ECE 110
Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
AB0 LAB 1200 - 1450 F   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Alexander Duda
Michael Jo
AB1 LAB 0850 - 1140 M   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Ramin Anushiravani
Sabareeshkumar Ravikumar
AB2 LAB 1050 - 1340 T   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Yuchen He
Dennis Matthews
AB3 LAB 1050 - 1340 W   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Jacob Bryan
Di He
AB4 LAB 1050 - 1340 R   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Yuchen He
Shishir Sethiya
AB5 LAB 0850 - 1140 F   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Alexander Duda
Michael Jo
AB6 LAB 1200 - 1450 M   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Feng Chen
Kevin Schmid
AB7 LAB 1400 - 1650 T   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Dennis Matthews
Yukun Ren
AB8 LAB 1400 - 1650 W   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Di He
Corinne Nakashima
AB9 LAB 1400 - 1650 R   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Colin Madigan
Corinne Nakashima
ABA LAB 1510 - 1800 M   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Ryan Steinbach
Xiang Zhao
ABB LAB 1710 - 2000 T   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Sabareeshkumar Ravikumar
Ryan Steinbach
ABC LAB 1710 - 2000 W   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Feng Chen
Shishir Sethiya
ABD LAB 1710 - 2000 R   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Kevin Schmid
Elias Wilken-Resman
ABE LAB 1510 - 1800 F   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
Ashutosh Dhar
Elias Wilken-Resman
AL1 LEC 0900 - 0950 M W F   151 Everitt Lab  Lippold Haken
Christopher Schmitz
AL2 LEC 1300 - 1350 M W F   213 Gregory Hall  Serge Minin
Christopher Schmitz
AL3 LEC 1500 - 1550 M W F   151 Everitt Lab  Christopher Schmitz
BB0 LAB 1200 - 1450 F   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BB1 LAB 0850 - 1140 M   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BB2 LAB 1050 - 1340 T   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BB3 LAB 1050 - 1340 W   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BB4 LAB 1050 - 1340 R   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BB5 LAB 0850 - 1140 F   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BB6 LAB 1200 - 1450 M   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BB7 LAB 1400 - 1650 T   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BB8 LAB 1400 - 1650 W   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BB9 LAB 1400 - 1650 R   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BBA LAB 1510 - 1800 M   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BBB LAB 1710 - 2000 T   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BBC LAB 1710 - 2000 W   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BBD LAB 1710 - 2000 R   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke
BBE LAB 1510 - 1800 F   146 Everitt Lab  Patricia Franke

Web Page http://courses.engr.illinois.edu/ece110/
Official Description 2 or 4 hours credit. Integrated introduction to selected fundamental concepts and principles in electrical and computer engineering: circuits; electromagnetics; communications; electronics, controls; computing. Laboratory experiments and lectures focus on a design and construction project, such as an autonomous moving vehicle. Course Information: Credit is not given for both ECE 110 (4 hours) and ECE 109. 2 hours of credit is the lab only portion and requires approval of the instructor and department. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in MATH 220 or MATH 221. Class Schedule Information: Students must register for one lab and one lecture section.
Subject Area Core Curriculum
Course Prerequisites Credit or concurrent registration in MATH 220 or MATH 221 or MATH 231 or MATH 241 or MATH 286 or MATH 285
Course Directors Christopher Schmitz
Detailed Description and Outline

ECE 110 is a freshman engineering course. Its goals are to excite students about the study of electrical and computer engineering by exposing them early in their education to electrical components and their application in systems, and to enhance their problem solving skills through analysis and design.

Topics:

  • Introduction
  • DC circuits
  • Electromagnets, DC motors
  • Electronics: Diodes, Transistors
  • Sensors, feedback and control
  • Digital logic
  • Pulse width modulation and communication
  • Basic computer organization
Computer Usage
Tutorials and homework quizzes are on the World Wide Web. Homework problems are computer graded. Students must be able to use a Web browser.
Topical Prerequisities
  • High school physics
  • Credit or registration in calculus I
Texts
Class Notes. Future text to be announced.
ABET Category
Engineering Science: 75%
Engineering Design: 25
Course Goals

The goal of the ECE110 freshman engineering course is to introduce students in their freshman year to the electrical devices and circuits used in modern power and information systems and to simultaneously develop basic modeling and analytical skills that are used to analyze and design such systems. The devices are taught in a historical context, and, for the most part, the analytical skills are limited to simple algebraic and geometric techniques. It is a 4 credit hour lecture/laboratory course in which students learn about electrical instruments, motors, generators, diodes, transistors, amplifiers, digital circuits, microprocessors, sensors, feedback control, and power and information systems. In the lecture the students learn (1) how a number of electrical devices and systems work, (2) how to construct simple mathematical behavioral models for these devices, and (3) how to design and perform simple analyses of circuits and systems containing these devices. In the laboratory the students experiment with various modules containing these devices, and in the final four weeks of the laboratory student teams compete in a design challenge. Currently the challenge is to design an autonomous vehicle capable of navigating a meandering course marked by a white tape.

Instructional Objectives

Fundamentals (1.5 weeks): IEEE Code of Ethics. Understand voltage, current, electrical conduction, Ohm's law, power, energy, and be able to compute electrical power and energy for DC voltages and currents; understand the meaning of and be able to compute average power and the rms value of voltage and current for certain classes of time-varying waveforms. (a,e,f,k,m)

DC Circuit Analysis (2 weeks): be able to apply Kirchhoff's laws to a circuit and to compute the circuit's node voltages using the nodal method. (a,e,k,m)

Equivalent Circuits (1 week): be able to reduce a circuit containing resistors and independent sources to a simple equivalent circuit using series/parallel reduction techniques and the Thevenin and Norton theorems. (a,e,k,m)

Magnetic Devices (1 week): for simple geometries compute, (1) the strength of the magnetic field in an electromagnet, (2) the force on a current carrying conductor in a magnetic field, and (3) the voltage induced across the terminals of a conductor in a time-varying magnetic field; understand the operation of various electromagnetic devices, e.g., relays, motor/generators, and other types of electromagnetic transducers. (a,e,k,m)

Diodes (1 week): understand the operation of the semiconductor diode and be able to construct simple piecewise linear models of a diode's i-v characteristics; analyze and design simple rectifier, voltage regulator, LED, and photodiode circuits. (a,c,e,k,m)

Transistors (2 weeks): understand how current flow is controlled in the BJT and MOS transistors; be able to construct simple piecewise linear models from the input and output characteristics of the common emitter BJT; analyze the switching behavior of the BJT inverter and compute its voltage and current gain in the active region graphically and with piecewise linear models; understand the operation of the CMOS NOR and NAND gates; use a simple switch model to construct the truth tables for CMOS logic gates. (a,c,e,k,m)

Digital Logic (3 weeks): understand the logical operations of basic combinatorial digital circuits, e.g., NOT, OR, AND, NOR, NAND, XOR, MUX, and the comparator; be able to construct the truth table, the Boolean function, and the timing diagram for combinatorial digital logic circuits; design a digital logic circuit from a truth table specification using the sum-of-product method; design a more complex logic circuit from a specified set of simpler logic circuits; minimize simple Boolean expressions using the Boolean identities; be able to convert between binary and decimal numbers and to understand the operation of the full adder circuit and the seven segment display circuit; understand the operation of basic sequential logic circuits, e.g., D-type and JK-type flip-flops, binary counters, and registers. (a,c,e,k,m)

Digital Information and Systems (2 weeks): understand basic concepts of digital information coding, sampling, communication, storage, error detection and correction methods, compression techniques, security, secret encoding, and network architectures. Be able to study potential aliasing problems for signal sampling, and digital imaging. Be able to convert between information and digital coding using ASCII, parity bit techniques, bar codes. Be able to compress information using the Huffman code, and generate the code tree. Be able to code information using famous ciphers, such as the Caesar cipher, or Vigenere cipher. Understand recent developments in computer encryption, and the concept of public key cryptography. Be able to generate a pseudorandom generator sequence (a,e,h,j,k,m).

Invited Speakers (0.5 weeks): understand basic concepts in ongoing research in selected sub-areas of electrical and computer engineering, e.g. nanotechnology, power and energy systems, and biomedical imaging and bioengineering and acoustics, and about future coursework in the major such as senior design. (h,j)

Post Midterm Exam Reviews (1 week): identify sources of confusion and error and common misconceptions on the exam. (a, b, c, e, k, m)

Revised January 2013

Last updated: 5/22/2013