(Required for CSE, CpE and EE.)
Catalog Data:

EECS 159A SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT I (Credit Units: 3) Teaches problem definition, detailed design, integration, and testability with teams of students specifying, designing, building, and testing complex systems. Lectures include engineering values, discussions, and ethical ramifications of engineering decisions. Prerequisite: EECS 113 or EECS 170C or CSE 145A or COMPSCI 145A. Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. . (Design units: 3)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
Pai Chou
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to specify and design a computer-based system.

2. Understand and apply the system design process, including requirements analysis, specifications, and detailed design documentation.

3. Consider design constraints including manufacturability, testability, and maintainability.

4. Apply commodity and standards-based components to their design through ability to understand API documentation and part data sheets for interfacing.

5. Consider ethical, social, health, safety, and environmental impacts of their designs.

6. Understand how industry mandates continuing education to ensure that designers will be able to address contemporary issues.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Understanding of topics in microelectronics, including device characteristics, simple analog and digital subcircuits, and large-scale multi-transistor analog and mixed-signal electronic systems.
  • Understanding of mathematical foundations of discrete-time and continuous-time signals and systems.
  • Understanding of basic engineering electromagnetics, including electromagnetic fields, Maxwell's equations, and plane wave propagation, reflection, & transmission.
Lecture Topics:


Class Schedule:

Meets for 1 hour of lecture, 1 hour of discussion and 3 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

PSPICE, AUTOCAD, MATLAB, ADS available on either PC or UNIX.

Laboratory Projects:

As specified for individual projects.

Professional Component

This part of capstone design experience for seniors in the Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science & Engineering programs. Student enrolled in this course will use their cumulative knowledge gained from other courses to design their teams projects.

Design Content Description

As specified for individual projects.

Lectures: 0%
Laboratory Portion: 100%
Grading Criteria:

In-Progress grading. Final course grade is based on performance in both EECS 159A and EECS 159B. Final cumulative grade for this 2-quarter sequence is given in EECS 159B. * Efficacy of design proposal and simulation results during first quarter (EECS159A): 20% * Simulation results (EECS159A): 20% * Testing/measurement of design (EECS159B): 50% * Final oral presentation (EECS159B): 10% * Total 100%

Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 10, 2018
Senate Approved:
December 3, 2014
Approved Effective:
2017 Spring Qtr