Success and study habits

Success in a class is largely due to the effort put in. Interest and motivation are close seconds. Even if you are not liking a class, pretend you are very interested and wish to learn as much as you can by listening attentively in class and being curious.
Here is one students’ answer to the question of how to study in the best possible way. Why not give them a try.

Re-presented here, as found in above link, answered by Rob McQueen:”

 

  • Teach it first: To understand new systems / concepts, stand up in front of a chalkboard and act as if you’re teaching it to a class. When you get to a point you don’t know how to explain, talk it out. Literally, stand up and talk to yourself; it works.
  • Diagram / Symbol: Once you understand something, create a visual diagram / symbol. Draw it on a piece of paper. Close your eyes and think about it in your head. Once you have the diagram / symbol, it will be very easy to remember how it works later on.”

It always helps to ‘write it down’ multiple times. Practice doing problems, until you think you’ve got it, then test yourself. Re-work the problem until you can do it successfully on your own. (as if in exam)

 


CpE Majors – Departmental GPA calculation

The Departmental GPA calculation for CpE majors (primary major code ECP) will include grades for courses beginning with the prefix “EE” and “CS”. Previously, only “EE” courses were used. The new calculation better reflects the work of the computer engineering student.

Implementation of the new calculation is planned June 19th, 2017 as of the beginning of Fall 2017 semester.

Some students will see a drop in departmental GPA due to this change. CpE students can improve their departmental GPA by repeating CS or EE courses with a grade of CD or lower.

Some students will see an improvement in their departmental GPA. Some will see no change.

To remain in  Good Academic Standing, these three GPA’s must be at least 2.0:  1) most recent semester GPA 2) cumulative GPA and 3) Departmental GPA once 16 credits are completed.

If you have questions during Summer, contact Judy Donahue at eceadvise@mtu.edu or 487-2232.


2017 Spring Advising series

All ECE students:

 

 


Accelerated Master of Science MS

The Michigan Tech Graduate School is offering a limited number of Graduate Academic Excellence Awards (GAEA) which provide a one-time payment of $4500 in tuition support for the first semester of study in the Accelerated MS programs.  Well-qualified students will be nominated for the GAEA by the ECE Department, with academic merit being the sole criterion.   No separate application is required. Meet with Dr. Michael Roggemann, EERC 503, and bring a copy of your transcript.

ECE: Accelerated Master of Science degree program.

Undergraduate electrical engineers and computer engineers are allowed to count up to six credit hours toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the ECE Department, and could potentially finish their master’s degree in one academic year (two semesters). The credits must be at least 4000 level, lecture-based coursework. (Excludes UG research, individual project, enterprise and senior design credits)

ECE Accelerated Master’s preparation checklist  How to get started.

Undergraduate students can apply, using the standard Graduate School application, as early as their junior year and may start taking graduate level courses during their senior year. ECE Applicants must maintain an undergraduate minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 to apply and to remain in the program.

Graduate School accelerated masters information.

 

Take an extra course(s) for a future grad program while you’re an undergrad:

Senior Rule: Students may take graduate program courses under the Senior Rule if they have time for an extra course in senior year. This designates a course as “GR”, graduate level, making the course available for possible use in a future graduate degree program. Courses taken under Senior Rule may NOT apply to the undergraduate degree. Senior Rule credits could be transferred and considered by graduate programs outside MTU-ECE. Senior Rule credits are on your graduate transcript, and not on your undergraduate transcript.


Enterprise

Enterprise is project work, not a class.  You will be a team member working on a project for industry, competition or student ideas.  Many enterprises will require a Special Approval waiver form signed by the faculty advisor of the enterprise you wish to join. The faculty advisor is the instructor listed in the Schedule of Classes.

The enterprise course numbers are synced with a 4-year plan beginning with semester two. The latest you should join is that point in time when you have 4 semesters left until graduation – ENT3950 – if you plan to use enterprise project work for your ENGINEERING DESIGN requirement.  Each enterprise has a unique section number as listed in the Schedule of Classes.  Ensure you are enrolling in the correct course number – This guide will help you determine that:

Enterprise Course Number registration guide

To register, bring a signed Special Approval (waiver) form to the Student Services Center in the Admin Bldg.   See your advisor if you need help determining which course number to enroll in. (see above link)

List of enterprises

There are one-credit ENT modules, which are classes that you may take as part of an Enterprise minor or concentration. ENT courses may count as “approved electives” for EE majors; or Free Electives.  A few of these modules are on the HASS Supplemental List.

Read other blog posts under “Enterprise Information” category for more details.


approved Enterprise Modules/ 3 semester option

List of Enterprise Modules (classes) which are approved for the 3-semester enterprise for design option, in place of ENT3950.  Be sure to check the schedule of classes for offerings and plan in advance.  Begin the 3-semester enterprise sequence in ENT3960, Project Work IV.

Fall approved modules:

  • ENT3959   Six Sigma I
  • ENT2961   Teaming in Enterprise
  • ENT3982   Continuous Improvement Using Lean Principles

Spring approved modules:

  • ENT3963   Technology and Commercialization
  • ENT3966   Design for Manufacturing
  • ENT3967   Six Sigma II
  • ENT4951   Business Plans and Budgeting
  • ENT3971   Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • ENT2962   Communication Contexts

The 3 – semester enterprise project work option is ENT3960, ENT4950, and ENT4960 plus one Approved Enterprise Module from above list.  ENT3950 does not apply.


Joining Enterprise

How to join an enterprise:
1.  How many semesters do you have remaining at Tech, on campus? Determines which course number to register in.

2. Use special approval Waiver form for permission to enroll-see enterprise advisor:

BMSE – Blue Marble Security  – Dr. Glen Archer, EERC 629
WCEWireless Communication – Mr. Kit Cischke, EERC 520
HEVE – Hybrid Electric Vehicle – Mr. John Lukowski, EERC 233 or Mr. Robert Page, MEEM 604A
RSE – Robotic Systems – Dr. Glen Archer, EERC 629
ASE – Aerospace – Dr. Brad King, MEEM 1014  (ASE has specific registration instructions
)

other enterprises:  Enterprise Program. Also see: Schedule of Classes

3. Bring completed, signed waiver form to the Student Services Center, or the Advising Office.

Meet with your Academic Advisor if you are uncertain which course number to register in for project work, to stay on track with your graduation semester.   EERC 131

ENT4950 Registration – Complete two forms

  1. ENT4950 permission form
  2. Enterprise Project Summary and obtain permission to register.

ECE Department rules for completing Engineering Design Requirements in the enterprise program. Complete: ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950, then ENT4960.

  • If you to take a semester off to co-op or study abroad, do it before you take ENT4950.
  • Your last year of project work in enterprise must be consecutive semesters to apply to senior design requirements.
  • ENT4950 and ENT4960 need to be in the same enterprise.

Plan carefully and plan well in advance of graduationPre-requisites required for senior-level project work (4000 level):

EE Majors: complete EE3901 and EE3131 before enrolling in ENT4950. Take EE3171 before or in same semester as ENT4950.
CpE Majors: complete EE3901 and EE3131  before enrolling in ENT4950. Take EE3173 before or in same semester as ENT4950.

For ABET accreditation standards, you may join any enterprise at Tech that will provide you with an appropriate project work and responsibilities to meet design standards in ENT4950 and ENT4960:
EE Majors: must apply EE knowledge and skills in engineering design
CpE Majors:  must apply hardware/software integration skills in engineering design
CpE/EE Double Majors: apply EE knowledge/skills and hardware/software integration skills in engineering design


ECE Focus Areas

The ECE Focus Areas .pdf document contains details for each of the focus areas including:

  • brief description
  • course numbers and when to take them
  • faculty who teach and research in the area
  • some job types

Courses in light blue boxes considered “EE Electives” and “CpE Technical Electives”

Use in conjunction with the list of “EE Electives”.  These are courses offered by the ECE Department that are used in the EE Electives area of the BSEE, or the CpE Technical Electives area of the BSCpE.

For EE’s, up to 4 credits of “EE Elective” coursework may be used in “Approved Electives”. (but not the SELECT approved elective)


Intramural sports PE credit

Students can sign up for the Intramural class to get PE credit for it. PE0425.
1) You need to be a sophomore or higher to sign-up for it. We don’t accept freshmen in the course.
2) Once you’re in the class you’ll need to participate in 14 intramural games/activities through out the track you are sign up for.  This mean you’ll need to participate in at lease 3 or more different intramural sports during the track.
Here is an example of one might do to pass the intramural course:
– play 3 flag football games
– play 3 softball games
– play 3 sand volleyball games
– play 3 soccer games
– participate in 2 disc golf tournaments
Contact: Craig Pellizzaro, crpelliz@mtu.edu