Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-100: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

Units:

12

Description:

The goals of this freshman engineering course are:
• To introduce freshman into the scope and material covered in ECE
• To engender enthusiasm for the discipline by seeing real world applications
• To invite engineering freshman to find a professional home in ECE
• To develop qualitative intuition in prep for quantitative analysis of ECE core

This will be accomplished by taking students through three typical “ECE systems” that each include analog devices and circuits (18-220), digital logic and computation (18-240) and signal analysis and processing (18-290) and low-level computer programming (18-213). These systems are:

1) An audio processing system: filtering unwanted noise from your music
2) A sensor logic system: making your breadboard react like your smart phone
3) An optical communication system: Transmitting 1s and 0s at the “speed of light”

The course is experience based and ten labs will take students through the construction and exercise of these systems. Lectures, homework and exams will all focus on developing an understanding needed for success in the labs.


Last Modified: 2020-12-01 10:07AM

Current session:

This course is currently being offered.

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2021
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2019
  • Fall 2018
  • Spring 2018
  • Fall 2017
  • Spring 2017
  • Fall 2016
  • Spring 2016
  • Fall 2015
  • Spring 2015
  • Fall 2014
  • Spring 2014
  • Fall 2013
  • Spring 2013
  • Fall 2012
  • Spring 2012
  • Fall 2011
  • Spring 2011
  • Fall 2010
  • Spring 2010
  • Fall 2009
  • Spring 2009
  • Fall 2008
  • Spring 2008
  • Fall 2007
  • Spring 2007
  • Fall 2006
  • Spring 2006
  • Fall 2005
  • Spring 2005
  • Fall 2004