ECE 39595 - Applications of ECE Through Reverse Engineering

Course Details

Lab Hours: 3 Credits: 1

Counts as:

  • EE Elective
  • CMPE Complementary Selective

Experimental Course Offered:

Fall 2024


On-campus only


ECE 20001 and ECE 20007

Catalog Description:

This course provides students an opportunity to understand how commercial products are designed and manufactured through deconstruction and analysis. Students will compare similar products from multiple manufacturers to see how different design strategies and approaches affect cost and efficiency. Students will then use these experiences to both theorize and implement potential improvements to their chosen products.

Required Text(s):


Recommended Text(s):

  1. Practical Electronics for Inventors , 4 Edition , Paul Scherz, Simon Monk , McGraww Hill , March 2016 , ISBN No. 1259587541

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. an ability to competently select, use, and automate electronic measurement instruments. [1,6]
  2. an ability to design, wire, and troubleshoot electronic circuits. [1,6]
  3. an ability to simulate electronic circuits. [1,6]
  4. an ability keep a laboratory notebook and prepare a formal laboratory report. [3]
  5. an ability to function on an interdisciplinary team that draws on diverse backgrounds. [5]
  6. an ability to demonstrate knowledge of laboratory safety precautions. [2]
  7. an ability to present information in a variety of formats from technical to communicating to the general public. [3]

Lab Outline:

Lab Activity
1 Welcome, Syllabus, and Lab Safety
2 Effective Reverse Engineering Strategies, tools, generating schematics, and simulations
3 Sensors and Filtering, Thermostat Reverse Engineer/Build/Improve
4-6 Appliance Deconstruct/analysis Project
7 Microcontroller tutorial, GPIO, Analog, PWM
8 Analog/Digital Multimeter Reverse Engineer
9 Charging Block by manufacturer comparison
10-11 Motor Controllers Deconstruct/Build- Brushed and Brushless
12 FM Radio Deconstruct/ AM Radio Build
13-15 Final Project: Personal interest reverse-engineer Presentation

Engineering Design Content:

  • Establishment of Objectives and Criteria
  • Synthesis
  • Analysis
  • Construction
  • Testing
  • Evaluation

Engineering Design Consideration(s):

  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Health/Safety
  • Social

Assessment Method:

Reports, projects and presentations