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Objectives and Outcomes

Program Objectives

Graduates will be able to accomplish one or more of the following objectives:

1. Professional Practice – Electrical engineering graduates will be successful in professional practice in engineering.

2. Post-graduate Education – Electrical engineering graduates will be successful in pursuing advanced education.

3. Advancement – Electrical engineering graduates will successfully advance in their careers.

Student Learning Outcomes

The department has established the following program outcomes for electrical engineering students:

Engineering Science

Students will attain an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering. Students will also be able to:

  1. Use calculus
  2. Solve differential equations
  3. Use transforms
  4. Apply principles of physics (such as Newton’s or Kirchhoff’s laws)
  5. Apply principles of operations of electronic devices (such as op-amps and transistors)
  6. Apply the concepts of logic and binary arithmetic to digital systems.

Engineering Experimentation

Students will attain an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. Students will also be able to:

  1. Use protoboards to assemble circuits
  2. Set up power supplies, digital multimeters, function generators and oscilloscopes to activate circuits and to determine circuit quantities.
  3. Use regression to fit data to a curve.
  4. Compare measured results to theoretically calculated results.
  5. Determine if a circuit or system is working correctly.
  6. Fix a circuit or system if it is not working correctly.

Engineering Design

Students will attain an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints. Students will also be able to:

  1. Design a circuit involving basic electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, op-amps, transistors and logic gates.
  2. Design a system with digital circuits.
  3. Design a system with multiple interacting circuits.
  4. Design a complex system with multiple circuits while satisfying numerous requirements and constraints.


Students will attain an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams and be able to:

  1. Work in groups of two or three on laboratory assignments.
  2. Work together in a group on a major project.
  3. Formulate a “working agreement” for a design team and evaluate how well the team adhered to this agreement.

Problem Solving

Students will attain an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. Students will also be able to:

  1. Solve circuits problems with DC, steady-state AC and transient conditions.
  2. Solve problems in the major sub-disciplines of electrical engineering: signals and systems, communications, control systems, energy conversion and power systems, electromagnetic fields, electronics, digital systems and computers.

Engineering Ethics

Students will attain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and be able to:

  1. Understand the tenants of professional codes of ethics.
  2. Apply ethical considerations to realistic problems.
  3. Understand and put into practice appropriate safety measures.

Effective Communication

Students will attain an ability to communicate effectively and be able to:

  1. Write technical reports.
  2. Give oral presentations with PowerPoint slides.

Impact of Engineering

Students will attain the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context. Students will be able to explain the impact of an engineering solution, development or endeavor on some aspect of society or the environment.

Life-long Learning

Students will engage in life-long learning and be able to:

  1. Understand the need for continuous learning.
  2. Do research on components, devices and/or systems.
  3. Do research on engineering concepts and techniques.
  4. Learn new topics outside of class.

Contemporary Issues

Students will attain a knowledge of contemporary issues and be able to:

  1. Understand some of the issues facing society related to electrical engineering.
  2. Remain knowledgeable in news items related to electrical engineering.

Modern Tools

Students will learn to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice and be able to:

  1. Use the PC in laboratory situations.
  2. Use MATLAB.
  3. Use PSpice.
  4. Use Microsoft Office Products such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  5. Use the test equipment in the Circuits Lab.
  6. Use advanced equipment.
  7. Use advanced software (e.g., toolboxes in MATLAB or ETAP).