Undergraduate Courses


Mechatronics and Robotics

As a student in one of the programs offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, you may need to select electives and other courses not expressly listed in your Typical Course Schedule. Below is a list of courses that may fulfill those requirements. Please confirm with your adviser or program director to ensure that you select courses that will allow you to complete your program successfully.

Electrical Engineering

2 Credits Introduction to Electrical Engineering ECE-UY1002
This course introduces numerous Electrical Engineering subject areas, including power systems, power electronics, computer networking, computer processors, communications, feedback control, signal processing, and EM fields/waves. As appropriate for each area, the course introduces various devices, design and operational issues, design methodologies and algorithms. Also introduced are basic equations to model systems and algorithms to solve specific problems. Important technical developments and problems are discussed. Mathematical methods are introduced as needed. The course gives an overview of department courses. Faculty lecturers discuss research and industrial projects in which they have been involved. Assignments include computer simulations and Investigations of different systems. Written reports based on articles from the IEEE Spectrum Magazine are assigned. The IEEE Code of Ethics and ethics-related readings from the IEEE literature are discussed.
ABET criteria: i, h.
Prerequisites: First-year standing

2 Credits Introduction to Computer Engineering ECE-UY1012
This course helps students to understand computer engineering as a balance among hardware, software, applications and theory, the notion of abstraction, computer layers and how they relate to various aspects of computer engineering, implementation of abstract and physical computer layers: Number systems, digital logic, basic processor structure, instruction set architecture, machine languages, assembly languages and high-level programming in C. Other computer concepts, including compilers, operating systems and algorithms, are presented, along with the simulator concept and its usage for understanding computer design, testing and analysis. Experts present special topics in the area. Also discussed are invention, innovation, entrepreneurship and ethics in these topics and in Computer Engineering. Cross listed as CS-UY 1012.
ABET competencies: e, h, j
Prerequisite: Only first-year students are permitted to enrol in this course.
3 Credits Fundamentals of Electric Circuits I ECE-UY2013
This course covers Passive DC circuit elements, Kirchoff’s laws, electric power calculations, analysis of DC circuits, Nodal and Loop analysis techniques, voltage and current division, Thevenin’s and Norton’s theorems, and source-free and forced responses of RL, RC and RLC circuits. A minimum of C- is required to take other EE courses.
Co-requisites for Brooklyn Engineering Students: MA-UY 2034 and PH-UY 2023
Prerequisites for Abu Dhabi Students: SCIEN-AD 110, MATH-AD 116, and MATH-AD 121. ABET competencies a, c, e, k.
4 Credits Fundamentals of Electric Circuits II ECE-UY2024
The course continues EE2013 and focuses on sinusoidal steady-state response; complex voltage and current and the phasor concept; impedance and admittance; average, apparent and reactive power; polyphase circuits; node and mesh analysis for AC circuits; use of Matlab for solving circuit equations; frequency response; parallel and series resonance; and operational amplifier circuits. A laboratory meets on alternate weeks. A minimum of C- is required to take other EE courses.
Prerequisites: EE-UY 2013 with C or better grade. ABET competencies a, b, c, d, e, k.
4 Credits Signals and Systems ECE-UY3054
This course centers on linear system theory for analog and digital systems; linearity, causality and time invariance; impulse response, convolution and stability; the Laplace, z- transforms and applications to Linear Time Invariant (LTI) systems; frequency response, analog and digital filter design. Topics also include Fourier Series, Fourier Transforms and the sampling theorem. Weekly computer-laboratory projects use analysis- and design-computer packages. The course establishes foundations of linear systems theory needed in future courses; use of math packages to solve problems and simulate systems; and analog and digital filter design.
Prerequisites for Brooklyn Engineering Students: MA-UY 2012/2132 or MA-UY 2034.
Prerequisites for Abu Dhabi Students: MATH-AD 116 and MATH-AD 121.
Prerequisites for Shanghai Students: MATH-SHU 124 and MATH-SHU 140. ABET competencies a, b, c, e, k.
4 Credits Feedback Control ECE-UY3064
This course introduces analysis and design of linear feedback-control systems; modeling of physical systems, performance specifications, sensitivity and steady-state error; Routh- Hurwitz and Nyquist Stability tests; the use of Root Locus and frequency-response techniques to analyze system performance and design compensation (lead/lag and PID controllers) to meet performance specifications. Students analyze and design control systems using math packages in the alternate-week computer laboratory. The course establishes the foundation of feedback-control theory for use in more advanced courses; introduces control-systems design concepts and practices; and develops facility with computer-design packages for design and simulation.
Prerequisites for Brooklyn Engineering Students: EE-UY 3054 (C- or better) and PH-UY 2023.
Prerequisites for Shanghai Students: EENG-SHU 2054 (C- or better) and PHYS-SHU 93 or CCSC-SHU 51. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, g, i, k.
4 Credits Fundamentals of Electronics I ECE-UY3114
This course focuses on circuit models and amplifier frequency response, op-amps, difference amplifier, voltage-to-current converter, slew rate, full-power bandwidth, common-mode rejection, frequency response of closed-loop amplifier, gain-bandwidth product rule, diodes, limiters, clamps and semiconductor physics. Other topics include Bipolar Junction Transistors; small-signal models, cut-off, saturation and active regions; common emitter, common base and emitter-follower amplifier configurations; Field-Effect Transistors (MOSFET and JFET); biasing; small-signal models; common-source and common gate amplifiers; and integrated circuit MOS amplifiers. The alternate-week laboratory experiments on OP-AMP applications, BJT biasing, large signal operation and FET characteristics. The course studies design and analysis of operational amplifiers; small-signal bipolar junction transistor and field-effect transistor amplifiers; diode circuits; differential pair amplifiers and semiconductor device- physics fundamentals.
Prerequisites for Brooklyn Engineering Students: EE-UY 2024 or EE-UY 2004 (C- or better) and PH-UY 2023
Prerequisites for Abu Dhabi Students: ENGR-AD 214 and SCIEN-AD 110.
Prerequisites for Shanghai Students: EENG-SHU 251 (C- or better) and PHYS-SHU 93 or CCSC-SHU 51. ABET competencies a, b, c, e, k.
4 Credits Fundamentals of Electronics II ECE-UY3124
The course concentrates on differential and multistage amplifier, current mirrors, current sources, active loads; frequency response of MOSFET, JFET and BJT amplifiers: Bode plots; feedback amplifiers, gain-bandwidth rule and feedback effect on frequency response; Class A, B and AB output stages; op-amp analog integrated circuits; piecewise-linear transient response; determination of state of transistors; wave-shaping circuits; MOS and bipolar digital design: noise margin, fan-out, propagation delay; CMOS, TTL, ECL; and an alternate week laboratory. The course studies design and analysis of analog integrated circuits, frequency response of amplifiers, feedback amplifiers, TTL and CMOS digital integrated circuits.
Prerequisite for Brooklyn Engineering Students: EE-UY 3114.
Prerequisite for Shanghai Students: EENG-SHU 322. ABET competencies a, c, e, g, k.
3 Credits Introduction to Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits ECE-UY3193
The course offers an overview of integrated circuit-design process: planning, design, fabrication and testing; device physics: PN junction, MOSFET and Spice models; inverter static and dynamic behavior and power dissipation; interconnects: cross talk, variation and transistor sizing; logic gates and combinational logic networks; sequential machines and sequential system design; subsystem design: adders, multipliers, static memory (SRAM), dynamic memory (DRAM). Topics include floor planning, clock distribution, power distribution and signal integrity; Input/Output buffers, packaging and testing; IC design methodology and CAD tools; implementations: full custom, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), field programmable gate arrays (FPGA). The course provides foundations of VLSI design and custom VLSI design methodology and state-of-the-art CAD tools.
Prerequisites: CS-UY 2204 (C- or better) and EE-UY 3114. ABET competencies: a,c,e,k.

4 Credits Fundamentals of Communication Theory ECE-UY3404
The course covers bandpass signal representation and quadrature receivers; noise in communication systems; Digital Modulation Schemes, coherent and noncoherent receivers; coding fundamentals, block and convolutional codes; higher-order modulation schemes, QAM, M-PSK; intersymbol interference and equalization techniques; and carrier and symbol synchronization. Alternate-week computer laboratory projects analyze and design computer packages. The course teaches principles of various modulation and coding techniques and their relative effectiveness under transmission-environments constraints and uses math packages to analyze and simulate communication systems.
Prerequisites for Brooklyn Engineering Students: EE-UY 3054 (C- or better); computer engineering students may register with instructor’s approval. Co-requisite: EE-UY 2233 (Note: Abu Dhabi students may waive EE-UY 2233 co-requisite if they have successfully completed ENGR-AD 195 as a prerequisite)
Prerequisite for Shanghai Students: EENG-SHU 2054 (C- or better) and co-requisite of MA-UY 3012 or EE-UY 2223. ABET competencies a, c, e, k.

4 Credits Multimedia Communication Systems I ECE-UY3414
The course is Part I of an approved Institute Sequence in Multimedia Communications. Topics: speech and audio sampling and quantization; frequency domain characterization and processing of speech signals; speech and audio-coding standards; wired and wireless telephone systems; color perception and representation; basic image-processing tools; image-coding standards; basics of packet-switching networks and Internet technology. Requirements: one term project by a team of two or more students related to course content. Objectives: to understand basic techniques for speech, audio and image processing and principles of wired and wireless telephone systems and the Internet.
Prerequisites: CS-UY 1114 or CS-UY 1133 and MA-UY 1024. ABET competencies: a, b, d, g, h, k.

4 Credits Electromagnetic Waves ECE-UY3604
Electromagnetic wave propagation in free space and in dielectrics, starting from a consideration of distributed inductance and capacitance on transmission lines. Electromagnetic plane waves are obtained as a special case. Reflection and transmission at discontinuities are discussed for pulsed sources, while impedance transformation and matching are presented for harmonic time dependence. Snell’s law and the reflection and transmission coefficients at dielectric interfaces are derived for obliquely propagation plane waves. Guiding of waves by dielectrics and by metal waveguides is demonstrated. Alternate-week laboratory. Objectives: Establish foundations of electromagnetic wave theory applicable to antennas, transmissions lines and materials; increase appreciation for properties of materials through physical experiments.
Prerequisites for Brooklyn Engineering Students: EE-UY 2024 or EE-UY 2004 (C- or better) and MA-UY 3112.
Prerequisites for Abu Dhabi Students: ENGR-AD 214 and ENGR-AD 194.
Prerequisites for Shanghai Students: EENG-SHU 251 (C- or better) and MATH-SHU 282. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, k.

4 Credits Electric Energy Conversion Systems ECE-UY3824
Introduction to electric-energy sources, energy-storage devices, energy economics, environmental issues and electrical hazards. Principles of electric power systems transmission and distribution. Basic electromechanical conversion systems pulse and distribution transformers, induction rotating machines. Principles of electric energy conversion, static power supplies, static controllers and electric-power quality. Fundamentals of power management heat-sinks and cooling systems. Alternate-week experiments with basic electrical machines. Objectives: familiarization with energy sources, storage devices and their economical and environmental management; analysis and design of transmission and distribution systems, basic electrical machinery and power electronic converters.
Prerequisite for Brooklyn Engineering Students: EE-UY 2024 or EE-UY 2004 (C- or better).
Prerequisite for Shanghai Students: EENG-SHU 251 (C- or better)
Co-requisite (for all students): EE-UY 3604. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, g, k.

1 Credits ECE Professional Development & Presentation ECE-UY4001
This course provides electrical and computer engineering students with concepts, theory, principles and experience in project management and project presentation. Students learn how to apply skills learned in engineering coursework to team projects in a professional environment. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status or permission of the instructor.
Restricted to Electrical and Computer Engineering majors.

4 Credits Introduction to Embedded Systems Design ECE-UY4144
The course covers architecture and operation of embedded microprocessors; microprocessor assembly language programming; address decoding; interfacing to static and dynamic RAM; Serial I/O, Parallel I/O, analog I/O; interrupts and direct memory access; A/D and D/A converters; sensors; microcontrollers. Alternate-week laboratory. Objectives: to provide foundations of embedded systems design and analysis techniques; expose students to system level design; and teach integration of analog sensors with digital embedded microprocessors.
Prerequisites: CS-UY 2204 (C- or better) and EE-UY 2024 or EE-UY 2004 (C- or better). ABET competencies: a, c, d, e, g, j, k.

4 Credits Multimedia Communication Systems II ECE-UY4414
This course is Part II of an approved Institute Sequence in Multimedia Communications. Topics: analog and digital video format, properties of human visual systems, multiplexing of separate color components, video-coding methods and standards, analog and digital TV systems. Policy and business issues in TV system development. Video conferencing systems, video streaming over the Internet, Internet protocols for real-time applications. Requires one-term project on a topic related to the course content by a team of two or more students. Objectives: to understand basic techniques for video processing and principles of television systems and real-time services over the Internet.
Prerequisites: EE-UY 3414 or 3054, or sufficient knowledge of Fourier Transforms. ABET competencies: a, b, d, g, h, k.

3 Credits Dp I - Controls and Robotics ECE-UY4113
The required design project consists of two three-credit courses. The first course, EE DP1, is one of a number of specialty lab/project courses offered by the department in various subdisciplines such as electronics, machinery, robotics, imaging, communications, etc. (EE-UY 4113-4183, below).
DP1 provides significant background laboratory experience in the student’s area of concentration. Students begin independent projects by finding an adviser and initiating the project work, and exercising oral presentation and written communication skills.
Prerequisite: completion of all junior-level technical courses. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, f, g, k.

3 Credits Senior Design in Electrical Power & Machinery ECE-UY4123
The required design project consists of two three-credit courses. The first course, EE DP1, is one of a number of specialty lab/project courses offered by the department in various subdisciplines such as electronics, machinery, robotics, imaging, communications, etc. (EE-UY 4113-4183, below).
DP1 provides significant background laboratory experience in the student’s area of concentration. Students begin independent projects by finding an adviser and initiating the project work, and exercising oral presentation and written communication skills.
Prerequisite: completion of all junior-level technical courses. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, f, g, k.

4 Credits Des Proj: Electromagnetic Waves and Apps ECE-UY4133
The required design project consists of two three-credit courses. The first course, EE DP1, is one of a number of specialty lab/project courses offered by the department in various subdisciplines such as electronics, machinery, robotics, imaging, communications, etc. (EE-UY 4113-4183, below).
DP1 provides significant background laboratory experience in the student’s area of concentration. Students begin independent projects by finding an adviser and initiating the project work, and exercising oral presentation and written communication skills.
Prerequisite: completion of all junior-level technical courses. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, f, g, k.

4 Credits Des Project I: Integrated Circuit Design ECE-UY4143
The required design project consists of two three-credit courses. The first course, EE DP1, is one of a number of specialty lab/project courses offered by the department in various subdisciplines such as electronics, machinery, robotics, imaging, communications, etc. (EE-UY 4113-4183, below).
DP1 provides significant background laboratory experience in the student’s area of concentration. Students begin independent projects by finding an adviser and initiating the project work, and exercising oral presentation and written communication skills.
Prerequisite: completion of all junior-level technical courses. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, f, g, k.

3 Credits Multimedia ECE-UY4153
The required design project consists of two three-credit courses. The first course, EE DP1, is one of a number of specialty lab/project courses offered by the department in various subdisciplines such as electronics, machinery, robotics, imaging, communications, etc. (EE-UY 4113-4183, below).
DP1 provides significant background laboratory experience in the student’s area of concentration. Students begin independent projects by finding an adviser and initiating the project work, and exercising oral presentation and written communication skills.
Prerequisite: completion of all junior-level technical courses. ABET competencies: a, b, g, k.

3 Credits Real-time Digital Signal Processing (dp1) ECE-UY4163
The required design project consists of two three-credit courses. The first course, EE DP1, is one of a number of specialty lab/project courses offered by the department in various subdisciplines such as electronics, machinery, robotics, imaging, communications, etc. (EE-UY 4113-4183, below). DP1 provides significant background laboratory experience in the student’s area of concentration. Students begin independent projects by finding an adviser and initiating the project work, and exercising oral presentation and written communication skills.
Prerequisite: completion of all junior-level technical courses. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, f, g, k.

3 Credits Design Project I-telecommunications Network ECE-UY4173
The required design project consists of two three-credit courses. The first course, EE DP1, is one of a number of specialty lab/project courses offered by the department in various subdisciplines such as electronics, machinery, robotics, imaging, communications, etc. (EE-UY 4113-4183, below).
DP1 provides significant background laboratory experience in the student’s area of concentration. Students begin independent projects by finding an adviser and initiating the project work, and exercising oral presentation and written communication skills.
Prerequisite: completion of all junior-level technical courses. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, f, g, k.

3 Credits Wireless Communications ECE-UY4183
The required design project consists of two three-credit courses. The first course, EE DP1, is one of a number of specialty lab/project courses offered by the department in various subdisciplines such as electronics, machinery, robotics, imaging, communications, etc. (EE-UY 4113-4183, below).
DP1 provides significant background laboratory experience in the student’s area of concentration. Students begin independent projects by finding an adviser and initiating the project work, and exercising oral presentation and written communication skills.
Prerequisite: completion of all junior-level technical courses. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, f, g, k.

3 Credits Electrical Engineering Design Project II ECE-UY4223
In this concluding phase of the Design Project, students and their advisers continue to work on the independent project begun in the previous semester. The final project builds upon analytical and laboratory skills developed in previous required and elective courses. The project may be an individual one, or may be carried out by a student team working with a faculty group adviser. The final Capstone Project also may be a multidisciplinary project carried out with students from other departments.
Prerequisite: EE-UY 41X3. ABET competencies: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k.

3 Credits Computer Engineering Design Project I ECE-UY4313
Lectures and experiments introduce computer hardware organization, assembly language programming and interfacing computer hardware to physical devices. This course exercises the student’s oral presentation and written communication skills, and provides background necessary for beginning independent project work. Students find an adviser and choose DP II course project.
Prerequisite: completion of all junior level technical courses, including minimum grade requirements. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, f, g, k.

3 Credits Computer Engineering Design Project II ECE-UY4323
Students work with faculty advisers in this concluding phase of their Capstone Project. This project builds upon the analytical and laboratory skills developed in previous required and elective courses. The project may be an individual one, or carried out by a team of students working with a faculty group adviser. The project also may be multidisciplinary, carried out with students from other departments. Students are required to make oral and written presentations.
Prerequisites: EE-UY 4313 or CS-UY 4513. ABET competencies: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k.

3 Credits Electric and Hybrid Vehicles ECE-UY4823
Electric and hybrid vehicles mechanical fundamentals. DC, induction, and permanent magnet ac motors and drives. Regenerative breaking. Automotive power electronics. Fuel cells for electric vehicles. Electric Energy storage. The class meets four hours a week for lectures and recitation. ABET criteria: a, c, h, k.
Prerequisites: EE-UY 3824, PH-UY 2033.

3 Credits Control System Design ECE-UY107
The course covers design of linear feedback control systems, selected from the following: lag-lead compensators; pole placement controllers; state-variable feedback and observers; linear quadratic optimal control, stochastic systems, sampled-data-and computer-controlled systems; and phase-plane and describing function techniques for nonlinear systems.
Prerequisite: EE 3064. ABET competencies: a, b, c, e, k.
 
3 Credits Communication Electronics ECE-UY116
The course centers on design and analysis of small-signal and large-signal tuned amplifiers, sine-wave oscillators, mixers, AM modulators and demodulators, FM modulators and demodulators, phase-locked loops.
Prerequisite: EE 3124. ABET competencies: a, c, e, k.
 
3 Credits Communication Networks ECE-UY136
This course develops basic techniques used in communication networks. After protocol layering is introduced, algorithms and protocols are discussed for use in each of the five layers: physical, data link, network, transport and application. Specific protocols such as TCP/IP, ATM, SS7 are included.
Prerequisite for Brooklyn Engineering Students: Junior status in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science. Co-requisites for Brooklyn Engineering Students: MA-UY 3113 and EE-UY 2233 (EE majors) or MA-UY 2224 (CompE/CS majors
Prerequisites for Abu Dhabi Students: ENGR-AD 194 (or co-req of MA-UY 3113) and ENGR-AD 195 (or co-req of EE-UY 2233) . ABET competencies: a, c, e.
 
3 Credits Electromagnetic Fields and Radiation ECE-UY164
Review and mathematical interpretation of Maxwell’s Equations; basic antenna theory and radiation; antenna parameters and arrays; rectangular metal waveguides; dielectric waveguides; and applications at radio and optical frequencies are discussed.
Prerequisite: EE 3604. ABET competencies: a, c, e, k.
 
3 Credits Summer Honors Lab/proj ECE-UY210
 
EE 371-6 Guided Studies in Electrical Engineering, Credits: 1.00-6.00
EE 381-6 Guided Studies in Computer Engineering, Credits: 1.00-6.00
3 Credits Senior Thesis ECE-UY397
Independent design-oriented engineering project preformed under guidance of faculty advisor. Oral thesis defense and formal, bound thesis volume required. Registration of at least 6 credits required.
Prerequisite: Senior status and adviser approval. Credits: variable.