ECE 201

Introduction to Electrical Engineering II
Fall '99

Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Science & Tech II, Room 9,
Dr. Beale
Graduate Teaching Assistant for lectures: Hatim Behairy
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sci & Tech I, Room 2E.
Graduate Teaching Assistant for labs: Kavitha Nutakki
Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, 12:30 - 2:20 p.m. Sci & Tech II, Room 203.
Prerequisites: ECE 101 or POI
Required Text: DSP First: A Multimedia Approach, by McClellan, Schafer, and Yoder, Prentice Hall, 1998, Chapters 1-6.
Recommended Text: The Student Edition of MATLAB: Version 5 User's Guide, Prentice Hall, 1997

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

Starting in MATLAB


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 29 - Chapters 1 and 2, Appendix A
Test 2 -- Wednesday, November 3 - Chapters 3 and 4
Final Exam -- Wednesday, December 15, 1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Chapters 5 and 6
Last day to drop classes without Dean's permission -- Friday, October 1.
No Class Monday October 11 due to Columbus Day Recess!! (Monday labs meet on Wednesday that week)

Course Outline:

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

Chapter 2 -- Complex numbers and complex arithmetic, sinusoidal signals, relationships between the time and frequency domains, graphical representations of signals - 5 class periods. (Material from Appendix A and Appendix B will also be presented during this time for 2 additional 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 class periods.

Chapter 6 -- FIR filters in the frequency domain, properties of the frequency response, plotting the frequency response, series connections of LTI systems - 5 class periods.

Labs -- All Lab sections will meet in Sci & Tech II, Room 203. 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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