The Department offers courses in Electrical and Communication Engineering degree and diploma levels.
The Undergraduate Course leads to the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. This course has been designed to equip students with a broad knowledge of electrical engineering with opportunity to specialise in power or communications engineering during the final year. The course is of four years duration and is supported by extensive practical work performed in well-equipped laboratories. The first year of the degree course provides emphasis on basic studies in English, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering Science.
This is a four year programme, beginning with a Foundation Year, common to all branches of engineering and first year Diploma in Electrical Engineering. At the end of the first year you‟ll choose the branch you wish to study. Assuming Electrical Engineering is your choice, years two and three begin with computing, circuit theory, electrical power systems and electronics; and continue with control systems, signal transmission and telecommunications. In the fourth year you have the option to do either communications or power engineering. If your choice is communication engineering you will study advanced courses on satellite communications, electronic navigation systems and data communications systems. On the other hand, if power is your choice you will study electric power systems, electrical machines, industrial control, industrial electronics and application of computers.Engineering is about change through design, so a major part of the final year programme is devoted to the Engineering Project. You may work to a specification or be required to research some aspect of a design. You will experience a realistic engineering working relationship with a supervisor and possibly other students, and will have to meet time deadlines and satisfy given design specifications. You may then be ready to step on the first rung of an interesting engineering career.
During the long vacations at the end of each year, students are expected to take employment with sponsors or organisations which deal in some aspect of Electrical and Communication Engineer-ing. Experience gained during these periods is regarded as an essential and integral part of the student's training. Students are required to accumulate at least ten weeks vacation training experience during the course. This training must be approved by the Head of Department and all students are required to submit a report at the end of each training period. The major employers of degree graduates are Telikom PNG, the Papua New Guinea Electricity Commission, National Broadcasting Commission, Office of Civil Aviation, Department of Works, and mining industries.
The Department has a keen interest in rural outreach, and has research programmes in power systems, power electronics, microwave propa-gation (terrestrial and satellite communication), computer networks, microhydro generation, power systems, power system protection, computer architecture, PLC’s, and microprocessors and industrial control.
Degree students are streamed after completing the 3rd year programme into two streams, i.e. Power & Communication streams. The Department is planning to introduce a third stream in the near future, i.e. Computer Engineering stream.
In response to requests from industry to provide further training for graduate engineers, the Department offers specialist short courses, which can be given at the University or at the industrial site.
The Department has an extensive Master programme. This Masters degree is based on research to be presented as a thesis and will normally take two years to complete. Masters degrees are offered in propagation studies, control engineering and instrumentation, power systems and computer network. There will be shortly the opportunity to study for the M.Sc. by course work and dissertation in Power and Communication Engineering.