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Reengineering the curriculum: design and analysis of a new undergraduate Electrical and Computer Engineering degree at Carnegie Mellon University

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4 Author(s)
Director, S.W. ; Coll. of Eng., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Khosla, P.K. ; Rohrer, R.A. ; Rutenbar, R.A.

In the Fall of 1991, after approximately two years of development, the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) implemented a new curriculum that differed radically from its predecessor. Key features of this curriculum include: Engineering in the Freshman year, a small core of required classes, area requirements in place of most specific course requirements, mandated breadth, depth, design, and coverage across ECE technical areas, a relatively large fraction of free electives, and a single integrated Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In this paper we review the design of this curriculum, including a taxonomy of problems we needed to address, and a set of general principles we evolved to address them. The new curriculum is described in detail, including new data from an ongoing analysis of its impact on students' curricula choices

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:83 ,  Issue: 9 )

Date of Publication:

Sep 1995

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