The curriculum is based on eight domains that are distributed over the three years that comprise the Bachelor’s programme. These domains are:
- Electronics Modules: Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Electric Networks, Electronics.
- Physics, basic knowledge Modules: Electromagnetic Field Theory, Mechanics and Transduction Engineering, Semiconductor Devices, Electro-Dynamics, Basic Optical Functions and Microsystems.
- Measurement and Control Engineering Modules: Measurement Engineering, Control Engineering, Dynamic Systems.
- Computer Engineering Object Oriented Programming is part of the introduction module. Other modules are: Basic knowledge of Digital Techniques, Computer Organization, Computer Systems, Information Storage.
- Communications Engineering Modules: Telematics, Embedded Signal Processing, Random Signals and Noise, Introduction to Communication Systems.
- Mathematics, basic knowledge. Several mathematical aspects are integrated in the first three modules. Separate courses offered later in the curriculum are: Probability, Linear Differentiation and Differential Equations and Linear Systems.
- Projects - The first three modules involve an integrated project. In the second year, students follow the Mechatronics project and a B2 project and in the third year the students follow the Materials Realization Practical. All projects described above are carried out in groups. The final component of the programme is an individual Bachelor’s thesis.
- Supportive Modules: Communication, Introduction to the Master’s, Introduction to Energy Engineering.
The modules in the eight separate domains are divided over three years of study. The modules are distributed over these three years such that the programme components follow a logical sequence. The first year of the Bachelor's degree programme is also known as the foundation year.
- An academic year consists of two semesters. A semester is divided into two quarters of eight weeks and two examination weeks.
- An academic year consists of 60 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit is equivalent to a study load of 28 hours.
The Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering consists of a coherent programme of courses in Electronics, Physics, Measurement and Control Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering and Mathematics. These courses are complemented by supportive modules, practicals and projects.
After the Bachelor’s programme
Entry to Master’s programmes:
- Graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in Electrical Engineering have automatic entry to the Master of Science programmes in Electrical Engineering, Systems and Control, Embedded Systems and Nanotechnology. Other Master’s may also be followed but may require additional modules to be completed. An information day where various Master’s programmes are represented is held once a year in December. More information about the Master’s programmes can be found www.master.utwente.nl.
A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering provides entry to the Twente School of Education where students can study for a teaching qualification in Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science. Some extra modules will need to be followed. A part of the teacher training can be followed during the Bachelor’s programme as part of the Minor. More information available at http://www.utwente.nl/elan/.
Labour market prospects
As the Bachelor’s-Master’s structure is relatively new, the labour market is not yet fully aware of the potential of graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
The modules are taught in a certain sequence as components of the Bachelor’s programme, as described above. Students are recommended to follow this sequence as much as possible. If there are reasons to depart from the sequence, it is important to take the following regulations into account:
- the first year certificate is awarded if all 60 ECTS credits of the first year programme have been obtained. A grade of 5 for one of the three modules taught during quarter 1.4 can be compensated by a grade of 7 or higher;
- if the first year certificate has not been obtained by the end of the second year and less than 80 ECTS credits have been obtained in total, then it will not be possible to complete the modules of the last years of the Bachelor’s programme;
- to participate in the B2 project the student must have completed the first year and obtained minimum 17 ECTS credits of the last years of the Bachelor’s programme;
- to be able to carry out the Bachelor’s thesis the student must have obtained 88 ECTS credits and completed the B2 project. The department where the thesis is carried out may require that certain modules have been passed;
- the permission of the Programme Director is required to carry out the Bachelor’s thesis with a Chair outside the Electrical Engineering department;
- the following modules must have been followed to be able to participate in the Mechatronics project: Mechanics & Transduction Engineering, Measurement Engineering, Dynamic Systems and Control Engineering;
- in some cases, Master’s modules may be followed while the Bachelor’s has not yet been completed (joint Bachelor’s/Master’s), on condition that no more than 30 ECTS credits of the Bachelor’s programme have yet to be obtained and the Examination Board has given its permission. To follow a joint Bachelor’s/Master’s, a study plan must be prepared which indicates when the Bachelor's degree will be obtained and which Master’s modules will be followed. If the student fails to obtain their Bachelor’s degree within one year then it will not be possible to sit exams for the Master’s modules. The Bachelor’s degree must have been obtained before the student can follow a Master’s internship or carry out a Master’s final project. The Office of Educational Affairs has forms with which students can register for provisional admission to a Master’s programme. If the Examination Board withholds its permission then the student will not be able to follow Master’s modules or sit Master’s exams. Any results obtained without the Examination Board’s permission will be declared invalid;
- the programme enforces a binding recommendation on continuation of studies. This entails that students are required to obtain minimum 45 ECTS credits during the first year of study. Students who obtain less than 45 ECTS credits without valid reason will receive a negative recommendation and will not be able to follow an electrical engineering programme in the Netherlands for a period of three years.
Any deviations from these regulations must always be approved by the Examination Board.
Over the years, a number of changes have been implemented in the curriculum as a result of demands from society and developments in science and in secondary education. The study adviser can provide the applicable regulations and advise on the appropriate steps in relation to study progress. All regulations that have been published over the past nine years will be made available via the Electrical Engineering department’s website.
Alongside programme-specific regulations, University-wide regulations also apply. These can be found in the general appendix of this prospectus.
New Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) are drawn up each year. These encompass both the University-wide and programme specific regulations. The OER is distributed among the first-year students at the start of the academic year.
The Bachelor’s thesis
The Bachelor’s thesis is the culmination of the Bachelor’s programme. A Bachelor’s thesis is carried out in the form of a research project within a department. It is an opportunity to put the knowledge learned during the programme into practice. The Bachelor’s thesis is used to assess the student’s initiative and their ability to plan, report and present a project. The difficulty level of the thesis is described by the attainment targets of the programme and the modules followed up until that moment. Students work independently on a Bachelor’s thesis or Individual Assignment (IOO) under the guidance of a supervisor.
The attainment targets below apply for the Bachelor’s thesis and the Individual Assignment.
In the performance and presentation of their Bachelor’s thesis, the students have demonstrated that they can:
- make an appropriate choice of department, supervisor and research proposal (information acquisition, self-knowledge and communication);
- keep a logbook (document management, integration of knowledge and skills and reflection);
- concretize the research proposal (starting with interpretation, ideas development and operationalization, followed by literature research and practice with instruments/tools, to come to a well-founded and concrete research question or design specification);
- prepare a research plan (complete overview with step-by-step plan and timeline);
- efficiently implement the research plan and make any necessary adjustments, in consultation with the supervisor, if new insights require it (efficient working method, plan adjustment);
- submit progress reports (provide evidence that they are taking the right path to reach the primary objectives);
- draw up an unambiguous problem definition which expresses the core structure of the work and reporting, for example in the form of an introduction, summary or poster;
- make and keep appointments for supervision meetings (communication);
- agree on a method of assessment and the criteria for awarding grades (communication, for example the criteria for being awarded a grade of 10 and those for a fail);
- agree on the consequences of missing deadlines or completing the thesis too late, as well as the consequences of a fail (communication);
- prepare a compulsory final report (logical and efficient presentation of the work to the technical-scientific forum);
- give a compulsory final presentation of the work (oral PowerPoint presentation for an audience of fellow Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s students and department staff).
The student is responsible for meeting the requirements of the aforementioned attainment targets. The more initiative the student demonstrates in achieving these targets (including asking questions), the better they will have demonstrated that the attainment targets have been achieved.
The final grade is determined by the quality of the work performed (the quality level), the final report, the final presentation and the working methods used (which are revealed, among others by the quality of the research plan, progress reports, problem definition, etc.). The latter can be delivered orally or in writing, according to the agreement between the supervisor and the student.
The Bachelor’s thesis is 14.5 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to a study load of 400 hours or 10 weeks working fulltime. Students who commence a Bachelor’s thesis in a particular department (academic Chair) are required to reach agreements on the timeframe beforehand. This entails that students agree on a final deadline, taking account of any other activities that may run parallel to the Bachelor’s thesis (such as modules). A deadline may be exceeded by a maximum of two weeks and has as consequence that the maximum attainable grade is then a 6.
Students must apply for a Bachelor’s degree with the Office of Educational Affairs. Students can apply in any month with the exception of July.
The Office of Educational Affairs will assess whether all the conditions for obtaining the degree have been met. A collective Bachelor’s graduation ceremony takes place once per year in October. A University-wide first year diploma ceremony is also held once per year in late September or early October.
Assessment and Quality
The student is assessed in several ways during the course of the programme. Various assessment instruments are used to this end.
- Most modules are assessed by means of a written examination. The Information Storage module is assessed by means of assignments and the Electromagnetic Field Theory module is assessed by means of an oral examination.
- The Measurement Engineering, Computer Systems and Embedded Signal Processing modules are assessed in part by means of a practical exercise. This practical exercise must be completed with a satisfactory result before the student can sit the exam.
- A practical tutor may require one or more reports to be written, a journal to be kept and/or a presentation to be held.
- The assessment of a practical is based on the student’s performance during the practical.
The assessment of Minor modules is described in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the programme responsible for the Minor.
A number of projects are carried out to stimulate the integration of various modules or a single module and to enable performance to be monitored. These projects are completed with a presentation and/or report. In addition to the projects below there are also mid-first year and final first year projects and a Mechatronics project.
The B2 project is normally carried out in groups of 4 students.
The B2 project is assessed on the basis of performance during the course of the project, an oral interim report, an oral final report and a written final report of the activities performed. A written interim report may also be requested.
The Bachelor’s thesis is assessed on the basis of the working methods applied during the course of the project, an oral final report and a written final report of the activities performed. The Chair shall appoint a supervisory committee that consists of at least two people. The supervisory committee will include at least one member of the faculty’s permanent academic staff. The supervisory committee appoints a supervisor responsible for day-to-day supervision.
The supervisory committee will also include at least one examiner. The permission of the Programme Director is required to carry out the Bachelor’s thesis outside of the University of Twente’s Electrical Engineering department.
Educational Quality Assurance
The Faculty of EEMCS, of which Electrical Engineering is a part, places great stake in the quality of the education it provides.
Good education demands commitment on the part of tutors and students alike. Moreover, it calls for good communication. The QA cycle consists of the following internal QA instruments.
The Electrical Engineering Student Committee (StOEL) has been established to assure the quality of the education provided by the Electrical Engineering programme. This committee consists of a number of students whose task it is to assess the quality of the education provided and evaluate the Electrical Engineering programme in general. They perform quarterly evaluations of the Bachelor’s programme and they are the main point of contact for students with complaints or comments about the education provided by the programme.
The Programme Board includes both students and teaching staff. It is an advisory body to the Programme Director and must be consulted on all educational matters, such as education programmes, study workload, timetables, complaints handling and module evaluations.
The Examination Board is made up of staff members and has independent authority with regard to all matters concerning examinations. The Examination Board draws up regulations pertaining to examinations, pass and fail criteria, dispensation, etc. The Examination Board has final say over which students pass for which examinations and when. They also assess success rates and investigate cases of plagiarism.
Educational Quality Committee
The task of the Educational Quality Committee is to:
- inform the Dean and the Programme Board on the progress within the educational process;
- submit reports to the Examination Board on the tutor’s contribution to and role in the educational process by means of inter-collegial testing performed by a member of academic staff who has a seat on the Educational Quality Committee.
- submit evaluations to the Examination Board, the Programme Board and the applicable tutors of elective modules that form part of the non-compulsory curriculum;
- submit an Education Quality Committee report on examinations to the Dean, the Programme Board and the applicable tutor within 6 weeks of the examination;
- submit an annual report of its activities and an annual plan for the coming year to the Examination Board and the Programme Board.
Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER)
University education is regulated by the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW). This Act describes the general regulations for achieving the objectives of university education and the administrative structures of the Universities. The Act defines the length of the initial degree programmes, the manners in which students can be registered and the admission rules for the various examinations.
The Act accords a pivotal role to the faculty Dean where it concerns the facilities provided by the faculty for the pursuit of education and science. The Dean has the authority to approve the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) as well as the Faculty Regulations, in which the administration and facilities of the faculty are described in detail.
The OER regulates a large number of important items related to education and the exams and examinations, including:
- programme content;
- the study workload of the programme components (modules, practicals, projects, internships, assignments);
- the examinations offered;
- the number of opportunities per academic year for sitting exams and examinations;
- the period of validity of assessments.
The Higher Education and Research Act stipulates that there must be a Students' Charter. The Students' Charter has an institution-specific section that is applicable to the entire University (describing, for example, the University’s financial support facilities) and a programme-specific section which must provide information on aspects such as programme structure and support services. Further information can be found in the general appendix.
In the Netherlands, a degree programme must be accredited in order to be eligible for government funding. Accreditation is ‘the provision of a hallmark indicating that certain standards have been met.’ The approval of grants to students also depends on the institution being accredited. The Electrical Engineering programme was accredited in 2010 by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.