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Administrator: Tadeusz Obuchowicz Location: COEN 212 = H807 COEN 313 = H859
Courses: COEN 212, COEN 313  

Digital System Design I - COEN 212

Are these terms strange to you? If you want to learn the basics of digital logic, the COEN 212 lab will teach you.  This lab consists of a hands-on approach to learning the fundamentals of digital logic design. 


Administrator: Tadeusz Obuchowicz Location: H813
Courses: COEN 311  

The COEN 311 lab uses the Axiom CMM332 Microcontroller board. In this lab the students learn the basics of programming in assembly language.  The lab consists of 16 individual CMM332 microcontroller boards.  Software development tools include the Windows based AS32 assembler program and the AxIDE software which comes with a single-step debugger and download utilities.


Administrator: Tadeusz Obuchowicz Location: H-859
Courses: COEN 315  

The COEN 315 lab deals with the design and analysis of digital logic circuits at the transistor level.  The lab is equipped with prototyping equipment in the form of breadboards and test and measurement equipment such as oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, and function generators.  Analysis of circuit performance in terms of propagation delays, noise margins, rise and fall times are performed in the lab.


Administrator: Tadeusz Obuchowicz Location: H913
Courses: COEN 317  

The microprocessor systems lab has the goal of building a complete microprocessor based system that records voice input and plays it back.  The COEN 317 lab is accessible only at the scheduled lab hours.  It is equipped with 6 stations.


Administrator: Dan Li Location: H-867
Courses: COEN 421 Lab website

Real-time System lab is made up of four sets of Qball system, which consists of A real-time developMENT workstation, A real-time target machine - A single board computer (SBC) and a Quanser Qball quadcopter as a plant..

The lab is connected to real-time network, which is supported by A real-time management server, A data server and.

More information can be found at ECE Real-time website.

Administrator: Bipinkumar Patel Location: H915
Lab experiments use network analysers, e.g. Wireshark, to analyse network topologies, and teach students fundamentals of communications protocols used in Local Area Networks (LANs). A network analyser helps students understand layered architecture standards (OSI and TCP/IP) and protocols.
A network protocol analyzer lets students to see what's happening on a network on a microscopic level. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.


Administrator: Tadeusz Obuchowicz Location: H-822
Courses: ELEC273, ELEC275,ELEC370  

THE BASIC CIRCUITS & SYSTEMS LAB located in the Hall Building provides the laboratory component of the following core courses : ELEC273 ( Basic Circuit Analysis), ELEC275 (Principles of Elec.Engg.) and Modeling & Analysis of Linear Physical Systems( ELEC370).

Administrator: Jorris Moreau
Location: H822
Courses: ELEC273, ELEC275  

The Basic Circuits and Systems Lab Provides the laboratory components of these core courses: ELEC273 Basic Circuit Analysis for EE students and ELEC275 Principles of Electrical Engineering for non-EE students.  The lab has 10 bench stations where students work together in pairs but submit individual lab reports.  The instruments used in these labs include the digital storage oscilloscope (Tek TDS320), digital multimeters (Fluke8010A, Agilent 34405A), function generator (Instek GFG8216A), ac and dc power supplies and analog wattmeters.  A hardcopy of the oscilloscope display from each station can be printed with the HP4050 laser printer.  Custom project boxes allowing students to easily connect circuit components including resistors, inductors, capacitors and operational amplifiers are employed, as are traditional breadboards.

Each lab consists of five experiments.  The experiments reinforce the material taught in the classroom on a practical level.  Students will develop experience with measuring instruments and writing technical reports.  Introductory material for each experiment as well as a detailed procedure and space for data recording is provided in the Lab Manual sold at the university bookstore.  The manual also describes safety rules, academic expectations, and contains appendices with useful extra content as well as lab instrument reference material.

Summary of experiments:

ELEC273 Lab:
Verification of Kirchoff’s Laws & Circuit Theorems (Superposition, Thevenin, Norton, Maximum Power Transfer), Opamp Circuits, Transient & Frequency Response of First-order & Second-order Circuits, AC Power Measurements.

ELEC275 Lab:
Verification of Ohm’s Law & Thevenin’s Theorem, Transient & Frequency Response of RC, RL, & RLC Circuits, Transformers, Three-Phase Power Measurements, DC Motor characteristics.


Administrator:  Shiyu Qin Location: H-855
Courses: ELEC 311 and ELEC 312 Phone: ext. 4106

This laboratory teaches the students to investigate circuits through simulation and experimentation. For simulation, the students use the student version of Pspice. The primary focus is to understand BJT and MOSFET based circuits. Some of the circuits that are assembled and simulated in ELEC 311 and 312 are, OPAMP, amplifiers, voltage regulators, current mirrors, current source, differential amplifiers, and power amplifier.


Administrator:  Shiyu Qin Location: H-861
Courses: ELEC 321 Phone: 4106
This lab is a requirement for ELEC 321 where students learn about the electrical and material properties of semiconductors. Three of the 5 lab sessions involve simulation type of experiments. The students learn to use Carine software which gives information about the crystalline properties of semiconductor. The remaining two lab sessions are equipment-based experiments where the students observe the absorption of light by semiconductors.

Administrator: Chafic Brikho Location: H-943 and H-945
Courses: ELEC 331, ELEC 433, ELEC 440, ELEC 490 Phone: ext. 3096

Electrical power engineering is the discipline that deals with the generation, distribution and transformation of electrical energy.  The power engineer may work with circuits that range from a large, high-voltage system such as that operated by Hydro-Quebec to a small battery-powered converter in a cell phone.


Administrator: Jorris Moreau Location: H801
Courses: ELEC367  

THE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS LAB, located in H801 in the Hall Building, provides the laboratory component of the course ELEC367 (Introduction to Digital Communication). The lab has a capacity of six stations with two students per station. Students submit individual reports. The labs consist of five hands-on experiments, performed using the LabVolt 9400-Series Communication Lab equipment.

Administrator: Tadeusz Obuchowicz Location: H831  
Courses: ELEC 442    

The ELEC 364 labs introduce the students to the MATLAB programming context. MATLAB is a very porpular and widely used programming language used in a diverse range of scientific and engineering applications.  The objective of these labs are to provide an intrductory level of understanding of MATLAB for eventual use in other courses.  Genreral purpose PCs installed with the MATLAB software are used together with either the Linux or Windows operating systems.


Administrator: Dan Li Location: H-832-6
Courses: ELEC 372  

The Control System lab, which is located in H832-6 in the Hall Building, provides the laboratory component for the course ELEC372 (Fundamentals of Control Systems). ELEC372 is offered in the Fall and Winter terms. The lab has a capacity of eight stations with two students per station. The lab consists of 5 experiments performed using the ECP(Educational Control Products) Model 220 Industrial Emulator servo-trainer which is used in many universities in the USA and Canada.

Visit the lab website for more details.

Administrator:  Shiyu Qin Location: H007
Courses: ELEC 421, 422, 424 Phone: 4106

This is a fabrication facility where the students can learn about fabrication of BJT and MOSFET. More information about the microelectronics laboratory and the equipments used can be found on my homepage.

You can also find here the lab manuals for ELEC 421, 422, and 424.

Administrator: Shiqu Qin Location: H-863
Courses: ELEC 425 Phone: ext. 4106

This facility is linked to ELEC 425. The students in this lab learn about optical fiber communication. They perform 5 experiments that involves fiber splicing, optical coupling (Unidirectional as well as bidirectional), coupling loss etc.

The lab manuals for this course can be found on my homepage.

Administrator: Shiyu Qin Location: H-855
Courses: ELEC 441 Phone: 4106

This lab is attached to ELEC 441 where the students learn about filter design. It consists of 5 lab sessions of which 3 are experimental and two are simulation.
The experimental part uses opamp LM741 and OTA LM 13700. The students test their cuircuits using digital oscilloscope. The simulation part uses Pspice and Hspice.

The lab manual for this course can be purchased at the Bookstore located in the LB building.

Contact Shiyu Qin to learn more.

Administrator:  Bipinkumar Patel Location: H-861 (or any standard PC desktop lab)
Courses: ELEC 442  

This lab consists of sofware simulations performed using MATLAB. 


Administrator: Jorris Moreau Location: H853  
Courses: ELEC 453, ELEC 456    
The microwave laboratory investigates phenomena and devices used in microwave engineering. Topics include:
  • waveguide properties
  • striplines and microstrips
  • microwave couplers and cavities
  • microwave filter design
  • antenna properties

Administrator:  Dan Li Location: H-919
Courses: ELEC 472, ELEC 465 Lab website

ECE Network Laboratory is engaged in teaching and education in the areas of network management, network security, wireless communication, quality of service, network simulation, multimedia and more. There are some advanced network equipment in the lab, such as eight Cisco routers, two Cisco switch,  sixteen Windows/Linux workstations, and three servers. For security consideration, The network lab provides an isolated network for teaching purposes.. See more on the lab website.

Administrator: Dan Li Location: H805-3
Courses: ELEC481 Lab website

This teaching lab is designed for ELEC481 - Linear System, which is provided by the ECE department. Right now this lab has been equipped with four ECP educational control systems::

  1. ECP Model 220 - Servo Mechanism System
  2. ECP Model 505 - Inverted Pendulum 
  3. ECP Model 205 - Torsional Mechanism
  4. ECP Model 730 - Magnetic Levitation 

All ECP system components are made to the highest industrial standards. They have been proven to reliably stand up to many years of continual student use while providing high-performance control and data processing. Advanced data processing and intuitive interface software let you immediately implement your control design - either ECP provided or your own - and characterize system behavior. Easy-to-follow instructions guide you through set-up, system operations. Sections on theory, experiments, and detailed instructor solutions greatly accelerate student learning. For more detailed information. For more inforamtion, visit ECP Systems or the lab website.

Administrator:  Dan Li Location: H-832.02
Courses: ELEC 483 Lab website

Real-time Control System lab is installed with five Quanser Aero, which is a fully integrated dual-motor lab experiment, designed for advanced control research and aerospace applications, that can also be used for teaching control concepts at the undergraduate level. For more information, you can visit Quanser website.

Learn more on ELEC483 lab website.

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