ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING STUDENT FACULTY

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ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

STUDENT FACULTY

CONFERENCE

2013

Thursday

February 14, 2013

Moore 070

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Students


Jomya Lei (Chair)


Demetris

Drakos


Chris
Kolner


Omar
Mezenner


Murtaza

Saifee


Jeff Sherman


Faculty


Babak

Hassibi


Hyuck

Choo


Michelle
Effros


Azita

Emami


Glen

George

COMMITTEE PURPOSE


Address reduced core


Identify issues with the current curriculum and
propose possible solutions


Identify possible improvements to the
curriculum

REDUCED CORE


For students entering in Fall 2013,


Ma2ab will no longer be required for general core



Renamed Ma2 and Ma3


Ph2ab will no longer be required for general core


Ph2ab becomes Ph2abc


Matches Ph12abc in topics

REDUCED CORE


For the EE major


Ma2 and Ma3 will both be required


Ph2abc or Ph12abc will be required

CURRENT CORRELATION

REVISED CORRELATION

CURRENT ISSUES


Curriculum/Proposed Schedule


Heavily loaded sophomore and junior year


Many courses 1
st

and 2
nd

term, but few classes 3
rd

term


Question of how prepared students are for
graduate school applications and/or job or
internship searches

CURRENT SCHEDULE

PROPOSED SCHEDULE

EE40

Can switch based

on interest or

offered courses

CURRENT ISSUES


Perception of Inflexibility


“Must take certain classes in certain years/terms”


“There’s no room to do anything else”


“I won’t be ready for _____”


PERCEPTION OF INFLEXIBILITY SOLUTION


Have a “binder” of possible schedules


Based on interest


Accessible online or from advisers


Given as handout

EXAMPLE 1: EE W/ CS MINOR

EXAMPLE 2: INFORMATION THEORY

EXAMPLE 3: CIRCUITS/ANALOG

CURRENT ISSUES


APh9


18 out of 21 respondents were less than neutral
(unsatisfied)


The course varies heavily depending on the TAs


sometimes the homework is not well
-
defined


The lecture, lab, and homework are all different
material


Slides posted are different from the ones from class


It is taught assuming you are on pass/fail although
upperclassmen usually cannot pass/fail it


APH9 ISSUES CONTINUED


Would be much more useful if it was taught after or
concurrently with EE40


Although a requirement, it is not written into the
proposed schedules



Some people who decide to become EEs 3rd term are
technically late


Poor communication


2013/02/13


Dear All, contrary to previous reports (and my

apologies for that) there will be a midterm handed

out in class tomorrow. It will be 1 hour, open

book and will be due on Friday (2/15/13) at 5pm.


APH9 POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS


Take APh9 after/with EE40



No room to take it elsewhere


especially over 2 terms



It is technically a freshman lab


Remove APh9b as a requirement


but keep the class


Allow APh109 to satisfy the APh9ab requirement


APh109 is one 9 unit class that have similar labs to APh9ab, but
in a better facility and with more organization



It assumes the students have more understanding of the
material


Rewrite the material


form a group in charge of reorganizing
lectures and homework


New class that focuses on the lab portion combining APh9ab


Can be added as 3 units to EE40 or as a standalone 9 unit class

APH9 QUICKEST SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENT


Allow APh109 to satisfy the APh9ab
requirement


APh

department ok


Opportunity to take it concurrently or after EE40


One concern


you don’t make transistors


13 out of 19 students surveyed were ok with this

CURRENT ISSUES


Repetitiveness of EE44 and EE111


EE44 began 2012


Prof. PPV and Prof.
Hajimiri

looking at what could
be changed now that EE44 is in place


Changes underway


Increase difficulty of EE111


Require
EE44 for EE111

CURRENT ISSUES


Relevancy of ACM116


Professor changes often


Caters to wide variety of students



(EE, ACM, Grad, etc)


Importance


Helps EE160


Current Suggested Improvement


See how Ma3 changes



CURRENT ISSUES


Rigor of EE90


Current assumption is people only know EE45


Project difficulty has significantly decreased


Current Suggestion


Wait to see the effects of last SFC
-

EE113 is now
sophomore year, there may be more familiarity with
circuits

POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS


Team Based Classes


PCB Making


Project Funding

TEAM BASED CLASSES


Over half of the responses were yes to having a
team
-
based class


Suggestions


EE90


New class (similar to ME72)

PCB MAKING


17 out of 19 responses want to see PCB
making taught


Possible ways


Add to EE90 or EE91


Split EE5x into 3 terms


Add a different class

PROJECT FUNDING


Brought up in previous SFCs


Looked at other departments/classes


ME72


industry funding


E89


trial


Difficult to find continuous funding


OPTION MENTORS


Provide EE guidance


Course selection/requirements


Guide undecided frosh


Option fair


Sign Up!


Sign up sheet


Email ARC reps

QUESTIONS

AND

DISCUSSION