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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEL6584
Tracking Number - 2941

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for MSIT, to GC; Apprd 12/10/13; To USF Sys 2/4/14, to SCNS 2/12/14. Approved as EEL 6584 (Subm as ENG 6025): eff 4/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-09-13
  2. Department: Electrical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Ismail Uysal
  6. Phone: 8636677855
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EEL
  9. Number: 6584
  10. Full Title: RFID and NFC Technologies for IT
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): RFID and NFC Technologies
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 10
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: COP 2270 (or similar)
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course will cover an overview of the state-of-the-art radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication (NFC) technologies, basic science behind RF wireless communications, and tools and methods for application deployment.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? With ever increasing demand from the industry on engineers experienced and knowledgeable in the applications of RFID and NFC technologies, Florida State University System needs a course to which directly addresses this need.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. and some level of experience in real life applications of RFID through current projects and/or past experience.
  29. Objectives: The objective of this course is to:

    a) Provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of how RFID and NFC technologies work.

    b) Explain how these technologies are used in real life applications.

    c) Introduce the students to the necessary hardware and software tools to employ such applications in the field for various industries.

  30. Learning Outcomes: In this class, students will:

    1) Have a general understanding of how radio frequency communication works.

    2) Have comprehensive knowledge of current technology spectrum regarding radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communications (NFC).

    3) Obtain in-depth experience with how multitude of worldwide applications benefit from the use of RFID and NFC technologies especially in transportation and distribution, supply chain, retail and health care industry.

    4)Learn the necessary software and hardware tools to employ RFID and NFC solutions for real life applications.

    5) Learn how to analyze RFID hardware performance, and process stored information.

    6)Have a brief outlook on the economic and financial implications of RFID and NFC technologies for the industry.

  31. Major Topics: Week 1 Introduction to Auto Identification Technologies

    Week 2 Features and characteristics of RFID systems

    Week 3 Fundamental operating principles (Quiz 1)

    Week 4 Physical principles of RFID systems

    Week 5 Frequency ranges and regulations (Quiz 2)

    Week 6 How coding and modulation works

    Week 7 Checksum procedure and anticollision (Quiz 3)

    Week 8 Midterm Exam

    Week 9 Standardization

    Week 10 Tag architecture (Quiz 4)

    Week 11 Reader architecture

    Week 12 Example applications (Quiz 5)

    Week 13 Class project overview, research facility visit

    Week 14 RFID in cold chain, today's projects

    Week 15 Final Class Project

  32. Textbooks: RFID Handbook: Fundamentals and Applications in Contactless Smart Cards, Radio Frequency Identification and Near-Field Communication, 3rd Edition, by Finkenzeller
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: The course requires internet access for researching relevant scientific articles on the topic as well as accessing remote laboratory resources to carry out class projects.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Student performance will be evaluated on 5 quizzes, a midterm exam, a review paper and a final class project with the following distribution:

    5 Quizzes throughout the Semester: 20%

    Midterm Exam: 30%

    Review Paper: 10%

    Final Class Project: 40%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Please see section above.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: No credit will be given for missed/late work unless the student has a documented medical or family emergency.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Science in Information Technology
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This course could become a technical elective course for all engineering majors.

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