Dec 09, 2022  
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


How to Read Catalog Course Descriptions

Texas Tech offers nearly 5,000 courses as part of its curriculum. These courses are listed alphabetically by subject prefix within each college and departmental section of this catalog. The courses appear in numerical order, moving from beginning freshman or developmental level courses to graduate, research, and professional courses.

Not all courses listed in this catalog are offered every year. An online class schedule published before each registration period indicates courses that will be available during the upcoming term or semester and when each class will meet. The class schedule can be found at (www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/class_schedule/index.php). The university reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course or withdraw any program from the list of offerings when the best interests of the institution require such action.

Courses are designated by a subject prefix and number along with a descriptive title. Learn more  about interpreting the course descriptions found throughout the catalog.

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering (Graduate Courses)

  
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    ECE 5120 - Electrical Engineering Graduate Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Discussion will concern present research conducted in electrical engineering and other topics of interest to electrical engineers.
  
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    ECE 5310 - Introduction to VLSI Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A basic introduction to very large-scale integrated (VLSI) design of circuits and devices. Geometrical patterns of semiconductor devices on a chip, MOS circuits, masking and patterning, and automation tools.
  
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    ECE 5312 - Low Power VLSI

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced and low power CMOS processes and devices, modeling and simulation, low power design, power management, systems-on-a-chip integration issues.
  
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    ECE 5314 - Solid State Devices

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Semiconductor materials and band theory of solids. Physics of semiconductor devices, charge transport, PN junctions, diodes, bipolar junction transistors, optoelectronic devices, and MOS devices.
  
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    ECE 5316 - Power Electronics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Switch mode power conversion, converters and inverters, power supplies and regulators, and power semiconductor circuits.
  
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    ECE 5320 - DC-DC Converter Design and Test

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Focuses on the design and testing of low-power DC converters, including Buck, Boost, Buck-boost, and LDOs. Covers steady state and transient performance and includes a lab component.
  
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    ECE 5321 - Design and Analysis of Analog Integrated Circuits

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Principles involved in designing analog integrated circuits. Device physics, small signal, and large signal models. Biasing and basic circuit building blocks. Applications.
  
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    ECE 5322 - Random Signals and Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Modeling and analysis of uncertainty or randomness; applying probability, random variables, and random processes to a variety of applications.
  
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    ECE 5323 - Modern Communication Circuits

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Analysis and design techniques for modern communication circuits.
  
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    ECE 5325 - Telecommunication Networks

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Networking and standards. Data and voice network architectures, cellular, satellite and telephone networks. Protocols. Network modeling and optimization. Queuing theory.
  
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    ECE 5331 - Individual Studies in Engineering Applications

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering and consent of instructor. An individual study course involving a rigorous theoretical investigation of some aspect of an engineering problem of current interest. A formal report is required. May be repeated for credit.
  
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    ECE 5332 - Topics in Electrical Engineering

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Elaborates on a special topic of current interest in electrical engineering. May be repeated for credit.
  
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    ECE 5341 - Microwave Engineering: Passive Components

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Analysis and design of microwave passive components, including transmission lines, waveguides, resonators, hybrids, couplers, attenuators, filters, circulators, switches, and phase shifters.
  
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    ECE 5342 - Microwave Solid State Circuits

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Review of transmission-line and waveguide theory, scattering matrix, impedance matching, resonators, passive three- and four-port devices, filters, active circuits.
  
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    ECE 5343 - Power Systems Engineering

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Electrical power transmission and distribution systems; power generation systems; system modeling, planning, management and protection.
  
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    ECE 5344 - Antennas and Radiating Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ECE 3342 . Antenna fundamentals, uniformly spaced arrays, wire antennas of various types, aperture radiation, antennas for special applications.
  
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    ECE 5345 - Pulsed Power

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ECE 3342 . Fundamentals of pulsed power circuits, components, and systems. Pulse forming lines, energy storage, voltage multipliers, switching, materials, grounding and shielding, measurements, and applications.
  
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    ECE 5346 - Plasma Engineering: An Introductory Course in Plasma Physics and Technology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Fundamentals of plasma physics and technology, including gas discharge processes, plasma surface treatment, role of non-thermal plasmas, material processing, and biomedical treatment.
  
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    ECE 5347 - Laser Diagnostic Techniques

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Fundamentals of basic problems in laser physics and laser diagnostic techniques, specifically non-linear laser spectroscopy methods and applications, including environmental sensing and plasma diagnostics.
  
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    ECE 5348 - Computational Electromagnetics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Computational electromagnetics in guided-wave structures, wave scattering, and radiation. Emphasizes finite difference time domain and frequency domain methods and moment methods.
  
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    ECE 5350 - Introduction to Medical Instrumentation

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Biomedical instrumentation, transducers, signals, circuits and filters, utilization of biopotential techniques in respiration, cardiac, and audiology.
  
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    ECE 5351 - Biomedical Signal Processing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An overview of conventional and modern signal processing techniques and their applications taught in the context of biomedical signals and signal models.
  
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    ECE 5352 - Medical Imaging

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Medical imaging techniques including radiography and ionizing radiation, computer aided tomography, PET, MRI, and image reconstruction and processing techniques.
  
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    ECE 5353 - Gaseous Electronics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Kinetic theory of gases, collisions, emission processes, self sustained discharge, paschen law, glow discharge, arc discharge, streamers, spark discharge, corona discharge, gas lasers.
  
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    ECE 5354 - Power Semiconductor Devices

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ECE 5314 . Introduction to the design and simulation of power semiconductors. Topics include high voltage breakdown, high current density, and temperature effects.
  
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    ECE 5355 - Genomic Signal Processing and Control

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to genomics with techniques from signal processing and control. Intergene relationships, classification of disease, genetic regulatory networks, and dynamic behavior.
  
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    ECE 5356 - Biosensors and Bioelectronics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Biosensors and semiconductor devices, cells, and other biomaterials. Bio-Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (Bio-MEMS) and low-power wearable/implantable medical devices.
  
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    ECE 5358 - Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Introduction to the physical principles and techniques involved with the semiconductor processing of different electronic and optoelectronic devices.
  
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    ECE 5360 - Fiber Optic Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Optical fibers, couplers, sources, and detectors; applications to communications and sensing. Integrated optics.
  
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    ECE 5361 - Advanced Communication Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Information transmission in electronic systems. Random variables and stochastic processes, noise in analog and digital modulation systems, and optimal receivers.
  
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    ECE 5362 - Modern Optics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Modern concepts in optics related to engineering applications. Geometrical, physical, and quantum optics; Fourier optics, holography, and image processing.
  
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    ECE 5363 - Pattern Recognition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Foundational topics in pattern recognition. Linear discriminant functions, support vector machines, generalized decision functions, Bayes classifier, and various clustering techniques.
  
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    ECE 5364 - Digital Signal Processing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to digital signal processing. Sampling, z-transform, discrete and fast Fourier transforms, flowgraphs, design techniques for digital filters, effects of finite word length and applications.
  
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    ECE 5365 - Parametric and Functional Device Testing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Fundamentals of semiconductor device chip and wafer testing. Parametric and functional tests, test philosophy, C programming for testing, and commercial wafer level testers.
  
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    ECE 5366 - Testing of Digital Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. High level test synthesis, fault modeling and diagnosis, design for test, built-in self test, test code generation, and applications.
  
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    ECE 5366 - Testing of Digital Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    High level test synthesis, fault modeling and diagnosis, design for test, built-in self test, test code generation, and applications.
  
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    ECE 5367 - Image Processing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Imaging fundamentals. Linear operators in spatial and spatial-frequency domains. Image enhancement and restoration techniques. Analysis and coding of images.
  
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    ECE 5368 - Advanced Control Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to advanced control systems. Optimal, adaptive, and robust control of linear and nonlinear systems. Fuzzy logic and neural network applications to control systems.
  
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    ECE 5371 - Engineering Analysis

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Application of mathematical methods and algorithms to engineering problems, stochastic linear system models, vector spaces and operators, orthogonality principle and its applications, adaptive filtering, matrix factorizational application of eigendecomposition methods.
  
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    ECE 5375 - Computer Architecture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to the architecture, organization and design of microprocessors. Hardware design related to various microprocessors. Analysis of current microprocessors and applications.
  
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    ECE 5376 - System Modeling and Simulation

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Mixed-signal system specification, behavioral modeling and analysis, functional modeling and analysis, mixed-signal system design, and evaluation.
  
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    ECE 5377 - Technology Startup Laboratory

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Provides a working knowledge of technology commercialization through a systematic concept refinement process. Prototypes are developed and evaluated by potential customers.
  
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    ECE 5378 - Solar Energy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Provides an overview of photovoltaic materials, devices, and systems. Students learn to analyze performance based on available solar light. Design projects provide practical experience.
  
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    ECE 5380 - Embedded Systems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Control of peripherals, streaming of data, implementation of discrete convolution, real-time operating systems.
  
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    ECE 5381 - Introduction to Semiconductor Processing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to the physical principles, techniques, and technologies involved with the fabrication of very large scale integrated circuits (VLSI).
  
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    ECE 5382 - Advanced Digital System Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced VLSI design. Computer arithmetic. High speed computation. Digital hardware design. CAD tools for VLSI design.
  
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    ECE 5383 - Communication Integrated Circuits Design I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Covers the fundamentals of RF-SoC (Radio-Frequency System-on-a-Chip) design. For students interested in RF/analog IC and SoC design, semiconductor products testing, and device/process engineering.
  
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    ECE 5384 - Communication Integrated Circuits Design II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theory and design of RF/analog block-level IC and RF-SoC architectural design. Hands-on design projects for students to gain IC and SoC experience.
  
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    ECE 5385 - Introduction to Microsystems I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Fundamentals of microelectromechanical (MEMS) and microfluidic systems. Project-based course introduces basic microsystem design, analysis, simulation, and manufacture through several case studies using representative devices.
  
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    ECE 5386 - Introduction to Microsystems II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ECE 5385 . Application of microfabrication to create microsensor systems. Integration of optics, optoelectronics and microfluids. Includes other MEMS projects.
  
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    ECE 5387 - Advanced Semiconductor Processing and Process Characterization

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ECE 5381 . Stresses process flow; yield management; specific device processing steps; and process control, packaging and back-end processing.
  
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    ECE 5388 - Solid-State Energy Devices I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ECE 5314  or ECE 5381 . Introduction to fundamentals of solar cells, including thin film, tandem, and nanostructured solar cell materials and devices.
  
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    ECE 5389 - Solid-State Energy Devices II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ECE 5314  or ECE 5381 . Introduction to fundamentals of solid-state energy devices beyond solar cells, including materials and devices for thermoelectrics for converting heat to electricity, betavoltaics and alphavoltaics as long-life batteries, fuel cells and super-capacitors for energy storage, and hydrogen generation and storage.
  
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    ECE 5390 - Functional Materials

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ECE 5314  or ECE 5381 . Introduction to functional materials and their applications, including sustainability, bio-inspired materials, and nano-structured materials.
  
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    ECE 5391 - Electric Machines and Drives

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Analysis and control of DC machines and induction machines. Space vector theory. Field oriented control. Modeling of machine and controller dynamics.
  
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    ECE 5392 - Nanophotonics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to light-matter interaction in nanostructures, quantum wells, wire and dots, photonics crystals, negative index and meta materials, nano-emitters and detectors, nano-plasmonics and biophotonics.
  
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    ECE 5393 - Detectors and Sensors I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Fundamentals of solid-state photo detectors and sensors for THz through EVU, including principles, performances, and applications.
  
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    ECE 5394 - Detectors and Sensors II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Fundamentals of solid-state radiation detectors and sensors, including principles, performances, and applications.
  
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    ECE 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
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    ECE 6360 - Computer Vision and Image Reconstruction

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theories of image formation and reconstruction. Reconstruction problems in tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, synthetic aperture radar, and other modalities of imaging.
  
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    ECE 6363 - Advanced Pattern Recognition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ECE 5363 . Adaptive approaches to the design of discriminant functions for pattern classification and recognition. Statistical, syntactic, neural networks, and fuzzy-set based optimization constraints for discriminants.
  
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    ECE 6365 - Topics in Advanced Communications

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Applications of detection and estimation theory in the design of optimum communication systems. All courses used to satisfy the degree program requirements must be taken for a grade. The pass/fail option is not allowed.
  
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    ECE 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours
    All courses used to satisfy the degree program requirements must be taken for a grade. The pass/fail option is not allowed.
  
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    ECE 8000 - Doctor’s Dissertation

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours
    All courses used to satisfy the degree program requirements must be taken for a grade. The pass/fail option is not allowed.