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ECE 421 – Complexity (3 units)
Description: Complexity is a new approach studying how interconnected parts give rise to the collective behavior of large systems and how the systems interact with their environment. It cuts across all traditional disciplines: science, engineering, medicine, management, etc. This course introduces the students to the key issues associated with Complexity,
the main approaches to study Complexity, the ways of describing complex systems, the process of formation of complex systems, how local interactions give rise to global patterns of behavior, emergent phenomena,
analytical and computational tools for studying Complexity, the main application areas of Complexity.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be convened with: ECE 521.
Usually offered: Fall.
A long list of recommended reading.
By the end of this course, the student will understand
Two 75-minute lecture sessions per week.
a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (Medium)
c) 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 (Medium)
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (High)
g) an ability to communicate effectively (Medium)
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global,
economic, environmental, and societal context (Medium)
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.