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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AEROSPACE ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING SECTION in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

 

Interim Dean Sharon Wood in the School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Engineering section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on March 25 and April 8, 2013, 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 November 13, 2013, 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 UT System 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 November 27, 2013.

Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013.



PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AEROSPACE ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING SECTION in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

NAME OF CHANGE:
  Academic Change

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. Writing flag for ASE 361L.

ASE 361L was reviewed and approved to carry a writing flag in the fall 2012 semester to ensure that all students pursuing the ASE degree would have their two writing flags covered by ASE 333T (required for all students) and their senior design class. ASE 361L is the senior design class for the Atmospheric Flight technical area.

  • Require a portable computing device.

As has been done in CHE, ME, and ECE, we would like to begin incorporating a laptop computer into our classes. In particular, this will be done in ASE 301 (Intro to Computer Programming) and ASE 324L (Aerospace Materials Laboratory). Other courses will be allowed the opportunity to request students bring a laptop to a class as needed.

  • Remove ASE 102 from the required curriculum.

ASE 102 (Introduction to Aerospace Engineering) has been continuously taught by a faculty member retiring in June 2014. With this change, we will redesign the curriculum and organization of the class to mirror that which is currently done in the Department of Chemical Engineering (CHE). The plan for inventory changes for fall 2014 will outline the following changes: the course will be offered in fall semesters on an optional basis and will include a hands-on project to introduce students to engineering as well as weekly presentations/lectures by varied faculty, alumni in industry, and/or External Advisory Committee (EAC) members. As is done in CHE, we will expect a high attrition, but will not require the class toward overall hours, and it will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

  • Return ASE 201 to the required curriculum and add an hour to make it ASE 301.

ASE 201 (Introduction to Computer Programming) was dropped from the curriculum in the 2010-12 revision. The rational for this step was that ASE 311 (Engineering Computation) was supposed to be amended to include introductory programming content, but this has not happened successfully. Also, per the recommendation of our External Advisory Committee (EAC), our curriculum needed more programming instruction. During inventory changes for fall 2014, we will change the content of ASE 201 to include programming in both MATLAB and C or C++, making this a 3-hour class, ASE 301.

  • Change ASE 311 back to ASE 211.

Due to the reinstatement of ASE 301 (Introduction to Computer Programming) as a required class, we will be able to return this course, ASE 311 (Engineering Computation), back to a 2-hour course, ASE 211, since it no longer requires the inclusion of introductory programming instruction. During inventory changes for fall 2014, we will change the course number and description accordingly.

  • Remove ASE 269K, ME 340, and ME 140L from the curriculum.

Education in conducting experiments is currently handled via ME 340/140L (Mechatronics) and ASE 269K (Measurements and Instrumentation). The former was introduced in place of EE 331 (Electronics) in the last revision of the ASE undergraduate curriculum. This has not worked well due to a significant amount of overlap in content between the three classes and the manner in which coordination between the mechatronics class and lab was being handled. In place of these six hours of duplicating coursework, we added a new course to our curriculum in the fall 2013 inventory changes, ASE 375 (Electromechanical Systems), which will not be taught until fall 2014 when the new catalog is in place. 

  • Add ASE 375 to the curriculum.

As per the reasons listed above for eliminating ASE 269K, ME 340, and ME 140L, this course, ASE 375 (Electromechanical Systems), was designed by faculty in both aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics fields as a new class with relevant coursework for aerospace engineering undergraduate students. It will feature a series of experiments related to the behavior solids and structures where each experiment will be chosen to highlight a particular technique, sensor/actuator or concept in measurement theory or practice.


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:
  N/A

Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?

  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
  no changes
If yes, explain:
  N/A

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

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

The total number of hours required for the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering will be lowered from 128 to 126.


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department:
Yes
Date: March 18, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: March 25, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: April 8, 2013

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