BS in Electronics & Communications Engineering 

Sample Four Year Study Plan

Freshman Year, First Semester
Code Course Title Cr
PHYS 110 University Physics I 3
PHYS 111 University Physics I Lab 1
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGR 107 Introduction to Engineering 2
MATH 113 Calculus I 4
UNIV 100 University First-Year Transition 1
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I  3
CHEM 212 General Chemistry I Lab 1
Total   18
Sophomore Year, First Semester
Code Course Title Cr
ECEN 280 Electric Circuit Analysis I  3
ECEN 281 Electric Circuits Analysis I Lab 1
UAES 200 Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies 3
MATH 203 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 213 Calculus III 3
PHYS 222 University Physics III 3
PHYS 223 University Physics III Lab 1
Total   17
Sophomore Year, Second Semester
Code Course Title Cr
ECEN 220 Signal and Systems I  3
ECEN 221 Signal and Systems I Lab 1
ECEN 282 Electric Circuit Analysis II  3
ECEN 283 Electric Circuit Analysis II Lab  1
STAT 346 Probability for Engineers 3
MATH 214 Elementary Differential Equations 3
PHIL 100
or
ENGL 200
Critical Thinking and Reasoning  or
Advanced Composition
3
Total 17
 Junior Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
ECEN 320 Signal and Systems II 3
ECEN 321 Signal and Systems II Lab  0
ECEN 331 Digital System Design 3
ECEN 332 Digital Systems Design Lab  1
ECEN 333 Linear Electronics I  3
ECEN 334 Linear Electronics I Lab 1
ECEN 360 Random Signal and Noise 3
Total 15
Junior Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
Code Course Title Cr
ECEN 305 Electromagnetic Theory 3
ECEN 431 Digital Circuit Design  3
ECEN 433 Linear Electronics II  3
ECEN 460 Communications Systems 3
UNIV 200 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability 3
Total   15
 Junior Year, Summer Semester
Code Course Title Cr
ENGR 390 Internship 3
Total 3
 Senior Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
GEN ED Social & Behavioral Science (ECON 103) 3
ECEN 434 Linear Electronics II Lab  1
ECEN 462 Data and Computer Communications 3
ECEN 492 Senior Design Project I  2
  Technical Elective I 3
  Technical Elective II 3
Total   15
Senior Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
Code Course Title Cr
ECEN 464 Digital Communication Systems  3
ECEN 491 Engineering Seminar 1
ECEN 493 Senior Design Project II  4
ECEN 461 Communication Systems Lab 1
  Technical Elective III 3
  Technical Elective IV 3
Total   15
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PHYS 110 - (SCPH 110) University Physics I

Co-requisites: PHYS 111

This is a calculus-based physics course covering the fundamental principles of mechanics. It concentrates on the conservation of energy, the particle motion, the collisions, the rotation of solid bodies, simple machines and on the fluid mechanics. The focus lies on the resolution of one and twodimensional mechanical problems.

PHYS 111 - (SCPH 111) University Physics I Lab

Co-requisites: PHYS 110

This course is intended to be taken with Physics 110. It primarily includes experiments on classical mechanics. Particular emphasis is placed on laboratory technique, data collection and analysis and on reporting.

ENGL 101 - Composition

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 099 or passing English Placement Test

English 101 provides students with intensive practice in drafting, revising, and editing expository essays for an academic audience. Using logical, rhetorical, and linguistic structures in their writing, students also develop their ability to think creatively, critically, and independently. Throughout the course, students engage in reading texts, evaluating sources, using their reading to form their own opinions, preparing research papers, and employing the MLA documentation style to avoid plagiarism.

ENGR 107 Introduction to Engineering

Co-requisite: Math Placement Test score qualifying student for MATH 113

Introduces engineering profession fundamentals and problem solving. Topics include description of engineering disciplines, functions of the engineer, professionalism, ethics and registration, problem solving and representation of technical information, estimation and approximations, and analysis and design.

MATH 113 - Calculus I

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 095/105, or appropriate score on Math Placement test

The concept of derivative (instantaneous rate of change) is an essential factor in solving real-world problems. One of the objectives of this course is to understand the conceptual foundation of derivative, and learn different techniques of computing the derivative, as well as learning how to apply it to solve real-world problems. Another objective is to understand the concept of integration and learn basic integration technique.

UNIV 100 - University First-Year Transition

Students in this course transition to university life by focusing on academic adjustment, by developing decision-making skills, and by learning about services and opportunities for involvement. Although all classes have a core body of knowledge, each class specializes in a particular aspect of university life.

CHEM 211 - General Chemistry I 

This course covers the foundations of chemical concepts: basic facts and principles of chemistry, including atoms, molecules, ions, chemical reactions, gas theory, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, molecular geometry, and states of matter.

CHEM 212 - General Chemistry I Lab

Co-requisite: CHEM 211

This course provides laboratory techniques to accompany General Chemistry I

ARAB 101 Beginner Level Arabic and Culture for non-Native Learners I

Pre-requisite: None

Beginner Level Arabic Language and Culture 1 is the first in a four-course beginner and intermediate Arabic language sequence specifically tailored to the needs of non-native Arabic language students in the English and Mass Communication Programs (though any non-native learner of Arabic may enroll). This course introduces the student to the Arabic alphabet and the basics of reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Instruction in the language is enriched by reference to cultural themes and visits to sites of cultural importance.

ARAB 110 - Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

Arabic literature has developed many traditions though originating from a common source. The course is an introduction to representative texts from contemporary Arab writers, and their connections with the traditions of the past. The method is comparative, with a study of literary, political social and religious aspects, as well as the application of a theoretical framework of analysis.

CSCI 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 113

This course introduces students to computers and programming languages and more specifically the C++ language. Besides, students learn to use computer programming as a problem-solving tool. The topics covered include basic operations, data types, input/output, selection statements, control structures, arrays, functions, and strings.

CSCI 113 - Introduction to Computer Programming Lab

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 112

This course introduces the use of computer programming as a problem-solving tool in laboratory environment. Topics in procedural programming include, simple data types, input/output, selection statements, control loops, testing, debugging, and programming environments.

MATH 114 - Calculus II

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 113

This course covers techniques and applications of integration, transcendental functions, infinite sequences and series and parametric equations.

PHYS 220 - (SCPH 220) University Physics II

Pre-requisite: PHYS 110
Co-requisite: PHYS 221

This second calculus-based physics course includes a detailed study of the fundamental principles of classical electricity and magnetism, as well as an introduction to electromagnetic waves. The course’s focus targets the resolution of dc- and alternating circuits.

PHYS 221 - (SCPH 221) University Physics II Lab

Co-requisites: PHYS 220

This course is intended to accompany Physics 220. It includes experiments on electricity, magnetism and RLC circuits. Particular emphasis is placed on three aspects of experimentation: laboratory technique, data analysis (including the treatment of statistical and systematic errors) and written communication of experimental procedures and results.

MEST 100 - Introduction to Islam in World Culture 

The course provides an introduction to the basic sources and historical contexts for the origins of Islam; some of the basic spiritual principles expressed in those sources; the contexts and practices that exemplify the spiritual principles; contributions Islam has made to civilization and to the political, social and cultural identity of the UAE. It will illustrate the concept of Islamic studies through a global, interdisciplinary and comparative approach and examine contemporary global and local issues that impact and are impacted by Islamic culture.

ECEN 280 - Electric Circuit Analysis I (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 220

Basic circuit concepts and DC analysis, circuit analysis techniques, circuit theories, fundamental operation of operational amplifiers and their applications, transient and steady state analysis of RL, RC, and RLC circuits and basic AC analysis.

ECEN 281 - Electric Circuit Analysis I Lab (1:0:3)

Co-requisite(s): ECEN 280 or MENG 231

Laboratory course to accompany ECEN 280. In this course, students will experimentally verify circuit analysis concepts under DC excitation and transient response. They will use different measurement instruments and build DC electric circuits.

UAES 200 - Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies
1 Semester Credit Hour

This course presents the UAE from multiple perspectives in an attempt to expose the students to the distinct qualities of the UAE. The purpose of this course is to give students a broad, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive introduction to key features and issues in the UAE’s historical, cultural, political and economic landscapes. (Writing Intensive Course)

MATH 203 - Linear Algebra

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 113

This course covers systems of linear equations, linear independence, linear transformations, inverse of a matrix, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and diagonalization.

MATH 213 - Calculus III

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114

This course covers partial differentiation, multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, and threedimensional analytic geometry.

PHYS 222 - (SCPH 222) University Physics III

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 220
Co-requisite: PHYS 223

This course covers important theoretical bases and experiments that support the development of modern physics with applications in various technological and scientific fields. Topics include physical optics, thermodynamics, special relativity, quantum physics, atomic and molecular physics and nuclear physics. The course’s focus is on applications that have led to key discoveries.

PHYS 223 - (SCPH 223) University Physics III Lab

Prerequisites: PHYS 221;
Co-requisite: PHYS 222.

This course is intended to be taken with Physics 222. It includes experiments on optics, thermodynamics and atomic physics. Particular emphasis is placed on three aspects of experimentation: laboratory technique (including both the execution and the documentation of an experiment); data analysis (including the treatment of statistical and systematic errors, as well as computer-aided analysis of experimental data); and written communication of experimental procedures and results.

ECEN 220 - Signal and Systems I (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 113
Co-requisite(s): ECEN 221

Introduction to methods of representing continuous-time signals and systems, and interaction between signals and systems. Analysis of signals and systems through differential equations and transform methods; Laplace and Fourier transforms; frequency response of systems; stability in time and frequency domains. Presents application examples from communications, circuits, control, and signal processing.

ECEN 221 - Signal and Systems I Lab (1:0:3)

Co-requisite(s): ECEN 220

Laboratory course to accompany ECEN 220. In this course, the student will acquire hands-on experience with programming in MATLAB. Topics include representation of different signals, system linearity and time invariance, analysis of a first - order system, implementing matched filter for Barker codes, response of second - order systems and damping ratio, synthesis periodic signals.

ECEN 282 - Electric Circuit Analysis II (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 280

Review of AC sinusoidal circuit analysis with active and reactive power. Covers magnetically coupled inductors and ideal transformers, three phase circuits, Laplace transform, application of Laplace transform in circuit analysis, passive and active filter analysis and design, two port networks.

ECEN 283 - Electric Circuit Analysis II Lab (1:0:3)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 281
Co-requisite(s): ECEN 282

Laboratory course to accompany ECEN 282. In this course, students will experimentally verify circuit analysis concepts under steady state AC excitation. They will use different measurement instruments and build AC electric circuits.

STAT 346 - Probability for Engineers

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114

The course introduces principles of statistics and probability for undergraduate students in Engineering. The course covers the basic concepts of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, probability distributions, expected values, joint probability distributions, and independence. The course also covers statistical methods and topics including data summary and description techniques, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.

MATH 214 - Elementary Differential Equations

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114

This course covers first-order ODEs, higher-order ODEs, Laplace transforms, linear systems, nonlinear systems, numerical approximations, and modeling.

PHIL 100 - Critical Thinking and Reasoning 

This introduction to basic principles of reasoning and critical thinking enhances the learner’s abilities to evaluate various forms of reasoning in everyday life and in academic disciplines. The course explores such topics as inductive and deductive reasoning, the nature and function of definitions, fallacy types, statistic use and misuse, and the rudiments of logic.

ENGL 200 (ENGL 302) Advanced Composition

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours and credit for ENGL 101 (Completion of 45 credits)

This course builds on the general college-level writing skills and strategies students have acquired in earlier courses, and prepares them to do advanced level analysis and writing specifically within their major field and their possible future workplaces.

ECEN 320 - Signal and Systems II (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 220 and MATH 203.
Co-requisite(s): ECEN 321

Methods of representing and analyzing discrete-time signals and systems. Studies effects of converting from continuous-time to discrete time, and presents Z-transform as convenient analysis tool. Emphasizes powerful concept of frequency response of systems developed in first semester. Studies random signals in continuous and discrete time. Presents application examples from communications, circuits, control, and signal processing.

ECEN 321 - Signal and Systems II Lab (1:0:3)

Co-requisite(s): ECEN 320

Laboratory course to accompany ECEN 320. In this course, the student will acquire hands-on experience with programming in MATLAB. The experiments cover sound signals processing using MATLAB, smoothing data, difference equations, and discrete time Fourier transform.

ECEN 331 - Digital System Design (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 220
Co-requisite(s): ECEN 332

This course covers principles of digital logic and digital system design. Topics include number systems; Boolean algebra; analysis, design, and minimization of combinational logic circuits; analysis and design of synchronous and asynchronous finite state machines; and an introduction to VHDL and behavioral modeling of combinational and sequential circuits.

ECEN 332 - Digital Systems Design Lab (1:0:3)

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 220
Co-requisite(s): ECEN 331

Laboratory course to accompany ECEN 331. In this course, the student will acquire hands-on experience with basic logic components, combinational and sequential logic circuits and the use of VHDL.

ECEN 333 - Linear Electronics I (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 280

Principles of operation and application of electron devices and linear circuits. Topics include semiconductor properties, diodes, bipolar and field effect transistors, biasing, amplifiers, frequency response, operational amplifiers and analog design.

ECEN 334 - Linear Electronics I Lab (1:0:3)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 281
Co-requisite(s): ECEN 333.

Laboratory course to accompany ECEN 333. In this course, the student will acquire hands-on experience with basic Electronic components and circuits. Topics covered include: Semiconductor diodes, rectification, Zener diodes, BJT and FET transistors and Amplifiers.

ECEN 360 - Random Signal and Noise (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): STAT 346 and ECEN 220.

Introduction to set theory, probability, random variables and random processes. Modelling various types of noise encountered in communication systems as random processes. Analyzing the system response in the presence of random noise processes and calculating the power spectral density.

ECEN 305 - Electromagnetic Theory (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 220 and MATH 214

Course uses vector algebra and vector calculus. Covers topics related to electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, electric and magnetic properties of media, electric boundary value problems, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves and plane wave propagation, Poynting theorem and transmission line theory.

ECEN 431 - Digital Circuit Design (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 331 and ECEN 333

Analysis and design of discrete and integrated switching circuits. Topics include transient characteristics of diodes, bipolar, and field-effect transistors; MOS and bipolar inverters; no regenerative and regenerative circuits; TTL, ECL, IIL, NMOS, and CMOS technologies; semiconductor memories; VLSI design principles; and SPICE circuit analysis.

ECEN 433 - Linear Electronics II (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 333.

Differential amplifiers, feedback circuits, power amplifiers, feedback amplifier frequency response, analog integrated circuits, operational amplifier systems, oscillators, wide band and microwave amplifiers, and computer–aided design.

ECEN 460 - Communications Systems (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 220 and STAT 346

Introduction to analog and digital communications. Topics include review of important concepts from signals and systems theory and probability theory; Gaussian processes and  power  spectral  density; digital transmission through additive white Gaussian channels; sampling and pulse code modulation; analog signal transmission and reception using amplitude, frequency and phase modulation; and effects of noise on analog communication systems.

UNIV 200 - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (3 Credits)

This course aims at equipping the next generation of leaders in the UAE with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset and its related core skills. The course combines three main points: design thinking, entrepreneurship, and growth and leadership.

ENGR 390 - Internship

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Supervised field experience of professional-level duties for 180 to 240 hours at an approved internship site under the guidance of a designated site supervisor in coordination with a faculty supervisor.

ECEN 434 - Linear Electronics II Lab (1:0:3)

Pre-requisite(s):  ECEN 334.
Co-requisite: ECEN 433

Laboratory course to accompany ECEN 433. In this course, the student will acquire hands-on experience with Electronic Amplifiers, active filters and oscillators. Topics covered include: Cascade amplifiers, differential amplifier, active filters, oscillators, and feedback amplifier concepts. (Writing Intensive Course)

ECEN 462 - Data and Computer Communications (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 220 and STAT 346

Introduction to modern data communications and computer networks. Topics include point -to-point communication links and transmission of digital information, modems, and codecs; packet switching, multiplexing, and concentrator design; multi- access and broadcasting; local area and wide area networks; ISDN; architectures and protocols for computer networks; OSI reference model and seven layers; physical interfaces and protocols; and data link control layer and network layer.

ECEN 492 - Senior Design Project I (2:0:6)

Pre-requisite(s): Senior Standing

Conception of senior design project and determine of feasibility of proposed project. Includes development of a preliminary design and implementation plan.

ECEN 464 - Digital Communication Systems (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 460
Co-requisite(s): ECEN 461

Introduces digital transmission systems. Topics include quantization, digital coding of analog waveforms, PCM, DPCM, DM, base band transmission, digital modulation schemes, ASK, FSK, PSK, MSK, QAM, pulse shaping, inter symbol interference, partial response, voice band and wideband modems, digital cable systems, regenerative repeaters, clock recovery and jitter, multi path fading, digital radio design, optimal receiver design, MAP receiver, and probability of error.

ECEN 491 - Engineering Seminar (1:1:0)

Pre-requisite(s): Senior Standing

Engineering ethics, professionalism, the role of engineers in society, current topics, and employment opportunities.

ECEN 493 - Senior Design Project II (4:0:12)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 492

Implementation of project from ECEN 492. Project includes designing and constructing hardware, writing required software, conducting experiments or studies, and testing complete system. Requires oral and written reports during project and at completion.

ECEN 461 - Communication Systems Lab (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ECEN 460
Co-requisite(s): ECEN 464.

Laboratory course to follow ECEN 460 and accompany ECEN 464. In this course, the student will acquire hands-on experience with fundamental blocks of Analog and Digital communication systems. Topics covered include: Amplitude and Angle Modulation and demodulation, sampling and reconstruction, PCM Encoding & PCM Decoding and digital modulation and demodulation.