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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Gregory Fenves 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, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on September 9, 2009, and the dean approved the changes on August 27, 2009. 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 December 2, 2009, 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 for 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 February 17, 2010.



Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on February 12, 2010.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Merge ASE 201 and ASE 311 into a combined programming and numerical analysis course. Move this course to the second semester of the sophomore year. Make differential equations a prerequisite for this course. The course could keep the ASE 311 course number. ASE 201 would be eliminated entirely from the curriculum.
2. Make ASE 167M a technical elective laboratory, removing it from the required course list.
3. Drop ASE 363Q from the curriculum.
4. Add a new design course, ASE 364, for atmospheric flight area.
5. Drop ASE 340 from the curriculum.
6. Change course description for ASE 355.
7. Change course description for ASE 166M.
8. Change ASE 369K to ASE 269K and add M E 140L.
9. Combine ASE 172G and ASE 272N into ASE 372N.
10. Add ASE 172R.
11. Make changes in the suggested order of courses in the catalog.
12. Prerequisite changes in various courses.
13. All prerequisites of ‘C or better’ were changed to ‘C- or better’.
14. Minor changes in content descriptions for various courses.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 163-165

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. (1) This frees up two of the three hours needed for the Signature course introduction (2) We eliminate teaching programming to most of the students who drop out of the program. (3) We have students use the programming in the context of numerical analysis, including numerical integration. (4) The programming would come closer to the courses in which students actually need programming in their assignments. (5) Hopefully, he students in the course would be more mature and have better study habits.
2. (1) This frees up the additional one hour needed for the Signature course introduction. (2) This makes the atmospheric flight introductory course (ASE 367K) and space flight introductory course (ASE 366K) sequences more parallel. The 167M and 166M courses were labs associated with the introductory atmospheric flight mechanics course and space flight mechanics course, respectively. During the most recent catalog revision, 166M course went into the Space Flight technical area while the 167M course stayed in the required sequence. (3) The ASE 167M course is an equipment limited course in that the number of students that can be in any “section” is strictly limited. (4) This course also requires a major investment in terms of TA hours. By making the course an elective that could be combined with a co-op, project work, and/or the elective controls lab, we reduce the number of students requiring the course and our need for TA hours.
3. ASE 363Q – Structural Design and Test -- is being replaced with newer design courses in two technical areas of the curriculum. This is part of a phasing out of this course as its instructor retires and additional courses, initiated in the 2009-2010 catalog, mature and become part of the regular teaching program.
4. See above rationale for dropping ASE 363Q.
5. ASE 340 – Boundary Layer Theory and Heat Transfer -- was dropped from the catalog list in 2008-2010 and current students no longer have this class in their curriculum to graduate.
6. New faculty member took over the course and changed the content to reflect the addition of helicopter-related material.
7. New faculty member took over the course and changed the content to reflect the addition of space systems engineering into the curriculum.
8. M E 340 was added to the curriculum in the 2008-2010 catalog; M E 140L is a required lab for M E 340. There was duplication in material from ASE 369K and M E 140L, so ASE 369K was reduced by one hour to eliminate the duplicated material.
9. To consolidate course numbers.
10. To better prepare high-achieving students for graduate school pursuit.
11. This is being done to adjust the suggested order of courses to accommodate the new signature course at the freshman level.
12. This is being done to reflect current practice.
13. To reflect practice of the new grading system and the rules of the 2009-2010 academic year.
14. Courses are being modernized (ASE 362K, ASE 162M, ASE 365, ASE 372K, 374K, 376K).


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? The proposed changes make room for the new University-wide signature course to be introduced into our curriculum. They do not affect other colleges and schools.

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

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. No.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain. It allows a signature course to be added to the aerospace engineering curriculum, and it reflects the changes to the new University core curriculum.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: April 15, 2009
College Approval Date: September 9, 2009
Dean Approval Date: August 27, 2009

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.