ECE 495I - Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lecture Hours: 1 Credits: 1

Counts as:

Experimental Course Offered: Spring 2008

Prerequisites: MA 161 Concurrent Prerequisites: MA 162

Requisites by Topic:
Prerequisites: Calculus I Concurrent Prerequisites: Calculus II

Catalog Description:
To provide an overview of the fields within electrical and computer engineering. The overview will include an introduction to several analytical, numerical, and experimental tools that students will be expected to master prior to graduation as well as technical challenges that are being addressed in the respective fields.

Required Text(s): None.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. Knowledge of respective areas of electrical and computer engineering. [h,i]
  2. Knowledge of the historical milestones in electrical and computer engineering. [h]
  3. Knowledge of several key concepts, including charge and balance moving charge create force, and the basics of electric fields, magnetic fields, energy, efficiency.. [e]
  4. Knowledge of the development and use of traveling electromagnetic waves for communication. Consideration of system using frequency domain.. [a]
  5. Knowledge of semiconductor devices (diodes and transistors). [a]
  6. Knowledge of digital systems, including logic devices and microprocessors. [None]
  7. Knowledge of digital systems, including logic devices and microprocessors. [None]
  8. Knowledge of purpose of control systems, feedback, and linearity. [None]

Lecture Outline:

Week Major Topics
1 Course Outline, Management, Description, Experiments or Oersted, Ampere, Faraday
2 Electromagnetic Forces, Electromagnetic-Based Energy Conversion
3 History of Maxwell/Heavyside, Traveling Electromagnetic Waves
4 Electromagnetic Materials (Conductors, Insulators, dielectrics, Ferrites)
5 From Vector to Scalar Models - Dc/Low Frequency Circuits
6 History of CNSIP - Radio/Television/Radar/Networking
7 Concept of Time versus Frequency Domain, Fourier Series
8 Stochastic Versus Deterministic Systems, Modern Communication/Signal Processing
9 History of Solid State Devices - Semiconductors
10 Diodes, Transistors, Nanoelectronics
11-13 Computer Engineering - Binary Systems, Digital Logic, Microprocessors, Programming Languages
14-15 Automatic Control - Feedback, Linearity, Industrial Process Control (Proportional + Integral)