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Locations and Dates

  • Locations: Wales and England, United Kingdom
  • Dates: July 3 – August 5, 2022; Dates are subject to change
  • Term offered: Summer II
  • Applicable majors: Classes may count for students pursuing electrical and computer engineering, computer science and engineering. Please consult with your departmental academic advisor to determine how this fits within your degree plan.

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Overview

The goal of the ECEN 350 course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the functioning of a computer system in terms of both hardware and software. We begin by examining the path from a high-level language (C) to an assembly language, covering the design and the workings of the tools used in this path. We then examine the design of processor memory systems and storage, and of a simple machine that can execute a given assembly language.

The goal of ECEN 469 is to investigate the tradeoffs and considerations in the design of superscalar or instruction-level parallel (ILP) microprocessors. We also explore other current microarchitectural approaches to improve performance and efficiency. The course builds on the foundation formed with ECEN 350 and extends the students' understanding of the high-end processors available today.

ECEN 350 is mandatory for all electrical engineering and computer engineering students while ECEN 469 is an elective. The knowledge taught in the first half of ECEN 350 will be leveraged in the second half with ECEN 469. Together, they form a solid basis and background for computer engineering and for the semiconductor industry.

Students will be staying at Swansea University in Wales. The town of Swansea boasts a beautiful stretch of coast, the largest indoor market in the country, and Gower Peninsula, which was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956 as part of an effort to conserve its beauty for future generations. While in Swansea, students will be staying in student dorms on the Bay campus. Take a virtual tour of the Bay dorms, view the photo gallery for this program and check out what life is like as a student at Swansea University.

Tentative schedule (subject to change): Classes will be held on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with weekends available for industry visits, cultural tours, and excursions.

Highlights of the trip:

  • Four industry visits – Each visit is scheduled on one of the first three Fridays (if possible).
    • Tata: One of the largest steel producers in Europe, serving worldwide markets such as construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata Port Talbot is an integrated steel production plant capable of producing 5 million tons of steel slab, which makes it the larger of the two major steel plants in the U.K. and one of the largest in Europe. Over 4,000 people work at the plant.
    • Airbus: Designs, manufactures and delivers industry-leading commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transports, satellites and launch vehicles. Also provides data services, navigation, secure communications, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global scale.
    • Rolls Royce: Designs, manufactures and distributes power systems for aviation and other industries. Its defense and civil aerospace divisions are located in Bristol.
    • GE: An American multinational conglomerate that operates in aviation, healthcare, power, renewable energy, digital industry, additive manufacturing and venture capital and finance. Its Nantgarw site is home to GE Aviation, which makes jet engines for Boeing and Airbus.
    • ARM Ltd: A British semiconductor and software design company based in Cambridge, England. Its primary business is in the design of ARM processors, the dominant processor used in smartphones such as Apple and Samsung.
  • Cultural tours – Each visit is scheduled on one of the first three Saturdays (if possible).
    • Swansea city tour
    • University of Swansea tour
    • Oystermouth Castle
    • Carreg Cennen
    • Punting tour of Cambridge
    • Trinity College tour
  • Free weekend

Courses Offered

Estimated Cost

The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program. For a full list of the financial aid requirements please visit our Financial aid and Scholarship page.

Please note that all costs are subject to change.

Estimated Program Costs Cost
Fees Collected by Halliburton Global Programs Office
Administrative fee (Non-refundable billed separately upon commitment, not insurable) $500
Remaining Program Cost
Program Cost (includes Lodging, some meals, excursions, cultural visits, in-country transportation, CISI international health insurance, & Contribution toward faculty leader expenses
$4,500
Total Fee Postings from Halliburton Global Programs & Education Abroad Office $5,000
Additional Estimated Expense*
Tuition and fees (7 credits billed in the summer term)* $3,100+
International airfare $1,500+
Travel documents (passport and/or visa, if needed) $110+
Meals and incidentals (not included in Program Fee) $1000
Cancel for Any Reason Insurance (recommended, not required insurance for program fee less the less the administration fee) $350+
Textbooks and supplies Varies
Personal spending (estimated $50 - $200 per week) Varies
Additional Estimated Expense ~$6,060

*These suggested amounts may fluctuate depending on the options students choose. They will not be billed by the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs Office and should be taken into consideration when planning the finances of the program. Please refer to Student Business Services for the exact information regarding your course tuition and fees: Student Business Services Billing Explanations. For a tuition and fees estimate, please visit the Student Business Services Tuition Calculator page.

Contact Information

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Paul Gratz 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Wisenbaker Room 333M
pgratz@tamu.edu | 979-488-4551

Dr. Stavros Kalafatis
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wisenbaker Room 205E
skalafatis-tamu@tamu.edu  

Program Coordinators

Engineering Global Programs  
Zachry Engineering Education Complex
Suite 410
engineeringglobalprograms@tamu.edu