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Electrical and Computer Engineering: Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department offers two graduate degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering:

  1. Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

M.S. Degree

The M.S. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering is a very flexible degree and has two options.  There is a thesis option and a non-thesis option.  For the thesis option, the M.S. degree consists of 24 units of graduate coursework and 6 units of thesis credit.  For the non-thesis option, the M.S. degree consists of 30 units of graduate coursework.

Ph.D. Degree

The Ph.D. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering has two options.  One Ph.D. option is a direct-track Ph.D. for students who have completed their B.S. degree.  The other Ph.D. option is the post-M.S. option, which is for students who have completed an M.S. degree and wish to continue their graduate education.  The direct-track Ph.D. option consists of 30 units of major graduate coursework, 9 units of minor graduate coursework, and 18 units of dissertation credit.  The post-M.S. Ph.D. option consists of 33 units of major graduate coursework, 9 units of minor graduate coursework, and 18 units of dissertation credit.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

M.S. Non-Thesis Student Outcomes:

  1. Broad knowledge in his/her field.
  2. Ability to analyze an ECE-related system or subsystem.
  3. Ability to design and implement an ECE-related system based on given specifications.

 

M.S.Thesis and Ph.D. Student Outcomes:

  1. Broad knowledge in his/her field.
  2. Ability to critically analyze published research results in his/her area of study.
  3. Ability to conduct original research on a significant ECE problem.
  4. Ability to effectively communicate (written & oral) and defend results of research to peers and broader scientific audiences.
Assessment Activities: 

M.S. Thesis and Ph.D. Students

A dissertation and thesis rubric has been developed by the ECE faculty to assess the four learning outcomes associated with these graduate programs (M.S. Thesis, Ph.D.).  The rubric document (Assessment Form) is attached below.

At least three faculty members, serving on M.S. Thesis or Dissertation Defense Committees, apply the assessment rubric to assess each student’s ability on the four different learning outcomes.

The nine criteria on the Assessment Rubric are used to measure student performance on each of the four Student Outcomes as shown in the table below.

Criterion

Student Outcome

 

1

2

3

4

Demonstrates broad knowledge of field

X

 

 

 

Clearly stated problem and analysis of literature

 

X

 

 

Appropriate study plan

 

 

X

 

Adequate data analysis

 

 

X

 

Interpretations and conclusions

 

 

 

X

Written document

 

 

 

X

Oral presentation skills

 

 

 

X

Ability to extrapolate to broader implications

 

 

X

X

Anticipates next level of inquiry

 

 

X

X

 
 
M.S. Non-Thesis Students
 
For non-thesis M.S. students, assessment is conducted as follows:
 
  1. Students will identify courses in their Plan of Study that address each of the three student learning outcomes.
  2. The course instructors for the selected courses will provide a written assessment for the student learning outcome(s) associated with their course.
Assessment Findings: 

M.S. Thesis and Ph.D. Students

During 2015, 15 M.S. Thesis students and 17 Ph.D. students were assessed using the Assessment Rubric.  The ECE Graduate Studies Committee is in the process of evaluating the collected assessment data.  The raw data shows good to excellent scoring on all nine rubrics.

M.S. Non-Thesis Students

The ECE Graduate Studies Committee is matching the Student Learning Outcomes with the appropriate courses.

Change in Response to Findings: 

No program changes have been made as a result of the collected assessment data.

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Updated date: Sat, 09/03/2016 - 15:44