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 electrical engineers in the coming years. The demand for electric power engineers is particularly critical at this time.
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. One of the factors contributing to the urgent need for power engineers is that a large proportion of today’s power engineers are quickly approaching retirement age.
The emphasis of this programme is to provide knowledge and skills related to the infrastructure for the production, transport and distribution of electrical power. The quality of electricity supply, and the extraction of energy from renewable sources are also important topics. The programme is in partnership with the Østfold University College (OUC) and Karlstad University (KAU). Job opportunities are to be found in local, national and international power agencies and concerns.
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.
This is a part-time undergraduate programme with a four year normal duration, such that the learning progress rate is 75% of what is expected of full time students.
The programme leads to the degree of “Bachelor of Engineering – Electric Power Engineering” with a total of 180 credits, and fulfills national requirements given in "Regulations on the Curriculum for Engineering Education” (Forskrift om rammeplan for ingeniørutdanning).
Expected learning outcomes
On completing this study programme students will have acquired a solid grounding in electric power engineering, 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 electrical industry – development, testing, marketing, operation and maintenance;
- Consultancy – planning, construction, commissioning;
- Government – operation and maintenance, projects monitoring, solutions development;
In accordance with the NQR (National Qualifications Framework), the successful candidate will achieve the following knowledge, skills and general competence during the programme:
- Extensive knowledge providing an overall system perspective on engineering in general, with specialization in electrical disciplines.
- 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 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.
- 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
- Knowledge of environmental, health, social and economic impacts of products and solutions within this area of competence, 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 technical practice to 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.
It is possible for students to take their 7th semester, ie autumn in the fourth year, at one of the faculty’s partner institutions overseas. Currently these are:
- Sweden –Karlstads Universitet – www.kau.se
- Australia - University of Wollongong – www.uow.edu.au
- Germany - Fachhochschule Schmalkalden – www.fh-schmalkalden.de
- England - University of Newcastle upon Tyne – www.ncl.ac.uk
Over recent years a number of 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 (http://internasjonal.hig.no ) for more information.
Exchange arrangements with other overseas institutions are also possible.
Internationalization for students who elect not to travel overseas is by means of using English text books for some subjects. Meanwhile, the electrical engineering lecturers come from a number of different cultural backgrounds, in addition to the international aspect of joint courses with Karlstad University. Additionally, representatives of major international concerns are regularly invited to give lectures, while overseas research students based at GUC are working in the field of wireless systems.
This course of studies is aimed at applicants seeking an engineering programme directed towards interesting and challenging tasks in electric power engineering. 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 best suited for those who either already have these characteristics, or who aim consciously to develop these aspects for themselves.
Specific target groups can be persons with appropriate professional experience (“realkompetanse” i.e. they must be over 25 and have previously approved relevant vocational experience) and/or earlier relevant vocational education and training. Candidates with a technical college background and/or master craftsman who now wish to advance to an engineering degree can be typical examples.
The programme is also suitable for candidates whose employers wish to train further as power engineers, but at the same time cannot be released for full time studies over a number of years. The study workload is designed to be 75% of full time studies. Students should arrange with their employers that they can use some of their working time for study purposes. Additionally, to be successful, students must expect to devote some of their own time to their studies.
The following are elligible for admission to this programme in accordance with the general rules on access to higher education:
- Applicants with Higher Education Entrance Qualification including Mathematics (R1 + R2) and Physics 1 (generell studiekompetanse + Matematikk (R1 + R2) og Fysikk 1).
- Applicants with recently approved two-year vocational training in technical subjects (2-årig fagskoleutdanning) must document appropriate 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 Higher 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.
Applicants who are unable to meet the requirements for mathematics and physics competence will be referred to other engineering courses of study.
The programme is structured to follow the national requirements given in the "Regulations on the Curriculum for Engineering Education”. Electro engineers learn to be independent, responsible and adaptable by means of a range of advanced specialised teaching courses which closely integrate theory and practice. Modern electro laboratories are used for practical tasks and skills training with emphasis on creative problem solving that demonstrate the connection between theory and practice. Much effort is made to ensure that students enjoy stimulating learning experiences in the laboratories that are also available to students outside scheduled teaching hours.
Many of the electrical topics 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 via computer networks and based on the Fronter/Moodle learning platforms.
The lecturers in the Electrical 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.
The Electric Power discipline lays emphasis on providing knowledge and skills related to the infrastructure for the production, transport and distribution of electrical energy. The quality assurance of power supply is an important topic. Optional courses on renewable energy sources and the energy market can be chosen from the Renewable Energy Study programme. A selection of optional courses may be chosen from other cooperating institutions.
The Electric Power discipline is offered jointly with Østfold University College (OUC) and Karlstad University (KAU). Partners’ lectures are presented on campus by video conferencing, while other contact with lecturers is online. Travel costs must be expected when carrying out obligatory laboratory tasks.
The final Bachelor Project (Bacheloroppgave) is usually conducted in collaboration with a sponsor company. The Electro 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.
Structure and content
The first six semesters are allocated to presenting general introductory programming topics together with some rechnical specialisation subjects. These courses are entitled "Mathematics 1for flexible engineering students ", "Electric Circuits", “Engineer Role for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering", "Mathematics 2 for Electro”, “Basic Programming", "Electronics", "Statistics and Economics”, “Basic Three-Phase and Transformers”, "Digital Systems and Microcontrollers", "Physics and Chemistry", " and " Control Systems with PLC and robot programming" and “Engineering systems”.
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 seventh semester includes 20 credits of obligatory courses that provide further learning relevant to power engineering. 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 course may be chosen freely from all bachelor level courses offered at GUC (providing the individual course entry requirements are met). It is also possible to apply for approval for courses taken at other similar educational institutions.
During their eighth and final semester, the students undertake a 20 credit Bachelor Project. The project builds on the knowledge and skills learned. The project is often based on a problem submitted by a business company. Many project proposals are received from companies, such that students have a large range of interesting suggestions from which to choose. Projects can also lead to later job employment offers.
The table below shows the subject courses included in the study programme, although it is subject to minor changes in the scheduled plan.
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)
- Net-based learning platforms
- Laboratory work
- Company visits
- Guest lectures
Using relevant software tools and other instruments is emphased in order to learn the skills that are expected of an electrical engineer.
The workload for a full 60 credit study year is estimated to be 1600-1800 hours. The normqal study load for this flexible programme is 20 cvredits per semester, that is to say two thirds of a full course loading. However, the full 30 credit workload is planned for the second and seventh semesters.
On Line Education
On Line Education is arranged so that most contact between student and the teaching institution is by means of an online learning environment.
Students must expect to attend obligatory seminars and workshops at GUC, OUC or KAU in order to complete various practical laboratory tasks and exercises. The number of such seminars and workshops will vary according to the courses being taken and the stage reached in the overall programme. The laboratory work involved in individual topics typically takes 1-2 days. For some basic electronic topics, students will find it possible to purchase the necessary equipment and thus complete the laboratory work at home without having to travel to GUC. Students are expected to cover their own travel and overnight expenses for obligatory attendance.
The online learning environment is provided by means of learning platforms, where lectures, assignments and other subject matter is provided. All student course work is also submitted through these same online platforms.
The programme is therefore organised so that students are able to complete it regardless of their geographic location. Students also have some degree of flexibility in the timing of their studies. This means that the student role differs significantly from that of the ordinary full-time student, where lectures and tutoring takes place in physical close interaction between lecturer and student. Online students will experience far greater demands to take responsibility for their own progress and to take the initiative to clarify their academic and administrative questions. Some of the subject courses will be introduced at a start-up seminar over one to two days. The number of seminars and workshops for each subject will be announced in advance of each semester.
All written examinations are held on campus at GUC. Applications may however be submitted for examinations to be taken off campus at other appropriate institutions instead of travelling to GUC. Expenses for arranging alternative examination facilities must be met be the individual student concerned. For further guidance see www.hig.no/student/eksamen/retningslinjer.
An online flexible programme requires that students have the necessary equipment and software to be able to work and communicate using the Internet.
The following are the minimum requirements for this programme:
- Access to a laptop PC capable of audio playback and use of a web camera;
- Internet connection with good bandwidth.
- A PC using the Windows operating system is recommended in order to avoid difficulties in installing and using software programs.
- Various application software that can be downloaded freely over the internet; (e.g. Flashm Acrobat Reader, etc)
- Some specialist software require paid licences, see details in the individual course descriptions.