The Electrical and Computer Engineering (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 & 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 & computer engineers who
- Exhibit broad-based technical excellence in their engineering practice and in other professional dealings.
- Are aware of the impact of their work on society and environment.
- Are capable of leading through a pluralistic approach.
- 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 & Computer Engineering Program at Habib University aims to produce electrical & 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 Electrical Engineering Major
A major in Electrical Engineering requires completion of 42 courses with approximately 136 (133-138) 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||301|
|Other Programs – (10 courses)||Computing||3||112|
|Economics, Management & Entrepreneurship||2||4|
|Electrical Engineering – Foundation (9 courses)||Intro to Electrical & Computer Engineering||1||4|
|Circuits and Electronics||3||12|
|Signals & Systems||1||4|
|Digital Logic Design||1||4|
|Electrical Engineering – Breadth (5 courses)||Electrical Machines||1||4|
|Microcontrollers & Interfacing||1||4|
|Communications and Control||2||8|
|Electrical Engineering – Depth (5 courses)||Electrical Engineering Electives||5||185|
|Seminar on advanced topics in EE||1||16|
|Engineering Breadth (2 courses)||Engineering courses outside Electrical Engineering||2||6|
|Senior Design Project (2 courses)||Capstone Project||2||6|
1 course credits offering may differ from 30 credits.
2 course double counted towards meeting University Liberal Core requirements with the form of thought requirement in Formal Reasoning.
3 course double counted towards meeting University Liberal Core requirements with the form of thought requirement in Quantitative Reasoning
4 course double counted towards meeting University Liberal Core requirements with the form of thought requirement in Creative Practice
5 EE electives credits could be between 15 – 20 (3+1/0)
6 Seminar course on advanced topics in Electrical Engineering – CR/NCR based
Electrical Engineering Thrusts
Electives are offered from the following four domains. 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 Electrical Engineering is offered for exposing students to a diverse set of specializations within EE.
- Automation, Robotics & Controls
Automation, Robotics, and Control is a multidisciplinary engineering field that deals with the design, modeling, analysis, and control of predominantly computer-based automated systems or processes. Automated systems typically contain a mixture of equipment, devices, software, hardware, and humans.
- Electronics and Embedded Systems
Modern electronics are ubiquitous in consumer, industrial, automotive, medical, commercial, and military applications. The percentage of electronics in traditionally mechanical systems, such as automobiles, has steadily increased to more than 30% and is expected to increase further. This trend of ‘electronification’ of society, coupled with the availability of inexpensive but powerful embedded systems, opens up a huge valley of opportunities for well-trained electronic engineers and entrepreneurs.
- Power and Energy Systems
Ready availability of electrical power at a reasonable price is essential for the economic development of a country. In order to come out of the current energy crisis, Pakistan needs to launch more power generation projects, upgrade its transmission network, and modernize the distribution system in order to reduce distribution losses. All this will be done by electrical engineers who specialize in power systems.
- Telecommunications & Networks
Cellular mobile phone networks, satellite and fiber-optics communication systems, and global positioning systems are playing a fundamental role in increasing the quality of life and improving the efficiency of the service sector. A well-knit telecommunications infrastructure is essential for the economic development of a country. In Pakistan we are witnessing the introduction of 4G LTE and 5G cellular phone systems, proliferation of data networks, and a shift towards electronically facilitated services by both the public and private sector. Telecommunications thrust is intended to sustain the positive growth in this industry by providing adequately trained technical managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs.