MSEE / Telecommunications Engineering Degree Requirements
Revised Curricular Requirements as of July 23, 2004
requirements for the M.S.E.E./Telecommunications Engineering will
consist of 45 approved graduate credits (48 credits with CIE option).
Of these, Telecommunications core credits will be 21. Appropriate
courses in other graduate departments of engineering, science
or mathematics may be taken as electives. However, a minimum of
30 credits must be taken in the Department of ECE to receive an
MSEET. In consequence, no more than 15 quarter credits may be
transferred from other institutions or other departments. These
must be graduate courses which earned a grade of B or A and which
were not used to earn a previous degree. Transfer credits must
be approved by the ECE graduate advisor. The salient features
of the proposed programs are the following:
- Emphasis on engineering and non-engineering aspects of Telecommunications engineering
- Industry participation through graduate coop programs where the students, national and international, will interact with industries and businesses dealing with telecommunications
Plan of Study
Before the end of the first quarter in the ECE department, for a full-time student, or by the end of the first year for a part-time student, the student must file, a plan of study with the graduate advisor. The form can be found by going to http://www.ece.drexel.edu/grad/plan_of_study_form.pdf
Required Core Courses:
Probability & Random Variables: (3 credits)
Probability concepts. Single and multiple random variables.
Functions of random variables. Moments and characteristic functions.
Random number and hypothesis testing. Maximum likelihood estimation.
Random Process & Spec Analysis: (3 credits)
Random Process. Poisson Process, Shot Noise. Gaussian Process.
Matched Filters. Kalman Filters. Power Spectral Density. Autocorrelation
and cross correlation. PSD estimation. Entropy. Markov Processes.
: ECES 521
Prin of Computer Networking: (3 credits)
Principles of circuit switching, packet switching and virtual
circuits; protocol layering; application layer protocols for
e-mail and web applications; naming and addressing; flow control
and congestion avoidance with TCP; Internet Protocol (IP); routing
algorithms; router architectures; multicast protocols; local
area network technologies and protocols; issues in multimedia
transmissions; scheduling and policing; Quality-of-Service and
emerging Internet service architectures; principles of cryptography.
Fundamentals of Comm Engr: (3 credits)
Fundamentals of Communications Engineering. This course introduces basic modulation, deletion and coding techniques in modern telecommunications systems, including PAM and FSK, spread-spectrum and OFDM, ML receiver, ISI and equalization, compression code and coded modulation. May be repeated once for credit.
: ECES 521 and ECES 522
Phys Foundations of Telecomm:
Physical Foundations of Telecommunications Networks. Introduction to wired and wireless telecommunication systems. Review of wave propagation. Review of wireline transmission media. Modeling wireline and wireless point-to-point communication links. N-port linear networks and network analysis/parameters. Review of passive RF components, semiconductor devices. Optical communication devices: optical switches, couplers, isolators, sources, modulators, detectors, amplifiers. Overview of active circuits.
Fundamentals of modern wireless systems. Fundamentals of radio propagation and link performance. Cellular concept: interference, base stations and cell sites, handoffs, system capacity. Fading environments: multipath propagation, delay spread, Doppler Spread, statistically fading channel models. Multiple-access schemes: FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, SDMA. Emerging methodologies: phases/adaptive antenna array, multi-array (MIMO) communication systems.
Wireless Networks: (3 credits)
Introduction to Wireless Networks, Evolution: 1G, 2G, 3G, Next-G. Wireless Networks Operation: Mobility and Resource Management, Security. Wireless WANs: GSM, CDMA, IS-95, and IMT-2000, Mobil Data Networks, Wireless LANs: 802.11, HIPERLAN, Ad Hoc Networks, Mobil IP. Next Generation Wireless Systems.
is strongly recommended that Telecom students take COM 650 and
MIS 620. These courses deal with business and legal aspects
Telecommunications Policy (3 credits)
Topics covered in this course include Global Telecommunications, History of the Telecommunications Industry & Technology. Spectrum Allocation. FCC & CCIT Regulations etc. Intellectual Property. This course is currently offered by the Department of Humanities & Communications.
Telecommunications Management (3 credits)
Business Aspects of Telecommunications. Managing and Controlling Frequencies etc.
Management aspects of planning and controlling/decision making for telecommunication networks: human resources, financial planning and control, marketing, cost/benefit analysis. Marketing aspects of Telecommunications.
The following list contains suggested electives from the graduate offerings in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department. These courses will allow the students to choose specific tracks (Microwave Systems or Signal Processing or Photonics Systems or Networking or etc. depending on their career goals).
· Digital Signal Processing
· Microwave Networks
· Photonic Devices
· VLSI Design
· Computer Networking
Students may also choose other elective courses from the ECE Graduate menu.
Please note that ECEC 500 and ECEC 600 will not count towards the required 15 courses.
Total Number of Credits required for Graduation:
48 CREDITS with CIE OPTION OR 45 CREDITS without CIE OPTION