Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Montana State University
Spring Semester 2014
EELE 491: Section 1 (CRN 34341)
MUST 382: Section 1 (CRN 32280)
Tu Th 9:25-10:40AM, HowH 184 (and lab, CobH 621)
- Prof. Robert C. Maher
610 Cobleigh Hall (northeast corner of 6th
floor inside main ECE office)
http://ece.montana.edu/rmaher/eele491 (also linked from D2L)
Tuesday and Wednesday
11AM-noon, or by appointment.
Drop-in questions at other times are always OK if my office door
- For EE students: EELE 317
For Music Tech students: consent of Music Technology
- Textbooks and Materials:
- Lab kit (contents to be determined)
- Class notes and handouts
- Class Objective:
The students learn the principles of audio electronics
through a series of small projects, culminating in a cross-disciplinary
design project involving students from the Electrical Engineering program
and the Music Technology program.
- Course Outcomes:
At the conclusion of EELE 491 / MUST 382, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of the
circuit-level design of analog audio amplifiers, filters, and signal
- Express and knowledgeable discuss the electronic
design principles of common audio components, such as mixing consoles,
microphones, loudspeakers, and recording devices.
- Exhibit laboratory measurement, documentation,
and communication skills appropriate for a senior-level electrical and
computer engineering student.
- Explain and appreciate the advantages and
challenges of cross-disciplinary projects, including both opportunities
for synergy and for potential misunderstandings.
- Class Outline (subject to change):
- Introduction and review of basic
electronics principles (2 weeks)
- Workshop part 1: pre-amps
- Op-amp types and principles.
- Basic op-amp circuits.
- Single-ended and differential
- Workshop part 2: filters and
equalizers (2 weeks)
- Fixed analog filters: LP, HP,
- Adjustable filters
- Equalizing filters
- Workshop part 3: signal
processing and effects (2 weeks)
- Envelope-based circuits
- Summing/mixing circuits
- Clipping/fuzz and distortion
- Workshop part 4: transducers
(microphones and speakers) (2 weeks)
- Transducer specifications
- Measurement and calibration
- Loudspeaker design principles
- Microphone circuits and phantom
- Project: group work on a custom
design (5 weeks)
- Select projects and design
- Prepare preliminary
specifications and design blocks
- Implement breadboard design (or
another appropriate deliverable)
- Produce documentation of design
and performance measurements
- Course Grading:
→ Lab notebook, lab attendance, and short
Homework and papers:
→ Homework and essay papers will be required
→ Presentation and demonstration of a group design
project and prototype.
Grade guarantee: course letter grades may be higher (but
will not be lower) than indicated by the following scale:
A- = 90%
B- = 80%
C- = 70%
D = 60%
F = 59%
- All students must have an electronic mail address
listed with the MSU My Info
system. Announcements and reminders for EE 480 will be sent occasionally
- You are responsible for all material covered in class
and in the assigned readings.
- Among other details,
Section 310.00 in the MSU Conduct
Guidelines states that students must be prompt and regular in attending
classes, be well prepared for classes, take exams when scheduled, and act in
a respectful manner toward other students and the instructor.
- There may be events or field trips scheduled
during the semester. Although it is not reasonable for me to make these
out-of-class events mandatory, I do expect the students to take advantage of
learning opportunities provided in the course.
- Late submissions of assignments (homework and papers)
will not be accepted. Plan ahead and notify the instructor prior
to justifiable absences, or if a bona fide emergency prevented you from
- Academic Misconduct: Unless group work is explicitly
assigned, homework and papers must be prepared individually.
Submitting the work of others is dishonest, constitutes academic misconduct,
and is grounds for dismissal from the course. Paraphrasing or quoting
anotherís work without citing the source is also academic misconduct. Even
inadvertent or unintentional misuse or appropriation of another's work (such
as relying heavily on source material that is not expressly acknowledged) is
plagiarism. If you have any questions about using and citing sources, you
are expected to ask for clarification.
- If you have a documented disability for which you are
or may be requesting accommodations, you are welcome and encouraged to
participate fully in this class. Please contact the instructor and the
MSU Office of Disability, Re-Entry
and Veteran Services as soon as possible.
- All records related to this course are confidential
and will not be shared with anyone, including parents, without a signed,
written release from the MSU Dean of Students. For more information contact
the Dean of Students office at 994-2826.