Upper-division Curriculum Projects

Upper Division Curriculum Projects

Integrated Course Pair in Electromagnetics and Solid State Materials at Arizona State University

Electromagnetics and properties of electronic materials are two of the most challenging courses in electrical engineering. At ASU, faculty members use wave phenomena to integrate material across the two courses and offer students more realistic and challenging problems. Using wave phenomena as the central concept, the courses unite concepts, like matter waves, electromagnetic waves, and lattice vibrations, to create a strong, interdisciplinary foundation.

Contact: Ron Roedel
Phone: (480) 965-6622
E-mail: r.roedel@asu.edu
Required or elective course:
ABET materials exist for this course: yes/no
References: [1, 2, 3]

Multidisciplinary Applications of Spectral Analysis at University of Alabama

Faculty members at the University of Alabama (UA) developed a junior-level multidisciplinary laboratory course centered around industrial applications of dynamic data acquisition and analysis.

Contact: Sally McInerny
Phone: 205-348-0568
E-mail: smcinerny@coe.eng.ua.edu
Required or elective: elective
ABET materials exist for this course: yes/no
References: [4, 5, 6, 7]

Design Backbone in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University

The foundation of the new industrial engineering curriculum was built around the design process. This philosophy of a "design backbone" is to provide each student with an opportunity to develop the fundamental skills of an industrial engineer as well as allow for a customized program of study, depending on the specialization area that is chosen. The Industrial Enginering (IE) department refined/improved/integrated 4-8 courses in the process of developing the new curriculum.

Contact: William Moor
Phone: 480-965-4022
E-mail: william.moor@asu.edu
URL: None
Required or elective: combination
ABET materials exist for this course: ABET materials exisit for each course

Electrical and Computer Engineering Curricula at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
The junior year provides students with a broad exposure to their chosen major. Computer engineering identified hardware-related and software-related courses which would incorporate the essential components. Electrical engineering faculty created a block of nine courses covering topics in communications systems, controls, digital systems and computers, electro-magnetics, electronics, power systems and machines.

Contact: Frederick Berry
Phone: 812-877-8105
E-mail: Frederick.Berry@Rose-Hulman.edu
Required or elective
ABET materials exist for this course: yes/no
References: [8]

Industrial Engineering Curriculum at Texas A&M University

The Industrial Enginering (IE) dpeartment restructured its curriculum to incorporate the new first-year and sophomore curricula and to provide more design experiences for its graduates.

Contact: Cesar Malave
Phone: 979-845-5449
E-mail: malave@tamu.edu
Required or elective
ABET materials exist for this course: yes/no
References: [9]

Upper Division Curriculum Development Philosophy

Partner schools in the Foundation Coalition implemented pilots of innovative first-year curricula in the 1994-95 academic year and pilots of innovative sophomore curricula in the 1995-96 academic year. Then, they built upper-division curriculum projects on the seven key components of the Foundation Coalition and the lower division curriculum pilots.

References for Further Information

  1. Roedel, R.J., El-Ghazaly, S., and Aberle, J.T., "An Integrated Upper Division Course in Electronic Materials and Electromagnetic Engineering - Wave Phenomena for Electrical Engineers” Proceedings, 1998 Frontiers in Education Conference, November 1998, Tempe, AZ
  2. Roedel, R.J., El-Ghazaly, S., Rhoads, T.R., and El-Sharawy, E., "The Wave Concepts Inventory - An Assessment Tool for Courses in Electromagnetic Engineering, " Proceedings, 1998 Frontiers in Education Conference, November 1998, Tempe, AZ
  3. Rhoads, T.R. and Roedel, R.J., "The Wave Concept Inventory - A Cognitive Instrument Based on Bloom's Taxonomy," Proceedings, 1999 Frontiers in Education Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 10-13 November 1999
  4. McInerny, S.A., Stern, H.P., and Haskew, T.A., "A Multidisciplinary Junior Level Course in Dynamic Data Acquisition," Proceedings IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, November 1996, Salt Lake, UT
  5. McInerny, S. A., Stern, H. P., and Haskew, T.A., "Industrial Application of Dynamic Data Acquisition and Analysis - Multidisciplinary Junior-Level Laboratory Course," Poster Paper, 1997 American Society for Engineering Education Conference and Exposition, 15-18 June 1997, Milwaukee, WI
  6. McInerny, S.A., Stern, H. P., and Haskew, T.A., "Applications of Dynamic Data Analysis, " IEEE Transactions on Education, Nov. 1999
  7. Haskew, T.A., Stern, H. P., and McInerny, S.A., "Industrial Applications of Dynamic Data Acquisition - First Semester Experiences in a Multidisciplinary Laboratory Course, " Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education, 14-15 Aug, 1997, Chicago, IL, vol. II, pp. 512-521
  8. Farbrother, B.J., “A New Approach to Electrical & Computer Engineering Programs at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology,” Proc. 1997 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Milwaukee, WI, June 1997
  9. Kuo, W., and Deuermeyer, B., " The IE Curriculum Revisited: The Development of a New Undergraduate Program in Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University," IIE Solutions, 16-22 (June 1998).