Author: Judy Donahue

Undergraduate program advisor for electrical engineering and computer engineering majors.

Registration- Senior Design or ENT4950

“I am starting my final semester of capstone project work… what do I do?”

Firstly, make sure your prerequisites are complete for senior-level capstone work. The prereqs are the same for either Senior Design or Enterprise. For ENT4950, ENT3960 is also a prerequsite.

  • CpE:  EE3901 and EE3131 are pre-req; EE3173 can be taken as a co-req or pre-req with EE4901/ENT4950
  • EE:  EE3901 and EE3131 are pre-req; EE 3171 can be taken as a co-req or pre-req with EE4901/ENT4950 (if not photonics concentration)
  • RE:  EE3901 and EE3280; and (EE3261 or MEEM3750) is a required coreq or prereq for EE4901/ENT4950.

Senior Design

To schedule ECE Design Project 1 in Fall (EE 4901), register for section 0A and section L01.  Your section will be adjusted to match your team during the second week of classes, after teams are formed.

Design Project 2 is required in Spring (EE4910). Schedule section L01 and the RXX section that matches your team section number from EE4901.

Enterprise

Scheduling ENT4950 requires a slightly different process than the normal Enterprise waiver form.

Start by completing Part A, online form found under the tab “Enterprise Student Resources” (requires ISO login). Expand “Forms” and choose ‘ENT4950 Registration Forms (Electrical, Robotics and Computer Engineering)’

  1. Part A is used to verify your are “Senior Design Ready”, have met the prerequisites. Part A must be satisfactorily completed prior to completion of Part B. Emails will be sent to you from enterprisereg@mtu.edu regarding this process.
  2. Part B is used to document your project and obtain approval from your Enterprise Advisor. (try to complete by first week of classes)
  3. Once complete and approved, Judy or Liz will register you in ENT4950, 2 credits.
  4.        Late-add form is required after 1st week of classes, in addition to Part B. Late fee may apply.

Alternate Options Info

To schedule MEEM4901 (or MEEM4911), contact Ryan (ratowles@mtu.edu)  or Tricia (pmstein@mtu.edu) in MEEM204/205. Senior Design in MEEM4901 can begin in Fall or Spring. EE majors, please copy Judy when you contact the MEEM advisors; CpE majors copy Liz on that email.

Those doing their design work via European Project Semester (EPS), start here. Let the advisors know if this is an option you want to pursue so that we can help you make a plan!

2018 Spring advising series

First-year and new transfer students who began Fall 2017 or Spring 2018:

Sophomores and beyond: All students except graduating seniors: Prepare for 3rd/4th/5th years:

How to transfer credits from elsewhere video; slides w/links; one-page instructions pdf.

How to read your Degree Audit Report

Introduction to Studying Abroad (4 min.)

Co-op: how to take a co-op semester.

ECE advising videos

Degree Audit report:

Transfer courses:

Study abroad introduction:

Spring Advising meetings – advice for planning your next year and prepare for registration of fall classes.

 

Degree Audit – How to Run your report

 Run your degree audit to review  your degree progress each time you change or schedule classes and before each semester begins.

Sign into Banweb
Select the ‘Current Students’ tab
•Locate Academic Information and Click on ‘Undergraduate Degree Audit’
Click the ‘Run Audit’ box. Do not use the drop down menu. Just click ‘Run Audit’
•and WAIT; then click blue link/major name. Carefully review your report.

A Degree Audit is a document that lists the requirements for your major. It shows your completed and registered courses and your remaining credits/courses to complete.

A Degree Audit is specific to a major and “Catalog Term”, which is usually the academic year you began, or later.

“Catalog Term” refers to the academic year of requirements.

If you began in Fall 2020, then your catalog term is “Fall of 2020”, and is designated as “202008” on your degree audit. If you began in spring 2021 or summer 2021, then your catalog term is “202008” because the academic year begins with fall semester and ends with summer.  Catalog term designations end in “08” because the academic year begins in the 8th month.

Degree Services Department processes degrees and verifies requirements have been met before awarding your diploma.  You can view requirements for majors, minors and certificate programs on the Degree Services website and access information pertaining to GRADUATION!

Meeting all requirements for a degree is the student’s responsibility.  Meet with your academic advisor regularly to help you understand degree requirements and for help with planning to meet those requirements.

A “Final Degree Audit Review” with your academic advisor (a “degree audit” advising appointment) is required in the semester before your graduating semester.

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 may offer a limited number of Graduate Academic Excellence Awards (GAEA). Check with the Graduate School Admissions Office (Admin Building 4th Floor) or with Dr. Paul Bergstrom, Director of ECE graduate programs (EERC 630). 

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. 
GPA: An undergraduate minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required to apply, however, a 3.25 or higher assures acceptance and holds a higher consideration for funding.

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.




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.

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