Electrical PE - Computer Specifications

The exam is an 8-hour open-book exam. It contains 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour morning session, and 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour afternoon session. Examinee works all questions.
The exam uses both the International System of units (SI) and the US Customary System (USCS).
The exam is developed with questions that will require a variety of approaches and methodologies, including design, analysis, and application. Some questions may require knowledge of engineering economics.
The knowledge areas specified as examples of kinds of knowledge are not exclusive or exhaustive categories.

I.    Computer Systems 40%
A.    Numeric and Nonnumeric Formats 5%
1.    Number representation
2.    Character representation
3.    Encoding schemes
4.    Error detection and correction
B.    Computer Architecture 35%
1.    Computer organization
2.    Processor-controlled systems
3.    Processor structures
4.    Memory systems
5.    Hardware fault tolerance
6.    System performance
II.    Hardware 25%
A.    Digital Devices 5%
1.    Memory devices
2.    Standard modular devices (e.g., multiplexers)
B.    Digital Electronics 7.5%
1.    Basic solid-state devices
2.    Operating parameters
3.    Tristate logic
4.    Data conversion and instrumentation
5.    VLSI circuits
6.    Timing design and analysis
C. Digital Circuits 7.5%
1.    Arithmetic hardware
2.    Synchronous
3.    Asynchronous
4.    Testability
5.    Programmable hardware
D. Hardware Description Languages 5%
1.    Testbench software
2.    Analysis and design
3.    Synthesis issues
4.    Assertions and verification
III. Software 25%
A.    System Software 7.5%
1.    Operating systems
2.    Real-time operating systems
3.    Computer security
4.    Device drivers
5.    Interrupts
B.    Development/Applications 12.5%
1.    Software design and documentation methods
2.    Quality assurance
3.    Fundamental constructs
4.    Programming language characteristics
5.    Development tools
C. Software Maintenance 5%
1.    Configuration management
2.    Software update
3.    Change control
IV. Networks 10%
A.    Computer Networks 5%
1.    Protocols
2.    OSI (layer) model
3.    Topology
4.    Hardware
5.    Security
B.    Physical Layer Implementation 2.5%
1.    Synchronization techniques
2.    Transmission media
3.    Asynchronous
4. Wireless
5. Optical
C. Information Theory 2.5%
1.    Data compression
2.    Channel capacity
3.    Sampling theory

 

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