BS in Computer Engineering

About
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Program (ECE) program offers a robust and multidisciplinary curriculum that includes strong theoretical fundamentals and practical problem-solving. The program is recognized for shaping students to become the next leading engineers to integrate in the creative world of evolving technological landscape. The uniqueness of our engineering program hinges on a sound and contextualized liberal arts exposure that provides a mold for a ‘great engineer’.

Today, electrical and computer engineering intersects from miniaturized integrated electronics to large-scale power plants; from single-transistor devices to networks comprising a billion nodes. ECE offers a diverse set of exciting sub-disciplines like digital electronics, instrumentation, machine vision, communications, control systems, robotics, wireless devices, embedded controllers, networking, software development, biomedical devices, artificial intelligence, and computer architecture.

Vision of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program
To be an agent of positive change in society through excellence in locally contextualized and globally competitive liberal arts and discipline-specific education and research, and to impart an understanding of contemporary issues and challenges facing the society.

Program Educational Objectives

Electrical & Computer Engineering program at Habib University aims to produce competent electrical and computer engineers who

  1. Exhibit broad-based technical excellence in their engineering practice and in other professional dealings.
  2. Are aware of the impact of their work on society and environment.
  3. Are capable of leading through a pluralistic approach.
  4. Engage in the lifelong process of an independent and reflective learning.

Program Learning Outcomes


Following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are designed to prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives and subsume the PLOs of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Habib University aims to produce computer engineers who, at the time of graduation, have

PLO1 Engineering Knowledge: An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals and an engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.

PLO 2 Problem Analysis: An ability to identify, formulate, research literature, and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences.

PLO 3 Design/Development of Solutions: An ability to design solutions for complex engineering problems and design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.

PLO 4 Investigation: An ability to investigate complex engineering problems in a methodical way including literature survey, design and conduct of experiments, analysis and interpretation of experimental data, and synthesis of information to derive valid conclusions.

PLO 5 Modern Tool Usage: An ability to create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools, including prediction and modelling, to complex engineering activities, with an understanding of the limitations.

PLO 6 The Engineer and Society: An ability to apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solution to complex engineering problems.

PLO 7 Environment and Sustainability: An ability to understand the impact of professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate knowledge of and need for sustainable development.

PLO 8 Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities, and norms of engineering practice.

PLO 9 Individual and Team Work: An ability to work effectively, as an individual or in a team, on multifaceted and /or multidisciplinary settings.

PLO 10 Communication:An ability to communicate effectively, orally as well as in writing, on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.

PLO 11 Project Management: An ability to demonstrate management skills and apply engineering principles to one’s own work, as a member and/or leader in a team, to manage projects in a multidisciplinary environment.

PLO 12 Lifelong Learning: An ability to recognize importance of, and pursue lifelong learning in the broader context of innovation and technological developments.

The Academic Program


The first year of the program provides firm grounding in natural sciences, mathematics, computing and electrical engineering. Foundational courses in computer science and electrical & computer engineering will provide students a meaningful introduction to both the disciplines. Students will then take core electrical & computer engineering and mathematics courses that will provide a solid foundation for taking more advanced elective courses. The final year is devoted to a year-long capstone project, technical electives, and supporting courses. Alongside their specialized training, students are required to take courses outside their major to facilitate a broad exposure to knowledge. This includes the mandatory University Liberal Core component and inter-disciplinary engineering electives

Requirements for the Computer Engineering Major


A major in Computer Engineering requires completion of 42 courses with approximately 137 credit hours of coursework, with a minimum CGPA of 2.33, as shown in the table below:

Requirements Course Category Number of Courses to complete Credit Hours
University Liberal Core University Core 10 30
Other Programs – (12 courses) Computing 3 9*
Economics, Management & Entrepreneurship 2 5
Mathematics 4 12
Natural Sciences 1 4*
Social Sciences 2 5*
Computer Engineering – Foundation (10 courses) Intro to Electrical & Computer Engineering 1 4
Electric Circuit Analysis 1 4
Basic Electronics 1 4
Object Oriented Programming & Design Methodologies 1 4
Data Structures & Algorithms I 1 4
Engineering Workshop 1 1
Probability & Stochastic Processes 1 3*
Signals & Systems 1 4
Digital Logic & Design 1 4
Computer Architecture 1 4
Computer Engineering – Breadth (7 courses) Data Communication & Networking 1 4
Microcontrollers & Interfacing 1 4
Operating Systems 1 4
Databases 1 4
Software Engineering 1 3
Digital Signal Processing 1 4
Engineering Innovation & Design 1 2*
Computer Engineering – Depth (4 courses) Computer Engineering Electives 4 12
Engineering Breadth (2 courses) Engineering courses outside Computer Engineering 2 6
Senior Design Project (2 courses) Capstone Project 2 6

* courses may be double-counted towards meeting University Liberal Core requirements.

Computer Engineering Thrusts

Electives would be offered from the following three streams. Students may optionally specialize by taking appropriate elective courses in consultation with their academic advisor. In the junior year, a seminar course on advance topics in Computer Engineering is offered for exposing students to a diverse set of specializations within CE.

Hardware focused thrust areas:

  • Digital VLSI Circuits
  • Computer Networks
  • Embedded Systems
  • Computer Architecture

Software focused thrust areas:

  • Operating Systems
  • Programming Language and Translators