Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)



Chair: Madhu S. Gupta;
Professors: R. Arora, Gupta, Harrison, Simons, Thagard;
Associate Professors: K. Arora, Foo, Gross, Kwan, Perry, Tung, Wood, Zheng;
Assistant Professors: Cockburn, Durbin, Harvey, Roberts;
Associate in Engineering: Kuncicky

Electrical engineering is concerned with the development and utilization of electrical and electronic technology for the benefit of society. It involves the design, development, and implementation of devices, circuits, and systems that are used in electrical power generation and distribution, machine control, communications, computers, and computer-based information processing. It is a very broad field that affects all aspects of modern society, particularly in this age of information processing, communications, and automation.

The rapid evolution of electrical and electronic technology creates constant change in this discipline. This, in turn, requires a solid foundation of science and mathematics, combined with fundamental engineering sciences and electrical engineering design skills, to provide the student with ability to professionally develop and adapt during a lifetime career. The engineering core courses and the required electrical engineering courses provide this foundation of knowledge and engineering skills.

Electrical engineering technical electives provide the student an opportunity to achieve a greater breadth of knowledge and some degree of specialization in selected areas of special interest. Electives are offered in the following five areas:

  1. Computer Engineering is concerned with the design and development of hardware and software for electronic computing devices and systems that can be applied to a broad spectrum of applications including such areas as signal processing, data processing, information management, process control, and computer-based communication systems;
  2. Electronics deals with all aspects of (primarily solid-state) electronic devices, the analysis and design of analog and digital circuits, their implementation and fabrication using microelectronic techniques, and their application in a wide variety of systems;
  3. Digital signal processing and control systems concentrate on the design and analysis of systems in which discrete and continuous signals are used for conveying information and controlling physical systems and processes. Included are the encoding, decoding, and representation of information in both the time and frequency domain;
  4. Communications is concerned with the preparation, transmission, and reception of encoded information via media ranging from wires through fiber optic cables and space. Included are topics such as AM, FM, and pulse modulation techniques; telecommunication systems; satellite telemetry; and computer networks;
  5. Electromagnetics in the broadest sense is the study of the relationship between electric current, electric and magnetic fields, and their interactions. It is the foundation of electrical and electronic technology. The practical applications of this theory include the design of antennas, transmission lines, motors and electrical power generating and distribution equipment, microwave and optical transmission facilities, and radar.

The department maintains well-equipped, dedicated teaching facilities for each required laboratory course and research laboratories in each major area of interest. Included are optical and microwave laboratories, parallel computing and communications simulation laboratories, and computer engineering and microelectronic design facilities. The department also has access to a large number of personal computers, advanced workstations, and specialized CAD systems. Open-access facilities are also available for electrical engineering design projects and preparation of technical documentation.

Honors in the Major

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a program of honors in electrical engineering to encourage talented students to extend their undergraduate experience by participating in directed or independent research on a topic relative to electrical engineering that is not included in the regular curriculum. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

The following lists the common course prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:

  1. CHM X045/X045L or CHM X440;
  2. ENC X101;
  3. ENC X102;
  4. MAC X311;
  5. MAC X312;
  6. MAC X313;
  7. MAP X302;
  8. PHY X048/X048L;
  9. PHY X049/X049L;
  10. Three (3) semester hours in speech, technical writing or professional communications;
  11. Six (6) semester hours in humanities;
  12. Six (6) semester hours in social science;
  13. Three (3) semester hours in C programming.

Required Electrical Engineering Courses

A candidate for the bachelor of science (BS) degree in electrical engineering is required to complete the following courses in addition to the college-required engineering core courses:

CGS 3408 C for Nonspecialists (3)
EEL 3111 Introduction to Circuit Analysis (3)
EEL 3112 Advanced Circuits with Computers (3)
EEL 3112L Advanced Circuits with Computers Laboratory (1)
EEL 3135 Signal and Linear Systems Analysis (3)
EEL 3300 Electronics (3)
EEL 3300L Electronics Laboratory (1)
EEL 3472 Electromagnetic Fields I (3)
EEL 3512 Introduction to Communications (3)
EEL 3705 Digital Logic Design (3)
EEL 3705L Digital Logic Laboratory (1)
EEL 4914r Electrical Engineering Design Project (3)
EEL 4XXX Statistical Topics in Electrical Engineering (3)
EML 3100 Thermodynamics (2)
MAP 3306 Engineering Mathematics II (3)

In addition to the above courses, candidates are required to complete a minimum of twenty-nine (29) semester hours of technical electives. Of these, two (2) semester hours must be electrical engineering (EE) laboratory electives, twenty-four (24) semester hours must be EE technical electives, three (3) semester hours must be a non-electrical engineering technical elective. The non-EE technical elective must be selected from a list of departmentally approved courses offered by other departments at The Florida State University and Florida A&M Univeristy. Courses not on the list may be taken with prior approval of the department.

Since program requirements, course content and offerings, and departmental policies are subject to periodic revision and change, students are urged to obtain current information from their academic advisers or from the student affairs coordinator.

Engineering Design

Engineering design is the process of devising a system, component or process to meet the desired goals, within realistic constraints and with optimal use of resources, aided by the application of basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences. It is an essential and distinguished feature of engineering work. In keeping with ABET policies, the electrical engineering program teaches design through the following two means.

1) By integrating design experience throughout the curriculum in a number of courses, from the introductory required courses to the technical elective courses in the senior year:

a) at the introductory level: EEL 3112, 3705, and 3705L;

b) at the junior level: EEL 3135, 3300, 3300L, and 4514;

c) at the senior level, in each of the five areas of specialization offered in the department:

1) Computer Engineering: EEL 4746, 4847;

2) Microelectronics: EEL 4301, 4313, 4376C;

3) Signal Processing and Control: EEL 4635, 4652, 4658;

4) Communications: EEL 4440, 4515;

5) Electromagnetics and Optics: EEL 4435, 4461.

2) By requiring of all graduates a major design experience through a capstone design project in the final year, conducted as EEL 4914r. This project draws upon a broad range of previous course work; written and oral communication of the work are an important element of this project.

Grade Requirements

In addition to University requirements regarding grades and grade point average (GPA), college policy requires that students earn a grade in the range of C or better in all engineering courses and engineering core courses applied toward the degree, and requires a GPA of 2.5 on a specified set of the engineering core courses. Any student who fails to earn a grade in the range of C or better in an electrical engineering course on the third attempt, or who withdraws from the course more than twice, is subject to dismissal from the electrical engineering department.

A student must receive a satisfactory grade according to the above requirements in all prerequisites to a course with an EEL prefix prior to enrolling in the EEL course. Concurrent registration in an EEL course and its prerequisite(s) is not allowed. Failure to abide by this policy can result in the cancellation of enrollment in the class at any time during the semester with no refund of fees. Corequisites of an EEL course must be taken concurrently or prior to enrolling in the EEL course. As a matter of departmental policy to provide equity for FAMU and FSU students, +/- grades are not used for any electrical engineering courses.

Definition of Prefix

EEL - Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate Courses

EEL 3003. Introduction to Electrical Engineering (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2312; PHY 2049C; Corequisite: EEL 3003L. Introduction to electrical engineering concepts for non-electrical engineering majors. Covers a broad range of topics including basic circuit theory, semiconductor devices, instrumentation, amplifiers, and machines.

EEL 3003L.Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: MAC 2312; PHY 2049C; Corequisite: EEL 3003. Laboratory in support of EEL 3003. Must be taken concurrently with first enrollment in EEL 3003. Must be dropped if EEL 3003 is dropped.

EEL 3111. Introductory Circuit Analysis (3). Prerequisite: MAC 2312; Corequisite: PHY 2049C. Current, voltage, and power; resistors, inductors, and capacitors; network theorems and laws; phasors; impedances; sinusoidal steady-state analysis.

EEL 3112. Advanced Circuits with Computers (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3111; Corequisite: MAP 2302. Sinusoidal steady-state power analysis; three-phase circuits; operational amplifier; transient and forced response; frequency response; two-port networks; circuit analysis with computers.

EEL 3112L. Advanced Circuits with Computers Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: EEL 3111; Corequisites: MAP 2302; EEL 3112. Instrumentation and measuring techniques; current, voltage, and power measurements; response of passive circuits; AC and DC design; computer application.

EEL 3135. Signal and Linear System Analysis (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3112. Classification and representation of signals and systems; Laplace transform; Z-transform; convolution; state variable techniques; stability and feedback.

EEL 3220. Electromechanical Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3112, 3472. Magnetic circuits; transformers; electromagnetic torques and induced voltages; induction motors; synchronous machines; DC motors.

EEL 3300. Electronics (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3112. Diode models and circuits; DC biasing of bipolar-junction and field-effect transistors; small- and large-signal transistor models; frequency analysis of single-stage AC amplifiers.

EEL 3300L. Electronics Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: EEL 3112, 3112L; Corequisite: EEL 3300. Laboratory in support of EEL 3300.

EEL 3472. Electromagnetic Fields I (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3111; PHY 2049C; Corequisite: COP 2000. The electrostatic field-Gausss law; boundary conditions; capacitance; Laplaces and Poissons equations; energy, forces, and torques. The steady electric current. The magnetostatic field-vector potential; Amperes and Biot-Stavart laws; inductance; energy, forces, and torques. Quasistatic fields; electromagnetic induction.

EEL 3473. Electromagnetic Fields II (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3472. Maxwells equations, plane electromagnetic waves, group velocity, polarization, Poynting vector, boundary conditions, reflection and refraction of plane waves, skin effect, transmission line analysis, impedence matching, wave guides and cavity resonators, fundamentals of radiation and antennas.

EEL 3512.Introduction to Communications (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3112. Signal analysis, Fourier series / Fourier transform, sampling theorem, distortions in signal transmission, and analog modulation-AM, FM, pulse modulation, pulse-code modulation, and pulse shaping.

EEL 3705. Digital Logic Design (3). Prerequisite: COP 2000. Fundamental topics in digital logic design, algorithms, computer organization, assembly-language programming, and computer engineering technology.

EEL 3705L. Digital Logic Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: COP 2000; Corequisite: EEL 3705. Laboratory in support of EEL 3705.

EEL 3949r. Cooperative Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.)

EEL 4113. Advanced Linear Networks (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3112, 3135. Synthesis of LC one-port networks sythensis of LC two-port networks; operational amplifier applications; active filters; approximation methods; switched-capacitor filters.

EEL 4301. Electronic Circuits and Systems Design (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3300, 3300L. Multistage amplifier analysis and design including feedback and operational amplifiers, A-to-D and D-to-A converters, waveshaping and waveforming generators including oscillators, voltage regulators, and power circuits. Includes use of computer-aided-design programs.

EEL 4301L. Electronic Circuits and Systems Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: EEL 3300, 3300L; Corequisite: EEL 4301. Laboratory in support of EEL 4301.

EEL 4313. Introduction to Digital Integrated Circuit Design (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3300. Semiconductor device physics, digital logic fundamentals, static inverter analysis, static logic gate analysis, dynamic switching analysis, combinational logic design.

EEL 4330. Microelectronics Engineering (3). Prerequisite: EEL 4351. Design and fabrication of solid-state devices. Topics include oxidation, diffusion, metallization, photolithography, and device characterization.

EEL 4351. Solid-State Electronic Devices (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3300, 3300L. Solid-state physics as applied to electronic devices. Semiconductor materials, conduction processes in solids, device fabrication, diffusion processes, and negative conduction devices.

EEL 4376C. Introduction to Analog IC Design (3). Prerequisite: EEL 4301. Design and analysis of bipolar and MOS analog integrated circuits. Topics include operational amplifier design, analog multipliers, active loads, current sources, and active filters.

EEL 4435L. Electromagnetics Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: EEL 3473. Applications of electromagnetic field theory. Experiments include field mapping, transmission lines, spectrum analysis, impedance matching, waveguides, antennas, radar, and fiber optics.

EEL 4440. Optoelectronics and Optical Systems (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3300, 3473. Theory and applications of optical techniques in modern electronics and communications. Includes a study of optical fibers, sources, detectors, optical communication systems, integrated optics, holography, and principles of optical signal processing.

EEL 4461. Antenna Systems (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3473. Antenna theory, including Hertzian dipoles, thin linear antennas, aperture antennas, arrays, loop antenna, slots, horns, and waveguides.

EEL 4514. Principles of Communications Systems (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3112. Introduction to Fourier analysis of noise and signals; information transmission; modulation techniques-AM, FM, and pulse; analog multiplexing.

EEL 4515. Digital Communication Systems (3). Prerequisite: EEL 4514. Sampling principle, spectral analysis of digital waveforms and noise, pulse and digital transmission systems, digital multiplexing, error probabilities, and system performance.

EEL 4635.Digital Control Systems (3). Prerequisite: EEL 4652. Discrete time systems; Z-transform; sampling and reconstruction; system time-response characteristics; stability analysis; digital controller design.

EEL 4652. Analysis and Design of Control Systems (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3135. Continuous system modeling; stability of linear systems; frequency response methods; the root locus method; state-space methods.

EEL 4658. Instrumentation for Measurement and Control (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3112, 4652. Design and application of sensors and transducers commonly used in industrial control and laboratory automation. Concepts and application of statistical process control are introduced.

EEL 4712.Introduction to Field Programmable Logic Devices (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3705. Overview of PLD, CPLD and FPGA devices; introduction to hardware description languages (HDLs); combinational, sequential and FSM design using HDLs; introduction to top down design methodologies.

EEL 4746. Microprocessor-Based System Design (3). Prerequisite: EEL 3705, 3705L. Fundamental topics in basic computer design, structured assembly-language software design, RTL, CPU design, pipelineing and superscaling, computer arithmetic, memory and I/O organization and interface, cache, and design tools.

EEL 4746L. Microprocessor-Based System Design Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: EEL 3705, 3705L; Corequisite: EEL 4746. Laboratory software development, hardware projects, and experiments in support of EEL 4746.

EEL 4748. Embedded Microcomputer Design Project (3). Prerequisites: EEL 4746, 4746L. Individual projects selected with consent of instructor. Selected lectures and an open-door Motorola 68000 laboratory.

EEL 4810.Introduction to Neural Networks (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3135, 3300. Fundamentals of neural networks: dynamical systems, associative memories, perceptrons, supervised/unsupervised learning algorithms. Applications in signal processing, pattern recognition, control, optimization and communications.

EEL 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). Prerequisites: Junior-level standing and B average in electrical engineering courses. Normally may be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours. Requires department approval.

EEL 4906r. Honors Work in Electrical Engineering (3-6). Prerequisite: Acceptance in honors program. Independent or directed research in a specialized area beyond the current curriculum in electrical engineering. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

EEL 4914r. Electrical Engineering Design Project (3). Prerequisites: Senior standing, instructor consent. Individual project in electrical engineering involving hardware, software, or theoretical design, documentation, and presentation of results. Must be taken for a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

EEL 4930r. Special Topics in Electrical Engineering (1-3). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Special topics in electrical engineering with emphasis on recent developments. Topics and credit vary-consult the instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.

Graduate Courses

EEL 5173. Signal and System Analysis (3).

EEL 5315. Digital Integrated Circuit Design (3).

EEL 5465. Antenna Theory (3).

EEL 5486. Advanced Electromagnetic Theory (3).

EEL 5500. Digital Communication Theory (3).

EEL 5542. Random Processes (3).

EEL 5617. Multivariable Control (3).

EEL 5630. Digital Control Systems (3).

EEL 5667. Robot Kinematics and Dynamics (3).

EEL 5707. ASIC Systems Design I (3).

EEL 5764. Computer System Architecture (3).

EEL 5905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3).

EEL 5910r. Supervised Research (1-5). (S/U grade only.)

EEL 5930r. Special Topics in Electrical Engineering (3).

EEL 5940r. Supervised Teaching (1-5). (S/U grade only.)

EEL 6457r. Advanced Topics in Optoelectronic Systems. (3).

EEL 6502. Digital Signal Processing I (3).

EEL 6558r. Advanced Topics in Digital Signal Processing (3).

EEL 6619. Robust Control (3).

EEL 6708. ASIC Systems Design II (3).

EEL 6799r. Advanced Topics in Computer Engineering (3).

EEL 6905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3).

EEL 6930r. Special Graduate Topics in Electrical Engineering (3).

EEL 8966r. Masters Comprehensive Examination (0). (S/U grade only.)

For listings relating to the master and doctoral programs in electrical engineering, consult the Graduate Bulletin.


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