Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Plan A (Thesis): The candidate will be required to submit a 6 credit thesis as part of the 30 credits of graduate course work and pass a final oral examination on the thesis material and related subjects. The thesis work must be approved by the faculty and program director prior to the commencement of the research work. The thesis advisor will direct the student’s work and determine when to recommend the manuscript for review by a faculty committee. The review committee will be appointed by the program director and shall consist of at least three full-time Gannon engineering faculty members familiar with the subject material and one member outside the ECE department. The outside member can be from industry. The faculty advisor will be the chair of the review committee. Plan B (Project): The student will be required to complete a design project and to pass a final examination covering the student’s project and related subject areas. The project can be worth 3 or 6 credits as part of the 30 credits of graduate course work depending on the difficulty of the project. The project must be approved by the faculty and program director prior to the commencement of the project work. The project advisor will direct the student’s work and determine when to recommend the manuscript for review by a faculty committee. The review committee will be appointed by the faculty and program director and shall consist of at least three full-time Gannon engineering faculty members familiar with the subject material and the faculty advisor will be the chair of the review committee. Plan C (Project Course): The student will be required to complete a 3 credit course designated as a project course. The program director will approve the project course prior to the commencement of the project work and must include a significant project for its completion. The course instructor will inform the student of the complete requirements for the project course and oversee the work to ensure that the student satisfies these requirements. Students are required to prepare a manuscript in the thesis format for the project.

DEGREE PROGRAMS Electrical Engineering Degree The program’s goal is to give an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate the necessary education to be an effective design or systems engineer. The student shall devise a curriculum with his/her advisor to pursue knowledge in advanced control theory, system modeling, electronics, communication, systems engineering, and embedded software. The student must complete at least 9 credits of Electrical Engineering program courses and satisfy the project/ thesis requirement in Electrical Engineering. Embedded Software Engineering Degree The program’s goal is to give an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate the necessary education to be an effective embedded software/systems engineer. The student shall devise a curriculum with his/her advisor to pursue knowledge in computer hardware and software implementation strategies, software

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development, software quality measures, software design and testing techniques, microprocessors, digital system design and/or hardware description languages. The student must complete at least 9 credits of Embedded Software Engineering program courses in system, software, hardware categories, and satisfy the project/thesis requirement in a topic related to Embedded Software Engineering. Five-Year Accelerated B.S./M.S. The Five-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering is designed to allow outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate and a graduate degree within five years. Admission into the accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. program will be based on several factors, including past academic performance, and considerations of overall aptitude and maturity. Students in their junior year, second semester (or one semester before reaching senior standing) with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA, can apply for this program. Students accepted into this program should plan to complete specific firstyear graduate courses during the senior year, and in the following summer term, with completion of all degree requirements in the following academic year. Students admitted to the Five-Year B.S./M.S. program may apply up to 6 graduate credits towards completion of the B.S. degree. CO-OP Track The objective of the CO-OP track is to present an academic program combined with application training on actual industrial problems in engineering environments. This is to give students a targeted education on real-world problems. Students may join this program after completing sufficient coursework to succeed in an industrial environment and receive approved industrial sponsorship. International students participating in a CO-OP are required to contact the Office of Global Support and Student Engagement to apply for Curricular Practical Training before engaging in any CO-OP activity. Students accepted to the co-op track are assigned a Gannon professor as a mentor, and must take the Graduate Professional Experience (GENG 700-series) course each semester they are enrolled in the program. Students must complete 30 credits of graduate course work in addition to their Graduate Professional Experience courses. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for the duration of their master’s degree program, and fulfill all other requirements for their degree. Professional Track Gannon runs a two-year work-study program with the local industry in Erie. The objective of the track is to present an academic program combined with application training on actual industrial problems to give students a targeted education, complemented by handson, real-world development exposure. Students are selected for this track based on academic background, leadership skills, and communication skills. The student is assigned a Gannon professor