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Systems and Computer Engineering

Mackenzie Building 4456
Telephone: (613) 520-5740
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The Department

Chair of the Department: R.A. Goubran

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies: S. Majumdar

Director, Telecommunications Technology Management Program: A.J. Bailetti

In addition to University and Graduate Faculty regulations, all Engineering departments share common procedures that are described in Section 18 of the General Regulations section of this Calendar.

The Department of Systems and Computer Engineering has a large and active graduate program. We offer five graduate programs of study:

  • M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering
  • M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering
  • M.Eng. in Telecommunications Technology Management
  • M.Sc. in Information and Systems Science
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

In addition, certain faculty members in the department are members of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Computer Science, which offers a program leading to the M.C.S. degree. This program is more fully described in the Institute's section of this Calendar.

The programs are described in more detail below.

Fields of Research and Study

Research in the Department centres upon the analysis and design of engineering systems which process and transmit information and have computers as components. Within this context, several interrelated areas of study receive major attention:

Communication Systems

  • Broadband, ATM, and Multimedia Networks
  • Wireless Data Networks
  • Portable and Mobile Communication Systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Network Management
  • Software Methods
  • Coding and Information Theory

Computer Systems

  • CAD/CASE of Software and Systems
  • Real-Time and Distributed Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Object-Oriented Systems
  • Design and Management of Distributed Application Systems
  • Computer Resource Management
  • Modeling of Client-Server Systems
  • Data Base Systems
  • Knowledge-based Systems
  • Image Processing Systems
  • Signal Processing Systems
  • Robotic Systems
  • Control Systems

Analysis Techniques

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Performance Analysis
  • Optimization

Management of Engineering Processes

  • Management of Design Systems
  • Software Project Management
  • Business and Technology Opportunities
  • Integrated Product Development

Course work provides students with the fundamental material and allows specialization in one or more of the above areas as desired. Thesis topics include both theoretical studies and the related problems of practicable realizations.

Industrial Connections

The Department is a member of several Centres of Excellence:

  • The Canadian Institute for Telecom-munications Research
  • Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO) (this replaces the older Telecommunications Research Institute of Ontario of which we were founding members).
  • TeleLearning Network (TLN), a National Centre of Excellence.

Current research areas of the centres with major participation from the Departments are: broadband ISDN access networks, transmission methods for ISDN, methods for telecommunications software, mobile and portable wireless networks, VLSI in communications and network management using artificial intelligence methods, and wireless indoor digital communications.

Full advantage is taken of the technology-oriented industry-government-university complex in the Ottawa area. Co-operative projects are in progress with Nortel, Newbridge, Mitel, Stentor, the Department of Communications, Communications Research Centre, NRC, Bell Canada and the Department of National Defence. We are also involved in the Research Program in Managing Technological Change (MATCH), which is of particular interest to students in the M.Eng. in Telecommunications Technology Management.

Research Facilities

The Department has an excellent collection of facilities for advanced research in systems and computer engineering. There are about 100 engineering workstations, primarily SUN, but also NT and other types, on an Ethernet local area network, multiprocessor target systems, and many other stand-alone and networked workstations. The network is part of the Internet and so has access to the World Wide Web, electronic mail, network news, and much public domain research software. There are also numerous high-end PCs and Macintosh computers, many equipped for desktop video conferencing.

Software includes all of the standard programming and AI languages, symbolic algebra systems, wordprocessors, and various packages specific to telecommunications, signal processing, performance analysis, software engineering, and other areas of research.

The communications and image and signal processing labs provide state-of-the-art test, measurement, and prototyping facilities which include radio transmission and test equipment (up to EHF frequencies), co-processor boards, audio equipment, data acquisition hardware, interactive video conferencing lab equipment, robots, etc.

The main research laboratories include the following:

  • Broadband Networks
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Image Processing
  • Internet System Software Performance
  • Managing Technological Change
  • Mobile and Portable Communications
  • Network Management and Artificial Intelligence
  • Personal Communication Systems
  • Radio Communications
  • Real-Time and Distributed Systems
  • Robotics, Automation, and Control
  • TeleLearning

Master of Applied Science and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

The M.A.Sc. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering are offered through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering (OCIECE) which is jointly administered by the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and the Department of Electronics at Carleton University, and the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa. For further information about the M.A.Sc. and the M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, including admission and program requirements, please see the Institute's section in this Calendar.

The M.Eng. is also available as part of ConGESE (Consortium for Graduate Education in Software Engineering), a collaborative program offering a specialization in software engineering. This program is geared towards software professionals working for participating industrial partners. The ConGESE program imposes further regulations and requirements on the existing program. The degree awarded will in each case specify the discipline of the participating unit with specialization in software engineering. Additional information is available from the graduate supervisor.

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering is offered through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering (OCIECE) which is jointly administered by the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and the Department of Electronics at Carleton University, and the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa. For further information about the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, including admission and program requirements, please see the Institute's section of this Calendar.

Master of Science in Information and Systems Science

The M.Sc. in Information and Systems Science is specifically designed for those who do not have a background in electrical engineering or computer science. This program is offered in cooperation with the School of Computer Science and the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Carleton University. Please see the Information and Systems Science section of this Calendar for details.

Master of Engineering in Telecommunications Technology Management

The Department of Systems and Computer Engineering offers a program of study and research leading to the degree of Master of Engineering in Telecommunications Technology Management.

The objective of the program is to train engineers and computer scientists to become competent and efficient managers of the engineering processes that deliver innovative telecommunications systems, products, and services. The emphasis is on design, development, manufacture, and technical support, areas for which engineers are normally responsible and where their technical expertise and practical knowledge are critical.

The program focuses on research in the synthesis between communication systems engineering and management of engineering processes. Within this context the following areas receive major attention:

  • Management of Engineering Processes
  • Network Design, Protocols and Performance
  • Software Engineering
  • Wireless and Satellite Communications
  • Manufacturing Systems Analysis Close links are maintained with the engineering and technological communities, and an effort is made to direct students to thesis and project work of current theoretical and practical significance. The research results should provide useful contributions to the efficient management of engineering processes and the related activities in the telecommunications field.

Admission Requirements

The normal requirement for admission to the master's program is a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer science or a related discipline, with at least high honours standing. Candidates are required to have two years experience in technical work in telecommunications prior to admission.

Candidates applying for admission with degrees not in the discipline of engineering will be considered by the admissions committee. The committee is responsible for establishing criteria for degree equivalencies.

Program Requirements

Subject to the approval of the admissions committee, students in the master's program may choose to complete the degree by successfully completing either a thesis or a project.

Master's Degree by Thesis

All master's students in the thesis option are required to complete a total of 5.5 credits as follows:

  • 1.5 compulsory credits including: TTMG 5001; TTMG 5002; and TTMG 5003
  • 2.0 approved credits from the list of restricted elective courses below
  • a thesis equivalent to 2.0 credits

Master's Degree by Project

All master's students in the project option are required to complete a total of 5.5 credits of which at least 5.0 must be at the 5000-level or above, as follows:

  • 1.5 compulsory credits including: TTMG 5001; TTMG 5002; and TTMG 5003
  • 2.0 approved credits from the list of restricted elective courses below
  • 1.0 credit of approved non-restricted electives
  • a graduate project equivalent to 1.0 credit

Restricted Elective Courses

Students in the master's program must complete 1.0 credit in the field of management of engineering processes and 1.0 credit in communication systems engineering. Courses in each of the four sub-fields and the field of management of engineering processes are listed below.

The sub-fields in communication systems engineering are:

  • Software Engineering
  • Wireless and Satellite Communications
  • Network Design, Protocols and Performance
  • Manufacturing Systems Analysis

All courses in the field of communication systems engineering are offered by the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and begin with the prefix SYSC.

Communication Systems Engineering

Software Engineering
SYSC 5007, SYSC 5101, SYSC 5301, SYSC 5305, SYSC 5503, SYSC 5701, SYSC 5703, SYSC 5704, SYSC 5706, SYSC 5707, SYSC 5709, SYSC 5802
Wireless and Satellite Communications
SYSC 5503, SYSC 5504, SYSC 5606, SYSC 5608
Network Design, Protocols and Performance
SYSC 5001, SYSC 5004, SYSC 5005, SYSC 5007, SYSC 5101, SYSC 5109, SYSC 5201, SYSC 5207, SYSC 5503, SYSC 5607, SYSC 5706, SYSC 5801, SYSC 5808
Manufacturing Systems Analysis
SYSC 5001, SYSC 5004, SYSC 5802, EAJC 5207
Management of Engineering Processes
TTMG 5004, TTMG 5005, TTMG 5006, TTMG 5008, TTMG 5100, TTMG 5101, TTMG 5102, TTMG 5103, TTMG 5104

Non-Restricted Elective Courses

All students in the project option of the master's program are required to complete 1.0 credit from those offered by the Department of Electronics, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, School of Industrial Design, or School of Computer Science.

Graduate Courses

Not all of the following courses are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for 2003-2004, please consult the Registration Instructions and Class Schedule booklet, published in the summer.

Course Designation System

Carleton's course designation system has been restructured. The first entry of each course description below is the new alphanumeric Carleton course code, followed by its credit value in brackets. The old Carleton course number (in parentheses) is included for reference, where applicable. To determine the term of offering, consult the Registration Instructions and Class Schedule booklet, or online at:

The list of courses in the field of communication systems engineering, beginning with the prefix SYSC, are described below. Courses in the field of management of engineering processes, beginning with the prefix TTMG are described following this list.

SYSC 5001 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.501) (ELG 6101)
Simulation and Modeling
Simulation as a problem solving tool. Random variable generation, general discrete simulation procedure: event table and statistical gathering. Analyses of simulation data: point and interval estimation. Confidence intervals. Overview of modeling, simulation and problem solving using SIMSCRIPT, MODSIM and other languages.
SYSC 5003 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.503) (ELG 6103I)
Discrete Stochastic Models
Models for software, computer systems, and communications networks, with discrete states, instantaneous transitions and stochastic behaviour. Communicating finite state machines and Petri Nets. Review of concepts of probability, and of Markov Chains with discrete and continuous parameters. Basic queuing theory. Numerical methods for Markov Models.
SYSC 5004 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.504) (ELG 6104)
Mathematical Programming for Engineering Applications
Introduction to algorithms and computer methods for optimizing complex engineering systems. Includes linear programming, networks, nonlinear programming, integer and mixed-integer programming, genetic algorithms and search methods, and dynamic programming. Emphasizes practical algorithms and computer methods for engineering applications.
SYSC 5005 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.505) (ELG 6105)
Optimization Theory and Methods
Advanced theory, algorithms and computer methods for optimization. Interior point methods for linear optimization, advanced methods for nonlinear and mixed-integer optimization. Search methods. Applications in engineering.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5004 or the equivalent.
SYSC 5006 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.506) (ELG 6106)
Design of Real-Time and Distributed Systems
Characteristics of real-time and distributed systems. Modern midware systems, such as CORBA, DCE, RMI for building distributed applications: advantages and disadvantages. Analyzing designs for robustness, modularity, extensibility, portability and performance. Implementation issues. Major course project.
Prerequisites: SYSC 3303 and SYSC 5708 or similar experience.
SYSC/COMP 5007 [0.5 credit] (formerly 95.507) (ELG 6107)
Expert Systems
Survey of some landmark expert systems; types of architecture and knowledge representation; interferencing techniques; approximate reasoning; truth maintenance; explanation facilities; knowledge acquisition. A project to implement a small expert system will be assigned.
Prerequisite: COMP 4007 or COMP 5001 or permission of the Department.
SYSC 5101 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.511) (ELG 6111)
Design of High Performance Software
Designing software to demanding performance specifications. Design analysis using models of computation, workload, and performance. Principles to govern design improvement for sequential, concurrent and parallel execution, based on resource architecture and quantitative analysis.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5704 and a course in software engineering, or the equivalent.
SYSC 5102 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.512) (ELG 6112)
Performance Measurement and Modeling of Distributed Applications
Performance measurements, metrics and models of midware based systems and applications. Benchmarks, workload characterization, and methods for capacity planning and system sizing. Performance monitoring infrastructures for operating systems and applications. Introduction to the design and analysis of experiments and the interpretation of measurements.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5101 or the equivalent.
SYSC 5103 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.513) (ELG 6113)
Software Agents
Agent-based programming; elements of Distributed Artificial Intelligence; beliefs, desires and intentions;component-based technology; languages for agent implementations; interface agents; information sharing and coordination; KIF; collaboration; communication; ontologies; KQML; autonomy; adaptability; security issues; mobility; standards; agent design issues and frameworks, applications in telecommunications.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of Java, C/C++ or Smalltalk.
SYSC 5105 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.515) (ELG 6115)
Software Quality Engineering and Management
All aspects of software quality engineering. Software testing, at all stages of the software development and maintenance life cycle. Software reviews and inspections. Use of software measurement and quantitative modeling for the purpose of software quality control and improvement.
Precludes additional credit for CSI 5111
(COMP 5501).
Prerequisites: An undergraduate course in software engineering such as SYSC 4800 or SEG 3300, or equivalent, and basic statistics.
SYSC 5108 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.518) (ELG 6118)
Topics in Information Systems
Recent and advanced topics in the field of Information Systems and its related areas.
SYSC 5109 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.519) (ELG 6119)
Teletraffic Engineering
Congestion phenomena in telephone systems, and related telecommunications networks and systems, with an emphasis on the problems, notation, terminology, and typical switching systems and networks of the operating telephone companies. Analytical queuing models and applications to these systems.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5503 or ELG 5119 or the equivalent.
SYSC 5200 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.520) (ELG 6120)
Algebraic Coding Theory
Review of Algebra, Finite Fields, Linear Block Coldes and their Properties, Hamming Codes, Cyclic Codes, Hadamard Matrices and Hadamard Codes, Golay Codes, Reed-Muller Codes, BCH and Reed-Solomon Codes, Decoding Algorithms, Coding Bounds.
Precludes additional credit for SYSC 5507 (ELG 6157).
SYSC 5201 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.521) (ELG 6121)
Computer Communication
Computer network types, introductory queuing theory and performance analysis. OSI layering and BISDN layering modifications. Data link layer. Local area networks and random access (CSMA- CD, switched ethernet, token ring, wireless LAN). Public Networks. IP networks, addressing, routing. Transport layer, flow control. Introduction to ISDN.
Precludes additional credit for EACJ 5607
(ELG 5374) or SYSC 4602 (ELG 4181).
Prerequisite: Undergraduate preparation in probability theory equivalent to Mathematics 69.352.
SYSC 5207 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.527) (ELG 6127)
Distributed Systems Engineering
Techniques for representing distributed systems: precedence graphs, petrinets, communicating state-machines etc. Processes, threads, synchronization and inter-process communication techniques, RPC. Protocol: OSI model, application and presentation layers. Middleware for client-server application management, CORBA. Resource management: processor allocation and load sharing. Real-time issues and scheduling.
Prerequisites: Permission of the Department.
SYSC 5300 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.530) (ELG 6130)
Health Care Engineering
Overview of health care system/participants; biophysical measurements for diagnosis/monitoring; biomedical sensors/technology; telemedicine and applications; safety considerations; managing medical technologies/funding models for clinical engineering departments; considerations for developing countries.
Precludes additional credit for ELG 5123 (COMP 5206).
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
SYSC 5305 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.535) (ELG 6135)
Representations, Methods and Tools for Concurrent Systems
Selected representations and methods for concurrent systems, such as UML, UML-RT, SDL, supported by current and emerging CASE tools. Comparison, differences, advantages and disadvantages. A colloquium course with most lectures consisting of student presentations based on experience with different CASE tools. Limited enrolment.
Prerequisite: permission of the Department.
SYSC 5306 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.536) (ELG 6136)
Mobile Computing Systems
Systems to build mobile applications. Covers data link layer to application layer. Emphasis on existing wireless infrastructure and IETF protocols. Focuses on view of mobile application developer; communication systems, middleware and application frameworks, defacto standards proposed/developed by industry consortia.
Precludes additional credit for COMP 5402 (CSI 5142).
Prerequisites: EACJ 5607 (ELG 5374) or SYSC 5201 (ELG 6121) or permission of the Department.
SYSC 5401 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.541) (ELG 6141)
Adaptive and Learning Systems
System identification. Least squares and recursive identification techniques. Asymptotic and theoretical properties. Model structure selection. Prediction and estimation. Model reference adaptive control and self-tuning regulators. Nonlinear adaptive systems. Stability. Neural networks and neuro-control. Applications to robotics, control and pattern recognition.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5502 or equivalent.
SYSC 5402 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.542) (ELG 6142)
Advanced Dynamics With Applications to Robotics
Lagrange equations and Hamilton's principle. Dynamics of lumped parameter and continuous systems. Natural modes and natural frequencies. Forced vibrations. Stability and bifurcation. Kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Gyroscopic effects. Forward and inverse kinematics of robot manipulators. Denavit-Hartenberg notation. Derivation of manipulator dynamics.
SYSC 5502 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.552) (ELG 6152)
Advanced Linear Systems
Modeling and state space realization. Review of signals and systems. Solution to the matrix DE. Discrete time systems and the Z transform. Canonical representations and transformations. Controllability, observability and controller and observer design. LQR design and the Kalman filter. Numerous examples and applications.
SYSC 5503 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.553) (ELG 6153)
Stochastic Processes
Basic concepts of randomness, as applied to communications, signal processing, and queuing systems; probability theory, random variables, stochastic processes; random signals in linear systems; introduction to decision and estimation; Markov chains and elements of queuing theory.
Precludes additional credit for EACJ 5109 (ELG 5119).
SYSC 5504 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.554) (ELG 6154)
Principles of Digital Communication
Elements of communication theory and information theory applied to digital communications systems. Characterization of noise and channel models. Optium Receiver theory. Modulation and coding for reliable transmission: MPSK, MQAM, M-ary orthogonal modulation. Channel coding, trellis coded modulation. Spread spectrum and CDMA communications.
Precludes additional credit for EACJ 5506 (ELG 5375).
Prerequisite: SYSC 5503 or ELG 5119 or the equivalent (may be taken concurrently).
SYSC 5506 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.556) (ELG 5170)
Information Theory
Measure of information: entropy, relative entrophy, mutual information, asymptotic equipartition property, entropy rates for stochastic processes; Data compression: Huffman code, arithmetic coding; Channel capacity: random coding bound, reliability function, Blahut-Arimoto algorithm, Gaussian channels, coloured Gaussian noise and "water-filling"; Rate distortion theory; Network information theory.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5503 (ELG 6153) or ELG 5119 (ISYS 5109) or equivalent.
Precludes credit for EACJ 5501 (ELG 5170).
SYSC 5508 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.558) (ELG 6158)
Digital Systems Architecture
New architectural concepts are introduced. Discussion of programmable architectures (micro-controllers, DSPs, GP) and FPGAs. Memory interfacing. Scalable, superscalar, RISC, CISC, and VLIW concepts. Parallel structures: SIMD, MISD and MIMD. Fault tolerant systems and DSP architectures. Examples of current systems are used for discussions.
Prerequisite: SYSC 4507 or the equivalent.
SYSC 5600 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.560) (ELG 6160)
Adaptive Signal Processing
Theory and techniques of adaptive filtering, including Wiener filters, gradient and LMS methods; adaptive transversal and lattice filters; recursive and fast recursive least squares; convergence and tracking performance; implementation. Applications, such as adaptive prediction, channel equalization, echo cancellation, source coding, antenna beamforming, spectral estimation.
Precludes additional credit for EACJ 5800 (ELG 5377).
Prerequisites: SYSC 5503 or ELG 5119 or equivalent; SYSC 5602 or ELG 5376 or equivalent.
SYSC 5601 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.561) (ELG 6161)
Neural Signal Processing
Multidimensional function approximation. The least squares adaptive algorithm and the generalized dela rule. Multi-layered perceptrons and the back-propagation algorithm. Approximation of non-linear functions. Radial basis functions. Self-organizing maps. Applications of neural signal processing to control, communications and pattern recognition.
Precludes additional credit for EACJ 5709 (ELG 5796).
Prerequisite: SYSC 5503 or ELG 6153 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with SYSC 5503.
SYSC 5602 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.562) (ELG 6162)
Digital Signal Processing
Review of discrete time signals and systems, A/D and D/A conversions, representation in time, frequency, and Z domain, DFT/FFT transforms, FIR/IIR filter design, quantization effects. Correlation functions. Cepstrum analysis. Multi-rate signal processing. Power spectrum estimation. Introduction to joint time-frequency analysis. DSP architecture: implementation approaches. Applications.
Precludes additional credit for EACJ 5507 (ELG 5376).
SYSC 5603 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.563) (ELG 6163)
Digital Signal Processing: Microprocessors, Software and Applications
Characteristics of DSP algorithms and architectural features of current DSP chips: TMS320, DSP-56xxx, AD-21xxx and SHARC. DSP multiprocessors and fault tolerant systems. Algorithm/software/hardware architecture interaction, program activity analysis, development cycle, and design tools. Case studies: LPC, codecs, FFT, echo cancellation, Viterbi decoding.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5602 or ELG 5376 or equivalent.
SYSC 5604 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.564) (ELG 6164)
Advanced Topics in Digital Signal Processing
Recent and advanced topics in the field of digital signal processing and its related areas.
Prerequisites: SYSC 5602 or ELG 5376 or the equivalent.
SYSC 5605 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.565) (ELG 6165)
Advanced Digital Communication
Techniques and performance of digital signalling and equalization over linear bandlimited channels with additive Gaussian noise. Fading multipath channels: diversity concepts, modeling and error probability performance evaluation. Synchronization in digital communications. Spread spectrum in digital transmission over multipath fading channels.
Precludes additional credit for EACJ 5704 (ELG 5780).
Prerequisite: SYSC 5504 or the equivalent.
SYSC 5606 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.566) (ELG 6166)
Introduction to Mobile Communications
Mobile radio channel characterization: signal strength prediction techniques and statistical coverage; fading; delay spread; interference models and outage probabilities. Digital modulation and transmission system performance. Signal processing techniques: diversity and beamforming, adaptive equalization, coding. Applications to TDMA and CDMA cellular systems.
Co-requisite: Can be taken concurrently with SYSC 5503 and SYSC 5504.
SYSC 5607 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.567) (ELG 6167)
Source Coding and Data Compression
Discrete and continuous sources. Discrete sources: Huffman coding & run length encoding. Continuous sources: waveform construction coding; PCM, DPMC, delta modulation; speech compression by parameter extraction; predictive encoding; image coding by transformation and block quantization. Fourier and Walsh transform coding. Applications to speech, television, facsimile.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5503 or ELG 5119 or the equivalent.
SYSC 5608 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.568) (ELG 6168)
Wireless Communications Systems Engineering
Multi-user cellular and personal radio communication systems; frequency reuse, traffic engineering, system capacity, mobility and channel resource allocation. Multiple access principles, cellular radio systems, signalling and interworking. Security and authentication. Wireless ATM, satellite systems, mobile location, wireless LANs, wireless local loops, broadband wireless, etc.
Corequisites: SYSC 5503 or ELG 5119, and SYSC 5504 or ELG 5375, or their equivalents.
SYSC 5609 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.569) (ELG 6169)
Digital Television
Television standards: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, and HDTV. Sampling and quantization of television signals: rec 601-1. Digital video compression: inter and intra-frame methods, spatial and transform/wavelet coding; H.261 and MPEG standards. Video conferencing systems and other digital video processing applications.
SYSC 5700 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.570) (ELG 6170)
Spread Spectrum Systems
Types of spread spectrum systems, FH and DS-SS, Hybrid DS/FH-SS. Pseudo-noise generators: statistical properties of M sequences, Galois field connections, Gold codes. Code tracking loops, initial synchronization of receiver spreading code. Performance in jamming environments and fading channels. Code division multiple access systems.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5504 or (ELG 6154) or the equivalent.
SYSC 5701 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.571) (CSI 5117)
Operating System Methods for Real-Time Applications
Principles and methods for operating system design with application to real-time, embedded systems. Concurrent programming: mechanisms and languages; design approaches and issues; run-time support (kernel). Methods for hard real-time applications. Methods for distributed systems. Programming assignments in a suitable programming language.
Prerequisites: SYSC 3303 or SYSC 5704 or equivalent courses and/or experience. Programming experience in high level and assembly languages.
SYSC 5703 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.573) (ELG 6173)
Integrated Database Systems
Database definitions, applications, architectures. Conceptual design based on entity-relationship, object-oriented models. Relational data model: relational algebra and calculus, normal forms, data definition and manipulation languages. Database management systems: transaction management, recovery and concurrency control. Current trends: object-oriented, knowledge-based, multimedia, distributed databases.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5704 or the equivalent.
SYSC 5704 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.574) (ELG 6174)
Elements of Computer Systems
Concepts in basic computer architecture, assembly languages, high level languages including object orientation, compilers and operating system concepts (including concurrency mechanisms such as processes and threads and computer communication). Designed for graduate students without extensive undergraduate preparation in computer system engineering (or the equivalent experience).
Prerequisites: Programming experience with at least one high level language and permission of the Department.
SYSC 5706 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.576) (ELG 6176)
Analytical Performance Models of Computer Systems
Analytical modeling techniques for performance analysis of computing systems. Theoretical techniques covered include single and multiple class queuing network models, together with a treatment of computational techniques, approximations, and limitations. Applications include scheduling, memory management, peripheral devices, databases, multiprocessing, and distributed computing.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5003, SYSC 5503 or ELG 5119, or the equivalent.
SYSC 5708 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.578) (ELG 6178)
Development of Real-Time and Distributed Software with Reusable Components
Advanced object-oriented design and programming of real-time and distributed systems using C++ and/or Java. Object-oriented features: inheritance, polymorphism, templates, exception handling. Concurrency issues. Design patterns and frameworks for distributed systems, with examples from communication applications. Design issues for reusable software.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of C++ and/or Java, of operating system concepts, and permission of the Department.
SYSC 5709 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.579) (ELG 6179)
Advanced Topics in Software Engineering
Recent and advanced topics in the field of software engineering and related areas. Primary references are recent publications in the field.
Prerequisite: permission of the Department.
SYSC 5800 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.580) (ELG 6180)
Network Computing
Design and Java implementation of distributed applications that use telecommunication networks as their computing platform. Basics of networking; Java networking facilities. Introduction to open distributed processing; CORBA, JavalDL, JavaRMI, CGI/HTTP, DCOM, Componentware; Enterprise JavaBeans, ActiveX. Agents: Java code mobility facilities. Security issues; Java security model.
SYSC 5801 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.581) (ELG 6181)
Advanced Topics in Computer Communications
Recent and advanced topics in computer-communication networks intended as a preparation for research. Students are expected to contribute to seminars or present lectures on selected topics.
Prerequisites: SYSC 5201 or ELG 5374 or equivalent and permission of the Department.
SYSC 5802 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.582) (ELG 6182)
Introduction to Information and System Science
An introduction to the process of applying computers in problem solving. Emphasis on the design and analysis of efficient computer algorithms for large, complex problems. Applications in a number of areas are presented: data manipulation, databases, computer networks, queuing systems, optimization. (Also listed as MATH 5802, COMP 5802 and ISYS 5802.)
SYSC 5803 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.583) (ELG 6183)
Logic Programming
Review of relational databases, first order predicate calculus, semantics of first order models, deductive querying. Proof theory, unification and resolution strategies. Introduction to Prolog, and/or parallelism and Concurrent Prolog. Applications in knowledge representation and rule-based expert systems.
SYSC 5804 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.584) (ELG 6184)
Advanced Topics in Communications Systems
Recent and advanced topics in communications systems.
Prerequisite: permission of the Department.
SYSC 5806 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.586) (ELG 6186)
Object Oriented Design of Real-Time and Distributed Systems
Advanced course in software design dealing with design issues at a high level of abstraction. Design models: use case maps for high-level behaviour description; UML for traditional object-oriented concerns. Design patterns. Forward, reverse, and re-engineering. Substantial course project on applications chosen by students.
Prerequisite: permission of the Department.
SYSC 5807 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.587) (ELG 6187)
Advanced Topics in Computer Systems
Recent and advanced topics in computer systems. The course will generally focus on one or more of the following areas: specification, design, implementation, and modeling/analysis. Students may be expected to contribute to lectures or seminars on selected topics.
Prerequisite: permission of the Department.
SYSC 5808 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.588) (ELG 6188)
Communications Network Management
Network management issues. WANs and LANs. The internet and ISO models of network management. Network management protocols SNMP, CMIP, CMOT, etc. Events, Managed Objects and MIBs. Fault management techniques. Current diagnostic theory and its limitations. AI and Machine learning approaches. Monitoring and fault management tools.
Prerequisite: SYSC 5201 or equivalent.
SYSC 5900 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.590)
Systems Engineering Project
Students pursuing the non-thesis M.Eng. program conduct an engineering study, analysis, and/or design project under the supervision of a faculty member.
SYSC 5901 [1.0 credit] (formerly 94.591)
Systems Engineering Project
Project similar to SYSC 5900, but either of greater scope or longer duration.
SYSC 5903 [1.0 credit] (formerly 94.593)
Cooperative Program Project
A one-term course, carrying a full-course credit, for students pursuing the cooperative M.Eng. program. An engineering study, analysis, and/or design project under the supervision of a faculty member. This course may be repeated for credit.
MATH/SYSC/COMP 5905 [2.0 credits] (formerly 95.595)
M.C.S. Thesis
SYSC 5906 [0.5 credit] (formerly 94.596) (ELG 6196)
Directed Studies
MATH/ISYS/SYSC/COMP 5908 [1.5 credits] (formerly 95.598)
M.Sc. Thesis in Information and Systems Science
SYSC 5909 [2.0 credits] (formerly 94.599)
M.Eng. Thesis
SYSC 6909 (formerly 94.699)
Ph.D. Thesis
The following are courses in the field of management of engineering processes, and begin with the prefix TTMG.
TTMG 5001 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.501)
Management Principles for Engineers
Develops a common level of knowledge among students on topics in project management, leadership, industrial marketing, managerial economics and organizational behaviour. These topics are relevant for engineers and computer scientists who manage the engineering processes that deliver innovative telecommunications systems, products and services.
TTMG 5002 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.502)
Telecommunications Technology
Fundamentals of telecommunications technology with emphasis on importance of bandwidth, communications reliability and networks. Topics include: information sources and coding of outputs; channel characteristics; signals; networks, signalling and switching; standards and regulation; major world systems and operators; and the thrust of new and future technology.
TTMG 5003 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.503)
Issues in Telecommunications
Discussion of key readings relevant to the telecommunications industry. Topics include the introduction of new products to the global market, technology sourcing, intellectual property rights, industry trends, technology and ethics, user interface design, new business opportunities and product identification, industry characteristics, regulation and international competition.
TTMG 5004 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.504)
Management of Design Systems
The focus is on how to design, maintain, expand and evolve organizations that deliver hardware, software and systems designs, and on the methods and tools used to improve their performance. Topics include: essence of design; how to set-up and lead fast-to-market organizations.
Prerequisite: TTMG 5001 and TTMG 5002.
TTMG 5005 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.505)
Management of Telecommunications System Design
The focus is on the groups that evolve the architecture and technological infrastructures of firms and on product management. Topics include: relationship between architecture and product management; appropriability regimes; technology and complementary assets; managing projects that deliver products at different stages of their life cycles.
Prerequisite: TTMG 5001 and TTMG 5002.
TTMG 5006 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.506)
Management of Software Engineering Projects
Models for the development of software. Software project management tools. Quality control. Risk assessment and management. Examples are drawn from software development in telecommunications applications.
Prerequisite: TTMG 5001 and TTMG 5002.
TTMG 5008 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.508)
Corporate Communications Networks
Communications networks as a vital resource within organizations. Private networks as an infrastructure for information flow within a firm and across its interfaces. Applications and operations of corporate telecommunications networks. Networks as a source of competitive advantage. Implementation issues.
Prerequisite: TTMG 5001 and TTMG 5002.
TTMG 5100 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.510)
Communications Standards
Importance of global standards in telecommunications and information technology for product development and business. Relevant public standards classified by type. The standards setting process. Formulation and execution of standards setting strategies. Integrating the firm's standards program with engineering processes, product management, systems groups and marketing.
Prerequisite: TTMG 5001 and TTMG 5002.
TTMG 5101 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.511)
Integrated Product Development
The new product introduction process and time-based competition, basic concepts of integrated product development (concurrent engineering), the voice of the customer, quality function deployment, cross-functional teams, integrating information systems and technical tools, organizational support, manufacturing and design, cost estimation, implementation problems.
Prerequisite: TTMG 5001 and TTMG 5002.
TTMG 5102 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.512)
Managing Full-Scale Production
Overall philosophy of just-in-time and time-based competition; just-in-time production and manufacturing resource planning; total quality management; socio-technical systems and employee participation; advanced manufacturing; manufacturing and facilities strategy, capacity planning; manufacturing flexibility; product/process evolution and the experience curve; service aspects of manufacturing.
Prerequisite: TTMG 5001 and TTMG 5002.
TTMG 5103 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.513)
Advanced Topics in Telecommunications Technology Management
In-depth exploration of an advanced topic in the field of telecommunications technology management. A different topic is covered each semester and more than one section, with different topics, may be offered in the same semester.
Prerequisite: One of TTMG 5004, TTMG 5005, TTMG 5101, or TTMG 5102.
TTMG 5104 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.514)
Directed Studies in Design and Manufacturing Management
The student explores, through extensive literature surveys, specific topics in the areas of design and manufacturing management. The objective is to acquire a suitable background to initiate and complete thesis work requiring this preparation. Precludes credit for any other directed studies in the program.
TTMG 5901 [1.0 credit] (formerly 96.591)
M.Eng. Project
TTMG 5909 [2.0 credits] (formerly 96.599)
M.Eng. Thesis
TTMG 5104 [0.5 credit] (formerly 96.514)
Directed Studies in Design and Manufacturing Management
The student explores, through extensive literature surveys, specific topics in the areas of design and manufacturing management. The objective is to enable study on a specific topic to acquire a suitable background to initiate and complete thesis work. Precludes credit for any other directed studies.
TTMG 5901 [1.0 credit] (formerly 96.591)
M.Eng. Project
TTMG 5909 [2.0 credits] (formerly 96.599)
M.Eng. Thesis
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