Esigelec 2014-2015 1st Year common curriculum requirements

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ESIGELEC - 2014-2015

1st Year

1 - Math
(MA1C1-F) Math for Engineering (1st semester) 15 hours lecture; 16 hours class


This course provides the fundamental mathematical thinking, methods and skills necessary for an engineer tackling problems and processes in electrical, electronic and control engineering.


Laplace transforms

Differential equations

Fourier series and transforms

Solving partial derivatives

Z transforms

Course Evaluation: written exam

ECTS credits: 2

(MA1C2-F) Probability Theory (2nd semester) 14 hours lecture, 14 hours class


This course introduces the randomness of variables and how best to measure them in order to predict a minimum technological cost.


This course studies the following selected topics, discreet and continuous random variables, normal law and the central limit theorem and convergence (The Weak Law of Large Numbers)

Course Evaluation - written exam

ECTS credits: 2

2 – Physics
(PH1C1-F) Heat Transfer (1st semester) 26 hours lecture; 10 hours class


This course aims to work with the various types of thermal transfer (conduction, convection and radiation) and and the laws that govern them (Fourier, Newton, Planck and Stefan).

Students will put together a thermal heat balance equation of a systems while considering its characteristics and limits.

Students will use the notions of thermal resistance

Students will apply all of the aforementioned to electrical engineering situations.

1. Fundamental notions: temperature, flux, flux density

2. Fundamental laws and limits

3. Heat Balance – producing thermal energy

4. Thermal resistance – applications to housing

5. Heaters – sizing, equations, efficiency

6. Non-steady-state (or transient) heat transfer calculations - Biot number, Fourrier number

7. Thermal propagation – thermal diffusivity, thermometric conductivity

8. Characteristics of radiative transfer

9. Blackbody radiation

10. Greybody radiation

11. Absortivity – the greenhouse effect

Course Evaluation - written exams

ECTS credits: 2
(PH1C2-F) Electromagnetism (1st semester) 20 hours lecture, 12 hours class


At the end of this course students will be able to design (given a set of functional requirements and specifications) a simple electromagnetic setup.

This semester students will

 apply various mathematical equations to electromagnetic situations.

 identify different phenomena (magnetostatic, electrostatic, propagation)

 describe the composing elements of Maxwell Equations

 explain the various phenomena functioning in a capacitor and solve electrostatic problems by taking into account the properties of different materials

 explain the various phenomena present in a magnetic system and resolve problems relating to magnetic fields by taking into account the properties of different materials

 explain the phenomena of propagation by using Maxwell equations to obtain propagation equations

 solve propagation equations while considering the properties of different materials


* Tools and operators (mathematics)

* Introduction to various principles (magneto-static, electrostatic and propagation)

* Introduction to Maxwell’s equations and governing laws

* Study of electrostatics with capacitors

* Study of quasi-static magnetics with transformers

* Study of propagation with wave guides
Course Evaluation – written exam

ECTS credits 2
(PH1C3-F) Mechanics of Solid Systems (1st semester) 20 hours lecture, 12 hours class


1st Year students will be dealing with solid system mechanics involving geometry, kinematics and statics

When modeling solid systems mechanics the 1st year student should be able to:

  • Solve a real-world problem using logical and well-thought out steps

  • Use tools to characterize mechanic actions or movements

Modeling– students will be able to:

* Identify equivalent kinematic groups of mechanisms from documents

* Using predefined links and respecting norms students will be able to construct a link graph or kinematic pattern of a mechanism

* Use a given geometric parameter to position a solid

Complementary modeling skills:

* Interpret the nature of surfaces in contact and identify the normalized associated linkage and its characteristics

* Propose a geometric parameter to find the relative or absolute position of a solid

* Establish a geometric association in the case of a simple link-chain
Kinematics – students will be able to:

* Calculate the vector rotation of a solid in movement in relation to another point

* Calculate the vector speed of a point of a solid in movement in relation to another point

* Associate a normalized link with a kinematic torsion

* Calculate the kinematic torsion of a solid in movement in relation to another point

* Know and recognize simple movements (rectilinear, circular, rotational kinematics, movement on a plane)

* Show non-slippage between two solids and deduce the kinematic link

Complementary skills regarding kinematics:

* Break down complex kinematic movements

* Solving kinematic problems with a methodology incorporating graphs

Statics – students will be able to:

* Calculate from a given force the mechanical action torsor

* Identify and render mechanical actions (equations of force and couple)

* Use Couloumb’s law to study friction

* Apply theorems to solve static electricity problems

Complementary skills regarding statics:

* Select the theorem(s) necessary to solve a given problem

* Solve a static electricity problem using graphing methods

Vector calculation and Screw Theory – students will be able to:

* Master vector calculus (scalar product, vector product, vector derivatives)

* Calculating changes in reduction point, central axis, sum and equality in screw theory, screw theory invariants)

Kinematics & Kinematic modelling

  • Vector derivatives, vectors of rotational speed, moving solid speed, calculating speed, acceleration, contact kinematics

Modelling: using case studies and the following notions

  • Kinematic equivalent models

  • Kinematic pairs

  • Linkage

  • Kinematic diagrams

Torsion/Rotation: transversal notions for kinetics and statics

  • definitions and signs

  • properties

  • central axis

  • types of torsion (torque-slip and couple) – kinematic illustration of instantaneous center of rotation for mechanical movement

  • kinetic torsion

Modeling mechanical actions

  • General models

  • Force: the force of a point in relation to an axis

  • Force couple (or pure moment)

  • Going from specific model to general model

  • Coulomb’s law

Statics of Solid Systems

  • General theorems

  • Solving problems

  • Specific systems with 2 or 3 forces

Course Evaluation – written exam

ECTS credits 2
3 - Electrical Engineering
(GE1C1-F) Combinatory and Sequential Logic (2nd semester) 16 lecture hours, 10 class hours, 9 laboratory hours


*These courses provide the basic techniques necessary for analyzing and designing digital functions.

*To use the fundamental notions of Boolean algebra to understand and design digital and I.T. electronic systems.

*To recognize basic logic functions (logic gates, counters and comparators), describe input/output and explain a logic schemas.

*To determine the necessary logic operator to transform a binary sequence into another.

* To use a logic analyser on a circuit to describe how it functions (in the absence of an electrical schema) and find and functional problems.

* To be able to design sequential logic schemas

Topics covered include number representation, Boolean algebra and the fundamentals and construction of elementary gates, circuits developed from combinatory logic (comparator, decoder and demultiplexer), introduction to sequential logic and its basic components (D, RS, RSH, and JK flip flop circuits), registers and counters, designing and creating a synchronous sequential logic set-up.

Course Evaluation – Labwork evaluations and a written test

ECTS credits: 2
(GE1C2-F) Industrial Control Systems (1st semester) 12 lecture hours, 6 class hours

and (GE1C3-F) Industrial Control Systems Laboratory (1st semester) 12 laboratory hours

*Students will learn elementary functions of industrial control systems.

*For students to be able to argue the advantages of closed loop system versus an open loop system

*For students to be able to quantify the performance of linear control systems (stability, rate and precision)

*For students to be able to calculate the parameters of a PIC controller using various theories and experiments

  • continuous time linear dynamical systems

  • open and closed loop control

  • performance of continuous time linear dynamical systems (accuracy, stability, rapidity)

  • Precision/stability dilemma

  • Basic compensating actions

  • Lead - lag compensators

  • three-term control: proportional, integral, derivative (P, I, and D),

  • Using the Smith predictor

Course Evaluation - 1 written test and evaluations of laboratory work

ECTS credits: 3
(GE1C4-F) Electrical Engineering (2nd semester) 14 lecture hours, 7 class hours

and (GE1C5-F) Electrical Engineering Laboratory (2nd semester) 9 laboratory hours


The professor will present power networks and converters, and the fundamentals of AC/DC motors.


Topics covered include power networks, magnetic circuits, self-induction, AC transformers, DC motors

Course evaluation - 1 written test and evaluations of laboratory work

ECTS credits: 3
(GE1C6-F) Power Electronics (2nd semester) 14 lecture hours, 8 class hours

and (GE1C7-F) Power Electronics Laboratory (2nd semester) 9 laboratory hours


*These classes provide a general overview of power electronics and diode rectifiers.

* For students to understand the uses of power electronics

* For students to become aware of the many industrial applications of power electronics

* For students to understand how semi-conductors work

* For students to master the various rectifier devices

* For students to master series and parallel choppers

* For students to size a power electronics setup from a given set of design specifications


  • Introduction to Power Electronics

  • semiconductors for power electronics

  • the phenomena of rectifying

  • Rectifier devices (half-wave, full-wave, diodes, thyristors)

  • Choppers (electronic switches / DC-DC converters)

Course methodology

 Lecture, exercises in class, laboratory experimentation

 Using simulation tools PSIM for rectifier and chopper design and simulation
Course Evaluation -1 written test and evaluations of laboratory work

ECTS credits: 3
4 – Electronics
Electronics in the “Découvert” Classes (1st semester)

This class is designed to bring students up to speed on the fundamentals of Electronics; this is part of Esigelec’s

Discovery” classes in September and October.1
(EL1C1-F) E1 - Fundamentals of Electronics (1st semester) 5 lecture hours, 10 class hours, 28 laboratory hours


* Students will translate a diagram into a cabling set-up

* Students will measure voltage and continuous current with a mulitmeter

* Students will measure voltage with a multimeter and an oscilloscope (alternate current)

* Students will work with wave shape and learn how to change setting on oscilloscopes

* Students will work with cathode-ray traces

* To put together an electrical circuit in the form of a four-terminal network (transmit gain, input / output impedance)

* Students will work with various theorems from Kirschoff, Millman, Thévenin and understand their importance.

* Students will work with electrical impedance equations

* Students will calculate transfer function and plot its associated graph

* To transcribe a situation into a simulation schema

* To choose the type of analysis (polarisation or time-frequency analysis)

* To identify function block diagrams

* To design a cabling schema from a given electric schema (using BNC connectors correctly)

* To measure voltage using oscilloscopes, multimeters and dB meters

* To create various wave forms, recognize them using an oscilloscope and changing settings

* To measure input/output impedance

* To measure frequency response

* To interpret results of the aforementioned measurements

* To use Excel to plot graphs and schemas

Course Evaluation - written test and evaluations of laboratory work

ECTS credits: 3
(EL1C3-F) E2 - Operational Amplifiers (1st semester) 5 hours lecture, 20 hours laboratory


Students will learn about the limitations of op-amps, the most common circuit applications, how to condition signals, how to choose the right op-amp and how to write a lab report. Students will learn how to design an instrumentation schematic.


Part 1 – Op-amps functioning in the linear range

Introduction & fundamentals

Defaults and limitations

Low pass filters

Instrumentation amplifier

Part 2 – Op-amps and switching

Hysteresis in circuit components

Choosing trigger characteristics

Course Evaluation – 1 written test and evaluations of laboratory work

ECTS credits: 2
(EL1C4-F) E3 - Oscillators (2nd semester) 4 hours lecture, 16 hours laboratory


*Students will be able to create and explain the principles of the most common oscillator circuits

* Students will be able to determine the frequency and the shape a signal (by using and solving all the appropriate equations) from a given oscillator circuit

* Students will be able to identify the limitations of a given application and choose the best adapted circuit and technology


Roles and limitations

Non-sinusoidal oscillators

Sinusoidal oscillators - Wien bridge circuit, RLC circuit, phase-shift oscillators

Quartz oscillators: xo, tcxo, ocxo

Voltage control oscillators: vco, vcxo


Analysis and mathematics

Reading technical documents

PSPICE simulations

Circuit boards (trials and testing)
Course Evaluation

A multiple-choice test and assessment of laboratory work

ECTS credits: 2
(EL1C2-F) E4 - Diodes and Transistors (2nd semester) 4 lecture hours, 16 laboratory


Students will work on describing the working principles of the basic components of diodes and bipolar transistors.

Students will put together and analyze electronic circuits that are used in diodes and transistors and for passive components.

Students will use the tools for creating simulations and measurements.


* Various electric types of diodes

* Introduction to diodes and the various types (zener and led)

* Applications for rectification of alternative signals

* Introduction to bipolar transistors

* Various compositions and characteristics of bipolar transistors

* Introduction to the notions of polarization and how it functions

* Using transistors as a switch

Course Evaluation -1 written test and evaluations of laboratory work

ECTS credits: 2
(EL1C5-F) Electrical Engineering & Electronics Project (2nd semester) 40 hours

Objectives: For students to design and create a LED lighting system (with various settings) using solar energy as the power supply; in order to do this they will

* Establish design specifications and a first order operating diagram

* Be able to explain the uses of the various elements of a detailed operating diagram

* Understand how photovoltaic panels function

* Select a solution for energy storage taking into account technologies, pollution and overload tolerance

* Size a switching mode power supply

* Select an appropriate regulator

* Explain how a LED light works and how they are used

* Choose a light captor adapted to the needs of the project

* Put together a test bed

* Estimate the feasibility of a solution and defend a given choice
Project Evaluation – Project progress assessments and assessment of laboratory work

ECTS credits: 3
5 - I.T.
(IN1C1-F) Programming with Java (1st semester) 9 class hours, 21 tutored hours, 36 hours independent study and work


For students to do the following

* Write, test and set up a Java program and documentation from a given situation

* Use the vocabulary relating to OO languages within the framework of Java

* Explain the design and set up for the life-cycle of a Java program / explain the design process and exploitation of a Java program (what ByteCode is and the role of JVM)

* Use basic functions: editing, compiling, operating, importing and debugging

* Translate into Java a UML class diagram of data (with one or two associated classes)

* Use existing classes and packages

* Put into place exceptions handling
This course will also help students to improve their team-work skills

Fundamental tools and techniques

° Storing information, communicating information, making choices, creating repetitions

Initiation to Object-Oriented programming

° From algorithms to writing functions, classes and objects, UML classes

More tools and techniques

° Collecting objects (a fixed amount and undetermined amount), using it with UML, graphics (windows, labels, buttons and blocks of text)
Course Evaluation: written tests

ECTS credits: 3
(IN1C2-F) UML (2nd semester) 9 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, 18 tutored hours

Objectives – Students will be doing project work so they will be designing 3 diagrams, a pivotal step before the programming stage.

* Recognize use case diagrams, class diagrams, sequence diagrams

* Explain the utility of different diagrams

* Explain, talk about and understand diagrams that they have never seen before

* Explain the function of each diagram and to classify each according to its complexity

* Assess another person’s diagram and improve it (by allowing for UML norms and assessing its coherence)

* Design diagrams according to simple guidelines, and later complex guidelines, using UML fundamentals and their knowledge of diagrams

° Software processes: life cycles

° Presentation of UML: RUP (Rational Unified Process)

° Why Object-Oriented?

° UML use case diagrams, sequence diagrams, class diagrams

° Computer Aided Software Environment (CASE) project: using a UML modeling tool

° Moving from modelling to programming with JAVA: translating into JAVA simple diagrams incorporating association, composition, aggregation and heritage
Course Evaluation – classwork assessments and a written test

ECTS credits: 2
(IN1C3-F) Database Management Systems (1st semester) 2 hours lecture, 12 hours class, 16 hours laboratory

Objectives - At the end of this course students will be able to

* Design a database model, use SQL to create the associated tables, inject and modify data, and set up the necessary inquiries

* Use correctly all the associated terms and jargon

* Explain how a Java application is structured to connect with a data base

* Explain the main characteristics of database management systems, for example in context with a spreadsheet or an I.T. application using files

* Produce a relation schema in third normal form (3NF)

* Put together a UML class diagram (maximum 6 classes) with associations (2 / 3 arity), and class associations

* Write a SQL query

* Describe the relation schema to use from a given UML class diagram (maximum 6 classes)

* Use the CREATE TABLE statement to put together spreadsheets with certain limitations

* Explain the notion of competition for data access and how SQL commit and rollback work
Course Evaluation – classwork and laboratory work assessments

ECTS credits: 2
(IN1C4-F) I.T. Project (2nd semester) 2 hours class, 28 hours laboratory/project

Objectives - At the end of this project students will be able to

* Develop a Java application that uses a database. This project is set up so students follow a specific set of steps and write certain types of documents.

* Students will be able to name and describe 2 cycles of I.T. project development

* Students will be able to estimate the cost of an I.T. project and its schedule in a real-world setting.


° Presentation of software development stages

° Writing design specifications and requirements

° Writing preliminary design documents

° Writing detailed design specifications and documents

° Putting the database into place and developing the application

° Testing and validation
Course Evaluation – project assessments

ECTS credits: 2
1st Year General Studies Curriculum

Humanities, Languages and Management
6 – Communication & General Culture
(CO1C1-F) Communication Skills (1st semester) 14 class hours


This class aims at helping students professionally and academically

  • Professional goal: At the end of this course student will be able to write the minutes of a meeting. This professional document should have the merit of being objective, coherent, and precise to be able to help business decisions to be made

  • Academic goal: At the end of this course student will be able to write a summary from a given document in a given amount of time


° Methods for oral summaries

° Methods for written summaries

° Individual practice at summaries and final editing

° Presentations of oral summaries from group collaborations based on each member’s research

° Presentations of written summaries from group collaborations based on each member’s research

Course Evaluation – Classwork and a final test

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