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B.Eng Programme Framework Proposal Framework for a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering School of Engineering University of Technology, Jamaica Oct.

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1 B.Eng Programme Framework Proposal Framework for a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering School of Engineering University of Technology, Jamaica Oct 23 & Nov. 18th 1998a (rev)

2 B.Eng (Electrical) Programme Features n A four-year, full-time First Degree Programme designed for Global Competitiveness in the 21st Century n Intended to contribute to Jamaica’s Industrial Renewal, by Developing: – World-class Engineers equipped for en/intrapreneurship – Industrial partnership & Renewal –pioneer/”sunrise” industries, targetting emerging opportunities for Jamaica

3 Context 1: The Engineering Profession n Engineers apply their knowledge of Mathematics and Sciences, with Professional Judgement, to economically harness the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of man n Electrical Engineers work with systems that produce, process and propagate electromagnetic signals, and with those that generate, transmit, distribute and apply electrical energy

4 Context 2: Engineering Education & Accreditation n The required knowledge, judgement & skills to effectively practice Electrical Engineering are built up through study and experience n Electrical Engineers are governed by Professional Bodies (e.g. JIE), which Register Professional Engineers, and may Accredit Programmes (PERB & EPAC) n Well-designed Electrical Engineering Programmes must fit these contexts and constraints

5 Context 3: Need for Industrial Renewal n Jamaica’s GDP grew at 6% p.a., average, 50’s - mid- 70’s; it has been flat overall since, and many industries are clearly in decline n We are now moving into a globally competitive, hi tech era dominated by information and communications technologies n If Jamaica is to progress, we must develop “sunrise” industries; this will require us to train and retain a corps of highly competent Electrical Engineers

6 Context 4: Student/Graduate Needs/Objectives n First-level Engineering jobs & Enterprises: Design, Development, Operations & Maintenance, Tech. Management, etc. n Access to full Professional status, which must be internationally recognised [Washington Accord] n Access to Further Studies (Accreditation & Substantial Equivalency are vital!) n En-/In-trapreneurship and contribution to Jamaica’s Industrial renewal

7 Critical Constraints: Accreditation & Registration n Typically, (Accredited Programme + Work Experience + Exams + Registration) lead to full Professional status for an Engineer n Locally: UCJ-JIE through EPAC n Internationally: the Washington Accord and “Substantial Equivalency” n Recent Trend: ABET & Criteria 2000: Programme Quality Assurance by continuous process monitoring and improvement

8 Programme Rationale n Given the importance of - and requirements for - (1)Engineering competence & full Professional status; (2) Engineering Programme Accreditation, The new B.Eng (Electrical) will: –Develop Engineers of World-Class standard, in light of ICT’s and the emerging Mechatronics paradigm –refer to the award-winning CMU ECE Programme as a key exemplar of cutting edge, world-class Engineering Programmes –Obtain Accreditation under UCJ-EPAC –Achieve Substantial Equivalency under the Washington Accord –Integrate Enterprise Incubation, R & D and Consultancy, towards national industrial renewal

9 B.Eng. Programme Goals n World-Class Engineering Graduates at the First- Degree Level –Accreditation & Professional Body Requirements towards “Substantial Equivalency” under the Washington Accord n Contribution to Jamaica’s industrial renewal through –The impact of our Graduates in Industry –Industrial partnership, R & D and Consultancies –Enterprise Incubation

10 B.Eng Programme Options n Power n Instrumentation & Controls (I & C) n Telecommunications n Industrial Electronics n Later (as soon as practicable): –Computer Systems Engineering –Audio & Recording and New Media Technologies –Biomedical Electronics & Instrumentation (possibly linked to a broader Biological Engineering Programme)

11 Entry Level Requirements n CXC’s at Grade II in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry; English A (III), and at least one other Subject, Sci/Tech. preferred n CXC + 1’s in Math, Physics, Chemistry (various modes) n A Levels and other advanced courses will lead to course exemptions in the Freshman/First year n Profile of Academic Achievements at Secondary level: Maths, English, Sciences, Arts & Humanities, etc. n Profile of Skills and Core Competencies: IT, TD, Engineering Workshop, Sci. Method/Research, Communication, Reasoning/Critical Thinking n Profile of Aptitudes for Engineering: Scholastic, Visual- Spatial, Mechanical, Social (Communications, Teamwork, Leadership, Safety orientation) [for diagnostic purposes] n Success in Intake Interview

12 Programme Intake “Tee”-Profile CORE: cognitive comms aptitudes TECH.: TD Shop Elec/Mech Tech. CXC’s: Maths Sciences English, etc. DEPTH: CXC + 1’s in Maths Physics Chem CXC+1’s may be acquired in multiple ways, such as: PCS (U.Tech) CAPE I/AS Levels N1’s A Levels (Transfer Cr.)

13 Programme Structure n 4-year/8-Semester First Degree, CXC + 1 Entry level n 5 Courses/Semester (15 - 18 Credits) n Gen. Ed. (30%), Adjunct 15.8%, “Specialisation” 62.4%, Electives 6.8% n 133 Credits + 1000 Hours Industrial Experience n Linked to present industries in Jamaica, and to Enterprise Incubators


15 Programme Component Balance COMPONENTSCREDITS PERCENT Gen. Ed.:Comms. 8 Professional Conduct 3 Soc. Sci. 9 Math & Stats (d/c) (6) Computing/IT (d/c) (4) Sci & Tech (d/c) (8)(30) Adjunct:Basic Physics & Chem. 11 Intro. Computing 4 Math/Sci/Comp. (3rd Yr.) 6 15.8 ‘Specialisation’: Core (2nd yr. Engg)12 Adv. Eng’g39 Eng’g Praxis12 Engg Graphics 2 Eng’g Math18 62.4 General Electives: 9 6.8 133100.0

16 Further breakdown of “Specialisation.” n COMPONENTYEAR CREDITS PERCENTAGE n School Core: n Engg Prax. 1, 2 1 8 n Eng'g Graphics 1 2 n Math. 1, 2 1 612 n Programme Core: n Engg Praxis 3 2 4 n Math 3, 4 2 6 n Math 5, 6 3 6 n Major Project 4 314.3 n Specialization: n Core 1- 3 2 12 n Jnr. Eng'g 1 - 4 3 16 n Snr. Eng'g 1 - 5 4 2036.1

17 Delivery, Assessment & Quality n The Programme is designed to be flexible at input (CXC + 1, Profiling); to emphasise active learning (use of IT, hands-on Design & Development, Industrial Experience, etc.); and to accommodate varied interests through options & electives n Student assessment starts with the intake profile, and continues through the programme and beyond (tracer studies); a “second loop” of assessment will look at the programme and its support resources n Quality, under Accreditation requirements, will focus on continuous quality improvement (cf. ABET Criteria 2000); this will require significant resource injections [which we are pursuing in light of the strategic importance of the Programme for national renewal]

18 Freshman/First Year Summary This year is the School Core year, and aims to: Substantially provide the necessary base in basic science, math & Comp. Introduce students to real-world Engineering science, design and praxis Satisfy several aspects of the University Core Requirements. SEMESTER 1lec/wklab/wkcr Communications 1 2 0 2 EP I: Intro to Engg Syss 3 3 4 Computers in Engg 3 3 4 Math. I 3 0 Engg Graphics I 1 3 2 Pickup Elective 1 TOTALS:12 915 SEMESTER 2lec/wklab/wkcr Communications 2 2 0 2 EP II: Structs. & Mats. 3 3 4 Physics I 3 3 4 Math. II: Calculus II 3 3 4 Chem I 2 3 3 Pickup Elective 2 ___ TOTALS: 13 1217

19 Sophomore/Second Year Summary Completes the Lower Division, and aims to: Continue providing the base in science, mathematics, computing and Eng’g Praxis. Begin the process of specialisation. Continue the process of satisfying university Gen. Ed. Core requirements. Meet Accreditation Body requirements for Professionalism and related issues. SEMESTER 3lec/wklab/wkcr Comms 3 2 0 2 EP III: Mecha. Syss 3 3 4 Physics II 3 3 4 M 3: Algebra Topics 3 0 3 Spec. Core I 3 3 4 TOTALS:14 917 SEMESTER 4lec/wklab/wkcr Comms 4 2 0 2 EP IV: Profess'l Conduct 3 0 3 Spec. Core III 3 3 4 M 4: Diff. Eqns. & Apps. 3 0 3 Spec Core II 3 3 4_ TOTALS:14 616

20 Junior/Third Year Summary Begins the Upper Division, and aims to: Meet Engineering Depth, Breadth & Coverage requirements. Complete the math course sequence, and cover adjunct math/science/computing. Introduce Management and Engineering Economics. SEMESTER 5lec/wklab/wkcr Intro. M'gt for Engineers 3 0 3 Engg 3 3 4 M/S/C* Elective 1 3 0 3 M5: Prob., Stat. & Quality 3 0 3 TOTALS: 15 617 SEMESTER 6lec/wklab/wkcr Engg Econ 3 0 3 Engg 3 3 4 M/S/C* Elective 2 3 0 3 Math 6: Num. Anal. 3 0 3 TOTALS: 15 617

21 Senior/Fourth Year Summary Completes the programme, and aims to: Complete Professional Engineering requirements, in a market-targetted context. Provide an integrating capstone experience via a major project. Develop Enterprise Management know-how. Provide three free electives. SEMESTER 7lec/wklab/wkcr Engg Enterprise M'gt 3 0 3 Eng'g 3 3 4 Engg 3 3 4 Elective 3 0 3 TOTALS: 15 918 SEMESTER 8lec/wklab/wkcr Elective 3 0 3 Major Project 2* 3 3 Engg 3 3 4 Elective 3 0 3 TOTALS:14 917

22 Programme Matrix

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