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UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE
COURSE CHANGE PROPOSALS

LIST #6 - 2003/2004

If there are no objections reported to Academic Affairs by November 25, 2003, the course change proposals listed below are approved as submitted.

 List #6 Program Change Proposals are located at http://www.csus.edu/acaf/policies/03-04prgmlst6.stm for your review.

Course Change Proposals:
Past Course Change Proposal Lists:

College of Engineering and Computer Science
College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies


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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Department of Computer Science

NEW COURSE

CSC 196M Advanced Algorithm Design and Analysis. Algorithm design using dynamic programming, randomization and greedy methods. Analysis using recurrence relations and amortization. String and network-flow algorithms. NP-completeness, reductions and approximation algorithms. Review of divide-and-conquer design and asymptotic notation.
Prerequisite: CSC 130
Justification: Fundamental to the study of computer science is the study of algorithms. Every branch of computer science relies on efficient and correct algorithms, so it is imperative that students have a deep understanding of the analysis and design of algorithms in general. The computer science department wishes to increase its upper-division elective offerings. This course would do so by offering instruction in an important area of computer science. The CSUS course numbered CSC 130 introduces students to elementary methods of analyzing standard algorithms. This course teaches more advanced methods of analysis and examines advanced algorithms from the perspective of algorithm design.

 

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

NEW COURSES

EEE 272 High Speed Digital System Design. Theoretical topics and practical applications relating to high speed digital systems. Review of basic transmission line theory, crosstalk, impact of PCB traces, vias, and connectors on signal integrity, return current paths, simultaneous switching noise, high frequency power delivery, high speed timing budgets, high speed bus design methodologies, radiated emissions, and system noise.
Prerequisite: EEE 161, fully classified graduate standing.
Justification: The EEE Department has successfully offered EEE 296E PCB & PCA Manufacturing Design Process three times using faculty from industry. The academic issues in this course were centered around high speed digital systems design. The course has now been upgraded to include more theory and also expanded coverages of high speed digital systems in general, not just PCBs and PCAs. A formal text has been added.

EEE 296F Advanced Topics in Wireless Communications. The topics covered in this courses will include: advanced cellular concepts to improve coverage and capacity, practical small-scale and large-scale propagation models, 3G (third generation) wireless networks such as 3G W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), 3G cdma2000 and UWB (Ultra Wideband), Bluetooth and Personal Area Networks (PANs), GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), IEEE 802.11 and Wi-Fi protocols, and wireless measurement techniques.
Prerequisite: EEE 185 & EEE 262 (or equivalent)
Justification: Wireless personal communications has become one of the fastest growing fields in the engineering world. Presently more than 600 million people (about 10%) of the world’s population are wireless users, and that number is expected to approach 50% by the year 2010. Hence there is a need for qualified engineers, with an exposure to the latest design developments in Wireless Communications. This course, when offered for the first time, will be an advanced sequel to the basic Wireless Communication course (EEE 262) offered by the EEE department, and will be enhanced by input from faculty, students and industry personnel. The proposed course will cover advanced areas not covered in the basic EEE 262 course, and hence will provide students with advanced specialized training in Wireless Communications.

EEE 296G Computer Aided Design of Microwave Circuits. This course introduces the design methodology for the basic building blocks of communication systems. The emphasis of the course will be on the design of communication components using CAD software. Discussion will include design and simulations of switches, detectors, mixers, modulators, broadband and power amplifiers (broadband, power). The tradeoffs involved in the design of a complete transmitter and a receiver will be reviewed.
Prerequisite: EEE 211
Justification: This course is targeted to students in microwave engineering area. Students graduating with a masters degree from CSUS in the area of microwave engineering need to know the design and simulations methods for microwave circuits such as detectors, mixers, multipliers, modulators, broadband amplifiers, and power amplifiers. In the current curriculum we do not have a course that covers these basic topics. The EEE213 course covers only small-signal amplifier design, low-noise amplifiers and oscillators. For simulations, Advanced Design System software will be used. This software is heavily used in the microwave industry.

EEE 296H Analog & Mixed Signal Integrated Circuit Design II. A companion course to EEE 235, this course picks up where EEE 235 leaves off and covers additional topics important in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design. Topics covered include traditional issues such as device matching and analog layout techniques, as well as important building blocks such as PLLs, DLLs, bandgaps and line drivers. Also included are key new topics emerging in the industry, such as low voltage design techniques and high speed serial data communications. The course concludes with a design example illustrating important tradeoffs in architecting an Analog Front End (AFE).
Prerequisite: EEE 235 or consent of the instructor.
Justification: This is a new class intended to cover important topics in analog & mixed-signal integrated circuit design not covered by any other class at CSUS.

EEE 296I Analog & Mixed Signal Integrated Circuit Seminar. This course consists of a weekly seminar series for all students working in the area of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits. Topics addressed will be both tutorials on practical issues important to IC designers and presentations on current and emerging areas of interest to industry. Speakers will include industry experts whenever possible, with students researching and presenting select journal and conference papers for the remaining seminars. Time will be reserved at the end of presentations for discussion of topics between students and presenters. Students will also learn and practice the techniques and styles used in successful presentations.
Justification: This is a seminar series intended to allow: (a) students to hear industry experts speak on topics of current interest to analog & mixed signal integrated circuit designers, and (b) students to practice and polish their research and presentation skills by giving presentations on select journal and conference papers.


Mechanical Engineering Technology

COURSE CHANGES

MET 141 Applied Fluid Mechanics & Machinery. No change to course description.
Prerequisite: PHYS 5A, MET 30; MET 30 may be taken concurrently.
Justification: MET 141 is a technical core in the MET program. It must provide the prerequisite foundation of knowledge necessary for the technical specialties.

MET 150 Electrical Circuits and Equipment. No change to course description.
Prerequisite: Phys 5B, MET 30; MET 30 may be taken concurrently.
Justification: MET 150 is a technical core in the MET program. It must provide the prerequisite foundation of knowledge necessary for the technical specialties.

 


COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Department of Anthropology

COURSE CHANGES

ANTH 015 Archaeology of Prehistoric Societies. Introduction to the broad sweep of world prehistory, from the emergence of human culture through the development of domestication of plants and animals and the rise of state-level societies. Major cultural developments on every continent, emphasizing similarities and differences in the nature and timing of key technological and sociological changes. Major archaeological discoveries and important personalities are discussed in their historical context. 3 units.
Justification: This language is more informative for students, adds greater clarity, and provides a more contemporary description of the course content. There is absolutely no substantive change to the course content. The course classification should be changed from C1 to C2. It is comparable to the other lower division courses classified as C2, it uses a Lecture/Discussion format and it should never have been classified as C1. We have no other courses classified as C1.

ANTH 113 Prehistory of the Southwest. No change to course description.
Justification: Change course classification, as this upper division course does not follow a Lecture Discussion format, but rather it follows a Lecture/Recitation format, with student discussion as the primary instructional method.

ANTH 114 North American Prehistory. Familiarizes students with the archaeological record of North America, and provides an analytical framework through which it may be understood in anthropologically meaningful terms. This will be accomplished by considering some of the explanations that have been proposed to account for the prehistory of the continent, and by examining the archaeological remains and cultural sequences found in various areas, including the North and Southeast, Great Plains, Pacific Northwest, and arctic/subarctic regions. Prerequisite: ANTH 003 3 units.
Justification: Drop prerequisite to give students more freedom in scheduling. Change course classification, as this upper division course does not follow a Lecture Discussion format, but rather it follows a Lecture / Recitation format, with student discussion as the primary instructional method.

ANTH 116 Old World Prehistory: Paleolithic Archaeology. Old World Paleolithic archaeology from the emergence of hominids until the development of agriculture and civilization. Cultural developments in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia will be examined with the aim of highlighting similarities and differences in the processes of technological, demographic, and sociopolitical change within each region. Various eExplanatory models offered to account for cultural evolution in various parts of the Old World these patterns will be explored and assessed. Prerequisite: ANTH 003. 3 units.
Justification: Update catalog description. Drop prerequisite to give students more freedom in scheduling. Change course classification as this upper division course does not follow a Lecture Discussion format, but rather it follows a Lecture / Recitation format, with student discussion as the primary instructional method.

ANTH 124 Environmental Archaeology. All human societies depend on their natural surroundings, and so the reconstruction of prehistoric environments is an essential part of archaeological interpretation. Three interrelated aspects of environmental archaeology are considered:-- (1) examines general approaches to paleoenvironmental reconstruction, employing various biological and geological indicators; (2) looks more closely at the analysis of human plant and animal food remains; and (3) examines the geological and other processes that are responsible for the formation of archaeological deposits. Field trip. Fee course. 3 units.
Justification: Update catalog description. Change course classification, as this upper division course does not follow a Lecture Discussion format, but rather it follows a Lecture / Recitation format, with student discussion as the primary instructional method.