Academic Programs

 

The department offers academic programs leading to
the following scientific degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering
    with specialization in Electrical Power Engineering (EPE)
    or in Communications and Electronics Engineering (CEE)
  • Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (Non-thesis and thesis options).
  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Electrical Engineering

 

 

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Programs

 

The undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering provides students with an aptitude for applied sciences and mathematics to develop their capabilities and skills and to apply them to a broad range of problems dealing with electro-technology. Graduates of B.Sc. degree program offered by Electrical Engineering Department acquire excellent background in basic sciences, mathematics, electromagnetism, electrical and electronic circuits, measurement devices, electromechanical energy conversion, electrical power, communications, computer and control systems, analogue and digital systems and applications of various technologies in the electrical engineering discipline. In addition to obtain the essential background and skills in a broad range of electrical engineering topics, the undergraduate programs offer the students a choice to specialize in one of the following two areas:

1-       Electrical Power Engineering (EPE)

2-       Communications and Electronics Engineering (CEE)

The general program for obtaining the B.Sc. degree in any one of the above-mentioned two specializations enables the student to comprehend the essential fundamentals of electrical engineering and yet allow him to specialize in a suitable branch of his choice.

 

Development of Skills

The Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program is designed to provide student with the following skills:

a.       An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to the general field of electrical engineering.

b.       An ability to design and conduct experiments pertaining to electrical engineering, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

c.       An ability to identify, formulate and solve electrical engineering problems including, system design and performance evaluation.

d.       An ability to perform and function as a team member and work within multidisciplinary teams.

e.       An understanding of professional electrical engineering duties and ethical responsibility.

f.         An ability to communicate effectively with peers, customers and public.

g.       An ability to engage in life-long learning pertaining to electrical engineering.

h.       An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern tools necessary for electrical engineering practice.

i.         An ability to apply knowledge of probability and statistics in electrical engineering.

j.         Knowledge of mathematics including calculus, differential equation, linear algebra necessary to analyze and design complex devices and systems containing hardware and software components as related to electrical engineering.

k.       An ability to recognize the interactions between the electrical engineering and contemporary professional, social and global issues.

 

Graduation Requirements

To obtain the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering with specialization in Electrical Power Engineering (EPE) or Communications and Electronics Engineering (CEE), the student must successfully complete 160 credit hours which are split over 10 levels of studying addition, the students are also required to complete 60 days of Industrial Training.

Towards the total of 160 credit hours, 72 credit hours represent the University and the College requirements whereas 88 credit hours represent the Department requirements. The University and College requirements consist of 12 credit ours of Islamic Culture and Arabic Language courses, 9 credit hours of English Language courses, 33 credit hours of courses in Basic Sciences (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry), and 18 credit hours of General Engineering courses.

The Departmental requirements of 88 credit hours are split into 45 credit hours of compulsory core courses in Electrical Engineering, 38 credit hours of specialized courses in the fields of Electrical Power Engineering (EPE) or Communications and Electronics Engineering (CEE) and 5 credit hour senior year project which spans over two consecutive terms and is devoted to more specialized education in one of the many electrical engineering areas according to the individual student's interest.

Table 1, Table 2 and Table 3 show the distribution of 160 credit hours over 10 levels of study for the B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering:

  • Table 1 lists the common courses of the two B.Sc. programs EPE and CEE, which are given over the first three years (six semesters) of study;
  • Table 2 lists the courses required by the EPE program, which are given over the last two years (four semesters) of study; and
  • Table 3 lists the courses required by the CEE program, which are also given over the last two years (four semesters) of study.

Flow charts for the sequence of courses in the undergraduate program for EPE and CEE along with the required pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements are shown in Figures 1 and 2. These charts clearly show how basic and advanced courses are arranged to have a logical sequence of the program in order to achieve the outcome identified next.

 

Table 1: Undergraduate Program: Common Courses (Both Options)

 

1st Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

ARAB

101

Language Skills

2

ENGL

102

English Language for Eng. & Comp. Students I

6

ENGL

104

English Language for Eng. & Comp. Students II

 4 2

MATH

105

Differential Calculus

3

PHYS

103

General Physics (I)

4

 

 

Total

17

 

2nd Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

CHEM

101

General Chemistry

4

ENGL

104

English Language for Eng. & Comp. Students II

3

MATH

106

Integral Calculus

3

MATH

107

Algebra and Analytical Geometry

3

PHYS

104

General Physics (II)

4

 

 

Total

17

 

3rd Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

ARAB

103

Expository Writing

2

   EE

201

Fundamentals of Electric Circuits

3

GE

102

Workshop

1

GE

204

Computer Applications in Eng.

2

GE

210

Engineering Mechanics

3

IC

102

Islam and Construction of Society

2

MATH

203

Calculus for Engineering Students

3

 

 

Total

16

 

4th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

202

Electric Circuit Analysis

3

EE

203

Electromagnetic (I)

3

EE

205

Electric Circuit Lab

1

GE

104

Engineering Drawing

3

GE

208

Computer Programming in C

3

MATH

204

Differential Equations

3

 

 

Total

16

 

5th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

204

Electromagnetics (II)

3

EE

208

Logic Design

3

EE

301

Signal and System Analysis

3

EE

311

Basics of Electronic Devices

3

EE

314

Electronic Devices Lab

1

MATH

244

Linear Algebra

3

 

 

Total

16

 

6th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

210

Logic Design Lab.

1

EE

306

Electrical Instruments and Measurements

2

EE

307

Electrical Instruments and Meas. Lab

1

EE

320

Communications Principles

3

EE

340

Fundamentals of Power Systems

3

EE

399

Communication and Presentation Skills for EE Students

1

IC

103

The Islamic Economic System

2

STAT

324

Engineering Probability and Statistics

3

 

 

Total

16

 

 

          Table 2: Undergraduate Program: Specialized

Courses (Option EPE)

 

7th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

330

Electromechanical Energy Conversion I

3

EE

351

Automatic Control

3

EE

352

Automatic Control Lab

1

EE

353

Introduction to Microprocessors

3

EE

432

Power Electronics

3

IC

104

Fundamentals of Islamic  Political System

2

 

 

Total

15

 

8th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

331

Electromechanical Energy Conversion II

2

EE

332

Electromechanical Energy Conversion Lab

1

EE

341

Power System Analysis

3

EE

342

Electrical Power Lab.

2

EE

354

Microprocessors Lab.

1

EE

442

Utilization of Electric Energy

2

EE

446

High Voltage Engineering

3

GE

401

Engineering Economy

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

17

 

9th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

430

Electrical Machine Dynamics

3

EE

443

Power System Operation and Control

3

EE

449

Power System Protection

3

EE

451

System Simulation

2

EE

452

Digital Control Systems

2

EE

498

Graduation Project (I)

2

 

 

Total

15

 

10th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

435

Electric Drives

3

EE

444

Power System Planning

3

EE

455

Applied Control

3

EE

499

Graduation Project (II)

3

GE

402

Engineering and Project Management

3

 

 

Total

15

 

 

 

          Table 3: Undergraduate Program: Specialized

Courses  (Option CEE)

 

7th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

315

Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits

3

EE

316

Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits Lab.

1

EE

322

Digital Communication

3

EE

351

Automatic Control

3

EE

352

Automatic Control Lab

1

EE

353

Introduction to Microprocessors

3

IC

104

Fundamentals of  Islamic Political System

2

 

 

Total

16

 

8th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

324

Communications Lab

2

EE

330

Electromechanical Energy Conversion I

3

EE

354

Microprocessors Lab.

1

EE

360

Digital Signal Processing

3

EE

417

VLSI Circuit Design

3

EE

418

VLSI Circuit Design Lab

1

EE

423

Wave Propagation and Antennas

3

 

 

Total

16

 

 

9th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

411

Optoelectronics Devices and Systems

3

EE

414

Radio Frequency Electronics

2

EE

424

Communications Systems

3

EE

461

Computer Science for EE Students

2

EE

498

Graduation Project (I)

2

GE

401

Engineering Economy

3

 

 

Total

15

 

10th Level

Code

No.

Title

Units

EE

416

Advanced Electronics Circuits

3

EE

429

Topics in Communications and Systems

3

EE

462

Communications Networks

3

EE

499

Graduation Project (II)

3

GE

402

Engineering and Project Management

3

 

 

Total

15

 

 

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs

 

The Electrical Engineering Department offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. The program has been designed to reflect the modern trends and developments in the Electrical Engineering curricula. The program is available with the following options in several specializations:

  • Thesis Option
  • Non-Thesis Option

 

Objectives:

The M.Sc. programs aim at:

  • Offering specialized courses for electrical engineers.
  • Development of production and service sectors in the Kingdom.
  • Combining the university with industrial and technical sectors into common research programs.
  • Promoting scientific and applied researches particularly that are related to development requirements of the kingdom.

 

Areas of Specialization

Both, Thesis as well as Non-Thesis option, M.Sc. degree programs are available in the following areas of specialization:

  • Electronics
  • Communications
  • Electrical Machines and Power Electronics
  • Electrical Power
  • Control Systems and Computers

Degree Requirements for Thesis Option Program

The M.Sc. degree requirements for Thesis Option are:

  • Completing 24 credit hours of course work from the approved graduate courses as follows:
    • 9 credit hours of common courses.
    • 15 credit hours of specialized electrical engineering courses following the Departmental regulations.
  • The student must successfully complete and defend a thesis on a selected research topic in the area of specialization.

Degree Requirements for Non-Thesis Option Program

The M.Sc. (non-thesis option) program degree requirements are:

  • Completing 36 credit hours of course work from the approved graduate courses as follows:
    • 9 credit hours of common courses.
    • 27 credit hours of specialized electrical engineering courses following the Departmental regulations.
  • The student must successfully complete a research project, which comprises two parts (EE598 & EE599), each having 3 credit hours. Each part is graded pass/fail.

 

Common Courses

The common courses for Thesis as well Non-Thesis Options are given in the following (Each course is of three credit hours):

 

GE 501 Computer Simulation of Engineering Systems

EE 502 Modeling of Stochastic Engineering Systems

Math 505 Numerical Linear Algebra

 

Specialized Courses

The available courses, in different specializations, are given in the following. Each course is of three units (credit hours). Some of these courses are compulsory, while the others are elective. Some of the elective courses can be taken from EE specialized courses, different from the main specialization of the student. In selecting courses, there are certain rules that must be fulfilled for Thesis and Non-Thesis Options.

 

Electronics

EE 502  Modeling of Stochastic Engineering Systems

EE 503  Advanced Digital Circuit Design

EE 504 Electronic Devices

EE 506  Advanced Analysis of Electronic Circuits

EE 507  VLSI Design

EE 508  Optoelectronics

EE 509  Embedded Systems

EE 510  Data Communication Integrated Circuits

EE 512  Applications of Integrated Circuits

EE 515  Microwave Electronics

EE 516  Selected Topics in Electronics

EE 517  VLSI Fabrication Technology

EE 519  System on Chip

 

Communications

EE 521  Electromagnetic Fields

EE 524  Communication Networks

EE 526  Optical Communications

EE 528   Digital Communications

EE 571  Digital Image Processing

EE 572  Satellite Communications

EE 573  Information Theory

EE 574  Error correcting coding for communication systems

EE 575  Mobile Communications

EE 576  Selected Topics in Communications and Signal Processing

EE577 Selected Topics in Electromagnetic waves and Microwave Engineering

 

Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

EE 530  Design of Electrical Machines

EE 531  Advanced Theory of Electrical Machines

EE 532 The Generalized Theory of Electrical Machines

EE 533  Electrical Machine Dynamics

EE 534   Power Semiconductor Converters

EE 535  Selected Topics in Electrical Machines

EE 536  Electrical Machines for Special Purposes

EE 537  Selected Topics in Power Electronics

 

 

Electrical Power

EE 544  Reliability Evaluation and Power System Planning

EE 546  High Voltage Test Techniques

EE 547  Selected Topics in Power Systems

EE 548  Power System Protection

EE 549  Power System Dynamics

EE 581  High Voltage Transmission Systems

EE 582  Power System Transients

EE 583  Distribution System Engineering

EE 585   Power System Operation and Control

 

Control Systems and Computers

EE 550  Internet Technologies and E-Services

EE 551  Computer Controlled Systems

EE 552   Advanced Microprocessors and  Applications

EE 553  Computer Organization and Architecture

EE 554  Performance Evaluations of Computing Systems

EE 557  Linear Systems

EE 559  Intelligent Control Systems

EE 560  Advanced Control Techniques

EE 561  Selected Topics in Computers

EE 562  Selected Topics in Control

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Programs

 

Electrical Engineering is a fast changing profession and there are rapid advances in research and development of different specialization of electro technology. To cope with such advancements, some electrical engineers usually need a much higher level of education and training. The Ph.D. program was initiated in the Electrical Engineering Department in 1412H (1991G). This program responds to the needs of national research and development centers for highly qualified specialists in electrical engineering capable of effective contributions to complex scientific and technical projects.

A good deal of the scientific thesis work of graduate students deals with advanced research, development and application problems in various fields of electrical engineering. The Department has directed its research abilities so as to benefit from the rapid advances in all fields in electrical engineering to match the needs and requirements of the development plans of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Ph.D. program offers challenging opportunities for advanced research in electrical systems in the following specialization:

  • Electronics
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Communication
  • Electrical Machines and Power Electronics
  • Electrical Power and High Voltage Systems
  • Computer and Control.

 

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. degree requirements are:

  • Completing 18 credit hours of course work from the approved Post Graduate (Ph.D.) Courses.
  •  
    • Passing the Ph.D. qualifying comprehensive exam.
    • Satisfactory completion of the Ph.D. thesis. The student can register in the Ph.D. thesis only after he passes the qualifying comprehensive examination. He also has to meet residency requirements.

     

    Ph.D. Courses

    The available PhD courses, in different specializations, are given in the following. In selecting courses, there are certain rules that must be fulfilled.

     

    Electronics

    EE 610  Semiconductor Characterization Techniques

    EE 611  Semiconductor Device Modelling

    EE 612  Design and Technology of Solar Cells

    EE 613  Design and Application of Photovoltaic Systems

    EE 614  MOS Devices for Advanced VLSI

    EE 615  Analysis and Design of VLSI Circuits

    EE 616  VLSI Layout and Processing

    EE 617  Layout Design of Bipolar Integrated Circuits

    EE 618  VLSI for Fast Processing Systems

    EE 619  Advanced Topics in Electronics

     

    Communications

    EE 620  Signal Detection and Estimation

    EE 621  Channel Coding Theorem

    EE 622  Advanced  Digital Communications

    EE 623   Digital Signal Processing

    EE 624  Antenna Theory and Design

    EE 625  Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves

    EE 626  Secure Communication Systems

    EE 627  Advanced Network Planning and Tele-traffic Engineering

    EE 628  Radar Systems

    EE 629  Advanced Topics in Communications 

     

    Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

    EE 630  Advanced Theory of Electro-Mechanical Energy  Conversion

    EE 631  Computer Aided Analysis of Electrical Machines

    EE 632   Special Types of  Electrical Machinery

    EE 633  Computational Methods in Electromagnetics

    EE 634   New Concepts in Electric Machine Design

    EE 635  Voltage and Frequency Converter Systems

    EE 636  Special Drives and Reactive Power Control

    EE 637  Advanced Topics in Drives & Power Electronics

    EE638    Linear Electric Machines

     

    Electrical Power

    EE 640  Large Scale System Analysis

    EE 641  Stability of Large Power Systems

    EE 642  Power System Operation and Security

    EE 643  Optimal Power System Planning

    EE 644  Reliability Evaluation of Power System

    EE 645  Electromagnetic Transients in Power System

    EE 646  Advanced Power System Protection

    EE 647  High Voltage Insulation

    EE 648   Corona and Field Effects of High Voltage Systems

    EE 649   Advances in Power System

     

    Control Systems and Computers

    EE 650  Artificial Intelligence in Engineering

    EE 651  Parallel Processing and Programming

    EE 652  Computer Network Protocols

    EE 653  Computer Vision and Image Processing

    EE 654  Microprocessor Based Instrumentation & Control

    EE 655  Digital Control Systems

    EE 656  Non-linear Control Systems

    EE 657  Stochastic Control Systems

    EE 658  Adaptive and Learning Control Systems

    EE 659  Advanced Topics in  Computer & Control

     

    Seminar Courses and Thesis

    EE 661  Seminar (1)

    EE 662  Seminar (2)

    EE 663  Seminar (3)

    EE 700  Ph.D. Research