During the first year of the Bachelor’s programme 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.
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.
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.
It is time for electronics! Building on the knowledge you gained in the first two modules, you are now ready to build an audio amplifier. 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. You will also receive an introduction to (radio frequency) transmitter systems. This module’s mathematical component consists of the mathematics you will need in the next module.
In this module, you will deal with the Maxwell theory, which describes electromagnetic fields, electrostatics, magneto statics and electromagnetic waves. In the project you will design and test electromagnetic antennas. And the best antenna wins a fun prize! The mathematics in this module is linear algebra, which will be very important throughout your studies.