University of Colorado Online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Launch Webinar
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University of Colorado Online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Launch Webinar

hello my name is Diana Sunshine and I’m on the Coursera team that partners with the University of Colorado Boulder for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program, and we are very excited for today’s webinar. Before we start, let’s get familiar with the Zoom interface. If you take your mouse and you go over the bottom of your screen, you’re gonna see the zoom navigation and you’re gonna see a little button that says Q&A. That’s where you should ask your questions. We ask that you refrain from asking questions to begin with until the presentation is concluded. That way many of your questions will probably be answered during the presentation. So now I would like to introduce you to today’s Panelists: We have Bob Erickson and Adam Sadoff. Welcome! Wait–okay okay . So I’m Bob Erickson, I’m the interim chair of the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and I am a professor in the area of Power Electronics. I am Adam Sadoff I’m the Graduate advisor in the Department–one of several–and today Bob and I will be going over our third webinar. I’m Robin McClanahan and I will be moderating the questions for you. Welcome! We today are having our third webinar in a series and today we’ll be going into more details about the program, specifically about how to enroll, the tuition, the course requirements for those of you who are eager to get started this coming Monday, and at the end we’ll entertain questions. Here’s a brief overview of the online MS-EE degree: It is 100% online. Even though it’s self-paced, students enrolled in a For-credit session will be expected to complete and submit work by the 8-week session end date and for that reason we do encourage you to enroll as close to the start of the session as possible to give yourself the most time possible to finish the coursework. At the end of the for-credit session, the session closes and all enrolled students are assigned a letter grade. This is a performance-based admission. Students will only get admitted after completing three to four courses with a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and so there is no rounding up of 2.99. It’s got to be a solid 3.0 and higher. There are no designations on the transcript certificate or degree to indicate that this is an online program. As an online MS-EE student you will earn the same credentials as our on-campus students. Your diploma will be the same and you will have earned a fully accredited Master of Science. So the full program will begin in January of 2020 and we will accept enrollments starting in December. However, [they can’t hear the presenters], At all? Yeah. I’m not muted… Is it on your laptop? I don’t think so… …let me see… Hello? Can you hear? No? Do we need to… Oh, they’re able to hear you… Okay, yeah, so sorry for the rough start. So let me start over this slide. The yeah the full program will launch in January of 2020. We will accept enrollments beginning on a date in this December. However, in October, we’re going to run a limited launch of three courses, each having enrollment limited to 75 people per course, and so this is really where we are going to iron out the bugs. For those of you who are interested in enrolling in this, we will accept enrollments on Monday–next Monday, September 23rd– 21st? September 21st? Okay that date is wrong. I’m sorry, it’s October 21st, September 23rd, ok and so at 9 a.m. we will turn on the website and you’ll be able to enroll if you like. You will be able to enroll and at that time then, tuition will be due and we will turn on three courses: One in Power Electronics, one in Embedded Systems and one in Optics. Ok, so if you’ve declared your intent to enroll, already, then we will send you a link where you will be able to follow the link and enroll in this limited run. If you have not declared your intent to enroll, then two days later, if we still have space available and you know the courses, we’ll send out emails that are an enrollment link that will be available to everyone. So I would encourage you if you’re interested in this program to declare your intent to enroll in the degree program–many of you already have–but if you haven’t yet, then click on the URL in the chat box and you’ll be able to complete a short, one-minute form and get on our list for the program. Unlike the non-credit version, students do not pay the monthly subscription fee. For the for-credit version, students pay per credit hour, not per semester, which allows for maximum flexibility. Tuition is assessed on a pay-as-you-go, per course basis. More information can be found in our course description pages. Currently, we only accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card. As this is a beta-test session, please choose the one course that you want to take, be certain about it and then make your payment. Upon paying your tuition, you’ll be required to complete the Onboarding course. It normally takes between an hour to a few hours to complete. The Onboarding course does not affect your GPA, by any means. This course provides more in-depth information about the program, how to use the Coursera platform and the University of Colorado Boulder’s policies. So as I mentioned, we will have this limited launch with three courses offered. The courses themselves will start on October 21st and each of the three courses is the beginning of a specialization in one of the areas of Power Electronics, Embedded Systems or Optics. So, each for-credit course, I guess, as Adam mentioned, is held in an 8-week session. We will hold one 8-week session beginning in October– this trial session–and then, in January, we will start our regular run of 8- week sessions throughout the calendar year. So you can sign up for courses at your own pace. The courses expire after 8 years, so you need to com–really will want to complete the degree within 8 years to get credit for all of the courses. Most students will, you know, we expect will complete the degree in perhaps two years. So of the three specializations that we are launching on a trial basis, this Fall, so in the Power Electronics area the first course of the Power Electronics specialization, the course Introduction to Power Electronics, will begin on October 21st and again, you can sign up for it beginning on Monday, September 23rd. In January, the first session will start on January 13th. At that point we will offer all four courses and the Power Electronics specialization as well as quite a few others. So on January 13th the four courses of the Power Electronics specialization will be available and this is one of the Pathway specializations that you can use to gain admission into the degree program. In the Embedded Systems area we will offer the first course of the Embedding Sensors and Motors specialization, so again you can sign up for it next Monday, if you like, and it will start on October 21st, as well… and in January, the four courses of that specialization will all be offered and this also is one of the Pathway specializations that you could use to gain entrance to the degree program. And finally, on October 21st, the first of the Optics courses of the Optical Engineering specialization will be available and in January we will have all three of those courses operating. As Dr. Erickson has just mentioned, on January 13th, 2020, additional specializations will roll out. Unlike the initial October launch, the January launch will have no enrollment limits. They’ll be open to any one who wants to study in any of the courses. We anticipate there will be about five additional specializations which would be equal to about twenty- seven courses. We’ve designed the program into focused, manageable topics to allow maximum flexibility, so towards the degree, you can take any thirty credit hours that you like and in any order. Along the way, or separately, you could take certain types of courses for specific certificates–one or more certificates you can earn–and you can also do those stand-alone without the degree, either together with a degree or on their own. Courses are often offered for fractional credits ranging from 0.6 credit hours to 1.2 credit hours. Each specialization consists of about three to four courses which is equivalent to a regular, 3-credit course on campus. The duration of time the coursework takes will vary, student by student. Here’s another diagram illustrating the certificate and the degree pathway. So for the master’s degree, again we have a performance-based admissions process. You could start it as early as next Monday by signing up for a one of our trial runs of a course so you can register, pay tuition and enroll in a course beginning on Monday, or, of course, you could do this in December for the full roll out in January. In October, then, you take the first course in one of the three Pathway specializations that we are initially offering. If you pass all of the courses in a Pathway specialization and maintain a grade point average of at least a B, then you can ask for admission to the degree program and you’re automatically admitted, at that point. When you complete 30 credit hours with a maintaining a B average, then you can just receive the diploma for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and this also will appear on your regular University transcript. For certificates, we offer a number of graduate certificates that typically require nine credit hours or possibly more and, again, the first course or the first specialization for these Pathway specializations is also the first course of one of our graduate certificates. You may choose to pursue a graduate certificate without being enrolled in the master’s degree program and so you can simply take all of the courses in the certificate program—9 credits or more—maintain a B average or higher and you’ll receive this University of Colorado Boulder graduate certificate which will appear on your University transcript, as well. You can at any time switch, so you could start with the graduate certificate, for example, and then change to the master’s degree or you can earn graduate certificates on your way to the master’s degree. So, as mentioned previously, we have a performance-based admissions process. If you want to be admitted to the Master of Science degree program, then you must complete one of the designated Pathway specializations and maintain an average of at least B or higher in all the courses over that specialization. In a certificate program we have a requirement that to earn the certificate you must complete all of the courses with an overall average of at least B. We also offer non-credit versions of all of these courses and you can upgrade at any time from non-credit to for-credit, so to do that, you may choose to sign up for the non-credit version through Coursera, complete some or all of the homework and whenever you decide to you can upgrade to for-credit by paying the tuition for the for-credit course. When you do that, your homework that you’ve completed in the non-credit version will be automatically transferred to the for-credit course. I would only note that the non-credit subscription fee is not refunded when you transfer to the for-credit course, so you will have to pay the tuition—the university tuition, in addition. We’ve recommended that this is a good approach to take if you’re not sure whether you can handle the work. You can sign up for non-credit, see how it goes and, if you feel you can handle it and want to get for-credit, then you can upgrade to for-credit. The only other thing I would point out though, is that the non-credit courses do not have the course facilitators, so in the for- credit version we will have Course Facilitators, that are like teaching assistants, who will hold office hours (live office hours) and you’ll be able to to get more personalized attention and instruction. As regards transfer credits, currently the MS-EE cannot accept transfer credits from another program and you may be able to transfer credits, however, earned for MS-EE courses you take to another university or program at the discretion of the receiving institution. Similarly, due to the accreditation process for this new type of pioneering online degree, we are unable to offer scholarships or financial aid at this time. We know that cost is a consideration for everybody and ask you to understand that we’ve been able to greatly reduce the tuition of this program because of the online format. This is already considerably less than our on-campus program and is also much more affordable than many other degree programs online. This is a pay-as-you-go program and you will be able to spread out the payments… and now we’re ready to answer any other questions that you might have. Ok, we have a couple of good questions. Question number one: Is it possible to get admission letters? This is required by lenders. Funding can’t be possible without it. We don’t have admissions, right. It’s performance-based so, no. Question 2: How do exams take place? The exams are proctored. We will use the Proctor U service. The exam format is intended to be similar to that of the homework except that it will be timed, and will use this online proctoring system. Question 3: Are there any other estimated fees other than tuition, such as software and other fees, etc.? There will be $20 roughly for some lab kits for some courses and for the students who opt to do the non-credit version of the course, first, there will be a monthly fee that they would pay to Coursera. and aside from that, it’s just the tuition. So we have no university fees and the only costs in addition to tuition for for-credit are kits in certain Embedded Systems courses. Next question: Can we mix and match specializations? Example: A mix of Embedded Systems and Power Electronics? Sure, your… to earn the master’s degree all you need is 30 credit hours and you can choose whichever courses you like. Next question: How different will these be from the ones already on Coursera? These are going to have a final exam. They’ll have the assistance, as Dr. Erickson mentioned, of a Course Facilitator, who’s a TA, and there also will be perhaps additional homework, quizzes. But we have endeavored to keep the for-credit version, outside of the exam module, to be as close as possible and nearly the same as the non-credit version. Question 6: I have an undergrad in Mechatronics Engineering, which is heavily Mechanical. Can I send you a list of courses to confirm that I’m covering the prerequisite knowledge required? I believe you can do so and we can, you know, run it by instructors and they can maybe comment on which other courses might be necessary for foundational work, Yes. But I would suggest give the non-credit version a try and see how it goes. Next question: Does it cost extra to complete a certificate? What are the benefits of the certificate? The certificate costs only the tuition. There is no additional charge. It is a University- and Graduate School-operated credential. It is less than a full degree, but it is a credential that appears on your transcript. Our Power Electronics certificate has been running for about 20 years, now, and is pretty well-known in industry, but it’s not the same as a full master’s degree. It’s quite helpful for people who expect to be many of the students taking this particular degree program, for full-time workers in industry, to both give them very specialized expertise in a set of set of skills that can help them both perform their job better and to get raises and improvements in their positions, so they’re very worthwhile to get, either stand-alone or together with your degree in this program. Next question: Is there a preliminary list of all courses that you expect to offer? I am interested in a mixed offering covering RF, Antennas, FPGAs and Embedded Systems. I believe we have on our website already a list of a lot of the courses that will be coming online during the next year or two and then continue to grow as faculty are able to upload more. And it does include those courses in those areas you just listed. Next Question: In Canada there’s a distinction between a thesis-based masters and a course-based / course work-based masters. The thesis-based masters is the only one eligible for a PhD. Will we have an option to do a thesis? No, this is a course work-based masters and because of the distance and high volume of the program we don’t offer a thesis option. To get that, you have to attend our resident degree program. And, as for PhDs in the US, it may differ from Canada. I know in our own campus this is perfectly fine as, of course, only master’s is perfectly fine as preparation for PhD, subsequent to the coursework. Yes, exactly. So if they’re looking to pursue PhD in Canada, this would not work for them, but if in the U.S. Yes, yeah, at many universities. I think they should check with the particular university and I wouldn’t say the whole, broad-based– that the whole country would say that. Yeah, that’s good advice. When you flip non-credit courses to for-credit and the homework is evaluated, will you get a chance to re-do it if you don’t get a 3.0? In in these classes you can continue to re-do your homework so you get unlimited attempts in nearly all of the courses. So, yes, you can continue to update or upgrade your homework scores until the 8-week session is concluded. Next question: I completed the Power Electronics specialization v1 already. Can that count towards this Program? So that specialization was non-credit, so to obtain credit, it would still be necessary to pay tuition, sign up for the for-credit versions… and take the exams… of version 2, of Power, specifically. Yes, yeah. The for-credit will be version 2. Yeah. That’s all clarification. Next question: Will the for-credit courses ensure all required materials are noted up front? All required materials… I’m guessing perhaps that means if they have to purchase the lab packets or anything like that. Yeah I’m certain the course syllabi or will will state what is in essence—what are necessary materials for the course, yes. Next question is: When where will the syllabi of the initial courses be available to view? I would imagine we will eventually have those on our websites if not already and that they’ll also be available close to the time that they’re enrolling… right after they enroll, they should be able to get access, as well. Are the quizzes going to be timed and are the quizzes and exams… can you retake them with the highest score taken as the final grade? Generally, so this is at the discretion of the instructor, I can say though that generally the exams are timed and generally they can only be taken once. I might I might add that students will be able to retake an entire course one time only for whichever any course and of all the offerings they could retake any of the courses but they can only retake the same exact course one time. So that’s their second opportunity to retake the final exam and the other exams. Now, that said, their subsequent… see if they redo that, then both grades will appear on their transcript. There will be the opportunity as well for what’s called “grade replacement” and they can do that for a maximum of 6 credit hours out of the 30 total required for the degree… and in that case, the subsequent attempt of the course—whatever that grade, for stronger or weaker than the original grade, that will be the one that counts on the transcript. Okay next question: How can I look up information about the accreditation associated with this degree? I believe that’s on our website. Yes, the HLC Higher Learning Commission. And there is a link to that, right? There’s a link on our website to the HLC, which is the regional accreditor for this program. Next question: Do you anticipate any problems in acquiring the lab kits for the Embedded track? For example, internationally, what’s the timing for purchasing the hardware, as in, before or after October 21st? So we have arranged with DigiKey to provide these lab kits and DigiKey is able to ship all over the world that, any country, that I guess the U.S. allows it to ship to. So that’s nearly all of the world. I’m about to finish the Embedding Sensor specialization by paying the subscription fee. Will I need to do extra assignments to switch to for-credit? The additional work will be the exams, so each course has an exam that is an addition and… and if I understand the phrasing in that question, there is no extra work prior to switching over to the for-credit option. They would switch to the for-credit option and then there would be the exams to do that. Right. Next question: What if someone that fails to get a grade of B or better in a Pathway specialization? Does one need to pay the tuition again? What are the options for the second chance? Actually, they could get as low as a C, but the grade point average of those courses in the Pathway that comprise the Pathway courses for the specialization— the average has to be a 3.00. They should not get lower than C, a solid C, not a C-minus, but a solid C, in order to still qualify. As long as their GPA in that set of courses as well as their overall GPA of all courses in this program is a 3.00, then they’re fine. And again, there’s that option to retake those within the course one time. If you retake a course you have to pay the tuition again, yeah. Are there specific times that you must take the exam or is there a requirement only to complete all of the work and the exam by the end of the 8 weeks? The students can actually make an appointment with Proctor U to schedule when they will take the exam, but the exams will be available around-the-clock exam times and then the work should be completed by the end of the 8-week session. Will there be a course that will require a hands-on project instead of a final exam? There are selected courses that have projects. There are… in particular, there are hands on hardware projects in the Embedded Systems area. This is not practical in the other areas because of the cost. We do have selected courses that have other kinds of projects, as well. For example, in Power Electronics we have a project course that is based on an independent design and simulations… so, yes. In a way, a limited yes. Next question: Are you anticipating that the courses will fill up relatively fast seeing that 75 students for each Pathway can be in the October launch. That only leaves 225 total slots. Also, how many people have declared their intent to be in the program? So we have about 10 times that many declarations of intent, so we have room for about 10% of those declarations and I do expect that the courses for this limited run will fill up very quickly. I’m sorry we have to limit enrollment, but we’re really doing this because we expect that something is likely to go wrong and this is just a limited launch. It’s a beta test just to smooth things out for all future iterations and everything will be open wide to all people who want to study in all classes, come January. After completing a number of credits and admission to the program, will online students be eligible for TA positions? So we have course facilitators. We don’t call them “teaching assistants”. Generally, we are hiring our on-campus students to provide that role. I wouldn’t rule out that we couldn’t hire somebody else, but we… the University has to be able to hire them and so for international students, for example, there are visa problems with that. And even for a domestic student you can’t necessarily hire the person, so we’re limited by what the campus is allowed to do. Well, that’s not exactly a black-and-white answer, but…yeah. Next question: Specifically for the Embedded courses will there be expectations for programming knowledge other than C, C++ and HDL? HDL? Might have to run that by the ESE faculty. I think most of the courses… that’s the list. All right, next question: Since I am in Boulder, is it possible to meet for office hours, in person, or is there any advantage to being local? This is a distance program, so there’s no advantage to being local and our office hours will be held by Zoom, and they’ll be available around the world. So we don’t…we don’t even actually have a meeting space. Next question: In regards to currently working, what is your personal opinion on the feasibility of also taking the courses to complete this degree in two years? We discussed that and mathematically it looks as if, for a full-time worker, it would be reasonable just to assume about three-and-a-half to about four or five years. A full-time student with little to limited work hours might be able to finish in about two to three years, but for full-time workers, three- and-a-half probably is more reasonable. for the pacing. It depends on your personal situation and how much time you have. If I’m unable to complete the course during the 8 weeks, what will happen to my enrollment? So if you don’t complete the course and you let the 8 weeks roll…you know, wind up and you don’t do anything about it, you’ll get an F… and it will go on your transcripts—so we don’t want that. Now you have the opportunity to drop the course within two weeks of when you signed up and get a full refund. Or, if it’s after the two weeks, but before the end of the 8 weeks, you can withdraw from the course, but you won’t get a refund, but you won’t get a grade. Well, you will get a W on your transcript for “Withdraw”. Yes, a withdraw grade, but it won’t be a grade that figures into your grade point average. Right, and the withdraw grade doesn’t really.. it’s just that it doesn’t have any negative connotation. So it is your responsibility to withdraw or drop before the 8 weeks are up if you can’t finish the course. One other qualification is that if you at any time would open up the proctored assessments any of the exams or whatnot that would prohibit you from either dropping or getting a refund so be very careful. Or withdrawing, so once you open—once you start the final exam—you’re committed. Will there be in any opportunity for student- faculty interaction beyond that provided by office hours with Course Facilitators? For example, would this program enables students to establish a rapport or relationship that could lead to letters of reference or recommendations useful in finding employment or applying for future academic programs? This is a high-volume degree and there’s a limit to what we’re able to do, so we aren’t going to be able to have the faculty writing thousands of letters. I’m sorry, but… Next question: Is there a limit to the number of credits you can take at one time? If we are able to complete the courses earlier than 8 weeks, can you take 6 credits in what would be a traditional semester? You can. Just make sure you can handle it. But if you can, yes. That’s part of the flexibility of the program: You can go your own pace… within that 8-week period. We just encourage you to finish everything up within the 8 weeks. But if you can cram in a lot more and you’re great at it, then go for it! Okay, is there a way to finish the program in less than two years? There’s no time requirement. If you can do 30 credit hours in an 8-week session, then you can earn the degree. That’s not gonna happen, but but there’s no time…minimum time limit. I would advise most people, (some individuals may know they’re very capable of doing this very high and fast rate), but I would advise most people to pace yourself—at least in the beginning—just to gauge what an average course will take you to do per week on the assignments, the quizzes, the homework, etc. and then build up from there, based on knowing yourself. This one, this question was asking for a clarification: What I meant was is there a specific day that the exam will take place or can it be taken much earlier, maybe? It can be taken at any time? Yeah, especially for those who have already completed the non-credit version, effectively they may have only an exam portion left to do and they can do that very quickly in a relative scale is 8 weeks. Right, then you could transfer all of your homework over from the non-credit even credit on your first day of the session and then take the exam. Yes. Okay, I would encourage those, however, who opt not to do the non-credit version, again, to enroll as close to the start of the 8 weeks as they can, to be able to have the full 8 weeks available to them as necessary. And the the for-credit also generally has at least one practice exam which he might want to do before scheduling the real thing. We really tried to give you a lot of tools to succeed in this, you know, both encouraging you first to do the non-credit version to get familiar with the course work, the math involved, the types of homeworks and whatnot and, as well as the opportunity as Dr. Erickson said, to repeat homeworks even within the for-credit version. Okay, this is also a normal clarification question: How much C programming is required to pursue Embedded Systems Programming? Most of the courses involve C programming. Not all of them. But C programming is a good background. There is some opportunity to learn C, but it would be a good idea to have that, at least. Next question: Is there team- or group-based homework Next question: Will students get real diplomas upon graduation? Yes. Yes, and on those diplomas, there’s no indication this is an online course. It’s just a regular campus diploma. Next question: How many credits should I have to enroll in one semester? Is there any minimum requirement? There’s no minimum and there’s no semester. Yeah, it’s 8-week sessions. Let’s see….what is the department grade policy matched to percentage? I’m not quite sure I understand that. Maybe that has to do with… The faculty will determine the grade scale within their individual classes. Yeah, I mean, now the grade scale will translate to a standard, you know, B is 3.0, A is 4.0, that type of mathematical scale for the course grade, but within the grade itself there’s… So the instructor should post the scale in the syllabus or other informational page in their course. So, for example, in my Power Electronics course, the “A” range is 90 to 100% and the “B” range is 80 to 89 and so on. Okay, great. Next question: Will we receive a dot edu email to be eligible for a student discount for the FPGA boards once you are… once you are admitted? Is that right? Once you’re admitted as a student, then you will get what we call a campus identi- key and you’ll get a Colorado dot edu e-mail address. Next question: Will peer- graded assignments always have graders? I struggle with this on non-credit courses. So we try—this depends on the course. Most of us are trying to avoid peer grading, but there are a few cases where it makes sense, based on the nature of the assignment. When we have peer grading we we will always have at least the course facilitators for the for-credit version overseeing that, because I know there are often problems on consistency of peer grading. Next question: I recently took ECEN 5797 Intro to Power Electronics via distance education and paid tuition and it is listed on my CU transcript. Do I need to take the corresponding Power Electronics [Path]way course again? In our current rules, the answer is “yes.” Yes, under the current rules, because you can’t transfer anything into this program. The converse would not be the same; you could transfer the course onto the campus. Next question: Is HDL knowledge required before starting the FPGA Design for Embedded Systems Specialization? I think HDL is learning HDL is one of the points of that course, so I would expect that—I’m answering for the instructor, which maybe I shouldn’t—but I expect that HDL is taught, and along the way in that course. In January, there will be 8 specializations open, is this correct? When will other specializations be available online? So that’s correct: 8 in January and then we have a schedule of launching additional ones every two months, so we have some more that will launch in March and then another set in in May. Next question: Can you start each 8-week session at any time, any date of the year, or, are there specific dates? There will be specific dates. There will be six, 8-week sessions throughout the year. I’m sure these will be on our website if not already. The one limitation is that you will not be able to enroll for a course in the sixth week due to the refund policy of 14 days. Conversely, however, you can enroll for the next session coming up, those two weeks early. So there is a scheduled exact date when each of the 8-week sessions starts. Right, and this is this is to accommodate our University which is supporting this program very strongly for administrative purposes. We had to make specific dates for purposes of the tuition and the grading, etc., and marking up diplomas… Next question: How much time commitment would a for-credit course require for an average student? Typically, an on-campus graduate course might require nine hours a week, including three hours of lecture and six hours of homework. Here, the lectures are more compact, so they’re… the same material is covered. It may be one or one-and-a-half hours, but there’s still the same amount. Maybe six hours of work required to do the homework for that module. Next question: For the exams, are you going to have to memorize formulas and concepts or are you allowed to use your notes on the exams? This is at the discretion of the instructor. Many of these exams, because of the proctored format, will be very limited, so the intent is not to have memorization, but it may still be closed book and calculators are pretty difficult nowadays because of all the calculators on phones with web access, so maintaining the integrity is a challenge. So many of the exams will be closed book, closed notes, no calculators, in order to make such an exam work. The…you know, and to be a reasonable exam, that really limits the kinds of questions and there are actually simpler questions as a result, but there’s something that you ought to be able to still do without excessive memorization as long as you’ve done the homework. And mastered it. But some instructors may allow notes, for example, and typically they will publish the required formulas as part of the exam. Next question: Will the Embedded Systems specializations cover Real-Time Operating Systems and multi-threaded applications? We have courses in the works in those topics, yes. How can you guarantee that the online degree has the same on-campus quality without a research or a thesis? Our on-campus degree does not require research or a thesis, so this is the same….the same kind of course is the same and taught at the same level as our on-campus master’s degree. Will we have more than one chance to get admission if the first try does not go well? Less than the passing grade 3.0 GPA? Will the initial try be on the Transcript? Any courses that are taken for credit will appear on the transcript. Yes, and again, this is performance based, so you need to prove that you do have the ability to pass this initial set of Pathway courses in order to be admitted to the program. That’s the point that type of admissions process and then… yeah. Next question: How does the lab work fit into the online version of the degree? So a certain…., yes, there’s a couple of answers to that. First of all, on campus you can get the degree with no lab work. You simply need to take 30 credit hours of courses. We do offer graduate labs in certain areas on campus. In some cases, those lab–that lab material is offered through this degree program and, again, that’s primarily in the Embedded Systems area where we can do it and the price or the cost of that is reasonable, so where we have a simple little board that you can get from Digi- Key and plug into your laptop to do the experiments. In other areas, like in the RF area and the Power Electronics area and the Optics area, the lab equipment is very expensive and it’s not practical to do at a distance, so we don’t. What prerequisite knowledge would we need to be successful in this program? Say high levels of math, STEM background, maybe a specific math? So we, we’re actually putting together, right now, an open free course with sample background questions to test prerequisite knowledge and one thing we’ve seen is that the prerequisite knowledge we’re assuming in the three different areas, Embedded Systems, Power Electronics and Optics is pretty different and that’s natural. That’s just the nature of the fields and it’s the way it is for the on-campus courses, as well, so in the Power Electronics area, really we’re assuming knowledge of undergraduate circuits and electronics; in the Embedded Systems area it’s knowledge of undergraduate digital logic and in basic micro- processor knowledge, and in the Optical, Optics or Optoelectronics area, its knowledge of Calculus 3 which is multivariable calculus and knowledge of basic physics like electricity of magnetism…ok, so all of these are things that are taught in our undergraduate curriculum. Next question: What about the version 1 of Power Electronics specialization? What happens to that? Is that no longer Relevant? It’s very relevant. Version 2 is not very different from version 1. The course material has been re-organized, but if you took version 1 of Power Electronics, you will find version 2 is quite familiar and in some cases the assignments are unchanged. Next question: Will this degree be recognized by Professional Engineering associations in the U.S. or will they require additional FE exams? So licensure and professional engineering varies from state to state, so I can’t speak for all 50 states. I can speak for the State of Colorado and I assume most other states will be the same, but this this degree master’s degree, will count the same way that the resident master’s degree counts. So for the FE exam, in fact, that requires the undergraduate degree, not the master’s degree, and none of the master’s degrees are relevant to the FE exam, but what the master’s degree does is grant additional credit work experience towards the 7 years required before being able to sit for the Professional Engineering exam and the this degree will count in the same way for that. I believe it gives one year of credit towards the 7 years, so just as our resident master’s degree would. Okay, let’s do one more, two more and then we might need to wrap up: What is the procedure we need to follow if by any chance something technological fails? I’m trying to take the proctored exam. You need to contact the Proctor and the Proctor will deal with it. So Proctor U is very good and used to dealing with these things. Okay, next question: Will the FPGA Pathway be available in January? We anticipate it will be. Excellent! And thank you guys so much for doing all of these amazing questions and answers um I want to thank everyone for joining us from around the world today and please, if you have not done so, yet, please sign up for the declaration of intent. Those are the individuals who are going to be getting the exclusive offer to sign up for these degree program and the Pathway specialization on Monday morning and they will have a couple days before… it’s open to the rest of the community. So thank you everybody, thank you Bob and Adam and have a wonderful day and hopefully we’ll see everybody on Monday! Bye-bye, now!

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