Computer Engineering Educational Mission and Goals

Educational Mission of the Computer Engineering Program

The Computer Engineering Program at UCI is aimed for preparing its graduates to become intellectual leaders in industry, government, and academia. Graduates of this program are grounded in scientific, mathematical, and technical knowledge through coursework that keeps pace with current relevant technologies; they develop the ability to analyze, synthesize, and design both core parts of modern computing systems and integrated application systems centered around computers through learning the scientific foundation for hardware and software engineering and applying it in engineering exercises; and by means of general education courses, they enhance their ability to communicate and acquire an understanding and appreciation for other areas of human intellectual achievement.

Undergraduate Major in Computer Engineering

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the Computer Engineering program will
(1) be engaged in professional practice at or beyond the entry level or enrolled in high quality graduate programs building on a solid foundation in engineering, mathematics, the sciences, humanities and social sciences, and experimental practice as well as modern engineering methods;
(2) be innovative in the design, research and implementation of systems and products with strong problem solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills;
(3) proactively function with creativity, integrity and relevance in the ever changing global environment by applying their fundamental knowledge and experience to solve real-world problems with an understanding of societal, economic, environmental, and ethical issues.
(Program educational objectives are those aspects of engineering that help shape the curriculum; achievement of these objectives is a shared responsibility between the student and UCI.)

Computer Engineering Student Outcomes:
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) An ability to communicate effectively
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Criterion 3. Student Outcomes: Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs.