ECE 492  (.docx)

Course Syllabus
ECE492 – Senior Design Project – Electrical I
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
1. Course Number and Name:
2. Credit Units/Contact Hours:
3. Course Coordinator:
ECE492 – Senior Design Project –
Electrical I
Ichiro Hashimoto
4. Text, References & Software
Recommended Text:
Horowitz P, and Hill W: The Art of Electronics, Cambridge University Press, 2nd
edition, 1989, ISBN: 0521370957
PSpice, Electronic Workbench, Circuitmaker
Internet Resources:
5. Specific Course Information
a. Course Description
Students will design complex engineering projects, one as individuals and one as part of a
team. Projects are subject to realistic constraints and require the integrated application
and extension of science, engineering, economic and social concepts. Ethics, professional
standards, written and oral communication skills and methods of technical problemsolving will be addressed. Requires completion of the individual project. May not be used
for graduate credit.
b. Prerequisite by Topic
Students must have successfully completed two 400 level ECE courses. Students must
have also successfully completed the first course in electronic devices (ECE340/L) and
linear systems theory (ECE350). Concurrent enrollment in a 400-level ECE course with
at least 2.5 design units is recommended.
c. Required Course
6. Specific Goals for the Course
a. Specific Outcomes of Instructions – After completing this course the students should be able to:
1. Prepare and present proposals orally and in writing.
2. Present orally and in writing upgrade reports
3. Design a project from a given set of functional specifications
4. Prepare a set of design specifications from the functional specifications
5. Prepare schematics from the design specifications and build the project
a. Breadboard
b. Testing and Verification of Results
c. Printed circuit or other suitable final circuit
6. Package the project in a suitable container or chassis
7. Test the project and show that the project meets the specifications.
8. Write a comprehensive final report on the project
b. Relationship to Student Outcomes
This supports the achievement of the following student outcomes:
a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to the
analysis of electrical and computer engineering problems.
b. An ability to design and conduct scientific and engineering experiments, as well as to
analyze and interpret data.
c. An ability to design systems which include hardware and/or software components
within realistic constraints such as cost, manufacturability, safety and environmental
d. An ability to function in multidisciplinary teams.
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve electrical and computer engineering
f. An understanding of ethical and professional responsibility.
g. An ability to communicate effectively through written reports and oral presentations.
h. An understanding of the impact of engineering in a social context.
i. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
j. A broad education and knowledge of contemporary issues.
k. An ability to use modern engineering techniques for analysis and design.
l. Knowledge of probability and statistics.
m. An ability to analyze and design complex devices and/or systems containing
hardware and/or software components.
n. Knowledge of mathematics including differential equations, linear algebra, complex
variables and discrete math.
7. Topics Covered/Course Outline
1. Information Schedule, Develop resumes
2. Distribution of Projects - Design No No’s. Written and oral report requirements.
3. Preliminary specifications
4. Engineering Ethics, Resume Writing and Interviewing
5. GANTT Charts
6. Design Reviews
7. Upgrade reports
8. Final project demos
9. Design Reviews
10. Senior Exit Interview
Prepared by:
Ichiro Hashimoto, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, November 2011
Ali Amini, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, March 2013