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Using Certification Exams To Help Formulate Course Objectives In Computer Engineering Technology Programs

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Curriculum Development in Computer ET

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8.1242.1 - 8.1242.14



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William Lin

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Richard Pfile

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Sesssion 1447

Using Certification Exams to Help Formulate Course Objectives in Computer Engineering Technology Program

William Lin and Richard E. Pfile

Purdue School of Engineering & Technology Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana


As information technology advances at an increasing rate, the demand for skilled graduates who can adapt, implement, and maintain the continually-changing technology becomes an important issue. To answer this growing need of industry and to better prepare students for the fast-changing job market, most institutes are moving rapidly to adapt their curriculum to better match the needs of our information-based economy. A new program in Computer Engineering Technology (CpET) was recently approved at IUPUI to be offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET). In the design of this new program, we studied and assessed various vendor-sponsored certification programs and professional registration examinations. In this study, we identified skill-sets necessary for several generally recognized job roles in computer networking, programming and telecommunications. We further classified and extracted exam questions into sets of high-level principles and analytical concepts based on these different job roles. In this paper, course objectives developed for each job role from this process and their application to various courses in our CpET program are provided.

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Lin, W., & Pfile, R. (2003, June), Using Certification Exams To Help Formulate Course Objectives In Computer Engineering Technology Programs Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12521

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