ECE 19000 - Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lecture Hours: 1 Credits: 1

Counts as:

Normally Offered: Each Spring

Prerequisites: MA 16100 Concurrent Prerequisites: MA 16200

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

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.

Supplementary Information:
Course available to First Year Engineering students ONLY.

Required Text(s): None.

Recommended Text(s):
  1. None.

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. Knowledge of respective areas of electrical and computer engineering. [4]
  2. Knowledge of the historical milestones in electrical and computer engineering. [4]
  3. Knowledge of several key concepts, including charge and balance moving charge create force, and the basics of electric fields, magnetic fields, energy, and efficiency. [1]
  4. Knowledge of the development and use of traveling electromagnetic waves for communication. Consideration of system using frequency domain. [1]
  5. Knowledge of semiconductor devices (diodes and transistors). [1]
  6. Knowledge of digital systems, including logic devices and microprocessors. [1]
  7. 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)