Telecommunication Engineering is a 5-year or ten semester degree programme. Nine semesters of coursework and laboratory practicals are spent in the Institute. The long vacation of eight weeks between the 200 level and 300 level is devoted to SWEP (Students‟ Work Experience Programme) in the different works and production centers of the Institute (e.g., Wood mill, batching plant, metal fabrication workshop, bakery, CLMT, construction sites, etc.). At 400 level, students embark on SIWES (Students Industrial Experience Scheme) which involves six months of industrial training, starting immediately after the First Semester. As a result, the first three years, that is, 100, 200, 300 levels, are 100% common to the other Engineering programmes offered in the Faculty of Ground and Communications Engineering.

Justification for the Programme 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 & Electronic Engineering became common. The computer age followed and it became fashionable to have a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The new era now is an Information age and in order to cope effectively with the industries labour demands, it is imperative to design programmes and curricula to meet these demands.

Telecommunications industry being the fastest growing industry in Nigeria, yet there was no programme in the Nigerian university system at the onset of the current investments in the sector; hence, the nomenclature “Department of Telecommunications Engineering” came on board. The programme is designed to expose students to telecommunications engineering encompassing both hardware and software needed by professional engineers in telecommunications sector.

Philosophy of the Department

The philosophy of the programmes in the Department of Telecommunications Engineering is derived from AFIT Commandant’s Vision, “To transform AFIT into a world class institution and first choice for the study of Aerospace and Defense Engineering related programmes. Telecommunications Engineering, as the backbone of a knowledge-based economy, is highly dynamic and versatile. Therefore, the Department’s programmes aim to contribute effectively and sufficiently to the knowledge-based economy by putting in place curricula that meet these challenges in Information and Communication Technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Telecommunication Engineering.

The training is to produce graduates, who will be producers rather than mere consumers of knowledge and who upon graduation, will be functional engineers in industries, research assistants, scholars in academia, or successful entrepreneurs in the Telecommunications industries.

Objectives of the Department

In order to actualize the philosophy of the Department, emphasis is placed on the following objectives:

  • To facilitate a good grasp of a broad spectrum of engineering principles by students.
  • 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 Telecommunication engineering research and development.

The evolution of Telecommunication Industries brought about Telecommunications Engineering to become economically the most promising activities. Transmission of information via picture, voice or data is a fundamental prerequisite for the development of modern society. New computer technologies have significantly improved automatic control in processing industry, ship handling, flying an aircraft, sophisticated robots and modern medical equipment. Well-educated professionals, capable of keeping abreast of the latest developments, are the fundamental prerequisite of quick and prestigious development. It is therefore only by excellent education that we can successfully keep pace with modern scientific achievements and with technological challenges.

It is pertinent to note that: sustainable, reliable, and affordable electric power and information services are indispensable to achieving these goals.The Department of Telecommunications Engineering offers courses that are designed to train students to make original contributions and play leading roles in a global context. In the entire programme, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Design electrical and Telecommunications engineering projects and supervise their constructions.
  2. Design and make electrical and electronic components, devices and systems.
  3. Design and develop innovative products and production techniques in the electrical and Telecommunications engineering industries.
  4. Install and maintain electrical and Telecommunication engineering systems for optimal performance in the local environment.
  5. Investigate and develop systems according to specifications.
  6. Function on multidisciplinary projects; and
  7. Guide projects from specifications, through design, simulation, production, and testing.

Therefore, the programme is designed to provide the requisite human capacity in electrical and Telecommunication industries which are essential to drive the government’s development agenda. The Department is accordingly equipped and positioned to produce the manpower needed by the nation to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Vision 20: 2020 which are centered on poverty eradication and capacity building.


Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for admission into Department of Telecommunication Engineering undergraduate programme is O/L SSCE/GCE/NECO Credit level pass 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 it.

However, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) conducts screening exercise for all candidates seeking admission into the Institute and applicants may not be admitted without fulfilling the demands of the screening exercise. Grades and test scores help us to assess candidates’ academic promise.

Course Requirements

Things to note:

  1. A core course must be taken and passed by all students before they can be awarded a degree.
  2. An Elective course may be taken by a student but could be substituted for another in the same category. Elective courses consist of a wide range of courses from which students must select a given number which they must pass before they can be awarded a degree. The elective courses could be from within or outside the department and/ or from within or outside the Faculty.
  3. A pre-requisite course is one which a student must take and pass before taking a particular course at a higher level.
  4. A unit of course is defined as one contact hour of lecture/tutorial or seminar.
  5. A student must take and pass a minimum of 15 and maximum of 24 credit units of courses in any given semester. A student must accumulate at least 30 units per level to qualify for graduation.
  6. All students for the five-year programme are required to take and pass General Studies (GST) courses before graduation.
  7. A student must obtain at least 75% attendance in each course registered for to be eligible to sit for the end of examinations in the course.
  8. To graduate, students must register for courses as specified in this handbook and accumulate a minimum of 150 credit units/hours in total. The minimum duration allowed for students to complete the programme is five academic sessions for candidates who enter through the UTME Mode. Direct Entry candidates admitted to the 200 level of the programmes will spend a minimum of four academic sessions while those admitted to the 300 level will spend a minimum of three years. The maximum duration allowed is 14 semesters or seven academic sessions for candidates who enter through UTME Mode, 12 semesters and 10 semesters for DE students who entered the programme in 200 level and 300 level respectively.
  9. A student whose Cumulative Grade Point Average is below 1.00 at the end of a particular year of study, earns a period of probation for one academic session. A student on probation is allowed to register for courses at the next higher level in addition to his/her probation level courses however, the maximum allowed units for registration would subsist and pre-requisite courses for the higher level courses must have been passed.
  10. A student whose Cumulative Grade Point Average is below 1.00 at the end of a particular year of probation would be withdrawn from the programme and hence withdrawn from the university if unable to transfer to other programmes within the university.


Course Structure (100 Level)

Common Engineering Courses


Course Structure (100 Level)

Common Engineering Courses


Course Structure (300 Level)

First Semester
Course Code Course Title Units Status LH PH
GST 301 Entrepreneurship 1 C 30
GET 301 Engineering Mathematics III 3 C 45
TEE 301 Analogue Electronics Circuits 3 C 45
TEE 303 Circuit Theory I 3 C 45
TEE 305 Electrical Machines 2 C 30
TEE 307 Laboratory Practical I 3 R 135
TEE 313 Communication Principles 3 C 45
TEE 315 Electrical Power Systems 2 R 30
TEE 317 Engineering Packages 1 R 30
Second Semester
GET 302 Engineering Mathematics IV 3 R 45
GET 399 SIWES II 3 C 12 weeks
TEE 302 Digital Electronics Circuits 3 C 45
TEE 304 Measurements and Instrumentation 2 C 45
TEE 306 Circuit Theory II 3 C 45
TEE 308 Laboratory Practical II 3 R 0 135
TEE 310 EM field and waves 3 C 45
TEE 312 Software Development Techniques 2 C 30
TOTAL Units (First & Second Semester) 43

C = Compulsory         E = Elective  R = Required    LH = Lecture Hours per semester

PH = Practical Hours per semester

400 Level Courses

Course Structure (400 Level)

First Semester
Course Code Course Title Units Status LH PH
GET 401 Law for Engineers 1 R 30
TEE 401 Digital System Design with VHDL 2 C 30
TEE 403 Software Engineering and Programming 2 C 30
TEE 405 Analog and Digital Telephony 2 R 30
TEE 407 Laboratory Practical 2 C 45
TEE 409 Data Communication and Systems 2 C 30
TEE 411 Control Theory 2 R 30
TEE 413 Physical Electronics 2 C 30
TEE 415 Satellite Communications 3 C 45
TEE 417 Antennas & propagation 3 C 45
Second Semester
GET499 SIWES III 6 C 24 weeks
TOTAL Units (First & Second Semester) 27

C = Compulsory         E = Elective  R = Required    LH = Lecture Hours per semester

PH = Practical Hours per semester

500 Level Courses

Course Structure (500 Level)

First Semester
Course Code Course Title Units Status LH PH
GET 501 Engineering Management 3 R 45
TEE 501 Advanced Circuit Design 2 C 30
TEE 503 Communication Electronics 2 R 30
TEE 505 Broadcast Engineering 2 E 30
TEE 509 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 2 E 30
TEE 511 Mobile Communication & Networks 2 C 30
TEE 513 Digital Signal Processing 3 C 45
TEE 515 Reliability and sustainability 2 C 30
TEE 517 Project I 3 C 140
Second Semester
TEE 502 Electromagnetic Interference 2 C 30
TEE 504 Optical Communication System 2 C 30
TEE 506 Microwave Devices & Measurement 2 C 30
TEE 510 Information Theory and coding 2 C 30
TEE 511 Radio Communication 2 C 30
TEE 508 Laboratory Practical 2 C 135
TEE 512 Project II 3 C 140
TEE 514 Telecommunication Software Engineering 2 E 30
TEE 516 Emerging Technologies 2 E 30
TOTAL Units (First & Second Semester) 40

C = Compulsory         E = Elective  R = Required    LH = Lecture Hours per semester

PH = Practical Hours per semester


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