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Last approved: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:02:00 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:27:06 GMT

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ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
424
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Dual-Level Course
Yes
524
Cross-listed Course
No
Radio System Design
Radio System Design
College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering (14ECE)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
2
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
ECE492Spring 201516
ECE492Spring 201413
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
David Ricketts
Professor
full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2525NoEnrollment has been increasing each year. Expected enrollment is anticipated at 25-30 once course is listed as a regular course.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: ECE 302

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Introduction to communication theory and radio system design. Design and analysis of radio systems, such as heterodyne transceivers, and effects of noise and nonlinearity. Design and analysis of radio circuits: amplifiers, filters, mixers, baluns and other transmission line and discrete circuits.

The course has been taught for two years and as become a regular for students in analog and RF curriculum, both as undergraduates and graduates.


There is no other course offered that covers this material at NCSU.


No

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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of SciencesDavid AspnesI just checked out ECE 424/524. This is strictly an engineering course. We don't have anything equivalent nor are we planning anything equivalent.
ECE has provided a RF lab for this course (EBII 1024).

This course will introduce students to the design and operation of a modern digital radio. Through simulation and experimental labs they will learn the theory, operation and practical constraints to realize a complete radio solution.


Student Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:


1. Analyze the bandwidth constraints in communication systems.

2. Calculate spectral efficiency and theoretical limitations on communication capacity.

3. Design a heterodyne transmitter and receiver system

4. Analyze RF systems for: noise, distortion and nonlinearities.

5. Design, layout and fabricate transmission line circuits, such as filters and amplifiers.

6. Demonstrate proficiency in system analysis, circuit design and collaborative design through the design, fabrication and testing of a 16 QAM radio.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes15Short quizzes will be given each week based on online lectures. Quizzes allow student to take multiple times and are open book.
Project30Students will work in teams to build a complete radio. Performance is based on final report and radio operation. In the undergraduate level of the course, ECE 424, students will design passive components such as filters, baluns, couplers and Wilkinson dividers. In the graduate level of this course, ECE 524, students will be required to design significantly more advanced circuits, such as low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers and mixers.
Lab assignments20Students will conduct weekly design problems or
labratory experiments with instructors.
Homework15Students will be assigned weekly HW.
Multiple exams20Two exams will be completed using Moodle. 10% per exam towards final grade.
This course is one of the few courses in ECE that provides hand-on experiential learning for undergraduates through the design and building of a radio.

mlnosbis 10/31/2016: No overlapping courses. Suggest consultation with College of Sciences because all new course proposals need consultation. Contact Spencer Muse (muse@ncsu.edu) for consultation and enter consultation summary in the consultation section of this form. Syllabus should be revised to include 524- both levels of the course should be outlined on a single syllabus.

ABGS Reviewer comments:
-Not sure that a 3-page individual report (vs. a group report) is enough differentiation between undergraduate and graduate.
-DSR Response (2/15/2016): The difference is between "passive component" design for UG and "active component" design for Grad. The active design is much more difficult - it is not just reporting, but the actual difficulty and level of maturity between the two designs that differentiates 424 from 524.

pjharrie 1/19/2017 - there are no course objectives included in CIM or in the syllabus. They should be added.
DSR Response (2/15/2016) - updated
dgyu (Wed, 21 Oct 2015 18:43:07 GMT): Please add prerequisites to form to match syllabus.
dwparish (Thu, 03 Dec 2015 16:30:37 GMT): Rollback: Syllabus needs to be improved. Missing items such as honor pledge, weblinks, grade distribution may be confusing to UCCC, etc.
mjescuti (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:46:35 GMT): Syllabus and CAF entries were updated to address rollback comments.
aeherget (Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:31:39 GMT): AECHH: Edit to make course length 16 weeks. 9.27.2016
aeherget (Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:29:20 GMT): AECHH: Uploaded updated syllabus per email request and update to effective date. 9/28/2016
mlnosbis (Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:00:45 GMT): consultation from Physics added
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