During the first year of the Bachelor’s Electrical Engineering you will establish a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. You will study Mathematics, Physics, Information Technology, Electronics and Electromagnetics. Throughout the four modules of this year, you will gain insight into the various professional roles and themes in your academic discipline, and learn how to develop practical solutions to complex problems. Every module ends with a team project in which you apply the knowledge and skills you have learned.
Module 1: Electronics, sensors & Actuators
Your introduction to electrical engineering! This module gives you a general overview of the field of electrical engineering. It teaches you the basics, from electronics, electrical networks, signal theory, electronic instrumentation, system design and programming to electronic hardware, as well as providing you with the corresponding mathematical foundation. You will learn to develop sensors to find out more about the parameters you are dealing with. Your team project will involve electrical measurements on humans, for example in sports or in healthcare. This could mean measuring match endurance, or quantifying responses to certain materials for early detection of illnesses. In this module you will follow courses like Circuit Analysis 1, Calculus 1 and do a project about Sensors & Actuators.
Module 2: Electric Circuits
Your aim in this module is to learn various ways to analyse, design and apply electrical networks comprised of sources, resistors, capacitors, inductors and much more. You will also learn about the mathematics (calculus) necessary to perform these analyses. Your project will focus on designing a circuit to feed the (energy) output of a solar cell into the power grid, addressing the question of how to use a solar cell efficiently. In this module you will follow courses like Circuit Analysis 2 Calculus 2, Programming in C and do a project about Power electronics.
Module 3: Electronics
Let's talk electronics! Building on the knowledge you gained in the first two modules, you will learn everything you need to build an audio amplifier. Next to this, you will also get acquainted with low frequency electronics, electrostatics, and magneto statics. This module’s mathematical component teaches you about vector calculus, which you will need for the electronics project in this module.
Module 4: Wireless Transmission
In this module you will learn to design analogue circuits and to extend them to systems with feedback in order to create stable circuits and oscillators. Next to this, you will learn all about high frequency electronics. In the final project of the module, you will design and test a wireless transmitter system together with an electromagnetic antenna. This will allow you to send and receive radio frequency signals. The best system wins a fun prize! The mathematics in this module is linear algebra, which is very important throughout your entire studies.