ECE 412: Course Information

Spring Semester 2014


Here is a copy of the course syllabus.


9:00–9:50am on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays in 305 BH
CRN: 18232 (undergraduate), 19188 (graduate)


There is no textbook for the course. Any necessary reading materials will be posted to the course webpage or There is no textbook for the course. Any necessary reading materials will be posted to the course webpage or Blackboard. The following is a list of references for this course:

  • R. Schaumann, H. Xiao and M. E. VanValkenburg, Design of Analog Filters, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 1996, ISBN: 978-0195373943.

  • K. Su, Analog Filters, 2nd edition, Springer, 2002, ISBN: 978-1402070334.

  • T. Deliyannis, Y. Sun and J. K. Fidler, Continuous-Time Active Filter Design, CRC Press, 1998, ISBN: 978-0849325731.


Your grade for the course will be determined by your performance in homework, three hour-exams and the final exam. Here are the relative weights for each component:

Note: Final exam (if taken) will replace the lowest of the three hour-exam grades.


Grade of C or better in ECE 310.

Catalog Description

Fundamentals of network synthesis, filter approximations and frequency transformations. Active filter synthesis using bilinear and biquad circuits. Topics in computer-aided design. Previously listed as EECS 412. Restricted to Engineering, Graduate College, and School of Continuing Studies.

(Spring) 3 undergraduate hours; 4 graduate 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 quizzes or exams 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 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 412. You are all capable of getting an A in this course. Go for it! But, get help when you need it!