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A Graduate Degree Program In Telecommunications Systems Engineering

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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New Trends in ECE Education

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9.43.1 - 9.43.5

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James Sluss

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A Graduate Degree Program in Telecommunications Systems Engineering J. J. Sluss, Jr., G. E. Crain, S. V. Kartalopoulos, H. H. Refai, and P. K. Verma School of Electrical & Computer Engineering Telecommunications Systems Program University of Oklahoma – Tulsa

1. Introduction

The education of students in the area of telecommunications systems engineering is of rising significance as global economies become ever more reliant upon telecommunications technologies and services. Notwithstanding its broad-based origins from within electrical engineering, the study of telecommunications systems is today recognized as an academic discipline in its own right. The University of Oklahoma (OU) - Tulsa is one of a select few that offers a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Systems under the aegis of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The degree has been designed with a common set of core courses: Telecommunications Industry Overview, Telecommunications Technology, Network Design and Management, Telecommunications Laboratory, and Professional Project. In addition, students may choose technical electives from among electrical and computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, and telecommunications systems courses. Students may also choose up to six credit hours of approved elective courses in relevant disciplines such as finance, telecommunications management, economics, and industrial engineering. A key resource supporting the program is the Telecommunications Interoperability Laboratory1, a facility designed to provide students with unmatched access to carrier-grade telecommunications technologies. Students entering the program are expected to have undergraduate preparation in electrical and computer engineering. This paper describes the curriculum and program goals, as well as the motivation behind their development.

2. Motivation, Program Goals, and Organizational Structure

Telecommunications is an important enabling technology which pervades all sectors of the global economy and the production of skilled technical professionals is necessary to provide for continuing advances in the development of new telecommunications products and services. Moreover, today’s fastest growing technology businesses are heavily reliant upon the communication of information between computers. The principal goal of our program is to produce the most sought after engineering graduates; specifically, those who are prepared to work at the confluence of telecommunications, computing and business. The need for a program of this nature was recognized in the early 1990’s by leaders of commerce in the Tulsa area. OU responded to that need in 1994 by proposing the Master of Science in Telecomputing degree – renamed the Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems in the summer of 2002. The educational market for this program has already been demonstrated and we have produced our first graduates. This program has a traditional home department, the School of Electrical and Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Sluss, J. (2004, June), A Graduate Degree Program In Telecommunications Systems Engineering Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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