ECE 400 Professional Development and

Career Guidance

Fall 2012

12:30 - 1:20 PM Thursday, EE 170

IMPORTANT: Change in assignment submission procedures (click here for details): Because of an issue with numerous improperly cited ethics papers, we have decided to require the resubmission of all ECE 400 ethics assignments through SafeAssign on Blackboard.  You have until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, to do so.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

The second assignment will now be due at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18; the final paper will be due at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15.

Course Description

ECE 400 Introduction

IEEE Code of Ethics

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Tentative List of Speakers

Date Speaker
8/23/12 Ragu Balakrishnan and Joanne Lax (Instructors)
8/30/12 Dan Elmhurst  (Intel NVM Solution Group Design manager)
9/6/12 Joe Gerwels  (IBM Manager, STG Chip/System/EOA Simulation)
9/13/12 Dave Dayton (Retired CEO Itronix Corporation; HP)
9/20/12 Jim Bender (Director, External Manufacturing Quality, Texas Instruments)
9/27/12 Gen Fukunaga (President & CEO, FUNimation Entertainment)
10/4/12 Stacy Bogataj (Global SAP Program Director, GM)
10/11/12 Young Alumni Panel  (Aaron Todd and Ryne Rayburn)
10/18/12 Tim Luzador (Director, CCO, Purdue University)
10/25/12 Steve Rost (Attorney, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP)
11/1/12 Larry Kessler (President/CEO, Sonoscan) Cyndi Lynch, Director of Fellowships, Purdue Graduate School
Jack Kozik (CTO, Director of Architecture, Alcatel-Lucent)
11/15/12 Steve Cuppy (Indiana Microelectronics LLC)
11/29/12 Sam Midkiff  (Professor of ECE and Director of Graduate Admissions)
12/6/12 Feedback to Head and Associate Head for Education

Learning Objectives (or Outcomes):

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:

  1. an ability to communicate ideas in a written form. [6.7;g]
  2. an awareness of skills necessary to achieve success in the workplace. [3,5,7;i,k]
  3. The ability to research and evaluate current events in an engineering context. [4,5,7;h,i,j,k]
  4. An understanding of the role of ethical engineering in the work environment. [6,7;f,h,j]

Assignments (only means used to assess learning objectives)

Writing Rubric for the following assignments:

All assignments are due at the start of class on the due date.  Paper copy submission is required (and the only format accepted).

You must score 50% or above for an assignment to demonstrate that you have achieved the relevant learning objectives.

Thus, you will have:

It is necessary to demonstrate achievement of every learning objective to receive a passing grade (D or higher).

Submission Procedure and Late Policy

All assignments are due at the start of class on the due date.  Submission through Blackboard Vista is required (and the only format accepted).

Email submission will not be accepted.  If you need any help in submission, please talk to the instructor at least one week before the deadline.

Late submissions will incur severe penalties.  You will receive an immediate penalty of 10% for a late submission, with an additional 10% penality levied every 24 hours.


Grading policy

Academic integrity policy:

The ECE faculty expect every member of the Purdue community to practice honorable and ethical behavior both inside and outside the classroom. Any actions that might unfairly improve a student's score on homework or attendance will be considered cheating and will not be tolerated. Examples of cheating include (but are not limited to):

At the instructor's discretion, cheating on an assignment or an attendance sheet will result in a reduced score, a zero score, or a failing grade for the course. All occurrences of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Assistant Dean of Students and copied to the ECE Associate Head for Education. If there is any question as to whether a given action might be construed as cheating, please see the instructor before you engage in any such action.

Emergency Information:

Additional information

Contacts: Joanne Lax and Ragu Balakrishnan