ENGIN112 - Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
Syllabus - Summer 2014
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This course covers theoretical and practical topics of the operation of digital electronic circuits, a ubiquitous and critically important foundation for the ECE discipline. Binary data representation, Boolean algebra, combinational and sequential logic, and abstraction of standard design components are introduced to discuss the design and analysis of digital circuit designs. A discussion and software lab component reemphasize these concepts with examples and practical applications.
After taking this course, you will be able to design and analyze digital electronic circuits. In the process, you will learn how Boolean algebra forms the theoretical foundation on which these circuits are built. You will learn how information can be represented in a digital system and what common logic functions are used to process it. You will learn how memory components expand the functionality the behavior of digital circuits. You will learn to use software tools that will aid you in the process of design and analysis of these circuits. Most importantly, you will see how circuits can be aggregated into larger components that allow more complex designs. You will experience the convergence of these goals at the end of the semester when we discuss the functionality of a simple microprocessor.
There are three types of class meetings that will be held for ENGIN 112:
The different components of ENGIN 112 are designed to provide ample opportunity for you to clarify reading assignments, ask questions, and practice your skills. You are encouraged to seek any additional help you need from the instructors and TA’s during their office hours.
Your final grade will be derived from your performance in three areas:
The final grade will be norm-referenced (i.e., graded “on a curve”) with the following weighting:
You are encouraged to track your scores on Umass Moolde to ensure that you have received the appropriate credit for each of your assignments and exams. No extra credit or “make-up” assignments will be given (with exception to the cases stated in the examination policy below).
Attendance and Punctuality
You are expected to attend the all of the lectures as well as the discussion sections for which you are enrolled. Attendance at the scheduled lab sessions in which you are enrolled are mandatory. You are expected to come to lectures, examinations, discussion sections, and laboratory sections on time; arriving late and/or leaving early is disrespectful and disrupts the entire class.
Communication with Instructors
E-mail will be the preferred mode of indirect communication. All e-mails regarding questions or comments on lectures, discussions, homeworks/solutions, exams and gradesshould be sent to both Professor Vouvakis (e-mail one instructor and copy (cc) the other). To facilitate prompted responds, e-mails should use clear subjects, using have the following subject format: engin112 - <meaningful subject goes here>. E-mail communications with TAs or UIAs may not include the instructors.
Homework problems are critically important for understanding and reinforcing the course material. Homework assignments, consisting primarily of problems from the Mano text, will be assigned weekly and posted on UMass Amherst Moodle along with the due dates. Homework assignments will be due online on the posted due dates. Late homework will not be accepted.
There will be two midterm exams:
Examinations can be made up only in the case of excused absences, as defined in the UMass Code of Student Conduct (http://www.umass.edu/dean_students/codeofconduct/) and if both instructors (Prof. Vouvakis and Prof. Siqueira) are notified in a timely fashion (in advance). An unexcused absence at an exam will constitute a failure of the exam. Cheating will not be tolerated, and will be handled in accordance with the UMass policy on Academic Honesty (http://www.umass.edu/ombuds/honesty.php/).