Matlab Usage in the ECE Curricula

The ECE Department’s Plan for MATLAB in the Curriculum

 MATLAB is considered an indispensable tool for most engineering disciplines. It is a powerful interactive tool for performing numerical computation and providing graphical output. It has a large number of mathematical functions, and custom functions can be created by the user. It also has specialized toolboxes that can be integrated into the program to cover a range of technical applications such as communications, statistics, and data acquisition.

 While ECE students are not required to take a formal class in MATLAB, they are expected to learn how to use it (similar to the expectation that they will learn how to use their calculators). The department promotes student ability in MATLAB by introducing it early in the curriculum and by using it in a variety of courses, primarily the following:

ENGR 1110 Introduction to Engineering: Electrical & Computer Engineering

Introductory MATLAB training occurs in two of the lab sessions.

ELEC 2110 Electric Circuit Analysis

MATLAB training takes place in three of the lab sessions.

ELEC 2120 Linear Signals and Systems Analysis

MATLAB finds extensive use in this course. The text contains many MATLAB program examples and homework problems. Students have frequent MATLAB-based homework assignments and projects.

ELEC 3310 Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics

MATLAB use is instructor dependent. The text contains an introduction to MATLAB along with many MATLAB program examples and homework problems. Students have frequent MATLAB-based homework assignments and projects.

ELEC 3320 Electromagnetics for Wireless Communications

The text contains many MATLAB program examples and homework problems. Students have frequent MATLAB-based homework assignments and projects. The course also has a required MATLAB design project which is assessed as part of our accreditation process.

ELEC 3500 Control Systems

Students use MATLAB on a weekly basis to perform simulations, verify homework solutions and complete the term project. The text contains an appendix on use of MATLAB along with numerous MATLAB homework problems.

ELEC 3800 Random Signals and Systems

MATLAB use is instructor dependent. The text contains MATLAB examples and problems. Students typically have five programming assignments.




Last Updated: 8/22/16 1:41 PM