Santa Clara University

Graduate School of Engineering


Lower-Division Undergraduate Courses

ELEN 20. Emerging Areas in Electrical Engineering
Introduction to several important new frontiers in electrical engineering selected from: renewal energy sources and conversion to electricity, energy storage devices and systems, nanoscale science and technology, power electronics, high-speed electronics, and ubiquitous wireless and video communications. Course includes laboratory experience and visits to research and production facilities in Silicon Valley companies. (3 units)

ELEN 21. Introduction to Logic Design
Boolean functions and their minimization. Designing combinational circuits, adders, multipliers, multiplexers, decoders. Noise margin, propagation delay. Busing. Memory elements: latches and flip-flops; timing: registers; counters. Programmable logic, PLD, and FPGA. Use of industry-quality CAD tools for schematic capture and HDL in conjunction with FPGAs. (Undergraduate core course.) Also listed as COEN 21. Co-requisite: ELEN 21L. (4 units)

ELEN 21L. Laboratory for ELEN 21
Also listed as COEN 21L. Co-requisite: ELEN 21.
(1 unit)

ELEN 21C. Introduction to Logic Design
Compressed version of ELEN 21 taught in graduate time format. Also listed as COEN 21C. (2 units)

ELEN 33. Digital Systems Architecture
Overview of processor architectures for general-purpose processors, special purpose signal processing microprocessors, and FPGA soft core processors; data representation in fixed-point, floating-point, instruction set architectures; assembly and machine language programming; real-time I/O; introduction to sample data systems. Analog-to-digital converters and digital-to-analog converters. (Undergraduate core course.) Prerequisites: ELEN 21 with a grade of C- or better and COEN 11. Co-requisite ELEN 33L, COEN 12. (4 units)

ELEN 33L. Laboratory for ELEN 33
Co-requisite: ELEN 33. (1 unit)

ELEN 50. Electric Circuits I
Physical basis and mathematical models of circuit components and energy sources. Circuit theorems and methods of analysis applied to DC and AC circuits. Laboratory. (Undergraduate core course) Co-requisite: PHYS 33, ELEN 50L. (4 units)

ELEN 50L. Laboratory for ELEN 50
Co-requisite: ELEN 50. (1 unit)

Upper-Division Undergraduate Courses

ELEN 100. Electric Circuits II
Continuation of ELEN 50. Sinusoidal steady state and phasors, transformers, resonance, Laplace analysis, transfer functions. Frequency response analysis. Bode diagrams. Switching circuits. Laboratory. Prerequisite: either ELEN 50 with a grade of C- or better, or PHYS 70. Co-requisite: AMTH 106, ELEN 100L. (4 units)

ELEN 100L. Laboratory for ELEN 100
Co-requisite: ELEN 100. (1 unit)

ELEN 104. Electromagnetics I
Vector analysis and vector calculus. The laws of Coulomb, Lorentz, Faraday, and Gauss. Dielectric and magnetic materials. Energy in electric and magnetic fields. Capacitance and Inductance. Maxwell’s equations. Wave equation. Poynting vector. Wave propagation and reflection. Transmission lines. Radiation. Prerequisites: PHYS 33 and ELEN 100. Co-requisite: ELEN 104L. (4 units)

ELEN 104L. Laboratory for ELEN 104
Co-requisite: ELEN 104. (1 unit)

ELEN 105. Electromagnetics II
In-depth study of several areas of electromagnetics such as device parasitics, matching circuits, Poisson equation solutions, antennas and antenna arrays, wave-particle duality, and transients in transmission lines. Prerequisite: ELEN 104. Co-requisite: ELEN 105L. (4 units)

ELEN 105L. Laboratory for ELEN 105
Co-requisite: ELEN 105. (1 unit)

ELEN 110. Linear Systems
Signals an dsystem modeling. Laplace transform. Transfer function. Convolution. Discrete systems and Z-transform. Frequency analysis. Fourier series and transform. Filtering. State-Space models. MATLAB Laboratory/Problem sessions. (Undergraduate core course.) Prerequisite: ELEN 100. Co-requisite: ELEN 110L. (4 units)

ELEN 110L. Laboratory for ELEN 110
MATLAB laboratory/problem sessions. Co-requisite: ELEN 110. (1 unit)

ELEN 112. Modern Network Synthesis and Design*
Approximation and synthesis of active networks. Filter design using positive and negative feedback biquads. Sensitivity analysis. Fundamentals of passive network synthesis. Design project. Prerequisite: ELEN 110. Co-requisite: ELEN 112L. (4 units)

ELEN 112L. Laboratory for ELEN 112
Co-requisite: ELEN 112. (1 unit)

ELEN 115. Electronic Circuits I
Study of basic principles of operation, terminal characteristics, and equivalent circuit models for diodes and transistors. Analysis and design of diode circuits, transistor amplifiers, and inverter circuits. (Undergraduate core course.) Prerequisite: ELEN 50 with a grade of C- or better. Co-requisite: ELEN 115L. (4 units)

ELEN 115L. Laboratory for ELEN 115
Co-requisite: ELEN 115. (1 unit)

ELEN 116. Electronic Circuits II*
Design and analysis of multistage analog amplifiers. Study of differential amplifiers, current mirrors, and gain stages. Frequency response of cascaded amplifiers and gain-bandwidth considerations. Concepts of feedback, stability and frequency compensation. Design of output stages and power amplifiers. Prerequisite: ELEN 115. Co-requisite: ELEN 116L. (4 units)

ELEN 116L. Laboratory for ELEN 116
Co-requisite: ELEN 116. (1 unit)

ELEN 117. Electronic Circuits III*
Design and analysis of BJT and MOSFET analog ICs. Study of analog circuits such as comparators, sample/hold amplifiers, and continuous time switched capacitor filters. Architecture and design of analog to digital and digital to analog converters. Reference and biasing circuits. Study of noise and distortion in analog ICs. Prerequisite: ELEN 116. Co-requisite: ELEN 117L. (4 units)

ELEN 117L. Laboratory for ELEN 117
Co-requisite: ELEN 117. (1 unit)

ELEN 118. Fundamentals of Computer-Aided Circuit Simulation*
Introduction to algorithms and principles used in circuit simulation packages (such as SPICE). Formulation of equations for linear and nonlinear circuits. Detailed study of the three different types of circuit analysis (AC, DC, and transient). Discussion of computational aspects, including sparse matrices, Newton’s method, numerical integration and parallel computing. Applications to electronic circuits, active filters, and CMOS digital circuits. The course includes a number of design projects in which simulation software is written in MATLAB and verified using SPICE. Also listed as ELEN 219. Prerequisites: ELEN 21 with a grade of C- or better, 100, and 115. Co-requisite: ELEN 118L. (4 units)

ELEN 118L Laboratory for ELEN 118
Co-requisite: ELEN 118. (1 unit)

ELEN 119. Current Topics in Electrical Engineering
Subjects of current interest. May be taken more than once if topics differ. (4 units)

ELEN 123. Mechatronics
Introduction to the behavior, design, and integration of electromechanical components and systems. Review of appropriate electronic components/circuitry, mechanism configurations, and programming constructs. Use and integration of transducers, microcontrollers, and actuators. Also listed as MECH 143. Prerequisites: ELEN 50 with a grade of C- or better and COEN 11 or 44. Co-requisite: ELEN 123L. (4 units)

ELEN 123L. Laboratory for ELEN 123
Also listed as MECH 143L. Co-requisite: ELEN 123. (1 unit)

ELEN 127. Advanced Logic Design*
Contemporary design of finite-state machines as system controllers using hardware description languages, MSI, PLDs, or FPGA devices. Minimization techniques, performance analysis, and modular system design. Also listed as COEN 127. Prerequisite: ELEN 21 with a grade of C- or better. Co-requisites: ELEN 115 and 127L. (4 units)

ELEN 127L. Laboratory for ELEN 127
Design, construction, and testing of controllers from verbal specs. Use of CAD design tools. Also listed as COEN 127L. Co-requisite: ELEN 127. (1 unit)

ELEN 130. Control Systems*
Applications of control systems in engineering. Principle of feedback. Performance specifications: transient and steady-state response. Stability. Design of control systems by frequency and root-locus methods. Computer-controller systems. State-variable feedback design. Problem sessions. Prerequisite: ELEN 110. Co-requisite: ELEN 130L. (4 units)

ELEN 130L Laboratory for ELEN 130
Co-requisite: ELEN 130. (1 unit)

ELEN 131. Introduction to Robotics
Overview of robotics: control, AI, and computer vision. Components and structure of robots. Kinematics and dynamics of robot manipulators. Servo-control design, PID control. Trajectory planning, obstacle avoidance. Sensing and vision. Robot intelligence and task planning. Laboratory. Prerequisite: ELEN 110. Co-requisite: ELEN 131L. (4 units)

ELEN 131L. Laboratory for ELEN 131
Co-requisite: ELEN 131. (1 unit)

ELEN 133. Digital Signal Processing*
Discrete signals and systems. Difference equations. Convolution summation. Z-transform, transfer function, system response, stability. Digital filter design and implementation. Frequency domain analysis. Discrete Fourier transform and FFT. Audio and video examples. Laboratory for real-time processing. Prerequisites: ELEN 110 or both ELEN 50 with a grade of C- or better and COEN 19. Co-requisite: ELEN 133L. (4 units)

ELEN 133L. Laboratory for ELEN 133
Laboratory for real-time processing. Co-requisite: ELEN 133. (1 unit)

ELEN 134. Applications of Signal Processing*
Current applications of signal processing. Prerequisite: ELEN 133. Co-requisite: ELEN 134L. (4 units)

ELEN 134L. Laboratory for ELEN 134
Co-requisite: ELEN 134. (1 unit)

ELEN 139. Special Topics in Signals and Systems
Subjects of current interest. May be taken more than once if topics differ. (4 units)

ELEN 141. Communication Systems*
Modulation and demodulation of communications systems, for both analog and digital systems. Passband and baseband signal modulation and demodulation. Random processes and noise in communication systems and relevant Signal-to-Noise measures. Prerequisites: ELEN 110 and AMTH 108. Co-requisite: ELEN 141L. (4 units)

ELEN 141L. Laboratory for ELEN 141
Co-requisite: ELEN 141. (1 unit)

ELEN 144. RF and Microwave Components*
The fundamental characteristics of RF and Microwave components and circuits. Modeling of parasitics and circuit interconnects. Transmission line circuits and network parameters such as scattering and
transmission parameters. Study of crosstalk and other noises in high-speed circuits. Design of power dividers, impedance matching circuits, couplers, hybrids and microwave filters. Use of state-of-the-art
CAD tools. Prerequisite: ELEN 104. Co-requisite: ELEN 144L. (4 units)

ELEN 144L. Laboratory for ELEN 144
Co-requisite: ELEN 144. (1 unit)

ELEN 151. Semiconductor Devices
Properties of materials, crystal structure, and band structure of solids. Carrier statistics and transport; p-n junction statics, I-V characteristics, equivalent circuits, and switching response. Metal-semiconductor contacts, Schottky diodes. MOS field-effect transistors, bipolar junction transistors. Laboratory. (Undergraduate core course.) Prerequisite: ELEN 104. Co-requisite: 151L. (4 units)

ELEN 151L. Laboratory for ELEN 151
Co-requisite: ELEN 151. (1 unit)

ELEN 152. Semiconductor Devices and Technology*
Continuation of MOS field-effect transistors and bipolar junction transistors, heterojunctions. Principles of silicon IC fabrication processes. Bulk and epitaxial crystal growth, thermal oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation. Process simulation for basic devices. Prerequisite: ELEN 151. Co-requisite: ELEN 152L. (4 units)

ELEN 152L. Laboratory for ELEN 152
Co-requisite: ELEN 152. (1 unit)

ELEN 153. Digital Integrated Circuit Design*
Introduction to VLSI design and methodology. Study of basic principals of operation, terminal characteristics, and equivalent circuit models for diodes and transistors. Analysis of CMOS integrated circuits, circuit modeling, and performance evaluation supported simulation (SPICE). Ratioed, switch, and dynamic logic families; combinational and sequential circuits. Fully custom and semi-custom design. Physical design: placement and routing. Use of state-of-the-art CAD tools. Prerequisites: COEN/ELEN 21 and ELEN 50 with a grade of C- or better. Co-requisite: ELEN 153L. (4 units)

ELEN 153L. Laboratory for ELEN 153
Co-requisite: ELEN 153. (1 unit)

ELEN 156. Introduction to Nanotechnology*
Introduction to the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Properties of nanomaterials and devices. Nanoelectronics: from silicon and beyond. Measurements of nanosystems. Applications and implications. Laboratory experience is an integral part of the course. This course is part of the Electrical Engineering program and should be suitable for juniors and seniors in engineering and first-year graduate students. Also listed as MECH 156. Prerequisite: ELEN 151. Co-requisite: 156L. (4 units)

ELEN 156L. Laboratory for ELEN 156
Also listed as MECH 156L. Co-requisite: ELEN 156. (1 unit)

ELEN 160. Chaos Theory, Metamathematics and the Limits of Knowledge: A Scientific Perspective on Religion*
Limitations of science are examined in the framework of nonlinear system theory and metamathematics. Strange attractors, bifurcations and chaos are studied in some detail. Additional topics include an introduction to formal systems and an overview of Godel’s theorems. The mathematical background developed in the course is used as a basis for exploring the relationship between science, aesthetics, and religion. Particular emphasis is placed on the rationality of faith. Also listed as ELEN 217. Prerequisites: AMTH 106 (or an equivalent course in differential equations), and a basic familiarity with Matlab. Co-requisite: ELEN 160L. (4 units)

ELEN 160L. Laboratory for ELEN 160
Co-requisite: ELEN 160. (1 unit)

ELEN 161. Bioinstrumentation
Transducers and biosensors from traditional to nanotechnology; bioelectronics and measurement system design; interface between biological system and instrumentation; data analysis; clinical safety. Laboratory component will include traditional clinical measurements and design and test of a measurement system with appropriate transducers. (No human or animal subjects will be used.) Also listed as BIOE 161. Prerequisites: BIOE 10, BIOL 21 and ELEN 50. Co-requisite: ELEN 161L. (4 units)

ELEN 161L. Laboratory for ELEN 161
Also listed as BIOE 161L. Co-requisite: ELEN 161. (1 unit)

ELEN 162. BioSignals and Processing
Origin and characteristics of bioelectric, bio-optical, and bioacoustic signals generated from biological systems. Behavior and response of biological signals to stimulation. Acquisition and interpretation of signals. Signal processing methods include FFT spectral analysis and time-frequency analysis. Laboratory component will include modeling of signal generation and analysis of signals such as electrocardiogram (ECG) electromyogram (EMG), and vocal pressure waveforms. Also listed as BIOE 162. Prerequisites: AMTH 106, BIOE 10, and ELEN 50. Co-requisite: ELEN 162L. (4 units)

ELEN 162L. Laboratory for ELEN 162
Also listed as BIOE 162L. Co-requisite: ELEN 162. (1 unit)

ELEN 164. Introduction to Power Electronics*
Development of models utilizing semiconductor materials used in high-current and/ or high-voltage applications. Models include DC to DC converters, AC to DC converters, and DC to AC inverters. Analysis of power amplifiers. SPICE implementations of models. Prerequisite: ELEN 115. Co-requisite: 164L. (4 units)

ELEN 164L. Laboratory for ELEN 164
Co-requisite: ELEN 164. (1 unit)

ELEN 167. Medical Imaging Systems
Overview of medical imaging systems including senors and electrical interfaces for data acquisition, mathematical models of the relationship of structural and physiological information to sensor measurements, resolution and accuracy limits, and conversion process from electronic signals to image synthesis. Analysis of the specification and interaction of the functional units of imaging systems and the expected performance. Focus on MRI, CT, ultrasound, PET, and impedance imaging. Also listed as BIOE 167. Prerequisite: BIOE 162 or ELEN 162 or ELEN 110 or MECH 142. (4 units)

ELEN 180. Introduction to Information Storage
Storage hierarchy. Design of memory and storage devices, with a particular emphasis on magnetic disks and storage-class memories. Error detection, correction, and avoidance fundamentals. Disk arrays. Storage interfaces and buses. Network attached and distributed storage, interaction economy, and technological innovation. Also listed as COEN 180. Prerequisites: ELEN 21 or COEN 21, and COEN 20. COEN 122 recommended. (4 units)

ELEN 182. Energy Systems Design*
Introduction to alternative energy systems with emphasis on those utilizing solar technologies; system analysis including resources, extraction, conversion, efficiency, and end-use; project will design power system for a house off or on grid making best use of renewable energy; system design will include power needs, generation options, storage, back-up power. Prerequisite: ELEN 50. (4 units)

ELEN 183. Power Systems Analysis*
Analysis, design, and optimization of power systems for traditional and renewable power generation. Prerequisite: ELEN 100 or Physics 112. (4 units)

ELEN 188. Co-op Education
Practical experience in a planned program designed to give students work experience related to their academic field of study and career objectives. Satisfactory completion of the assignment includes preparation of a summary report on co-op activities. P/NP grading. May be taken twice. May not be taken for graduate credit. (2 units)

ELEN 189. Co-op Technical Report
Credit given for a technical report on a specific activity, such as a design or a research project, etc., after completing the co-op assignment. Approval of department co-op advisor required. Letter grades based on content and presentation quality of report. May be taken twice. May not be taken for graduate credit. (2 units)

ELEN 192. Introduction to Senior Design Project
Junior preparation for senior project. An introduction to project requirements and participation in the coordination of the senior conference. Tentative project selection. (2 units)

ELEN 194. Design Project I
Specification of an engineering project, selected with the mutual agreement of the student and the project advisor. Complete initial design with sufficient detail to estimate the effectiveness of the project. Initial draft of the project report. Co-requisite: ENGL 181. (2 units)

ELEN 195. Design Project II
Continued design and construction of the project, system, or device. Second draft of project report. Prerequisite: ELEN 194. (2 units)

ELEN 196. Design Project III
Continued design and construction of the project, system, or device. Final report. Prerequisite: ELEN 195. (1 unit)

ELEN 199. Directed Research/Reading
Investigation of an approved engineering problem and preparation of a suitable project report. Open to electrical engineering majors only. (1–6 units)

* Eligible for graduate credit in electrical engineering.

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