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Issue 1: Model Curricula - Ohio University

Programs of Education Relating to Satellite and Space Communication in

Telecommunication (sample syllabus)
Communications Systems Management
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Name of University
Ohio University
Name of Academic Program
School of Media Arts and Studies
Level of Academic Program
BA/MA/Ph.D.
Area of Emphasis
Mass Communication, International Communication, Telecommunications Research and Theory, Management, Policy/Regulation and Critical Studies
Names/Descriptions of Courses
Baccalaureate: For undergraduate students, the Ohio University professional school experience is grounded in a liberal arts education: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication Sciences and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Relevant courses for students seeking a career in Space or Satellite Communication include: Media, Technology and Culture; World Media Systems; Law and Regulations; Politics and Electronic Media; Electronic Media Management; Financial Management; Introduction to Digital Media; Digital Audio/Video Production; Instructional Telecommunications; Technical Bases of Telecommunications; New Technologies of Telecommunication; and Satellite Communication.
Internships and pre-employment experiences within the industry are a planned part of the curriculum.
Masters and Ph.D.: Telecommunications Financial Management; Economics of Telecommunications; Telecommunications Management; Broadcast and Cable Sales Management; Telecommunications Law and Regulations; Mass Communication Research; Audience Research; Quantitative Research; Qualitative Research; Action Research; Social Impact of Mass Communication; Mass Communication Theory; Critical/Cultural Theory; International Telecommunications; Comparative Systems of Telecommunications; Politics and the Electronic Media; Technology, Communication and Culture; New Technologies of Telecommunication; Satellite Communication; Cable Communication; Instructional Telecommunication; Nonbroadcast Video Systems; Public Telecommunication; Producing for Video.
Unique Features
Ohio University is a major state university offering a wide range of academic programs. At the undergraduate level, students are expected to sample widely among the liberal arts and professional programs of study offered. At the graduate level, programs of study are much more focused and individualized to suit the needs of the individual student.
In the Ohio University School of Media Arts and Studies, a student interested in preparing for a career in satellite communication will work through a Faculty Committee to develop a unique Program of Study drawing not only on School courses but from other academic areas, such as Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Theater and Film, Health and Human Services, Communication and Development, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography (Remote Sensing), Human Resource Management, Journalism, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Recreation and Sport Sciences, Sports Administration and Visual Communication.
Ohio University is the lead institution in the NASA ACTS Consortium. Ohio was an early experimenter on the NASA Advanced Communication Technology Satellite, the all-digital Ka band spacecraft which provided platform tests for such advanced technologies as hopping spot beams, on board processing and rain fade correction. The Ohio Consortium for ACTS is managing a series of on-going experiments and demonstrations as ACTS, now in inclined orbit, has been handed over for scientific and educational use for the remainer of its operational life.
The School of Media Arts and Studies is home to the Online Journal of Space Communication, sponsored by the Society for Satellite International (SSPI) of New York and managed by the School of Media Arts and Studies and the Communication and Development Studies Program.
Contact Person(s)
Roger Cooper
Director, School of Media Arts and Studies
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Tel: +1 740 593 4872
Email: cooperr@ohio.edu
Web: http://www.mediaschool.ohiou.edu/
Mia Consalvo
Assoc. Director for Graduate Studies, School of Media Arts and Studies
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Tel: +1 740 597 1521
Email: consalvo@ohio.edu
Don Flournoy
Professor of Telecommunications
Editor, Online Journal of Space Communication
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Tel: +1 740 593 4866
Email: don.flournoy@ohio.edu

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COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Name of University
Ohio University
Name of Academic Program
McClure School of Communication Systems Management
Level of Academic Program
Baccalaureate
Area of Emphasis
Operations, regulation and management of communication technologies, including the Internet, telephone systems, local and wide area networks, wireless and satellite systems, and video conferencing.
Names/Descriptions of Courses
For undergraduate students, the Ohio University professional school experience is grounded in a liberal arts education: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication Sciences and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Relevant courses for McClure School students seeking a career in Space or Satellite Communication include: Consumer Issues in Communication Systems Management; Introduction to Communication Systems Management; Communication Systems and Applications I and II; Fundamentals of Common Carrier Regulation; Applications of Common Carrier Regulation; Technologies Basics of Communication Systems; Technology of Voice/Data Systems; Data Networks; Protection of Communication Systems; Competition and Markets; International Communication Networks; Communication Network Analysis and Design; Management of Communication Resources; Topical Seminars, Internships and Practicum in Communication Systems.
Unique Features
Ohio University is a major state university offering a wide range of academic programs. At the undergraduate level, students are expected to sample widely among the liberal arts and professional programs of study offered. In addition to the information technology, policy, and management courses offered by the McClure School, students will also establish a strong foundation in business administration through required courses offered by the College of Business. Courses in accounting, economics, marketing, management, statistics, computer science, and interpersonal communications add breadth of knowledge.
Ohio University is the lead institution in the NASA ACTS Consortium. The Ohio Consortium for Advanced Communications Technology (OCACT@ouvaxa.cats.ohiou.edu) is established to oversee the continued operation of the NASA Advanced Technology Satellite (ACTS) for the purpose of educating students in various areas of satellite operations and technology, and the continuation of satellite communications research in the Ka band.
Ohio was an early experimenter on ACTS, the all-digital Ka band spacecraft which enabled platform tests for such advanced technologies as hopping spot beams, on-board processing and rain fade correction. The Ohio Consortium is managing a series of on-going experiments and demonstrations as ACTS, now in inclined orbit, has been handed over for scientific and educational use for the remainder of its operational life. McClure students receive hands on learning experience working with the ACTS satellite.
Contact Person(s)
Andrew P. Snow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director
J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management
Ohio University
9 South College Street
Athens, OH 45701
Tel: +1 740 593 0421
Email: asnow@ohio.edu
Web: http://mcclureschool.info
Prof. Hans Kruse
OCACT Consortium Contact
J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management
Ohio University
9 South College Street
Athens, OH 45701
Tel: +1 740 593 4891
Fax: +1 740 593 4889
Email: kruse@ohiou.edu

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ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Name of University
Ohio University
Name of Academic Program
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Level of Academic Program
Baccalaureate; Master of Science degree in Computer Science; Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering.
Area of Emphasis
Major areas of study include avionics, computers, artificial intelligence, applied and theoretical computer science, communications, controls, information theory, solid-state electronics, energy conversion, power electronics and systems, electromagnetics, signal processing, manufacturing, VLSI design, computer vision, robotics, electronic circuits and optoelectronics.
Names/Descriptions of Courses
B.S. Students take introductory courses in analytical geometry and calculus, basic science, English composition, interpersonal communication, humanities and social science electives from a college-approved list in their first year. The sophomore, junior, and senior years focus primarily on core classes in the student's area of specialization, technical electives, and additional mathematics and science courses. Seniors take advanced class sequences depending on their chosen area of specialization.
Relevant courses for undergraduate students of Computer Engineering seeking a career in Space or Satellite Communication include: Introduction to Computer Science; Introduction to ECE Design; Foundations of ECE I/II/ III; Instrumentation Laboratory; Introduction of Discrete Structures; Data Structures; Applied Probability and Statistics; Intermediate CpE I/II; Intermediate ECE Design Experimentation; Software Design and Development; ECE Capstone Design A/B/C.
Electrical Engineering undergraduates will be expected to take: Introduction to Electrical Engineering; Introduction to ECE Design; Fundamentals of ECE I/II/ III; Instrumentation Laboratory; Introduction of Discrete Structures; Data Structures; Applied Probability and Statistics; Intermediate ECE Design Experimentation A/B/C; Electromagnetics and Materials; Software Design and Development; ECE Capstone Design A/B/C.
Masters students in Computer Science will take such courses as: Introduction to Discrete Structures; Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Computational Theory; Formal Languages and Syntactic Analysis; Concurrent programming; Parallel Computing; Organization of Programming Languages; Operating Systems and Computer Architecture; Data Communications; Software Engineering; Operating Systems and Computer Architecture; Data Structures; Database Systems; Information Storage and Retrieval Systems; Artificial Intelligence; Advanced Algorithms; Computational Complexity; Parallel Compilers and Real Time Systems.
Masters and Ph.D. students in Electrical Engineering will take such courses as: Physical Electronics; Advanced Digital Circuits; Semiconductor Principles; Digital Filter Design; VHDL Design; Control Theory; Introduction to Lasers; Optoelectronic Materials and Devices; Microwave Theory and Devices; Antennas; Electromagnetics; Power Electronics; Digital Systems; Engineering Applications of Expert Systems; Communication Engineering; Digital Communication Systems; PCM Telemetry Systems; Electronic Navigation Systems; Electromagnetic Wave Propagation; Radar Systems; Inertial Navigation Systems; Satellite-based Navigation Systems; Navigation Receiver Design; Multipath in Navigation Satellite Systems; Integrated Optics; Digital image processing; Computer Vision; Information Transmission; Adaptive Signal Processing; Modulations Systems and Mobile Communications.
Unique Features
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is one of seven degree granting departments within the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University.
The first courses in electrical engineering were offered at Ohio University in 1882. The first baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering was awarded in 1904 and the Department of Electrical Engineering had become a separate entity by 1906. A degree program in Computer Science was first offered in 1968. This program was one of the first in the State of Ohio. The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1972. In 1995, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science merged to form what is now the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The Avionics Engineering Center (AEC) at Ohio University is a unique research organization specializing in aviation research. For more than 37 years, AEC has been active in Communications, Navigation & Landing Systems, and Surveillance (CNS) research for the FAA, NASA, and DoD. The AEC is located in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Ohio University is the lead institution in the NASA ACTS Consortium. The Ohio Consortium for Advanced Communications Technology (OCACT) is established to oversee the continued operation of the NASA Advanced Technology Satellite (ACTS) for the purpose of educating students in various areas of satellite operations and technology, and the continuation of satellite communications research in the Ka band.
Ohio was an early experimenter on the NASA ACTS, the all-digital Ka band spacecraft which enabled in-space platform tests for such advanced technologies as hopping spot beams, on-board processing and rain fade correction. The Ohio Consortium for ACTS is managing a series of on-going experiments and demonstrations as ACTS, now in inclined orbit, has been handed over for scientific and educational use for the remainder of its operational life. EECS students receive hands on learning experience working with the ACTS satellite.
Contact Person(s)
Prof. Dennis Irwin
Director, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Ohio University
Stocker Center
Athens, OH 45701
Tel: +1 740 593 1566
Fax: +1 740 593 0007
Email: irwin@homer.ece.ohiou.edu

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