ERIC Number: EJ1156551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Holistic Development of Computer Engineering Curricula Using Y-Chart Methodology
Rashid, Muhammad; Tasadduq, Imran A.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v57 n3 p193-200 Aug 2014
The exponential growth of advancing technologies is pushing curriculum designers in computer engineering (CpE) education to compress more and more content into the typical 4-year program, without necessarily paying much attention to the cohesiveness of those contents. The result has been highly fragmented curricula consisting of various disconnected theory courses and laboratory practicals. A holistic approach to curricula development that focuses on integrated fundamental knowledge is required to remedy this. This paper proposes a holistic approach to developing a CpE curriculum and to maintaining continuous, coherent development of that curriculum. The elements of the proposed approach are the following: formulation of objectives, identification of major curriculum areas, construction of a system model for CpE core courses by using the Y-chart methodology, description of electives, integration of laboratory practices, and assessment of the curriculum. An assessment of the curriculum is presented based on survey data and accreditation outcomes. Assessment results show that holistic understanding and integrated design experience assist students in achieving the program objectives.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Holistic Approach, Curriculum Development, Charts, Elective Courses, Laboratory Experiments, Educational Objectives, Course Descriptions, Computer Science Education, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, College Students, Statistical Analysis, Outcomes of Education, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia
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