Engineering & Computing (CEC)

CEC 101. Computing, Engineering & Society. (1)

This course introduces students to the computing and engineering professions and their role in society. Students will explore the unique features of different engineering and computing disciplines as well as the disciplines' common bonds, such as problem solving, math and science, teamwork, and communication. Students will examine ethical and societal issues related to the disciplines and their impact on society and the world. In addition, the students will be engaged in an active forum for dissemination and discussion of ideas, topics, and and issues related to their learning at Miami, the College, and the community.

CEC 102. Problem Solving and Design. (3)

This course introduces an approach to problem solving for engineering students. The students will learn systematic approaches to problem solving. Topics covered include: problem identification, requirement analysis, research on existing and alternative solutions, and quantitative analysis of solutions, synthesis and evaluation of data, prototyping, and testing. Students will also develop their oral and written communication skills as well as team work skills.

CEC 130. Special Topics and Student Projects I. (1-3; maximum 6)

Introductory level course focused on a special topic and/or interdisciplinary student project.
Cross-listed with ESP.

CEC 131. Divergent Thinking & Creativity I: Project High Flight. (2)

The 100 level courses will guide students through the creative process of developing original ideas into concepts, and then developing those concepts into designs. Students will explore creativity both as an abstract concept and a personal trait. Students will be introduced to the notions of divergent and convergent thinking, how the two differ, and how divergent thinking is necessary for creativity. Students will then be introduced to the Engineering Design Process as a systematic approach to problem solving that is applicable to a wide variety of different problems, and explore how both divergent and convergent thinking skills are needed to do it well. Specifically, students will engage in special activities intended to help develop their divergent thinking skills, and then apply what they learn to hands-on projects. While development and utilization of emerging technologies is a feature of this course, it is the creative process and related thinking skills that will be the primary focus. Students of all disciplines are encouraged to enroll.

CEC 132. Divergent Thinking & Creativity II: Project High Flight. (2)

Continuation of CEC 131.
Prerequisite: CEC 131.

CEC 177. Independent Studies. (0-5)

CEC 205. Agile Launchpad I. (3)

Agile is a term for a set of values, principles, and practices that have been shown to improve the efficiency, productivity, and quality of software development and delivery. The key objectives are to deliver working software that meets the needs of a customer while mitigating risk in the development process. This set of courses addresses the theory and practice of Agile in the context of globally dispersed teams. Students will learn and apply the values, principles, and practices of Agile while working in multi-disciplinary international teams. The course includes a significant practicum experience in which students collaborate with developers in other countries such as Australia, India, or China to develop working software using the Agile approach. Students will need to collaborate across time zones, cultural differences, and communication barriers.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CEC 206. Agile Launchpad II. (3)

Continuation of CEC 205.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CEC 230. Special Topics and Student Projects II. (1-3; maximum 6)

Fundamental activities in the research and implementation of a special topic and/or interdisciplinary student project.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with ESP.

CEC 231. Teamwork & Motivation I: Project High Flight. (2)

The 200 level courses will build on ideas and concepts introduced in CEC 131/2. Students will learn to apply the Engineering Design Process to develop novel ideas into working prototypes. Students will focus on developing the interpersonal skills needed to work on and supervise a team successfully. Students will take turns supervising various teams throughout the academic year to gain experience. Students will also learn how to use peer evaluations to assess their team member's performance and as tool for resolving potential conflicts before they become serious problems. While development and utilization of emerging technologies is a feature of this course, it is the creative process and the skills necessary for team work and supervision that will be the primary focus of this class.
Prerequisite: CEC 132.

CEC 232. Teamwork & Motivation II: Project High Flight. (2)

Continuation of CEC 231.
Prerequisite: CEC 231.

CEC 241. Leadership in the Real World Seminar. (1)

Students will interact with seasoned leaders from business, industry, government, and other organizations to expand and enhance their understanding of current leadership challenges in today's world. Students will participate in a series of professional seminars, typically with executives and leaders of organizations who are external to Miami University and many of whom started their careers in engineering and applied science fields. In addition to the seminars, students will research aspects of leadership and the seminar speakers, produce several reflection papers, and a final presentation synthesizing information from the course to create their personal leadership philosophy. This course is only open to majors in the College of Engineering and Computing. The course is designed as a tier-1 honors experience, but is open to other students.
Prerequisite: CEC 101 and sophomore standing; or permission of instructor.

CEC 266. Metal on Metal: Engineering and Globalization in Heavy Metal Music. (3) (MPF)

This course addresses the linkages among heavy metal music, global culture and engineering developments. Heavy metal is a truly global popular music with major impacts from Europe, Asia, the Americas and beyond. Advances in various technologies have extensively influenced heavy metal, enabling some of its most defining characteristics. This course explores the interplays of technology, music and culture by integrating the powerful history of metal with an overview of the engineering impacts. Students will engage in demonstrations and discussions of the musical breadth along with the engineering technologies. IC, IIIB, V.

CEC 277. Independent Studies. (0-5)

CEC 291. Personal Leadership I. (2)

The 200 level courses are designed for the CEC Leadership Institute sophomore cohort. They introduce the various dimensions of personal leadership to assist students in understanding the traits for becoming a better leader in their professional and personal lives. These courses span an academic year and serve as a dynamic, integrative and practical introduction to a leadership development program. Students will explore emotional intelligence, teamwork, crucial conversations and group dynamics. The activities in these courses will help students define individual personality preferences, strengths and areas of development and understand how to utilize the self-awareness to become a more effective leader. With the guidance of advisors, students will create their individual leadership plans. Students will also interact with a variety of executives and professionals from diverse industries.
Prerequisite: CEC 101.

CEC 292. Personal Leadership II. (2)

Continuation of CEC 291.
Prerequisite: CEC 291.

CEC 330. Special Topics and Student Projects III. (1-3; maximum 6)

Intermediate-level activities in the research, management and implementation of a special topic or project in engineering and computing with a focus on innovation.
Prerequisite: CEC 230.

CEC 331. Project Development & Organization I: Project High Flight. (2)

The 300 level courses will build on ideas and concepts introduced in CEC 131/2 and CEC 231/2. Students will learn how to organize complex projects and how to create plans for those projects that others will follow. Students will also learn about different project management styles and about how to develop strategies for maximizing the chances for success of their projects, particularly when a potentially disruptive/transformational innovation is being developed. Students will take turns managing various projects throughout the academic year to gain experience. Students will also continue to develop their experience base using the peer evaluation process to facilitate optimal team performance. While development and utilization of emerging technologies is a feature of this course, it is the creative process and the skills necessary for management of successful projects that will be the primary focus of this class.
Prerequisite: CEC 232.

CEC 332. Project Development & Organization II: Project High Flight. (2)

Continuation of CEC 331.
Prerequisite: CEC 331.

CEC 340. Internship. (0-20)

CEC 377. Independent Studies. (0-5)

CEC 391. People Leadership I. (2)

The 300 level courses are designed for the CEC Leadership Institute junior cohort. They focus on various dimensions of leading others, and assist students in becoming better leaders in their professional and personal lives. These courses span the second year of a dynamic, integrative and practical leadership development program for the selective cohort of majors in the College of Engineering and Computing. The students will explore creativity (brainstorming, creative conflict, storyboarding) negotiation, listening and speaking skills, conducting meetings, diversity (cultural, gender, age awareness), how others perceive them (360 reviews), and related topics. Students will continue to implement and revise their personal leadership development plan created in their first year, and deepen their relationships with their executive mentor and their peers.
Prerequisite: CEC 292.

CEC 392. People Leadership II. (2)

Continuation of CEC 391.
Prerequisite: CEC 391.

CEC 431. Transformational Innovation & Vision I: Project High Flight. (2)

The 400 level courses will build on and combine ideas and concepts introduced in CEC 131/2, CEC 231/2 and CEC 331/2. Students will explore boundaries of human knowledge and exercise their now reawakened creative abilities to formulate personal visions of things that are not yet but ought to be. Then students will synthesize all they have learned in the previous years and form teams and develop plans to bring their visions into existence. Students will also explore the potential for entrepreneurial development of their personal visions and learn the basics of how to start their own small businesses. While development and utilization of emerging technologies is a feature of this course, it is the creative process and the skills necessary for developing personal visions into practical reality that will be the primary focus of this class. Prerequisite: CEC 332.

CEC 432. Transformational Innovation & Vision II: Project High Flight. (2)

Continuation of CEC 431.
Prerequisite: CEC 431.

CEC 477. Independent Studies. (0-5)

CEC 491. Strategic Leadership I. (1-2; maximum 2)

The 400 level courses are designed for the CEC Leadership Institute junior cohort. These courses span the third and final year of a dynamic, integrative and practical leadership development program and focus on various dimensions of strategic leadership and the transition from college to future careers. Topics to be explored include strategic planning, customer focus, decision analysis, ethics/values, global and diversity perspectives, innovation, and the language of business.
Prerequisite: CEC 392.

CEC 492. Strategic Leadership II. (2)

Continuation of CEC 491.
Prerequisite: CEC 491.