ECE 495I - Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lecture Hours: 1 Credits: 1

Counts as:

Experimental Course Offered: Spring 2007

Catalog Description:
This course is intended to provide an introduction to electrical and computer engineering for students in their freshman year. A goal is to provide some historical background of the respective subareas within ECE, a description of analytical tools that will be developed throughout their curriculum, the motivation for the tools, and to inform students of elective courses in ECE.

Required Text(s): None.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. knowledge of the respective areas of electrical and computer engineering. [None]
  2. knowledge of the history of the respective areas. [None]
  3. knowledge of some essential concepts within each subarea of ECE:<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ES&E - Charge and moving charge creating force, electric fields, magnetic fields, energy, efficiency<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;FO - Conductors, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, circuit elements (R< L, C), traveling electromagnetic waves<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;CNSIP - Information transfer using electromagnetic means. Signals, amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, frequency vs time domain, stochastic processes, biomedical image processing<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Solid State - Semiconductors vs conductors, diodes, transistors, material processing, VLSI<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Computer Engineering - Digital systems, microprocessors, software engineering<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Automatic Control - System regulation, feedback, bandwidth, stability, continuous systems, optimization, discrete systems, hybrid systems. [None]

Lecture Outline:

Weeks Topic
2.5 History/Concepts/Ongoing Challenges in ES&S
2.5 History/Concepts/Ongoing Challenges in Fields/Optics
2.5 History/Concepts/Ongoing Challenges in Communications
2.5 History/Concepts/Ongoing Challenges in Solid State
2.5 History/Concepts/Ongoing Challenges in Computers
2.5 History/Concepts/Ongoing Challenges in Automatic Control