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Engineering Course Offerings

Civil Engineering Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

C E 010

Surveying    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: MATH 007A (may be taken concurrently).

Theory and practice in measurement and computation of distances, angles, and areas on the earth’s surface. Error of combined measurements analysis. Use of scientific calculator required. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Formerly C E 001A.

C E 011

Introduction to Civil Engineering Design    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: C E 010.

Provides an introduction to civil engineering facilities and systems (environmental, structural, transportation and water resources), environmental impacts of those systems, historical development of design, introduction to design concepts and procedures, examples of the design of civil engineering systems, creativity in design, and applications in civil engineering design-horizontal curves, vertical curves, earthwork, state plane coordinates, geographic information systems and global positioning systems. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Formerly C E 001B.

C E 020

Computer Applications in Engineering    2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: MATH 007B, PHYS 004A.

Use of the computer in a variety of applications from the fields of engineering. Topics include computer hardware, operating systems, the Internet, technical word processing, electronic spreadsheets, computer charting and drawing, computer programming, CAD, and ethics. 4.0 hours activity.

C E 035

Statics    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: M E 025, PHYS 004A; MATH 007C (may be taken concurrently).

Force systems, moments, equilibrium, centroids, and moments of inertia. Not open to students who have completed M E 192. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. CAN ENGR 8.

C E 101

Strength of Materials    4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: C E 035, MATH 007C. Recommended: M E 045.

Strength and elastic properties of materials of construction; tension, compression, shear, and torsion stresses; deflection and deformation; stress analysis of beams and columns.

C E 102

Materials Testing Laboratory    1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: C E 020, C E 101.

Methods and instruments used in the determination of the strength and elastic properties of materials of engineering. Experiments verifying the theoretical principles of C E 101. 3.0 hours laboratory.

C E 119

Contracts, Specifications,     4.0 Fa/Spr
and Technical Reports

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; junior standing (completion of 60 college units).

Introduction to law as it relates to the practice of civil engineering. Operation of a successful civil engineering business. Writing various technical reports and specifications. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

C E 121

Engineering Economy and Statistics    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Either C E 020 or CSCI 065 or ECE 090 or M E 038; CMST 011 (may be taken concurrently); junior standing (completion of 60 college units).

Analysis of alternatives by basic engineering economic methods and applications of statistics including probability, sampling theory and data analysis, and tests of hypotheses.

C E 150

Fluid Mechanics    4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: C E 035, MATH 007C; either C E 020 or ECE 090 or M E 038 (may be taken concurrently).
Recommended: M E 135 (may be taken concurrently).

Hydrostatics, principles of continuity, work-energy and momentum, viscous effects, dimensional analysis and similitude, flow in closed conduits, drag on objects. 3.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

C E 153

Structural Mechanics    4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: C E 020, C E 101.

Fundamentals of structural analysis for beams, trusses, and frames. Topics include influence lines, approximate analysis methods, deflection analysis, and statically indeterminate structures. Methods applicable to computer analysis are introduced.

C E 178

Ethics, Technology, and Society    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: PHIL 108 and General Education Areas B1 and D3.

A scholarly treatment of the technological impacts on developed and less developed societies in an ethical context. Assessment techniques will be introduced and applied. Historical, current, emerging, and future technologies (communication, transportation, agriculture, cloning, robotics, etc.) to be assessed. (This course cannot be taken as an engineering elective.) This is an approved General Education course.

C E 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. Credit/no credit grading only.

C E 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

C E 210

Alternative Housing Seminar    1.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 101.

Seminar investigates alternative low-cost single-family dwellings, to include site considerations, loads, building codes, building types, and miscellaneous features. Credit/no credit grading only.

C E 220

Advanced Surveying    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 011 or faculty permission.

Laws, practices, and historical background on land surveying. Includes property surveys and legal descriptions. Use of personal computers required. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

C E 231

Construction Management I    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Junior standing in engineering; C E 020; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of two of the following three courses: C E 101, C E 150, or M E 135.

Introduction to construction engineering and management. Cost estimation for contract construction and engineering, including labor, material, equipment, and overhead costs. Planning, scheduling, and progress control of construction operations. One or two 3-hour field trips required.

C E 232

Construction Management II    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Junior standing in engineering; C E 020; C E 121; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of two of the following three courses: C E 101, C E 150, or M E 135.

Construction procedures, equipment and methods; efficient use of excavation and hauling equipment operations. Application of crew balance, process chart and operations research techniques to construction operations. Quality control and inspection technique for construction safety. One or two 3-hour field trips required. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

C E 250

Soil Mechanics and Foundations    4.0 Spring

Prerequisites: C E 020; C E 102 (may be taken concurrently); C E 150; ENGL 001.

Soil properties, tests, classification. Analysis of soil stresses, consolidation, shear strength, lateral pressures, and ground water movement. Related design consideration involving spread footings, piles, retaining walls, and slopes. Use of programmable scientific calculator required. 3.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

C E 251

Foundations Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 020; C E 250. C E 255 is recommended.

The application of soil mechanics principles to the design of foundations for buildings and earth structures. Integration of structural design and soil response.

C E 252

Engineering Hydrology    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: MATH 007A. Completion of C E 150 is recommended.

A concise treatment of modern hydrology, emphasizing a quantitative approach to surface-water runoff, ground-water runoff, precipitation, evapotranspiration, climate, infiltration, drainage-basin characteristics.

C E 254

Steel Design    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 153.

Theory, analysis, and design of steel structural elements and systems using allowable stress design and load resistance factor design methods.

C E 255

Reinforced Concrete Design    4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: C E 102; C E 153; C E 250.

The analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures and its elements by the strength design method. Laboratory includes experiments on concrete, concrete structural elements, and a design project. 3.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

C E 256

Timber Design    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 153.

Theory and design procedures for timber structures to resist gravity and lateral loads and their connections. Basic element design by the Allowable Stress Design (ASD) and Load and Resistance Factored Design (LRFD) methods will be detailed. Also covered are design of horizontal (floor and roof systems) and vertical (shear wall) diaphragms. One or two 3-hour field trips required.

C E 257

Prestressed Concrete and    3.0 Inquire
Reinforced Masonry Design

Prerequisites: C E 020; C E 255.

Theory, analysis, design, and construction of prestressed concrete and masonry structural elements and systems using working stress and ultimate strength design methods.

C E 258

Earthquake and Wind Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 135; C E 153. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of C E 254, C E 255, C E 256, or C E 257 is recommended.

Earthquake and wind hazard related to the structural design of buildings. Topics include engineering seismology, wind environment and climatology, structural dynamics, structural loading, and design methodologies. Use of computer software for the static and dynamic analysis of three-dimensional building systems. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours workshop.

C E 270

Transportation Engineering    4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: C E 011; C E 102; C E 121 (may be taken concurrently); C E 250.

Transportation systems and facility planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance. Pavement design and traffic engineering fundamentals. Laboratory includes field studies, design exercises, and modeling/forecasting tasks. 3.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

C E 271

Transportation Pavements    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 270 or faculty permission.

Characteristics and manufacture of bituminous materials; engineering properties, design, and production of bituminous mixtures; analysis, design, and construction of flexible and rigid pavement cross-sections; stabilization of sub-grades; analysis of pavement distress; development and operation of pavement management systems; and application of computer software. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

C E 273

Urban Transportation Systems Planning    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 270 or faculty permission.

Introduction to systems approach, urban transportation technology, urban problems and transportation, forecasting methods, urban transportation models and calibration, traffic impact studies and USDOT planning requirements. Not open to students who have completed C E 373.

C E 275

Traffic Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 270 or faculty permission.

Traffic engineering fundamentals, traffic control — signs, markings, and signals. Intersection and highway capacity. Highway safety and accident investigations. Design of streets and parking facilities. Assessment of the environmental impact of traffic.

C E 286

Open Channel Hydraulics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 020; C E 150.

Principles and applications of steady, gradually varying, and unsteady open channel hydraulics.

C E 287

Pipeline Hydraulics and Design    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 020; C E 121; C E 150; C E 250 (may be taken concurrently).

Design of pumped pipelines, analysis of transients in pipe systems caused by valve movement, pump power failure, etc. Design of transient controls through operational procedures and devices such as surge relief valves, air chambers, and surge tanks.

C E 288

Environmental Engineering I    4.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 037; C E 150.

Rainfall and runoff; development, purification, distribution, and analysis of water; collection, treatment, disposal of sewage; analysis, design, construction, and maintenance of plants and systems. 3.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

C E 290

Advanced Structural Analysis    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 153.

Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures under the action of external effects, including gravity and lateral loading. Emphasis on computer analysis of trusses, continuous beams, and rigid frames, using both flexibility and stiffness approaches.

C E 291

Environmental Engineering II    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 150. Completion of C E 288 is recommended.

Unit processes and systems in environmental pollution control. Ecosystem interaction in eutrophic and oligotrophic environments. Theory and design of pollution control systems.

C E 293

Water Quality Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 150. Completion of C E 288 is recommended.

Water quality criteria and standards; engineering design; management and monitoring or water quality. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

C E 295

Hazardous Waste Management    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: CHEM 037; BIOL 008; C E 150.

An introduction to the handling and management of hazardous wastes. Emphasis on state-of-the-art engineering techniques and contemporary management issues based on social, economic, and legal considerations; risk assessment; case studies.

C E 298

Advanced Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: To be established when courses are formulated.

This course is for special topics offered as 298A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

C E 299H

Honors Project    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 units of upper-division C E courses; faculty permission.

This course may be taken twice for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite to the second semester is a B or higher in the first semester. Open by invitation to C E majors who have a GPA among the top 5% of C E students based upon courses taken at CSU, Chico. This is an “Honors in the Major” course; a grade of B or higher in 6 units of 299H certifies the designation of “Honors in the Major” to be printed on the transcript and the diploma. Each 3-unit course will require both formal written and oral presentations. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

C E 356

Advanced Timber Design    4.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 153 or equivalent.

Theory and design procedures for the design of timber structures to resist gravity and lateral loads and the design of formwork for concrete. Design of horizontal (floor system) and vertical (shear wall) diaphragms. One or two 3-hour field trips required. Students having credit in C E 256 cannot receive credit for C E 356. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

C E 356A

Advanced Timber Design Activity    1.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 153 or equivalent; C E 256.

Advanced timber design activities including design projects for lateral loads (seismic or wind) in horizontal diaphragms and shear walls, seismic connections, flexible diaphragm deflections, and development of computational aids for the design of timber systems. 2.0 hours activity.

C E 358

Advanced Earthquake and    4.0 Inquire
Wind Engineering

Prerequisites: M E 135 and C E 135 or equivalent. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in an advanced structural design course or equivalent is recommended.

Earthquake and wind hazard related to the structural design of buildings. Topics include engineering seismology, wind environment and climatology, structural dynamics, structural loading, and design methodologies. Use of computer software for the static and dynamic analysis of three-dimensional building systems. Investigations of current topics. Students having credit in C E 258 cannot receive credit for C E 358. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

C E 358A

Advanced Earthquake and    1.0 Inquire
Wind Engineering Activity

Prerequisites: M E 135 and C E 153 or equivalent; C E 258. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in an advanced structural design course or equivalent is recommended.

Investigations of current topics in earthquake and wind hazard related to the structural design of buildings. 2.0 hours activity.

C E 371

Advanced Transportation Pavements    4.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 270 or faculty permission.

Characteristics and manufacture of bituminous materials; engineering properties, design and production of bituminous mixtures; analysis, design and construction of flexible and rigid pavement cross-sections; stabilization of subgrades; analysis of pavement distress; development and operation of pavement management systems, application and evaluation of computer software and critique of several pavement design methods. Two field trips required. Students having credit in C E 271 cannot receive credit for
C E 371. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

C E 371A

Advanced Transportation    1.0 Inquire
Pavements Discussion

Prerequisites: C E 270 and C E 271 or faculty permission.

A comparative and critical analysis of the various pavement design techniques and the application and evaluation of pavement design software. 2.0 hours activity.

C E 373

Advanced Urban Transportation    4.0 Inquire
Systems Planning

Prerequisites: C E 270 or equivalent or faculty permission.

Introduction to systems approach, urban transportation technology, urban problems and transportation, forecasting methods, traditional urban transportation models, calibration and sensitivity analysis, traffic impact studies, USDOT planning requirements, and newer modeling technique, i.e., discrete choice models. Students having credit in C E 273 will receive only 1 unit of credit in C E 373. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

C E 386

Advanced Open Channel Hydraulics    4.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 020, C E 150.

Principles and design procedures for the design of open channels. Applications in steady, gradually-varying and unsteady open channel hydraulics. Students having credit in C E 286 cannot receive credit for C E 386. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

C E 386A

Advanced Open Channel Hydraulics    1.0 Inquire
Design Activity

Prerequisites: C E 286

Design procedures for the design of open channels. Applications in steady, gradually-varying and unsteady open channel hydraulics. 2.0 hours activity.

C E 398

Independent Study    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a graduate level independent study offered as 398A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member.

C E 399

Master’s Study    1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a master’s study offered as either a Master’s Thesis, identified as 399A-F for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively, or as a Master’s Project, identified as 399G-L for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

ECE 030

Basic Electricity and Instruments    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Faculty permission. This course is not intended for engineering or manufacturing technology majors or minors.

Fundamentals of DC and AC passive components. Instruments used in the study of Basic Electronics will be discussed and demonstrated; emphasis on interpretation of schematic diagrams, breadboarding, familiarization with electronic components. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

ECE 031

Electrical and Electronics Technology    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: PHYS 002B. Not for engineering majors.

An introduction to electrical and electronic technology: DC circuitry analysis, AC circuitry analysis, basic electronic components and circuits. Interpretation of schematic diagrams, breadboarding, familiarization with industrial controls, and wiring. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

ECE 084

Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering    2.0 Fa/Spr

Survey of topics from the fields of electrical and computer engineering. Applications of critical thinking to the solution of engineering problems. Using the computer and sensors to control mechanical devices.

ECE 085

Logic Design Fundamentals    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Either ECE 084 or M E 025 or permission of instructor.
Corequisites: ECE 097.

Boolean algebra and logic simplification techniques. Design of combinational logic networks for decoders, encoders, multiplexers, and demultiplexers. Design of sequential logic devices including flip-flops, registers, and counters. Analysis of devices used to build logic networks, including programmable logic devices. Use of tools for schematic capture and circuit simulations. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity. Formerly ECE 185.

ECE 086

Processor Architecture and    3.0 Fa/Spr
Assembly Language Programming

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 015A or ECE 090.

An introduction to the components that make up a processor and the organization of those components. The representation of numbers, data, and instructions within a processor along with the ways they are addressed. Assembly language programming using arithmetic, logical, test, and input/output instructions. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

ECE 090

Algorithms and Programs for Engineers    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: MATH 007A is recommended.

Introduces students to the software development life cycle and the elements of a computer system. Teaches the syntax common to both C and C++. Shows how to split large program into segments and explains the role of algorithms in programming. Programming assignments are taken from simple engineering and mathematics problems. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

ECE 090X

Programming Problem Session    1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ECE 090.

Designed to supplement ECE 090 with additional applications and extended explanations of concepts encountered in programming. Provides the student with the opportunity for additional assistance in basic programming skills. 2.0 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading only.

ECE 095

Fundamentals of    3.0 Fa/Spr
Electrical Circuits and Devices

Prerequisites: PHYS 004B (may be taken concurrently), MATH 007C (may be taken concurrently.
Corequisites: ECE 095L.

DC and sinusoidal circuit analysis, including resistive, capacitive, and inductive circuit elements, independent sources, and the ideal transformer. Thevenin and Norton circuit theorems. Analog and digital electronics will be covered at an introductory level, including diodes, transistors, FETs, operational amplifiers, electronic switching, logic gates, flip-flops, registers, and counters. AC and DC motors and polyphase circuits will be discussed, including three-phase analysis, Y and delta connections, and complex power. CAN ENGR 12.

ECE 095L

Circuits and Devices Activity    1.0 Fa/Spr

Corequisites: ECE 095.

Experiments to reinforce the principles taught in ECE 095. The combination of ECE 095 and ECE 095L is equivalent to CAN ENGR 6. 2.0 hours activity.

ECE 095X

Circuits Problem Session    1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ECE 095.

Designed to supplement ECE 095 with additional applications and extended explanations of concepts encountered in the first circuits course. Provides the student with the opportunity for additional assistance in analyzing and designing circuits. 2.0 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading only.

ECE 097

Simulation and Analysis Tools    1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Either ECE 084 or M E 025 or permission of instructor.
Corequisites: ECE 085.

Logic design capture and simulation. Schematic capture and simulation. Mathematical analysis techniques. 2.0 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading only.

ECE 098

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Inquire

This course is for special topics offered as 098A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ECE 140

Linear Circuits    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ECE 095; ECE 097, MATH 007D (both may be taken concurrently).

Circuit analysis techniques for networks with both independent and dependent sources. Network topology. Natural and forced response for RLC circuits. Complex frequency, poles, and zeros. Magnetically coupled circuits and two-port networks.

ECE 141

Signals and Transforms    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ECE 140.

Fourier series. Fourier, Laplace and z-transforms with applications. Impulse response, system function and convolution. Introduction to the discrete Fourier transform and the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithm.

ECE 142

Fields and Waves    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ECE 095, ECE 095L, PHYS 004B.

Transmission lines. Frequency-domain techniques. Fields and field operators. Electrostatic fields and capacitance. Magneto-static fields and inductance. Time-varying fields and Maxwell equations. Skin effect. Plane electromagnetic waves. Reflection and refraction. Waveguides and optical fibers. Radiation and antennas.

ECE 145

Electronics I    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ECE 095, ECE 095L; ECE 097, ECE 140 (both may be taken concurrently).

Photodiodes and solar cells. Biasing and DC behavior of junction transistors. Junction FETS, MOSFETS, and FET amplifiers. Discrete feedback amplifiers. Junction and Zener diodes. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ECE 146

Electronics II    4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ECE 145.

Op Amp circuits, waveform generation and shaping, sinusoidal oscillators, high frequency amplifiers, active filters, power supply regulators, power electronics, advanced linear ICs. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

ECE 180

Project Requirements, Design, and Testing    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 001; either CSCI 015B or ECE 086.

Students are introduced to methodologies used to specify system descriptions. Hardware and software documentation standards are described. Methodologies for modeling systems and development of presentation materials are discussed, and students are required to make both written and oral presentations. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

This course is the same as CSCI 180 which may be substituted.

ECE 186

Digital Systems Design    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ECE 085, ECE 086; either ECE 030 or ECE 031 or ECE 095 and ECE 095L.

Extends the study of digital circuits to LSI and VLSI devices. Computer simulations are used for system analysis and design verification. Topics include 8-bit and 16-bit microprocessors; architecture, bus organization, address decoding, memory and I/O interfacing and timing analysis. Also included are design concepts for microprocessor systems, use of computer peripheral devices such as parallel and serial controllers, DMA controllers, and interrupt controllers. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ECE 187

System Architecture and Performance    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 171 or ECE 186 (may be taken concurrently).

Study of computing architecture and how the structure of various hardware and software modules affects the ultimate performance of the total system. Topics include qualitative and quantitative analysis of bandwidths, response times, error detection and recovery, interrupts, and system throughput; distributed systems and coprocessors; vector and parallel architectures.

ECE 188

Computer Interface Circuits    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ECE 085, ECE 145.

The use of computer simulation in circuit analysis and design is emphasized. Pulse and digital wave shaping circuits for integrated circuit families (TTL, CMOS, ECL, T2L). Power supplies as applied to both large-and small-scale systems; power and ground buss structures; pulse propagation, cross-talk and interference. Line drivers and receivers; single-ended versus differentially driven lines.

ECE 189

Internship in Electrical and    1.0-3.0 Inquire
Computer Engineering

This internship is offered as 189A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Students must register directly with a supervising faculty member.

ECE 191

Micromouse Design and Construction    1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ECE 085, ECE 086, ECE 095, ECE 095L.

This class covers the design and construction of a self-contained robot that will meet the requirements for the IEEE Micromouse competition. Constraints placed on the robot are discussed. 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 2.0 units.

ECE 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ECE 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

ECE 210

Software Engineering—    3.0 Fall
Requirements and Design

Prerequisites: CSCI 015B.

This course examines the requirements and design processes. Requirements topics include gathering, analysis, verification, and management. Design topics include static, functional, and dynamic views of software design, mapping designs to requirements, design patterns, and methodologies. The course also compares software design methodologies including data flow, data structure, and object-oriented analysis and design.

ECE 220

Microwave Systems and Design    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 142.

Review of transmission line theory. Microwave transmission lines: waveguides, coaxial cables, and striplines. Microwave components. Microwave resonators and filters. Microwave antennas. Microwave systems. Microwave measurements. Design, construction, and test of microwave devices and systems using CAD tools. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ECE 224

Engineering Analysis    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: MATH 007D, PHYS 004B, ECE 090.

The application of topics from linear algebra, including matrices, determinants, probability, and statistics to engineering problems.

ECE 228

Communication Systems Design    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ECE 141.

Introduction to the principles of functional communication systems, design and performance analysis. Analog and digital modulation techniques. Information measures. Transmission and encoding of information. Spread spectrum systems.

ECE 230

Optics    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: PHYS 004B, PHYS 004C.

Geometrical and physical optics, interference, diffraction, reflection, dispersion, resolution, polarization, fiber optics, laser optics, and holography. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

This course is the same as PHYS 230 which may be substituted.

ECE 231

Lasers and Their Applications    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: PHYS 004C.
Recommended: ECE 230.

The theory and mechanism of laser action, various types of lasers and their applications and future use. Laboratory involves measurements with lasers, fiber optics, data transmission, and holography. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

This course is the same as PHYS 231 which may be substituted.

ECE 232

Fourier Optics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 141, ECE 142 (may be taken concurrently).
Recommended: ECE 230.

Optics and communications. Analysis of two-dimensional linear systems. Foundations of scalar diffraction theory. Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction. Fourier transform and imaging properties of lenses. Spatial filtering and optical signal processing. Holography. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ECE 234

Fault Tolerant Systems    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 171 or ECE 085.

Analysis and design of fault-tolerant systems. Methods of creating redundant hardware elements are compared. Software techniques that detect failure and enable recovery are described.

ECE 235

Advanced Computer Architecture    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 171 or ECE 187.

The application, design, and performance aspects of parallel processor structures, arithmetic pipelining and vector processing units; architectural classification; memory structures, multiprocessor systems; interconnection networks, multiprocessing control and scheduling; parallel algorithms.

ECE 236

State Machine Design    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 171 or ECE 085.

State machine design concepts and procedures. Design and analysis of synchronous and asynchronous sequential machines, state table derivation and reduction. State assignment and flow table realization, application of PAL, PLA, PGA, and ROM logic will be stressed.

ECE 237

Introduction to VLSI Systems    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 085, ECE 145.

Design of VLSI circuits. Emphasis is on design methodologies, including the use of CAE tools for schematic capture, chip layout, circuit simulation, and fault/timing analysis.

ECE 242

Digital Signal Transmission    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 141.

High-speed signal transmission in electronic systems. Modelling of distributed-parameter circuits. Characteristics of transmission systems used in digital electronics and communications. Pulse Propagation. Non-linear elements; application to digital electronics. Frequency-domain analysis of transmission lines. Coupled lines. Cross-talk and interference. Applications to practical situations in digital electronics, signal processing, and communication systems.

ECE 244

Consumer Electronics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 146; ECE 228.

Engineering analysis of consumer electronic equipment: radio receivers, audio and video tape recorders, and television. Other topics will be covered as time permits and student interest directs.

ECE 247

Radio Frequency Circuits    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ECE 145.

Characteristics of passive and active components at high frequencies, reflections and standing waves, matching networks, scattering parameters, high-frequency measurement equipment and techniques, sample high-frequency design and construction projects, Smith charts.

ECE 248

Solid State Electronics    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CHEM 037, ECE 145; either MATH 110 or ECE 224.

Crystalline structure of solids, introduction to quantum concepts, statistics of semiconductors in thermal equilibrium, carrier transport mechanisms, excess carrier statistics, p-n junction fundamentals, diodes, photonic devices, relationship of internal processes to terminal characteristics for bipolar transistors, junction field-effect transistors and MOS transistors.

ECE 250

Introduction to Random Signal Analysis    3.0 Inquire
and Kalman Filtering     

Prerequisites: ECE 141; ECE 224.

Mathematical description of random signals. Response of linear systems to random inputs. Weiner filtering. Discrete and continuous Kalman filtering, smoothing, and prediction. Engineering applications.

ECE 252

Real-Time Embedded Systems    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CSCI 015B; either CSCI 171 or ECE 085.

This course presents the special problems associated with developing, testing, and maintaining real-time systems containing embedded digital computers. Nature and uses of real-time systems, architecture of real-time systems, development and maintenance environments, and programming techniques are also discussed.

ECE 255

Introduction to Network Engineering    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 171 or ECE 186.

Computer network architecture is reviewed. Network components such as hubs, routers, and bridges are discussed. Transmission media and protocols are discussed. Concepts of data communications are reviewed.

ECE 260

Engineering Intelligent Systems and Robotics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 186.

Robotic and intelligent systems and their applications. Interdisciplinary technologies used in robotics: mechanics, electronics, kinematics, control, sensors, vision, speech, and programming. Robotic system analysis, design, synthesis, and application, in class and in the laboratory. Demonstration and student operation of robots, actuators, sensors, and vision equipment. Laboratory projects. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ECE 263

Control System Elements    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 141, ECE 145.

Modeling and detailed analysis of components frequently encountered in the design of control systems, including different types of stepper, d-c and a-c servomotors, magnetic particle clutches, optical encoders, tachometers, and other transducers such as temperature and pressure. Investigation of various integrated circuits used to drive servomotors, and solid state devices used as sensors.

ECE 265

Discrete-Time Control Systems    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Either M E 201 or both ECE 141 and ECE 224.

Topics covered include linear difference equations, dynamic response of linear discrete-time systems, Z-transforms, system stability, discrete equivalents to continuous-time transfer functions. Sampled-data systems. Design of digital control systems using transform and state-space techniques. Discrete regulators and observers.

ECE 285

Microprocessor Systems Design    4.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ECE 186.

Introduction to hardware/software design considerations for 16-bit microprocessor systems. A system will be designed and implemented using current technology and components, including universal peripheral interface and serial interface components. Automated development systems and procedures are used throughout design. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ECE 290A

Senior Project Planning    1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, faculty permission.

Under faculty supervision, each student prepares a plan for his/her senior engineering project. This plan includes project definition, project requirements, preliminary design, and work schedule. Requirements and design should address human factors, safety, reliability, maintainability, and customer cost. Oral and written reports are required. 2.0 hours activity. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

ECE 290B

Senior Project    1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ECE 290A.

In a continuation of ECE 290A, the student constructs, tests, and demonstrates his/her senior design project. Formal oral and written reports documenting the project are required. 2.0 hours activity.

ECE 292

Electromagnetics II    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 142.

Advanced topics in electromagnetic wave propagation, including numerical methods. Applications to RF, microwaves and optics.

ECE 295

Control Systems I    4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ECE 141; either M E 135 or M E 192; ECE 224 (may be taken concurrently).

Introduction to linear control systems. Block diagram and signal flow graphs. Linearization using Taylor series. Stepper and d-c servo motors. Feedback characteristics. Sensitivity. Time and frequency domain specifications. Stability. Root Locus, Bode plots, and Nyquist stability criterion. State variable topics. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

ECE 296

Control Systems II    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Either ECE 295 or M E 201.

Lead, lag compensator design. State variable analysis of continuous and discrete time systems; stability, controllability, and observability. Observers and pole placement techniques. Signal sampling and Z-transform. Introduction to non-linear system analysis.

ECE 297

Digital Signal Processing    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: MATH 007D; ECE 141 (may be taken concurrently).

Properties of continuous and discrete signals. Z-transform and Fast-Fourier transform. Digital filtering techniques. Finite word length effects on digital signal processing elements. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

ECE 298

Advanced Topics    1.0-5.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: To be established when courses are formulated.

This course is for special topics offered as 298A-E for 1.0 to 5.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ECE 299

Independent Study    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered as 299A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory. Credit/no credit grading only.

ECE 299H

Honors Project    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; completion of all junior-level ECE courses required in the major;

This course may be taken twice for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite to the second semester is a “B” or higher in the first semester. Open by invitation to E E and CMPE majors who have a GPA among the top 5% of ECE students based upon courses taken at CSU, Chico. This is an “Honors in the Major” course; a grade of “B” or higher in 6 units of ECE 299H certifies the designation of “Honors in the Major” to be printed on the transcript and the diploma. Each 3-unit course will require both formal written and oral presentations. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

ECE 310

Software Engineering—    3.0 Spring
Process Improvement

Prerequisites: CSCI 151 or ECE 210.

This course analyzes software development processes. It uses the Carnegie-Mellon Capability Maturity Model (CMM) as the guide for measuring process capability. The CMM method is compared with ISO 9001 certification. The class covers key process areas such as requirement management, software estimation, configuration management, peer reviews, root cause analysis, and risk assessment and management. Ways of accelerating change within an organization are discussed. Application of process improvement techniques to individual developers is discussed.

ECE 312

Software Engineering—    3.0 Fall
Software Quality Assurance and Testing

Prerequisites: Either ECE 210 or CSCI 151.

This course gives students the opportunity to investigate verifications and validation, proving program correctness, test data selection, static vs. dynamic testing, coverage analysis, reliability, white box vs. black box testing, boundary testing, and automated testing. Testing tools are also discussed. Testing and performance analysis of real-time systems is emphasized.

ECE 324

Communication System Coding    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Either C E 121 or MATH 105A.

Practical aspects of digital error detection and correction in noisy communication systems. Emphasis on overall link evaluation of coding systems in terms of signal to noise ratio improvement and real time system performance monitoring.

ECE 330

Advanced Topics in    3.0 Inquire
Digital Signal Processing

Prerequisites: ECE 297.

Computer-aided design of FIR and IIR filters, Multi-rate signal processing, Power spectral estimation, Adaptive filters, Homomorphic signal processing, cepstrum, and two-dimensional signal processing.

ECE 333

Electronic Circuits for    3.0 Fall
Digital Signal Processing

Prerequisites: ECE 186; ECE 297 (may be taken concurrently).

The use of digital signal processing (DSP) chips and microprocessors in various multi-processor hardware configurations to implement digital signal processing functions. Application areas in electronic engineering which will be studied are speech synthesis and recognition, audio processing, image processing, and control systems. Both general purpose DSP and application-specific DSP chips (for example, digital filters) will be discussed.

ECE 342

Optical Signal Processing    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 142.

Analysis of two-dimensional linear systems. Scalar Diffraction theory. Lenses and linear optical systems. Electro-optic analogies. Spatial filtering. Acousto-optical interactions. Non-linear optics. Optical signal processing and optical computing.

ECE 343

Light Transmission Optics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 142. Recommended: ECE 230.

Introductions to Wave Propagation. Review of Maxwell’s Equations. Field Energetics. Waves in the Frequency Domain. Dispersion. Reflection and Refraction across interfaces. Review of Transmission Lines and Conducting Waveguides. Dielectric Slab Waveguides. Dielectric Cylinders and Optical Fibers. Pulse Propagation in Waveguides and Optical Fibers. Practical Applications. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ECE 345

High-Frequency Design Techniques    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: PHYS 004C, ECE 145.

Study of the problems associated with passive components at high frequencies, high- frequency measurement techniques, transmission lines, line reflections, matching and terminations, scattering parameters, ground and power planes, and printed circuit board design considerations.

ECE 355

Advanced Topics in Computer Networking    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ECE 186, ECE 255.

Investigation of the effects of packet size and transmission errors on performance of computer networks. Comparison of the performance of hubs, routers and bridges. Analysis and design of network testing methods.

ECE 356

High-Frequency Analog Design    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ECE 247, ECE 345.

Design, analysis and construction of high-frequency amplifiers, oscillators and mixers are covered in this course.

ECE 357

Electromagnetic Compatibility    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ECE 345.

Analysis of cabling and grounding problems in high-frequency systems. Circuit layout for high-frequency applications. Electromagnetic discharge problems. Radio-frequency emissions from electronic devices. Shielding techniques to prevent ESD and EMI.

ECE 370

Non-linear Control Systems    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Either ECE 295 or M E 201.

Analysis of non-linear systems using state space and frequency domain techniques. Quasilinearization, stability, Lyapunov’s methods, describing functions, and Popov’s Criterion.

ECE 375

Optimal Control Systems    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 296 or M E 201.

Static optimization, calculus of variations, necessary conditions for optimal control, Pontryagin’s Maximum Principle, dynamic programming, and numerical techniques. Engineering applications.

ECE 388

Computer-Aided Circuit Engineering    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ECE 345.

The use of computer-aided design tools to analyze, design, and test both analog and digital circuits and devices.

ECE 397

Seminar in Advanced Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is offered as 397A-C for 1.0-3.0 units respectively. Typical subjects that will be taught include embedded systems design, high-speed networking, program management, and fault-tolerant system design. Consult The Class Schedule for listings. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units.

ECE 398

Independent Study    1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a graduate level independent study offered as 398A-F for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Independent study and investigation of special problems in the student’s area of concentration. Both registration and study plan must have approval of the instructor and the student’s graduate advisory committee chair.

ECE 399

Master’s Study    1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a master’s study offered as either a Master’s Thesis identified as 399A-F, for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively, or as a Master’s Project, identified as 399G-I, for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Independent study and investigation of special problems in student’s area of concentration. Both registration and study plan must have approval of the instructor and the student’s graduate advisory committee chair.

Engineering Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

ENGR 001

MESA Orientation Class    2.0 Fall

Prerequisites: MESA eligibility.

A comprehensive introduction that provides incoming Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students with an overview of the fields of engineering and computer science, along with information on degree requirements, technical skills needed, working in industry, professional organizations, and professional development. In addition, there is an introduction to campus resources and university life for first-year MESA students. ABC/no credit grading only.

ENGR 002

Surveying for Non-Engineers    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: One semester of high school trigonometry or MATH 004.

Theory and practice in the use of surveying equipment, with particular emphasis on mapping as applied to such disciplines as construction, geology, architecture, agriculture, and anthropology. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ENGR 120

Planning of Public Works Projects    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Junior standing (completion of 60 college units).

Not intended for engineering majors. A non-mathematical approach to the decisions made in the planning of public works projects, with particular emphasis on public participation. Current projects being planned on the local, state, and national level will be studied.

ENGR 195

Lifelong Development for Engineers    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 001; graduation in engineering expected within 12 months.

Professional practices in engineering: ethics, opportunities for continuing development, design practices, proper use of computer software, professional relationships. A substantial written project will be required. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

Mechanical Engineering Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

M E 010H

How Things Work-Honors    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: General Education math course (Area A4), acceptance into the Honors Program.

This course seeks to enhance the students’ interest in and understanding of physical science and technology by motivating the students to discover the science and engineering design in ordinary devices encountered in their daily lives. (This course cannot be taken as an engineering elective.) 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course.

M E 025

Engineering Graphics    2.0 Fa/Spr

An introduction to graphical design and problem solving using both traditional and computer-aided drawing methods. 1.0 hour discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

M E 038

Introduction to Engineering Design    3.0 Fa/Spr

An introduction to the art and science of engineering design. Techniques for encouraging creativity in design. Use of a computer to control devices. Projects requiring design, construction, and testing of devices, including a computer-controlled electromechanical system. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

M E 045

Materials Engineering    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 037, PHYS 004A.

Processing, structure, properties, and performance of engineering materials. Applied knowledge of material properties as engineering design parameters. Advanced manufacturing processes, including microfabrication. 1.0 hour discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory, 2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. CAN ENGR 4.

M E 135

Dynamics    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: C E 035; MATH 007D (may be taken concurrently).

Kinematics and dynamics of mechanical systems composed of rigid bodies. Moments and products of inertia, forces of interaction, inertia forces and torques. Equations of motion of non-planar systems.

M E 138

Mechanical Engineering Design    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: C E 101, M E 045. Recommended: M E 038, M E 135, M E 142, MFGT 051.

Design and performance of machine components and systems subjected to both steady and variable loading conditions. Introduction to failure theories, reliability, use of codes and standards, and standard design practices. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

M E 142

Equation Solving Techniques for Design    4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: MATH 007D. Recommended: PHYS 004A.

Numerical analysis, analytical methods, and equation solving techniques for mechanical engineering design. Structured problem formulation, parametric studies, introduction to programming concepts, and optimization for design. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

M E 152

Thermodynamics    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: PHYS 004A. Recommended: PHYS 004C.

Properties of substances, ideal gas equation of state, heat and work, laws of thermodynamics, analysis of closed and open systems, entropy, gas and vapor power cycles, refrigeration, psychrometrics.

M E 192

Elements of Engineering Mechanics    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: MATH 007D, PHYS 004A.

Force and moment systems, equilibrium, centroids, and moments of inertia. Kinematics and kinetics of particle and plane motion of a rigid body. Not an approved ME elective.

M E 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

M E 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.

This course is an independent study of special problems offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. See the department office for information on registering. Credit/no credit grading only.

M E 201

Control System Design    4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: M E 135, M E 261.

Modeling and simulation of dynamic system performance. Control system design for continuous systems using both analog and digital control techniques.

M E 205

Advanced Materials Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: MATH 007D, M E 045. Recommended: C E 101.

Design, manufacture, and practical applications of advanced engineering materials. Failure analysis and prevention of material failure in mechanical design. Microfabrication of micromechanical devices.

M E 206

Fracture Mechanics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: MATH 007D, M E 045. Recommended: C E 101.

Theories and practical applications of linear elastic fracture mechanics and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics. Design against fatigue, fracture criteria, and fracture control in engineering design.

M E 207

Polymer Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: MATH 007D, M E 045.

Major topics include polymer structure and synthesis, polmerization mechanisms, crystallinity, viscoelastic behavior in manufacturing processes and in service, deformation mechanisms, manufacture, and design with polymers. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

M E 209

Material Processing in Manufacturing    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 242, M E 259, MFGT 051.

Mechanics and analysis of processing parameters for metal forming, cutting, joining, and casting processes; polymer extrusion, injection, and molding processes; composite pultrusion, filament winding, vacuum bagging, and autoclave processes. Computer simulation for improvement of processes. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

M E 238A

Mechanical Engineering Design Project I    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, M E 038, M E 138, M E 261, MFGT 051. Recommended: C E 121, M E 242, M E 259.

System design methods applied to mechanical systems. Group design projects. Consideration of the manufacturing cost, and environmental and social impact. Oral and written presentation of results. Initial design of the capstone design project to be continued in M E 238B. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

M E 238B

Mechanical Engineering Design Project II    1.0 Spring

Prerequisites: M E 238A. Recommended: C E 121, M E 242. M E 259.

Continuation of the capstone design project from M E 238A. Implementation of the capstone design project, including fabrication, testing, and evaluation of a working prototype. Must be taken the semester immediately following M E 238A. 3.0 hours laboratory. Formerly M E 267.

M E 238H

Mechanical Engineering    3.0 Inquire
Design Project I-Honors

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, M E 038, M E 138, M E 261, MFGT 051, acceptance into the Honors in the Major program. Recommended: C E 121, M E 242, M E 259.

System design methods applied to mechanical systems. Group design projects. Consideration of the manufacturing cost, and environmental and social impact. Oral and written presentations of results. Initial design of the Honors/capstone design project to be continued in M E 238B. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

M E 240

Mechanical Vibrations    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 135.

Free and forced vibrations of lumped parameter systems, transient vibrations, systems with several degrees-of-freedom.

M E 241

Rotor Dynamics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 135, M E 261.

Dynamics of distributed masses on a flexible rotor, including modal analysis of free and forced vibration, balancing, support-bearing dynamics, rotor rub and similar phenomena. Diagnosis of rotor malfunctions with vibration measurement and analysis.

M E 242

Finite Element Analysis    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: C E 101, M E 142 (or faculty permission).
Recommended: M E 045, PHYS 004C.

Development of finite element formulation from fundamental governing engineering equations. Coverage includes areas ranging from elasticity, vibration, and heat transfer to acoustics and composites. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

M E 245

Dynamics of Machinery    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 135.

Kinematics and dynamics of machines. Analysis of motion and forces in machinery. Design of linkages to perform required functions. Computer methods emphasized.

M E 250

Thermal Packaging    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: MATH 007D, PHYS 004C.

Principles of mass, momentum, and heat transport; applications of heat transfer to electrical/electronic component packaging; design of enclosures, heat sinks, and other coponent cooling schemes. Not an approved M E elective.

M E 252

Thermal-Fluid Systems    4.0 Spring

Prerequisites: M E 259. Recommended: M E 142.

Analysis, design, and testing of components and systems involving power generation, energy conversion, heating, refrigeration, air-conditioning, and combustion. 3.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

M E 253

Air Pollution Control    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 150 (or faculty permission), CHEM 037; either CHEM 210A or M E 152. Recommended: C E 121, M E 142.

Analysis and design of components and systems for gaseous and particulate pollution control; gas separation by absorption, adsorption, condensation, and incineration; particulate separation by gravity settlers, cyclones, electrostatic precipitators, fabric filters, and scrubbers; air pollution legislation and regulation.

M E 254

Aerodynamics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 150, MATH 007D, M E 152. Recommended: M E 142.

Flow around elementary shapes, concepts of flow circulation, lift and drag. Incompressible inviscid flows around thin airfoils and wings of finite span.

M E 257

Building Energy Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 252. Recommended: M E 142.

Thermodynamics of moist air. Heat transfer processes in buildings. Heating/cooling loads. Air conditioning system design. Building energy conservation economics.

M E 258

Gas Dynamics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 150, MATH 007D, M E 152. Recommended: M E 142.

Compressible fluids in isentropic flow, normal and oblique shock, Prandtl-Meyer expansion, Fanno, and Rayleigh flow. Subsonic and supersonic flow, with applications to rocket and jet propulsion, wind tunnels, shock tubes, airfoils, and combustion chambers.

M E 259

Heat and Mass Transfer    4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: C E 150, M E 152, PHYS 004C. Recommended: ECE 095, M E 142.

Conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer; diffusion mass transfer, numerical methods applied to conduction heat transfer; design of finned arrays, heat exchangers, radiation shields, gas absorption, and drying processes. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

M E 261

Measurements and Instrumentation    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: C E 121, ECE 095, ECE 095L; either ECE 090 or M E 142.

Measurement of steady-state and dynamic phenomena using common laboratory instruments. Calibration of instruments, dynamic response of instruments, and statistical treatment of data. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

M E 289

Industrial Internship    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Approval of faculty internship coordinator prior to off-campus assignment.

Engineering experience in an industrial setting. Minimum duration of 400 hours of work under the direct supervision of an on-site engineering supervisor. On completion of the internship, a written report prepared under the direction of a faculty member is required. May be taken only once for credit. Credit/no credit grading only.

M E 298

Advanced Topics    1.0-3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.

This course is for special topics offered as 298A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

M E 299H

Honors Project    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 units of upper-division M E courses, faculty permission.

Open by invitation to M E majors who have a GPA among the top 5% of M E students based upon courses taken at CSU, Chico. This is an “Honors in the Major” course; a grade of B or higher in 6 units of M E 299H certifies the designation of “Honors in the Major” to be printed on the transcript and the diploma. If taken twice, prerquisite to the second semester is a grade of B or higher in the first semester. Each 3-unit course will require both formal written and oral presentations. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

M E 305

Control Systems Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 201, faculty permission.

Computer-aided analysis and design of automatic control techniques to mechanical engineering problems. Single and multivariable feedback systems. Controllability, observability, and state estimation. Simulation of control systems.

M E 335

Advanced Dynamics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 135.

Formulation of equations of motion of mechanical systems using Kane’s dynamical equations. Holonomic and non-holonomic systems. Linearization and numerical solution of equations of motion.

M E 354

Fluids Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: C E 150, M E 142, faculty permission.

Advanced analysis of fluid flow in engineering processes; application of Navier-Stokes equations to laminar and turbulent flows, with introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD); selected design applications, such as piping systems, lubrication, aerodynamics, turbomachinery, multiphase flow, and flow measurement.

M E 356

Advanced Gas Dynamics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 258, faculty permission.

Multidimensional compressible flow; perturbation methods; hodograph plane and method of characteristics; shock wave analysis and design of nozzles and surfaces.

M E 359

Advanced Topics in Heat and Mass Transfer    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 259, faculty permission.

Application of thermal energy and mass diffusion equations to complex heat and mass transfer processes; variable property conduction, numerical methods, boiling and condensation, spectral analysis of thermal radiation, multi-mode problems, compact heat exchangers, gas absorption and adsorption, thermoelectric and heat pipe applications.

M E 361

Data Acquisition:    3.0 Inquire
Concepts and Applications

Prerequisites: M E 201, faculty permission.

General considerations in data acquisition systems selection, analog pre-processing, sampling, and quantization (A/D and D/A conversions), the computer as a data acquisition controller, input-output techniques, time-series analyses and signal reconstruction. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

M E 368

Computer-Aided Engineering    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 138; M E 242 (may be taken concurrently); faculty permission.

Use of a computer workstation and resident software to model, design, and analyze complex engineering systems. Functional characteristics are examined and design performance is evaluated under planned operating conditions. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

M E 370

Computer-Aided Design    3.0 Inquire
of Dynamic Systems

Prerequisites: M E 138, M E 201; either CSCI 165 or M E 142; faculty permission.

Modeling, analysis, and synthesis of physical devices using the computer. Advanced digital simulation languages and techniques will be employed for design of linear and non-linear, distributed and lumped parameter, systems and mechanisms. Stability, controllability, and observability will be studied.

M E 372

Advanced Finite Element Analysis    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 242.

Finite-element methods in the analysis and optimal design of mechanical structures, machine components, and distributed systems.

M E 380

System Design    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: M E 238A, faculty permission.

Prediction of steady state performance at specified operating conditions of large sets of interrelated components in complex systems. Optimization of configurations and component sizing. Computer methods used.

M E 397

Advanced Topics in     1.0-3.0 Inquire
Mechanical Engineering

Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.

This course is for special topics offered as 397A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units Hrespectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

M E 398

Independent Study    1.0-3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.

This course is a graduate level independent study offered as 398A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively.

M E 399

Master’s Study    1.0-6.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.

This course is a master’s study offered as either a Master’s Thesis, identified as 399A-F for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively, or as a Master’s Project, identified as 399G-L for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively.

Mechatronic Engineering Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

MECA 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and will vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

MECA 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.

This course is an independent study of special problems offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. See the department office for information on registering. Credit/no credit grading only.

MECA 202

Motion and Machine Automation    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ECE 095, ECE 095L; either M E 135 or M E 192.
Recommended: Either ECE 295 or M E 201.

This course combines and applies machine automation concepts in electrical circuits, fundamental mechanics, control systems, and programming. Lectures address specific technical topics such as motor sizing, gearing, couplings, ground loops, servo control loops, regeneration, networking, I/O, power supplies, vibration and resonance, and troubleshooting. Labs simulate application concepts such as point-to-point coordinated moves, registration, following, camming, and CAD-to-Motion. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

MECA 238A

Mechatronic Engineering Design Project I    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ECE 186, M E 138, M E 261. Recommended: C E 121.

System design methods applied to mechatronic systems. Group design projects. Consideration of the manufacturing cost, and environmental and social impact. Oral and written presentation of results. Initial design of the capstone design project to be continued in MECA 238B. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

MECA 238B

Mechatronic Engineering Design Project II    1.0 Spring

Prerequisites: MECA 238A. Recommended: C E 121.

Continuation of the capstone design project from MECA 238A. Implementation of the capstone design project, including fabrication, testing, and evaluation of a working prototype. Must be taken the semester immediately following MECA 238A. 3.0 hours laboratory. Formerly MECA 267.

MECA 238H

Mechatronic Engineering    3.0 Inquire
Design Project I-Honors

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ECE 186, M E 138, M E 261, acceptance into the Honors in the Major program. Recommended: C E 121.

System design methods applied to mechatronic systems. Group design projects. Consideration of the manufacturing cost, and environmental and social impact. Oral and written presentation of results. Initial design of the Honors/capstone design project to be continued in MECA 238B. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

MECA 289

Industrial Internship    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Approval of faculty internship coordinator prior to off-campus assignment.

Engineering experience in an industrial setting. Minimum duration of 400, 700, or 1,000 hours of work (for 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 units respectively) under the direct supervision of an on-site engineering supervisor. On completion of the internship, a written report prepared under the direction of a faculty member is required. May be taken only once for credit. Credit/no credit grading only.

MECA 298

Advanced Topics in Mechatronics    1.0-3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.

This course is for special topics offered as 298A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and will vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

MECA 299H

Honors Project    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 units of upper-division ECE, M E, or MECA courses, faculty permission.

Open by invitation to MECA majors who have a GPA among the top 5% of MECA students based on courses taken at CSU, Chico. This is an “Honors in the Major” course; a grade of B or higher in 6 units of 299H certifies the designation of “Honors in the Major” can be printed on the transcript and the diploma. If taken twice, prerequisite to the second semester is a grade of B or higher in the first semester. Each 3-unit course will require both formal written and oral presentations. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.