EE 499 Course Syllabus

Engineering Design

Signal Processing Electronic Design

January 11, 2001

Instructor: Laurence Hassebrook

Email: (use EE499 in subject)


Office/Phone: 691 AH/ (606) 257-8040

Class Hours and Location: 2:00pm-3:15pm T & TR, 267 AH

Office hours: 3:00pm-5:00pm W.

Section: 001

EE499 Laboratory: CRMS 215E


Course compliant with departmental baseline EE499 Syllabus.


 Students completing this course should demonstrate the:

1. Ability to effectively work in groups to develop and propose engineering solutions.

2. Ability to apply previously acquired engineering principles as well as learn new principles in solving a large engineering design problem.

3. The ability to communicate and thoroughly document the results of an engineering design project to the engineering community using a variety of media (report, web page).

Class Content and Objective:

The content of "Electronic Design" has two aspects (1) Engineering Design Theory and (2) Electronic Design of Signal Processing Systems. A lecture covering Design Theory will be provided twice a week for the initial weeks of the semester. The theory will detail the individual processes involved in going from a "problem to be solved" to a final "Solution." Examples will be given and the design theory will be relevant to the project tasks. Another aspect of the design theory will cover group dynamics, which include brainstorming and mind mapping techniques. The electronic design tasks will be accumulative in nature. A series of MATLAB visualization tasks will be coupled with electronic tasks, leading up to the final project. The final projects will be devices that can detect the color of an object and convey the color by either audio tones or digital readouts. The projects will tested on their ability to discriminate between food objects such as apples, bananas, oranges. The food items are chosen because the original idea for this project was to create a color to audio converter to help the unsighted to sense color.

Group Responsibilities: The class will be subdivided into discussion groups. Each discussion group will select a group captain who will represent the groups. The groups will define the test protocol that their projects will be tested with. The groups will define performance measures for the projects are graded on performance. Students may work in groups of 3 or 4 for the visualization and electronic design tasks.

Individual Responsibilities: Each individual is responsible for designing, building and debugging their own project and for preparing a web based report. The projects along with tools should cost about $70. Projects will be graded on creativity, innovation, quality of construction and performance. The web reports will be used in judging the projects and will also be graded for quality and information content.

Presentation: Each Student will present, test and demonstrate his device either Thursday or Friday of Dead Week. The location of these presentations will be announced.

Specific Outcomes:

The students will develop skills in MATLAB Visualization, electronic hardware design, schematic capture, presentation and group interaction.

Grading Policy:


  1. Digital and Analog Communication Systems by Leon W. Couch, Fourth Edition.
  2. Principles of Communications, Systems, Modulation, and Noise by R, E. Ziemer and W. H. Tranter, Fourth Edition.
  3. Principles of Communications, Systems, Modulation, and Noise by R, E. Ziemer and W. H. Tranter,
  4. Design references will be announced in class.

Equipment Required: Each students will be required to have a breadboard and basic hand tools (screwdriver, long nose pliers, wire stripper). Access to laboratory equipment will be provided.

Infrastructure Required: The students will be required to obtain computer accounts to enable them to post a web page (sac account), communicate with email (probably ewl), and read web pages and news groups (probably ewl). For home access, the students may want to get special accounts (such as a pop account). Communications to the students will be done by the EE499 web page

Individual correspondence by email will be encouraged.