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A Computer Engineering Technology Concentration For A Master Of Science In Engineering Technology

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.7.1 - 4.7.8

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Ron Day

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Dean Lance Smith

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Session 2548

A Computer Engineering Technology Concentration for a Master of Science in Engineering Technology

Dean Lance Smith, Robert Douglas, Ron Day The University of Memphis


The addition of a Computer Engineering Technology concentration to an existing Master of Science in Engineering Technology has been proposed for The University of Memphis. The proposal is based on both student and employer demand. No new resources are needed to add the concentration, but resources may be needed later if demand exceeds expectations.

I. Introduction

The University of Memphis currently offers a Master of Science in Engineering Technology with three concentrations, Architectural, Electronics, and Manufacturing. As this paper is written, a proposal is working its way to the TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents), the governing board for The University of Memphis, to add a concentration in Computer Engineering Technology. Approval is expected in time for the 1999-2000 academic year.

The current proposal is the latest change in a program that started as a Master of Science in Technical Education in the 1970s. The curriculum was changed in the 1980s to be an Engineering Technology program, and the name of the degree was officially changed to its current name in the Fall of 1994. The current concentrations were officially added at that time. The proposed concentration is based on the interests of prospective and current students, and to some extent, industry. It is an official designation for a subset of the Electronics concentration that some students are already taking. No new courses or faculty will be needed. Tables 1, 2, and 3 list some details of the proposed concentration.

II. Major Field Core

Three courses are required for all Masters in Engineering Technology students: TECH 7015, Statistics, TECH 7020, Technical Writing, and MGMT 7030, Management. Statistics is offered in the evening during the Fall term. Technical Writing is offered in the evening during the Spring term. Management is offered by the School of Business Administration in the evenings during the Fall and Spring terms. It is often offered during one or both Summer half terms.

III. Concentration Courses

Graduates must take four concentration courses. The proposed Computer Engineering Technology concentration courses are shown in Table 2. Most of the concentration courses are computer hardware, or hardware and software courses. No attempt is made to offer courses on

Day, R., & Douglas, R., & Smith, D. L. (1999, June), A Computer Engineering Technology Concentration For A Master Of Science In Engineering Technology Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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