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Certificate and Master of Science

The Systems Engineering Department of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology offers a Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering. Both offerings allow students to specialize in systems engineering topics such as: Systems Engineering Design, Requirements and Functional Analysis, Systems Architecture Development, Design for Operational Feasibility, System Integration, Decision and Risk Analysis, Engineering Project Management, System Lifecycle Cost Analysis, and Organization for Systems Engineering.

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering program can help students bring together knowledge from traditional engineering fields, creating the ‚Äėbig picture‚ÄĚ for accomplishing goals and managing complex structures such as: Computer Networks, Wireless Networks, Power Plants, Airplanes and Spacecraft Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Transportation Systems, and Healthcare Delivery Systems.

Building upon the theme of the Graduate Certificate, the Master of Science in Systems Engineering program provides unique opportunities for the traditional student as well as for the professional engineering community to broaden their knowledge base and acquire state-of-the-art technical skills. The program helps students to integrate multifaceted engineering projects, model complex engineering systems and optimize their performance, and conduct real-life case studies by carrying out electrical, computers, telecommunications, or mechanical engineering projects. The Master of Science in Systems Engineering program prepares engineers for professional practice in today’s complex technical environment, and also, offers cutting-edge knowledge base for innovation and advanced research. To support these goals, both thesis and non-thesis options are available in the program.


Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering imparts fundamental knowledge, tools, and techniques that prepare industry professionals and students to work in systems engineering related jobs.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, technology, or a related discipline. Because of the professional nature of the Certificate, the precise entrance requirements are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Systems Engineering Admissions Committee.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate consists of 18 credit hours of course work (which amounts to about half of a typical master’s degree requirement). It is ideal for working professionals who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in the intricacies of systems engineering. Certificate holders who have finished the program may further pursue a master’s degree in Systems Engineering, building upon the 18 hours already taken in the Certificate Program. For the Certificate, students must take six, three-credit-hour courses, consisting of four Systems Engineering core courses and two electives.

Core Courses (12 hours)

The Systems Engineering (SYEN) core courses are intended to provide the fundamental methods relevant to the design, implementation, and management of engineering systems. They include:

SYEN 7311 Systems Design and Analysis
SYEN 7312 Systems Architecture and Design
SYEN 7313 Systems Management and Evaluation
SYEN 7314 Multicriteria Decision and Risk Analysis

These four courses address methods and practices involved in the translation of need, deficiency, or market opportunity into a feasible system or product architecture.

Electives (6 hours)

Due to the diversity of students’ educational and professional backgrounds, students are encouraged to choose two upper-level elective courses (5000-level or above) that are compatible with their specific interests. These two technical courses need to be approved in advance by the Graduate Coordinator, and can be chosen from university departments such as: Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Information Science, or other graduate science- or engineering-related programs. Sample Upper- and Graduate-Level Electives are listed below after the master’s program description.


Master of Science in Systems Engineering

The master’s program in Systems Engineering requires 31 credit hours of work that includes graduate course work with an option to carry out either a thesis or a graduate project.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the UALR Graduate School admission requirements, the applicants for the M.S. program in Systems Engineering must also meet the following criteria:

  • Education: Applicants must have a bachelor‚Äôs degree in engineering, technology, science or related discipline. The applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.3 on the last 60 credit hours.
  • Standardized test scores: Applicants must have a minimum score on the GRE test: a score of 140 on the Verbal Reasoning section, a score of 155 on the Quantitative Reasoning section, and a score of 3.5 in the Analytical Writing section. GRE will be waived if the student‚Äôs GPA is 3.5 or higher.
  • English language requirement: International students must satisfy the Graduate School TOEFL or IELTS tests requirements.

Applicants who do not meet all the admission requirements may be recommended for conditional admission. The conditionally admitted students must fulfill the requirements of the UALR Graduate School and those specified in their letter of admission.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science program in Systems Engineering consists of a minimum of 31 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, of which a maximum of six hours can be transferred from a graduate program from another university with the Graduate Coordinator’s approval. All credit hours earned in the Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate Program are transferable into the master’s program upon admission into the master’s program, provided the GPA from the Certificate program is 3.25 or better. In addition, the students are required to:

  • Maintain acceptable academic performance: All master‚Äôs course work must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0. If a student receives one ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ in the course work, the student will be warned that his/her academic performance is unacceptable and that the student will be reviewed by the Systems Engineering faculty, which will suggest corrective action. A student receiving two ‚ÄúC‚Äôs‚ÄĚ will be dismissed from the program, pending review by the Systems Engineering faculty.
  • Pass thesis proposal defense / project proposal defense.
  • Pass thesis final defense / project final defense.

Master of Science in Systems Engineering Curriculum

The student’s plan of study must be developed in conjunction with his/her thesis/project major advisor or Graduate Coordinator and filed with the Systems Engineering Graduate Coordinator.

Program Core

The program core provides students the strong systems engineering preparation needed for either a successful professional career in one of the emerging engineering fields, or for further enhancing their education in high-quality engineering doctoral programs.

Systems Engineering Required Core – 12 credit hours

SYEN 7311 Systems Design and Analysis
SYEN 7312 Systems Architecture and Design
SYEN 7313 Systems Management and Evaluation
SYEN 7314 Multicriteria Decision and Risk Analysis

Systems Engineering Seminar- 1 credit hour

SYEN 7190 Systems Engineering Seminar (offered on a credit/no-credit basis).

Thesis Option- 6 credit hours

SYEN 8100-8600 Systems Engineering Master’s Thesis

Non-Thesis Option- 3 credit hours

SYEN 7385 Systems Engineering Graduate Project

Program Electives
Thesis Option – 12 credit hours
Non-Thesis Option- 15 credit hours

In consultation with the Graduate Coordinator or thesis/project major advisor, students may take their elective course credits from any of the following sample courses. The courses are listed by categories only for easy reference. Students should take at least two 7000-level elective courses.

Systems Analysis and Applications

SYEN 5314 Queuing Theory and Systems
SYEN 5322 Modeling Transportation Systems
SYEN 5342 Linear Program and Network Flows
SYEN 7315 Complex Engineered Systems
SYEN 7316 Advanced Systems Simulation
SYEN 7342 Networks and Combinatorial Optimization

Electrical and Computer Engineering

SYEN 5308 Linux Systems Programming
SYEN 5320 Linear State-Space Control Systems
SYEN 5325 Fuzzy Logic in Control and Systems Engineering
SYEN 5329 Robust and Optimal Control Systems
SYEN 5331 Advanced Computer Architecture
SYEN 5332 Applied Operating Systems
SYEN 5334 Software Systems Engineering
SYEN 5335 Mechatronics I
SYEN 5362 Neural Networks and Adaptive Systems
SYEN 5354 Power Systems Analysis
SYEN 5366 Advanced Digital Systems
SYEN 7302 Advanced Electronics for Instrumentation
SYEN 7306 Real-Time Embedded Systems
SYEN 7320 Linear Systems Theory
SYEN 7331 Transducers in Real-Time Control
SYEN 7332 Advanced Operating System Design

Telecommunications, Networking, and Signal Processing

SYEN 5310 Introduction to Signal Processing
SYEN 5336 Advances in Communication Networks
SYEN 5350 Digital Signal Processing
SYEN 5352 Spatial Time Series
SYEN 5353 Advanced Digital Communications
SYEN 5355 Mobile Multimedia Internet
SYEN 5356 RF Techniques and Systems
SYEN 5358 Cellular and Wireless Communications
SYEN 5359 Optical Networking
SYEN 7355 Statistical Signal Processing
SYEN 7357 Advanced Antennas for Wireless Systems

Mechanical Engineering

SYEN 5182 MEMS and Microsystems Laboratory
SYEN 5315 Advanced Dynamics I
SYEN 5326 Measurement Techniques
SYEN 5327 Acoustics I
SYEN 5335 Mechatronics I
SYEN 5340 Applied Numerical Methods
SYEN 5371 Advanced Continuum Mechanics
SYEN 5372 Mechatronics II
SYEN 5375 Mechanical Vibrations
SYEN 5381 Thermal and Fluid Systems
SYEN 5282 Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Microsystems
SYEN 5383 Finite Element Analysis
SYEN 5384 Computer Methods in Fluid and Heat Transfer
SYEN 7307 Smart Materials
SYEN 7317 Nanostructural Materials: Physical and Chemical Properties
SYEN 7318 Micro- and Nano-Fabrication
SYEN 7374 Elasticity
SYEN 7376 Fracture Mechanics

Miscellaneous

SYEN 5300, 7300 Independent Study
SYEN 5389 Professional Engineering Licensure
SYEN 5399 Special Topics* in Systems Engineering
SYEN 7101 Research Methodology
SYEN 7102 Research Tools
SYEN 7103 Research Applications
SYEN 7118 Research Ethics in Science and Engineering
SYEN 7385 Systems Engineering Graduate Project
SYEN 7399 Special Topics* in Systems Engineering
SYEN 8100‚Äź8600 Systems Engineering Master‚Äôs Thesis

* Based on demand, special topics under SYEN 5399 and SYEN 7399 may include:

      Optimization of Communication Networks

 

      Design and Analysis of Advanced Manufacturing Systems

 

      Economic Evaluation of Engineering Projects

 

      Renewable Energy Smart Grid

 

      Essentials of Coding Theory

 

    Human Movement Biomechanics and Motor Control

Master’s Thesis/Project Advisor

A student admitted to the master’s program should declare an advisor before he/she enrolls in master’s thesis or graduate project courses.

Master’s Thesis/Project Committee

The Master’s Thesis Committee or Master’s Project Committee can be constituted once the student has declared his/her Master’s Thesis/Project Advisor. The committee will include a minimum of three members and a maximum of four members. At least two members have to be Systems Engineering faculty.

Thesis/Project Proposal Defense

Students choosing the thesis option must present their research proposal to their Master’s Thesis Committee one semester prior to their final thesis defense. Students choosing the non-thesis option must present their project proposal to their Master’s Project Committee before their final project defense. At the completion of tile examination, the Master’s Thesis or Project Committee will vote to either pass or fail the student. Students who fail the proposal defense will have to repeat the defense. If the student fails the proposal defense for a second time, he/she will be dismissed from the program, pending review by the Systems Engineering Faculty. More information about the proposal defense can be found in the Systems Engineering Graduate Student Manual.

Thesis/Project Defense

Students choosing the thesis option will prepare and successfully define a written thesis in accordance with the format and procedures dictated by the Graduate School. Students choosing the non-thesis option will prepare a final project report according to the requirements defined by their Master’s Project Committee. Students must orally defend their completed thesis research or project work to their Master’s Thesis or Project Committee. At the completion of the examination, the Master’s Thesis or Project Committee will vote to either pass or fail the student. If two or more negative votes are cast by the committee members, the student is considered to have failed the exam and will be dismissed from the program, pending review by the Systems Engineering Faculty. More information about the thesis and-project defense can be found in the Systems Engineering Graduate Student Manual.


Courses in Systems Engineering

SYEN 5199, 5299, 5399, 5499 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Advanced specialized topics of current interest in systems engineering. Topics vary with faculty interest and availability. One, two, three, or four hours lecture. One, two, three, or four hours.

SYEN 5300 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of the instructor. Individual investigation on entry level topics by a graduate student. Topics determined in consultation with supervising faculty. Agreement must be in writing and filed with the department chairperson. The student work will be evaluated through reports or other means and documented by the faculty. A maximum of six credit hours of independent study courses, SYEN 5300 and/or SYEN 7300, can be applied toward the degree requirements. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5308 Linux Systems Programming
Prerequisite: CPSC 2376 or equivalent. This course introduces the fundamental structure and services of the Unix/Linux operating systems. Upon completion of this course, the students should master application software and middle-ware design in Unix/Linux operating system through programming at the system call level. It covers files and directories, device control, terminal handling, process and threads, inter-process communication, event-driven and signal handling, pipes, sockets, client/server. It also covers graphics and user interface design. Students who have taken SYEN 4308 for credit cannot take SYEN 5308 for credit. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5310 Introduction to Signal Processing
Prerequisite: MATH 3322 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental concepts in signal processing. Use of the fundamental transform techniques (Laplace transform, discrete Fourier transform, z-transform). Discrete time representation of signal, linear time invariant subsystems. Correlation, coherence and time delays, Standard system models (ARMA, ARMAC). FIR and IIR filters. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5314 Queuing Theory and Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3314 or equivalent. The theoretical foundations, models and techniques of queuing theory are presented. Topics include classic models of queues including simple and advanced Markovian queuing models, and models of queues with general arrival and service patterns. Applications of queuing theory and queuing systems design considerations. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5315 Advanced Dynamics I
Prerequisite: MATH 2453. Kinematics od translating and rotating vectors. Dynamics if systems of particles and rigid bodies. Angular momentum. Newtonian mechanics. Lagrangian mechanics. Examples drawn from the fields of robotics, biological motion, and planetary motion. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5320 Linear Systems Theory
Prerequisites: SYEN 3364 or consent of instructor. Introduction to modem control systems, state-space models of linear time-invariant systems, solution to state equations, linear transformations and canonical forms, stability analysis, controller synthesis via state feedback, tracking system design, observer-based compensator design, optimal control problems. Three hours lecture. Three credit hour.

SYEN 5322 Modeling Transportation Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312, SYEN 3314, or Consent of Instructor. The objectives of transportation analysis are defined to include mobility provision, consequence identification and selection of courses of action. A set of methodologies have evolved to exclusively address transport modeling, including demand forecasting, technology representation, network-flow, and multi-attribute assessment- of performance. This course reviews very powerful tools to analyze such a class of technological and socioeconomic problems, characterized by the explicit recognition of a spatial dimension.

SYEN 5325 Fuzzy Logic Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3364. Introduction, basic concepts of fuzzy logic, fuzzy sets, fuzzy relations, Fuzzy If-Then rules, fuzzy implications and approximate reasoning, fuzzy logic in control theory, hierarchical intelligent control, fuzzy logic applications in information systems, fuzzy model identification, neuro-fuzzy systems and genetic algorithms. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5326 Measurement Techniques
Prerequisite: SYEN 2315 or equivalent. Principles of operation and implementation of transducers used in electronic measuring systems. Sensors used for the measurement of strength, capacitance, pressure, flow, force velocity, temperature, humidity, vibration, sound, and acceleration are discussed. Interfacing transducers with a digital system will be emphasized. Effects of quantization, scaling, sampling time, and bandwidth will be examined. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory work. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5327 Acoustics I
Prerequisite: MATH 2353 or equivalent. Development of the equations for acoustics and vibrations. Transducers for measurement of sound and acceleration. Design of sonic actuators using network analysis. Analog and digital processing of signals, including spectral analysis, adaptive signal processing, and central analysis. Applications to noise analysis and control and machinery diagnosis through sound.

SYEN 5329 Robust and Optimal Control
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3364, MATH 3312. Linear discrete- and continuous-time systems, state equations, transition matrix, internal stability, Lyapunov stability, controllability, observability, realization, linear feedback, state observation, polynomial fraction description, geometric theory, discrete-time stability, reachability, observability, realization, state feedback and observation. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5331 Advanced Computer Architecture
Prerequisites: SYEN 3336 or consent of instructor. Introduction to Computer Systems, Instruction-Set architecture, Arithmetic/Logic Unit, Data Path and Control, Memory System Design, I/O Interface, and Advanced Architectures. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5332 Applied Operating Systems
Prerequisites: SYEN 3362. Introduction to operating systems. Buffering, physical input/output, and file management. Multiprogramming and processing, resource scheduling, memory management, concept of virtual memory, Process management and scheduling. Device management and scheduling. Process communication, network communication, and protection. The graduate students will use the C language to implement several generic OS components, practice the process management, and practice the shared memory utilities. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5334 Software Systems Engineering
Prerequisite: SYEN 3362, Engineering approach to the development of software systems, including the life cycle steps of project planning, requirements analysis and specification, design, production, testing, and maintenance of software systems. Students are required to do a project related to course contents, Dual-listed in UALR Undergraduate catalog as SYEN 4334. Not open to students with credit for SYEN 4334. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5335 Mechatronics I
Prerequisite: MATH 2453 or equivalent, PHYS 2321 or equivalent. This course covers basic mechanical design elements, including gears, fasteners, bearings, sprockets and chains, timing pulleys, brakes and clutches. Methods of attaching power and timing elements to shafts, including standard keys, Woodruff keys, splines, pins, and press-fits, is covered. Integration of sensors, including petentiometers, limit switches, and yaw rate sensors is covered. Theories of failure will be introduced, and basic stress/strain calculations will be done. Design theories and project management will be introduced. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5336 Advances in Communication Networks
Prerequisites: SYEN 3312, 3316, and 3332. Essentials of B-ISDN, InteServ, MPLS, DiffServ. Advances in optical networks, wireless networks, satellite networks, sensor networks, ad hoc networks, access networks, and autonomous networks. FSO technology. VoIP and video-over-IP. Modeling and optimization of networks. Communication switch OS. Elementary queuing theory. Security issues. OPNET training. Socket programming. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5340 Applied Numerical Methods
Prerequisite: SYEN 1305; MATH 3312 and 3322. Scientific computing, error analysis, roots of equations, systems of equations, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and integration, ordinary and partial differential equations. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Students are required to do a term project related to the contents of the course. Dual-listed in UALR undergraduate catalog as SYEN 4340. Course not open to students with credit for SYEN 4340.

SYEN 5342 Linear Programming and Network Flows
Prerequisites: SYEN 3312, or consent of instructor. This course covers salient linear optimization topics, including computational issues such as decomposition, LU factorization, and network flow. Of equal interest is the equivalence between algebraic and graph-theoretic representation of a model and its solution algorithms. The relationship between the network flow paradigm and discrete optimization is also emphasized. Last but not least are the software libraries to solve linear optimization models. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5350 Digital Signal Processing
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3350 or consent of the instructor. Signals and signal processing; discrete-time signals and systems in the time and frequency domains; digital processing of continuous-time signals; finite-length discrete transforms; discrete-time signals and systems in the z-domain; LTI discrete-time systems in the transform domain; digital filter structures; IIR digital filter design; FIR digital filter design; DSP algorithm implementation; analysis of finite word-length effects; multi-rate DSP fundamentals; multi-rate filter banks and wavelets; applications of DSP. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5352 Spatial Time Series
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312 or equivalent, STAT 3353 or equivalent, or Consent of Instructor. Instead of a single stream of data, multiple streams gathered over the target can provide better information. Because of the inherent spatial correlation among these data streams, spatial time-series can play an important role in multiple-sensor and other data-intensive applications. Image-processing applications include image rectification and restoration, image enhancement, image classification, and data merging. Signal processing applications include the Spatial-temporal Autoregressive Moving-Average model and Intervention Analysis. Unifying these diverse analyses and applications is Markov Random Field Theory. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5353 Advanced Digital Communications
Prerequisites: SYEN 3354 or consent of the instructor. This course provides an in-depth examination of wireless digital communication design strategies. Topics covered include digital modulation, radio wave propagation characteristics, signal detection methods, BER performance improvement and simulation techniques, RF/hardware architectures, migration path for modulation and demodulation techniques, signal processing building blocks for wireless systems, methods for mitigating wireless channel impairments, perform system simulations, BER and channel models, predict system performance and evaluate tradeoffs, list TDMA and CDMA techniques, and 3G evolution, describe design issues for wireless systems, particularly those issues in which transmit and receive implementation affect system performance. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5354 Power Systems Analysis
Prerequisites: SYEN 3358, or consent of the instructor. Fundamental concepts of power system analysis, transmission line parameters, system models, steady-state performance, network calculations, power flow solutions, fault studies, symmetrical components, operation and control. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5355 Mobile Multimedia Internet
Prerequisites: SYEN 3314, or consent of the instructor. The course will provide state-of-the-art perspective of the emerging landscape of Mobile Multimedia Internet. Key subject areas covered in advanced mobile Internet technologies include WLAN, GPRS, 3G, UTMS, and VoIP. Topics covered will involve architecture of the systems, protocol issues, the design and analysis of solutions for mobility, quality of service, mobile IP, and standardization efforts. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as SYEN 5355. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Students with credit for SYEN 4355 may not take SYEN 5355

SYEN 5356 Radio Frequency Techniques and Systems
Prerequisites: SYEN 2315, MATH 3322, and PHYS 2322. Analysis of electrostatic, magnetostatic, and dynamic fields using vector analysis. Coulomb’s Law, electric field intensity, electric flux density, Gauss’ Law. Energy and potential. Conductors, dielectrics, and capacitance. Poisson’s and Laplace’s equations. The steady magnetic field magnetic forces, materials, and inductance. Time-varying fields and Maxwell’s equations. Boundary conditions. The uniform plane wave. Plane waves at boundaries and in dispersive media. Transmission lines and antenna fundamentals. Examples are taken from the field of wireless communications. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5358 Cellular and Wireless Communications
Prerequisite: SYEN 3354. Characteristics of mobile radio environment, multipath and fading, cellular communication concepts, channel allocation and reuse, access and scheduling techniques, system capacity, power control, diversity, coding, modulation in cellular systems, examples of digital wireless systems, wireless local area networks. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5359 Optical Networking
Prerequisites: SYEN 4355, or consent of the instructor. Fundamental concepts of networking, optical networks elements and devices, SONET, WDM, DWDM, optical control plane, MPLS and GMPLS, Free Space Optical Mesh Networks. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5362 Neural Networks and Adaptive Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312, or consent of the instructor. Introduction to neural networks, neuron models and learning strategies, pattern recognition, multi-layer perceptron, back propagation, principle component analysis, self-organizing feature maps, neural networks for time-series forecasting. Three hours lecture. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5366 Advanced Digital Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3330 and SYEN 3310. Advanced design principles for digital systems. In particular, the students will be exposed to hardware modeling in the hardware description language: VHDL (Verilog Hardware Description language), Compilation techniques for hardware models, and logic-level synthesis and optimization techniques for combinational and sequential circuits.

SYEN 5371 Intro Continuum Mechanics
Prerequisite: MATH 2453 and MATH 3322 or their equivalent, PHYS 231 and PHYS 3300 or their equivalent. This introductory course on Continuum Mechanics will take a unified approach to train the student in the modeling of deformation in solids, fluid flow, and electrical fields. Using a first principles approach, the fundamental conservation laws of mass, charge, momentum and energy will be covered. Application to deformation in solids, heat transfer, fluid flow and electrical fields will be addressed.

SYEN 5372 Mechatronics II
Prerequisite: SYEN 4335 or equivalent. The combination of classical mechanical design, electronic analysis and design, control engineering, and computer science in the design of complex electric-mechanical-controlled systems. Commonly used sensors (Encoders, potentiometers, accelerometers) and actuators (stepping motors, DC motors) are studied. Interfacing sensors and actuators to a microcomputer, discrete controller design, and real-time programming for control using the C programming language. There is a significant out-of-class project exercise associated with this course. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5375 Mechanical Vibrations
Prerequisites: SYEN 3370, or consent of the instructor. Analysis of linear multi-degree of freedom systems. Lagrangian formulation, model analysis, lumped parameter analysis of discrete systems, and continuous system vibrations. Introduction to non-linear systems. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5381 Thermal and Fluid System Design
Prerequisite: SYEN 4379 or consent of the instructor. Overview of fossil fuel, nuclear and renewable-energy power plants, the Rankine cycle, fossil fuel steam generators, fuels and combustion, pumps and turbines, the condensate-feed-water system, the circulating-water system, gas turbine and combined cycles, principles of nuclear energy, nuclear reactors and power plants, geothermal energy, solar energy, wind energy, energy from the oceans, energy storage and fuel cells, environmental aspects of power generation. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5182 MEMS and Microsystems Laboratory
Prerequisites: SYEN 4376 and 4176, or consent of instructor. This laboratory course is an introduction to the principles of micro-fabrication for microelectronic devices, sensors, and micromechanical structures, MEMS, and microsystems with applications in engineering. Course comprises of laboratory work and accompanying lectures that cover silicon oxidation, photolithography, thin film deposition, etching, electrochemical deposition (plating) and packaging. Some selected topic in yield and reliability, as well as process simulation may be covered. Two hours lab, One Credit Hour.

SYEN 5282 Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Microsystems
Prerequisite: SYEN 3372 or equiv and corequisite concurrent 5182 or equivalent. In this introductory MEMS class, we cover the fundamental basis of microsystems technology. Microelectromechanical devices (MEMS), such as actuators, pressure sensors, and opto-mechanical assemblies, require knowledge of a broad range of disciplines, from microfabrication and mechanics to chemistry and solid state device physics. Three hours lecture. Note: Students enrolled in SYEN 5282 do a project related to course contents. SYEN 5282 is not open to students with credit for SYEN 4282. Two credit hours.

SYEN 5383 Finite Element Analysis
Prerequisite: SYEN 3378, 4376, and 4340 (recommended). Basic concepts of the finite element method (FEM); stiffness matrices, spring and bar elements; truss structures, the direct stiffness method; flexure elements; method of weighted residuals; interpolation functions for general element formulation; applications in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and solid mechanics; structural dynamics. dual-listed in the Undergraduate Catalog with SYEN 5383, Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5384 Computer Methods in Fluids and Heat Transfer
Prerequisite: SYEN 4374 or equivalent. Modeling and simulation of thermal-fluid problems using commercial software, finite volume method, solution algorithms for pressure-velocity coupling, solution of systems of discretized equations, unsteady flows, uncertainty in CFD modeling, methods for dealing with complex geometries, modeling of combustion, heat transfer, and unsteady flows. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 5389 Professional Engineering Licensure
Prerequisite concurrent: Registration for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, or consent of instructor. Legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to the practice of engineering; preparation for engineering licensure examinations. Two hours lecture. Three hours lab. Three credit hours. Cross listed as CNMG 5389. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CNMG 4389. Students cannot receive graduate credit for SYEN 5389 if they have previously taken SYEN 4389.

SYEN 7101 Research Methodology
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to the research methodology of doctoral level research. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the computing and engineering disciplines.

SYEN 7102 Research Tools
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to the research tools of doctoral level research. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the computing and engineering disciplines.

SYEN 7103 Research Applications
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to examples of doctoral level research. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the computing and engineering disciplines.

SYEN 7118 Research Ethics in Science and Engineering
The course uses a case-based method to cover various topics related to professional research ethics. It is intended for entering science and engineering graduate students in the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (DCEIT). The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with professional ethics related to research and to prepare them to deal with typical ethical situations that may occur in the course of their graduate studies and professional careers.

SYEN 7145 Integrated Comp. Lab Rotation
First semester orientation course to allow new students in the Integrated Computing doctoral program to gain exposure in several different faculty research areas. This course will aid the student in the selection of his/her doctoral research advisor. 1 credit hour. Offered on demand. Cross listed between Computer Science, Systems Engineering, and Information Science.

SYEN 7190 Systems Engineering Seminar
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate advisor. Students, faculty, and invited speakers will present, discuss and exchange ideas on research topics related to Systems Engineering. One-hour session per week. Course may be repeated for credit. Graded: credit/ no credit.

SYEN 7192: Graduate Seminar
Prerequisites: Graduate standing, consent of graduate coordinator. Students, faculty, and invited speakers will present discuss and exchange ideas on research topics of general interest to the graduate programs in the EIT college. One-hour session per week. Course may be repeated for credit. Graded: credit/no credit.

SYEN 7300: Independent Study
Prerequisite: Completion of core course requirements in the graduate program, and consent of the instructor. Individual research investigation by a graduate student. Topics determined in consultation with supervising faculty. Agreement must be in writing and filed with the department chairperson. The student work will be evaluated through reports or other means and documented by the faculty. A maximum of six credit hours of independent study courses, SYEN 5300 and/or SYEN 7300, can be applied toward the degree requirements. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7302 Advanced Electronics for Instrumentation
Principles of operation of analog and digital integrated circuitry, including amplifiers, A/D and D/A circuits, active filters and special function circuits as used in computers and instrumentation for measurement and control.

SYEN 7306: Real-time Embedded Systems
This course presents technologies for the design and implementation of embedded systems using Linux Operating System (OS). Such technologies include Linux, real-time Linux OS, and real-time embedded application design. Students will learn how to administer Linux OS and how to create a task-specific kernel for their own embedded application. They will learn techniques necessary for developing real-time Linux device drivers. real-time kernel space programming, and inter-process communication between real-time kernel and user space. Students will obtain hands-on experience with embedded software design through course projects. Upon completing this course, students should be able to develop their own embedded applications based on open source software resources.

SYEN 7307: Smart Materials
Prerequisite: SYEN 4371 or equivalent. This course will deal with the unique nonlinear, hysteretic response of smart materials that arise due to coupling between mechanical and thermal or electric or magnetic fields. Specifically, microstructural characteristics and constitutive modeling of shape memory alloys, ferroelectric materials and ferromagnetic materials will be covered. Use of these smart materials in sensor and actuator design will be addressed.

SYEN 7310: Economic Evaluation of Engineering Projects
Prerequisite(s): Math 1453, SYEN 3312 and 3314 or their equivalents, or consent of the instructor. Application of engineering management decision making to the life-cycle economic evaluation of engineering projects. Topics include decisions regarding investment in new or existing facilities and improvement of processes in both manufacturing and service industries. Deterministic, stochastic and multi-attribute evaluation approaches with the objectives of profit and utility maximization, as well as cost and risk reduction techniques are explored. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7311: System Design and Analysis
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor. This course introduces the concept of a system, system requirements, system life cycle, design and integration. The basic principles of system engineering design process, modeling, and process modeling. Basic concepts of system requirements and definition of the design problem will be presented. The details of functional, physical, and operational architectures will be presented. The details of interface design, integration, and qualification of the system will be presented. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours

SYEN 7312: Systems Architecture and Design
Prerequisites: SYEN 7311 or consent of the instructor. This course introduces the process of systems architecting and the design for operational feasibility in the context of systems engineering design process. Systems architecture topics include the functional, physical, operational, and interface architectures and their correlation with the system design process, as well as graphical modeling techniques to develop these types of architectures. Examples of standardized architecture frameworks used in practice are also presented. The design for operational feasibility includes quantitative and qualitative aspects in reliability, maintainability, productibility, supportability, disposability and affordability as they relate to the system engineering life-cycle design process. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7313: Systems Management and Evaluation
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. Organized in two parts, this course presents the fundamental concepts of systems management and evaluation. Systems management methodologies, such as Systems Engineering Management Plan, Work Breakdown Structure and Risk Management Plan are presented in the first part of the course. As the design and development of any engineering system is basically an engineering project, the second part of the course introduces the steps in the engineering project management process, Quantitative project management techniques, such as Program Evaluation and Review Technique, and Critical Path Method are presented in detail. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7314: Multi-criteria Decision and Risk Analysis
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. The purpose of this course is to expose the student to a wide variety of techniques in handling MCDM problems. The emphasis will be placed on breadth rather than depth. The students will analyze an MCDM problem of their choice. S/he will work with the decision-maker(s) to define the problem (particularly the criteria with which s/he uses to measure `success,’) generate alternatives, capture the preference structure of the decision maker(s), and evaluate the alternatives, resulting in preferred courses of action. The student will get the opportunity to use Multi-attribute-decision-analysis and Multi-criteria-optimization computer-software.

SYEN 7315: Complex Engineered Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312 and 3362 or their equivalents, or consent of the instructor. Introduction to complex engineered systems and the methods and tools currently under consideration in the ongoing research towards better understanding of such systems and the development of a complex engineered systems theory. Topics include concepts such as emergence, self-organization, learning and adaptation, and various quantitative and computational intelligence techniques that are considered for modeling, analysis and evaluation of such systems. System-of-systems concept is also presented. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7316: Advanced Systems Simulation
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312 and 3316 or equivalent, or consent of the instructor. Simulation of existing or proposed real-world systems (facilities and processes). Topics include simulation input modeling, random variant generation and stochastic models of arrival processes, statistical analysis of simulation output, variance reduction techniques, statistical design of simulation experiments and optimization of the simulation output. Monte Carlo simulation on spreadsheets, including project management, risk analysis, and reliability applications. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7317 Nanostructural Materials: Physical and Chemical Properties
Prerequisites: syen 3372 or phys 4340 or chem 4340 or equivalent. This course introduces students to the area of nanotechnology and the novel properties of the materials built at the nanoscale. The course will cover the main properties of nanomaterials, various methods for synthesis and characterization and the most up-to-date applications from nanoelectronics, advanced materials, bio-medicine, etc. The course is designed for graduate students with a background in chemistry, physics, and engineering.

SYEN 7318: Micro- and Nano-Fabrication
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. This course will introduce some of the important micro- and nano-fabrication techniques that are mostly used in areas of microelectronics and nanotechnology. Some of the topics that will be covered include diffusion of impurities, thermal oxidation, ion implantation, optical lithography, thin film deposition, etching, nanolithography, nano-imprinting, growth of nanorods and nanosprings by glancing angle deposition, and growth of carbon nanotubes. During the course, students will become familiar with some of the basic experiments including thin film and glancing angle depositions, etching, and film characterization techniques. The course is intended for graduate students from science and engineering majors.

SYEN 7320: Linear Systems Theory
Prerequisites: SYEN 5320 or consent of instructor. This course covers the mathematical basis of linear state-space systems theory. Topics include: linear time-varying and time-invariant system representation, solutions to LTV and LTI systems, stability analysis, controllability and state feedback, observability and output feedback, minimal realizations, MIMO systems, and LQR/LQG optimal control. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7331, Transducers and Real Time Control
Prerequisites: SYEN 4335 or equivalent, SYEN 7302, SYEN 1302 or equivalent. Applications of computer techniques for data acquisition, analysis, and real-time control; use of analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog, digital I/O for measurement; C computer language for experiment control; use of standard transduction elements for physical measurements such as position, velocity, acceleration, and force.

SYEN 7332: Advanced Operating Systems Design
Prerequisites: SYEN 5332 or consent of instructor. Design principles of modern schedulers, multi-processor systems, protection and security components, OS tools, and IP stacks. The graduate student will do several projects through the software engineering cycles of requirement analysis, high level design (HLD), detailed design (DD), implementation, unit testing, and system testing. The projects include but not limited to the Linus scheduler, signal handler, shared memory control, virtual memory management, and case studies of device drivers. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7342: Network and Combinatorial Optimization
Prerequisites: SYEN 5342 or consent of the instructor. An in-depth study of combinatorial programming and network flow optimization. Emphasis on discrete optimization and specialized solution techniques that are efficient way to solve mixed-integer programming problems. Techniques include minimum cost flow, networks with gain, multi-commodity flow networks, networks with side constraints and Lagrangian relaxation. Computational complexity is also discussed. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours

SYEN 7355: Statistical Signal Processing
Prerequisites: Math 3312 and SYEN 3354, or consent of the instructor. The main coding theory problem. Introduction to finite fields. Vector space over finite fields. Structures of linear block codes. Encoding and decoding of linear codes. Dual codes. Non-binary Hamming codes. Perfect codes. Reed-Muller codes. Cyclic codes. Weight enumerators. Low density parity check codes. Convolutional codes. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7357: Advanced Antennas for Wireless Systems
Prerequisite: SYEN 3356 or consent of the instructor. The course introduces the fundamental principles of antenna theory and applies them to particular antennas for wireless communications systems and other advanced antenna systems. In addition, the course develops appreciation for research issues of antennas for mobile wireless and advanced communications systems. The course is useful in the areas of mobile communication, signal processing, antenna theory, and smart antennas. It provides the current state of antenna array research and describes how an antenna array may be used to help meet the ever-growing demand of increased channel capacity for wireless mobile communications services. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7374: Elasticity
Prerequisites: SYEN 4376 or ASCI 5320 or consent of the instructor. Fundamental concepts of stress and strain. Linear theory: boundary value problems of elasticity including plane stress, plane strain, and torsion, elementary variation theory of elasticity, Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7376: Fracture Mechanics
Prerequisites: SYEN 7374, or consent of the instructor. Failure of manufactured products in service and implications for design; energy release rates, toughness, and evaluation of experimental tests; fracture mechanisms in different material systems; fracture toughness testing; damage tolerance; design studies. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 7385: Systems Engineering Graduate Project
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the student’s graduate advisor. Students, under faculty supervision, will conduct directed research on a particular problem or area of Systems Analysis and Applications/Electrical and Computer Engineering/Telecommunication and Signal Processing/ Mechanical Engineering in some depth, and will produce an appropriate project report based on his/her investigations.

SYEN 7399: Special Topics in Systems Engineering
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. Advanced topics in the area of Systems Analysis and Applications/ Electrical and Computer Engineering/Telecommunication and Signal Processing/ Mechanical Engineering. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

SYEN 8100-8600: Systems Engineering Master’s Thesis
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the thesis advisor. Scholarly investigation of a selected problem in the area of Systems Analysis and Applications/Electrical and Computer Engineering/Telecommunication and Signal Processing/ Mechanical Engineering culminating in a written, orally defended thesis. Maximum of six hours may be applied toward MS degree. Variable credit of one to six hours.

SYEN 9100-9900: Doctoral Research/Dissertation
Prerequisites: Consent of Advisor. One to nine credit hours to be determined at the time of registration. Cross listed between Computer Science, Systems Engineering, and Information Science.
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