ECE 201

Introduction to Electrical Engineering
Fall 2003

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Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m., Aquia Module, Room 102,
Dr. Beale
Graduate Teaching Assistant for homework: Archana Bhimrao
         Office Hours: Wednesday, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Sci. & Tech. II, Room 265
Graduate Teaching Assistants for labs:  
 Stefan-Viorel Velica 
     Sections: 201 and 205
     Office Hours: Thursday, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Sci. & Tech. II, Room 228
Marek Hejmo
     Section: 202
     Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Sci. & Tech. I, Room 2A 
Zain Shahid
     Section: 203
     Office Hours: Tuesday, 8:30 - 10:20 a.m. and 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Sci. & Tech. I, Room 2B; Tuesday, 4:30 - 5:40 p.m., Sci. & Tech. II, Room 265
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MATH 113
Required Text: DSP First: A Multimedia Approach, by McClellan, Schafer, and Yoder, Prentice Hall, 1998, Chapters 1-5.
Recommended Text: The Student Edition of MATLAB: Version 6 User's Guide, Prentice Hall


Homework Assignments ECE 220/320 Examples ECE 201 Examples Labs
Objectives Grading Important Dates Course Outline


Starting in MATLAB

MATLAB Lecture Notes



Introduce the students to some of the major concepts in electrical engineering, such as frequency response and sampling.
Introduce the students to methods of engineering problem solving through the use of powerful software tools.
Introduce the students to some important mathematical tools that will be used in many of their subsequent courses in electrical engineering.


2 Tests 40%
Homework 15%
Lab Exercises 20%
Final Exam 25%

Late homework will not be accepted. The two lowest homework grades will be dropped when determining a student's homework grade. The higher test grade will count 60% of the test average, and the lower test grade will count 40% of the test average.

Important Dates:

Test 1 -- Wednesday, September 24 - Chapters 1 and 2 (Sections 2.1 - 2.4) and MATLAB
Test 2 -- Monday, October 27 - Chapters 2 (2.5 - 2.6) and  3 and MATLAB
Final Exam -- Wednesday, December 10, 10:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - comprehensive, emphasizing Chapters 4 and 5
Last day to drop classes without Dean's permission -- Friday, September 26.
No classes or labs on Monday, October 13, due to Columbus Day Break!!
Lecture class will meet on Tuesday, October 14, at the regular time and place. Any Monday lab sections will also meet on Tuesday that week at the regular time and place.

Course Outline:

Chapter 1 -- Introduction, overview and outline of the course, signals and systems -- their definitions and mathematical representations - 1 class period.

MATLAB -- How to input and store variables, mathematical operations, plotting variables, input/output operations, writing scripts and functions - 4 class periods.

Chapter 2 -- Complex numbers and complex arithmetic, sinusoidal signals, relationships between the time and frequency domains, graphical representations of signals - 6 class periods. 

Chapter 3 -- Frequency spectrum of a signal, graphical methods for representing the spectrum, combinations of sinusoids, creating non-sinusoidal signals from sinusoids, the Fourier series - 5 class periods.

Chapter 4 -- Converting continuous-time signals to discrete-time, the sampling process, the effect of sampling too slowly, fundamental limitations on sampling, the frequency spectrum of a sampled signal, converting discrete-time signals back to continuous-time, ideal interpolation - 6 class periods.

Chapter 5 -- Systems that operate in discrete time, the Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filter, an example of FIR filtering, building blocks for implementing FIR filters, linear time-invariant (LTI) systems - 4 class periods.

Labs -- All Lab sections will meet in Sci & Tech II, Room 12. The Lab experiments are designed and intended to complement the material presented in class in order to strengthen the students' understanding of the material. Students are expected to be well prepared when they come to the Lab in order to make the most efficient use of their time.

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