Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

Candidacy Exam

ELECTROMAGNETIC CANDIDACY Exams are NOT offered in August.


DEADLINE FOR EXAM COMPLETION

REQUIRED REGISTRATION

CANDIDACY EXAM DATES 

GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION OF EXAM SUBJECT

SUBJECT AREA & SAMPLE EXAMS

EXAM RESULTS


GENERAL INFORMATION

PROGRAM INFORMATION

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS & OVERVIEW

ECE COURSES

CANDIDACY EXAM DATES

  1. CANDIDACY EXAM (within Year 1)
  2. ADVISORY COMMITTEE (after Candidacy)
  3. ETHICS APPROVAL (if needed)
  4. THESIS PROPOSAL PRESENTATION (Year 2)
  5. WRITING YOUR THESIS  & STYLE REQUIREMENTS
  6. EXAMINING COMMITTEE
  7. FINAL ORAL: (Year 3-6)
  8. AFTER THE DEFENCE

 

AURORA -- COURSE REGISTRATION

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES


 

DEADLINE FOR EXAM COMPLETION 

The successful completion of the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam is required within the first year of the student beginning his/her Ph.D. program. 

 

WITHIN THE STUDENT'S  FIRST YEAR IN THE PH.D. PROGRAM

  1. Up to three(3) registration opportunities are offered to a student within the first-year in the Ph.D. program
  2. The student is given two(2) chances to PASS a Ph.D. Candidacy Exam

 


 

REQUIRED REGISTRATION  

  1. GRAD 8020  
    1. ALL Ph.D. students MUST register each year as a Ph.D. Student using this code:  GRAD  8020.
    2. ALL Ph.D. students MUST register in Grad 8020 until graduation.
  2. GRAD 8010: 
    • ALL incoming Ph.D. students MUST register in GRAD 8010 (Doctoral Candidacy Examination) in their first year in the Ph.D. Program to allow us to record your exam results
  3. CANDIDACY EXAM -- PAPER REGISTRATION
    1. The Department will distribute Candidacy Exam Registration forms approximately 6-8 weeks prior to a schedule exam
      • This is required to allow us to have an exam ready for you
    2. Paper Registrations must be signed by your Academic Advisor to confirm you
      1. have been permission by your Academic Advisor to sit for an exam
      2. are registering for the correct exam
    3. Paper Registrations must be returned the Graduate Student Advisor at least 1-month prior to a schedule exam

 


 

GENERAL INFORMATION  

  1. EXAM LENGTH:       ~2-3 hours depending on Subject Area
  2. EXAM FORMAT:      Written
  3. CANDIDACY COMPLETION DEADLINE
    Students must successfully complete their Candidacy within their INITIAL YEAR in the Ph.D. program
  4. FINAL PHD ORAL:   If all requirements have been met students may give their FINAL ORAL 1-year after the Candidacy Exam.

 

 


 

SELECTION OF CANDIDACY EXAM SUBJECT AREA

  1. TEST AREA:  The student's ADVISOR selects the student's Candidacy Exam Subject Area
    1. The Candidacy Exam is usually a subject in the student's research area
    2. The Candidacy Exam is usually a subject that the Academic Advisor believes is important and rudimentary to the student's research
  2. EXAM ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Candidacy Exams are announced ~3-4 weeks prior to the Exam
  3. EXAM REGISTRATION FORMS:  Candidacy Exam Registration forms are emailed to all ECE students approximately ~3-4 weeks prior to the Exam
  4. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY:   It is the responsibility for the student to
    1. Discuss the Candidacy Exam with his/her Academic Advisor at least when by the time the Candidacy Exam is initially announced
    2. Fill-in the Candidacy Exam Registration Form
    3. Obtain the signature of the Academic Advisors
    4. Submit the Candidacy Exam Registration Form to the Graduate Student Advisor BY THE DEADLINE DATE  

 


 

SUBJECT AREAS

WHAT TO STUDY & SAMPLE EXAMS

 

 

ALGORITHMS & DATA STRUCTURES

  1. TEXT
    • T. H. Cormen, C. E. Leiserson, R. L. Rivest, C. Stein, Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd ed., MIT Press, 2009
  2. SAMPLE EXAM  

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CIRCUITS & ELECTRONICS

  1. ELECTRONICS
    1. TEXT
      • Richard Spencer and Mohammed Ghausi, Introduction to Electronic Circuit Design, Prentice-Hall 2003.      ISBN 0-201-36183-3
    2. CHAPTERS:
      1. Chapter 8:     Low-Frequency Small-Signal AC Analysis and Amplifiers
      2. Chapter 9:     Amplifier Frequency Response
      3. Chapter 10:   Feedback
      4. Chapter 12:   Low-Frequncy Large Signal Analysi
      5. Chapter 15:   Transistor Level Digital Circuits
  2. CIRCUITS
    1. TEXT
      • C. A. Desoer, E. Kuh, Basic Circuit Theory, McGraw-Hill, 1969.     ISBN 07-016575-0
    2. CHAPTERS
      1. Chapter 6:   Introduction to linear time-invariant circuits (impulse response is discussed here)
      2. Chapter 12: State Equations
      3. Chapter 13: Laplace Transfor
      4. Chapter 14: Natural Frequencies
      5. Chapter 15: Network Functions (poles and zeros are discussed here)
      6. Chapter 16: Network Theorems
      7. Chapter 17: Two-Port Networks
  3. MATERIALS ALLOWED IN EXAM ROOM
    • Students are allowed to bring a letter-sized, single-sided, handwritten formula sheet with them to this exam
  4. SAMPLE EXAM

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COMPUTER & DIGITAL SYSTEMS

  1. LECTURE NOTES
    1. ECE 3730:  Principles of Embedded System Design
    2. ECE 3610:  Microprocessing Systems
  2. ADDITIONAL READING MATERIAL
    • TEXT:   J. W. Valvano, Embedded Microcomputer Systems: Real Time Interfacing, 3rd Edition, University of Texas, Austin, CENGAGE Learning, 2012. ISBN-10: 1111426252  ISBN-13: 9781111426255
  3. MATERIALS ALLOWED IN EXAM ROOM
    1. OPEN BOOK
    2. Students will be given a copy of the instruction set for the 68HC11 for assembly language programming
    3. Students may bring a copy of the web site Lecture Notes for courses ECE 3610 and ECE 3730
  4. SAMPLE EXAM

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CONTROLS

  1. TEXT
    • K. Ogata, Modern Control Engineering, 5/E, Prentice Hall, 2010
  2. CHAPTERS
    1. Chapter 3
    2. Chapter 5
    3. Chpater 9
  3. MATERIALS ALLOWED IN EXAM ROOM
    • This is a "CLOSE BOOK" exam.  NO Books or Notes are allowed
  4. SAMPLE EXAM

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ELECTROMAGNETICS

  1. TEXT
    • Simon Ramo, John R. Whinnery, Theodore Van Duzer, Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics, 3rd Edition, John Wiley, 1994.    ISBN: 0-471-58551-3.
  2. CHAPTERS
    1. 1 - 3
    2. 5
    3. 6
    4. 8
    5. 10 - 12
  3. ADDITIONAL EXAM INFORMATION
  4. MATERIALS ALLOWED IN EXAM ROOM
    1. ONE textbook (hardcopy) of the student’s choice
    2. Calculators with empty memory and no pre-stored programs
    3. ONE 8-1/2" x 11" formula sheet (writing on both sides allowed)
  5. SAMPLE EXAM  
    1. May 2013
    2. August 2014
    3. December 2015 

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ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS

  1. TEXT
    • Gilbert Strang, Introduction to Applied mathematics, Wellesley-Cambridge Press, 1986
  2. CHAPTERS
    1. Symmetric Linear Systems
    2. Equilibrium Equations
    3. Equilibrium in the Continuous Case
    4. Analytic Methods
    5. Numerical Methods
    6. Initial-value Problems
    7. Network Flows and Combinatorics
    8. Optimization
  3. SAMPLE EXAM

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MATERIALS

  1.  TEXT
    • S.O. Kasap, "Principles of Electrical Engineering Materials and Devices", 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill (2006).   ISBN 0-07-295791-3
  2. SAMPLE EXAM 

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NANO / MICROELECTRONICS

  1. TEXT
    • C. Durkan, Current at the nanoscale - an introduction to nanoelectronics, Imperial College Press/World Scientific (2007); ISBN 978-1-86094-823-7
  2. SAMPLE EXAM

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OPTICS / PHOTONICS

  1. TEXT
    • Saleh, Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd Ed. Wiley, 2007
  2. CHAPTERS
    1.   1 - 6
    2.   11
    3.   13 - 18
  3. MATERIALS ALLOWED IN EXAM ROOM
    • This Candidacy Exam is "CLOSED BOOK", but students are ALLOWED to bring one, single-sided formula sheet (letter-sized) prepared by the student.
  4. SAMPLE EXAM

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POWER SYSTEMS

  1. TEXT
    1. J. J. Grainger, W. D. Stevenson, Jr., Power system analysis, McGraw-Hill, 1994
      • Chapters 6-12
    2. P. C. Sen, Principle of Electric Machines and Power Electronics, 2nd Ed., Wiley, 1997
      1. Chapters 2-6
      2. Chapters 6-12
  2. SAMPLE EXAM

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SIGNAL PROCESSING

  1. TEXT
    • Digital Signal Processing, 4th edition, John G. Proakis, Dimitris K. Manolakis, Prentice Hall, 2006
  2. CHAPTERS
    1. Chapter 1:   Introduction
    2. Chapter 2:   Discrete-Time Signals and Systems
    3. Chapter 3:   The Z-Transform and Its Application to the Analysis of LTI Systems
    4. Chapter 4:   Frequency Analysis of Signals and Systems
    5. Chapter 7:   The Discrete Fourier Transform: Its Properties and Applications
    6. Chapter 9:   Implementation of Discrete-Time Systems
    7. Chapter 12: Linear Prediction and Optimum Linear Filters
    8. Chapter 14: Power Spectrum Estimation
  3. MATERIALS ALLOWED IN THE EXAM ROOM
    1. TEXTS ARE NOT ALLOWED -- This is a "CLOSED BOOK" exam
    2. PERSONAL NOTES ARE OK and allowed during the Exam -- the candidate may bring one (A4, single-sided, hand-written formula sheet)
    3. A non-programmable calculator is allowed -- NO OTHER electronic devices are permitted
  4. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    1. Exam Problems/Questions
      1. There will be exactly one problem from the material covered in each of the following chapters of the textbook
      2. The problems shall be prepared by at least two faculty members
      3. Students MUST attempt ALL 8 questions; only the 7 questions with the highest obtained mark are counted towards the student’s final mark
    2. All students registered for the candidacy exam in a given semester receive the same written exam
  5. SAMPLE EXAM 

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 TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  1. EXAM INFORMATION  -- Updated Nov. 2018
  2. SAMPLE EXAM

 


EXAM RESULTS

 

RESULT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Depending on the time of year, the RESULTS of the Candidacy Exam results are announced ~2 to ~3 months after the exam.

 

PASS RESULTS

Students who receive a passing score on their Candidacy Exam please fill-in the following 2 forms

  1. Program of Study/Appointment of Advisory Committee
  2. Report on Candidacy Exam
    1. Signatures Needed
      1. Academic Advisor
      2. Internal Committee Member

 

NON-PASS RESULTS

  1. Please meet with your Academic Advisor.  He / She may have your exam and will be able to review your exam with you
  2. Plan to register for another Candidacy Exam
  3. Fill-in the Report on Candidacy Exam
    1. Signatures Needed
      1. Academic Advisor
      2. Internal Committee Member

 

BORDERLINE RESULTS

  1. Please meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss your exam results
  2. In this case you may have missed a question as
    1. The reviewers were unsure they understood your response
    2. The reviewers were unsure you understood the exam question
  3. You will
    1. be asked to meet with the Candidacy Examination Committee
    2. orally answer the question
  4. Your result will be announced immediately after the Oral Presentation
  5. Please fill-in the appropriate form(s) -- see above

 


 

EXAM DATES

 

2019 CANDIDACY EXAM DATES

MAY 07, 2019

 --  TUESDAY
 --  9:30 am to 1:00 pm
 --  E2-330 EITC

AUGUST 20, 2019

  • TUESDAY
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • E2-320 EITC

 NO ELECTROMAGNETICS candidacy offered in August

JANUARY 14, 2019

  • MONDAY
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • E2-105 EITC

*The EM Candidacy Exam is offered only in MAY & DECEMBER each year


 

  1. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
    1. AURORA REGISTRATION (online)
    2. EXAM PAPER REGISTRATION
      1. The Paper Registration Form distributed with Candidacy Exam announcements
      2. It must be received by the indicated deadline in order to qualify for the exam period
      3. The signature of your Academic Advisor is REQUIRED on the form
  2. TENTATIVE EXAM DATES:   Exam Dates are tentative until a room assignment is indicated. 
  3. TIME CONFLICT:   If you foresee a date/time conflict with the schedule Ph.D. Candidacy Exam please contact Dr. Ekram Hossain  IMMEDIATELY
  4. ILLNESS / INJURIES, ETC.:   Should an illness, injury, etc. befall you, please contact Dr. Ekram Hossain to request an excuse from the exam.
  5. QUESTIONS:   If you have questions concerning the Candidacy Exam please refer them directly to  Dr. Ekram Hossain
  6. CANDIDACY REGISTRATION FORMS will be sent to students ~3-8 weeks in-advance to the exam -- you may register at that time
  7. CANDIDACY EXAM DEADLINE:  Students MUST successfully complete their Candidacy Exam within their first year in the Ph.D. program.

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT COURSE OFFERINGS

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ACADEMIC GUIDELINES

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GRADUATE CALENDAR / CATALOG

CODE OF CONDUCT--Plagiarism

CHEATING, PLAGIARISM, ETC.
 (students, instructors, TAs)

EXAM & FINAL GRADES

COMPUTER ACCTS, FORMS...

TEACHING ASSIST. HANDBOOK  

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  3. M.Eng.
  4. Occasional
  5. IIS / Overview 
  6. Course Category (AX,AU,OS)

PROGRAM INFORMATION

  1. MANDATORY:
    1. Summer Registration
    2. Progress Reports
    3. Academic Integrity Tutorial 
    4. ASG--Advisor Student Guidelines 
    5. Continuous Registration 
  2. LEAVES OF ABSENCE
  3. FAILED GRADES
    1. What to do
    2. Grade Appeals
    3. Student Advocacy
  4. SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDELINES
    1. Advance Credits (4.4.5)
    2. Transfer Credits (4.4.6)
    3. Transfer to Ph.D. (5.1.3)
  5. PROGRAM TRANSFERS:
    1. M.Sc. to Ph.D.
    2. M.Eng. to M.Sc.
    3. M.Sc. to M.Eng.
    4. Ph.D. to M.Sc.
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  7. Transfer Credits
  8. CO, IP, Incomp, Course Extension
  9. Deferred Exam Form 
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  8. ECE Graduand Info
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