June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
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Computer Engineering Technology Program - A Curriculum Innovation InitiativeThe paper expounds the Computer Engineering Technology (CET) program that is designed tomeet industry’s over-whelming need for employees with an in-depth knowledge of bothhardware and software. There is a shortage of individuals who could implement hardware-software integration in design and development. This BS degree curriculum plan bridges the gapbetween these two disciplines, and thus provides the students a solid foundation in each. TheCET curriculum integrates the knowledge in the areas of electronics, computer and software withintensive classroom and laboratory experiences.From a software perspective, the proposed curriculum draws its resources and includes most ofthe existing courses from the Computer Science curriculum. Students gain proficiency insoftware design and development using programming languages currently used in industry. TheCET curriculum allows the students to draw courses from the areas like Algorithms, ImageProcessing, Distributed Systems, Automata and Computability, Database systems, ComputerGraphics, Artificial Intelligence and Numerical Analysis. Students learn industry standardapproaches to application software development as well as state-of-the-art problem solvingtechniques.The hardware focus of the CET curriculum draws its resources and includes most of the existingcourses from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology curriculum. The curriculumprovides a totally fresh look at Electrical Engineering Technology curriculum from theperspective of System Design. It examines the subject areas that prepares the student to pursuethe discipline of System Design from at least four different perspectives; via: 1) PLD/FPGAcentric system design, using Hardware Description Language (HDL) 2) Microcontroller basedEmbedded System Design, 3) PC based Network-oriented Distributed System Design and 4)DSP based Real-time Processing based System Design. The hardware focus in the areas of PLDdesign, Analog Electronics, Embedded System design, Electronic fabrication, BiomedicalElectronics, Computer Networking, Distributed Systems and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) areall furnished by courses in ECET Program.This ECET curriculum emphasizes on both disciplines (Electrical and Computer EngineeringTechnology and Computer Science), along with a solid math, science and general educationbackground, to enable industry ready students to tackle the challenges of the future. Thisintegrated approach of CET curriculum empowers the students to embark upon the path of a LifeLong Learning. Thus this paper provides a road map for other educators to follow in redressingthe problems of falling enrollment in many of the Electrical Engineering Technology programsalong with addressing the need of producing industry ready workforce which can tackle thechallenges posed by the integration of software and hardware at every level.
Farook, O., & Sekhar, C. R., & Agrawal, J. P., & Bouktache, E., & Ahmed, A., & Moghbelli, H. (2011, June), Computer Engineering Technology Program: A Curriculum Innovation Initiative Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17644
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