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MTEC Degree: Specialization in Computer Engineering Technology

Computer Engineering Technology 

The Computer Engineering Technology (CET) concentration, offered at both BS and MTEC levels, will prepare graduates for careers in networking, telecommunications, information and communication technologies, and manufacturing and installation of computer or computer- related equipment and components.

CET students study the design of wireless network systems, telecommunications systems, networking hardware and computer hardware architecture and engineering technologies.

CET students will have the opportunity to conceptualize, develop and analyze requirements engineering specifications for practical systems. CET students are provided with an opportunity to participate in formal review of their requirements engineering projects, with Subject Matter Experts from industry whenever possible.     

Degree Requirements

The Computer Engineering Technology (CET) specialization requires all students to complete a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours. Of the 33 graduate credit hours, at least 18 of those hours must be at the 60000 level, and at least 21 hours must be taken in the courses offered by the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology (course name prefix AERN or TECH).

All CET graduate students are required to complete four core courses as noted below:   

  • TECH 57010 Ethics, Technology and the Environment - 3 credits
  • TECH 60078 Research Methods in Technology           - 3 credits
  • TECH 60000 Project Management                              - 3 credits
  • TECH 60001 Quantitative Methods in Technology       - 3 Credits

Computer Engineering Technology Courses - Networking Option

The TECH 66411 -Telecommunication Systems Requirements Engineering course; and a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework should be taken from the following courses:

TECH 56312 - WIRELESS NETWORK AND TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

Wireless and telecommunication electronic systems technologies. Topics covered include the Public Switch Telephone Network infrastructure, electronic switching systems, transmission systems, and emerging wireless networks.

TECH 56350 - NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Course covers the technical aspects of centrally managed and distributed Wide Area Networks, with an emphasis on the techniques used to maintain and improve the performance of telecommunications and data networks. Students will use network management tools to monitor the quality and performance of  wired networks, and to diagnose various networking hardware and software problems. Topics include application of the five stacks of the OSI network management model (fault management, configuration management, performance management, security management, and accounting management). 

TECH 56411 - REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING AND ANALYSIS Technology 

Describes requirements engineering concepts for practical systems. Topics include identifying stakeholders and how to work with them effectively, requirements elicitation techniques, requirements engineering in the Problem Domain, developing Use-Case scenarios, reference models, systems requirements specifications, validating and prototyping requirements and case study presentations by Industry SMEs. Some knowledge of a programming language or good analytical background is assumed. Prerequisite may be waived for students with industry experience in software development or consent from the instructor. Prerequisite: Graduate standing

TECH 64312 - ADVANCED WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES

Describes technologies associated with wireless and telecommunications systems. Topics covered include Public Switch Telephone Network Infrastructures, Intelligent Networks, Wireless Technologies in Manufacturing Enterprises, 3GPP Standards,  ITU Standards. Prerequisites: TECH 56312 and graduate standing.

TECH 66350 - ADVANCED NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Covers network management techniques including the TMN framework and the ISO Model for managing WAN communication networks. Topics covered include network management technologies, TMN protocols, Common Management Information Protocol, ISO Model, Management Information Base (MIB) architecture, Network Operations Center and Network Design. Examples of current network management tools are reviewed.  Upon completion of this course, students will have good understanding of network management framework and network management technologies for communication networks

TECH 66380 - ADVANCED NETWORKING

Covers fundamental and advanced computer networking techniques including protocols, network architectures, LAN systems, network security, and network management and administration. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

TECH 66411 - WIRELESS AND TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING

Methods and techniques to develop requirements engineering specifications for wireless and telecommunication systems. Topics covered include Industry standards for telecom and wireless communications, reference data models, functional requirements specifications, performance analysis, the requirements review process, and systems verification. Familiarity with Requirements Engineering and Analysis (TECH 56411) concepts is recommended. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Additional Requirements/Limitations

  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation.
  • A minimum of 21 credit hours of coursework must be taken in TECH or AERN courses.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours in 60000-level or above coursework is required.
  • A maximum of four credit hours of Workshop coursework may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.
  • A maximum of nine credit hours in Technology Individual Investigation coursework may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.
  • Six credits total for thesis (TECH 61199: Thesis I) will be counted if the thesis option is chosen.
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