ECE 340: Course Information

Fall Semester 2012


Here is a copy of the course syllabus.


9:00am–9:50am on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays in 308 BH (CRN: 11067, Dr. Vahe Caliskan)


8:00am–10:50am on Tuesdays in 3253 SEL (CRN: 11059, Robin Xu)
11:00am–1:50pm on Tuesdays in 3253 SEL (CRN: 11056, Lingdao Sha)
2:00pm–4:50pm on Tuesdays in 3253 SEL (CRN: 33336, Arash Rahnamaee)
2:00pm–4:50pm on Thursdays in 3253 SEL (CRN: 34012, Bo Xu)


ECE 340 

Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 6th edition, Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN: 978-0195323030. You may use earlier editions of the textbook (for example, 5th or 4th edition); however, I will always refer to the 6th edition for reading and homework assignments. It is therefore your responsibility to make sure that your work is synchronized with what I am assigning. The companion website for the textbook is


Your grade for the course will be determined by your performance in quizzes, laboratory reports and the final exam. Here are the relative weights for each component:

Unless otherwise noted, we will use a straight scale to determine grades
(A: 90–100%, B: 80–89%, C: 70–79%, D: 60–69%, E: 0–59%)


Grade of C or better in ECE 225.

Catalog Description

Operational amplifiers. Semiconductor junctions. Bipolar and field-effect transistors. Simple transistor amplifier and switching applications. Introduction to digital logic circuits. Laboratory experience. Previously listed as EECS 340.

(Fall, Spring, Summer) 4 hours.

INcomplete Grades:

The UIC policy is that INcomplete grades should be given ONLY when the student is making satisfactory progress. Please see the current Undergraduate Catalog for a precise statement. I take this to mean that any student looking for an INcomplete needs to have a C average at the time he/she asks for an INcomplete. If the student is earning a D or E, then and IN grade will not be given, regardless of other circumstances. Note that satisfactory progress is a necessary but not sufficient condition for an INcomplete. There must also be a extraordinary reason why I should consider giving an INcomplete.


The minimum penalty for cheating is an E in the course; the maximum penalty is expulsion from the university. Students should not expect merely a zero for the one assignment/test for which cheating occurred. Giving aid on exams etc. is a form of cheating and will also result (for the student giving aid as well as the student receiving aid) in an E for the course or possible expulsion from the university.

Please note that I encourage students to study together, work together, and discuss problems and material together. Just be sure that when you turn in lab reports, homework assignments, quizzes and exams all of the work is 100% your own work.

Get Help When You Need It!

Do not wait until the end to get help. You know if you are struggling with the course material. See the TA or your instructor if you are having difficulties when the problems arise. Don’t wait! Usually, we can get you going so that you can be successful in ECE 340. You are all capable of getting an A in this course. Go for it! But, get help when you need it!