University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


Electrical and Computer Engineering Program

The rapidly converging world needs more professionals with profound knowledge of electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. The Electrical and Computer Engineering program at UM-SJTU Joint Institute is an interdisciplinary program. It is supported by the EECS Department of UM and EIEE School of SJTU. This program places emphasis on both hardware and software technology, and the students’ capability to creatively use the knowledge learned in the class to solve real world problems. It is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

This program is built on a common science and engineering core. In the first 2 semesters, all students will receive rigorous instruction in math, physics, chemistry, engineering basics and computer programming. These courses have been verified by the UM College of Engineering as equivalent to corresponding UM courses. After the second semester, students choose to enter the ECE program. The ECE program at JI covers all the core requirements of both EE and CE programs at UM (including all the program subjects, technical cores and upper level technical electives).

The ECE program provides students with a fundamental background in the basic theoretical concepts and technological principles of modern electrical and computer engineering. A flexible curriculum allows students to emphasize a wide variety of subject areas within the field including: analog and digital circuits, communication systems, control systems, integrated circuit (microprocessor) design, micro electromechanical devices, signal processing, computer architecture, computer network, and embedded systems. A degree in electrical and computer engineering can lead to a wide range of work opportunities. Automotive applications include engine control processors and sensors to trigger airbags or activate antilock brake systems. Electrical and computer engineers work in the wireless communications field, including mobile phone systems and global positioning systems. They also work in remote sensing to infer characteristics of a region of the earth from the air or from space. They design, manufacture, test and market the microprocessor, analog and RF integrated circuits from which computers, digital movie and still cameras, the internet, communication systems and many other modern conveniences are made. Electrical and computer engineers develop signal processing algorithms and hardware for multimedia devices and develop control algorithms and electronics for mechanical systems such as automobiles, planes and spacecraft. They embed microprocessors in everything from entertainment gadgets to industrial plants.

Throughout the program students work with modern laboratory equipment and computer systems and are exposed to the most recent analytical techniques and technological developments in their field. Students have many opportunities to associate with outstanding faculty, most of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional consulting. Such interaction serves to acquaint students with the opportunities and rewards available to practicing electrical or computer engineers and scientists. Our students are encouraged to seek an advanced degree if further specialization and a higher degree of competence in a particular area are desired.

1. Program Educational Objectives

Within three to five years after graduation from the ECE program, the graduates are expected to:

  • Further their intellectual growth through graduate education or professional development courses.
  • Apply their technical and professional creativity in careers in engineering or non-engineering professions.
  • Embrace leadership roles in a variety of careers.

2. Student Outcomes

Graduates from the ECE program of UM-SJTU Joint Institute should be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

3. Course Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering must satisfactorily complete 128 credit hours required by the JI programs and 22 credit hours required by the Ministry of Education of China and SJTU. The credit requirements include:

  • Subjects Required by All Programs: 39 credits
  • Humanity & Social Sciences: 16 credits
  • Program Subjects:  43 credits
  • Electives:
    • Core Electives: 4 credits
    • Upper Level Technical Electives:  7 credits
    • Flexible Technical Electives: 12 credits
    • General Electives:  7 credits
  • Subjects Required by MODE and SJTU:
    • English: 8 credits
    • Chinese Humanity & Social Science:  10 credits
    • Physical Education:  4 credits

Subjects required by all programs (39 credits)

Program Subject (43 credits)

  • Introduction to Circuits – Ve 215
  • Introduction to Signals and Systems – Ve 216
  • Programming &Introductory Data Structures -Ve 280
  • Probabilistic Methods in Engineering -Ve 401
  • Electromagnetics I – Ve 230
  • Introduction to Logic Design – Ve 270
  • Electronic Circuits – Ve 311
  • Introduction to Semiconductor Devices – Ve 320
  • Introduction to Computer Organization – Ve 370
  • Technical Communication – Ve 300
  • Capstone Design – Ve 450

or Major Design Experience (MDE) – Ve 411, Ve 413, Ve 427, Ve 452, Ve 470, or Ve 483

  • Advanced Technical Communication – Ve 496

Note: Ve 300 can be taken independently of any ECE course, but it is a prerequisite for Ve 496. Ve 496 must be taken concurrently with Ve 450 or an MDE course.

Humanities and Social Sciences (16 credits)

This category of requirement includes 2 credit hours of Vg 496 Professional Ethics and 14 credit hours of other humanity and social science courses. The 14 credit hour requirements may be fulfilled by taking courses in humanities and social sciences offered in English at JI and/or UM.

Core Electives (4 credits)

A minimum of 4 credits from one of the following categories:

Additional courses maybe acceptable, but must be approved by the ECE Program Advisor.

Any qualified credits in excess of 4 may flow into Upper Level Technical Elective, Flexible Technical Elective, or General Elective categories.

Students in the UM-JI Dual-Degree program are not subject to the requirement of this category.

Upper Level ECE Technical Electives (7 credits)

Additional courses maybe acceptable, but must be approved by the ECE Program Advisor.

Any qualified credits in excess of 7 may flow into Flexible Technical Elective or General Elective categories.

Flexible Technical Electives (12 credits)

The flexible technical elective requirement may be fulfilled by taking 300-level or higher courses in ECE or in other engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics fields.

Up to 6 credits of courses taken from other engineering or science departments of SJTU may be counted in this category but must be 300-level or higher. These courses must be approved by the ECE Program Advisor. The JI Undergraduate Education Office keeps a list of pre-approved courses.

Note: any credits in excess of 12 may be applied to the General Elective category

General Electives (7 credits)

General electives are intended to allow students to explore any dimension of intellectual endeavor that they elect, in both technical (including engineering) and non-technical fields. This requirement can be met by any course subject to the following restrictions:

  • A maximum of 3 credit hours of performance courses in sports, music, and arts.
  • A maximum of 4 credit hours of research work (including PRP, IAP, and independent study) can be counted towards graduation.

Students should select their general elective classes either to explore an area of cultural interest or to explore an area of professional interest such as:

  • Management, business, or finance classes in preparation for working in industry.
  • Classes to prepare for further study outside engineering such as medicine, dentistry, law or education.
  • Additional language, literature or culture classes to prepare for a career in the global economy.
  • Additional Electrical and Computer Engineering classes to go into more depth than the limited program of technical electives allows.
  • Engineering classes in other departments in preparation for graduate school outside Electrical and Computer Engineering.

4. Sample Schedule for ECE Program

The following  sample schedule a detailed example that explains how the above categories may be satisfied and lead to graduation in four years. The ECE curriculum flowchart is shown as follows:

ECE flowchart