Electrical Engineering

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425100
GE
92
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
Sem 2 entry: 
Yes
Douglas George

Most universities aim to produce high quality engineers, but I've found that UNSW Engineering is driven to produce graduates who will change the game no matter which field they choose.

Douglas George

What's it all about?

■  Electrical Engineering encompasses research, design, development, manufacturing and management of complex systems for many different uses. Think about the infrastructure that allows you to call anywhere in the world on your mobile. Or the electricity wires that connect your house to the power grid. Study Electrical Engineering and you will never be out of a job.

What does it include?

■  The focus of this degree is on design, development, manufacturing and management of complex hardware and software systems, and reliable cost-effective devices. This involves the use of new information and computer intensive technologies. Key subjects include telecommunications, photonics, systems and control, energy systems, microelectronics and signal processing. To get you work ready, you'll apply these skills through 60-days of approved industry training.

Where will you work?

■  This degree opens up a huge range of challenging and rewarding career paths. Potential employers are found in telecommunications, biomedical, electricity authorities and in large private industrial groups such as Thales, Alstom, BHP, Boeing Australia, Honeywell, Dolby Australia, IBM and Google.

Dual degrees

■  Dual degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Program outlines

■  Sample program outlines are given in the tables below. If you would like to see a downloadable version of these outlines, please visit our student resources page.

Sample Program Outlines*

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
COMP1511 Introduction to programming Recommended to all students with some programming experience
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. You will need to get a mark of 65 or above to enrol in PHYS1231 in semester 2.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A It is highly recommended students take this course rather than PHYS1121.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B This is the second of the two introductory courses in Physics. It is a calculus based course. Electrical Engineering students must take this physics course.
COMP1521 Computer Systems Fundamentals
ELEC1111 Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering An introduction to the art and science of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2141 Digital Circuit Design Introduction to modern digital logic design, boolean algebra and hardware description language.
ELEC2134 Circuits and Signals Introduction to second-order transient analysis, frequency-domain interpretation of circuits, transform methods and linear systems theory.
MATH2069 Mathematics 2A
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2133 Analogue Electronics
ELEC2142 Embedded Systems Design
MATH2099 Mathematics 2B
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3104 Digital Signal Processing
ELEC3115 Electromagnetic Engineering
ELEC3106 Electronics
Read more L3 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L3 electives provided. See School site for details.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3105 Electrical Energy
ELEC3114 Control Systems
ELEC3117 Electrical Engineering Design
TELE3113 Analogue and Digital Communications

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4120 Thesis A The thesis topic is chosen by the student. An academic staff member will act as the project supervisor.
ELEC4123 Electrical Design Proficiency
Read more L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L4 electives provided. See School site for details.
Read more L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L4 electives provided. See School site for details.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4121 Thesis B Can be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2. prerequisite: ELEC4120.
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics Students study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
Read more L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L4 electives provided. See School site for details.
Read more L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L4 electives provided. See School site for details.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
COMP1911 Computing 1A This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
COMP1511 Introduction to programming For students with an interest in computing who wish to be extended may consider this course
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. You will need to get a mark of 65 or above to enrol in PHYS1231 in semester 2.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A It is highly recommended students take this course rather than PHYS1121.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B This is the second of the two introductory courses in Physics. It is a calculus based course. Electrical Engineering students must take this physics course.
COMP1521 Computer Systems Fundamentals
ELEC1111 Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering An introduction to the art and science of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2141 Digital Circuit Design Introduction to modern digital logic design, boolean algebra and hardware description language.
ELEC2134 Circuits and Signals Introduction to second-order transient analysis, frequency-domain interpretation of circuits, transform methods and linear systems theory.
MATH2069 Mathematics 2A
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2133 Analogue Electronics
ELEC2142 Embedded Systems Design
MATH2099 Mathematics 2B
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3104 Digital Signal Processing
ELEC3115 Electromagnetic Engineering
ELEC3106 Electronics
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3105 Electrical Energy
ELEC3114 Control Systems
ELEC3117 Electrical Engineering Design
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4120 Thesis A
ELEC4123 Electrical Design Proficiency
Read more L3 or L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L3 or L4 electives provided.
Read more L3 or L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L3 or L4 electives provided.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4121 Thesis B Can be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2. prerequisite: ELEC4120.
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics
Read more L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L4 electives provided. See School site for details.
Read more L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L4 electives provided. See School site for details.

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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
COMP1911 Computing 1A This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
COMP1511 Introduction to programming For students with an interest in computing who wish to be extended may consider this course
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. You will need to get a mark of 65 or above to enrol in PHYS1231 in semester 2.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A It is highly recommended students take this course rather than PHYS1121.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B This is the second of the two introductory courses in Physics. It is a calculus based course. Electrical Engineering students must take this physics course.
COMP1521 Computer Systems Fundamentals
ELEC1111 Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering An introduction to the art and science of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2141 Digital Circuit Design Introduction to modern digital logic design, boolean algebra and hardware description language.
ELEC2134 Circuits and Signals Introduction to second-order transient analysis, frequency-domain interpretation of circuits, transform methods and linear systems theory.
MATH2069 Mathematics 2A
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2133 Analogue Electronics
ELEC2142 Embedded Systems Design
MATH2099 Mathematics 2B
Read more Science Course Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3104 Digital Signal Processing
ELEC3115 Electromagnetic Engineering
ELEC3106 Electronics
Read more Science Course Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3105 Electrical Energy
ELEC3114 Control Systems
ELEC3117 Electrical Engineering Design
Read more Science Course Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4120 Thesis A
ELEC4123 Electrical Design Proficiency
Read more L3 or L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L3 or L4 electives provided.
Read more L3 or L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L3 or L4 electives provided.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4121 Thesis B Can be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2. prerequisite: ELEC4120.
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics
Read more L4 Discipline Elective Select a course from the list of L4 electives provided. See School site for details.
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* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only and are not an exhaustive list of the possible degree combinations or program structures. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides. All students should read the program rules prior to enrolling.