Electronic Engineering Programme

Electronic Engineering Programme

Discipline Academic Leader: 

Prof T Afullo
+27 (31) 260 2730 or Afullot@ukzn.ac.za

Programme Leader:

Dr Leigh Jarvis 
+27 (31) 260 2742 or Jarvis@ukzn.ac.za


Electronic Programme Syllabus

The electronic engineering curriculum is designed to prepare students for a career in the all-pervasive discipline of electronic information handling, which has become crucial to the promotion of efficiency and productivity in so many facets of both commercial and industrial life. This includes all aspects of telecommunications, the design of computers and microcomputer systems, microwave engineering, electronic equipment manufacture, and many other similar activities. We believe we achieve this by offering a degree with strong emphasis on the principles of electronic communication, while at the same time permitting a wide range of different applications of electronics to be studied. For example, in the third year, the curriculum includes such courses as Electronics, Digital Systems, Electromagnetic Theory, Physical Electronics, Communications, Control Systems and Power Electronics. Like computer and electrical engineers they also attend a course on Engineering Management and Labour Practices in preparation for the management role they will assume in industry.

Final year students are required to take the Engineering Business and Entrepreneurship courses. They also take six courses covering detailed aspects of electronic engineering and include the following: Digital Communications, Digital Processes, Electronics, Digital Signal Processing, Control Systems, and Embedded Systems. A number of optional courses, from students choose three are also offered. These include: Acoustics, Artificial Intelligence, Microwave Engineering, Superconductivity, Data Communications, Image Processing, Automation and Power Electronics.

Practical Experience

To enable the integration of the theory with the practice of engineering to take place, the student is required to complete a minimum period of 13 weeks of practical vacation work in industry. This is normally undertaken during the long vacations of second and third years. After each such period of training the student is required to submit a formal report on the work completed. In addition, second year students are required to attend a 1-week general workshop training course held in the Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering Buildings during the July/August vacation.

Career Opportunities

With the increasing demand for electricity and the tremendous growth of the information, manufacturing and telecommunications industries there are many challenging and exciting jobs awaiting each graduating computer, electrical or electronic engineer.

Profession Registration

The Bachelors degree in Engineering in the branches of Electrical and Electronic engineering, is recognized as the qualifying degree for registration as a professional engineer in South Africa under the Professional Engineers Act 1969. A period of at least three years of relevant postgraduate experience is required before full registration as a Professional Engineer. Professional registration is currently a requirement, in South Africa, for those wishing to become consulting engineers, whether in the private or public sectors. The Computer Engineering degree has been provisionally recognised, pending the production of its first graduates in 2004.

Post Graduate Research

The Programme is well equipped to carry out a wide variety of post graduate research work and research students, both from South Africa and from overseas, are studying for masters or doctors degrees in our many different laboratories. Funding for this research is provided partly by the University and partly by Industry in the form of donations or contract research and many bursaries are available to excellent students.

In Electrical Engineering, the main directions for research are electrical machines, power system stability, power electronics, control systems, motion control, high voltage systems and artificial intelligence.

In Electronic Engineering, the main directions for research are digital signal processing, optical fibre communications, telecommunications and data networks, cellular communication networks, digital systems design, microwave antennas, acoustics, laser and quantum optics.

Some research projects involve computer, electronic as well as electrical engineering staff and students.

Further Particulars

The Discipline of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering accepts only a limited number of students into first year on the Durban campus. A smaller additional number are accepted to do first year in Pietermaritzburg but have to transfer to Durban from second year onwards.

Prospective students are invited to visit Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering to discuss their future careers with members of staff. The best time for this is during one of the two "Open Days" held each year. Alternatively, you may contact one of the following persons to make arrangements for an individual meeting.

Should you have any queries please contact one of the staff members below who will assist you:


Ms Dumisile Ngcobo

 Ph: +27(031) 260-2753


Ms Bennedin Mokoena

Ph: +27(031) 260-2744


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