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Development Of Competent Vlsi And Microelectronics

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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New Trends in ECE Education

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7.424.1 - 7.424.7



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Mohammad Alim

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Development of Competent VLSI and Microelectronics Curricula in a New Undergraduate Program

M. A. Alim Department of Electrical Engineering Alabama A & M University P. O. Box 297 Normal, Alabama 35762 E-mail:


The new Undergraduate Electrical Engineering program at the Alabama A & M University offers three options. These are: (1) General Electrical Engineering, (2) Computer Engineering, and (3) Microelectronics and VLSI. Each of these options offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering has earned accreditation under the ABET EAC EC 2000 Criteria effective 1999. The General Electrical Engineering program is very much identical to most standard curricula that are followed in the programs offered by other schools. The content of the courses in the Microelectronics and VLSI option is adjudged by the global competitiveness. There are six courses that distinguish this option from the usual General Electrical Engineering option. The rest of the courses are identical to the General Electrical Engineering option. Out of these six courses three are titled as VLSI Design and Testing with sequential order. One of them is offered at the junior level and the other two courses are offered at the senior level. Then two (Semiconductor Engineering, Integrated Circuit Engineering or Analog Circuit Design and Analysis II) of the remaining three courses are mandatory for the students of all three options. Thus, they constitute junior level requirements. The last course is designated as the advanced integrated circuit engineering offered exclusively for the senior level students in this option. The purpose of each of these courses and the contents are reviewed, evaluated, and justified to meet the career needs of the students. Also these six courses in this option are also addressed to keep continuation or smooth transition at the junior level from the sophomore level as it is done for the General Electrical Engineering program. The students in the Microelectronics and VLSI option are employed with attractive salaries and are receiving attractions from other intra-discipline requirements for the job.

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Alim, M. (2002, June), Development Of Competent Vlsi And Microelectronics Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10211

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