Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The BEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering program follows the outcome-based teaching and learning approach.  Given the special emphasis of the Nazarbayev University to be a leader in the Education within Kazakhstan and to be respected internationally, the program will focus on skill development that enables our graduates to compete internationally in the job market, research, and to be entrepreneurs who lead change in the local contexts. The program positions itself as the leading ECE program in Kazakhstan, by integrating inquiry, research and projects in solving relevant problems facing society today. The students in the program get exposed to the research activities in any of the four research groups in the department: (1) Circuits and Systems, (2) Communications and Signal Processing, (3) Power Systems, and (4) Computer Engineering.  

The B.Eng. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) aims to provide the education and training that will enable its graduate to: 

  • Systematically investigate in the field of ECE using analytical reasoning and state-of-the-art approaches derived from the engineering sciences and engineering practice;
  • Create useful systems, components, or processes through agile, skillful, and innovative analysis and design, while respecting economic, environmental, cultural, and ethical standards or constraints;
  • Complete advanced graduate and professional programs of study, continually learn, and adapt to technological and cultural change;
  • Acquire technical and managerial leadership positions in their chosen fields;
  • Be valued in their careers for their professionalism, judgment, and experience;
  • Engage with their communities, profession, and the world.

 Nazarbayev University has adopted the Bologna Accord and the School of Engineering therefore uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Most courses to be studied at Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 are of standard credit value carrying 6 ECTS each, except for some courses, such as Calculus 1, etc. which carry ECTS other than 6. A student is expected to spend about 25 to 30 hours of study per semester (inclusive of class contact and other study effort) for 1 ECTS. The following Table lists the subjects, their ECTS values, and the category they belong to (Compulsory, Optional, or Elective). All discipline-specific courses shown as compulsory are non-deferrable and must be taken in accordance to the progression pattern. The courses offered will be updated from time to time according to the need of society and the profession.

Students admitted to the program are required to complete a minimum of 248 or more ECTS to satisfy the degree requirements. However, they may choose to take additional courses beyond the basic requirements. Please refer to Section 24 for detailed information on the requirements for graduation.

The Capstone Project is a 2-semester common course for all engineering programs which spans across the fall and spring semesters of the same academic year. The importance of the Capstone project is reflected in the total number of credits it carries, being 12 ECTS which are equivalent to two standard-sized courses.

One of the important features of the Capstone Project is “learning by doing”. It is intended to be a platform for the students to develop their intellectual and innovative abilities and to give them the opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and analytical skills gained in previous stages of study.  It should also provide students with opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills and communication skills. The process from concept to final implementation and testing, through problem identification and the selection of appropriate solutions will be practiced by the students.

Capstone Project Management 
Normally a group of students will be assigned one project under the supervision of an academic staff member so that they will work independently and collaboratively to achieve the project objectives. Students may work on different aspects of a project. The group size may increase for a larger-scale project or a more complex project.

The assignment of projects is expected to be completed at the beginning of the fall semester in the final year of study. Guidelines for Capstone Project are given to students at the beginning of the final year.

BEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) 248 ECTS (click here to view courses)
ECE Requirements ECTS credits
NU Core Courses  
SHSS 150 Rhetoric and Composition 6
SHSS 210 Technical Writing 6
Kazakh Language courses 12
HST 100 History of Kazakhstan 6
ECON 323 Managerial Economics 6
PHYS 161 Physics I for Scientists and Engineers 8
MATH 161 Calculus I 8
ENG 101 Programming for Engineers 6
XXXX Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Management 6
ENG 100 Introduction to Engineering 6
PHIL 210 Ethics/ PHIL 211 Practical Ethics/ PHIL 212 Ethical Reasoning 6
Total ECTS credits 76
SENG Core Courses  
MATH 162 Calculus II (with labs) 8
ENG 103 Engineering Materials II 6
PHYS 162 Physics II for Scientists and Engineers (with labs) 8
ENG 200 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 6
ENG 201 Applied Statistics 6
ENG 202 Numerical Methods in Engineering 6
ENG 400 Capstone Project 12
Total ECTS credits 52
ECE Core Courses  
ECE 200 Introduction to Electrical Circuits 6
ECE 202 Digital Logic Design 6
ECE 203 Signals and Systems 6
ECE 204 Solid State Devices 6
ECE 201 Circuit Theory 6
ECE 301 Electronic Circuits 6
ECE 304 Computer Architecture 6
ECE 307 Digital Signal Processing 6
ECE 302 Electrical Machines 6
ECE 308 Communication Systems 6
ECE 303 Power System Analysis 6
ECE 300 Microprocessor Systems 6
ECE 305 Data Structures and Algorithms for Electrical and Computer Engineers 6
ECE 306 Discrete Math Structure for Electrical and Computer Engineers 6
Total ECTS credits 84