UT Tyler Department of Electrical Engineering
Student Outcomes-Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
At the time a student completes the degree requirements and graduates with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Tyler, the student will possess:
- The ability to apply knowledge of the fundamentals of mathematics, science and engineering.
Fundamentals of mathematics include algebra, trigonometry, differential and integral calculus, and differential equations. Fundamentals of science include general chemistry (atomic structure, chemical formulas and composition, compounds, chemical reactions, gas laws and kinetics) and physics (kinematics, electrostatics, magnetism, conservation laws for mass and energy, heat, wave phenomena and quantum physics). Fundamentals of engineering denote engineering design and problem-solving processes.
- The ability to use modern engineering tools and techniques in the practice of electrical engineering.
Modern engineering tools and techniques include equipment (e.g., oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, digital computers); computer programs (e.g., PSpice); and programming languages (e.g., C++).
- The ability to analyze electrical circuits, devices and systems.
Circuits, devices and systems encompass electrical networks and electronic networks from small-scale (e.g., electronic components) to large-scale (e.g, power systems). Analyze means to determine the electrical behavior of an electrical or electronic network by experimental methods (measurements of actual circuits), simulation methods (model-building, numerical simulation methods, use of simulation software) or theoretical methods (involving Kirchhoff's laws; linear superposition; phasor, Laplace, Fourier and z-transforms).
- The ability to design electrical circuits, devices and systems to meet application requirements.
Design includes all phases of the creation of circuits, devices and systems to satisfy needs. Included within the scope of design are identifying and choosing solutions; modeling and simulation; detailed definition; and test and validation. Application requirements include basic functionality, environmental specifications (e.g., operating temperature range, operating supply-voltage range, ability to withstand shock and vibration), packaging constraints (e.g., size, weight), manufacturability, reliability and cost.
- The ability to design and conduct experiments, and analyze and interpret experimental results.
Experiments are controlled trials to study effects, establish hypotheses or verify that equipment meets stated specifications. To design experiments encompasses the selection of control variables, variables to measure, measurement instruments and procedures. To conduct experiments is to carry out their procedures. To analyze and interpret experiments involves data reduction using appropriate graphical methods and/or numerical methods (e.g., regression, statistical techniques) to draw conclusions.
- The ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the practice of electrical engineering using appropriate theoretical and experimental methods.
Problems are engineering tasks requiring design, investigation, analysis or experimentation. To identify a problem is to define the task (what needs to be done and why must it be done). To formulate a problem means to put it in a form for solution; to solve a problem is to carry out the task and verify the results.
- Effective written, visual and oral communication skills.
Written communication skills involve the drafting of documents (technical and non-technical) commonly encountered in engineering (e.g., lab reports; business letters; project proposals; peer-reviewed articles; specifications; test procedures; users' manuals). Visual communication skills involve conveying information by use of graphics, images and video. Oral communication skills involve the ability to communicate clearly through hearing and speaking in standard English.
- An educational background to understand the global context in which engineering is practiced, including:
- Knowledge of contemporary issues related to science and engineering.
- The impact of engineering on society.
- The role of ethics in the practice of engineering.
Contemporary issues related to science and engineering are evolving technical, social and legal developments and market trends that affect the direction of technological development (e.g., federal research and development funding decisions; laws regulating the practice of engineering; environmental policy decisions; de facto technical standards established by market forces). The impact of engineering on society includes the ways in which technological developments affect individuals, corporations, organizations and governments (e.g., the effects of computer technology on the lives of individuals; changes in employment patterns as new technologies emerge). The role of ethics is the application of moral reasoning in engineering decision-making (e.g., acting in accordance with the protection of public health, safety and well-being).
- The ability to contribute effectively as members of multidisciplinary engineering teams.
Multidisciplinary engineering teams are groups of persons engaged in engineering who represent a spectrum of engineering and technical specialties (e.g., mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, computer-aided design, manufacturing engineering, prototyping). To contribute effectively is to take an active and participatory role in the accomplishment of the tasks of a team.
- A recognition of the need for and ability to pursue continued learning throughout their professional careers.
Electrical engineering is a rapidly-changing field and the ability of an engineer to continue to practice in this field depends upon continued learning. This is the ongoing acquisition of new knowledge, skills and competencies whether by formal methods (e.g., graduate study, short courses and seminars, professional licensure) or informal methods (e.g., self-study, reading journal and magazine articles, learning from colleagues).