ECE Program Objectives and Outcomes

Vision and Mission

The vision of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology is to lead in the creation and development of intellectual and human capital in electrical and computer engineering and their applications in order to foster the technological, economic, and social enrichment of the State of Georgia, the nation, and the world. The mission of the School is to:

  • be one of the very best programs of electrical and computer engineering education, research, and its transfer to the community at large;
  • be recognized as a place that encourages excellence and diversity in thought and endeavor;
  • provide degree and professional education programs that produce graduates who are well prepared to enter and assume leadership roles in the profession; and
  • provide research and intellectual resources that address problems facing the industry and the world, while advancing the boundaries of disciplinary and multidisciplinary research and its applications.

A. Graduates will be successful in the professional practice of engineering or other related fields. They will obtain employment appropriate to their background, interests, and education and will advance in their career field.

B. Graduates will engage in life-long learning; e.g., advanced education/degrees, professional development activities, and/or other career-appropriate options.

C. Graduates who are employed within engineering fields will demonstrate technical competence, such as identifying, formulating, analyzing, and creating engineering solutions using appropriate current engineering techniques, skills, and tools.

D. As appropriate to their professional or educational positions, graduates will (i) effectively communicate technical information in multiple formats, (ii) function effectively on teams, and (iii) develop and apply electrical/computer engineering solutions within global, societal, and environmental contexts.

Graduates are expected to be able to demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

A. Graduates will be capable of integrating undergraduate fundamentals and advanced knowledge to solve complex electrical/computer engineering problems. They will have knowledge of advanced topics in two or more areas, with depth in at least one area, from within the field of electrical and computer engineering. 

B. Graduates will be prepared for professional advancement in engineering. They will have the ability to engage in perpetual learning in order to identify and understand new knowledge within the field and to apply this knowledge in an appropriate context, including multi-disciplinary situations. 

C. Graduates of thesis-option master’s programs will have the ability to undertake a significant research or development project and to document the results in clear, articulate form.

Student achievement of educational objectives is, in part, evaluated through the assessment of the following educational outcomes. Graduates are expected to be able to demonstrate: 

  1. an ability to apply knowledge from undergraduate and graduate engineering and other disciplines to identify, formulate, and solve novel and complex electrical/computer engineering problems that require advanced knowledge within the field;
  2. knowledge of advanced topics within at least two subdisciplines of electrical and computer engineering;
  3. the ability to understand and integrate new knowledge within the field;
  4. the ability to apply advanced technical knowledge in multiple contexts;
  5. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
  6. the ability to plan and conduct an organized and systematic study on a significant topic within the field (thesis option students only); and
  7. an ability to convey technical material through formal written reports which satisfy accepted standards for writing style (thesis option students only). 

The following table depicts the association between the MS/MSECE student educational objectives and outcomes.  Numbered outcomes refer to the above list.

Contribution of MS/MSECE Student Outcomes to Achievement of Program Educational Objectives Using High-Medium-Low Rating Scale
 Objectives

Student Outcomes

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
A. Advanced Knowledge H H M L      
B. Professional Advancement L M H H H    
C. Project (thesis-option) M L L     H H

Program Educational Objectives – Ph.D. 

A. Graduates will be capable of integrating undergraduate fundamentals and advanced knowledge to solve complex electrical/computer engineering problems. They will have knowledge of advanced topics in two or more areas, with depth in at least one area, from within the field of electrical and computer engineering. 

B. Graduates will be prepared for professional advancement in engineering. They will have the ability to engage in perpetual learning in order to identify and understand new knowledge within the field and to apply this knowledge in an appropriate context, including multi-disciplinary situations. 

C. Graduates will have the ability to conduct research and apply the results in a manner that reflects knowledge of the breadth and depth of the research topic and to communicate the results in clear, articulate written and oral forms.

Student achievement of educational objectives is, in part, evaluated through the assessment of the following educational outcomes. Graduates are expected to be able to demonstrate: 

  1. an ability to apply knowledge from undergraduate and graduate engineering and other disciplines to identify, formulate, and solve novel and complex electrical/computer engineering problems that require advanced knowledge within the field;
  2. knowledge of advanced topics within at least two subdisciplines of electrical and computer engineering;
  3. the ability to apply advanced technical knowledge in multiple contexts;
  4. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
  5. an ability to identify research publications relevant to a specified topic, and to understand, evaluate, and apply information from those publications;
  6. an ability to define and conduct independent research;
  7. an ability to convey technical material through oral presentation and interaction with an audience; and
  8. an ability to convey technical material through formal written papers/reports which satisfy accepted standards for writing style. 

The following table depicts the association between the PhD student educational objectives and outcomes.  Numbered outcomes refer to the above list.

Contribution of PhD Student Outcomes to Achievement of Program Educational Objectives Using High-Medium-Low Rating Scale
Objectives

Student Outcomes

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
A. Advanced Knowledge H H L   L L    
B. Professional Advancement L M H H M   L L
C. Conduct Research M L     H H H H

In addition to student educational objectives and outcomes, the School has established the following objectives related to the operation of its programs. 

A. Students will experience a learning environment that facilitates and encourages learning and retention through faculty quality and instructional skill, program breadth, and opportunities for advising, mentoring, and socializing. 

B. The School will be a leader in the use of advanced technologies to support and deliver instruction, both within and beyond the traditional classroom setting. 

C. The School will deliver instruction through online and video-based courses, international programs, and remote campuses to complement its traditional residential degree programs. 

D. The School will provide a high-quality physical plant for both research and instruction. 

E. The School will encourage cultural diversity within the ranks of the profession by being a leader in the recruitment, retention, and education of minority and women students.

Achievement of the program operational objectives is, in part, evaluated through the assessment of the following outcomes. The School, through the individual and collective efforts of its faculty and staff, is expected to: 

  1. provide advisement that meets the needs of the students for information regarding academic issues, career options, and further educational opportunities;
  2. encourage the integration of engineering practice, including co-operative education and internships, with classroom learning;
  3. recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse and highly qualified population of students;
  4. provide appropriate support for underrepresented population groups, including ethnic and racial minorities, women, and students with disabilities;
  5. provide a rich offering of academic and research opportunities spanning the diverse technical specialties within electrical and computer engineering;
  6. provide opportunities for student interaction with faculty and practicing engineers through professional and honor societies and similar organizations;
  7. support and encourage student participation in multi-disciplinary academic endeavors;
  8. provide effective instruction in the classroom, laboratory, and other settings, that encourages student learning;
  9. engage actively in research, consulting, and/or other professional activities, both to advance individual professional competence and to integrate new knowledge into the educational programs; and
  10. continuously improve the educational programs through professional development activities, use of enhanced educational technologies, and externally-funded program development.

 

 

Last revised November 9, 2015