Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology

Student Outcomes

Graduates in the NMSU Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program will have:

An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology, including:
  1. Digital circuit analysis and design techniques, analysis of analog and digital electronics, architecture and applications of computer systems, network infrastructures, and the building, testing, operation and maintenance of electronic, instrumentation, communications, control, power systems, and computer systems (both hardware and software).
  2. The use of application software and operating systems; and the analysis, design, testing, development, and documentation of computer programs in support of electronic, instrumentation, communications, control, power and computer systems.
  3. The applications of physics and natural sciences to electrical/electronic(s) circuits and computer systems in a rigorous mathematical environment. The ability to utilize statistics, probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, applied differential equations and integral calculus in support of electrical/electronic(s) and computer systems.
  4. Project management techniques and teamwork necessary for successful electronic and computer system designs and implementations, and the effective use of communication skills to prepare and present technical documentation.

 

Assessment and Evaluation Plan for Program Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with an ECET emphasis will exhibit the skills and characteristics specified under the Department’s Program Outcomes. These Outcomes will be evaluated via the following Assessment Tools:

1. Student performance in the ECET capstone course

A required capstone course will be used to ascertain the abilities of seniors to demonstrate competence in the various skills needed to perform successfully in industry, business and government. The assessed skills will include competence in the areas of the students’ technical subject areas, interpersonal skills, written and oral communications, project management and analysis, and technical design. A faculty committee will assess these skills to identify weaknesses or trends. Adjustments can then be made within the curriculum to strengthen the weak areas.
Specific Goal: At least 70% of the students will demonstrate a minimum proficiency in all of the skill areas assessed.

2. Student performance on a locally developed competency exam

A senior competency exam will be used to assess the minimum level of knowledge that graduating seniors should possess upon completing a bachelor’s degree in this option. The exam is to be administered twice each year (fall and spring) to graduating seniors.
Specific Goal: At least 70% of the seniors will score a minimum of 70% on this test.

3. Students will demonstrate successful performance on selected in-class specific applications.

Specific Goal(s):

      1. ET 120:
      2. ET 302:
      3. ET 314: J. Beasley
      4. ET 324: J. Beasley/ G. Rico
      5. ET 344: L. Kelly
      6. ET 377: J. Beasley
      7. ET 381: T. Jenkins: Outcomes 2.a.1 and 2.d, 2.f

4. Class specific goal(s):

(2.a) Students should demonstrate a reasonable level of knowledge and skills relative to the analysis of analog systems especially those related to energy generation; the building, testing, operation and maintenance of electronic, instrumentation, communications, and control of systems – especially those related to energy generation In doing so, the students will show (2.d) an ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program objectives; and, (2.f) an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
A reasonable level of knowledge and skills assessing the above goals will be determined by the student’s performance on end-of-semester projects in which groups of students will submit written reports discussing their application of acquired knowledge and skills in solving a complex renewable energy system design project.
Specific Goal: At least 70% of the students will demonstrate a minimum proficiency in all of the above evaluated concept areas.

      1. ET 398: L. Kelly
      2. ET 402: G. Rico
      3. ET 444: L. Kelly
      4. ET 462: M. Morrell

5. Initial placement of graduates

Placement of graduates will be monitored to ascertain if they are receiving job offers (or continuing with their education) that are pertinent to their technical education.
 
Specific Goal: At least 70% of the jobs that are accepted by graduates will fall into the category of relevant to the technical education that they received at NMSU or they are enrolled in some educational institution.