ECEN4002/5002: Digital Signal Processing Lab

Spring 2002


Course description

Class meets Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30PM, Room 1B28.  First class meeting was on 1/15/2002.
This course is a one semester introduction to the design, implementation, and debugging of real time DSP algorithms written in assembly language for an industry-standard DSP microprocessor. The course consists of one lecture per week and approximately 7 laboratory projects.  Each student must complete the laboratory projects individually using the lab stations located in room 1B79.  The course has an open-lab policy:  students may use the lab whenever the building is open and the lab is not in use by another course.

The lab stations consist of the following:

For each of the laboratory projects the students individually prepare a written report, and in most cases demonstrate the software to one of the instructors.  Students enrolled in this course for graduate credit (5002) will receive additional project requirements.



Lab policy

The laboratory is expected to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, EXCEPT Wednesdays 4-6PM AND Fridays 8-10AM when the room is used by the Controls Lab. 

Because there are more students than lab stations, students will be required to share equipment and coordinate individual schedules in a flexible, courteous, and professional manner.  No equipment is to be removed from the lab at any time.

Students in this course work individually, not with partners or teams.  Learning low-level DSP software development requires concentrated individual effort.  Despite the need to share lab stations, each student is expected to work individually and to prepare a unique problem solution.    Let there be no misunderstanding:  working collaboratively or copying the work of another student and submitting it as your own is wholly sufficient grounds for dismissal from the course.

In no case will abuse of equipment, other students, or instructors be tolerated.  If such behavior occurs, an administrative drop will be issued for the student involved.

It is the sole responsibility of the student to maintain backup copies of all source code and other materials developed for each laboratory project, and to prepare the project solution well in advance of the submission deadline.  Personal computer equipment is known to fail, and often at the most inopportune moment.  Don't let a sudden hardware failure blow hours of your effort!

Grading policy

Grading for the course will be based primarily on the results of the laboratory projects and the quality of the lab reports (80%).  Lecture attendance--with active participation--will account for 10% of the course grade, and the remaining 10% of the grade will be based on the student's lab skills as observed during the semester by the instructors.