Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE 313



Credit : 3 hours or 3/4 unit.

Graduate students in the ECE Department cannot receive unit credit for ECE 313.

Prerequisites : ECE 210 or ECE 309

ECE 313 is an undergraduate course on probability theory and statistics with applications to engineering problems primarily chosen from the areas of communications, control, signal processing, and computer engineering.

ECE 313 is semi-required in the new BSEE and BSCompE curricula--all students must complete one of the three courses ECE 313 (3 hours), IE 230 (3 hours), or Stat 310 (4 hours).

About This Section

This section has separate homework and exams from the MWF sections taught by Professors Médard and Sarwate. While all sections will cover the same theoretical material, the MWF sections are the standard ECE 313, whereas this section, which is strongly recommended for computer engineering majors, will consider many examples from computer system reliability, computer system and network performance analysis, and the like. Through student projects, the class will be introduced to hands-on performance measurements of computer systems and networks. Analysis of the data thus gathered will introduce students to the whys and wherefores of real-life statistical problems in the reliability and performance analysis of computer systems and networks, and their solution.

Meeting times : 1:00-2:20pm Monday and Wednesday in 305 Metallurgy and Mining Bldg.

Instructor : Professor Ravi K. Iyer

Office : 255 C&SRL (Phone: 333-9732)

Email :

Office Hours : Monday and Wednesday after class and by appointment

Laboratory Assistant : Keith Whisnant

Office : 258 C&SRL (Phone: 333-8775)

Email :

Office Hours : Monday 10-11am; Tuesday 9-11am; Thursday 10am-12pm

Text : Sheldon Ross, A First Course in Probability, 5th edition, Prentice Hall, 1997.

Reserve Reading : Two copies of K. S. Trivedi, Probability and Statistics with Reliability and Computer Science Applications, Prentice Hall, 1982, are on reserve at Grainger Library.

More Detailed Information about This Section

Course Outline

Grading Scheme

Lab Experiments

Main ECE313 Web Page


Homework Problems &

Student Projects


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