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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEL5139

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Current Status: SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval - 2016-04-21
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Need permanent number assigned.
Comments: Elective for Electrical Eng. To GC. Missing Info (Permit): LO; Materials?; F2F and Online both? Emailed 3/11/16. GC approved. SCNS issue 9/28. Removed pre-req 9/30. resubmitted

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4994 2014-03-24
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Electrical Engineering EN 210600
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Jessica Procko 8139746318

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EEL 5139 Wireless Circuits/Systems Lab

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 L - Laboratory R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Wireless Circuits/Systems Lab
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 0



    Course Description

    An extensive hands-on introduction to wireless radio frequency and microwave circuits and systems, involving modern measurements, fabrication and computer-aided design experiences at both component and sub -system levels.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program.

    B. 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?

    There is a pretty high demand for this course among graduate students from several different departments. Typically, there are 20-30 graduate students enrolled in this course every fall semester. The training of this course not only expose the graduate students to basic concepts of the MEMS and microsystem technologies, but also offers them a pretty solid foundation that would strongly benefits their ongoing and future MS/PhD research projects.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Aside from the basic knowledge about RF circuits and systems, RF measurements and wireless transceiver technologies, the instructor should be competent to offer hand-on training on how to design, simulate and characterize RF passive devices, circuits and systems within the context of wireless transceivers.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    An extensive hands-on introduction to wireless radio frequency and microwave circuits and systems, involving modern measurements, fabrication and computer-aided design experiences at both component and sub -system levels

    B. Learning Outcomes

    • Apply knowledge of basic math, science and engineering to problems relevant to RF/wireless engineering

    • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data relevant to RF/wireless engineering

    • Design a system, component, and process to meet desired needs relevant to RF/wireless engineering

    • Communicate effectively the results and findings of laboratory experiments

    • Use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice relevant to RF/wireless engineering

    • Use probability & statistics and advanced mathematics (e.g., calculus, DE, linear algebra, complex variables & discrete mathematics) in problems relevant to RF/wireless engineering

    C. Major Topics

    • Frequency and Time Domain Measurement and simulation

    • RF Subsystems Simulation

    • Circuit Characterization

    • Lumped Lowpass Filter Design

    • Impedance Matching Circuits

    • Distributed Lowpass Filter

    • Directional Couplers

    • Single Ended Mixer

    • Frequency Conversion

    • Dipole and Patch Antenna

    • Wireless Receiver System Integration

    D. Textbooks

    Custom Notes Available from Local Copy Center (e.g. Pro-Copy). Any additions or modifications to this material will be available on the course website.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    All the lecture slides and additional reading materials will be posted through the course website. Given this is a lab course, the course needs lab supplies, instruments, and testable RF electronic components.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Lab Reports 55%

    Lecture Quizzes 15%

    Final Exam 20%

    Pre-Labs (& lab quizzes) 10%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    All students need to attend a weekly laboratory session, which requires them to finish a pre-lab report and a post-lab report. There will not be any additional homework assignment but there is a quiz every week. There will be a final exam.

    H. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Electrical Engineering MSEE/PhD

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    This course can service students from Electrical Engineering Department including some part-time students who work in companies. Occasionally, there are graduate students from other department including chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and physics who will take this course.

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