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An International Study Of Embedded Systems Design In The Computer Science And Engineering Curriculums

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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International Engineering Education II

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12.228.1 - 12.228.8



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Afsaneh Minaie Utah Valley State College

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy Utah Valley State College

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An International Study of Embedded Systems Design in the Computer Science & Engineering Curriculums


In this paper, an international study is done to see how different institutions have integrated embedded system education into their computer science and computer engineering curriculums. Currently, there are six models that are used by institutions of higher education to integrate embedded systems education into their curriculum. The authors did this study to decide which model is the best choice for their students.

Embedded Systems Engineering

The area of Embedded Systems Design has been gaining a tremendous growth in recent years. A major aspect of this growth has been the addition of networking technologies and operating systems to embedded systems. Embedded systems have application in many areas such as automotive/transportation, government/military, medical equipment, telecommunications, avionics/aeronautics, aerospace electronics, office automation, data-communication, industrial automation, and consumer electronics1. About 98% of all the 32-bit microprocessors currently in use worldwide are used in embedded systems2. By the year 2010, it is forecasted that 90% of the overall program code developed will be for embedded computing systems3.

The tremendous growth in embedded computing has given rise to a demand for engineers and computer scientists with experience in designing and implementing embedded systems. Embedded system design is currently not yet well represented in academic programs. Most computer engineering programs teach programming and design skills that are appropriate for a general-purpose computer operating under the control of a commercial operating system rather than for the more specialized embedded systems4, 5.

Background Information

Utah Valley State College (UVSC), located in Utah Valley, was founded in 1941. UVSC is a state college comprised of two interdependent divisions. The lower division embraces and preserves the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college, while the upper division consists of programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in areas of high community demand and interest39. Currently, UVSC offers more than 40 baccalaureate degrees. UVSC is the fastest growing college in the Utah System of Higher Education with over 23,000 students attending. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science was one of the first Bachelor of Science programs which was approved in 1992 and implemented in 199339.

In addition to the associate degrees, the Computing and Networking Sciences (CNS) department offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with five areas of specialization which include traditional Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Database Engineering, and Computer Networking. The curriculum content for the Computer Science

Minaie, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R. (2007, June), An International Study Of Embedded Systems Design In The Computer Science And Engineering Curriculums Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2583

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