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ECE 496: Senior Research Project

Catalog Description: Individual research project under the guidance of a faculty member: for example, mathematical analysis, laboratory experiments, computer simulations, software development, circuit design, or device fabrication. Preparation of a written research proposal, which includes preliminary results. 2 undergraduate hours. ECE 496 and ECE 499 taken in sequence fulfill the Advanced Composition Requirement. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: RHET 105; consent of instructor.
Prerequisite: Senior standing; RHET 105; and consent of instructor.
Credit: 2 hours.
The grade for ECE 496 will be assigned upon completion of ECE 499. ECE 496 without ECE 499 will receive an “F”. 
No graduate credit for this course.


ECE 499: Senior Thesis

Catalog Description: Completion of the research project begun under ECE 496. Preparation and oral presentation of a written thesis that reports the results of the project. 2 undergraduate hours. To fulfill the Advanced Composition Requirement, credit must be earned for both ECE 496 and ECE 499. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: ECE 496 and consent of instructor.
Prerequisite: ECE 496 and consent of instructor.
Credit: 2 hours.


Overview and Registration:

ECE 496 and ECE 499 are individual study courses for seniors majoring in electrical engineering or in computer engineering to undertake research projects.

In ECE 496, a student begins a project, performs preliminary research and writes a series of progress reports. In ECE 499, the student completes the project, finishes writing the thesis, and makes an oral presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The completion of both ECE 496 and ECE 499 satisfies the campus Advanced Composition requirement and optionally the Senior Project requirement (ECE 445).

To register for ECE 496/499 and complete the course requirements:

  1. Fill out the ECE 496/499 Application Form and return to Room 156 (Undergraduate Advising Office),
  2. Document your research and thesis progress on the ECE 496/499 Checklist (to be returned to Room 156 at the completion of ECE 499),
  3. A student whose Senior Thesis Project does not involve the design and construction or testing of electronic devices or hardware is required to complete a Special Circuit Project in the ECE 445 lab during the semester he takes ECE 499. Enrollment in ECE 445 Special Circuit Project is to be initiated by the student by contacting the head TA of ECE 445 or by signing up at the course website during the second week of the semester.
  4. Make an oral presentation of your Senior Research results during the spring Undergraduate Research Symposium (an alternative arrangement will be made for December graduates).
  5. Submit a draft version of your Senior Thesis to the Editorial Office (Room 59, Everitt Lab) for English and format check at least 10 days before Reading Day,
  6. Revise your draft copy in accordance with the suggestions from the Editorial Office (to be checked by the thesis advisor),
  7. Submit the final version of your Senior Thesis (checked and approved by the thesis advisor) and completed ECE 496/499 Checklist to Room 156 by the first day of finals week.
  8. If the submitted thesis does not meet the standards of the Guideline for Senior Thesis (below), the thesis will have to be corrected and the grade will not be released until it is corrected.

The grade for ECE 496/499 is assigned by the thesis advisor, the formal instructor of ECE 496/499 specified in ECE 496/499 Application Form.

Guidelines for Senior Thesis.


For more information contact:

The ECE Undergraduate Advising Office
ece-advisor@illinois.edu

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