KNUST Electrical Engineering Course Outline

KNUST Electrical Engineering Course Outline




First Semester

MATH 151     Mathematics I  (4  0  4) Algebra: The set R of real numbers, Relation of order in R, Principle of Mathematical Induction, Complex numbers; Analysis: Functions: Odd, Even and Periodic functions Hyperbola functions and their graphs; Co-ordinate geometry: Conic sections in rectangular co-ordinates, parabola, ellipse and hyperbola; Parametric equations: Plane polar co-ordinates, polar curves; Differentiation: Rolle’s theorem and the mean-value theorems, Taylor’s theorem, Repeated Differentiation, Applications for Differentiation, Indeterminate form; Vector algebra and its application.

ENGL157    Communication Skills I  (2  0  2) The study of parts of speech – the noun, verb, pronoun, adjective, adverb, and so forth. The use of articles, the study of sentence ultimately leading to paragraph writing.

CE 155    Environmental Studies  (2  0  2) Humans and Nature. Introductory ecology. Electromagnetic Spectrum. Ozone and global warming. Natural resources. Population. Concepts of environmental: Noise, air, land and water pollution. Impact of engineering projects on the environment and control measures. Environmental Laws and regulations in Ghana.

ME 159    Technical Drawing  (1  3  2) Geometrical construction; Orthographic projection and other projections; Descriptive geometry, intersections and development.

ME 161    Basic Mechanics  (3  1  3) Introductory concepts of engineering mechanics involving basic principles instatics and dynamics with simple applications. Simple machines and conservation laws.

EE 151    Applied Electricity  (2  2  3)  Network Theorems:  Kirchoff’s Laws, superposition, Thevenin’s, Norton’s and Reciprocity theorems, Delta-star and star-delta transformations.   Alternating Voltage and Current: Average and r.m.s values, harmonics, phasor representation of sinusoidal quantities, addition and substraction of sinusoidal quantities. A.C. Circuits:  Active, reactive and apparent power, power factor, reactive and active loads and sources, solving single phase circuits using j operator and the concept of apparent power, solving 3-phase balanced and unbalanced l;oads.


Magnetic Circuits:  Magnetomotive force, magnetic fields strength, permeability of free space, relative permeability, B-H curves of materials, solving magnetic circuits.   EE 153 ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY  (0,4,2) General Familiarisation tour of laboratories in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, equipment identification in the laboratories.

Electronic/Autotronic Identification of electronic components, PCB making, soldering, automobile checklists

Electrical Identification of electrical machines and parts, identification of power cables, electrical wiring: types of switches, wires, lights, fans, heaters, fridges, air conditioners   Computer Autocad, PCB making software, familiarisation with computer hardware components

Second Semester

MATH 152  Mathematics II  (4 0 4) Algebra:  Matrix Algebra: Determinants and their properties, Applications to systems of linear equations, Homogeneous systems, Eigen values and Eigen vectors;    Analysis: Series: Convergence of series of real numbers, Tests of convergence,Series of functions and power series convergence of power series; Integration:  The Definite Integral; Definition: The Riemann Sum; Techniques of integration including advanced methods of substitution, partial fractions, by parts and reduction formulae, Applications; Improper Integrals; Convergence; Partial Differentiation, total derivations.

ENGL 158    Communication Skills II  (2  0  2) Communication  process, skills in communication, channels of communication in an organization, preparation of official documents such as letters, memos, reports, minutes and proposals. Oral presentation skills. Formal speech making. Conducting interviews and meetings.

ME 166 Applied Thermodynamics I (2  0  2) Energy, heat and work. First and second laws of thermodynamics and corollaries. Applications to liquids, vapours and gases. Perfect gases. Property tables. Flow and non-flow processes. Analysis of ideal vapour and gas cycles.

EE 152    Basic Electronics  (2  2  3) Nature of atom, the vacuum valves, (diode, triode, tetrode pentode) Basic concepts of semiconductors charge carriers, effective mass, mobility, conductivity, life time and recombination, continuity equations, flow-equations, Hall effects, PN junctions, choke; rectification and filteration. Bipolar transistors, its characteristics, CB, CC, CE configurations the transistor and a switiching  devices (ac – dc load lines) Small signal amplifiers.


EE 156    Electrical Eng. Drawing  (1  6  3) Electrical and Electronic symbols; Wiring, connection or breadboarded diagrams; schematic diagrams; printed circuit diagrams; electrical power diagrams.

EE 172    ELECTRICAL MACHINES  (3  0  3) Basic Laws of Electrical Machines: Faraday’s law of electromagnetic inductions. Power relationships. Magnetic field, force on a current carrying wire, induced voltage on a conductor moving in a magnetic field, mechanical motions.  D.C. Machines: Principles of operation, construction of DC machines, armature windings: lap and wave, emf commutation. DC generators: excitation, load characteristics and voltage regulations of separately excited, shunt wound, series wound and compound wound generators. Conditions for self-excitation of shunt-wound generator. DC motors: speed and torque, starting and speed control. Tests, measurement and efficiencies of DC machines.  Transformers: Principle of single phase transformers, equivalent circuits, phasor diagram, tests of transformers, parallel operation of transformer and performance characteristics. Three phase transformer: Connection methods for three phase transformers. Auto-transformers. Current and potential transformers.  Induction Machines: Production of rotating magnetic field by uniformly distributed three phase windings. Principles of operation and construction of induction motor. Definition of slip, equivalent circuit, measurement of winding resistance, magnetizing and leakage reactance. Losses, efficiency and torque. Output characteristics, starting torque and maximum torque. Starting methods. Speed control. Braking of induction motor. Tests of induction machines to determine motor constants and losses/efficiency. Single Phase Machine: Single phase induction machine. Special machines: stepper motor, hysteresis motor, reluctant motor, permanent magnet motors, brushless dc motor, universal motor.

TE 152    Introduction to Information Technology (IT)  (1  2  2) Introduction to computers: components of a PC and their functions, memory and storage devices; introduction to operating systems (windows, UNIX, etc); introduction to computer networks; internet and electronic mail; introduction to number systems and codes; data representation: integer and floating poit numerals; introduction to computer programming: visual basic.


First Semester

MATH 251  Mathematics III  (4  0  4) Analysis III: (Pre-requisites:- Algebra I and II, Analysis II) Differentiation under the integral sign; Multiple integrals; line; surface; volume integrals; Triple scale and vector products; differentiation of vectors; Vector fields; Differential equations: (Pre-requisites: Analysis II) Ordinary Differential equations; First order differential equations; Second order linear differential equations; Systems of linear equations with constant coefficients; Laplace transforms.

ENGL 263 Literature in English I  (1  0  1)


Literature as Poetry: What is a poem, and its characteristics? Difference between a poem and a song. The figure of speech and the literary device. Practical appreciation. Literature as Drama: What is a play, and its characteristics? Drama as Theatre. Shakespeare. The modern Play. Texts to be studied: Selected African and English poems. One Shatespeare play and one Modern African play.

EE 271    Semiconductor Devices  (2  0  2) PN Juction:  Junction diodes and their static and dynamic properties at high frequencies, switching. Metal-Semiconductor junctions:  Energy band diagram of the Schottky barrier, MIS Schottky diode, ohmic  contact, applications of Schottky-Barrier diodes, heterojunctions. Solar Cell and light-emitting diode: optical absorption in a Semiconductor, Photovoltaic effect, Schottky-barrier and MIS solar cells, LEDs, eye snsitivity and brightness, Quantum efficiency. MOS Devices: MOS capacitor, MOS transistor (DC characteristics, depletion – MOST and JFET).  Polysilicon gate technology, Metal gate technology, comparison. Control of threshold voltage through iron implantation. Frequency and small signal properties of MOST, special MOS devices (CMOS, VMOS, DMOS, CCD). Examples of CCD in electro-optical  applications and signal processing. Bipolar Junction Devices: The BJT transistor action, Ebers-Molls model, Hybrid-pi and  h  equivalent circuit, the BJT as a switch, breakdown voltages, lateral PNP transistor, PNPN devices, Noise source in BJT.

EE 287    Circuit Theory  (2  0  2) Review and application of Network theorems to AC Networks Superposition, substitution, Thevenin, Duality; Norton; Reciprocity. Network Topology. Graph or network: Trees; Node voltages and current equation. Use of nodal voltage method and mesh current method in network analysis. Two port Networks:  Relationship between  terminal quantities; choice of parameters; network models; interconnection of networks; validity tests. Application of interconnection rules; Loaded two ports; Reciprocity and symmetry.  Multiport Networks :  Network equations; effect of dependent and independent internal sources. n-terminal networks: The indefinite admittance matrix; connection of a terminal to earth; connection of two terminals together; suppression of terminal; connection of networks in parallel. Two port devices: Impedance converter, Generalized impedance converter, Negative impedance converter, impedance inverter, the Gyrator.

TE 261    Electricity & Magnetism  (2  0  2) Vector analysis. Orthogonal coordinate systems. (rectangular, cylindrical and spherical). Gradient of scalar field. Divergence of vector field. Divergence and Stoke’s theorems. Null identified. Field classification and Helmholtz’s theorem. Electromagnetostatics: (static, steady and magnetic) fields in free space. Boundary conditions.

TE 291    Telecommunication  Lab. I  (0  9  2)

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