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Electrical Engineering

Course Description

Department of Electrical Engineering

School of Science & Engineering

 EEN 1065 
Intro to Electricity & Electronics for Non Engineers       4 cr.

This course is designed to introduce in a non-intimidating way the large realm of electricity and electronics that surrounds our daily experience. Beyond lectures and numerous demonstrations, it will provide a “hands-on” experience through simple lab experiments and applications. Starting with the basic laws of electricity, it will next evolve to the devices that manipulate electricity, and finally advance to a discussion of general systems and their operations. The “hands-on” experience will facilitate and enable non engineering students to unravel the mysteries of this discipline and reinforce their intuitive knowledge with practical and useful experience. Open to Non EE Majors Only. Prerequisite: none.  Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. Three lecture hours supplemented by regular laboratory experiences.

EEN 1177
Renewable Energy the Environment                                 4 cr.

This course combines both theory and nuts and bolts experience with electricity, energy production, and renewable energy topics.  Students first learn the very basics of electricity - voltage, current, Ohm’s law.  Power and the generation of power will be covered.  The amount of coal needed to generate electricity to carry out various everyday tasks is explored.  Renewable energy and energy efficiency are introduced.  The cost of power is discussed.  Real world applications are incorporated - student homes become “lab areas” where energy use of appliances is evaluated, along with actual analysis of electric bills.  As the course progresses, issues pertaining to the impact of fossil fuel dependence on the environment are explored.  Prerequisites: None.  Satisfies a Mathematics/Science Distribution RequirementFulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.  NOTE: Credit cannot be awarded for both EEN 1065 and EEN 1177.

EEN 1200
Digital Fundamentals                                                         4 cr.

The design and analysis of digital systems at the bit, gate, flip-flop level with particular emphasis on the application of digital systems. Topics include Boolean algebra, logic gates, and integrated circuit design including the use of Karnaugh maps to minimize the number of gates; combinational systems such as arithmetic circuits, decoders, encoders, and multiplexers, and dynamic logic blocks as latches, Flip-Flops, counters and shift registers. Laboratory projects will involve designing, building, and testing of some digital systems. Prerequisite: MTH 1000 with a C or higher. Three hours of lecture a week and one three-hour laboratory a week.

EEN 2130
Circuit Theory I                                                                 4 cr.

Course addresses the fundamentals of circuit theory including, Ohm’s Law and resistive circuits, Kirchhoff’s current and voltage laws, basic DC circuit analysis and network theorems, nodal and loop analysis, and equivalent circuit concepts. The study of capacitors, inductors, and transient circuits, including their many applications, are also covered. Prerequisite: MTH 1217 with a C (2.0) or higher. Three hours of lecture a week and one three-hour laboratory a week. 

EEN 2140
Circuit Theory II                                                               4 cr.

This course is a continuation of EEN 2130, with focus on AC circuit analysis, including: transient response of RC and RL circuits, and AC steady-state circuit concepts including forcing functions, phasors, and impedance. Also covered are such topics as steady-state power analysis, polyphase circuits, frequency response, and discussion of network performance. Prerequisite: EEN 2130. Three hours of lecture a week and one three-hour laboratory a week.

 EEN 2250
Assembly for Electrical Engineering                            2 cr.

Computer structure and machine language, representation of numeric and character data, mnemonic operations including the data transfer, arithmetic, branching, and bit manipulation operations, symbolic addressing, addressing modes, subroutines and procedures, macros, and input /output as they are implemented on an IBM PC (Pentium). Prerequisite:  CSC 1610 or Equivalent.  Three hours of lecture and lab a week.

EEN 2270
Embedded Microprocessors                                      4 cr.

Today’s computers fall into two categories. The first uses high performance microprocessors such as the Pentium Class of Processors. The second category focuses on issues of space, cost, low power and fast development in products such as wireless phones, automobiles, security systems, and washing machines. This course focuses on the second category and the Hardware and Software design of these controllers. Students will learn how to design embedded systems via both lecture and laboratory instruction. Laboratory projects will include designing, building and testing of these systems and evaluating the HW/SW tradeoffs. Prerequisites: EEN 1200 and EEN 2250.  Alternatively CSC 3720 can take the place of EEN 1200 and EEN2250. Three hours of lecture a week and one three-hour laboratory a week.  

EEN 3130
Linear Signals and Systems                                       4 cr.

Continuous time linear signals and systems are described and analyzed in both time and frequency domains.  Sinusoids (complex exponentials) and differential equations are used to represent signals and systems in the time domain with response developed via the convolution integral.  Frequency domain analysis includes the capabilities of the Fourier series, Fourier transform and the Laplace transform.  Applications in signal processing are included to provide context for the analysis technique. Prerequisites: EEN 2140 and MTH 2220. Four hours of lecture a week.

EEN 3210
Electronics I                                                                 4 cr.

The semiconductor pn junction, diodes, diode circuits, and its application are studied. A detailed study of field effect transistors (FETs), including physical structure and regions of operation, DC biasing circuits design and analysis, ac small signal equivalent circuit, switching and amplifier applications. Design and analysis of common-source, emitter follower amplifiers using FETs.  A detailed study of bipolar junction transistors (BJTs), including physical structure and regions of operation, DC biasing circuits design and analysis. Prerequisites: EEN 2140, CHM 1180 or equivalent. Three hours of lecture a week and one three-hour laboratory a week.

EEN 3220
Electronics II                                                                4 cr.

A detailed study of bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) ac large and small signal equivalent circuit, switching and amplifier applications. Design and Analysis of common-source and emitter followers at low and high frequencies. An introduction to operational amplifier (op-amps), its characteristics and applications.  Analyzing several ideal op-amps such as inverter and non-inverter. Designing and analyzing FETs and BJTs, current sources (current mirrors). Basic understanding the characteristics and terminology of the ideal differential amplifier.  Analyzing the basic bipolar differential amplifier. Prerequisite: EEN 3210. Three hours of lecture a week and one three-hour laboratory a week.

 EEN 3270
Energy, Generation, Conservation and Technology        4 cr.

Course covers generation, transmission and distribution of U.S. electrical power systems.  Faradays’ law is covered, with applications to generators and transformers.  A significant portion of the course is devoted to Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy (EERE) topics, including wind, hydro and solar.  The importance of EERE in light of present environmental, economic and ethical considerations is covered.  Energy measurement and smart grid technology are discussed.  This is a junior level  “project” course, and a significant project involving real-world EERE is required.  Prerequisites:  EE Junior Standing.  Six hours of lecture, demonstrations, and lab experiences a week.

EEN 3430
Engineering Electromagnetics                              4 cr.

Course covers vectors, fields, and mathematical quantities associated with fields. Transmission line theory is covered, with coaxial cable as an application. Electrostatics and Magnetostatics are covered.  Faraday’s and Ampere’s law’s are covered, along with the full set of Maxwell’s laws.  Plane wave radiation concepts are explored, including polarization and power density.  Applications and real-world examples are stressed throughout the course. Prerequisites: PHY 2211 and MTH 2219.  Six hours of lecture, demonstrations, and lab experiences a week.                                                                                               

EEN 5555
Power Engineering and Power Quality               4cr.

Course covers Phasors, real and reactive power in single phase and poly-phase AC circuits; balance three phase circuits; power in three phase circuits analysis; introduction to power quality; power quality problems and solution such as, electrical transients, harmonics, voltage regulation, and power factor including harmonics power filter design.   Magnetic circuits and introduction to transformer and its circuit analysis, such as, open and short circuits test are covered.  Circuit concepts and analysis for AC/DC motors and generators, building electrical systems, such as, building design and motor circuit design..  Prerequisite: EEN 3430 or equivalent. Four hours of lecture a week.

EEN 4270
Feedback Circuits                                                 4 cr.

The basic theory of feedback control systems using classical approaches. Feedback problems are formulated and treated from the transfer function, s-plane and frequency response approaches. The role of the system characteristic equation in determining transfer function, transient response and system stability is emphasize by examples of operational amplifier circuits. Prerequisites: EEN 3220 and EEN 3130. Four hours of lecture a week. 

EEN 4705
Special Topics in Electrical Engineering          2 cr.

Reading, lectures, study and research on topics of importance in electrical engineering. This course is tailored to the interest of the faculty and students and is offered only on demand. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Class and lecture format is variable.

EEN 4715
Special Topics in Electrical Engineering          4 cr.

Reading, lectures, study and research on topics of importance in electrical engineering.  This course is tailored to the interest of the faculty and students and is offered only on demand. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Class and lecture format is variable.

EEN 4750
VLSI Design                                                           4 cr.

Introduces a hierarchical design methodology for VLSI design and presents both NMOS and CMOS technology. Circuits are designed on computer workstations for actual IC fabrication. Prerequisites: EEN 2140 and EEN 3210.  Five hours of lecture and laboratory a week.

EEN 4805
Directed Study                                                     2 cr.

Qualified students may propose a course of individual study and work to be conducted under the direction of a member of the department.  Based on the needs of industry, special topics in a particular research area may be proposed by the faculty as well.  Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 EEN 4815
Directed Study                                                    4 cr.

Qualified students may propose a course of individual study and work to be conducted under the direction of a member of the department. Based on the needs of industry, special topics in a particular research area may be proposed by the faculty as well. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

EEN 4960
Design Project I                                                 2 cr.

Design project I and II form a project-oriented laboratory drawing on the student’s prior work in electronics, computer systems, control systems, communication or energy conversion. In the first semester, the student formulates a design project (or research study) in consultation with the instructor.  Project plans are developed through a phase gate development model to the point of design review.  Students participate in planning and design phases as technical reviewers in addition to their individual design responsibility. Prerequisite: Senior standing.  Fulfills X in LS Core. Two hours of lecture per week.

EEN 4970
Design Project II                                                2 cr.

Design project I and II form a project-oriented laboratory drawing on the student’s prior work in electrical engineering.  Tasks such as layout, fabrication, coding and test are generally required as students complete project implementation. Project developments complete the phase gate model with students serving as the reviewers and technical resources in addition to their individual responsibility. Project presentations complete the capstone experience.  Prerequisite: EEN 4960.  Fulfills X in LS Core.  Two hours of lecture per week.

 EEN 5145
Discrete Time Signals and Systems              4 cr.

An advanced elective that parallels a student’s understanding of continuous time signals and systems with a complete treatment of discrete time signals and systems with applications.  This course will introduce the sampling process and develop discrete time signal and system representation and analysis in both time and frequency domains. The Z-Transform will be developed to ease difference equation analysis analogous to the continuous time Laplace transform.  Digital Filtering, including both Finite Impulse Response (FIR) and Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) will be used to apply methods. Prerequisite: EEN 3130. Four hours of lecture a week.

 

EEN 5175

Digital Architecture and the Hardware Description Language                                                                           4 cr.

Advances in silicon technology have enabled System-on-Chip (SOC) designs containing more than ten million gates.  Several aspects of engineering need careful attention in highly complex component design projects:  Architecture, partitioning and hierarchy; design verification; design-for-reuse.  This advanced elective will introduce students to the Verilog Hardware Description Language as we apply common digital architectures to a range of high-level functional design problems.  Using lab- and project-based teaching, we will write behavioral descriptions and synthesize hardware in the form of field programmable gate arrays (FPGA). Lecture and Lab.

EEN 5265
Engineering Management                         4 cr.

An introductory course in the management of technology-based companies combining reading, lecture, case study and project teaching methods.  The course presents introductory material from the areas of accounting and financial principles, R&D management, project development, management practices and human factors.  Language and effective communication principles will be a recurring theme throughout the course. Four hours of lecture a week.