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Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Bachelor Information
Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars
A minimum of 18 cp must be obtained from the category "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars".
Projects & Seminars
A maximum of 13 cp can be obtained from Projects & Seminars. Each course can be registered for only once.
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
227-0085-20LProjects & Seminars for 1 CP (2) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W1 credit1PProfessors
AbstractTo enhance skills in practical work, team work, preparation and presentation of ones work; acquiring of knowledge in learning and project methodologies as well as to enhance motivation to look into the basics and applications. Procurement of skills in the area of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology that are useful for the remaining terms as well during ones work life.
Objectivesee above
Prerequisites / NoticeEnrollment through the Online-Tool, https://isgapps.ee.ethz.ch/ppsapp/
227-0085-30LProjects & Seminars for 2 CP (1) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W2 credits2PProfessors
AbstractTo enhance skills in practical work, team work, preparation and presentation of ones work; acquiring of knowledge in learning and project methodologies as well as to enhance motivation to look into the basics and applications. Procurement of skills in the area of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology that are useful for the remaining terms as well during ones work life.
Objectivesee above
Prerequisites / NoticeEnrollment through the Online-Tool, https://isgapps.ee.ethz.ch/ppsapp/
227-0085-40LProjects & Seminars for 2 CP (2) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W2 credits2PProfessors
AbstractTo enhance skills in practical work, team work, preparation and presentation of ones work; acquiring of knowledge in learning and project methodologies as well as to enhance motivation to look into the basics and applications. Procurement of skills in the area of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology that are useful for the remaining terms as well during ones work life.
Objectivesee above
Prerequisites / NoticeEnrollment through the Online-Tool, https://isgapps.ee.ethz.ch/ppsapp/
227-0085-50LProjects & Seminars for 3 CP Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W3 credits3PProfessors
AbstractTo enhance skills in practical work, team work, preparation and presentation of ones work; acquiring of knowledge in learning and project methodologies as well as to enhance motivation to look into the basics and applications. Procurement of skills in the area of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology that are useful for the remaining terms as well during ones work life.
Objectivesee above
Prerequisites / NoticeEnrollment through the Online-Tool, https://isgapps.ee.ethz.ch/ppsapp/
227-0085-60LProjects & Seminars for 4 CP Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W4 credits4PProfessors
AbstractTo enhance skills in practical work, team work, preparation and presentation of ones work; acquiring of knowledge in learning and project methodologies as well as to enhance motivation to look into the basics and applications. Procurement of skills in the area of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology that are useful for the remaining terms as well during ones work life.
Objectivesee above
Prerequisites / NoticeEnrollment through the Online-Tool, https://isgapps.ee.ethz.ch/ppsapp/
Group Projects
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
227-0091-10LGroup Project IW6 credits5ALecturers
AbstractStudents must work in groups in supervised projects for 150 to 180 hours minimum. The topics of the group work are open and can be technical of specific nature or more general in the context of engineering.
Objectivesee above
227-0092-10LGroup Project IIW6 credits5ALecturers
AbstractStudents must work in groups in supervised projects for 150 to 180 hours minimum. The topics of the group work are open and can be technical of specific nature or more general in the context of engineering.
Objectivesee above
Internship in industry
Please note the conditions for Internships in industry as set forward by the "Guidelines for the "Laboratory Courses - Projects - Seminars ", see Link (German only).
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
227-0093-10LInternship in Industry Restricted registration - show details
Only for students in the Bachelor's Programme Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Regulations 2012/2016.
For students enrolled in the 2018 Programme Regulations, see "227-1550-10L Internship in Industry" at Master's level.
W6 creditsexternal organisers
AbstractThe main objective of the 12-week internship is to expose bachelor's students to the industrial work environment. During this period, students have the opportunity to be involved in on-going projects at the host institution.
Objectivesee above
Prerequisites / NoticePlease note the conditions for Internships in industry as set forward by the "Guidelines for the "Laboratory Courses - Projects - Seminars ", see Link (German only).
Additional Subjects
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
227-0651-00LApplied Circuit and PCB-Design Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 24.
W2 credits4GA. Blanco Fontao
AbstractParticipants learn how to design a predefined electronic circuit and how to lay out the pertaining circuit board. CAE and CAD activities for design and simulation is carried out with the aid of Altium Designer.
ObjectiveThe goal is to become acquainted with all those practical aspects of electronic circuit and PCB design by working through a modest but complete application example. This involves analysis of specifications, the evaluation of electronic parts, efficient testing and failure search, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), the usage of industrial CAE/CAD tools for circuit simulation and PCB layout, generating production data for the board manufacturer, board mounting, testing and start up.
ContentContent:
- Development - from the idea to the final product
- Analysis of given circuit specifications

- Searching the Internet for electronics parts
- Choosing electronic parts: avoiding mistakes

- Setting up the Altium Designer environment

- Structure of component libraries
- Preparing schematic symbols for CAE
- Preparing footprints for CAD
- Linking component libraries and databases

- Introduction to Altium Vault and Supply Chain Management

- Structure of schematic diagrams and circuits
- Assigning schematic functions to physical parts
- Capturing a predefined circuit
- Hints for improved testing and failure analysis

- Checking schematic data
- Simulation of mixed-signal circuits using Spice

- Introduction to PCB manufacturing
- Turning circuit schematics into a workable layout using Altium Designer

- Component placement on the PCB
- Manual and automatic interconnect routing
- Design for EMC and High-Speed

- Preparation of production data for the board manufacturer
- Documentation for manufacturing and assembly
- PCB assembly (component mounting and soldering)
- Final circuit testing and start-up.
LiteratureAll necessary documents will be available as electronic documents (PDF)
Prerequisites / Notice- The course is recommended to all students who plan to design an electronic circuit or a PCB in an upcoming term project or as part of their master thesis. Attending this course during the term before will ensure they are optimally prepared and will allow them to fully focus on their project.

- The number of participants is limited.

- For their own students and staff, the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering provides electronic components and consumables free of charge. All other participants have to bear a 200 CHF fee for those items.
Third Year Core Courses
Can be freely combined, a list of recommendations is available under www.ee.ethz.ch/bachelor-kernfaecher
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
227-0104-00LCommunication and Detection Theory Information W6 credits4GA. Lapidoth
AbstractThis course teaches the foundations of modern digital communications and detection theory. Topics include the geometry of the space of energy-limited signals; the baseband representation of passband signals, spectral efficiency and the Nyquist Criterion; the power and power spectral density of PAM and QAM; hypothesis testing; Gaussian stochastic processes; and detection in white Gaussian noise.
ObjectiveThis is an introductory class to the field of wired and wireless communication. It offers a glimpse at classical analog modulation (AM, FM), but mainly focuses on aspects of modern digital communication, including modulation schemes, spectral efficiency, power budget analysis, block and convolu- tional codes, receiver design, and multi- accessing schemes such as TDMA, FDMA and Spread Spectrum.
Content- Baseband representation of passband signals.
- Bandwidth and inner products in baseband and passband.
- The geometry of the space of energy-limited signals.
- The Sampling Theorem as an orthonormal expansion.
- Sampling passband signals.
- Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM): energy, power, and power spectral density.
- Nyquist Pulses.
- Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM).
- Hypothesis testing.
- The Bhattacharyya Bound.
- The multivariate Gaussian distribution
- Gaussian stochastic processes.
- Detection in white Gaussian noise.
Lecture notesn/a
LiteratureA. Lapidoth, A Foundation in Digital Communication, Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition (2017)
227-0111-00LCommunication ElectronicsW6 credits2V + 2UQ. Huang
AbstractElectronics for communications systems, with emphasis on realization. Low noise amplifiers, modulators and demodulators, transmit amplifiers and oscillators are discussed in the context of wireless communications. Wireless receiver, transmitter and frequency synthesizer will be described. Importance of and trade offs among sensitivity, linearity and selectivity are discussed extensively.
ObjectiveFoundation course for understanding modern electronic circuits for communication applications. We learn how theoretical communications principles are reduced to practice using transistors, switches, inductors, capacitors and resistors. The harsh environment such communication electronics will be exposed to and the resulting requirements on the sensitivity, linearity and selectivity help explain the design trade offs encountered in every circuit block found in a modern transceiver.
ContentAccounting for more than two trillion dollars per year, communications is one of the most important drivers for advanced economies of our time. Wired networks have been a key enabler to the internet age and the proliferation of search engines, social networks and electronic commerce, whereas wireless communications, cellular networks in particular, have liberated people and increased productivity in developed and developing nations alike. Integrated circuits that make such communications devices light weight and affordable have played a key role in the proliferation of communications.
This course introduces our students to the key components that realize the tangible products in electronic form. We begin with an introduction to wireless communications, and describe the harsh environment in which a transceiver has to work reliably. In this context we highlight the importance of sensitivity or low noise, linearity, selectivity, power consumption and cost, that are all vital to a competitive device in such applications.
We shall review bipolar and MOS devices from a designer's prospectives, before discussing basic amplifier structures - common emitter/source, common base/gate configurations, their noise performance and linearity, impedance matching, and many other things one needs to know about a low noise amplifier.
We will discuss modulation, and the mixer that enables its implementation. Noise and linearity form an inseparable part of the discussion of its design, but we also introduce the concept of quadrature demodulator, image rejection, and the effects of mismatch on performance.
When mixers are used as a modulator the signals they receive are usually large and the natural linearity of transistors becomes insufficient. The concept of feedback will be introduced and its function as an improver of linearity studied in detail.
Amplifiers in the transmit path are necessary to boost the power level before the signal leaves an integrated circuit to drive an even more powerful amplifier (PA) off chip. Linearized pre-amplifiers will be studied as part of the transmitter.
A crucial part of a mobile transceiver terminal is the generation of local oscillator signals at the desired frequencies that are required for modulation and demodulation. Oscillators will be studied, starting from stability criteria of an electronic system, then leading to criteria for controlled instability or oscillation. Oscillator design will be discussed in detail, including that of crystal controlled oscillators which provide accurate time base.
An introduction to phase-locked loops will be made, illustrating how it links a variable frequency oscillator to a very stable fixed frequency crystal oscillator, and how phase detector, charge pump and programmable dividers all serve to realize an agile frequency synthesizer that is very stable in each frequency synthesized.
Lecture notesScript is available online under https://iis-students.ee.ethz.ch/lectures/communication-electronics/
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course Analog Integrated Circuits is recommended as preparation for this course.
227-0117-10LExperimental TechniquesW6 credits4GC. Franck, H.‑J. Weber
AbstractThis lecture is an introduction to experimental and measurement techniques. The course is designed with practical relevance in mind and comprises several laboratory modules where the students perform, evaluate and document experiments. The taught topics are of relevance for all electrical engineering disciplines, in this course they are taught with examples of high-voltage engineering.
ObjectiveAt the end of this lecture, the students will be able to:
- perform basic practical laboratory experiments and record data, in particular with an oscilloscope.
- take a meaningful Lab Notebook, write a clear measurement evaluation protocol, and can estimate the accuracy and precision of the evaluated data.
- can explain the main reasons for electromagnetic interference and propose measures to avoid or reduce these interferences.
- Explain and use different methods to generate and measure high voltages and calculate basic relevant relations.
Content- Messtechnik, Messunsicherheit, Messprotokolle
- Erzeugung und Messung hoher Spannungen
- Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit
- Laborpraktika
Lecture notesVorlesungsunterlagen
LiteratureJ. Hoffmann, Taschenbuch der Messtechnik, Carl Hanser Verlag, 7. Auflage, 2015 (ISBN: 978-3446442719)
A. Küchler, Hochspannungstechnik, Springer Berlin, 4. Auflage, 2017 (ISBN: 978-3662546994)
A. Schwab, Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit, Springer Verlag, 6. Auflage, 2010 (ISBN: 978-3642166099)
227-0120-00LCommunication Networks Information W6 credits4GL. Vanbever
AbstractAt the end of this course, you will understand the fundamental concepts behind communication networks and the Internet. Specifically, you will be able to:

- understand how the Internet works;
- build and operate Internet-like infrastructures;
- identify the right set of metrics to evaluate the performance of a network and propose ways to improve it.
ObjectiveAt the end of the course, the students will understand the fundamental concepts of communication networks and Internet-based communications. Specifically, students will be able to:

- understand how the Internet works;
- build and operate Internet-like network infrastructures;
- identify the right set of metrics to evaluate the performance or the adequacy of a network and propose ways to improve it (if any).

The course will introduce the relevant mechanisms used in today's networks both from an abstract perspective but also from a practical one by presenting many real-world examples and through multiple hands-on projects.

For more information about the lecture, please visit: https://comm-net.ethz.ch
Lecture notesLecture notes and material for the course will be available before each course on: https://comm-net.ethz.ch
LiteratureMost of course follows the textbook "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (6th Edition)" by Kurose and Ross.
Prerequisites / NoticeNo prior networking background is needed. The course will include some programming assignments (in Python) for which the material covered in Technische Informatik 1 (227-0013-00L) and Technische Informatik 2 (227-0014-00L) will be useful.
227-0125-00LOptics and PhotonicsW6 credits2V + 2UJ. Leuthold
AbstractThis lecture covers both - the fundamentals of "Optics" such as e.g. "ray optics", "coherence", the "Planck law" or the "Einstein relations" but also the fundamentals of "Photonics" on the generation, processing, transmission and detection of photons.
ObjectiveA sound base for work in the field of optics and photonics will be given.
ContentChapter 1: Ray Optics
Chapter 2: Electromagnetic Optics
Chapter 3: Polarization
Chapter 4: Coherence and Interference
Chapter 5: Fourier Optics and Diffraction
Chapter 6: Guided Wave Optics
Chapter 7: Optical Fibers
Chapter 8: The Laser
Lecture notesLecture notes will be handed out.
Prerequisites / NoticeFundamentals of Electromagnetic Fields (Maxwell Equations) & Bachelor Lectures on Physics.
227-0156-00LPower SemiconductorsW6 credits4GU. Grossner
AbstractPower semiconductor devices are the core of today's energy efficient electronics. In this course, based on semiconductor physics, an understanding of the functionality of modern power devices is developed. Elements of power rectifiers and switches are introduced; device concepts for PiN diodes, IGBTs, and power MOSFETs, are discussed. Apart from silicon, wide bandgap semiconductors are considered.
ObjectiveThe goal of this course is developing an understanding of modern power device concepts. After following the course, the student will be able to choose a power device for an application, know the basic functionality, and is able to describe the performance and reliability related building blocks of the device design. Furthermore, the student will have an understanding of current and future developments in power devices.
ContentBasic semiconductor device physics is revisited. After defining requirements from typical applications, the key building blocks - especially active area and termination - of power devices are introduced. Based on these building blocks, device concepts are derived. Introducing unipolar as well as bipolar conduction is increasing the application space for power devices. Rectifiers, such as Schottky barrier and PiN diodes, and switches, such as IGBTs and power MOSFETs are discussed in detail. For each device concept, a tradeoff analysis for performance and reliability based on the layout of the building blocks is discussed.
Apart from silicon, wide bandgap semiconductors play an increasing role for highly efficient power electronic devices. This development is taken into account by discussing the specific advantages and challenges in current wide bandgap based devices.
Lecture notesWill be distributed at lectures.
LiteratureThe course follows a collection of different books; more details are being listed in the script.
Prerequisites / NoticeVorlesungen Halbleiterbauelemente, Leistungselektronik
227-0395-00LNeural SystemsW6 credits2V + 1U + 1AR. Hahnloser, M. F. Yanik, B. Grewe
AbstractThis course introduces principles of information processing in neural systems. It covers basic neuroscience for engineering students, experiment techniques used in animal research and methods for inferring neural mechanisms. Students learn about neural information processing and basic principles of natural intelligence and their impact on artificially intelligent systems.
ObjectiveThis course introduces
- Basic neurophysiology and mathematical descriptions of neurons
- Methods for dissecting animal behavior
- Neural recordings in intact nervous systems and information decoding principles
- Methods for manipulating the state and activity in selective neuron types
- Neuromodulatory systems and their computational roles
- Reward circuits and reinforcement learning
- Imaging methods for reconstructing the synaptic networks among neurons
- Birdsong and language
- Neurobiological principles for machine learning.
ContentFrom active membranes to propagation of action potentials. From synaptic physiology to synaptic learning rules. From receptive fields to neural population decoding. From fluorescence imaging to connectomics. Methods for reading and manipulation neural ensembles. From classical conditioning to reinforcement learning. From the visual system to deep convolutional networks. Brain architectures for learning and memory. From birdsong to computational linguistics.
Prerequisites / NoticeBefore taking this course, students are encouraged to complete "Bioelectronics and Biosensors" (227-0393-10L).

As part of the exercises for this class, students are expected to complete a programming or literature review project to be defined at the beginning of the semester.
Electives
This is only a short selection. Other courses from the ETH course catalogue may be chosen. Please consult the "Richtlinien zu Projekten, Praktika, Seminare" (German only), published on our website (http://www.ee.ethz.ch/pps-richtlinien).
Economics, Law and Management Electives
These subjects are particularly suitable for students planning to apply to the Master's Degree Program in Energy Science and Technology (MSc EST) or Management, Technology and Economics (MSc MTEC).
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
351-0778-00LDiscovering Management
Entry level course in management for BSc, MSc and PHD students at all levels not belonging to D-MTEC.
This course can be complemented with Discovering Management (Excercises) 351-0778-01L.
W3 credits3GL. De Cuyper, S. Brusoni, B. Clarysse, S. Feuerriegel, V. Hoffmann, T. Netland, G. von Krogh
AbstractDiscovering Management offers an introduction to the field of business management and entrepreneurship for engineers and natural scientists. The module provides an overview of the principles of management, teaches knowledge about management that is highly complementary to the students' technical knowledge, and provides a basis for advancing the knowledge of the various subjects offered at D-MTEC.
ObjectiveThe objective of this course is to introduce the students to the relevant topics of the management literature and give them a good introduction in entrepreneurship topics too. The course is a series of lectures on the topics of strategy, innovation, marketing, corporate social responsibility, and productions and operations management. These different lectures provide the theoretical and conceptual foundations of management. In addition, students are required to work in teams on a project. The purpose of this project is to analyse the innovative needs of a large multinational company and develop a business case for the company to grow.
ContentDiscovering Management aims to broaden the students' understanding of the principles of business management, emphasizing the interdependence of various topics in the development and management of a firm. The lectures introduce students not only to topics relevant for managing large corporations, but also touch upon the different aspects of starting up your own venture. The lectures will be presented by the respective area specialists at D-MTEC.
The course broadens the view and understanding of technology by linking it with its commercial applications and with society. The lectures are designed to introduce students to topics related to strategy, corporate innovation, corporate social responsibility, and business model innovation. Practical examples from industry will stimulate the students to critically assess these issues.
Prerequisites / NoticeDiscovering Management is designed to suit the needs and expectations of Bachelor students at all levels as well as Master and PhD students not belonging to D-MTEC. By providing an overview of Business Management, this course is an ideal enrichment of the standard curriculum at ETH Zurich.
No prior knowledge of business or economics is required to successfully complete this course.
351-0778-01LDiscovering Management (Exercises)
Complementary exercises for the module Discovering Managment.

Prerequisite: Participation and successful completion of the module Discovering Management (351-0778-00L) is mandatory.
W1 credit1UB. Clarysse
AbstractThis course is offered complementary to the basis course 351-0778-00L, "Discovering Management". The course offers an additional exercise in the form of a project conducted in team.
ObjectiveThis course is offered to complement the course 351-0778-00L. The course offers an additional exercise to the more theoretical and conceptual content of Discovering Management.

While Discovering Management offers an introduction to various management topics, in this course, creative skills will be trained by the business game exercise. It is a participant-centered, team-based learning activity, which provides students with the opportunity to place themselves in the role of Chief Innovation Officer of a large multinational company.
ContentAs the students learn more about the specific case and identify the challenge they are faced with, they will have to develop an innovative business case for this multinational corporation. Doing so, this exercise will provide an insight into the context of managerial problem-solving and corporate innovation, and enhance the students' appreciation for the complex tasks companies and managers deal with. The exercise presents a realistic model of a company and provides a valuable learning platform to integrate the increasingly important development of the skills and competences required to identify entrepreneurial opportunities, analyse the future business environment and successfully respond to it by taking systematic decisions, e.g. critical assessment of technological possibilities.
Engineering Electives
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
» Additional third year core courses may be credited as electives.
227-0123-00LMechatronicsW6 credits4GT. M. Gempp
AbstractIntroduction into mechatronics. Sensors and actors. Electronic and hydraulic power amplifiers. Data processing and basics of real-time programming, multitasking, and multiprocessing. Modeling of mechatronical systems. Geometric, kinematical, and dynamic elements. Fundamentals of the systems theory. Examples from industrial applications.
ObjectiveIntroduction into the basics and technology of mechatronical devices. Theoretical and practical know-how of the basic elements of a mechatronical system.
ContentIntroduction into mechatronics. Sensors and actors. Electronic and hydraulic power amplifiers. Data processing and basics of real-time programming, multitasking, and multiprocessing. Modeling of mechatronical systems. Geometric, kinematical, and dynamic elements. Fundamentals of the systems theory. Examples from industrial applications.
Lecture notesRecommendation of textbook. Additional documentation to the individual topics. Documentation from industrial companies.
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