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Embedded Systems Capstone Projects In The Computer Engineering Area Of Specialization Within The Computer Science Department

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Curricular Issues in Computer-Oriented Programs

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Information Systems

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14.527.1 - 14.527.12



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Afsaneh Minaie Utah Valley University

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy Utah Valley University

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Embedded Systems Capstone Projects in the Computer Engineering Area of specialization within the Computer Science Department


The purpose of a capstone design project is to provide graduating senior students the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the concepts they have learned during the course of their studies. In order to provide our students in the computer engineering area of specialization within the computer science department, embedded design experience which is so crucial to their education, we are requiring our students to do an embedded system project. This paper presents the details of four projects that the students have done in this capstone course.

Background Information

The Computer Science department at Utah Valley University (UVU) offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with four areas of specialization, which include Computer Science (traditional), Computer Engineering, Database Engineering and Computer Networking. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program was one of the first Bachelor of Science programs implemented at UVU in 1993. The program’s goal has been to provide a quality program that meets accreditation standards while providing the students with a skill set that allows them to succeed in computing careers. The curriculum content for the Computer Science degree is based on the 2001 ACM Curriculum Report. The Computer Science degree at UVU was accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 2002 and currently has more than 600 students. Students in this program take core courses until the first semester of their junior year, when they begin choosing their electives from different specialization areas.

Capstone Design Courses

According to Computing Curriculum – Computer Engineering (CE2004)3, the culminating design experience must be an integral part of the undergraduate experience and the benefits from this experience should include:

≠ “Demonstration of the ability to integrate concepts from several different subjects into a solution.

≠ Demonstration of the application of disciplines associated with computer engineering

≠ Production of a well-written document detailing the design and the design experience

≠ Demonstration of creativity and innovation

≠ Development of time management and planning skills

Minaie, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R. (2009, June), Embedded Systems Capstone Projects In The Computer Engineering Area Of Specialization Within The Computer Science Department Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5496

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