Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET)

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Associate of Engineering Technology Degree in Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology

This degree requires two years study (61 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 (12 hours, exclusive of FYE)
Course Number Course Name Hours
ECET 1302 Introductory Experience in Technology & Computers (First Year Experience) 3
RHET 1311 Composition I 3
MATH 1302 College Algebra 3
HIST 2311/12 or POLS 1310 American History or American National Government 3
ETME 1300 Computer Graphics 3

 

Second Semester (15 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
PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society1 3

 

Third Semester (17 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I 3
PHYS 1321 College Physics I 3
PHYS 1121 College Physics Laboratory I 1
ECET 2305 Circuit Analysis II 3
ECET 2105 Circuits & Simulation Laboratory 1
ECET 3308 Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers 3
RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 or BINS 3380 Writing for Workplace, 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
CPSC 1375 Programming I 3
CPSC 1175 Introduction to Computer Science Lab 1
ECET 3405 Electronics Devices I 4
ECET 2169 Sophomore Design Project 1
PHYS 1322 College Physics II 3
PHYS 1122 College Physics II Laboratory 1

1 Program requirement that also satisfies the University humanities core

Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology

This degree program requires two additional years beyond the associate of science curriculum (122 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 (14 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
CPSC 2376 Programming II 3
MATH 1312 Applied Calculus II 3
ECET 3406 Electronic Devices II 4
ECET 3450 Microcontroller Applications 4

 

Sixth Semester (14 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
ECET 4450 Embedded Systems 4
ECET 3360 Data Acquisition & Sensors 3
ECET 3409 Signal Analysis 4
Fine Arts core curriculum 3

 

Seventh Semester (17 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
ECET 4351 System Design 3
ECET 4479 Communication Systems 4
ECET 4407 Digital System Design 4
Social Sciences core curriculum 3
Technical Elective * 3

 

Eighth Semester (16 hours)
Course Number Course Name Hours
ECET 4306 Data & Computer Communications 3
ECET 4370 Senior Design Project 3
ECET 4349 Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy 3
ECET 4149 Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Lab 1
Technical Elective * 3
HIST 1311/1312 History of Civilization 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.

2105. Circuits and Simulation Laboratory

Corequisite: ECET 2305. Laboratory experiments to supplement classroom instruction in ECET 2305. Introduction to electronics simulation software and its applications to laboratory exercises. Three hours lab. 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

Corequisite: ECET 3405; or consent of instructor. 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.

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.

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.

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.

3360. Data Acquisition and Sensors

Prerequisite: grades of C or greater in ECET 2352 and 3406 and CPSC 1375; or consent of instructor. 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. Signal Analysis

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.

3450. Microcontroller Applications

Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in ECET 2352, 2152, and CPSC 1375. An introduction to programming microcontrollers using assembly and C languages. Hardware applications include keypads, LCDs, timers, ADCs, and PWM. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.

4149. Photovoltaics & Renewable Energy Lab

Corequisite: ECET 4349.  Laboratory experiments and projects to provide practical know-how and training in power electronics necessary to interface renewable energy generators to load and grid. Examine effects of angle of tilt, shading, and irradiance on PV power production. The project will include design of a low power mppt-controlled standalone PV system. Also includes simulation. Three hours lab. One credit hour.

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.

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.

4349. Photovoltaics & Renewable Energy

Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ECET 3406 or SYEN 3352, or consent of instructor. Renewable energy system resources including thermal-solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal systems, biomass, and other current topics. Focuses on theory of photovoltaics power generation, maximum power point tracking, power electronics and interfacing, microinverters, energy storage, practical applications and design of standalone and grid connected systems. Also included topics in safety, economics of alternative renewable energy systems compared to conventional systems, and emerging green energy technology. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

4351. System Design

Prerequisites: grades of C or better in ECET 3360 and 4450, or consent of instructor. 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.

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 2352, 2152, and 3405, and CPSC 1375. 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

Prerequisite: grade of C or greater in ECET 3450. Advanced topics in ARM based (or other current) microcontroller applications and programming, using the C language. Topics include touch-screen based and Wi-Fi control applications. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Four credit hours.

4479. Communication Systems

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