ELEC 470: ABET Course Objectives and Outcomes

ABET program outcomes that we must meet

Course objectives:

Students finishing this course will understand the basic principles that are used in the analysis and design of analog and digital communication systems. They will also work in small teams to learn about current issues in the rapidly changing field of communications, and each team will report their findings to the class.

Course outcomes:

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to

  1. explain the difference between analog and digital communication systems, and compare their respective advantages and disadvantages.
    (a, e)

  2. explain the meaning and significance of the following: Shannon's channel capacity theorem, superheterodyne receiver, multiplexing and multiple access.
    (a, c)

  3. apply signal and system analysis tools in the time and frequency domains, including impulse response, convolution, frequency response, Fourier series, Fourier transform, and Hilbert transform.
    (a, k)

  4. apply Fourier analysis to quantify the bandwidth requirements of a variety of analog and digital modulation methods.
    (a, c)

  5. use Matlab to analyze discrete-time signal data, including fast Fourier transform (FFT) analysis, digital filter design and computation, and analog modulation/demodulation.
    (a, k, m)

  6. design system-level block diagrams to recover message signals from the following analog modulation formats: amplitude modulation (AM with carrier), double-sideband (DSB), single-sideband (SSB), quadrature-amplitude modulation (QAM), and frequency modulation (FM).
    (a, c, e)

  7. use the sampling theorem to quantify the fundamental relationships between channel "bandwidth" (in hertz), digital symbol rate, and bit rate (in bits/sec).
    (a, e)

  8. prepare and deliver an oral presentation about a topic of current interest in the field of communications.
    (g, h, i, j)