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Electrical Engineering Course Objectives

Updated 11-13-13

100 Level Courses (Freshman Level)
200 Level Courses (Sophomore Level)
300 Level Courses (Junior Level)
400/800 Level Courses (Senior and Graduate Level)
900 Level Courses (Graduate only)

Note: In the event the prerequisites or corequisites listed on this web page do not match those in the UNL catalog, the prerequisites in the catalog have precedence. The prerequisites/corequisites and course objectives listed here are approved by the Electrical Engineering faculty.

121. Introduction to Electrical Engineering I (3 cr)
Introduction to basic electrical engineering concepts including energy, power systems, communications, and signal processing. Course Objectives

122. Introduction to Electrical Engineering II (3 cr)
Introduction to several electrical engineering areas including digital, circuits, electromagnetics, materials and devices, and optics. Course Objectives

198. Special Topics in Electrical Engineering I (1-6 cr, max 6) Prereq: Permission.
Offered as the need arises to treat electrical engineering topics for first-year students that are not covered in other courses.

211. Elements of Electrical Engineering I (3 cr) Prereq or parallel: MATH 107 and ASTR 131 or PHYS 211.
Basic circuit analysis including direct and alternating currents and operational amplifiers. Digital signals and circuits. Not for electrical engineering majors. Course Objectives

215. Electronics and Circuits I (3 cr) Prereq or Parallel: MATH 208.
Introduction to electrical engineering circuit theory. Kirchhoff's laws and circuit analysis theorems applied to steady state DC resistive circuits, RLC circuits. Analysis of transient and sinusoidal steady-state circuits. Steady-state power calculations for sinusoidal single-phase circuits. Modern computer methods employed. Course Objectives

216. Electronics and Circuits II (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 215 with a grade of “C” or better. Prereq or parallel: MATH 221 or 221H.
Steady state power calculations for sinusoidal single-phase and balanced three-phase circuits. Mutual inductance. Frequency response. Introduction to fundamentals of semiconductor theory and their application to p-n junction devices. Kirchoff’s laws and circuit analysis theorems applied to steady state diode circuits. Modern computer methods employed. Course Objectives

222. Introduction to Embedded Systems (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 122 or CSCE 230 and CSCE 155E, or equivalent.
Basic hardware and software concepts of embedded microprocessor systems and interfacing with other hardware components. Simple circuits are designed and drivers to run these circuits are written. Design and build  hardware and write drivers in assembly language. Course Objectives

231. Electrical Engineering Laboratory (1 cr) Prerequisite or Parallel: ELEC 211.
Laboratory accompanying ELEC 211. Course Objectives

235. Introductory Electrical Laboratory I (1 cr) Prereq: ELEC 121. Laboratory work accompanying ELEC 215.

236. Introductory Electrical Laboratory II (1 cr) Prereq: ELEC 235, Prereq or parallel: ELEC 216.
Laboratory work accompanying ELEC 216.

298. Special Topics in Electrical Engineering II (1-6 cr, max 6). Prereq: Permission.
Offered as the need arises to treat electrical engineering  topics for second-year students that are not covered in other courses.

304. Signals and Systems I (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 216 with a grade of “C” or better; MATH 221 or 221H.
Mathematical modeling of physical systems and signals. Representation of signals in terms of basis functions. Fourier series expansions, Fourier transforms, Laplace and Z-transforms. Input-output relations, convolution. Transfer functions. Bode plots. Poles/zeros and s- and z-plane methods. Applications. Course Objectives

305. Probability Theory and Introduction to Random Processes (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 304.
Random experiment model, random variables, functions of random variables, and introduction to random processes. Course Objectives

306. Electromagnetic Field Theory (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 216, PHYS 212, and MATH 221.
Complex vectors. Maxwell's equations. Uniform plane waves. Wave reflection and transmission at interfaces. Waveguides and resonators. Transmission line principles. Antennas. Topics in waves. Course Objectives

307. Electrical Engineering Laboratory I (2 cr) Prereq: ELEC 222 and ELEC 236. Prereq or parallel: ELEC 370; admission to the College of Engineering.
Laboratory work on circuits and system, digital and analog electronic circuits, and electromagnetics. Course Objectives

316. Electronics and Circuits III (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 216 with a grade of “C” or better.
Kirchhoff’s laws and circuit analysis theorems applied to steady state transistor circuits. Frequency response of filters and amplifiers. Basic power amplifier types. Advanced operational amplifier circuits. Introduction to the fundamentals of semiconductor theory and their application to p-n junction and field devices. Course Objectives

317. Electrical Engineering Laboratory II (2 cr) Prereq: ELEC 304 and 307; prereq or parallel ELEC 306 and ELEC 316; admission to the College of Engineering.
Lab work on electromagnetic fields and waves, solid state devices, discrete systems, control systems, and communications. Course Objectives

361. Advanced Electronics and Circuits (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 316.
Analog and digital electronics for discrete and integrated circuits. Multistage amplifiers, frequency response, feedback amplifiers, simple filters and amplifiers, MOS and bipolar logic gates and families, A/D and D/A converters. Course Objectives

370. Digital Logic Design (CSCE 335)(3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 121 or CSCE 230.
Combinational and sequential logic circuits. MSI chips. Programmable logic devices (PAL, ROM, PLA) used to design combinational and sequential circuits. CAD tools. LSI and PLD components and their use. Hardware design experience. Course Objectives

398. Special Topics in Electrical Engineering III (1-6 cr, max 6). Prereq: Permission.
Offered as the need arises to treat electrical engineering topics for third-year students that are not covered in other courses.

399. Undergraduate Research (1-3 cr) Prereq: Electrical engineering seniors or approval.
Research accompanied by a written report of the results.

399R. Undergraduate Research (3 cr) For electrical engineering majors selecting the research option. ELEC 399 and ELEC 399R should be taken in consecutive semesters.
Independent research project executed under the guidance of a member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering which contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field. Culminates in a written thesis or report and an oral presentation.

400/800. Electronic Instrumentation (3 cr) Prereq: Senior standing in engineering or permission.
Applications of analog and digital devices to electronic instrumentation are studied. Includes transducers instrumentation amplifiers, mechanical and solid-state switches, data acquisition systems, phase-lock loops, and modulation techniques. Demonstrations with working circuits and systems. Course Objectives

406/806. Power Systems Analysis (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 438/838.
Symmetrical components and fault calculations, power system stability, generator modeling (circuit
view point), voltage control system, high voltage DC transmission, and system protection. Course Objectives

407/807. Power Systems Planning (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 305.
Economic evaluation, load forecasting, generation planning, transmission planning, production simulation, power plant reliability characteristics, and generation systems reliability. Course Objectives

408/808. Engineering Electromagnetics (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 306.
Applied electromagnetics: Transmission lines in digital electronics and communication. The quasistatic electric and magnetic fields: electric and magnetic circuits and electromechanical energy conversion. Guided waves: rectangular and cylindrical metallic waveguides and optical fibers. Radiation and antennas: line and aperture antennas and arrays. Course Objectives

410/810. Multivariate Random Processes (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 305.
Probability space, random vectors, multivariate distributions, moment generating functions, conditional expectations, discrete and continuous-time random processes, random process characterization and representation, linear systems with random inputs. Course Objectives

416/816. Materials and Devices for Computer Memory, Logic, and Display (3 cr) Prereq: PHYS 212.
Survey of fundamentals and applications of devices used for memory, logic, and display. Magnetic, superconductive, semiconductive, and dielectric materials. Course Objectives

417/817. Semiconductor Fundamentals II (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 421/821.
Analysis of BJT’s and MOSFET’s from a first principle materials viewpoint. Static and dynamic analysis and characterization. Device fabrication processes.

420/820. Plasma Processing of Semiconductors (3 cr) Prereq: Senior or graduate standing.
Physics of plasmas and gas discharges developed. Includes basic collisional theory, the Boltzman equation and the concept of electron energy distributions. Results are related to specific gas discharge systems used in semiconductor processing, such as sputtering, etching, and deposition systems. Course Objectives

421/821. Principles of Semiconductor Materials and Devices I (3 cr) Prereq: PHYS 213.
Introduction to semiconductor fundamentals, charge carrier concentration and carrier transport, energy bands, and recombination. PN junctions, static and dynamic, and special PN junction diode devices. Course Objectives

422/822. Introduction to Physics and Chemistry of Solids (PHYS 422/822) (3 cr) Prereq: PHYS 213 or CHEM 481/881, MATH 221/821, or permission.
Introduction to structural, thermal electrical, and magnetic properties of solids, based on concepts of atomic structure, chemical bonding in molecules, and electron states in solids. Principles underlying molecular design of materials and solid-state devices.

428/828. Power Electronics (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 304 and 316.
Basic analysis and design of solid-state power electronic devices and converter circuitry.

430/830. Wind Energy (3 cr) Prereq: senior standing or permission.
This broad multidisciplinary course will combine engineering principles of both the mechanical/aerodynamical and electrical components and systems, along with economic and environmental considerations for siting and public policy, to appropriately cover the relevant topics associated with all scales of wind energy implementations.

438/838. Introduction to Electric Power Engineering (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 216.
Power systems principles, three phase circuits, transmission line parameters, transmission line modeling, transformers, per unit analysis, generator modeling, and power flow analysis. Course Objectives

442/842. Basic Analytical Techniques in Electrical Engineering (3 cr) Prereq: Math 221.
Applications of partial differential equations, matrices, vector analysis, complex variables, and infinite series to problems in electrical engineering. Course Objectives

444/844. Linear Control Systems (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 304.
Classical (transfer function) and modern (state variable) control techniques. Both time domain and frequency domain techniques are studied. Traditional proportional, lead, lag, and PID compensators are examined, as well as state variable feedback. Course Objectives

452/852. Bioinformatics (3 cr) Prereq: Computer programming language and ELEC 305 or IMSE 321 or STAT 380 or equivalent
This course examines how information is organized in biological sequences, such as DNA and proteins, and will look at computational techniques which make use of this structure. During this class, various biochemical processes that involve these sequences are studied to understand how these processes effect the structure of these sequences. In the process bioinformatics algorithms, tools, and techniques which are used to explore genomic and amin acid sequences are also introduced. Course Objectives

454/854. Power Systems Operation and Control (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 438/838.
Characteristics and generating units. Control of generation, economic dispatch, transmission losses, unit commitment, generation with limited supply, hydrothermal coordination, and interchange evaluation and power pool. Course Objectives

460/860. Labview Programming (3 cr) Prereq: Prior programming experience.
Labview as a programming language and for applications to acquire and analyze data, to access the network, control lab instruments, and for video and sound applications.

461/861. Modern Active Filter Design (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 304 and 361.
Fundamental design concepts, tradeoffs and design techniques of modern active filters are studied. Recent topics such as active R networks, compensation of op-amp imperfections, switched capacitor filters will be introduced.

462/862. Communication Systems (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 304 and ELEC 305.
Mathematical descriptions of signals in communication systems. Principles of analog modulation and demodulation. Performance analysis of analog communication systems in the presence of noise. Course Objectives

463/863. Digital Signal Processing (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 304.
Discrete system analysis using Z-transforms. Analysis and design of digital filters. Discrete Fourier transforms. Course Objectives

464/864. Digital Communication Systems (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 462/862.
Principles of digital transmission of information in the presence of noise. Design and analysis of baseband PAM transmission systems and various carrier systems, including ASK, FSK, PSK. Course Objectives

465/865. Introduction to Data Compression (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 305.
Introduction to the concepts of information theory and redundancy removal. Simulation of various data compression schemes such as delta modulation, differential pulse code modulation, transform coding, and runlength coding. Course Objectives

467/867. Electromagnetic Theory and Applications (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 306.
Engineering application of Maxwell's equations. Fundamental parameters of antennas. Radiation, analysis, and synthesis of antenna arrays. Aperture antennas. Course Objectives

468/868. Microwave Engineering (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 306.
Applications of active and passive devices to microwave systems. Includes impedance matching, resonators, and microwave antennas. Course Objectives

469/869. Analog Integrated Circuits (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 361.
Analysis and design of analog integrated circuits, both bipolar and MOS. Basic circuit elements such as differential pairs, current sources, active loads, output drivers will be studied and used in the design of more complex analog integrated circuits. Course Objectives

470/870. Digital and Analog VLSI Design (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 316.
An introduction to VLSI design techniques for analog and digital circuits. Fabrication technology and device modeling. Design rules for integrated circuit layout. LSI design options with emphasis on the standard cell approach of digital and analog circuits. Lab experiments, computer simulation and layout exercises. Course Objectives

475/875. Introduction to Digital System Design (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 370.
Synthesis using state machines; design of digital systems; microprogramming in small controller design; hardware description language for design and timing analysis.

479/879. Digital Systems Organization and Design (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 475/875.
Hardware development languages, hardware organization and realization, microprogramming, interrupt, intersystem communication, and peripheral interfacing.

480/880. Introduction to Lasers and Laser Applications (PHYS 480/880) (3 cr) Prereq: PHYS 213.
Physics of electronic transition production stimulated emission of radiation. Threshold conditions for laser oscillation. Types of lasers and their applications in engineering. Course Objectives

486/886. Applied Photonics (3 cr) Lec 2, lab 1. Prereq: ELEC 306 or permission.
An introduction to the use of electromagnetic radiation for performing optical measurements in engineering applications. Basic electromagnetic theory and light interaction with matter are covered with corresponding laboratory experiments conducted. Course Objectives

494. Electrical Engineering Senior Design I (2 cr) Prereq: ELEC 317 or permission; admission to the College of Engineering.
The first in a two semester capstone senior design course sequence. A substantial design project that allows application of electrical engineering skills to a multidisciplinary project. Requires project definition, planning and scheduling, effective written and oral communication of technical ideas, incorporation of realistic constraints and engineering standards, functioning effectively on a multidisplinary team, and applying new ideas as needed to meet project goals. Course Objectives

495. Electrical Engineering Senior Design II (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 494 or permission; admission to the College of Engineering.
The second in a two semester capstone senior design course sequence. Continuation of a substantial design project that allows application of electrical engineering skills to a multidisciplinary project. A project that meets specifications and that is completed according to a pre-determined schedule and within budget. Requires effective written and oral communication of technical ideas, incorporation of realistic constraints and engineering standards, functioning effectively on a multidisciplinary team, and applying new ideas as needed to meet project goals. Course Objectives

498/898. Special Topics in Electrical Engineering IV (1-6 cr, max 18) Prereq: permission.
ELEC 498/898 is offered as the need arises for electrical engineering topics for fourth-year and graduate students not covered in other courses. Course Objectives

499H. Honors Thesis (1-3 cr, max 3) Prereq: Senior standing in electrical engineering; admission to the University Honors Program.
Honors thesis research project meeting the requirements of the University Honors Program. Independent research project executed under the guidance of a member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering which contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field. Culminates in the presentation of an honors thesis to the department and college. Course Objectives

899. Masters Thesis (6-10 cr) Prereq: Admission to master's degree program and permission of major advisor.
P/N only.

911. Communication Theory (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 862, and 864 or 810.
Applications of probability and statistics to signals and noise; correlation; sampling; shot noise; spectral analysis; Gaussian processes; filtering.

912. Error Control Coding (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 810 and ELEC 864 or permission.
Fundamentals of error correction and detection in digital communication and storage systems. Linear and algebraic block codes; Hamming, BCH and Reed-Solomon codes; algebraic decoding techniques; structure and performance of convolutional codes, turbo codes, and trellis coded modulation; MAP, Viterbi, and sequential decoding techniques.

913. Advanced Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 869 and permission.
Advanced current mirrors and op-amps. Comparators and sample/hold (S/H) circuits. Band-gap reference circuits. Trans-linear circuits and analog multipliers. Voltage controlled oscillators. Operational trans-conductance amplifiers (OTA’s). Switched capacitor circuits. Data converters. Non-linearity, mismatch, and short-channel effects. Continuous time domain integrated filters. Current conveyors. Phase locked loops. Analog CAD.

915. Adaptive Signal Processing (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 810, 863, and permission.
Adaptive filtering algorithms, frequency and transform domain adaptive filters, and simulation and critical evaluation of adaptive signal processing for real world applications.

946. Optimal Filtering, Estimation and Prediction (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 810 and 851 or permission.
Techniques for optimally extracting information about the past, present, or future status of a dynamic system from noise-corrupted measurements on that system.

957. Advanced Computer Methods in Power Systen Analysis (3 cr) Prereq: 806.
Power system matrices, sparsity techniques, network equivalents, contingency analysis, power flow optimization, state estimation, and power system restructuring.

959. Wireless Communications (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 864 and permission.
Principles of wireless communications, including: description of the wireless channel chracteristics; ultimate performance limits of wireless systems; performance analysis of digital modulation techniques over wireless channels; diversity techniques; adaptive modulation; multiple-antenna communications; multi-carrier modulation; and multi-user wireless communications.

960. Solid-State Devices (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 315 or equivalent.
Gallium arsenide and silicon devices. Device properties based on structure and physical properties of the materials.

965. Passive Microwave Components (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 867 or 868.
Application of Maxwell's Equations to the analysis of waveguides, resonant cavities, filters, and other passive microwave devices.

967. Introduction to Quantum Electronics (3 cr)
An introduction to the quantum aspects of electron devices.

968. Electron Theory of Solids I (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 967 or permission.
Quantitative development of the fundamentals of the quantum-mechanical theory of electrons in solids.

971. Seminar (1-12 cr)

975. Optical Properties of Materials (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 967, equivalent, or permission.
Quantum mechanical description of the optical properties of solids (complex refractive index and its dispersion, effects of electric and magnetic fields, temperature, stress; additional special topics as desired).

986. Optoelectronics (3 cr) Prereq: ELEC 886.
Modern phenomena associated with optoelectronics. Electro-optical effect such as Pockel effect, Kerr effect, and nonlinear optical phenomena. Material and devices used in modern communications, femtosecond lasers, and optical computer systems.

991. Independent Study (1-24 cr) Prereq: permission.
Selected topic under the direction and guidance of a faculty member.

996. Topics in Electrical Engineering (3 cr, 24 max) Prereq: Permission.
Selected topics in electrical engineering.

999. Doctoral Dissertation (1-24 cr, 55 max) Prereq: Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair.
P/N only.