Bachelor in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Course Objectives

The Bachelor Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering aims to form engineers qualified to perform its activity with high scientific rigor and technical competence, in the various domains of electrotechnics.
Brief description of the curricular structure:
1. Degree or diploma: Bachelor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
2. Predominant scientific area of the course: Electrical Engineering.
3. Number of credits, according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, necessary to obtain the degree or diploma: 180 ECTS.
4. Course duration: six curricular semesters.
5. Working hours: Daytime.

The study plan develops over three years, with all subjects mandatory. In the first year of the Study Plan, generic and practical concepts of the area of Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering are presented. The development of practical engineering foundations and physical engineering processes are emphasized throughout this curriculum, and they are further developed in later years.
In this context, students should conduct laboratory experiments, especially at the level of materials, equipment used in electrical, and computer engineering, as well as to use diverse computer software at the user level and programming level. The inclusion of integrating, multidisciplinary projects that can cover various scientific domains, allows from an early stage to develop technical and transversal skills, using a project-based teaching methodology. In the second year the study plan is dedicated to the deepening and generalization of the basic knowledge of electrical and computer engineering, namely: electronics, industrial automation, electrical machines, electric power systems and communication systems. Students should develop applied work and small projects. This degree guarantees a broadband formation, however it allows the students of the last year to choose 4 optional classes (two per semester) to adjust the plan to their own profile.

Access Conditions

Entrance examinations (16) – Mathematics and (07) – Physics and Chemistry
Regional preference Area of influence:
Vacancies: 25% Aveiro, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Guarda, Leiria, Viseu
Other preferential access Courses with preferential access: Vacancies: 10% 081, 383, 385, 398, 424, 427, 430, 450, 452, 544, 545, 602, 604, 736, 737, 740, 748, 766, 812, P41, P42, P43, P44, P45, P46, P47, P60, P66, S28, S29, S30, T16, T17, T18, T19, T20
Minimum classification Access exams: 95 points
Application Note: 95 points (in 200 points scale)
Calculation formula
Accesss tests: 35% Average of secondary school: 65%

Professional Outlets

The graduate in the degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering can develop his activity in the following professional areas, as a professional in a company or as individual business:
1. Production, transport, distribution and electricity management;
2. Design of electrical and electronic equipment, systems and equipments;
3. Automation and Robotics Industry;
4. Industry and telecommunications services;
5. Maintenance, management and manufacturing direction;
6. Project teams and consulting;
7. Central and local public administration services;
8. Teaching and training.

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Learning Language

The main teaching language at the Instituto de Engenharia de Coimbra is Portuguese. However, some curricular units of the course may be offered in English and/or with tutorial support in English.

Learning Objectives

The Bachelor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Course (BECE) aims to prepare its students to practice the profession of engineer in their specific area. The BECE study plan allows students to develop and demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:
1. Mathematics and fundamental physics;
2. Fundamental concepts of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE);
3. Relevant management techniques for the profession of engineer;
4. Engineer’s professional and ethical responsibilities;
5. Impact of engineering solutions in a global context.
This course also promotes the development of the following skills:
1. Intellectual – Students acquire competencies to analyze and solve engineering problems, dimension systems and apply professional judgments to balance risks, costs, benefits and impact of their options;
2. Practical – Students acquire capabilities to safely plan and execute a series of experiences, prepare reports and use computer resources;
3. Generic – students learn to communicate, interpret electrical designs and schemes, work as a team member, use information and communication technologies, and learn independently, with the aim of professionally progressing in their career in a global context. They will also be instilled the role of the engineer as a manager. In the last year of the course, students should, in working groups, developed a project in the area of specialty, allowing the development of skills for engineering practice. Alternatively, they will be able to do an internship in a professional setting.
In the BECE the proportion of the theoretical teaching model was reduced, changing from passive teaching to teaching more based on skills development, where experimental and project components play a fundamental role. To guarantee the objectives established for the course, the following teaching methods were adopted:
Study cases: solutions are analyzed in professional context to solve complex problems;
Group learning: group problems are solved and students learn to work as a team;
Practical work: solutions are developed for practical problems or small projects are carried out;
Preparation of technical reports and their public presentation;
Laboratory Classes: Experimental works are carried out in the laboratory under the guidance of professors;
Seminars and workshops feature expert presentations followed by lively discussion.
Study visits.

Access to Superior Studies

Graduates in Electrical and Computer Engineering may apply for master’s degrees (2nd cycle studies) in the Electrical Engineering area or in related scientific areas.

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Curricular Year: 1
Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Álgebra Linear 61001962 4 1st S
Algoritmos e Programação 61001984 5 1st S
Análise Matemática 61001951 6 1st S
Eletrotecnia I 61001990 5 1st S
Física Geral 61001973 5 1st S
Sistemas Digitais 61002002 5 1st S
Eletrotecnia II 61002059 5 2nd S
Matemática Aplicada à Eletrotecnia 61002024 6 2nd S
Medidas e Instrumentação 61002030 5 2nd S
Métodos Estatísticos 61002013 4 2nd S
Programação de Computadores 61002041 6 2nd S
Projeto Integrador e Competências Transversais I 61002065 4 2nd S

Curricular Year: 2

Curricular Year: 3
Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Comunicações Rádio 61002199 5 1st S
Eletrónica de Potência 61002211 5 1st S
Instalações Elétricas 61002332 5 1st S
Produção de Energia Elétrica 61002200 5 1st S
Projeto de Instalações Elétricas 61002222 5 2nd S
Projeto/estágio de Engenharia Eletrotécnica e de Computadores 61002244 10 2nd S
Redes Locais e Industriais 61002233 5 2nd S
Opção 1 e Opção 2 (Grupo 1 - Análise de Sistemas Elétricos + Complementos de Máquinas Elétricas) (Grupo 2 - Complementos de Eletrónica + Manutenção e Controlo de Qualidade)
Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Análise de Sistemas Elétricos 61002256 5 1st S
Complementos de Eletrónica 61002267 5 1st S
Complementos de Máquinas Elétricas 61002289 5 1st S
Manutenção e Controlo de Qualidade 61002278 5 1st S
Opção 3 e Opção 4 - (Grupo 3 – Qualidade de Serviço em Sistemas Elétricos + Gestão de Energia) (Grupo 4 – Robótica Industrial + Acionamentos Eletromecânicos)
Curricular Unit Code ECTS Period
Accionamentos Eletromecânicos 61002321 5 2nd S
Gestão de Energia 61002310 5 2nd S
Qualidade de Serviço em Sistemas elétricos 61002295 5 2nd S
Robótica Industrial 61002304 5 2nd S