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April 17, 2014

Engineering restructures three majors

By John Cuturic

In the past year, almost every department in Cleveland State University has had to revise its curriculum from the ground up. In a series this semester, the Stater will look at some of the changes.

For this issue, we took a look at the College of Engineering. We talked to the Dean, Anette Karlsson, who said that while the Big Switch hasn’t had a huge effect on Engineering overall, the College has worked on some of its curricula.

In particular, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering have seen some restructuring.

In Mechanical Engineering, many courses are splitting from one into two. For instance, MCE 255, Computer-Aided Engineering Design, is splitting into two two-credit courses—MCE 180 and 181, Computer-Aided Engineering Lab One and Two. In this split, the number of credits remains the same.

But in another course, MCE 367 Machine Design, is splitting from one four-credit into two three-credit courses, going up to six credits overall.

In Computer Engineering, students will take many courses in a different order. For instance, CIS 260, Intro to Programming, is pushed back one semester in their degree map, replaced in the first year with ESC 151 C Programming.

And in Electrical Engineering, EEC 382, Digital Systems and Labs, will split into the three-credit EEC 383, Digital Systems, and the two-credit EEC 384, Digital Labs.

EEC 490, Senior Design, is also splitting into two classes, with two and three credits. In the old curriculum, ESC 203, Statics and Dynamics was a requirement, but Electrical Engineering removed that course and replaced it in the requirements with EEC 440 and 441, Control Systems and Control Lab.

Other things about Engineering haven’t changed much, though. Karlsson said that many of the Engineering Science courses that are common to all Engineering majors -- such as ESC 250, Differential Equations for Engineers and ESC 282, Engineering Economy-- haven’t changed at all due to the Big Switch.

“They were three credits each even before the four-three credit conversion,” Karlsson said.

The capstones also haven’t changed -- according to Karlsson, even before the Big Switch these classes were two or three-credits.

“[The capstones] have generally been two to three credits in each of two consecutive semesters,” Karlsson said.

Karlsson said that the Big Switch didn’t have a huge effect on the College of Engineering overall, but that it gave the faculty a chance to update curricula.

“The three programs that were restructured modernized the course content and eliminated some course overlap,” Karlsson said. “We also separated the lab component from lectures for seceral courses to make it more flexible for students.”