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Steven W. Collins
B EE 490
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in Electrical Engineering

Explores special topics in electrical engineering.

Class description

Review and preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam.

Are you interested in becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (PE)? If so, the process begins with the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam, normally taken during the final year of an engineering major, or shortly after graduation. Administered by a state’s board of engineering licensing, the PE license certifies that the engineer has achieved a minimum level of competence in her or his field. Although most engineers do not need to be licensed, it is mandatory for those who wish to work in consulting or to offer their design services on public sector and infrastructure projects, including design and construction of power plants and electric power systems.

This course provides a review of subject matter covered on the FE Exam for electrical engineering. Topics include those that cut across disciplines, such as general mathematics, probability and statistics, physics, ethics, and engineering economics, as well as those specific to electrical engineering, such as circuit analysis, electronics, power, and digital systems. Special attention will be given to areas that may be new to students, and to those that need reinforcement. The small class size will enable a significant degree of tailoring to the needs of individual students.

Student learning goals

Gain efficiency and confidence in solving problems similar to those that will appear on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, with increased confidence and efficiency.

Solve problems in general engineering subjects such as engineering economics, ethics, and professional practice.

Hone ability to apply existing knowledge in core electrical engineering subjects.

Understand the requirements for professional licensing in engineering, and the roles and responsibilities of professional engineers.

General method of instruction

Class will meet once a week to study one of the subject areas covered on the FE exam and to work through example problems together. Outside of class, students will take online quizzes and simulated exams done under conditions similar to those of the actual exam.

Recommended preparation

Third and fourth year engineering students, especially fourth year students interested in taking the FE exam in the near future.

Class assignments and grading

Assessment will be based on the intensity of student engagement with the course, completion of problem sets, and degree of progress in building strength in the exam subject areas. In addition to problems in book and paper format, students will demonstrate mastery through online quizzes that simulate actual exam conditions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Steven W. Collins
Date: 02/21/2014