Associate Degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering (Full-Time)

  • Award:Associate Degree
  • Study Mode:Full-Time
  • Duration:2 Years

Overview

Hardware necessary for providing and supporting the information and computer technology expansion in our society must be maintained and upgraded to provide reliable and up-to-date services.  The Electronic and Computer Engineering programme was conceptualized and developed to meet hardware maintenance needs in the area of information and computer technology.  In response to these needs, the programme prepares graduates for positions of technician, engineering technician, and entrepreneurs in the field of Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Paths

The Associate degree is the step prior to the Bachelor Degree from an academic perspective. Its ideal academic level is two years to the Bachelor Degree, but dependent on the field of pursuit it may be a bit more than two years. The work-related activities is as a technician working with an Engineer in the fields of Telecommunications, electronic control, computer control, programming, and computer-based systems and related fields of hardware and software. 

Programme Structure

Year 1
Semester 1Code
Electronic Devices ELCE101
Simulation And Instruments Lab ELCE103
Circuit Analysis ELCE110
Mathematics 1 MATH153
Engineering Chemistry CHEM162
English & Communication CORE100
Engineering Physics PHYS161
Semester 2Code
Digital Electronics And Circuits ELCE120
Circuits & Digital Devices Lab ELCE122
Communication Systems ELCE151
Mechanics And Drafting MECH100
Calculus 1 MATH152
Mathematics 2 MATH163
Ethics & Citizenship CORE101
Year 2
Semester 1Code
Microprocessor And Computer Systems ELCE220
Assembly Language Programming Lab ELCE221
High Level Programming EENG225
Project Design ELCE240
Electromagnetic Theory ELCE231
Calculus 2 MATH251
Mathematics 4 MATH261
Caribbean Politics & Society CORE102
Semester 2Code
Project Prototyping Exhibition ELCE241
Computer Systems And Networks ELCE260
Calculus 3 MATH252
Mathematics 5 MATH262
Elective
Practical Maths CORE103

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English & Communication

CORE100

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Ethics & Citizenship

CORE101

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Caribbean Politics & Society

CORE102

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Practical Maths

CORE103

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Mathematics 1

MATH153

This course places emphasis on the principles of algebra and trigonometry as they relate to the solution of engineering problems. It also introduces students to the theory and application of complex numbers. This is an introductory course that lays the foundation for other courses such as calculus and finite mathematics.

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Calculus 1

MATH152

This course is designed to develop students’ appreciation for the powerful tool of calculus. The first unit introduces concepts which are fundamental to calculus as well as classes of problems whose solutions only attain ultimate accuracy with the introduction of the techniques of calculus. The student is introduced to the concepts of differential and integral calculus and given an appreciation for their importance in mathematical modeling.

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Mathematics 2

MATH163

This course is designed to further enhance students’ ability to use mathematics in the solution of engineering problems. Topics include geometry and mensuration, algebra, including the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequations. Students will also be introduced to the binomial expansion and its applications. The concepts of matrices and determinants are applied in the solution of simultaneous equations in 2 or 3 unknowns.

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Engineering Physics

PHYS161

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Engineering Chemistry

CHEM162

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Calculus 2

MATH251

This course is designed to further develop students' appreciation for the powerful tool of calculus. The student is introduced to the differentiation and integration of more advanced algebraic and trigonometric functions. Calculus is applied to the formulation and solution of mathematical models in engineering.

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Mathematics 4

MATH261

This course is designed to combine essential elements of the concepts of trigonometry and vectors, to develop students’ competence in interpretation, analysis and problem solving. The geometry component takes the student beyond the spatial analysis of shapes to the analysis of the equations defining their locus. Mathematical techniques are applied to extracting the relationships between variables by analysis of experimental data. Application is made to the design and solutions of mathematical models as applied in engineering.

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Calculus 3

MATH252

This course is designed to assist students in making the transition to University level mathematics, particularly those who are embarking upon studies in Engineering or Natural Sciences. Focus is placed on the development and solutions of ordinary differential equations as well as partial differentiation and its applications to the solutions of engineering problems.

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Mathematics 5

MATH262

This course is designed to assist the student in making the transition to University level mathematics, particularly those who are embarking upon studies in Engineering or Natural Sciences. Techniques for the analysis of higher order matrices and further manipulation of complex numbers are introduced. In statistics, the student is taken beyond the basic statistical tools to discrete and continuous probability distributions. Concepts of linear algebra are further developed.

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High Level Programming

EENG225

This course is designed to offer further exposure to the application of computer programming in solving mathematical and engineering problems. Through a study of the concepts of program specification and design, algorithm development, coding and testing, students are introduced to a high-level computer language using a modern software development environment. The course also introduces students to the use of existing mathematical software packages in problem solving.

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Electronic Devices

ELCE101

This course focuses on the characteristics of diodes, bipolar transistors, field effect transistors and SCR transistors. It examines the characteristics, design and analysis of semiconductor diodes, bipolar transistors, Field Effect Transistors (FETs) and Silicon Controlled Rectifiers (SCR) transistors. Students will explore the application of semiconductor devices, configurations, and use of computer tools for circuit design, evaluation, and analysis. Students will gain an appreciation of the basic semiconductor properties relevant to device operation and fabrication, and an understanding of the operation of the pn junction diode and transistors, together with their properties.

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Circuit Analysis

ELCE110

This course builds skills in ac/dc circuit analysis that provide a foundation for design applications using network analysis theorems, such as Thevenin's theorems, Norton's theorems, superposition, and the maximum power transfer theorem to simplify circuit analysis. It extends the analysis of simple ac circuits through the introduction of phasor transforms and the impedance concept; mesh and nodal analysis techniques to handle dc network problems and the frequency response of simple RC, RL and RLC circuits. This course involves experiments in the building of basic electrical circuits, verifying the theories and principles of circuit analysis.

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Simulation And Instruments Lab

ELCE103

This laboratory course will train students in the use of various instruments for measuring circuit parameters and in obtaining characteristics for common electronic components, diodes and transistors. It includes the study of both analogue and digital AC measuring instruments including ammeters, voltmeters and ohmmeters. Oscilloscopes, signal generators, and frequency counters are presented with an emphasis on practical applications and safe operation of these instruments. Students will draw and simulate circuits using the CAD programme. The students will develop a concept, the schematics, bill of materials and report for a major portfolio project.

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Digital Electronics And Circuits

ELCE120

This course covers a wide variety of topics relating to digital electronics including number systems, logic gates, flip-flops, and counters. Boolean algebra and DeMorgan's theorem, troubleshooting and problem-solving techniques for digital logic circuits are introduced. Students will also study and analyze electrical circuits for implementing logic elements. The logic gates presented in the module include AND, OR, NOR, NAND, and inverters.

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Circuits & Digital Devices Lab

ELCE122

This course aims to provide students with a knowledge of problem solving using digital circuits and systems. The objective is to give students exposure to designing and assembling digital and analogue circuits. Through a series of laboratory exercises, students will become familiar with the implementation of digital circuits using simulation software to support answers and conclusions that they have developed.

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Mechanics And Drafting

MECH100

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Communication Systems

ELCE151

This course introduces students to the components of a communication system and the techniques and circuits that make up such a system. The objective is intended for the students to understand various modulation schemes for analogue- and digital-signal transmission, and to analyse their performance in terms of signal-to-noise ratio, bandwidth requirement, and error performance. Students will be introduced to the blocks of a communication system and the operation of circuits used for communication systems.

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Microprocessor And Computer Systems

ELCE220

This course introduces students to microprocessor computer hardware elements and interface elements. It focuses on a wide range of microprocessor design scenarios, where students learn how to develop solutions to problems, troubleshoot computer control equipment, debug programs, and write programs for controlling peripherals.

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Assembly Language Programming Lab

ELCE221

This course uses laboratory activities to train students in writing and debugging programs to control peripheral devices. It emphasizes the documenting of these programs and using the hands-on approach to assembly language programming that solves real-world interfacing problems.

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Project Design

ELCE240

This course provides students with skills in defining and analyzing an engineering problem and in designing, evaluating and selecting solutions. It will guide students in producing a solution to a problem by preparing detailed circuit diagrams and circuit descriptions.

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Electromagnetic Theory

ELCE231

Students are taught the principles of fields for magnetic and electrostatic components in order to develop a sound theoretical understanding of electromagnetism. This course shows them how to determine the properties of these fields and their applications.

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Project Prototyping Exhibition

ELCE241

This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in ELCE240. Using a modelled project planning guide, students will learn how to assemble circuits for the design in ÈLCE240, solve problems encountered and produce a completed prototype. Through reflective activities and contextualization of their work, students will generate the appropriate documentation for building prototypes and testing new design ideas.

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Computer Systems And Networks

ELCE260

This course introduces current networking standards, the OSI Model, various protocols and topologies, the interconnections between various hardware components, network operating systems, DNS, DHCP, TCP/ IP, Ethernet, wired and wireless transmission, and security. It explores and analyses components of a computer system: operating systems, network topologies and protocols. The properties of programming languages and their advantages are examined and evaluated.

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