Program Guide 2016


Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Innovation Engineering (International Program)


The B.Eng. in Computer Innovation Engineering (CIE) program is a four-year full-time international undergraduate program. In order to graduate, the students must complete at least 140 credits and satisfy the graduation requirements given in the following section. The program is designed to drive innovations and entrepreneurship in computing and information technology-related areas. Each semester will include a project-based theme which helps students practice and design innovative solutions in the respective areas.

CIE Course Development

In the first year, the students study basic courses in mathematics and science and improve their communication skills. Students will also be introduced to fundamental programming concepts and the foundation of digital systems. The first year projects will give students hands-on experience and basic development of computing technologies.

In the second year, the students will learn advanced computing concepts which serve as foundation of computing technologies. The students also learn to apply design methods for solutions in technical areas such as cyber-physical systems and computing infrastructures.

Third year students will learn about the latest technologies and innovations which happen in the area. In each semester, the students will study new concepts and apply creativity in completing projects in trending areas such as cloud-mobile application development and IoT. Students will also learn about innovation engineering, along with the process and tools to facilitate new innovations.

Fourth year students undertake significant innovative engineering design projects. Students will apply their skills and knowledge to create sustainable innovations while being able to apply the required standards and realistic engineering constraints. Students may also further specialized in their areas of interest and prepare for the next step in their

Objectives & Outcomes

Engineering Quality
Our graduates will apply computer engineering practice, combined with innovative process, to identify and solve significant problems across a broad range of applications.
Our graduates will adapt the process by which technological ideas are generated, developed and transformed into new business products, processes, services and/or solutions.
Our graduates will apply their technical and innovative leadership to establish successful careers in their business, profession and community.
Economic Impact
Our graduates will apply their technical expertise, leadership and innovative mindset to support and strengthen the society’s economic well-being.
Lifelong Learning
Our graduates will learn new technologies, methodologies and tools and adapt them to respond to the challenges of a changing environment.
The program has the following outcomes which adhere to ABET student outcomes for the engineering program.
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design an innovative system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
After completing the program, the graduates can pursue any of the following careers:
1. Innovation Engineer
2. Startup Entrepreneurs
3. Cloud Engineer
4. Innovation Software Engineer
5. IT Innovation & Developer
6. Enterprise Data Engineer
7. Innovation Application Developer
8. Product Designer
9. Embedded System Engineer
10. Security Analyst
11. Software Architect
12. Solution Engineer

Program Details

Transferred Credits
Any course considered for transfer credit must be relevant to program’s objective. The decision to award transfer credit is determined by the program committee. Elective credit may be awarded for courses with no CIE equivalent if deemed relevant to the program. Courses are taken at regionally or internationally accredited institutions that are comparable to courses offered will be reviewed for course content and level by the program committee. Only those courses in which the transfer student received a grade of C or better will be evaluated for possible transfer credit.
The program committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of the transfer; including the contents of the transferred courses and a number of credits awarded, which could differ from the number of credits offered in the program. The program committee may appoint an appropriate faculty member to make decisions regarding transfer credit. Staff members make no transfer credit decisions.
Placement Credits
New students are granted course credits for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Cambridge International/Edexcel Advanced Level (A-level) credits dependent upon the score received. The policy and criteria for accepting these placement credits will be announced by the program committee prior to the student’s initial enrollment.

The transfer and placement credits could be used to satisfy the program requirements for mathematical and science, general education, introductory and free elective courses. However, a student must complete courses at the institution for a minimum of four semesters, or at least 64 credits.

Students must complete at least 140 credits to graduate with at least 30 credits from general education courses; at least 103 credits from Computer Innovation Engineering concentration and at least 7 credits from free electives. Students must also complete the innovation internship requirement during their courses of study.

[table] Categories, Credits
General Education, 30 credits

  • Language Courses, 12 credits
  • Science and Mathematics, 6 credits
  • Humanity, 6 credits
  • Social Science, 6 credits

Computer Innovation Engineering, 103 credits

  • Science and Mathematics for Engineering, 12 credits
  • Introductory Courses, 12 credits
  • CIE Seminar, 1 credits
  • Innovation Training, 12 credits
  • Foundation Courses, 20 credits
  • Integrated Innovation Courses, 20 credits
  • Science and Mathematics Electives, 12 credits
  • CIE Elective, 8 credits

Alternative Study, 6 credits
Free Electives, 7 credits
Innovation Internship, 0 credits
Minimum credits required for graduation, 140 credits

Graduation Requirements

Language Courses
Students must achieve the required English proficiency level prior to the graduation. The requirement could be satisfied using the English proficiency test scores submitted during the application, or after admitting to the program.
Non-native English speakers who have not achieved the required English proficiency level during admission must complete two English-as-a-Second-Language courses (Academic Listening & Speaking and Academic Reading & Writing) in their first year of study. Students whose English proficiency score satisfied the program requirement also receive transfer credits for both courses.
Students are required to complete at least 12 credits from the courses in this category.
Humanity electives
Students must complete at least 6 credits from the courses in Humanity electives.
Social Science electives
Students must complete at least 6 credits from the courses in Social Science electives.
Science and Mathematics
Students must complete at least 6 credits from the courses in Science and Mathematics.
Science and Mathematics for Engineering
Students must complete a total of 12 credits from science and mathematics for engineering courses; including Advanced Calculus, Physics 1 and Physics 2 (include laboratory component). Note that placement credits submitted during the application can also be used to obtain the credits..
Introductory Courses
Students must complete 16 credits from Introductory courses. Students must complete 8 credits from basic mathematics required for CIE and 8 credits from other CIE introductory courses.
CIE Seminar
Students must complete a 1-credit seminar course which introduces them to current trends and areas of specialization in CIE. The course will also help students decide their areas of interest.
Innovation Training
Students must complete at least 12 credits from the courses in Innovation Training category.
Foundation Courses
Students must complete at least 20 credits from Foundation courses.
Integrated Innovation Courses
Students must complete at least 20 credits from Integrated Innovation courses. Integrated Innovation courses are courses which synergize with each other and help students generate innovations in the respective areas. One of the courses in this category must include a significant engineering design component where teams of students analyze and design complex systems to solve problems.
Within this category, students must complete at least 4 credits from Computer Innovation Engineering Capstone Design. Students will practice open-ended engineering design that incorporate fundamental and advanced concepts from the program. Students will learn to collaborate with others, build innovation, identify the opportunities, propose ideas, design and implement innovative solutions while being able to apply standards and realistic engineering constraints.
CIE Electives
Students must complete at least 8 credits from CIE elective courses to further specialized in their area of interests, or explore other aspects of Computer Innovation Engineering.
Science and Mathematics Electives
Students must complete at least 12 credits from courses in science and mathematics electives. Note that placement credits submitted during the application can also be used to obtain the credits.
Students must complete at least 7 credits from any courses offered by the institution.
Students must participate in the internship or entrepreneurship experience for at least 8 weeks while working toward the degree (usually during the summer). This requirement could be satisfied by completing internships with an innovative company in public or private sectors (including Cooperative Education), participating in research projects with research labs or academic institutions, or working toward the entrepreneurship with incubators. The program committee will annually release the policies regarding the eligibility and the conditions required to complete the requirement.
Capstone Design Preparation and Research
CIE students may choose to participate in the 6-credit capstone design preparation course in order to research and prepare for their capstone design project. Students will study research methodologies, practice open-ended engineering design, collaborate with others, identify the opportunities, propose ideas, design and implement innovative solutions while being able to apply standards and realistic engineering constraints.
Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op)
The Co-Op is a 16-week extended internship experience in which students may opt to participate in. Interested students should contact the department or the program committee regarding the current policies and the requirements. While on the Co-Op assignment, the students are participating in a recognized educational program and retain their full-time student status.
Study Abroad
CIE student may choose to study abroad while still earning the Computer Innovation Engineering degree. Students should contact the department or the program committee regarding the current exchange options and transferred credits eligibility. The students will receive 6 credits from participating in the exchange program.