Course-specific learning objectives

The Second-Cycle Degree Course in Electronic Engineering aims to train highly specialised graduates in the various fields of electronics, who are simultaneously equipped with a solid methodological foundation in the broader area of information technology engineering. The preparation of the second-cycle degree graduate is such that he/she is able to operate in the numerous application sectors that utilise his/her skills, to incorporate, manage and promote technological innovation, and to adapt to the rapid changes typical of high-tech sectors. In particular, the Second-Cycle Degree Course provides the cultural basis and technical skills required to design highly complex electronic systems, circuits and components.

With reference to their specific competences, graduates of the second-cycle degree in Electronic Engineering are capable of:

- analysing the behaviour of complex electronic systems and assessing their performance, including in terms of reliability;

- defining and designing electronic systems, circuits and components, consciously making technological and methodological choices aimed at optimising their performance;

- organising and managing the production, engineering, maintenance and operation of electronic systems;

- operating competently in all application sectors that require the use of electronic systems or components, acting effectively in highly multidisciplinary contexts;

- promoting and managing innovation in one's own operating context, with reference to the evolution and development of information technologies in general and electronics in particular.

Structure of the training course

The educational path of the Second-Cycle Degree in Electronic Engineering consists of a first year aimed at completing the basic knowledge acquired during the first-cycle degree course with further and more in-depth skills of a general nature, necessary for the development of the analysis and design skills characteristic of the Second-cycle graduate Engineer, as well as providing the first specialist skills in the two main areas on which the course of study focuses: electronics for industrial automation and microelectronics. In particular, concepts relating to the operation of semiconductor devices, measurement methodologies and characteristics of sensors and instrumentation, the principle architectures of complex digital systems, power electronic converters and power systems are explored in this phase, and specialised subjects such as analogue design and electrical drives for automation are addressed. This year already gives ample space to design and laboratory experimentation activities.

In the second year, students tackle digital circuit design and can enrich their curriculum with characterising course units in the fields of industrial electronics, electronic technologies, embedded systems and photonic devices. They must then acquire ECTS credits in the area of knowledge useful for entry into the world of work by means of internship activities or course units that predominantly involve laboratory activities.

Free-choice activities are also available in this year and ample space is given to the Final Examination, which requires significant preparation whereby students tackle problems of advanced technical, scientific and professional content.

Students may carry out training activities (examinations, internships and dissertations) abroad as part of internationalisation programmes.