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EEC136AB – Electronic Design Project

3 units – Fall Quarter
2 units – Winter Quarter

Workshop: 1 hour

Laboratory: 5 hours

Prerequisite for EEC 136A: ECS 30, EEC 100, EEC 180A and either EEC 110B, EEC 157A (may be taken concurrently), or EEC 180B

Prerequisite for EEC 136B: EEC 136A

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Optical, electronic and communication-engineering design of an opto-electronic system operating under performance and economic constraints. Measurement techniques will be designed and implemented, and the system will be characterized.

Expanded Course Description:



Course Material Fees:

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Engineering Design Statement:

This course involves an optical-, electronic-, and communication-engineering design of an electro-optical system (e.g., an optical communication link or pulse oximeter). The course integrates principles from electromagnetics, opto-electronics, semiconductors, circuit design, communications and microcontrollers. The team is given an optical, electronic design problem that must operate under constraints (e.g., noise and power constraints). A prototype system will be designed, implemented and characterized. A project will involve circuit design of transmitters and receivers, the use of a microcontroller, the selection of components, implementation of circuit boards, implementation of signal processing algorithms and finally testing. The testing may require additional design and implementation of testing circuits to quantify the performance of the system. A team project report will be submitted that describes the design, implementation and testing of the electro-optical system. The report will contain an analysis of the system design including the chosen components, sources of information about the components, justification of chosen components, detailed analysis of power budget, noise analysis and measurement, and discussion of any assumptions made. The report will include a Future Work section. This section will consider various real-world design constraints that would be imposed on a commercial system, including manufacturability constraints. Each team will do a class presentation that describes their project.

Relationship to Outcomes:
Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET Outcomes
An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data B
An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams D
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility F
An ability to communicate effectively G
A knowledge of contemporary issues J
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K


Professional Component:

Engineering Depth

Engineering Science: 1 credit
Engineering Design: 2 credits