Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    
    Feb 29, 2020  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGRD 2640 - Computer - Instrumentation Design

(crosslisted)
(also AEP 2640 )
Fall, spring. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: CS 1112 .

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Students use a computer to control equipment and acquire measurements in an engineering or scientific laboratory.  Topics include data types, analog-to-digital conversion, digital-to-analog conversion, digital in/out, counter/timers, serial communication protocols, error analysis, least-squared fitting, introductory Fourier analysis, electrical waveguides/transmission lines, stepper motors, and introductory optical microscopy.  Laboratory activities include practice exercises, measurement of pulse reflections in a transmission line, and development of a laser scanning microscope system.  Data analysis is performed primarily using MatLabTM and instrument interfacing is primarily using LabVIEWTM, but also C++.  Students develop effective written communication skills in the context of science and engineering.  They prepare progress reports, technical reports, and formal articles based on laboratory work.

Outcome 1: Learn techniques for interfacing computers with engineering and scientific measurements.

Outcome 2: Extend programming skills to using I/O operations in C++, graphical programming, and “virtual instrument” concepts.

Outcome 3: Improve technical writing skills in various forms, progress reports, technical reports and rapid, brief communications.



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