WES Curriculum

The MAS in Wireless Embedded Systems is a 36-unit degree program which consists of nine 4-unit courses. The program begins Fall quarter and can be completed in two years of consecutive Fall, Winter and Spring quarters; no courses are conducted during the summer. The second year culminates with a team capstone project. The capstone team project (4 units) requires a combination of in-class, laboratory, and off-campus work. It provides an opportunity for students to integrate knowledge acquired over previous quarters in a written report and oral presentation.


Fall Quarter - Year One

Digital Signal Processing
Review of discrete-time systems and signals, Discrete-Time Fourier Transform and its properties, the Fast Fourier Transform, design of Finite Impulse Response (FIR) and Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) filters, implementation of digital filters. Sampling and quantization of baseband signals; A/D and D/A conversion, quantization noise, oversampling and noise shaping.

Winter Quarter - Year One

Introduction to Embedded Systems Design
Embedded system technologies including processors, DSP, memory, and software. System interfacing basics, communication strategies, sensors and actuators. Mobile and wireless technology in embedded systems. Design case studies in wireless, multimedia and/or networking domains.

Spring Quarter - Year One

Wireless Communications Circuit Systems
Link budgets and wireless propagation. Concepts of noise and distortion limits in wireless systems. Review of system architectures and simple modulation and demodulation concepts. Source coding and channel coding. Overview of popular wireless standards.

Summer Quarter - Year One

Software for Embedded Systems
Embedded computing elements, device interfaces, time-critical I/O handling. Embedded software design under size, performance, and reliability constraints. Software timing and functional validation. Programming methods and compilation for embeddable software. Embedded runtime systems. Case studies of real-time software systems.

Fall Quarter - Year Two

Hardware for Embedded Systems
Embedded system building blocks including IP cores. Co-simulation. Formal verification using model checking. Verification environments. Test challenges in core integration: compliance, feature, random and collision testing. Core access and test integration. Interface-based verification and standards.

Digital Communications Systems I
Experiments in the modulation and demodulation of baseband and pass-band signals. Statistical characterization of signals and impairments.

Winter Quarter - Year Two

Wireless Embedded Systems
VLSI implementations of wireless embedded systems. Architecture Considerations, design techniques for optimized power consumption. Hardware/software tradeoffs.

Digital Communications Systems II
Plan and implement design projects in communications systems: complete end-to-end communications systems project.

Spring Quarter - Year Two

Capstone Project
2-3 person team design project conducted with people who work in the same company, if appropriate. The Capstone design project requires students to demonstrate knowledge gained through the program by designing a device or problem solving of a relevant real-world issue. Examples of previous capstone projects can be found here