Electrical Engineering Course Descriptions

Following is a description of all the electrical engineering courses offered at USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. View the full program curriculum, including core courses required.

ELEC 102 Introduction to Electro-Technology (3)

Introduction to the underlying scientific principles of electrical and electronic technologies encountered in our daily lives. This course answers how and why for the student with minimal background in physical science. Foundations of both historic and emerging technologies, and how they affect our environment and society are presented. This course fulfills a non-laboratory Core Curriculum Physical Science requirement for non-majors. Three hours lecture-recitation-demonstration per week.

ELEC 200 Electrical Engineering Principles and Applications (4)

Introduction to the basic concepts related to circuits and circuit elements, power, and semiconductor devices. Selected topics that illustrate the variety of applications of electrical engineering. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring Semester. Prerequisites: MATH 151, PHYS 271; concurrent enrollment in MATH 310. Not open to Electrical Engineering majors.

ELEC 201 Electrical Circuits (4)

Electrical element physical behavior and component models; network laws and analysis techniques; time and frequency domain techniques for the analysis of linear networks; computer-aided analysis using SPICE or approved equivalent; introduction to AC power; laboratory circuit design, testing, and verification. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly.Spring Semester. Prerequisites: MATH 151, PHYS 271; concurrent enrollment in MATH 310.

ELEC 301 Electronics I (4)

Analysis and design of analog and digital electronic devices, circuits and systems including single and multiple transistor amplifiers, logic gates and other digital logic building block elements; low frequency models of bipolar junction transistors and field effect transistors; design features and characteristics of integrated circuit operational amplifiers; computer-aided analysis and design using SPICE; laboratory design, testing and verification. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall Semester. Prerequisite: ELEC 201 or equivalent.

ELEC 302 Electronics II (4)

Electronic circuit design including integrated circuit realizations; computer-aided design using SPICE; power amplifiers and output stages; design of feedback amplifiers and active filters; frequency response including high frequency models of electronic devices; laboratory design, testing and verification. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly.Spring Semester. Prerequisites: ELEC 301, concurrent enrollment in ELEC 350

ELEC 310 Introduction to Microcomputers (4)

Introduction to a basic microprocessor and its applications; microcomputer systems organization; memory and I/O device interfacing; assembly language programming of a basic microprocessor; use of assemblers and other development tools. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall Semester. Prerequisites: ENGR 121, ELEC 201 or equivalent and consent of instructor.

ELEC 320 Principles of Electrical Power (3)

Fundamentals of electrical power circuits and devices; electromechanical energy conversion; theory and analysis of magnetic circuits and transformers; theory and analysis of DC and AC electric machines including steady-state and dynamic characteristics. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall Semester. Prerequisites: ELEC 201 or equivalent, MATH 310.

ELEC 340 Systems Logic Design (4)

Analysis and design of combinational and sequential digital circuits; digital circuit design using MSI, LSI, and VLSI; digital systems design using programmable logic devices; design and simulation using a hardware description language; asynchronous sequential logic; digital electronics. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly.Spring Semester. Prerequisites: ELEC 310, 301.

ELEC 350 Signals and Systems (3)

Mathematical modeling of physical systems; methods of analysis for linear, time-invariant systems; time and frequency domain analysis; Fourier series; Laplace and Fourier Transform methods of analysis; state variable representation; sampling theorem; simulation diagrams; introduction to discrete-time approximations and analysis; computer-aided analysis and simulation using MATLAB or equivalent. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring Semester. Prerequisites: ENGR 121 or equivalent, ELEC 201, or equivalent, and MATH 310.

ELEC 403 Advanced Electronic Circuit Design (3)

Analysis and design of analog and digital electronic circuits and systems including: oscillators, waveform generation, communication circuits, power electronics, and digital gates; computer-aided analysis and design; lecture/recitation and occasional lab/demonstration. Prerequisite: ELEC 302 or consent of the instructor.

ELEC 410 Microcomputer-Based Systems Design (3)

Use of microcomputer as an engineering system component in design; systems characteristics and programming of microprocessors, microcontrollers and related architectures; data acquisition, control, timing, I/O, and interfacing; use of computer-aided tools for design and evaluation of microcomputer-based systems; design projects. Prerequisite: ELEC 340.

ELEC 430 Applied Electromagnetics (4)

Principles of electromagnetic fields, propagation, and transmission; Maxwell's equations and classical solutions using boundary conditions; microwave transmission line principles and applications; waveguides; introduction to antennas. Computer-aided analysis and design. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly.Fall Semester. Prerequisite: MATH 250 and 311, PHYS 271, ELEC 301, and 350.

ELEC 432 Radio Frequency and Microwave Engineering (3)

An introduction to the design and analysis of active and passive radio frequency and microwave circuits. Topics include radio frequency and microwave circuit analysis, measurement methods, transmission line structures, matching networks, oscillators, and mixers. Computer-aided analysis and design. Prerequisites: MATH 311, ELEC 302, and ELEC 430 completed or concurrent. Co-requisite: ELEC 470.

ELEC 450 Digital Signal Processing and Applications (3)

Analysis and design of sampled-data and discrete-time systems; z-transform and state-space techniques; introduction to hardware implementation; principles of digital signal processing and control including noise considerations; computer-aided analysis and design. Prerequisites: ELEC 350 and MATH 315 or equivalent completed or concurrent.

ELEC 456 Biomedical Instrumentation (3)

Techniques and equipment used by engineers in biomedical signal acquisition, biomedical signal analysis, and medical environment. Theory and application of biomedical technology. Basics of and requirements for biosignal transducing, amplification, and processing. Topics include current biomedical imaging technology, biomedical safety, and biomedical ethics. Prerequisite: ELEC 302.

ELEC 460 Control Systems Engineering (4)

Analysis and design of linear feedback systems; control components; time, frequency, and transform domain representations and design techniques; systems specifications, performance indices, evaluation and testing; controller and compensator design; complex frequency and state-variable techniques. Introduction to sampled-data systems. Computer-aided design and simulation. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly.Spring Semester.Prerequisites: ELEC 320, 350, and MATH 311.

ELEC 470 Communication Principles and Circuits (4)

Signal analysis; analog and digital modulation and detection techniques; modern communication circuits and devices. Application of probability theory and random processes to communication systems. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall Semester. Prerequisites: ELEC 302, 350, and MATH 311, 315 or equivalent completed or concurrent.

ELEC 472 Wireless and Digital Communications (3)

Digital and wireless communication systems and modulation techniques. Schemes for multiplexing and multiple access in wireless networks. Propagation and channel coding issues. Practical issues in the design and development of cellular, satellite-based, and other wireless communication systems. Prerequisite: ELEC 470

ELEC 480 Optoelectronic Materials and Devices (3)

Introduction to the operation and design of optoelectronic materials and devices including compound semiconductors, fabrication, crystal growth, and devices such as lasers, LEDs, and detectors. Prerequisites: ENGR 311 and ELEC 301 completed or concurrent.

ELEC 491W - Electrical Engineering Design and Practice I (4)

Proposal and design phase of a capstone project culminating in a documented and approved project to be implemented in Electrical Engineering Design and Practice II (ELEC 492). Computer-aided design techniques to study design alternatives and support the final design selection: evaluation of ethical, economic, societal, organization, and safety considerations in the design process. Development of individual and group written and oral communication skills. Topics include formal memo writing, oral and written reports incorporating peer review, iterative drafting techniques, and formal final multimedia presentation incorporating peer and external review. 3 hours lecture-recitation and one 3-hour laboratory weekly. Fall Semester. Prerequisites: ELEC 302, ELEC 340 and ELEC 350.

ELEC 492 Electrical Engineering Design and Practice II (3)

Principles of engineering design of electrical and electronic circuits and systems; technical and non-technical considerations; planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation of an engineering design project; written and oral proposal, design reviews, and final project report; application and computer-aided analysis and design. Two hours lecture-recitation and one three-hour laboratory weekly or approved equivalent via a sponsored internship project.Spring Semester. Prerequisites: ELEC 491W.

ELEC 494 Special Topics in Electrical Engineering (1-4)

Special topics seminar in areas of special interest to current engineering practice in electrical/electronics/computer engineering. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor.

ELEC 498 Internship / CO-OP Experience (1-3)

Directed upper division level internship/ co-operative experience in engineering research, design, development, manufacturing, or the engineering activity. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum program graduation requirement. Placement contingent upon approval of participating organization. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Second semester junior standing in the EE major or consent of instructor. Summer Semester.

ELEC 499 Independent Study (1-3)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Prerequisite: Second semester junior standing in the EE major or approval of instructor. Every Semester.