ECSE Curriculum Changes
A number of curriculum changes are being implemented to strengthen and improve the degree programs within ECSE. Among these changes is a move towards the unification of the Electrical Engineering and Electric Power Engineering degree programs. (More discussion of studies in energy sources and systems can be found on the Department’s website.) Electrical energy and power is clearly a growth area that will provide opportunities for our graduates for years to come. In recognition of this fact, we will be introducing a required introductory course in Electrical Energy Systems into the EE and EPE programs. This junior-level course will be offered for the first time during the Spring 2010 semester and will provide all EE and EPE students with a foundation in electrical energy that can be built upon through available senior-level electives. In order to make room for this new course in the EE curriculum, changes are being made to 3 courses. ECSE-2410 Signals & Systems and ECSE-2210 Microelectronics Technology are both being reduced from 4 credit hours to 3 credit hours and will now meet twice a week instead of 3 times a week. We are also introducing a new 3 credit hour probability course, ECSE-2500 Engineering Probability, which will replace the 4 credit hour ECSE-4500 Probability for Engineering Applications. This new course will be taken during the junior year and will become a pre-requisite for a number of senior-level electives. Students cannot receive credit for both ECSE-2500 and ECSE-4500.
The Electric Power Engineering program has been modified to include the new Electrical Energy Systems course in place of one of the Technical Electives. This new course will become a pre-requisite for the existing electric power courses, EPOW-4010 Power Engineering Fundamentals, EPOW-4020 Electromechanics and EPOW-4030 EPE Laboratory, which have been moved to the senior year. These courses will also be receiving new ECSE course numbers next year. This modified EPE program, with the inclusion of the Electrical Energy Systems course and the repositioning of the electric power courses is very similar to the EE program with a concentration in electric power, i.e. with EPOW-4010 Power Engineering Fundamentals and EPOW-4020 Electromechanics as Concentration Electives 1 and 2 and EPOW-4030 EPE Laboratory as the Lab Elective. Students in the EPE program are strongly encouraged to move into the EE degree program. The EE program can provide the identical electric power focus within a more broadly-based, more versatile, more marketable degree. It is the Department’s considered opinion that students receiving the EE degree with an electric power focus will be better prepared to confront the challenges (and seize the opportunities) that will emerge in the generation, control, distribution, and delivery of energy during their professional careers.
The Computer and Systems Engineering degree program is being strengthened by the introduction of two new courses. ECSE-2050 Introduction to Electronics is being added as a required course, replacing the Multidisciplinary Elective, which will no longer be required. ECSE-2050 is currently a pre-requisite for a number of senior-level electives and will be added as a pre-requisite to other electronics and computer hardware courses. Having ECSE-2050 in the CSE program will enable students to build a concentration in computer hardware using the Concentration Electives in the senior year. MATH-2010 Multivariable Calculus and Matrix Algebra is also being added as a required course. This is an important math course that is being added to a number of engineering programs and is particularly valuable for students who follow a systems area concentration such as Control, Robotics or Communications. Another change is that the Software Engineering Elective is being renamed the Computer Engineering Elective with a broader selection of courses. Included in the list of courses allowed to fulfill this elective are courses in computer networks and microprocessor systems.
These curriculum changes will take effect during the 2009-2010 academic year. Attached are program templates for each class year to help students make the transition to the new programs. Below are comments that address specific issues associated with each class.
Class of 2010
The EE, CSE and EPE curricula remain the same for Class of 2010. ECSE-2410 Signals & Systems and ECSE-2210 Microelectronics Technology are typically taken in the junior year so the reduction in credit hours for these courses will not affect most students. ECSE-4500 Probability for Engineering Applications will still be offered both the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters and Class of 2010 students are required to take the 4 credit hour ECSE-4500 Probability for Engineering Applications course.
However, students who take (or re-take) Signals & Systems and/or Microelectronics Technology during their senior year will have to ensure that they still obtain the 128 credit hours required for graduation. In some cases, an additional course may be required to reach 128 credit hours. If you find that you will be short credit hours, consult your academic advisor to work out a plan to obtain the additional credit hours that you will need. Students will be allowed to take the 3 credit hour version of these courses to replace the grade obtained in the 4 credit hour version in their GPA.
Class of 2011
EE, CSE and EPE will all make the transition into the new programs as shown on the revised Class of 2011 templates. All students should take ECSE-2500 Engineering Probability during their junior year. Students who are ahead in their programs may have already taken the 4 credit hour version of either ECSE-2410 Signals & Systems or ECSE-2210 Microelectronics Technology. These courses will still count towards their degree. For CSE students, the Multidisciplinary Elective will no longer be required. If a CSE student has already taken a Multidisciplinary Elective, that student will be allowed to replace either MATH-2010 Multivariable Calculus and Matrix Algebra or ECSE-2050 Introduction to Electronics with the Multidisciplinary Elective with approval of their advisor. It is essential for these students to discuss which course to take with their advisor and obtain the needed approval. Unless explicit approval is given by your academic advisor, you will be required to take both ECSE-2050 and MATH-2010 even if you have taken a Multidisciplinary Elective.
Class of 2012
EE, CSE and EPE will all make the transition into the new programs as shown on the revised Class of 2012 templates.