Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ph.D. Preliminary Examination in CpE

Preliminary Examination Requirements

Chair of the Prelim Exam Committee: Prof. Pai Chou

An information session is scheduled for: Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Location CalIT2 room 3008. Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM


Written Preliminary Examination

(Please register for the exam in the EECS office located in EH 2200. Registration deadline is Monday, October 31, 2016 at 5 pm)

  • Date: Monday, November 7, 2016; 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
  • Location: CalIT2 3008
  • Schedule:
    • 9:30 am: Operating Systems (EECS 111)
    • 11:00 am: Architecture  (EECS 112)
    • 12:00 pm: (Lunch Break)
    • 2:00 pm: Algorithms (EECS 114)


Oral Preliminary Examination

  • Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: EH 4106


Overview

This document outlines the materials to be covered in the written exam. The relevant courses offered at UCI in this field are listed below.  Reference textbooks and supplementary books are provided.


List of courses:

Operating Systems (EECS 111)

  • Reference: Avi Silverschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin, Operating Systems Concepts, Ninth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Chapters 3-13.

Computer Organization (EECS 112)

  • Reference: D. Patterson and J. Hennessy, Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, Fifth Edition, Morgan Kaufman Publishers, 2008.  All Chapters.

Algorithms (EECS 114)

  • Reference: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E.  Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein, Introduction to Algorithms (Second or Third edition), McGraw-Hill, Chapters 1-12, 15-16, 22-26, 34-35


Although the above material describes the nature of the background information the student should have mastered prior to taking the Preliminary Examinations, it is to be emphasized that an important quality for the student to demonstrate by performance during the examinations is a comprehensive understanding of the technical areas involved and the ability to apply it to diverse applications. In other words, students are ultimately responsible for the body of knowledge in the area that might be besides the materials covered in these classes.