power enginnering studies are presented in collaboration with HiØ and KaU (see below under Programme Content and Structure).

Completing this Bachelor degree programme qualifies students to apply for further studies at master’s level at, for example, NTNU or similar institutions at home and abroad. The degree also qualifies for admission to the Master in Sustainable Manufacturing programme at GUC.

Duration

The nominal length of this programme of studies is three years.

The programme consists of individual courses giving a total of 180 credits, and leads to the degree of"Bachelor of Engineering – Electrical".

The programme follows national requirements given in the "Regulations on the Curriculum for Engineering Education." (http://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2011-02-03-107).

Expected learning outcomes

On completing this study programme students will have acquired a solid grounding in electric power or electronics, providing a good basis for developing and acquiring additional knowledge and skills in a working career.

The programme will make students eligible to work in a variety of industries both nationally and internationally, and provides skills to work in areas such as:

  • The electronics industry – development, testing, marketing, operation and maintenance;
  • Consultancy – planning, construction, commissioning;
  • Government – operation and maintenance, projects monitoring, solutions development;
  • Smaller electrical companies – development, testing, installation, training and sales.

In accordance with the NKR (National Qualifications Framework), the successful candidate will achieve the following knowledge, skills and general competence during GUC’s electrical engineering programme:

Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge providing an overall system perspective on engineering in general, with specialization in electrical discipline.
  • Knowledge of electrical and magnetic fields, broad knowledge of electrical components, circuits and systems.
  • Basic knowledge of mathematics, science – including electromagnetism – and relevant social sciences and economics and how these can be integrated in electro-technical problem solving.
  • Knowledge about the technology's history and development with emphasis on electromagnetic technology, the engineer's role in society and the consequences of the development and use of technology.
  • Knowledge of research and development within their field, as well as relevant techniques and working methods in the electrical trade.
  • Ability to update their knowledge in the field, both through information gathering, networking and practice.

Skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge and relevant results from research and development for solving theoretical, technical and practical electrical issues including providing justification for choices made.
  • Using professional digital engineering skills, ability to work in relevant laboratories using measurement methods, troubleshooting methodology, relevant instruments and software, all as a basis for focussed and innovative work.
  • Ability to identify, plan and implement technical electrical engineering projects, assignments, tests and experiments both independently and in teams.
  • Ability to find, evaluate, use and refer to information and technical material using it to explain problems.
  • Ability to entrepreneurially contribute new ideas and innovation by taking part in the development, quality assurance and implementation of sustainable and socially beneficial products, systems and solutions

General Competence

  • Knowledge of environmental, health, social and economic impacts of products and solutions, with the ability to put them in an ethical and lifetime perspective.
  • Ability to convey electrical professional knowledge to wider audiences, both in writing and orally and in both Norwegian and English, and able to help visualize electromagnetic technology's importance and consequences.
  • Ability to reflect on personal professional performance, as well as in a team and interdisciplinary context, adapting their technical practice to the different project environments.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of good practice by taking part in discussions within the field, sharing knowledge and experience with others.

Internationalization

It is possible for students to take their 5th semester, ie autumn in the third year, at one of the faculty’s partner institutions overseas. Currently these are:

  • Sweden – Högskolan Academy, Karlstad University,
  • Finland - Yrkeshögskolan NOVIA
  • Australia - University of Wollongong
  • Germany - Fachhochschule Schmalkalden
  • England - University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Over the last five years several students have carried out their Bachelor Project at the CERN international research center in Geneva in Switzerland. GUC also has agreements with a number of other universities and colleges abroad that can be appropriate for a stay as part of the course. Contact the International Office for more information.

Target Group

This course of study is aimed at applicants seeking an engineering programme directed towards interesting and challenging tasks in either automation, electronics development, telecommunications or power electricity. This is covered by the two studyspecializations – electronics and power electricity. Candidates can have just completed high school, or be with work experience seeking an electrical degree aimed at one of the above mentioned categories. The Y-VEI programme is designed to prepare applicants who have appropriate trade certificates.

Independence and the ability to plan personal learning is important because of the interaction between theory and practice and between individual and team work. The course is thus suitable for persons who either already have these characteristics, or who aim consciously develop these aspects for themselves.

Admission Criteria

The following are elligible for admission to this programme in accordance with the rules on access to higher education (Forskrift om opptak til høyere utdanning):

  • Applicants with Highere Education Entrance Qualification including Mathematics (R1 + R2) and Physics 1.
  • Applicants with recently approved two-year vocational training in technical subjects must document equivalent knowledge of mathematics and physics.
  • Applicants who have completed a two-year technical college course as specified by the Education Ministry from 1998-9 and before meet the admission requirements without seperately having to document equivalent knowledge of mathematics and physics as above.
  • Applicants who have passed the one-year preparatory course for engineering and maritime college education fill admission requirements for without seperately having to document equivalent knowledge of mathematics and physics as above.
  • Applicants who have Highere Education Entrance Qualification and have completed a one-semester science course of further mathematics and physics meet the requirements for admission without having to document equivalent knowledge of mathematics and physics as above.
  • TRES: For applicants with Highere Education Entrance Qualification that are admitted to the Three-Semester Plan, the above named special admission requirements for mathematics and physics are not applicable.
  • Y-VEI: Applicants who are admitted to specially designed engineering Y-VEI Three-Semester Programme, see § 3.3, on the basis of having a trade certificate and a minimum of 12 months relevant experience, do not need to seperately document their knowledge of mathematics and physics as described above.

Course Structure

The programme is structured to follow the national requirements given in the "Regulations on the Curriculum for Engineering Education." (http://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2011-02-03-107). Modern electronics laboratories are used for practical tasks and skills training with emphasis on creative problem solving. The final Bachelor Project (Bacheloroppgave) is usually conducted in collaboration with a sponsor company. The Elektro Group has excellent contact with companies through the Inland Electronics Network (www.el-IN.no) and the Energy Fellowship. These contact networks provide students open opportunities for travel on business visits and to get expert guest speakers on specialist topics.

Elektro engineers learn to be independent, responsible and adaptable by means of a range of advanced specialised teaching courses which closely integrate theory and practice. The laboratories are well equipped with a range of different signal and measuring systems and are also available to students outside the schedule teaching hours. Some of the highly sophisticated measuring equipment in the GUC laboratories is not otherwise available to students at most other colleges in Norway.

Much emphasis is placed on providing students with a good working environment in the laboratories. Many of the electrical trades demand extensive use of computers and special software, and the laboratories are designed for laptop use with a wireless network. A great deal of the subject matter is available on its own computer network based Subject Resources (web/Moodle/Fronter).

Lecturers in the Elektro Group are well qualified with many years of teaching experience, 10-15 years of industrial/business experience and publications in international journals. Some are  engaged in active research within their field and some have published textbooks. Specially prepared compendiums including the latest advances in technology and research are used extensively for final year students. In the last semester, students carry out a Bachelor Project (Bacheloroppgave) for a business. There is strong demand from firms, so that students have many very interesting projectsto choose from, which often later lead to employment opportunities.

The course at GUC is structured so that the first two years are common to all electro students (with the exception of one subject in the 4th semester). This gives more time for selecting the later specialization discipline. The specialization choices and associated optional subjects are briefed for students in detail during the autumn in the third semester.

Electronics provides knowledge and skills in the development of modern electronic systems where the use of microprocessors/microcontrollers is a natural component. The course focuses on the associated program development, and includes study of digital and wireless systems, robots, PLS and control engineering.

The Electric Power* discipline lays emphasis on providing knowledge and skills related to infrastructure production, transport and distribution of electrical energy. The quality assurance of power supply is an important topics. Optional courses on renewable energy sources can be chosen from the Renewable Energy Study programme.

* The Electric Power discipline is offered jointly with Østfold University College (HiØ) and Karlstad University (KAU). Partners’ lectures are presented on campus by vide, while other contact with lecturers is online. Travel costs must be expected when carrying out obligatory laboratory tasks.

Teaching Methods

The educational programme is varied and uses different methods:

  • Independent projects with a written or oral presentation
  • Group work (rolling, fixed and self-selected groups)
  • Lectures (introduction, resource, regular, with associated reading)
  • Calculations
  • Laboratory work
  • Company visits

Using relevant software tools and other instruments is emphased in order to learn the skills that are expected of an electrical engineer.

The study programme ends with a Bachelor Project of 20 credits that students perform in groups for a business or government agency.

Electrical Laboratories as a Learning Arena

Electromagnetic laboratories are extensively used to provide students with practical experience that they can apply when they later start in their career. Practice is to substantiate the theory that is learned throughout the study programme. The electronics laboratories include computers and measurement instruments, providing a combination of computer and elektro environment. The Electric Power discipline, jointly with Østfold University College (HiØ) and the University of Karlstad (KAU), requires that some of the laboratory exercises will be performed at their laboratories.

Structure and content

The first four semesters are are common to all electro students (with the exception of one subject in the 4th semester). A number of general subjects are taken as well as more specialised courses entitled "Mathematics 1 "," Engineer Role "," Basic Programming "," Mathematics 2 "," Electric Circuits " , " Digital Systems and Microcontrollers ", " Physics and Chemistry ", " Electronics ", " Statistics and Economics " and " Control Systems with PLC and robot" .

The course "Electrical Circuits" contains 5 credits of physics, which together with the course "Physics and Chemistry" gives adequate competence in physics to be able to continue on further graduate study.

The fourth semester also includes a 10 credit technical specialization courses for each of the study disciplines.

The fifth semester includes 20 credits of optional courses that provide further learning relevant to the chosen specialization discipline. The aim is to ensure a depth of expertise that will provide the basis for further study within the discipline. In addition, a 10 credit optional cpourse is taken ( see table below).

The sixth and final semester is the same for all disciplines in that students undertake a 20 credit Bachelor Project and a 10 credit course in Engineering Academic System Topic. The project builds on the knowledge and skills learned and will be within the chosen specialization discipline. The project is often based on a problem offered by a business company.

The table below shows the subjects included in the study programme, although it is subject to minor changes in the scheduled plan.

Optional courses may be chosen freely among all courses offered at GUC, and it is also possible to apply for approval for courses taken at other similar educational institutions. Candidates taking courses other than those listed above, including the listed optional courses, will not have their formal course of study specified on their degree certificate, and it will not be possible to guarantee that they will thus be qualified to study for a master's degree.

Technical Prerequisites

Students require their own laptop PC for this programme. Some computers are available in the GUC laboratories, while the electrical laboratories are equipped with advanced and expensive software and other measuring devices.

Good wireless networks are available for laptop PCs, both in the electrical laboratories and in the rest of the GUC campus

Table of subjects

Bachelor of Engineering - Electrical, Electronics 2014-2017

Coursecode Course name C/E *) ECTS each. semester
  S1(A) S2(S) S3(A) S4(S) S5(A) S6(S)
REA1141 Mathematics 1 C 10          
IMT1031 Fundamental Programming C 10          
ELE1071 Electrical circuits C 10 10        
TØL1051 Introduction to engineering C   10        
REA2081 Mathematics 2 for electrical engineering C   10        
ELE2131 Digital Fundamentals and Microcontrollers C     10      
REA2101 Physics and chemistry C     10      
ELE1051 Electronics C     10      
ELE3381 Control Systems with PLS and Robot Programming C       10    
SMF2251 Statistics and basic economics C       10    
ELE3411 Digital Signal Processing C       10    
ELE3391 Electrical Project C         10  
ELE3343 Data Transmission C         10  
Elective course, 10 ECTS E         10  
TØL1011 Systems Analysis and Engineering C           10
TØL3905 Engineering Bachelor Project C           20
Sum: 30 30 30 30 30 30
*) C - Compulsory course, E - Elective course

Y-VEI

Y-VEI strudents follow the programme for the three-semester students in first academic year. Additionally, course SMF1171 Norwegian for Y-VEI is obligatory for students seeking admission via Y-VEI.


Bachelor of Engineering - Electrical, Electrical Power 2014-2017

Coursecode Course name C/E *) ECTS each. semester
  S1(A) S2(S) S3(A) S4(S) S5(A) S6(S)
REA1141 Mathematics 1 C 10          
IMT1031 Fundamental Programming C 10          
ELE1071 Electrical circuits C 10 10        
TØL1051 Introduction to engineering C   10        
REA2081 Mathematics 2 for electrical engineering C   10        
ELE1051 Electronics C     10      
REA2101 Physics and chemistry C     10      
ELE2131 Digital Fundamentals and Microcontrollers C     10      
SMF2251 Statistics and basic economics C       10    
ELE3381 Control Systems with PLS and Robot Programming C       10    
ELGB31 Introduction to Three-Phase Systems, Electrical Machines and Transformers C       10    
ELE3341 Electrical power systems and high voltage engineering C         10  
IRE35013 Power Electronics and Relay Protection C         10  
Elective course, 10 ECTS E         10  
TØL1011 Systems Analysis and Engineering C           10
TØL3905 Engineering Bachelor Project C           20
Sum: 30 30 30 30 30 30
*) C - Compulsory course, E - Elective course

Other optional courses

Coursecode Course name C/E *) ECTS each. semester
  S1(A) S2(S) S3(A) S4(S) S5(A) S6(S)
ELE3342 Programmable Circuits E         10  
ENE1031 Electrical Energy Systems and District Heating E         10  
ENE2042 Energy Markets E         10  
IRE36213 Energy Technology and Electric Installations in Buildings E         10  
IRE36313 Regulations and Electric Installations in Buildings E         5 5
SMF1212 Project management and leadership E         10  
Sum: 0 0 0 0 0 0
*) C - Compulsory course, E - Elective course

Recommended optional course for candidates for Masters Degrees

Coursecode Course name C/E *) ECTS each. semester
  S1(A) S2(S) S3(A) S4(S) S5(A) S6(S)
REA3011 Mathematics 3 E         10  
Sum: 0 0 0 0 10 0
*) C - Compulsory course, E - Elective course

The above schedules are subject to minor alterations.


About Optional Courses:

Optional courses may be chosen freely among all courses offered at GUC, and it is also possible to apply for approval for courses taken at other similar educational institutions.

Candidates taking courses other than those listed above, including the listed optional courses, will not have their formal course of study specified on their degree certificate, and it will not be possible to guarantee that they will thus be qualified to study for a master's degree.