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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
ECET 1001 Orientation 1-0-1 This course will provide an introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, to include: an introduction to the ECET faculty, an overview of career opportunities, available campus facilities, student organizations, etc. Some of the skills necessary to students will also be introduced. These include: writing formal lab reports and learning basic computer skills.
ECET 1012 Design Fundamentals
Prerequisites: ECET 1001 or concurrently, MATH 1113 or concurrently
1-3-2 This course will introduce students to engineering technology design principles by having them participate in team based design competitions. Major goals of the course include learning how to work in teams and learning how to approach a complex design problem from many different perspectives. Fundamental Engineering Technology skills will also be taught which include critical thinking, debugging methodologies, and circuit construction techniques.
ECET 1101 Circuits I
Prerequisites: ECET 1012, ENGL 1101, MATH 2253 or concurrently
3-3-4 This course introduces basic electrical quantities. Techniques for analyzing resistive networks are heavily emphasized. In addition, the physical mechanisms underlying capacitance and inductance are examined along with analysis of transient responses in circuits containing resistors and capacitors or resistors and inductors. The course concludes with a treatment of dependent sources. Laboratory exercises reinforce theoretical concepts presented in the class and provide various opportunities to become familiar with standard instrumentation in electrical engineering technology.
ECET 1200 Digital I
Prerequisite: ECET 1100 or concurrently
3-3-4 A study of digital circuit fundamentals with an emphasis on combinational and sequential logic design, logic simplification and implementation using standard digital IC's and programmable logic devices. Topics include: binary number systems, binary arithmetic, logic families, design techniques, logic simulation, F/F's, counters, registers, memory technologies and PLD's.
ECET 2111 Circuits II
Prerequisites: ECET 1101 , MATH 2254 or concurrently, PHYS 1111, 1111L or concurrently
3-3-4 This course primarily extends the circuit analysis techniques learned in ECET 1101 to circuits containing all three types of passive circuit elements and sinusoidal sources. Several adjunct topics are then presented including analysis of complex networks, dependent sources, transformers, 3-phase circuit analysis, resonance, filters and Bode plots. Laboratory exercises reinforce theoretical concepts presented in the class and provide various opportunities to become proficient in working with standard instrumentation in electrical engineering technology.
ECET 2210 Digital II
Prerequisites: ECET 1200, ECET 2300
3-3-4 The study of digital design principles with emphasis on the use of LSI, MSI, and SSI circuits in the application and design of complex digital systems. Principles covered include:  the study of an industry standard micro-controller, assembly language programming, logic family characteristics, system interfacing and system timing issues.
ECET 2300 Electronics I
Prerequisites: ECET 2110 or concurrently, MATH 2254 or concurrently, PHYS 1111K or concurrently
3-3-4 A study of the characteristics, analysis, and practical applications of diodes, BJTs, and FETs. Semiconductor theory, biasing, stability and small-signal models of BJTs and FETs are included. The course covers an introduction to the characteristics of the ideal op-amp including some basic op-amp circuits. Laboratory exercises include proto-boarding, designing and analyzing selected circuits.
ECET 2310 Electronics II
Prerequisites: ECET 2110, ECET 2300
3-3-4 A study of BJT and FET amplifiers including: amplifier frequency response, multistage amps, differential amps, feedback principles and heat sink principles. The characteristics, performance and practical applications of modern linear integrated circuits including: operational amplifiers, comparators, multipliers, logarithmic amplifiers and oscillators are also covered. Laboratory exercises include proto-boarding, designing and analyzing selected practical circuits. P-Spice simulations and computer-aided testing are utilized in conjunction with some laboratory exercises.
ECET 2800 Introduction to Telecommunications
Prerequisite: ECET 2110
3-0-3 A study investigating the fundamentals of the telecommunications industry regulations, standards (international & national), state-of-the-art telecommunications systems and management issues as well as other topics will be explored.
ECET 3000 Electrical Principles
Prerequisite: PHYS 1112K
3-3-4 Covers basic circuit theory including the ac and dc characteristics of resistors, capacitors and inductors as used in elementary single and  three-phase circuits. Characteristics of basic industrial electric motors and single and three-phase connections are studied. Basic factory automation is covered including sensors, relay control and programmable logic controllers. Laboratory exercises supplement the material discussed in class. This course cannot be used for credit by CpET or EET majors.
ECET 3220 Digital III
Prerequisite:  ECET 2210
3-3-4 The student will design a single board computer (SBC) incorporating standard components such as RAM, ROM, address decode, and input/output devices such as keyboards and LCD displays. A complete software monitor system will be developed for the SBC utilizing industry standard development tools. One of the major objectives of this class is to provide an environment within which the student can experience a complete industry-like project development cycle. This cycle will include the design, development, construction and test of the project. Advance I/O topics will also be covered including ADC and DAC operation and interfacing.
ECET 3400 Data Communications
Prerequisites: ECET 2310, PHYS 1112K
3-3-4 This course is a survey of guided data communications topics.  The course includes line codes, EIA232, modems, signaling, digital and analog modulation techniques, compression algorithms, and trellis coding.  Transmission media and error detection and correction are also covered.  The OSI model is covered, with the lower layers studied heavily.  Synchronous and asynchronous link control, character and bit - oriented link protocols are evaluated.  Other areas studied include analog-to-digital conversion, multiplexing, switched network algorithms, LANs, WANs, and MANs.  Networking protocols such as TCP/IP, Frame Relay, Token Ring, ATM, and Ethernet are introduced.
ECET 3410 High Frequency Systems
Prerequisites: ECET 2310, PHYS 1112K
3-3-4 A study of electronic transmission systems. The course includes the detailed study of rf transmission lines with a concentration on their fundamental principles, specifications, operation and practical applications. The course also includes the study of the fundamental principles of wireless and fiber-optic communications. Electromagnetic interference and electrostatic discharge, standards and regulations, and an introduction to the concepts of distributed networks is also introduced.
ECET 3500 Survey of Electric Machines
Prerequisite: ECET 2110
3-3-4 This introductory course in the characteristics and applications of basic electric machinery will begin with a review of magnetic circuits and transformers. Single-phase, three-phase, auto-transformers, instrument transformers and buck-boost transformers will be covered. Three-phase and single-phase induction motors, synchronous motors and synchronous generator, dc motors and dc generators will also be included. The laboratory exercises will involve operating and testing transformers and machines to determine their operating characteristics. Among these characteristics will be the efficiency and voltage regulation as determined by direct and indirect methods.
ECET 3600 Test Engineering
Prerequisites: ECET 2210, ECET 2310
3-3-4 This course is an introduction to test engineering principals with an emphasis on computer-controlled instrumentation and acquisition using the IEEE-488 bus architecture and other protocols.  Application software will be written in LabVIEW to automatically test devices using GPIB test equipment.  BIST, MTBF, Boundary scan testing, instrumentation, ISO 9000, TQM, usability, and other related test engineering topics will also be covered.  Lab projects will emphasize designing automated testing using the principles discussed in class.
ECET 3610 Control Systems
Prerequisites: ECET 2310, MATH 2306
3-3-4 This course is a study of feedback control systems theory including practical applications of compensation and PID concepts. Control system modeling, transient and steady state characteristics, stability and frequency response are analyzed. Compensation and controller design using Root locus methods are covered. The use of control system software, such as MATLAB, in the analysis and design of control systems is emphasized.
ECET 3701 Embedded PC's
Prerequisite: ECET 2210, ECET 3810
3-3-4 Introduction to the programming and interfacing of embedded PC's, with emphasis on systems using single-board, x86-based, computers.  Programming will introduce both assembly and C languages.  Interfacing will emphasize the use of the serial, parallel and USB ports.  Operating systems will emphasize Linux and DOS.  The PC BIOS and peripherals such as disk drives and video interfaces will also be studied.
ECET 3810 Applications of C++, JAVA and HTML
Prerequisite: ECET 1010
2-3-3 A study in the applications of several key programming environments. This course covers such topics as: data types, structures, functions, arrays, file I.O., system calls, data portability, security and Internet related topics as they pertain to the appropriate programming language.
ECET 3901-3904 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Junior standing
1 to 4
Special topics selected by the department. Offered on a demand basis.
ECET 4320 Active Filters
Prerequisite: ECET 2310
3-3-4 A study of the characteristics, analysis, and practical topologies of active filters. The state-variable and Sallen-Key topologies are emphasized. Various filter responses are studied including Butterworth, Chebyshev, Bessel, and Cauer (elliptic). Delay, sensitivity, frequency scaling, impedance scaling, determination of pole-zero locations, and transformations of transfer functions are covered. Filter synthesis by equating coefficients of applicable transfer functions is included. The design of filters using normalized tables is presented. An introduction to switched-capacitor and digital filters is also included. Laboratory investigations include proto-boarding, designing and analyzing selected practical active filters. P-Spice, Math-Cad, and computer-aided testing are utilized in conjunction with the laboratory exercises.
ECET 4330 Audio Technology
Prerequisites: ECET 2210, ECET 2310
3-3-4 The fundamentals of specifications, standards, devices, circuits and systems used in audio are studied. Acoustics, power amplifiers, preamplifiers, frequency contouring circuits, signal processors, microphones, loudspeakers and sound reinforcement systems are covered. Laboratory investigations include proto-boarding, designing and analyzing selected practical audio circuits. P-Spice simulations and computer-aided testing are utilized in conjunction with several laboratory exercises. One of the lab periods will be utilized for a field trip to a local sound reinforcement facility.
ECET 4420 Communications Circuit Applications
Prerequisites: ECET 2310, PHYS 1112K
3-3-4 A study of radio frequency and optical-wavelength communications circuits and their applications. A variety of basic transmitter and receiver circuits are studied, including amplifiers, tuned oscillators, phase-locked loops, modulators and demodulators. Spectral analysis is introduced and the effects of noise in communications systems are investigated. Laboratory experiences demonstrate circuits and concepts discussed in the classroom.
ECET 4431 Wireless Communications Systems
Prerequisite: ECET 3410
3-3-4 This course investigates point-to-point radio frequency (rf) communications systems. The underlying principles, requirements, and characteristics of electromagnetic propagation and antennas are studied. Existing systems and recent advances in the area of wireless communications will be covered, including terrestrial and satellite applications. Topics covered include FDMA, TDMA, and CDMA based design. The application of wireless design principles to radar will also be discussed. Laboratory experiences and computer simulations supplement the classroom discussions.
ECET 4432 Fiber-optic Communications Systems
Prerequisite: ECET 3410
3-3-4 A detailed study of optical-wavelength communications systems. The underlying principles, requirements, and characteristics of optic sources, detectors, and dielectric wave-guides (fibers) are studied. Heavy emphasis is placed on systems analysis, including power budgets, bandwidth budgets, and signal-to-noise ratios. Recent advances in the area of fiber-optics will be covered, as well as emerging technologies and applications. Laboratory experiences supplement the classroom discussions.
ECET 4510 Power System Analysis
Prerequisite: ECET 2110
3-3-4 This course involves the analysis of power systems starting with the calculation of line resistance, line inductance, and line capacitance of power transmission lines. These parameters are used to model power systems in order to derive the bus impedance matrix, perform network calculations and analyze systems for symmetrical and unsymmetrical faults. The laboratory will be of a problem solving nature and will involve the solution of network problems with computer software such as Math-Cad.
ECET 4520 Industrial Distribution Systems, Illumination, and the NEC
Prerequisites: ECET 2110, ECET 3500
3-3-4 This introductory design course involves the lighting, wiring and electrical protection systems in commercial and industrial buildings. This course will cover:  lighting fundamentals, light sources, lighting system layouts for interior spaces, protection of electrical systems, fuses, circuit breakers, instrument transformers and protective relays, grounding and ground-fault protection, feeder design and branch circuits for lighting and motors.  This course will include projects - designing lighting and wiring systems for commercial/industrial buildings.
ECET 4530 Industrial Motor Control
Prerequisites: ECET 2110, ECET 3500
3-3-4 This introductory design course is a study of manual and automatic, starters and controllers of ac and dc motors. The course will concentrate on three-phase induction motor starters and controllers with some study of dc motor starters and controllers. The induction motor coverage will include both full-voltage and reduced voltage techniques, with the emphasis on the reduced voltage methods.  Line impedance, auto-transformer, wye-delta and part-winding starters will be included. The laboratory will consist of several projects in designing, testing and demonstrating various motor starters and controllers. The designs will require using Programmable Logic Controllers in the projects. The course will conclude with variable frequency drives.
ECET 4540 Introduction to Power Electronics
Prerequisites: ECET 2310, ECET 3500
3-3-4 An introduction to the devices, circuits and systems utilized in power electronics. An overview of power semiconductors: switches diodes, thyristors, gate turn-off thyristors, insulated gate transistors, MOS-controlled thyristors and other controllable switches. General power electronic circuits such as uncontrolled and phase controlled dc converters, dc-to-dc switch mode converters, switch mode dc-to-ac inverters and their application in motor drive, speed control and power supplies are included. 
ECET 4620 Signals and Systems Analysis
Prerequisites : ECET 2310, MATH 2306
3-3-4 Analysis of continuous-time signals occurring in circuits and systems containing linear and nonlinear elements. Analysis methods include graphical techniques, Laplace transform, Fourier analysis, convolution, and difference equations. Fundamental topics regarding AM and FM communication systems, Bode plots for transfer functions of arbitrary complexity, classical filter responses, and practical second-order filter designs are also presented. An introduction to discrete-time systems including sampling theory is also covered. MathCad and PSpice are utilized in conjunction with some of the computational laboratory exercises.
ECET 4630 Digital Signal Processing
Prerequisites : ECET 2310, ECET 3220, MATH 2306
3-3-4 An introduction to the concept of discrete and digital signals and systems. Difference equations, Discrete Fourier Transforms (DFTs), Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs), Z-Transform techniques, IIR filter design, and FIR filter design are covered. An introduction to the architecture, assembly language and application examples of general and special purpose microprocessors such as the TMS 320 and DSP56000 families is included.
ECET 4710 Network Programming and Interfacing
Prerequisites: ECET 3400, ECET 3810
3-3-4 Introduction to the application and design of embedded and networked PC systems. Programming emphasis will be Visual C++ including TCP/IP. Networking emphasis will be on an ethernet LAN connecting desktop and embedded PC's. Interfacing emphasis will be on robotic subsystems including vision, voice, motion-control, web-based data acquisition, and wireless sub-systems.  WinCE and pocket PC networking will also be introduced.
ECET 4720 Distributed Microcontrollers and PCs
Prerequisites: ECET 3220, ECET 4710
3-3-4 A study of networked PIC microcontrollers connected to a host PC or several networked PCs.  Two popular versions of various microcontroller architectures will be discussed.  Software will emphasize both assembly language programming and ANSI C programming.  Hardware will emphasize the bus interconnections between the devices such as RS232/RS485, I2C, CAN, SPI, etc.  Example Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) for microcontrollers is introduced as well.   Development of a capstone project, through the design of a printed circuit board is also included.
ECET 4730 VHDL and Field Programmable Gate Arrays
Prerequisite: ECET 2210
3-3-4 Provide a thorough introduction to the Virtual Hardware Description Language (VHDL) and apply this knowledge to Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA's). Current applications will be presented and students will design, develop, test and document complete FPGA based designs. The use of schematic capture tools for configuring FPGA's will also be covered.
ECET 4820 Communications Networks and the Internet
Prerequisites: ECET 3400 , ECET 3410
3-3-4 A study of the fundamental concepts, operational characteristics and design principles of digital networks. The course includes the study of networks commonly referred to as LAN's and MAN's, as well as the concepts and technologies of internetworking. Practical applications will be emphasized, including Ethernet, token ring, FDDI, ATM, DQDB and the Internet and World Wide Web. The use of radio frequency signaling in modern communications systems will also be studied, with an emphasis on emerging technologies and applications.
ECET 4830 Telecommunications Management
Prerequisite: ECET 3400
3-3-4 A study investigating the issues encountered by management in the telecommunications industry. Course covers such broad topics as: regulations, national and international standards, the management of several key telecommunications technologies and managing telecommunication professionals. Laboratory exercises are also designed to illustrate the management of telecommunications environments.
ECET 4840 Advanced Telecommunications
Prerequisites: ECET 2210, ECET 2800, ECET 4820, ECET 3810
3-3-4 A study investigating several advanced telecommunications technologies and techniques. Course covers such topics as: electronic noise in communication systems, AM & FM transmissions, encoding techniques, telephony, synchronous and asynchronous protocols, the Internet and wireless technologies.
ECET 4850 Telecommunications Project
Prerequisites: ECET 4830 or concurrently, ECET 4840 or concurrently
3-3-4 This course teaches the student how to design, implement and troubleshoot advanced telecommunications networks. Both individual and team tasks are undertaken to challenge the student's acquired skill set. A comprehensive telecommunications project is completed, piece-by-piece, throughout the semester.
ECET 4901-4904 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Senior standing
1 to 4
Special topics selected by the department.