Should I study EEE at Imperial?

what I learn in first year.

Almost a year ago, I made the decision to study EEE at Imperial. This post will be about the things I wished I knew before coming to Imperial.

How long must I study?

First year EEE is split into 3 terms. Autumn Term from late September to early December, Spring Term from early January to late March and Summer Term from early May to end May before exams in early June.

What will I study exactly?

Here, I will summarise the major parts of each course. For details, please visit the official website.

Autumn Term

Analysis of Circuits – basic circuit theories (KCL, Thevenin Theorem etc) , op-amps, frequency response, transients and transmission lines.

Digital Electronics – Boolean Algebra, logic blocks such as multiplexers, counters, shift registers, learning how to design Finite State Machines.

Math- complex numbers, functions, A level calculus, Fourier Series and Transforms. Semiconductor devices- energy band diagrams, pn junctions, deriving voltage and current characteristics of MOSFETS, BJT.

Spring Term

Signal and Communications – Fourier Series/Transforms on signals, modulation (AM,FM,PM) and demodulation techniques. Energy Conversion- Maxwell’s Equations (without the vector calculus which will be covered in Year 2) Analogue Electronics – using MOSFET/BJT to design circuits, small signal analysis + op amp components (current mirror, differential tail pair, push-pull stage)

Math – Matrices, Differential Equations, Series, A-level vectors

Other stuff

The 8 modules above are 100% exam based, meaning we take 8 exams early June. They are spaced a day apart so don’t worry! Throughout the year, we also do a year project, computing class and professional engineering which will be covered in a later post!

Is EEE at Imperial for me?

In terms of rigour, it is not so much challenging as fast paced. The rate at which content is covered is very quick which makes students very nervous at the end of term. However, there is plenty of time to catch up during the holidays and over the summer (1 month) before exams.

Unlike US universities, there is no customisation available and you cannot skip modules nor choose modules in year 1. Everything is compulsory. There are students who may find Imperial unsuitable as they are forced to learn the standard curriculum. However, I feel that first year EEE at Imperial gives you a broad coverage of topics. Although there are times you wonder what’s the point of learning stuff that you will never use in your future career, being exposed to concepts from a variety of fields will no doubt enhance one’s thinking. This is also one of Imperial EEE’s strengths as it gives all undergraduates a common starting point from which they can specialise later on in their degrees in year 3.

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  1. Posted by Hammad| 25 Nov 2015 |Reply

    Loved this blog. Keep it up

    • Posted by Noman Butt| 25 Nov 2015 |Reply

      Ha, ha ha... I didn't get it.

      Le'me know when you get it to pass on.

  2. Posted by Ahsan| 25 Nov 2015 |Reply

    Having brain is mandatory to pass it on to, shhhhhhhhhh......

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