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The Honors Program In Electrical Engineering At The University Of Memphis

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.464.1 - 1.464.3

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Russell J. Deaton

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Michael J. Bartz

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—. . . . . Honors Program in Electrical Engineering at The University of Memphis The

Russell J. Deaton and Michael J. Bartz The University of Memphis

Introduction The Department of Electrical Engineering at The University of Memphis recently has instituted an Honors program in the junior and senior years. The program consists of Honors sections of two core courses in the curriculum, Electromagnetic Field Theory and Thnsform Methods in Network Analysis, and additional elective courses that are offered as separate Honors sections or taken on a contract basis. The Honors program culminates in an Honors research project and thesis, which is defended before a faculty committee. The emphasis in the Honors program is not on more advanced work or material, but upon a different pedagogical style that involves more discussion and active learning, consideration of larger issues in science and technology, has a larger project and design component, and allows the student to participate in exploratory research and analysis. Requirements Students are eligible for the honors program in electrical engineering if they maintain a GPA of 3.25 with junior or senior standing or have received approval of the departmental honors committee. Honors in electrical engineering requires 15 hours of upper division honors courses, of which 12 hours must be upper division electrical engineering courses and must include Honors Research Studies (ELEC 4998) and Honors Thesis (ELEC 4999). The Honors credits substitute for 15 of the 52 required upper division technical hours in our curriculum. Those students who complete the program and the regular B.S.E.E. requirements will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degree conferred “With Honors in Electrical Engineering.” Moreover, the student’s diploma and record at The University of Memphis will reflect this accomplishment. The requirements are enumerated below:

1. Required Courses: 6 hours. Every Honors student in the department is required to successfully complete the two courses listed below.

(a) ELEC 4998 (Honors Research Studies) In order to do scholarly work in engineering, at least a year is required to identify a topic, do background research, do experiments or research, and write a thesis. This course will immediately precede the ELEC 4999 (Honors Thesis). The student will work with his Honors Thesis advisor to identify and do background work on their topic. A formal write-up on background and preliminary work is required as a lead-in to the formal thesis. (b) ELEC 4999 (Honors Thesis) Under the direction of a faculty member, a student writes a thesis based upon background reading and experimental research on a topic in electrical engineering, and defends the thesis before a faculty committee. Approval of thesis topic and committee

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Deaton, R. J., & Bartz, M. J. (1996, June), The Honors Program In Electrical Engineering At The University Of Memphis Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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