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New Baccalaureate Degree With A Concentration In Industrial And Enterprise Networking

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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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Curriculum Development in Computer Engineering Technology

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9.942.1 - 9.942.11

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Paul Lin

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Harold Broberg

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Session Number 1349

New Baccalaureate Degree with a Concentration in Industrial and Enterprise Networking Harold L. Broberg, Paul I-Hai Lin ECET Department, Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN

Abstract The curriculum and details concerning specific courses and course content are described for this innovative program which was developed by faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Computer Science departments. The concentration in industrial and enterprise networking requires courses in programming languages, application programming, local and wide area networking, networking security, and wireless networking. Also required are hands-on laboratories that can be used by students for programming, development, and configuration of networks using different operating systems and hardware configurations. Similar programs, in Indiana and nationwide, are compared and contrasted. Also discussed are national, regional, and state demand and employment factors that provided justification for the new degree.

Background Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne1 (IPFW) offers over 175 degree programs, is located in the 2nd largest city, and is the 5th largest university in Indiana. The new Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology (CPET) degree, which was approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in October 2003, has an initial concentration in industrial and enterprise networking. The program is designed to be accreditable by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology2 (ABET) and to attract students who desire to pursue a career in the computer networking, automation, telecommunications, or other computer-electronics fields. The degree is a collaborative effort between the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) and Computer Science (CS) departments. The program is designed to provide training in modern, industry based areas that are experiencing growth in the northeast Indiana region, which has experienced considerable job loss in the manufacturing sector. The term, industrial, is used to mean business-related services. Some specific objectives considered while designing the curriculum were to: 1. Provide the industrial/manufacturing community with the technically trained manpower base to support manufacturing and commerce in the region; 2. Provide an educational center for retraining of workers with needed skills; 3. Provide graduates with desired skills in electronics and networking; 4. Fill a need for trained professionals in the computer networking, manufacturing, information technology, and telecommunication industries.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Lin, P., & Broberg, H. (2004, June), New Baccalaureate Degree With A Concentration In Industrial And Enterprise Networking Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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