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The 2nd year program emphasizes the integration of electrical and computer engineering principles to design and build practical applications.
In the second year program the students complete projects that allow them to apply the principles that they learn during lectures, in a very practical way. They work in small groups of 4-6, which gives them valuable experience in cooperation, leadership, time management and communication, which are skills demanded by industry. The projects provide intimate knowledge of how theoretical knowledge is applied in the real world as well the principles of design. They learn practical skills such as circuit design, mechanical design and software design as well as mechanical (machining), computer (programming) and electrical prototyping (bread-boarding / soldering). The final evaluations focus just as much on the quality of the design as it does on the functionality of the prototype.
In the project featured in this video, all of the groups were tasked with measuring the resistance of a human hand, but each group applied it in a very different way. One group created a driving simulator, which sped up or slowed a simulated car, based on the pressure applied by the fingers to the resistive sensor. A second group created a lock, which would only open after the correct finger sequence had been detected by the resistive sensor.