Electrical & Information Engineering (EIE)
On the 21st October, 2002 at the take off of the College of Science and Technology, all the academic programmes were grouped into two Departments, namely:
- Department of Computer and Information Technology
- Department of environmental Sciences
The Department of Computer and Information Technology started with the following degree programmes:
- B.Sc. Computer Science (4 years)
- B.Sc. Management and Information System (4 years)
- B.Eng. Computer Engineering (5 years)
- B.Tech. Information Technology (5 years)
The five-year degree programme in Electrical and Electronic Engineering was introduced in the 2003/2004 academic session. At the beginning of the 2004/2005 academic session, more engineering programmes were added. These additions necessitated the re-grouping of the programmes into their appropriate departments. This re-grouping gave birth to the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering.
The Department of Electrical and Information Engineering offers Honours degrees in three Programmes namely:
- Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Computer Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Information and Communication Technology
The duration of each of the degree programmes in the Department is five academic years (or ten academic semesters). Nine semesters of coursework and laboratory practicals are spent in the University. The long vacation of eight weeks between the 200 level and 300 levels is devoted to Students’ Work Experience Programme (SWEP) in the different works and production centres of the University (e.g., Woodmill, batching plant, metal fabrication workshop, bakery, Bottled water production plant ‘Hebron water’, Publishing Press ‘Dominion Publishing House’, Mass Transit Service ‘CLMT’, construction sites, etc.). The 400 level students embark on the NUC mandated Students Industrial Experience Scheme (SIWES) which involves six months of industrial training, starting immediately after the Alpha Semester.
The first three years, that is 100, 200, 300 levels, are 100% common to the three programmes vis-à-vis workload and academic content.
Justification for the programmes in the Department
In the electromechanical age, Electrical Engineering as a discipline was monolithic. The name Department of Electrical Engineering was adopted by Universities offering the programme. Then came the era of microelectronics which broadened the discipline to Electrical and Electronic Engineering; and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering became the order of the day. The computer age followed and it became fashionable to have a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The new realm now is an Information age and in order to cope effectively with industry’s labour demand, it is imperative to design programmes and curricula to meet this demand. Hence, the new nomenclature of Department of Electrical and Information Engineering; and the programmes offered in this Department.
To empower Covenant University towards achieving her goal of Raising a New Generation of Leaders through the instrumentation of Promoting Mental Productivity in the context of Information Engineering.
To create universally applicable and technologically relevant knowledge in the field of Information Engineering, with the aim of promoting an integrated and universal education with real-life, real-time applicability vis-à-vis, Science, Technology and Human Capacity Building.
Philosophy and Objectives
The philosophy of the programmes in the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering is drawn from Covenant University’s Vision, which is succinctly captioned “Raising a New Generation of Leaders”. Electrical and Information Engineering as the backbone of a knowledge economy is highly dynamic and versatile. Therefore, the Department’s programmes are such as to contribute effectively and sufficiently to the knowledge economy by putting in place curricula that meet these challenges in Computer Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; and Information and Communications Engineering.
The training is to produce graduates, who are producers rather than mere consumers of knowledge economy, by being, upon graduation, ready-made functional engineers in industries, research assistants, scholars in academia, or successful entrepreneurs in the Electrical and Information Engineering sectors.
In order to actualize the philosophy of the Department, emphasis will be placed on the following objectives:
- To facilitate a good grasp by students of a broad spectrum of engineering principles.
- To facilitate the acquisition of practical work experience.
- To inculcate entrepreneurial, marketing, and management skills in students.
- To enable students to engage extensively in electrical and information engineering research and development.
The minimum entry requirement for admission into the Department of Electrical & Information Engineering Undergraduate Programmes is O’Level SSCE/GCE/ NECO Credit level passes in five (5) subjects, including English and Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and either credit pass in Further Mathematics, Biology, or Technical Drawing. Candidates are also expected to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and attain the prescribed cut-off marks, in addition to passing the Covenant University Scholastic Aptitude Screening (CUSAS).