Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

BS in Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering curriculum is concerned with analysis and design of modern electronic systems, devices, and signals for a broad range of applications such as wireless or network communication, electrical power and control, and multimedia information technology. The curriculum provides a wide background in the fundamental theory of electrical engineering and in the mathematical and scientific tools necessary for an electrical engineer to meet the current and future challenges of a professional career. The field of electrical engineering is currently evolving at a rapid pace since it has a major role in the accelerated growth of the technological world. This requires the modern electrical engineer not only to have a sound basis in the fundamental principles but also to have the capacity to learn and assimilate novel advances as soon as they materialize. These qualities are anticipated in the curriculum, which includes not only a sound theoretical background but also offers a variety of courses that develop the student’s ability to gain knowledge autonomously and to combine it with contemporary design techniques. Courses are in diverse areas such as signal processing, power electronics, communications, optical and electromagnetic technologies, control systems, integrated circuits, multimedia networks, and image analysis.

The curriculum includes both required and elective courses. The required courses are in engineering, mathematics, and physics; they provide a wide backdrop in science and engineering. The elective courses are more specialized and offer a broad range of electrical engineering applications. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who assists in the selection of the courses.

In addition to classroom experience, the Electrical Engineering curriculum is planned to provide laboratory experience in electrical and electronic circuits, electromagnetics, communication and signal processing, controls, computers, and digital systems. The curriculum incorporates design projects in the student’s experience starting from the freshman year and culminating in a capstone design project in the senior year. The project requires the students to undertake a significant group design that enriches their knowledge in practical aspects of engineering principles and methodologies. Most of these projects solve realistic problems and the results are presented in an exposition. The curriculum also requires the students to acquire oral and writing skills in expressing their professional ideas and ethical norms.

The educational objectives of the Electrical Engineering undergraduate program are for its graduates to:

  • have knowledge of fundamental principles in electrical engineering and fundamental scientific principles and tools to design and develop products and practical solutions for problems in public and private sectors;
  • demonstrate an ability to function independently and in multidisciplinary teams with the communication skills and ethical conduct necessary for professional success;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the need for life-long learning, acquiring new knowledge, and mastering emerging technologies and new tools and methods;
  • have knowledge necessary to pursue graduate/professional education and/or engineering practice.

Opportunities are available to participate in the activities of the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society of electrical and computer engineering. An interest in robotics can be pursued by joining the Engineering Design Team, a College of Engineering student group.

BS in Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering is concerned with the application of electrical engineering and computer science principles to the design of computer systems and digital networks. Through creative utilization of tools and knowledge, a computer engineer designs digital systems that are being employed in virtually all fields of human endeavor. This requires a background in physical sciences, information sciences, electrical engineering, and computer science. Computer engineering requires skills in both the design and development of computer hardware and computer software. Depending on need, the computer engineer may work with electrical engineers, computer scientists, information systems experts, biomedical researchers, and people in almost any other field. The diversity of products that involve the design talents of a computer engineer is unlimited. These range from large to small computers to special purpose computing hardware and software embedded within devices and systems. The applications, for example, are in business to organize, process, and communicate data, communications over mobile and satellite networks, digital sound and picture processing for entertainment, household appliances, automotive systems, manufacturing process control, biomedical instrumentation, machine control, and innumerable other fields. The emphasis in computer engineering is on the design of hardware as well as software tools and systems for the acquisition, processing, storage, and transmission of data and signals by digital means.

All students are required to obtain a strong mathematical foundation, including discrete mathematics and probability and statistics. Each student acquires a common background in the fundamentals of electrical engineering and computer science. This includes course work in computer languages, data structures and algorithms, software design and development, circuit analysis, signal processing, computer architecture, digital networks, microprocessor-based design, digital electronic circuits design, and computer operating systems design. Furthermore, in consultation with an advisor, each student can follow an individualized program by taking courses selected from a departmentally approved list of technical elective courses for computer engineering. In almost all course work, students do design projects while learning to apply basic computer tools. The curriculum also requires the students to acquire oral and writing skills in expressing their professional ideas and ethical norms. As a senior, each student gains further design experience working in a group on a two-semester design project involving practical application of engineering principles.

The educational objectives of the Computer Engineering undergraduate program are for its graduates to:

  • have knowledge of fundamental principles in computer engineering and fundamental scientific principles and tools to design and develop products and practical solutions for problems in public and private sectors;
  • demonstrate an ability to function independently and in multidisciplinary teams with the communication skills and ethical conduct necessary for professional success;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the need for life-long learning, acquiring new knowledge, and mastering emerging technologies and new tools and methods;
  • have knowledge necessary to pursue graduate/ professional education and/or engineering practice.

Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of the student chapters of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). An interest in robotics can be pursued by joining the Engineering Design Team, a College of Engineering student group. Qualified students will be invited to join Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society for electrical and computer engineers.

BS in Engineering Physics

The BS in Engineering Physics is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering) in association with the Department of Physics (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

The Engineering Physics major bridges the gap between science and technology by combining a strong background in physics and mathematics with exposure to the most fundamental areas of engineering. The program is based on the recognition that most engineering disciplines are rooted in the field of physics, and that new and emerging technologies rarely fall neatly within a single engineering discipline but often straddle different fields. The program highlights, for instance, the subtle and deep relations between materials science and civil engineering, between solid-state physics and chemical engineering, and between electromagnetics and telecommunication engineering.

This training is especially well suited to students who wish to pursue careers in research and development in advanced technology and applied science. In particular, students majoring in this program are well qualified to pursue graduate studies in most areas of engineering and applied physics. They may also pursue a master’s degree in education, thus qualifying to teach physics in high school.

The content of this program strongly emphasizes topics in physics and mathematics; however, this curriculum also gives students great flexibility in the choice of topics for technical electives. Students can customize their curriculum by choosing three technical elective courses from many fields.

Students interested in the Engineering Physics major should contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at ugrad-info@ece.uic.edu.

Courses

ECE 100. The Digital Information Age. 3 hours.

A-to-D conversion; logic; models; coding, transmission, processing; applications (such as CD player, digital speech and images, bar-code reader, credit card, fax, modem, cellular telephone, Internet). Course Information: No graduation credit for students in the following: BS in Electrical Engineering. Prerequisite(s): MATH 090 or the equivalent.

ECE 115. Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering. 4 hours.

Concepts of electrical and computer engineering including: ciruit analysis, fundamental electromagnetics, electronic devices, sensors, communication, digital logic, programming, numerous practical applicaitons; laboratory. Course Information: Much MATLAB programming, which is taught in the course, is required. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in MATH 180; or Grade of C or better in MATH 165. Natural World - With Lab course.

ECE 210. Electrical Circuit Analysis. 3 hours.

Linear circuit analysis: networks, network theorems, dependent sources, operational amplifiers, energy storage elements, transient analysis, sinusoidal analysis, frequency response, filters. Laboratory. Course Information: Credit is not given for ECE 210 if the student has credit for ECE 225. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 142 and credit or concurrent registration in MATH 220. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 225. Circuit Analysis. 4 hours.

Electric circuit elements; Ohm's Law; Kirchhoff's laws; transient and steady-state analysis of circuits; Laplace transform methods; network theorems. Laboratory. Course Information: Credit is not given for ECE 225 if the student has credit for ECE 210. Prerequisite(s): MATH 220; and Grade of C or better in PHYS 142; and Grade of C or better in ECE 115. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 265. Introduction to Logic Design. 4 hours.

Number Systems; Binary arithmetic; Boolean/Logic functions; Boolean Algebra; logic gates, their CMOS design; function minimization, analysis and synthesis of combinational and sequential circuits. Course Information: Credit is not given for ECE 265 if the student has credit for CS 266 or CS 366. Laboratory. Prerequisite(s): MATH 180 and grade of C or better in ECE 115. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 267. Computer Organization I. 3 hours.

Introduction to computer organization and assembly language programming. Memory, CPU, and I/O organization. Programming techniques and tools. Course Information: Credit is not given for ECE 267 if the student has credit for CS 266 or CS 366. Prerequisite(s): CS 107; and credit or concurrent registration in ECE 265.

ECE 310. Discrete and Continuous Signals and Systems. 3 hours.

Signals; systems; convolution; discrete and continuous Fourier series and transforms; Z-transforms; Laplace transforms; sampling; frequency response; applications; computer simulations. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): MATH 220 and credit or concurrent registration in ECE 225; or credit or concurrent registration in ECE 210 for non-ECE students.

ECE 311. Communication Engineering. 4 hours.

Continuous-time signals and spectra; amplitude and angle modulation, sampling and quantization theory; digital pulse modulation, error probability, commercial broadcasting practices. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ECE 310. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 317. Digital Signal Processing I. 4 hours.

Sampling theorem; discrete signals and systems; discrete time Fourier transform; DFT; FFT; IIR and FIR digital filter design; stability; DSP applications. Laboratory. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ECE 310. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 322. Communication Electromagnetics. 3 hours.

Plane waves in various media. Polarization and Stoke's parameters. Scalar and vector potentials. Guided wave propagation. Radiation. Linear antennas and antenna parameters. Linear arrays. Course Information: Credit is not given for this course if the student has credit for EECS 322. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ECE 225.

ECE 333. Computer Communication Networks I. 4 hours.

Overview of networks, physical layer, data link protocols, multiple access, local area networks, network layer, Internet, ATM, routing, congestion control, IP protocol, transport layer. Laboratory Course Information: Credit is not given for ECE 333 if the student has credit for CS 450. Prerequisite(s): ECE 341 and CS 201. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 340. Electronics I. 4 hours.

Operational amplifiers. Semiconductor junctions. Bipolar and field-effect transistors. Simple transistor amplifier and switching applications. Introduction to digital logic circuits. Laboratory experience. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ECE 225. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 341. Probability and Random Processes for Engineers. 3 hours.

Probability, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, transformation of random variables, expectation, generating functions, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, estimation, random processes, stationarity, applications. Course Information: Credit is not given for ECE 341 if the student has credit for IE 342. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in ECE 310.

ECE 342. Electronics II. 4 hours.

Differential amplifiers. Feedback amplifiers. Frequency response, stability and compensation of amplifiers. Circuit implementation of logic gates in various logic families. Bistable and memory circuits. Laboratory. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): ECE 340. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 346. Solid State Device Theory. 4 hours.

Introduction to semiconductors, Energy bands, Electron and hole transport mechanisms in semiconductor devices, recombination and generation, P-N Junctions. Intro to metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors. Practical laboratory. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): MATH 220 and a grade of C or better in ECE 115 and a grade of C or better in PHYS 142. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 347. Integrated Circuit Engineering. 3 hours.

Introduction to processing technology of integrated circuits: thin film deposition, doping, oxidation, epitaxy and lithography. Design, layout, assembly, testing and yield. Design project. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): CHEM 112 and a grade of C or better in ECE 225.

ECE 350. Principles of Automatic Control. 4 hours.

Transfer function; block diagrams; flow graphs; state space canonic forms; stability analysis; steady state and transient analysis; feedback control; continuous to discrete conversion; digital control. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): MATH 310 and grade of C or better in ECE 310. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 366. Computer Organization II. 4 hours.

Circuit technology, clocking, datapath design, controller design including timing chains and microprogramming, memory systems design in caches, virtual memory, multiple memory modules, I/O design including disk, serial and network communications. Course Information: Credit is not given for ECE 366 if the student has credit for CS 266 or CS 366. Laboratory. Prerequisite(s): ECE 267 and CS 201. To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 367. Microprocessor-Based Design. 4 hours.

Microprocessor architecture; microprogrammed machines; programmer's model; control signals and timing; system buses; parallel and serial interfacing; interrupt processing; I/O devices; memory devices; direct memory access; assembly language. Laboratory. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): ECE 267; and a grade of C or better in ECE 265 or a grade of C or better in CS 366. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 368. CAD-Based Digital Design. 4 hours.

Semi-complex circuit and system design techniques, data path control using FSMs, VHDL programming, circuit/system design projects using VHDL and CAD tools (VHDL Simulation, Circuit Synthesis). Course Information: Credit is not given for ECE 368 if the student has credit for CS 469. Laboratory. Prerequisite(s): ECE 366. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture.

ECE 392. Undergraduate Research. 2-4 hours.

Research under close supervision of a faculty member. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

ECE 396. Senior Design I. 2 hours.

Introduction to the principles and practice of product design: specifications, evaluation of design alternatives, technical reports, and oral presentations. Independent design projects. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161. Open only to seniors.

ECE 397. Senior Design II. 2 hours.

Application of engineering principles and optimization to the solution of the design problem initiated in Electrical and Computer Engineering 396. Implementation and testing of the design. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): ECE 396. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Conference and one Laboratory.

ECE 401. Quasi-Static Electric and Magnetic Fields. 3 or 4 hours.

Static electric and magnetic fields. Material description, boundary value problems. Field energy, its conversion and scaling laws. Quasi-static fields, field diffusion, eddy currents, energy losses. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 322.

ECE 407. Pattern Recognition I. 3 or 4 hours.

The design of automated systems for detection, recognition, classification and diagnosis. Parametric and nonparametric decision-making techniques. Applications in computerized medical and industrial image and waveform analysis. Course Information: Same as BIOE 407. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): MATH 220.

ECE 410. Network Analysis. 3 or 4 hours.

Matrix algebra for network analysis, network parameters, macromodeling, high-frequency measurements, network functions and theorems. Topics in computer-aided analysis. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): MATH 310 and grade of C or better in ECE 310.

ECE 412. Introduction to Filter Synthesis. 3 or 4 hours.

Fundamentals of network synthesis, filter approximations and frequency transformations. Active filter synthesis using bi-linear and bi-quad circuits. Topics in computer-aided design. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ECE 310.

ECE 415. Image Analysis and Computer Vision I. 3 or 4 hours.

Image formation, geometry and stereo. Two-dimensional image analysis by fourier and other 2-D transforms. Image enhancement, color, image segmentation, compression, feature extraction, object recognition. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): MATH 310 or a grade of C or better in ECE 310.

ECE 417. Digital Signal Processing II. 0-5 hours.

Computer-aided design of digital filters; quantization and round-off effects; FFT algorithms; number-theoretic algorithms; multirate signal processing; DSP architectures and programming. Course Information: 4 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 317. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 418. Statistical Digital Signal Processing. 3 or 4 hours.

Stochastic signal models, LMS identification, identification of signals from noise, Wiener filtering, blind separation of mixed signal, discrete Wavelet Transforms, compression and denoising, ceptral analysis. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 317 and ECE 341.

ECE 421. Introduction to Antennas and Wireless Propagation. 3 or 4 hours.

Potential, antenna parameters, radiation from linear wires and loops, impedance, arrays, communication links and path loss, tropospheric propagation, fading and diversity. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 225 and ECE 322.

ECE 423. Electromagnetic Compatibility. 3 or 4 hours.

EMC requirements for electronic systems. Nonideal behavior of components. Radiated and conducted emissions. Susceptibility. Coupling and shielding. Electrostatic discharge. System design for EMS. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): MATH 310 and ECE 322.

ECE 424. RF and Microwave Guided Propagation. 0-5 hours.

Maxwell's equations, transmission lines, Smith chart, strip lines, rectangular and circular waveguides, TE and TM waves, wave impedance, resonators, two-portal parameters, power and energy considerations. Course Information: 4 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 225 and ECE 322. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 427. Modern Linear Optics. 3 or 4 hours.

Geometrical optics, wave optics, two-dimensional Fourier analysis, scalar diffraction theory, Fourier transforming properties of lenses, coherent and incoherent images, holography, electromagnetic optics, polarization and crystal optics, resonators. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 310 and ECE 322.

ECE 431. Analog Communication Circuits. 0-5 hours.

Introduction to radio frequency circuit design: narrowband transistor amplifiers, impedance matching networks, oscillators, mixers, amplitude and frequency modulation/demodulation, phase-lock loop circuits, amplifier noise and stability analysis. Laboratory. Course Information: 4 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 311 and ECE 340. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 432. Digital Communications. 3 or 4 hours.

Source coding, quantization, signal representation, channel noise, optimum signal reception, digital modulation: ASK, PSK, FSK, MSK, M-ary modulation. Probability of error. Inter-symbol interference. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): MATH 310, ECE 311 and ECE 341.

ECE 434. Multimedia Systems. 3 or 4 hours.

Multimedia systems; compression standards; asynchronous transfer mode; Internet; wireless networks; television; videoconferencing; telephony; applications. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ECE 310.

ECE 435. Wireless Communication Networks. 3 or 4 hours.

Radio technology fundamentals; channel and propagation models; channel multiple access technologies; wireless mobile communication fundamentals; generic wireless mobile network; cellular/PCS wireless mobile network standards. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 432 and ECE 333.

ECE 436. Computer Communication Networks II. 3 or 4 hours.

Explores integrated network architecture of service, control signaling and management, examples of high-speed LAN/WAN, next generation Internet and mobile wireless network. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ECE 333.

ECE 437. Wireless Communications. 3 or 4 hours.

Cellular concept, frequency reuse, mobile radio propagation, channel fading, noise in analog communications, mobile radio channel equalization, multiple access techniques (FDMA, TDMA, CDMA), wireless networking. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 311 and ECE 341.

ECE 440. Nanoelectronics. 3 or 4 hours.

Wave-particle duality, Schrodinger equation, atomic orbitals, band theory of solids. Semiconductor and carbon nanoelectronic materials. Nanostructure device fabrication. Nanoelectromechanical systems. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 346; or consent of the instructor.

ECE 442. Power Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuits. 0-5 hours.

Covers the physics of devices encountered in the power-electronic and switching converter systems. Course Information: 4 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours. Credit is not given for ECE 442 if the student has credit for EECS 442. ECE 442 is a supplement for ECE 445 and ECE 545. Prerequisite(s): ECE 342 and ECE 346. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 445. Analysis and Design of Power Electronic Circuits. 0-5 hours.

Analysis of different isolated and non-isolated power-converter topologies, understanding of power-converter components, switching schemes. Course Information: 4 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 342 and a grade of C or better in ECE 310. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 448. Transistors. 3 or 4 hours.

Bipolar junction transistors, electronic processes in surface-controlled semiconductor and dielectric devices. Metal oxide semiconductor filed effect transistors, surface and interface effects, diode lasers, integrated optoelectronic devices. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 346.

ECE 449. Microdevices and Micromachining Technology. 0-5 hours.

Microfabrication techniques for microsensors, microstructures, and microdevices. Selected examples of physical/chemical sensors and actuators. Simulation experiments. Course Information: Same as ME 449. 4 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours. Laboratory. Prerequisite(s): ECE 347; or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 451. Control Engineering. 3 or 4 hours.

State-space representation of systems; realization theory; stability; performance; modern control design techniques, including: fuzzy, learning, adaptive and nonlinear control. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 350.

ECE 452. Robotics: Algorithms and Control. 3 or 4 hours.

Kinematic and dynamic modeling of robots; configuration space; motion planning algorithms; control of robots; sensors and perception; reasoning; mobile robots. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CS 201; and a grade of C or better in ECE 210 or a grade of C or better in ECE 225.

ECE 458. Electromechanical Energy Conversion. 0-4 hours.

Electromagnetic forces and torque; magnetic circuits and transformers; DC machines; three-phase AC synchronous and induction machines; laboratory-demonstrations. Projects are required. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ECE 225. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 465. Digital Systems Design. 3 or 4 hours.

Switching algebra, combinational circuits, Mux, ROM, DCD, PLA-based designs, advanced combinational circuit minimization techniques, sychronous and asynchronous squential circuit synthesis (minimization, hazards, races, state assignment) testing. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PHYS 142; and a grade of C or better in ECE 265 or a grade of C or better in CS 366.

ECE 466. Advanced Computer Architecture. 3 or 4 hours.

Design and analysis of high performance uniprocessors. Topics include arithmetic: multiplication, division, shifting; processor: pipelining, multiple function units. instruction sets; memory: caches, modules; virtual machines. Course Information: Same as CS 466. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 366 or CS 366.

ECE 467. Introduction to VLSI Design. 0-5 hours.

MOS, CMOS circuits VLSI technology, CMOS circuit characterization and evaluation. Static and dynamic MOS circuits, system design, faults, testing, and symbolic layout. Laboratory. Course Information: 4 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 340. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 468. Analog and Mixed - Signal VLSI Design. 0-5 hours.

Elementary transistor stages and analog components; low-power design; comparison of bipolar, CMOS, and BiCMOS; s-parameters and high-frequency ASIC design and modeling; RF wireless communication system components; behavioral modeling. Course Information: 4 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 467. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture-Discussion.

ECE 469. Computer Systems Design. 3 or 4 hours.

Analysis and modeling of digital systems; hardware description languages; CAD tools for simulation, synthesis, and verification of computer systems. Project: a simple processor design. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Same as CS 469. Prerequisite(s): CS 366; or ECE 366 and ECE 368.

ECE 491. Seminar. 1-4 hours.

Topics of mutual interest to a faculty member and a group of students. Offered as announced by department bulletin or the Timetable. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

ECE 493. Special Problems. 2-4 hours.

Special problems or reading by special arrangement with the faculty. Course Information: No graduation credit for students in the following: MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering or PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

ECE 499. Professional Development Seminar. 0 hours.

Graduating seniors will be provided with information regarding future career paths and will provide information regarding the program to be used for assessment purposes. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Open only to seniors; and approval of the department. Must be taken in the student's last semester of study.