Senate Document Number 7207S
Date of Senate Approval 05/03/07
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
APC Document 62: Changes to Degree Requirements in Mechatronics
Effective Date: Fall 2007
1. Delete: On page 118, major requirements for Mechatronics
I. Required courses in the major—64 hours: E 101; ECE 200, 206, 211, 212, 220, 301, 406, 455, 460, 480; EGM 180, 360; MAE 206, 208, 301, 310, 314, 315, 316, 435; MSE 201.
II. Required courses outside the major—37 hours: CHEM 111, 132; CSCI 201, 202; ECON
102; MATH 191, 192, 291; PHYS 221, 222; STAT 225.
III. Other departmental requirements—Senior demonstration of competency in the major, oral
competency, and computer competency are all satisfied by the successful completion of the Senior Design Project (ECE 480).
Add: On page 118, in place of deleted entry:
Major in Mechatronics
I. Required courses in the major—68 hours: E 101; ECE 109, 200, 209, 211, 212, 220, 301, 406, 455, 460; EGM 180, 360 482; MAE 206, 208, 301, 310, 314, 315, 316, 435; MSE 201.
II. Required courses outside the major—31 hours: CHEM 111, 132; ECON 102; MATH 191,
192, 291; PHYS 221, 222; STAT 225.
III. Other departmental requirements—Senior demonstration of competency in the major, oral competency, and computer competency are all satisfied by the successful completion of the Senior Design Project, EGM 482.
The number of credit hours required for a major in Mechatronics will change. Raising the number of credit hours for ECE 200 increases the hour count in the major by 1. Replacing CSCI 201, 202 and ECE 206 with ECE 109 and ECE 209 results in a 3 credit hour increase in courses in the major, and a 6 credit hour reduction in courses outside of the major. The net reduction of 2 credit hours lowers the total credit hours required to complete a B.S. in Engineering with a Concentration in Mechatronics from 128 to 126 credit hours.
The impact on resources and staffing in Computer Science and Engineering will be minimal. The change in credit hours for ECE 200 will have no impact. The increase is required to maintain consistency with the course description in the Electrical Engineering department at NCSU. CSCI 201 and CSCI 202 are taught by the Computer Science department, whereas ECE 206 is taught at NCSU and presented via distance education technology. In the future, UNCA Computer Science faculty will teach ECE 109 and ECE 209. The net teaching load for UNCA faculty will, therefore, not change.
CSCI 201 and 202 are standard introductory computer programming courses taught using the Java programming language. ECE 206 is a machine architecture course taught using the C programming language. Because C is more of a low-level programming language than Java, it is more appropriate for the embedded computer applications found in Mechatronics Engineering. By introducing just one programming language and focusing on low-level programming applications, it is possible to present the relevant material in a two-course sequence as opposed to a three-course sequence. These changes are consistent with changes made in the Electrical Engineering program at NCSU and they reflect current trends in engineering curriculum for embedded computer applications.
ECE 480 addresses the design of electrical circuits and systems. ECE 480, as it is taught at UNCA, includes mechanical design. To better represent the content of the JEM senior design course, EGM 482 is being created.
All of these changes are requested by NCSU Engineering which is responsible for the Engineering curriculum in the JEM program.