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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

Dean Gregory Fenves of the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty and the dean of the college approved the changes on March 30 and September 9, 2011, and on April 13 and September 19, 2011, respectively. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on October 5, 2011, 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 with notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 October 13, 2011.


Greninger Signature

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


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council website http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on October 6, 2011.



PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING


IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.:
• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
 
1. Updating the number of flags students will receive in the curriculum: two writing flags, one independent inquiry, one quantitative reasoning, one ethics and leadership flag, one global cultures flag, one cultural diversity in the United States flag.

2. Editing to modernize and update the curriculum description; move E 316K back into the basic sequence course list; correct errors in the semester credit hours of coursework required for the academic enrichment technical core; add a specific requirement under academic enrichment for students whose primary technical core is software engineering and design; add a statement that a maximum of 25 semester credit hours of electrical engineering transfer coursework is permitted; modernize some course titles, improve the elective course listings in several technical cores.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.

 

Pages 191-196


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
1. Implementing the course flag requirements to fulfill the University’s core curriculum requirements.

2.
a) ABET accreditation description has been removed from the leading paragraphs of this section. There is to be a single description for accreditation for the Cockrell School of Engineering, rather than separate descriptions for each department.
b) A total of 14 semester credit hours is required for each technical core. This is corrected for academic enrichment.
c) ABET evaluators expressed the concern that students electing software engineering might not have an adequate hardware design experience if they also chose academic enrichment.
d) Faculty discussed and voted on a maximum for transfer electrical engineering coursework.
e) Course titles (and later the content description) need periodic review and revision to keep up with current trends in the profession.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
 

No


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
 

 


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?

  Yes

If yes, explain:
 
We are implementing additional course flags to fulfill the core curriculum requirements for the School of Engineering.

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

If yes, explain:
   


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: March 28, 2011 (item 2);
August 4, 2011 (item 1)
College:
Yes
Date: March 30, 2011 (item 2);
September 9, 2011 (item 1)
Dean:
Yes
Date: April 13, 2011 (item 2);
September 19, 2011 (item 1)

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