Practical Skills and Design


CMPE Degree: This course is Required for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Required for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 3 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Undergraduate courses not in a domain

Course Coordinator: James Stevenson Kenney

Prerequisites: ECE2040 or ECE2031 or ECE2035 or ECE2036 (with concurrency)

Corequisites: None

Catalog Description

This course teaches practical skills, such as soldering and prototyping, and introduces students to ECE design.


Course Outcomes

  1. Analyze small RLC circuits by hand
  2. Use network techniques, like node analysis and loop analysis, to write equations for large linear circuits
  3. Apply Thevenin and Norton theorems to analyze and design for maximum power transfer
  4. Apply the concept of linearity and the associated technique of superposition to circuits and networks
  5. Analyze circuits containing ideal operational amplifiers
  6. Measure time constants for first-order circuits
  7. Explain the concept of steady state
  8. Apply phasor analysis to AC circuits in sinusoidal steady state
  9. Analyze the frequency response of circuits containing inductors and capacitors
  10. Construct simple Bode plots for first- and second-order circuits
  11. Measure frequency responses of circuits.

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( LN ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( LN ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( LN ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( LN ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( P ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( LN ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( P ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Not Applicable

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

Basic Safety Lab (such as the EHS safety course)
Introduction to Engineering Design (design process, sizing and ordering parts)
Microcontroller Hardware Integration (sensor conditioning, working with ICs)
Soldering (through-hole connections, etc.)
Advanced Soldering (PCB surface mount, etc.)
Wiring Introduction (connectors etc)
PCB CAD and milling
Basic Tools (screwdrivers types, hammers, wrenches etc.)
Power Tools (bandsaws, power drills, grinder belts, circular saws, etc.)
3D CAD (3D printing, CNC milling)