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Dean Ben Streetman of the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in the School of Engineering chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on April 23, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on September 10, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on October 24, 2007, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on November 5, 2007.

Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council

This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on October 30, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.



The changes to the degree program are detailed, along with the rationales for the changes in the section entitled.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 145-147.

This is the first major set of changes made to the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering curriculum in about 15 years. The changes are being made (1) to respond to new developments in the field of aerospace engineering and (2) as part of a continuous improvement of the degree structure called for by engineering curriculum accreditation guidelines. These changes will:

1. Provide stronger design sequences for students in both the atmospheric flight technical area and the space flight technical area within the degree program (replace an existing design course with a new design course in each technical area).
2. Provide a means to give limited course credit for hands-on student work in undergraduate research and development experiences such as the design and construction of unmanned aerial vehicles and space satellites. (Offer one-hour credit.)
3. Continue ongoing engineering accreditation-required continuous improvement of the learning experiences for students (use of student, industry, and other feedback to improve curricula is required of all accredited U.S. engineering programs).
4. Provide a stronger background in aerodynamics for all aerospace engineering students (require ASE 362K <compressible flow> in both technical areas).
5. Provide a stronger background in three-dimensional dynamics to all students (reorganize the content of ASE 366K and move part of that content into ASE 366L – which is being upgraded to a technical area course).
6. Strengthen each technical area by providing additional focused coursework in that technical area.

More detailed rationales for specific changes are provided below:
1. Move ASE 333T into the fourth semester and add to the basic sequence—This move is made to put the technical writing course before the first lab course that uses it (ASE 120K). The technical writing course would carry a writing flag and would be a prerequisite for all courses that would carry a “writing flag” if that part of the UT wide curriculum change becomes standard.
We also are changing the prerequisite for this course from E 316K to RHE 306. A literature course is not an appropriate prerequisite for a technical writing course.
2. Replace ME 326 with ME 320—ME 320 is a course that combines thermodynamics and heat transfer. By changing to this course, we can make changes later in the curriculum (Eliminate ASE 340) and yet provide coverage of heat transfer. The departmental fluids group proposed this change. The elimination of ASE 340 makes possible a later change in the fluids/aerodynamics courses that enables us to provide compressible aerodynamics instruction for all students.
3. Eliminate EE 331, replace it with ME 340, and place this course into the fifth semester—EE 331 has long been one of the worst courses in our curriculum. The new ME Mechatronics course is designed to replace EE 331 with a course that combines basic circuitry (already covered in PHY 303L) with a study of sensors and actuators. This course has been designed through a cooperative effort led by Mechanical Engineering with the cooperation of Aerospace Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
4. Reorganize ASE 369K and Eliminate SWC designation—This basic measurements course is where students begin to understand the principles behind measurements of many kinds. The course needs updating and reorganization. Changes to be made are:
a. add material from the ME 140 Mechatronics Laboratory course so that ASE students take this laboratory instead of the ME 140 course. This will eliminate an extra student load on the ME mechatronics laboratory facilities. 
b. add a Lab-View programming component,


c. add gyroscopic/inertial  instrumentation,
d. eliminate topic areas already serviced by other required laboratories (e,g, fluids, materials),
e. eliminate the SWC designation for this laboratory since we already have sufficient SWC courses in the curriculum.
5. Change ASE 261K+161MàASE 361K; Change ASE 274L + 174MàASE 374M—These courses and their co-requisite laboratories are being combined to simplify course listing. The courses and labs must already be taken in parallel.
6. ASE 463QàASE 363Q (Retain SWC Designation)—This will make all of the design courses in the curriculum have the same number of credit hours. 
7. ASE 211àASE 311—The Engineering Computation course is overcrowded with material and our students get too little numerical analysis and programming practice. Adding the hour will make this a much stronger course. The hour comes from the ASE 463QàASE 363Q change.
8. Require ASE 362K (Compressible Fluid Mechanics) for all students as part of the major sequence—All aerospace engineering students need an introduction to compressible fluid mechanics, regardless of their technical area. This course replaces ASE 340 in the Major Sequence.
9. Create six one-hour project (laboratory) courses to give students credit for working on UAVs, satellite projects, etc—Credit for three one hour credits would count for one technical elective. Credit for six one hour credits would count for two technical electives. Our current technical elective laboratories such as the controls laboratory and the sensors laboratory could also be accumulated to count as a technical elective. Many of our students get involved in projects for which they receive a great hands-on research and/or laboratory experience, immense learning, but no academic credit. This would allow credit for these activities. Students could also take optional laboratories (controls lab, sensors lab, a mechatronics lab, etc.) as part of this sequence. The proposal is that any three appropriate one-hour courses would count as one of the technical electives. Since there are two technical electives in the curriculum, a student could receive a maximum of six semester credit hours toward the degree for such activities. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is set for registration in this course as it is an extra course not in the required curriculum.
This will also ease the integration of the new two-hour Cooperative Engineering course into the curriculum. A two hour Coop course plus a one hour lab would count as three hours of elective.
10. Remove ASE 321K (Static Structural Analysis) from the Major Sequence Course List and reorganize ASE 365 to contain basic structural matrix background concepts—ASE 321K will move from the Major Sequence to the Atmospheric Flight Technical Area. The structural matrix concepts currently covered in ASE 321K will be added to ASE 365 (Structural Dynamics). Students in the Space Flight Technical Area will not take ASE 321K but will take ASE 365 as the first structural course after EM 319. This change makes it possible to keep the number of credit hours the same as the 2006-2008 catalog while strengthening both technical areas.
11. Atmospheric Flight Sequence Summary: Rename ASE 320àLow Speed Aerodynamics; Rename ASE 120KàLow Speed Aerodynamics Laboratory; Rename/Require ASE 362K for all students–>Compressible Fluid Mechanics; Place ASE 321K (Structural Analysis) into the Atmospheric Flight Technical Area; Eliminate ASE 340 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer; Create a new technical area courseàASE 364. Applied Aerodynamics; ASE 261K/161MàASE 361K; ASE 361K becomes Aircraft Design I; Create a new design course, making the aircraft design course a two semester sequenceàSE 361L becomes Aircraft Design II (SWC)—These changes give every student instruction in compressible flow and strengthen our curriculum in the atmospheric flight area. Topics from ASE 340 that are deemed imperative for the atmospheric flight option will be placed in the new Applied Aerodynamics Technical Area course (ASE 364).
12. Space Flight Technical Sequence Summary: Change the content of ASE 366K to include more 3D attitude dynamics; Create a new junior level systems design engineering course for the Space Flight Technical Area, combining topics from Design Methodology, Systems Engineering, and ASE 463Q. The course will be ASE 374Kà Space Systems Engineering Design (Substantial Writing Component Course); Rename ASE 372K àAttitude Dynamics; ASE 274L/174MàASE 374L; Reorganize the content of ASE 366L and make it a Technical Area Course; Replace ASE 463QàASE 374K Space Systems Engineering Design; Put this into the Technical Area Block—Placing basic three dimensional rigid body dynamics into a ASE 366K (a required course for all students) will better prepare all of our students. Course material will be moved between ASE 366K, ASE 366L, and ASE 372K. ASE 366K will cover both basic space flight and basic attitude dynamics for all students (atmospheric flight and space flight technical area students). ASE 372K


  will focus on Attitude Dynamics and ASE 366L will focus on more advanced orbital mechanics—both for students in the Space Flight Technical Area.
The Space Flight Technical Area was weak in the area of systems engineering and design methodology. The combination of design methodology, systems engineering, and the ethics in one course, will give students a much better preparation for the capstone design course.
Currently, students begin a design project while learning about teamwork, design methodology, professional responsibility and systems engineering concepts. The space flight option will be much stronger by having this prerequisite course before the capstone design course. The two-semester design sequence will result in a better design experience for our students.
13. Move the required American History courses, the required Government courses, the Fine Arts/Humanities elective, and the Social Science Elective around to balance the semesters—Standard practice–no rationale required. 
14. Remove ASE 327 (Private Pilot Aeronautics) from the course listing—This course has not been taught for several years because we have no faculty available to teach it. This deletion is a reflection of the fact that we are not offering this course.
15. Require one of two technical electives to be an Aerospace Engineering course—This is current practice.

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
No; the changes only affect engineering.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A

Person Communicated With: N/A
Date of communication: N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.


Department: yes Date: May 2007
College: yes Date: April 23, 2007
Dean: yes Date: September 10, 2007

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