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ECE 496 - Field Experience

Course Objectives and Methodology

The course objective is to give the student experience in a technical, engineering environment.

ECE Technical Elective Requirements

The following are the requirements for getting three credits as an ECE Technical Elective.

  1. Student must have technical work equivalent to six months full-time work.
  2. Student must report to a technical professional, usually in the industry, and perform work with adequate technical content (to be determined by the faculty in charge of ECE 496).
  3. For successful completion of the course, the student must have:
    - An approved written Technical Report, and
    - An oral presentation, which is scheduled through the ECE office so the course instructor can attend and there is enough advanced public notice for other individuals to attend.
  4. Intellectual property issues need to be addressed with the co-op company before completion of the written report and oral presentation.

ECE Technical Report Outline

  1. Executive summary (one-page)
    a. Background
    b. Work Objective Statement
    c. Methods
    d. Results
    e. Conclusions
    f. Significance
  2. Background of problem (1-3 pages)
    a. What is the basis for solving the problem?
    b. What have others in the field done to support or solve the problem?
    c. Reference other technical literature.
  3. Methods (as many pages as needed to fully describe)
    a. What methods did you use to solve the problem?
    b. Discuss them in technical terms.
    c. They may be theoretical/experimental/administrative/design.
    d. Usually need equations to describe the process you performed.
  4. Results (as many pages as needed to fully describe)
    a. What did you accomplish?
    b. Usually need graphs, tables, etc.
  5. Conclusions (as many pages as needed to fully describe)
    a. What do the results mean?
    b. What are some next steps?
    c. How do these results relate to other work?
    d. State significance of this work.
  6. References
    a. Use alphabetical style (e.g. Johnson, AJ., Transistor Basics in Design, Vol #, page number, year, etc.
  7. Appendices (if needed)
    a. Add any supporting material here (design sheets, etc)

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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:58:51 AM