The value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the the system.Robert Metcalfe
This is a unique engineering programme with a very practical and applied focus. Building on the fundamentals of electronic device operation, students are guided to practical applications of these principles in the design, operation and maintenance of cutting-edge, global communication networks; exemplified in particular by the Internet. Fundamental electronic engineering principles such as circuit theory and electromagnetics, are combined at a later stage with more network-centric subjects such as router configuration and maintenance, and network programming. Key aspects of professional network certification exams (such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) examination) are included; which will further enhance students proficiency in industrially relevant network configuration and maintenance skills. This practical focus is further augmented by a period of compulsory, supervised industrial training which provides ample opportunities for students to consolidate their classroom-based learning experiences. Students will also be exposed to the essentials of management, business law and ethical engineering practices. The synergistic blend of fundamentals and practical applications in the syllabus coverage makes it uniquely positioned to provide students with a set of engineering skills that will be highly in demand in the rapidly evolving arena of information communication technology.
Due to the unique intersection of technologies covered in this course, graduates from this programme will have a wide range of career options open to them. This includes, but not limited to, IT consultants, network designers, network administrators, communications system developers, network security architects, IT security specialists, network engineers, network managers, design and manufacturing of electrical and electronic products, operation and maintenance of factories, research and development, consultancy and education.
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Electronics (Computer Networking) is one of the programmes offered by the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (D3E). The other three programmes offered by D3E are Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic and Communication Engineering, and Physics. These programmes are recognized by the Malaysian Public Services Department (JPA) and the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), providing an opportunity for students to master the basics of engineering principles underlying electrical, electronic and communication engineering. The programmes are in-line with the state-of-art of technologies in electrical, electronics and communication engineering. In addition, the programmes help to develop students’ ability to analyze, identify, formulate and generate specific solutions for the problems encountered. At the end of these programmes, students will be able to develop an appreciation of the role of an engineer in designing better systems.
As an effort for UTAR to become not only excellence in teaching but also in research, these programmes are actively engaged in R&D with the financial support from the University, Government Funds such as FRGS, AAIBE, and other industrial grants. The academic staff members have been actively participated in competitions in the national and international levels and received prestigious awards, including International APICTA Award, MSC Malaysia APICTA, Invention and Innovation Malaysia, National Instruments Graphical System Design Achievement Award, International Technology Expo (ITEX), and to name a few. On top of that, the academic members collaborate closely with industry and provide consultancy services. Numerous industrial visits have been organized by the department to give students an insight into the operation and the working environment in the industry. These industrial visits supplement the various theories acquired in the classroom for an understanding.