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COMMUNICATIONS
Textbook examples:
Rodger E. Ziemer and William H. Tranter
Principles of Communications
Wiley; 6th edition (December 10, 2008)
B.P. Lathi and Zhi Ding
Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems
Oxford University Press; Fourth Edition (January 23, 2009)
Typically covered in a course such as:
EE 4501  Communications Systems (fall, every year)
Systems for transmission/reception of digital/analog information. Characteristics/design
of wired/wireless communication systems. Baseband, digital, and carrierbased
techniques. Modulation. Coding. Electronic noise and its effects on design/performance.
SIGNAL PROCESSING
Textbook examples:
Alan V. Oppenheim and Ronald W. Schafer
Digital Signal Processing
Prentice Hall, 1975
Alan V. Oppenheim and Ronald W. Schafer
DiscreteTime Signal Processing
Prentice Hall, Third Edition (August 28, 2009)
Typically covered in a course such as:
EE 4541  Digital Signal Processing (fall, spring, summer, every year)
Review of linear discrete time systems and sampled/digital signals. Fourier analysis,
discrete/fast Fourier transforms. Interpolation/decimation. Design of analog, infinite
impulse response, and finite impulse response filters. Quantization effects.
CONTROLS
Textbook examples:
Gene Franklin, J.D. Powell, and Abbas EmamiNaeini
Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems
Prentice Hall, 2005
Farid Golnaraghi and Benjamin C. Kuo
Automatic Control Systems
Wiley, Ninth Edition (July 7, 2009)
Typically covered in a course such as:
EE 4231  Linear Control Systems: Designed by Input/Output Methods (fall, every year)
Modeling, characteristics, and performance of feedback control systems. Stability, root
locus, and frequency response methods. Digital implementation, hardware considerations.
ANALOG AND DIGITAL ELECTRONICS
Textbook examples:
Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith
Microelectronic Circuits Revised Edition
Oxford University Press, USA; 5 Har/Cdr edition (August 30, 2007)
Paul R. Gray, Paul J. Hurst, Steven Lewis, and Robert G. Meyer
Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits
John Wiley & Sons Inc; 5 edition (April 30, 2009)
Typically covered in a course such as:
EE 3115  Analog and Digital Electronics (fall, spring, summer, every year)
Feedback amplifiers. Stability and compensation. Oscillators. Internal structure of
operational amplifiers. Switching active devices. BJT and FET logic gates.
Sequential circuits. Designing complex digital circuits.
SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS
Textbook examples:
David A. Neaman
Semiconductor Physics and Devices
(McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2002)
Robert F. Pierret
Advanced Semiconductor Fundamentals
Prentice Hall; Second Edition (August 19, 2002)
Typically covered in a course such as:
EE 5163  Semiconductor Properties and Devices I (fall, every year)
Principles/properties of semiconductor devices. Selected topics in semiconductor
materials, statistics, and transport. Aspects of transport in pn junctions,
heterojunctions.
SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES
Textbook example:
Robert F. Pierret
Semiconductor Device Fundamentals
AddisonWesley; Second Edition (April 12, 1996)
Typically covered in a course such:
EE 3161  Semiconductor Devices (fall, spring, every year)
Elementary semiconductor physics; physical description of pn junction diodes,
bipolar junction transistors, fieldeffect transistors.
OPTICS
Textbook example:
Amnon Yariv and Pochi Yeh
Photonics: Optical Electronics in Modern Communications
Oxford University Press, 1997, Chapters 16 and 9 inclusive
Typically covered in a course such as:
EE 5624  Optical Electronics (fall, every year)
Fundamentals of lasers, including propagation of Gaussian beams, optical resonators,
and theory of laser oscillation. Polarization optics, electrooptic, acoustooptic modulation,
nonlinear optics, phase conjugation.
FIELDS AND TRANSMISSION LINES
Textbook example:
Fawaz Ullaby, Pearson
Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics
Prentice Hall; Fifth edition (September 10, 2006)
Typically covered in a course such as:
EE 3601  Transmission Lines, Fields, and Waves (fall, spring, summer, every year)
Properties of transmission lines, electrostatics, magnetostatics, and electromagnetic
waves in unbounded space. Guides, cavities, radiation theory, antennas.
POWER SYSTEMS AND POWER ELECTRONICS
Textbook Examples:
Ned Mohan
First Course on Power Systems
MNPERE, 2009 edition
Available through the University Bookstore
Ned Mohan
First Course on Power Electronics
MNPERE, 2009 edition
Available through the University Bookstore
Typically covered in courses such as EE4721 and EE 4741 Power Electronics
(question will cover material from both courses).
EE 4721  Introduction to Power System Analysis (fall, every year) AC power
systems. Large power system networks. Mathematics/techniques of power flow
analysis. Shortcircuit analysis, transient stability analysis. Use of power system
simulation program for design.
EE 4741  Power Electronics (fall, every year)
Switchmode power electronics. Switchmode DC power supplies. Switchmode
converters for DC and AC motor drives, wind/photovoltaic inverters, interfacing
power electronics equipment with utility system. Power semiconductor devices,
magnetic design, electromagnetic interference (EMI). Integral lab.
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
Syllabus:
Basic graph/numerical algorithms. Algorithms and data structures for logiclevel
and highlevel synthesis, optimization and verification. Physicaldesign algorithms.
Basic electrical lements/devices and their equations. Modified Nodal Analysis
nonlinear differential equation formulations. NewtonRaphson algorithm. DC and
AC analyses.
Textbook examples:
Sabih H. Gerez
Algorithms for VLSI Design Automation
1998, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 0471984892?
L.O. Chua and P.M. Lin
Computeraided Analysis of Electronic Circuits: Algorithms and Computational
Techniques
Prentice Hall, 1975.
ISBN: 9780131654150
Typically covered in courses such as:
EE 2011  Linear Systems and Circuits (spring, summer, every year)
Elements of signals and of linear system analysis. Timedomain modeling of
linear systems by differential equations. Laplace and Fourier domain modeling/
analysis. High frequency models of diodes/transistors. Frequency response of
amplifiers. Design of electronic filters. Multistage amplifiers.
EE 3015  Signals and Systems (fall, spring, every year)
Basic techniques for analysis/design of signal processing, communications,
and control systems. Time/frequency models, Fourierdomain representations,
modulation. Discretetime/digital signal/system analysis. Z transform. State models,
stability, feedback.
EE 3161  Semiconductor Devices (fall, spring, every year)
Elementary semiconductor physics; physical description of pn junction diodes,
bipolar junction transistors, fieldeffect transistors.
The syllabus for the CAD WPE is also covered in the introductory graduatelevel
CAD course sequence:
EE 5301  VLSI Design Automation I (fall, spring, offered periodically)
Basic graph/numerical algorithms. Algorithms for logic/highlevel synthesis.
Simulation algorithms at logic/circuit level. Physicaldesign algorithms.
EE 5302  VLSI Design Automation II (3.0 cr; Prereq[spring, every year).
(Only material taught in the first 8 weeks of class is relevant to the CAD WPE)
Basic algorithms, computational complexity. Highlevel synthesis. Test generation.
Power estimation. Timing optimization. Current topics.
COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
Textbook examples:
David J. Lilja and Sachin S. Saptnekar
Designing Digital Computer Systems with Verilog
Cambridge University Press; First Edition (November 5, 2007)
AND
David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy
Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface
Morgan Kaufmann Publisher; Fourth edition (October, 2008)
Typically covered in a course such as:
EE 4363  Computer Architecture and Machine Organization
Introduction to computer architecture. Aspects of computer systems, such as pipelining,
memory hierarchy, and input/output systems. Performance metrics. Examination of each
component of a complicated computer system.
DIGITAL DESIGN
Textbook examples:
Charles H. Roth, Jr. and Larry L. Kinney
Fundamentals of Logic Design
Thomson Engineering; Sixth edition (March 13, 2009)
AND
Sunggu Lee
Advanced Digital Logic Design Using Verilog, State Machines, and Synthesis for FPGAs
Delmar Publishing; First edition (March 16, 2005)
[The questions will be related to design concepts but not to the specifics of any hardware
description language.]
Typically covered in courses such as:
EE 2301  Introduction to Digital System Design
Boolean algebra, logic gates, combinational logic, logic simplification, sequential logic,
design of synchronous sequential logic, VHDL modeling, design of logic circuits.
Integral lab.
EE 4301  Digital Design with Programmable Logic
Introduction to system design and simulation. Design using VHDL code and synthesis.
Emulation using VHDL code.
MAGNETICS
Textbook example:
Robert C. O'Handley
Modern Magnetic Materials
WileyInterscience, (November 1999)
Typically covered in a course such as:
EE 5653  Physical Principles of Magnetic Materials
Physics of diamagnetism, paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism,
ferrimagnetism; ferromagnetic phenomena; static and dynamic theory of micromagnetics,
magnetooptics, and magnetization dynamics; magnetic material applications.