Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET)

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Associate of Science Degree Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology

This degree requires two years study (66 hours) to prepare students for electronics or computer careers. Graduates can apply credit towards the B.S. degree in Electronics & Computer engineering technology. This degree is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

First Semester (15 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
ECET 1302 Introductory Experience in Technology & Computers 3
RHET 1311 Composition I 3
MATH 1302 College Algebra 3
HIST 2311/12 or POLS 1310 American History or American National Government 3
SPCH 1300 Speech Communication 3
Second Semester (17 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
RHET 1312 Composition II 3
MATH 1303 Trigonometry 3
ECET 1404 Circuit Analysis I 4
IFSC 1202 Introduction to Object-oriented Technology 2
ETME 1300 Computer Graphics 3
IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession 2
Third Semester (17 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I 3
PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I 3
PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics Laboratory I 1
ECET 2300 Numerical Methods for Technologists 3
ECET 2305 Circuit Analysis II 3
ECET 2105 Circuit & Simulation Laboratory 1
RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 or MGMT 3380 Writing for Work place, or Technical Writing or Business Communication 3
Fourth Semester (17 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
ECET 2352 Introduction to Digital Systems 3
ECET 2152 Introduction to Digital Lab 1
PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II 3
PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory 1
ECET 2150 Microprocessor Fundamentals 1
ECET 2169 Sophomore Design Project 1
ECET 3308 Robotics & Programmable Logic Controllers 3
ECET 3405 Electronics Devices I 4

Bachelor of Science Degree Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology

This degree program requires two additional years beyond the associate of science curriculum (128 hours). Students receive a greater knowledge in the technical field, and more courses are included in mathematics, humanities, and social science. Students can chose technical electives to meet their career objectives. The B.S. degree prepares graduates for entry level professional positions in industry or for graduate studies. This degree is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Fifth Semester (17 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
CPSC 2376 Advanced Computer Programming 3
MATH 1312 Applied Calculus II 3
ECET 3406 Electronic Devices II 4
ECET 3350 Microprocessor Systems 3
ECET 4407 Digital Systems Design 4
Sixth Semester (14 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
ECET 4450 Embedded Systems 4
ECET 3360 Data Acquisition & Sensors 3
ECET 3409 Applied Transform Methods 4
Fine Arts/Humanities core curriculum 3
Seventh Semester (16 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
ECET 4351 System Design 3
ECET 4304 Industrial Controls 3
ECET 4479 Communication Systems 4
Technical Elective * 3
Individuals, Cultures & Societies core curriculum 3
Eighth Semester (15 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
ECET 4306 Data & Computer Communications 3
ECET 4370 Senior Design Project 3
Technical Elective * 3
Upper Level Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences 3
HIST 1311/1312 History of Civilizations I or II 3

* Technical electives must be approved by faculty advisor

Courses in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET)

1302. Introductory Experience in Technology and Computers

Corequisite: MATH 1302 or equivalent. A practical introduction to modern technology through hands-on laboratory activities, team work and cooperative learning, and problem solving. Introduction to design process and reverse engineering. Five hours of integrated lecture and lab. Three credit hours.

1404. Circuit Analysis I

Prerequisite: MATH 1302. An introduction to DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current) circuit analysis techniques involving resistors, inductors, and capacitors. Other topics include reactance, AC power factor correction, three-phase circuits, and motors. Three hours lecture and three hours lab. Four credit hours.

2100. Methods of Engineering Computation

Corequisite: MATH 1303. Use of microcomputers for technical data analysis, manipulation, and reports. Application of the computer to engineering problem solving. One hour lecture and one hour lab. One credit hour.

2105. Circuits and Simulation Laboratory

Corequisite: ECET 2305. Introduction to simulation software to include PSPICE, Electronics Workbench, and Matlab and their applications to laboratory exercises relating to ECET 2305. One hour lecture and one hour laboratory. One credit hour.

2150. Microprocessor Fundamentals

Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in ECET 1404, sophomore standing. Study includes number systems, basic types of instructions and addressing modes, and an overview of the functional organization inside a microprocessor. One hour lecture. One credit hour.

2152. Introductory Digital Laboratory

Corequisite: ECET 2352. Lab exercises to provide practical knowledge of logic devices and their applications. One three-hour lab. One credit hour.

2169. Sophomore Design Project

Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Schematic layout through CAD; PCB design to include SMT components; complete fabrication with mechanical consideration, and casing. Both written report and oral presentation are required. Three hours lab. One credit hour.

2191. Cooperative Education

Prerequisites: sophomore standing in engineering technology and approval of department’s chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50; minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Industrial experience under supervision of faculty advisor to supplement course work. Students who take this course may not take 2291. Requires at least 240 contact hours on the job. One credit hour.

2291. Cooperative Education

Prerequisites: sophomore standing and approval of department’s chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50; minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Industrial experience under supervision of advisor to supplement course work. Students who take this course may not take 2191. Requires at least 480 contact hours on the job. Two credit hours.

2300. Numerical Methods for Technologists

Prerequisite: IFSC 1202 or equivalent. Corequisite: MATH 1311. An introductory course in symbolic language programming with application to engineering problems. Related material in numerical methods of solution is presented. Five hours of combined lecture and laboratory. Two credit hours.

2305. Circuit Analysis II

Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in ECET 1404, MATH 1303. Network theorems applied to the steady-state response of DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current) circuits. The application of the concepts of complex impedance and phasors to the solution of AC circuits. Transients in RC and RL circuits. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

2330. Electronics and Controls

Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in ECET 2405. Intended for majors other than electronics and computer engineering technology. Fundamental elements of power electronics needed to understand the operation and maintenance of electronic equipment. Introduction of power semiconductor devices including diodes and thyristors. The electronic control of motors, including variable frequency drives. Controlling the operation of equipment and processes with programmable logic controllers. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Three credit hours.

2352. Introduction to Digital Systems

Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in ECET 1404 or equivalent. Introduction to digital circuits and systems. Number systems, Boolean algebra, and applications of basic logic gates; exercises in analysis and design of combinational and sequential logic circuits, including encoders, decoders, multiplexers, flip-flops, registers, and counters. Microprocessor architecture software and programming. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

2405. Electrical Technology

Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in MATH 1303. Corequisite: PHYS 1322 and 1122. An introductory course in electrical technology for majors other than electronics and computer engineering technology. A review of basic quantities including current, voltage, power, and energy. An introduction to machines and transformers, including direct current motors, induction motors, stepper motors, synchronous generators, and transformers. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.

3191. Cooperative Education

Prerequisites: junior standing in engineering technology and approval of department’s chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50, minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Industrial experience under supervision of advisor to supplement course work. Students who take this course may not take 3291. Requires at least 240 contact hours on the job. One credit hour.

3291. Cooperative Education

Prerequisites: junior standing in engineering technology and approval of chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50; minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Work experience related to student objectives under supervision of advisor. Students who take this course may not take 3191. Requires at least 480 contact hours on the job. Two credit hours.

3300. Independent Study

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Study of assigned topics chosen to develop investigative, analytical, research, or professional skills related to engineering. The student is expected to spend 8 to 10 hours per week on the project. The exact hourly commitment depends on the complexity of the project and is agreed on in advance by the student and the instructor. Three credit hours.

3308. Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in ECET 1404 or 2405. A study of operation of PLC’s, including ladder logic programming and interfacing to industrial-type equipment, such as motors. Programming topics include bit addressing, timers, counters, and switches. The application of PLC’s for robotic control will be examined. Two hours lecture, three hours lab. Three credit hours.

3316. Power Systems and Equipment

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 2303, MATH 1311. Basic principles of AC power systems analysis, with emphasis on three-phase systems. Load and fault analysis and economic operation. Major equipment items, including motors, generators, transformers, and switching and control equipment. Two hours lecture, two hours lab and recitation. Three credit hours.

3350. Microprocessor Systems

Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CPSC 2382 or ECET 2150. Survey of addressing modes and instructions. Some hardware is introduced and electronic signals are related to software statements. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

3360. Data Acquisition and Sensors

Prerequisite: grades of C or better in ECET 2300, 2352, and 3406. A practice-oriented course emphasizes the use of sensors in instrumentation and control and provides an understanding of the techniques of acquisition and manipulation of experimental and sensory data using computer hardware and software to build a coordinated and optimal automated system. Principles of process control using personal computers to provide an inexpensive solution for isolated or small-scale industrial process control are also discussed. Two hours lecture, three hours lab. Three credit hours.

3405. Electronic Devices I

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 2305 and 2105. A study of the characteristics and applications of electronic elements including diodes, BJTs, and op-amps. Includes load lines, biasing techniques, single and multistage signal amplifiers, power amplifiers, and transistor switching characteristics. Laboratory exercise also includes computer simulation. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.

3406. Electronic Devices II

Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in ECET 3405. A detailed study of the operational amplifier, including gain considerations and frequency response. Selected applications of the op-amp to instrumentation, control, and active filters; computer-aided analysis is fully integrated into all topics. Other topics include FETs, timing devices, and applications. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.

3409. Applied Transform Methods

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 3406 and MATH 1312. Laplace transform method applied to network analysis, filters, and feedback systems. Fourier series and Fourier transform techniques with application to communication signals. Introduction to Z transform for digital signal processing. The laboratory projects include computer simulation using Matlab. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.

4199. Special Technical Topics I

Prerequisite: consent of instructor based on relevance of subject matter to student career goals. Designed to meet special needs of students or industry to cover application of technology to specific industrial problems. Meets equivalent of one hour. One credit hour.

4304. Industrial Controls

Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in ECET 2150 and 4407. A detailed study of industrial controls based around microcontrollers. Practical applications are emphasized. Topics include interface devices, such as opto-isolators and solid state relays. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Three credit hours.

4306. Data and Computer Communications

Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in ECET 3409. Discusses principles and practices in data communications with emphasis on the hardware aspects of data communication. Topics include transmission, encoding, decoding, data interfacing, error detection and correction, link control, networking and protocols. Internetworking over the Internet. Three hours of lecture. Three credit hours.

4309. Applied Signal Processing

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in ECET 3409. A hands-on experience to digital signal processing through laboratory exercises in a computer environment. Sampling theorem, discrete-time signals and systems, DFT, FFT, and digital filters. Two hours of lecture and two hours lab. Three credit hours.

4351. System Design

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 3409 and 4450. Methods of approaching design problems, software control of hardware, modeling of applications, hardware/software tradeoffs in the design process. Students work in teams to solve a substantive design problem. The course integrates at the system level the hardware/software knowledge of the electronics and computer engineering technology major. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

4353. Optical Electronic Devices and Systems

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 3406 and 4407. Applications of optoelectronic devices to communications, robotics, and automated manufacturing. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Three credit hours.

4354. Computer Hardware Architecture

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 3350, 4407. Study of the various hardware designs and their relationship to architecture. Includes an overview of mainframe, supercomputers, and multicomputers. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

4362. Real-Time Systems

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 3350 and CPSC 2376 or equivalents. Real-time specification and design techniques, real-time kernals, intertask communication and synchronization, real-time memory management, system performance analysis and optimization. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

4363. Network Technology and Management

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in ECET 4306. A continuation of the studies of the principles and practices in data communication and includes topics such as switches and switching fabric, frame relay, ATM, and emerging technologies. Protocols and techniques for monitoring and managing computer networks, and computer security issues are discussed. Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Three credit hours.

4370. Senior Design Project

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in ECET 4351. Students work independently with a faculty mentor on a design/research problem. The project could be developed through industry collaboration, faculty research, or at the student’s own initiative through literature search. The project requires electronics and computer engineering technology faculty approval, formal oral and written presentation, and demonstration of the project. Students meet with the mentor weekly to discuss their designs. Five hours lab. Three credit hours.

4399. Special Technical Topics III

Prerequisite: consent of instructor based on relevance of subject to student career goals. Designed to meet special needs of students or industry to cover application of technology to specific industrial problems. Meets equivalent of three hours. Three credit hours.

4407. Digital System Design

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 2300, 2352, 2152, and 3405. Advanced concepts in digital system design to include programmable devices, and state machines using HDL. Laboratory projects include computer simulation. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.

4450. Embedded Systems

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 3350 and 4407. Techniques for interfacing micros to outside devices. Detailed analysis of bus standards, serial and parallel input/output to peripherals. Laboratory includes the application of interfacing techniques to build a microcomputer and interface it to outside devices. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.

4479. Communication Systems

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 3406 and 3409. Spectral analysis of signals; noise; linear modulation and demodulation; AM, SSB, angle modulation and demodulation; phase locked hoops, and digital communication techniques. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.

4480. Digital Communication

Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in ECET 4479. Advanced study of techniques and hardware employed in digital, microwave, satellite, and fiber optic communications. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.