BS Electrical Engineering

Modern life is unimaginable without electricity. The generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization of electricity is made possible mainly through the work of Electrical Engineers. They design and build communication systems such as mobile phones and computer networks, design microelectronic chips that are at the heart of modern electronic devices, develop biomedical devices and instrumentation to saves lives, and advanced new ‘green’ technologies that will power our homes and industries while protecting the environment.

Habib University’s Electrical Engineering Program combines a rigorous science and engineering education with the liberal arts. It provides students with technical knowledge in Mathematics and Science, Computation, Electronics, Power and Energy Systems, Electromagnetics, Telecommunication Systems, Automation, and Control Systems.

Program Vision

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 imparting an understanding of contemporary issues and challenges faced society.

Program Educational Objectives

The Electrical Engineering program at Habib University aims to produce competent electrical engineers who:

  1. Have excellent technical expertise in the discipline, including the latest and emerging technologies
  2. Practice their profession responsibly, with an awareness of civic duties and contemporary issues and an understanding of economic, social, environmental, professional, and ethical issues, including the impact of their work on society and the environment;
  3. Have an appreciation of non-technical disciplines, possess excellent communication skills, and are comfortable working in teams composed of individuals with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds
  4. Engage in the lifelong process of independent, reflective learning

Program Learning Outcomes

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

The Electrical Engineering program at Habib University aims to produce electrical engineers who, at the time of graduation, have:

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, and electrical engineering to the solution of complex engineering problems;
  2. Are able to identify, formulate, research literature, and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering sciences
  3. Have the 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
  4. Are able to investigate engineering problems in a methodical way including literature survey, design and conduct of experiments, analysis using first principles of mathematics, natural and engineering sciences, and interpretation of experimental data, and synthesis of information to derive valid conclusions
  5. Can create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools to engineering activities, with an understanding of the limitations
  6. Have the 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 engineering problems
  7. Understand the impact of professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts and demonstrate knowledge of and need for sustainable development
  8. Are committed to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice
  9. Are able to work effectively, as individuals or in a team, in a multifaceted and /or multidisciplinary settings
  10. Are able to communicate effectively, orally, as well as in writing, 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
  11. Are able 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
  12. 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 the natural sciences, mathematics, computing, and electrical engineering. Foundational courses in computer science and electrical engineering will provide students with a meaningful introduction to both the disciplines. Students will then take core electrical 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.

Requirements for the Major

A major in Electrical Engineering requires completion of approximately 139 credit hours of coursework, with a minimum CGPA of 2.33, as shown in the table below:

Course Category Number of Courses to complete Credit Hours
University Liberal Core 11 33
Other Programs (10 courses)
Computing 3 11*
Economics, Management & Entrepreneurship 2 4
Mathematics 4 12**
Natural Sciences 2 7
Electrical Engineering – Foundation (9 courses)
Introduction to Electrical & Computer Engineering 1 4
Circuits and Electronics 3 12
Probability Concepts 1 3
Signals & Systems 1 4
Digital Logic Design 1 4
Electromagnetic Theory 1 3
Engineering Workshop 1 1
Electrical Engineering – Breadth (5 courses)
Electrical Machines 1 4
Microcontrollers & Interfacing 1 3
Communications and Control 2 8
Engineering Design 1 3***
Electrical Engineering – Depth (5 courses)
Electrical Engineering Electives 5 18
Engineering Breadth (2 courses)
Engineering courses outside Electrical Engineering 2 7
Senior Design Project (2 courses)
Capstone Project 2 6
Over All 42 139

* course double counted towards meeting University Liberal Core requirements with form of thought in Formal Reasoning.
** course double counted towards meeting University Liberal Core requirements with form of thought in Quantitative Reasoning.
*** course double counted towards meeting University Liberal Core requirements with form of thought in Creative Practice.

Program Thrusts

Three program specializations are defined. Students may optionally specialize in one of these areas by taking appropriate elective courses consultation with their academic advisor.

  • 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

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.