ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
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ECE 2014 Engineering Professionalism in ECE


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ECE 2014 Engineering Professionalism in ECE (2C)

Overview of the nature and scope of the electrical and computer engineering profession. Working in a diverse team environment; professional and ethical responsibility; the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; contemporary issues; and life-long learning.

What is the reason for this course?

This course will fulfill the Visual, Expressive, Written and Spoken (ViEWS) communication requirement in the CPE and EE programs and provide a foundation for integration of visual, written, and spoken communication within upper division departmental requirements. The course will also address ABET educational outcomes including teamwork; professional and ethnical responsibility; impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; life-long learning; and contemporary issues.

Required for all EE and CPE majors. Typically offered: Fall, Spring. Program Area: Circuits and General.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing required. Corequisites: ECE 2004 or ECE 2504.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

ECE 2014 is a first-semester sophomore requirement. ECE 2504 (for CPE majors) or ECE 2004 (for EE majors) is a corequisite course. ECE 2014 builds upon technical material from other ECE introductory courses.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • work effectively in a team environment to analyze an ethics case study or research a contemporary issue in the discipline and communicate the analysis or findings in a technical report and oral presentation;
  • analyze the audience, purpose, and occasion required to write, speak, and create illustrations for engineering projects;
  • create and present a short formal document and presentation that communicates an ECE-related concept to a general technical audience;
  • demonstrate principles and values associated with professional and ethical responsibility, including attitudes, values, work habits, and skills appropriate to engineering education and professional practice;
  • identify the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
  • outline personal goals associated with life-long learning and career/professional development; and
  • demonstrate attitudes, values, work habits, and skills appropriate to engineering education and professional practice.

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
Overview of the department
  • Advisors, faculty, labs, resources
  • Undergraduate program policies and procedures
5%
Academic success in ECE
  • Learning style and study skills assessment
  • Study skills in ECE
  • Library research/resources
  • Curriculum planning/programs of study
Professional and ethical responsibility
  • Undergraduate Honor System
  • IEEE Code of Ethics
  • Ethics and computing
Spoken, visual and written communication skills
  • Written communication skills (10%)
  • Visual and expressive communication skills (10%)
  • Spoken communication skills and presentations (10%)
30%
Areas of specialization in EE and CPE
  • CPE and EE technical area specializations (20%)
  • Contemporary, global, and ethical issues and societal impact (5%)
25%
Leadership and professional development
  • Understanding leadership and diversity
  • Teamwork/teambuilding
  • Managing conflict, dealing with difficult people
  • Designing effective meetings
  • Personal and professional development/work-life balance
  • Life-long learning
15%
First Professional Job Issues
  • Cooperative education and internships
  • Conducting an effective job search
  • Constructing effective resumes and cover letters
  • Networking

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