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Engineering and Computer Science Course Descriptions

ECS 3301 Introduction to Nanscience and Nanotechnology (3 semester hours) Introduction to the underlying principles and applications of the emerging field of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. Intended for a multidisciplinary audience with a variiety of backgrounds. Introduces tools and principles relevant at the nanscale dimension. Discusses current and future nanotechnology applications in engineering, materials, physics, chemistry, biology, electronics, and energy. Prerequisites: CHEM 1312, MATH 2419 or MATH 2415, PHYS 2326 or PHYS 3342. (Same as NANO 3301) (3-0) Y
ECS 3310 Introduction to Materials Science (3 semester hours) This course provides an intensive overview of materials science and engineering focusing on how structure/property/processing relationships are developed and used for different types of materials. The course illustrates roles of materials in a modern technology by case studies of advances in new materials and process. Topics include atomic structure, crystalline solids, defects, failure machanisms, phase diagrams and transformations, metal alloys, ceramics, polymers as well as their mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical properties. Prerequisites: CHEM 1311, PHYS 2325, or consent of instructor. (Same as NANO 3310) (3-0) Y

ECS 3361 Social Issues and Ethics in Computer Science and Engineering (3 semester hours) This course exposes students to major theoretical approaches and modes of thinking in the social sciences while exploring a range of important issues in computing and engineering, and the interrelationship between technology and important elements of social systems. Areas of exploration include the interface between technology, culture, economy, gender, politics, and religion. Issues of professional ethics, computer crime, privacy, intellectual property, the balance between scientific advances and the acceptability of risk, globalization and the relevance of constitutional issues are all explored by drawing upon empirical research and important research methodologies in the social sciences. (Same as SOCS 3361) (3-0) Y
ECS 3390 Professional and Technical Communication (3 semester hours) Expands students' professional and team communication skills and strategies in technical contexts. Integrates writing, speaking and group communication by developing and presenting technical information to different audiences. Written assignments focus on creating professional technical documents, such as proposals, memos, abstracts, reports and letters. Presentation assignments emphasize planning, preparing and delivering dynamic, informative and persuasive presentations. Attendance at first class mandatory. Prerequisite: RHET 1302 and junior standing. (3-0) S.