Major In Electronics

 

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

 

We are living in the electronics age and this area is attracting many students but due to intake limitations of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering most of the students are not getting a chance to study electronics. Through this programme we want to give them an opportunity and   furthermore, enhance the development of this area in the Caribbean region. Local industries are also looking for skilled manpower and this programme may be a solution to that. This offering will also serve the needs of the Ministry of Education. They have indicated on several occasions that electronics is a problematic area for students studying the CAPE syllabus and teachers are not competent enough in this area. Therefore through this programme we will be able to address this problem and produce competent Physics teachers.

This programme will be jointly run by the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the UWI St. Augustine campus. This programme will be offered to students intended to do major in Electronics independently or with major/minors in Physics or Computer Science or Information Technology or Mathematics.

Upon completion of the programme, students may be employed by telecommunication, automation, oil & gas, consumer and power industries. This programme will also give students a chance to pursue higher education in the Faculty of Engineering and provide an avenue to join the engineering main stream.

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

 

This main aim of the proposed programme is to create a skilled workforce in various areas of Electronics particularly Communication, Control and Integrated Electronics to support local telecommunication, petroleum, power, mass communication and automation industries. The objectives of the proposed new Major in Electronics are to:

  • Provide graduates with highly marketable specialist skills in the technological aspects of Communication, Control and Integrated Electronics.
  • Produce a graduate with the technical, scientific and communication skills for the understanding, operation, repair and maintenance of electronics equipment used in various local industries.
  • Produce professionals capable of converting a concept to reality, capable of providing technical services, expert advice and consultancy to local industries and government.
  • Prepare more competent teachers for providing better education in the Electronics aspects in the Physics syllabus at the CAPE level.
  • Provide an opportunity for Physics students to pursue a career in Electronics Engineering.
  • Prepare graduates who are capable of pursuing an advanced degree programme at the postgraduate level in science, engineering, or business.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 

CAPE Physics (Units I & II) AND Mathematics (Units I & II) or their equivalent.

 

PROGRAMME OF STUDY

 

The Major in Electronics will be comprised of 30 advanced credits. These credits will come from eight 3-credit theory courses and two 3-credit practical based courses. There are 9 core and 5 elective courses in the programme. Students will be allowed to choose any one elective out of five at level III. The practical courses will cover the contents taught in theory courses and a mini project. Courses with PHYS code will be offered by the Department of Physics whereas the courses with ECNG code will be offered by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at their respective places along with their normal programmes. The courses for this programme are listed below:

 

Prerequisites

 

Level I

 

Semester 1

Course Code
Course Title
Credits
COMP 1400 Programming I
3
MATH 1142 Calculus I
3

 

Semester 2

Course Code
Course Title
Credits
PHYS 1212 Introduction to Electricity & Magnetism and Modern Physics
3
MATH 1141 Introductory Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry
3

 

Students have to get 12 more level-I credits from the other courses offered by various faculties.

 

Core Courses (27 Credits)

 

Level II

 

Semester 1

Course Code
Course Title
Credits
PHYS 2401 Optoelectronics
3
PHYS 2150 Mathematics for Physicists
3

                                   

Semester 2

Course Code
Course Title
Credits
PHYS 2402 Digital Circuits and Logic Design
3
ECNG 2001 Communication System  I
3

 

Level III

 

Semester 1

Course Code
Course Title
Credits
PHYS 3201 Advance Electronics and Control Theory
3
ECNG- 3001 Communication Systems  II
3

PHYS 3202

(Year long)

Practical Electronics I  

 

Semester 2

Course Code
Course Title
Credits
PHYS 3203 Microprocessor and Modern Digital Design
3
PHYS 3204 Practical Electronics II 
3

 

 

Electives (any one, total 3 credits)

 

Level III

 

Semester 1

Course Code
Course Title
Credits
PHYS 3168 Medical Instrumentation
3
ECNG 3002 Data Communication Systems
3
ECNG 3025

Discrete Signal Processing 

(also offered in Semester II)

 

                                    

Semester 2

Course Code
Course Title
Credits
ECNG 3003 Telecommunication
3
ECNG 3019 Advance Control System Design
3

                                               

NB:

  • Students seeking admission into M. A. Sc. programme in Communication are advised to choose electives ECNG 3002 and ECNG 3003 as these two courses are prerequisite for M.A.Sc. in Communication.
  • Students seeking admission into M. A. Sc. programme in Control Systems are advised to choose elective ECNG 3019 as this course is prerequisite for M. A. Sc. in Control Systems.

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

 

LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: PHYS 2150
COURSE TITLE: MATHEMATICS FOR PHYSICISTS
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111, OR PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 and PHYS1216

* Students will be allowed to do this course with modified prerequisite i.e. PHYS 1212 (Introduction to Electricity & Magnetism and Modern Physics)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will introduce students to mathematical methods that will be used in advanced level Physics courses, as well as various applications in Physics. This course will focus on the following: Distribution functions, Sampling theory, Applications in Physics. Cartesian and Curvilinear Coordinate Systems, Vector Analysis, Complex Variable Theory, Fourier Series Analysis, Laplace and Fourier Transforms, Differential Equations (up to second order), and Applications of these methods in Physics. Through in-class discussions, and problem solving sessions, Students would have an opportunity to improve their ability to reason through challenging situations using basic principles to develop appropriate solutions. Assessment and evaluation is done in the form of in-course tests and a final examination

 

             

LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: PHYS 2401
COURSE TITLE: OPTOELECTRONICS
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: 

PHYS 1212

(Introduction to Electricity & Magnetism and Modern Physics)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of analog electronics. It begins with semiconductor theory and its application to various electronic and optoelectronic devices. Semiconductor diodes, zener diodes and bipolar junction transistors, their types, construction, related theory, I/V characteristics, biasing techniques, ac/dc analysis and their applications are studied.  Optoelectronics related to devices/systems such as light emitting diodes, laser diodes, optical detectors, fiber-optics and solar cells are discussed along with applications.  The course provides the fundamentals for other electronics courses in particular the course on PHYS xxxx - Advance Electronics and Control Theory for which it is the prerequisite. Assessment and evaluation is done in the form of in-course tests and a final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 2402
COURSE TITLE: DIGITAL CIRCUITS AND LOGIC DESIGN
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  PHYS 2401 (Optoelectronics)

             

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of digital electronic and logic circuit design. It covers basics of digital electronic i.e. logic gates, Boolean algebra, logic minimization & implementation, logic families, number systems, binary codes and binary arithmetic. Combinational and sequential logic circuit design fundamentals are explained along with their applications. Various type of registers and counters along with design steps and applications are also covered in this course. As such it provides building blocks for the other courses in particular the course on Modern Digital Design and Microprocessor for which it is the prerequisite. Assessment and evaluation is done in the form of in-course tests and a Final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: ECNG 2001
COURSE TITLE: COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS I
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: 

ECNG 2011 Signals and Systems & ECNG 2013

Mathematics for Electrical Engineers II

 * Students will be allowed to do this course with modified prerequisite i.e PHYS 2150 (Mathematics for Physicists)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is the introductory course in Communications in the Department. It establishes the technical foundation for the topic by introducing the fundamentals of communications and exploring the common principles that underpin communications systems. The course provides a detailed treatment of amplitude modulation (AM) techniques (such as conventional AM, double-sideband suppressed carrier AM, and single sideband AM) as well as that of angle modulation techniques (i.e., frequency modulation and phase modulation) in the presence of additive white Gaussian noise. Once these communication principles are well established, the course illustrates their application to a representative set of analog communication systems. This course will be assessed through simulation exercises, in-course examination, group project and a final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3201
COURSE TITLE: ADVANCE ELECTRONICS AND CONTROL THEORY
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  PHYS 2401 (Optoelectronics)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course deals with two major areas of electronics. First part deals with the advance analog electronics and covers the concept of feedback, feedback amplifiers, multivibrators, differential amplifiers, operational amplifiers; related theory and their applications. Second part deals with control theory and explores modeling, analysis and design of feedback control systems using classical approach. This course builds foundation for the course ECNG 3019 - Advance Control System Design and prepares students for automation industry.  This course will be assessed through in-course assignments and a final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: ECNG 3001
COURSE TITLE: COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS II
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  ECNG 2001 Communication Systems I

                   

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Digital communications is the primary means of electronic communications today, enjoying tremendous levels of reach around the world. ECNG 3001 Communications II provides students with the basic theoretical tools required for the modeling, analysis and design of digital communication systems. It begins with a brief review of analog communication systems and an overview of digital communication systems. The course then explores the key principles which underlie the characterization of information sources and the basic techniques employed in processing analog and digital information signals for transmission. Considerations for the digital transmission of information over various media are explored. Digital signal reception and detection techniques are introduced. The course closes with a concise treatment of the overall design of a basic digital communication system. This course is assessed through a design project and a final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: I & II (YEAR-LONG)
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3202
COURSE TITLE: PRACTICAL ELECTRONICS - I
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  PHYS 2401 (Optoelectronics) and

PHYS 2402 (Digital Circuit and Logic Design)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This laboratory course addresses the practical component of the Electronics Minor and covers all topic areas taught in four courses of the minor. This course provides the necessary practical knowledge in the field of basic as well as advance analog and digital electronics. The purpose of this laboratory course is to give students hands-on experience and to allow them to test the principles which they learn from the theoretical components of the courses. The students will be expected to perform the laboratory exercises and collect their data and depending on the complexity of the exercise will submit the written report at the end of the exercise or submit it the following week for assessment.

 

 

LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3203
COURSE TITLE: MICROPROCESSOR AND MODERN DIGITAL DESIGN
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  PHYS 2402 (Digital Circuits and Logic Design)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is one of the five courses that we offer at Physics Department as a part of the minor in Electronics and is an extension of the course Digital Circuits and Logic Design (PHYS xxxx) taught in Semester I. The main objective is to build strong foundation for the students in the area of modern digital electronics and microprocessors fundamentals and to expose them to the entire digital systems design process from gate level to system level. An overview of advanced digital system design technologies and industrial grade Electronics Design and Automation (EDA) tools is provided to develop skilled manpower in the highly demanding area of System- On- Chip Design and to encourage entrepreneurship. This course will be assessed through in-course assignments and a final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3204
COURSE TITLE: PRACTICAL ELECTRONICS II
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  PHYS 3201 (Advance Electronics and Control Theory) and ECNG 2001

                                                

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This laboratory based course consists of advance level laboratory exercises and mini project from analog & digital communication and control systems. Laboratory experiments covering topic areas of the courses ECNG 2001 –Communication System –I, ECNG 3001 - Communication Systems–II and PHYS xxxx - Advance Electronics and Control Theory will be performed. The purpose of this experimental based laboratory course is to give students hands-on experience and to allow them to test the principles which they learn from the theoretical components of the courses. The students will be expected to perform the laboratory exercises and collect their data and depending on the complexity of the exercise will submit the written report at the end of the exercise or submit it the following week for assessment.

 

 

LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3168
COURSE TITLE: MEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: 

PHYS 1110 and PHYS 1111 OR PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212,  PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 and PHYS 1216

*  Students with PHYS 1212 (Introduction to Electricity & Magnetism and Modern Physics) will also be allowed to do this course.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The topics covered in this course address not only the principles, uses and design of medical devices, instrumentation and systems but also the various hardware, tools, and test equipment used in today’s medical environment. Through in-class discussions, problem-solving sessions and projects the student will be given the opportunity to improve the ability to reason through challenging situations in modern healthcare. This course will be assessed through in-course assignments and a final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: ECNG 3002
COURSE TITLE: DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  NONE

  

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

ECNG 3002 explores the organization and operation of contemporary data networks by presenting fundamental principles and applying these to the architecture of the global Internet. It begins by identifying applications and requirements of data communication and exploring network structure and architecture. It distinguishes between the communication of data between a pair of computers and across a network of computers. Current standards, including the OSI and TCP/IP reference models are investigated. Once layered network architecture is established a top down approach is employed, investigating the functions, implementation and performance of the Application, Transport, Network, Data Link and Physical Layers. This course will be assessed through practical/laboratory based coursework and a final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: I/II/Summer
COURSE CODE: ECNG 3025
COURSE TITLE: DISCRETE SIGNAL PROCESSING
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  NONE

                   

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In this course, we will examine the techniques of discrete-time signal processing and digital signal processing, investigate the development of digital FIR and IIR filters, study the Discrete-time Fourier Transform and in particular, a numerical, efficient version called the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and use the FFT to carry out spectral analysis of some sample signals. We will also examine some Digital Signal Processors which are specialized microprocessors created for the sole purpose of performing numerical calculations. This course will be assessed through in-course exam and a final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: ECNG 3003
COURSE TITLE: TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORKS
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  NONE

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

ECNG 3003 is a capstone course in contemporary telecommunications networks and technologies. Assuming prior understanding of fundamental communications including coding, modulation and error analysis, the course starts by dismantling the telecommunications network into its transmission, switching/routing, access and signaling network subsystems. Key technologies used in each sub network are explored, paying particular attention to those that facilitate the delivery of voice service over circuit switched networks. The course identifies the benefits, requirements, and challenges of transporting various traffic types on a single, converged network. The example of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is explored in detail and its implementation and performance compared to that of traditional circuit switched voice service. This course will be assessed through practical based coursework, in-course exam. and a final examination.

 

 

LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: ECNG 3019
COURSE TITLE: ADVANCED CONTROL SYSTEMS DESIGN
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:  ECNG 2009 (Control Systems)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course first reviews the typical techniques for classical control analysis and design as covered in earlier undergraduate study such as Bode plots, Nyquist, Root Locus etc. Control System Development such as lead/lag compensator design methods are comprehensively reviewed with continuous time approach first covered. After the fundamentals of digital control implementation are introduced, these classical control design methods are revisited in a digital/hybrid system development context. The second part of the course focuses on the introduction to modern control strategy using state space system analysis and development. State space representation, State diagrams, Canonical forms of system representation, controllability and observability as well as observer design are all introduced. This course will be assessed through in-course exam and a final examination.

 

* Students will be allowed to do this course with modified prerequisite i.e. PHYS 3201 (Advance Electronics and Control Theory)

 

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