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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEL6412
Tracking Number - 3134

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-09-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13 Elective. Obj need rev; faculty emld 5/10/13; upd. GC appdReviewed. Obj still need rev. faculty emld 8/5/13. updated 10/11/13. Obj not ok. Emld fac 10/28/13. Uptd 11/22/13; to USF Sys 12/10; to SNCS 12/18. Nmbr 6410 appd as 6412 eff 9/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-03-20
  2. Department: Electrical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210600
  5. Contact Person: Vijay Jain
  6. Phone: 8139744741
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EEL
  9. Number: 6412
  10. Full Title: System on a Chip
  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): System on a chip
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 10
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Fundamental concepts: 2D and 3D SoCs. Digital, analog, MEMS, sensors, optoelectronics, and communication/networking blocks for SoC. DNA chips. Fabrication techniques including photolithography, TFD, and etching. Platform based design. Applications.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  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? The ultimate dream of microelectronics/nanoelectronics and

    microeletromechanical/nanoelectromechanical systems engineers is the

    realization of ‘System on a Chip’. It is envisioned as the next revolution – beyond today’s pervasive integrated circuits.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in EE.
  29. Objectives: Discuss the concept of System on a Chip, 2-D and 3-D.

    Discuss digital & analog CMOS devices, MEMS, sensors, and optoelectronics

    Learn the integration of DNA and protein microarrays

    Explore CMOS fabrication techniques: FTIR Spectroscopy, photolithography, masks,

    & advanced techniques

    Discuss thin film deposition and etching techniques

    Discuss platform based design, IP blocks, models, reuse

    Explore example applications such as biomedical, security, and smart-power grid

  30. Learning Outcomes: At completion of this course, the students should be able to: 1) understand and apply the principles of 2D and 3D SoCs for integration of (a) digital, (b) analog, (c) sensors, (d) optoelectronics (emitters and sensors) – or a subset thereof on to the same chip, 2) understand and apply the principles of fabrication techniques including photolithography, TFD, and etching, 3) perform platform based design, and apply these principles to areas such as biomedical systems, power systems, and security.
  31. Major Topics: Fundamental concepts: 2D and 3D SoCs, digital, analog, mixed signal, MEMS, sensors, optoelectronics (emitters and sensors), digital cameras, DNA microarrays, communication/networking modalities. Fabrication techniques including photolithography, TFD, and etching. Platform based design. Applications including biomedical and security.
  32. Textbooks: J. Plummer, M. Deal, and P. Griffin, Silicon VLSI Technology. Prentice Hall, 2001. ISBN-10: 0130850373.

    Note: the course material is heavily supplemented from other sources, including

    journal articles.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: The course is supplemented from other sources, and extensive material is supplied to the students on USF BlackBoard.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Typically, one Final Exam, 50%, a mid-term exam, 25%, and a term paper, 25%.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Homework problems, simulation assignments and example programs, a term paper, and exams as outlined in Section 11.
  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. It’s 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:
  38. Program This Course Supports: All three levels, but serious distinction is made among G and UG students in terms of the exams, the term paper, and the simulation assignments.
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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