School of Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering

146 credits
For students entering the program at the Sophomore level
(holders of a recognized Baccalaureate or Freshman diploma - equivalent to 30 credits)
Engineering Accreditation Commission


General Education
Behavioral, Social Sciences and History
3 credits
Civic Engagement
2 credits
ECO350Engineering Economics
3 credits
This course presents the theory and application of the fundamentals of Engineering Economy and the methodology of economic decision analysis. Students will be required to learn the theoretical foundations of various principles of economic analysis and how they can be applied to solve problems encountered in industry and business.
GEN302Engineering Ethics
1 credits
This course studies the theories of rational justification, of the moral judgments and the relationship between the concept of liberty, and the concept of responsibility, while covering the basic principles of deontology of an engineer's profession.
GEN410Engineering Projects Management
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN350
This course covers the basics of project management where students learn what project management involves and how to approach it successfully and why a plan is so important to the success of a project and how to implement risk management successfully in each phase of the project We define all tools and techniques for planning and controlling. We cover the major subject areas of the topic of quality of project management and provide valuable information. This course is essential for future engineers working in industrial environments needing to gain a recognized qualification within project management. This course prepares students to apply proven methodologies to projects within their individual fields.
English Communication
3 credits
GEN303Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineers
2 credits
In all sectors, innovation and entrepreneurship (as a form of innovation) have become an important source of sustainable competitive advantage for firms around the world. However, innovation management and the capability of managers and owners to build innovative organization is quite a challenge. In this course, we will address the role of innovation and entrepreneurship for macro and micro levels and focus on practices and processes to successfully manage it. The course will focus on entrepreneurial firms (start-ups and corporate ventures of established firms) and analyze success and failure cases of innovation. This course provides good grounding in technology and innovation management for students interested in becoming entrepreneurs or managers in innovation driven firms. Students will learn based on lectures, case analysis, external experts and own research and presentations. In innovation management it is impossible to separate organizational strategy from implementation since a great idea will only become an innovation if managers are capable to commercialize and monetize it. Therefore, much of the material discussed and analyzed within the course relates to strategy and organizational behavior.
GEN301Law for Engineers
2 credits
This course is designed to provide the students with fundamental knowledge of legal principles and terminology, to understand the basic foundations and theories of law, and to explain the legal concepts and terminology in substantive areas of law (i.e., Contract Law, Liability Law, Labor Law, Commercial Law, etc.) It is also designed to help prepare engineering students for careers in fields which are impacted by the law and to demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between the fields of law and the application of laws and legal strategy in engineering. This course will also help engineering students to understand their rights and responsibilities as a contractor (application of Contract Law), an employee (application of Labor Law) and as a partner (application of Commercial Law).
Religious Sciences
3 credits
1 credits
Mathematics and Sciences
MAT207Algebra for Engineers 1
3 credits
The course aims at providing the necessary tools and the mathematical maturity for engineers, for the design and analysis of abstract mathematical models. Subjects covered: complex numbers, logic and proofs, propositional calculus, sets and mappings, relations and ordered sets, an introduction to algebraic structures, groups, rings and fields, polynomials, counting, finite and transfinite cardinals.
MAT307Algebra for Engineers 2
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT207
The main objective of this course is to continue the study of algebra, covering mainly linear systems and matrices, matrix algebra, inverses, Gauss elimination, elementary matrices, computing inverses, determinants, vector spaces, definition and examples of spaces and subspaces, linear independence, basis and dimension, change of basis, linear applications, reduction of an endomorphism, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, characteristic polynomial, solving linear systems of differential equations, diagonalization and applications, bilinear and quadratic forms, Gauss method, scalar and cross product, euclidean and Hermitian spaces, Gram-Schmidt Orthogonalization process, geometric transformations.
MAT217Calculus for Engineers 1
3 credits
The course covers integration methods to compute integrals and improper integrals. We will study the infinite series, Taylor expansion, Parametric curves and Polar curves, and double integrals.
MAT227Calculus for Engineers 2
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
This course teaches basic theory and techniques of Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs). Topics include: solution of non-linear first-order ODE's; linear ODE's, especially second order with constant and variable coefficients; delta functions, convolution, and Laplace transform methods; power series and resolution of differential equations using power series; real and complex Fourier series; and an introduction to partial differential equations.
MAT337Calculus for Engineers 3
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
The main objective of this course is to continue the study of calculus, covering mainly parametric and polar curves, three dimensional analytic geometry, differentiation and integration of functions of several variables, and vector calculus. Line integrals, and Green's theorem are also covered.
CHM212General Chemistry
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to present a general outline on chemistry. Through this course chemistry is introduced in its various aspects: the structure of the atom, the various models, and the properties of the elements in the periodic table; various chemical bonds, the Lewis structure, VSEPR rules; thermochemistry, thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium; kinetic chemistry, reactions rate orders, the Arrhenius law; solutions chemistry, acids and bases and various acid­base equilibrium; complexation, liquid solid equilibrium and solubility product; and Oxydoreduction titration and electrochemical cells.
CHM270Laboratory of General Chemistry
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212 Or CHE212 Or CHM210 Or CHE210
The general chemistry laboratory aims to develop different skills for the practical application of theoretical knowledge of general chemistry. Techniques to be learned: preparation and dilution of solutions, experimental verification of the Nernst equation, realization of different types of acid­ base and redox titration by volumetric, calorimetric, pH­metric or potentiometric monitoring, and the study of solubility and precipitation reactions and characterization of ions present in a given matrix. The goal of the lab course is to ensure that students are capable of understanding the chemical concepts and to carry out experiments safely and carefully in the laboratory, to obtain data accurately and to manipulate the data correctly.
GEN350Mathematics for Engineers
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227 And MAT307 And MAT337
The main objective of this course is to complete the knowledge of mathematics for the student engineer. It mainly covers the following themes: functions of a complex variable; analytical functions; Cauchy-Riemann conditions; harmonic functions; Cauchy integrals formulae; Taylor series; singular points; inverse Laplace transformation; special functions (Gamma and Beta functions); Bessel function; orthogonal functions (Tchebychev, Legendre, Hermite, Laguerre); and discrete-time Markov Chains.
GEN250Modern Physics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227
The course covers principles and concepts of relativity, quantum mechanics and their applications. The following topics will be covered along with their applications: the failure of classical physics; the special theory of relativity; the particle properties of electromagnetic radiation; the wave properties of particles; the Schr and ouml; dinger equation; the Rutherford-Bohr model of the atom and the hydrogen atom in wave mechanics.
GEN428Numerical Analysis
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227 And MAT307 And GIN221
The purpose of this course is to provide numerical concepts and methods needed by students to solve different engineering problems. Topics covered include: resolution of non-linear equations; numerical integration; data approximation and interpolation and numerical resolution of differential equations. Many numerical methods are implemented and tested using Matlab software.
GEN270Physics Laboratory
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN250
Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I may remember. But, involve me, and I'll understand. Chinese proverb. The laws of physics are based on experimental and observational facts. Laboratory work is therefore an important part of a course in general physics, helping students develop skills in fundamental scientific measurements and increasing understanding of the physical concepts. It is valuable for students to experience the difficulties of making quantitative measurements in the real world and to learn how to record and process experimental data.
STA307Probability and Statistics for Engineers
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
This course aims to provide students with the most common concepts of probability theory and statistical inference, with a unique balance between theory and methodology. Interesting relevant applications using real data will be used to show how the concepts and methods can be applied to solve problems in the different fields of engineering in practice.
Engineering courses
GIN450Advanced Computer Architecture
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL445
This course first reviews general computer architecture and presents the concept of cache memory and pipelining in single processor systems. Multiprocessing systems are then discussed, starting with a global overview to tackle the next advanced topics of interconnection networks, shared memory and cache coherence, abstract models and algorithms for multiprocessor systems, the parallel virtual machine and message passing.
GIN400Advanced Database Systems
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN300 And GIN321
The objective of this course is to study the advanced paradigms of database management systems. The content of this course consists of four main parts: the first part introduces advanced concepts of DBMS such as query optimization, concurrency control and recovery; the second part presents the distributed DBMS, detailing the architecture of these systems in order to identify their different types such as client/server DBMS, distributed DBMS, federated DBMS and multi-DBMS, and finally focuses on the fragmentation and data allocation in distributed databases; the third part presents the analytical databases, specifically data warehouses, explaining the difference between online analytical processing (OLAP) and online transactional processing (OLTP), the ETL process (extraction, transformation and loading) of these warehouses and their logical and physical modeling; the fourth part introduces OODBMS and ORDBMS, their creation and manipulation using respectively the OQL and SQL3 languages.
GIN401Advanced Database Systems Lab
1 credits
This laboratory will study more advanced features of databases in design, administration, security and multi-user application. Topics include database scripting, database transaction, database security, database maintenance, data warehouses and distributed databases.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN231
Students will study: asymptotic notation, time and space complexities; solving recurrences; trees (traversing methods, balanced trees (AVL and red-black trees), heaps); advanced sorting algorithms, methods of linear sort; hashing (open and closed hashing); graphs (traversal in depth-first and breadth-first, finding of spanning trees and shortest paths); Huffman coding.
GIN231Data structures and Algorithms
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN221
The first part of this course introduces some concepts of object-oriented programming as well as recursion as a programming technique. In the second part, the following data structures are studied: static arrays, dynamic arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues and trees. In addition, an introduction to computational complexity is introduced in this course which allows for making a reasonable comparison between the different implementations of the above data structures.
GIN371Database Laboratory
1 credits
This laboratory covers the SQL language: Data Definition language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML). Oracle PL/SQL is used to code, test, and implement stored procedures, functions, triggers, and packages. Relational database projects will be built using PL/SQL. A brief overview of other DMBS (MS SQL Server, MS Access, MySQL) is also given.
GIN300Database Systems
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN 231
Students will study: the architecture and functions of a DBMS; database design (conceptual model, logical and physical models); the Entity-Relationship model; relational model and integrity constraints; relational algebra; SQL language (Data Definition language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML)); functional dependencies, normalization and normal forms; and an introduction to PL/SQL language (triggers, stored procedures and functions). The concepts studied in this course will be applied in dedicated laboratory sessions (GIN371).
GEL314Digital Electronics
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL311
This course offers a reminder of synchronous, asynchronous and shift register counters. It also includes: the Moore and Mealy machine; digital integrated circuits; elements of programmable logic PAL and PLA; random access memory RAM; ROM read-only memories; analog to digital conversion, and analog and digital conversion applications.
GEL372Digital Electronics Laboratory
1 credits
This laboratory consists of first an introduction to logic gates, and function implementation using logic gates and logic circuits, second an introduction to VHDL language as well as using it for function implementation, and third function implementation using the Altera card.
GIN527Distributed Systems
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT431
The objective of this course is to explain the principles of distributed systems and their different hardware and software architectures. The concepts discussed are: C/S and P2P architectures, inter-process communication, distributed file system, sockets programming, calling procedures and methods remotely (RPC and RMI), CORBA architecture, time synchronization in distributed systems, logical time, coordination algorithms, mutual exclusion, cloud computing, grid computing, clusters, and an introduction to parallel programming.
GEL211Electric Circuits
3 credits
This course presents the basics of electric circuits’ analysis: introduction to theory, circuit variables and elements (dependent and independent voltage and current sources, resistors, inductors, capacitors); basic analysis and design of resistive circuits and different analysis techniques (Node-Voltage analysis, Mesh-Current analysis, source transformations, Thevenin’s and Norton’s equivalent, maximum power transfer, and Superposition methods); an introduction to capacitance, inductance, and mutual inductance; current-voltage relation; RC, RL and RLC circuits analysis (natural and step responses). Topics also include ideal operational amplifiers circuit simplification, steady-state and transient analysis, phasors, frequency response, Kirchhoff’s laws and Thevenin’s and Norton’s equivalent represented in the frequency domain, Laplace transform and an introduction to Transfer functions.
GEL271Electric Circuits Lab
1 credits
Introduction to the laboratory devices. Introduction to Pspice (simulation software). Simple electric circuits like voltage and current-divider and resistance measurements are implemented and analyzed. Then, students are faced to Thevenin's theorem and Norton equivalent circuit. Ideal Operational Amplifier circuits like the inverting, non-inverting, integrator … are also studied. The Bode and phase diagrams of first order passive filters are determined and simulated. Finally, the Kirchoff's law in the frequency domain and Thevenin theorem and power measurement are done.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL211
This course begins with an introduction of the physics of semiconductors and of the p-type and n-type semiconductors. Then, we introduce the PN junction, the diode, the Zener diode, their equivalent electrical models and their applications (rectifying circuits, limiting and clamping circuits, voltage regulators, etc.). The second part of this course treats the bipolar transistors in both NPN and PNP configurations. We define the different functioning modes (blocked, linear and saturated) and then we study the DC aspect of these transistors considering different biasing circuits. Afterwards, we do an AC analysis of the BJT amplifier circuits studying the small signal models, the current gain, the voltage gain, the input and output impedances. We finally study all three amplification configurations in common base, common emitter and common collector as well as in multi-stage amplifiers. The last part of this course addresses the subject of MOSFET transistors (the p-channel and the n-channel, depletion-type and enrichment-type), defining different functioning modes and their corresponding models in DC and in small signals.
GEL371Electronics Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL271
First, we remind the students of the measuring devices and we introduce Multisim software. Then, students study the characteristics of different types of diodes and circuits. The characteristics of the bipolar junction transistor and the phototransistor are elaborated as well as the characteristics of the FET and MOSFET. Different configurations of transistor-based circuits are also analyzed. The work is simulated with Multisim and an electronic project ends the course.
GIN311Elements of Discrete Mathematics
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT207 And GIN221
This course presents different topics in discrete mathematics useful in engineering. It includes: numerical sets and divisibility, notions in number theory, proof methods, recurrence relations, discrete functions, big O and Theta notions, algorithms analysis, prop, and predicates logic, elements of graph theory, introduction to language theory, regular languages, finite automaton, types of grammars, and Chomsky classification.
GIN596Final Project I
1 credits
This course pushes the students to demonstrate readiness to start their careers as professional engineers by undertaking an investigation of a research topic relevant to the profession and by appraising its practical experience. The research topic will give the students the opportunity to marshal the relevant knowledge and skills from various courses and laboratories of the program and apply them to investigate an approved research topic and then produce a report of professional standard.
GIN597Final Project II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN596
This course pushes the students to demonstrate readiness to start their careers as professional engineers by undertaking an investigation of a research topic relevant to the profession and by appraising its practical experience. The research topic and applied developed product or study will give the students the opportunity to marshal the relevant knowledge and skills from various courses and laboratories of the program and apply them to investigate an approved research topic and then produce a report of professional standard. This course requires students to exhibit/develop a proactive approach to manage, orient and present a project.
GIN480Internship I
1 credits
In order to register for this course, the students first spend a minimum of two months experience in the industry or a company and live a real practical experience in the field of practice that they have chosen. Afterwards, the students present their “job” and what they learned from it in a well-structured and well-written scientific report.
GIN581Internship II
1 credits
In order to register for this course, the students first spend a minimum of two months experience in the industry or a company and live a real practical experience in the field of practice that they have chosen. Afterwards, the students present their “job” and what they learned from it in a well-structured and well-written scientific report.
GIN221Introduction to Programming
3 credits
This introductory course in programming enables engineering students to learn the methods of rigorous software development solutions in the object-oriented paradigm. The course is supplemented by laboratory sessions for the application of programming concepts studied in the Eclipse integrated development environment.
GEL311Logic Design
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN221
This course introduces the circuits composed of elements used for basic logical operations. These circuits are the basis for digital systems. The course also focuses on reasoning methods that allow the analysis or synthesis of logical systems that are combinatorial or sequential. It enables students to realize the importance of concepts related to logic circuits in the fields of information technology, telecommunications, industrial control, and other areas.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL314
This course introduces basic computer architecture and assembly language programming. The Intel 8088 and 8086 microprocessors are considered as a practical example. After describing the software architecture of the microprocessor, the instruction set (assembly language), addressing modes and machine language are then presented. Input/output types and interfaces are then discussed. Interrupts are explained in the last part.
GEL474Microprocessors Laboratory
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL445
The aim of this lab is the practical application of assembly language to program a microprocessor with hardware interfacing. Students begin by exploring the logical architecture of the Intel 8086 processor using the development board and the corresponding software tool and code compiler. Physical architecture is then explored, while interfacing the processor with different Inputs/Outputs using the associated development board.
GRT431Network Architecture and Protocols
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL311 And GIN231
The purpose of this course is to give a strong and clear basis regarding technical characteristics of networks and their functioning. Reference models of the network architectures as OSI and TCP/IP will be described. Then, we will detail the different levels of this architecture. In brief, we will look at transmission basics, protocols for link control and media access control, network equipment, Ethernet and IP networks, routing, transport protocols and application protocols for the Internet.
GRT473Network Architecture and Protocols Lab
1 credits
The purpose of this lab is to apply the information given in the course using different approaches: configuration of network equipment and network installation, network supervising and troubleshooting using different tools, then performance evaluation. For that, we will mainly use network specialized simulators like CISCO Packet Tracer and the Wireshark software used for packets capture and protocol analysis. In brief, we will look at some protocols from application layer (HTTP, DNS), TCP protocol, ARP protocol, Ethernet network, static and dynamic routing protocols and VLAN.
GEL420Nonlinear Electronics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL313
Students will learn about: operational amplifiers (ideal and real models, linear operation (op-amp) and nonlinear operation (comparator, circuit Hysteresis, etc.)); function generators (square wave and triangular wave generator); sinusoidal oscillator circuits (LC and RC) and Phase Locked Loop (PLL) circuits; and filters design (low-pass, high-pass, band pass and stop band) .
GEL472Nonlinear Electronics Lab
1 credits
We introduce first the linear and non-linear operational amplifiers and we calculate the offset voltage and offset current. Then we implement different types of op amp circuits and we thoroughly study low pass, high pass, band pass and stop pass active filters of different orders. Many other applications are implemented like log and anti-log circuits, comparators, Schmitt trigger, stable and astable multivibrators, oscillators and the Phase-Locked Loop (PLL).
GIN314Object Oriented Design
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN231
This course covers: the fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming (classes, objects, abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, dynamic links, inter-classes relations, inter-objects communication); object-oriented modeling and design using UML (Unified Modeling Language); design patterns (their intent, applicability (including benefits and drawbacks), structure and implementation); advanced object‐oriented programming needed in implementation of certain patterns (in Java (dynamic class loading, static blocks, interfaces, inner class tricks) and in C++ (abstract base classes, virtual functions, private and public multiple inheritance mixtures)); use of OCL (Object Constraint language); and use of UML modeling tools (AgroUML, Visio, etc.).
GIN421Operating Systems
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN321
The course covers the fundamental concepts of operating systems, emphasizing single-machine systems. These concepts include processes, threads, process synchronization, CPU scheduling, memory management, file and I/O management, and user program execution. Popular operating systems (e.g., UNIX, LINUX, and Windows) are used to illustrate implementation of these concepts.
GEN499Seminars and Conferences
Each semester, the Faculty of Engineering organizes several seminars and conferences in which leading figures in the professional and academic world target future engineers with a speech presenting scientific, technical, and/or industrial topics, etc. and showing them the various aspects of the engineering profession.
GIN425Software Engineering Design
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN314
This course is a presentation of software engineering principles, methodologies and metrics. The topics of software engineering process and quality are presented in an integrative approach, stressing software improvements through measurements of software products and processes. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is used throughout the course. Topics covered are software development process, domain analysis, object-oriented programming, software reuse, client-server framework, design patterns, user interfaces, dynamic modeling, software architecture, software testing, software quality, risk analysis and cost estimation.
GIN446Web Programming
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN300
This course aims to cover key concepts, technologies and skills in server-side and client-side Web programming, including HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, .Net, PHP and MySQL, session management, as well as XML, DTD and DOM. After the completion of this course, students will be able to develop a Web system using a particular Web programming language with dynamic and interactive contents. Students will learn the Web programming concepts and techniques via lectures, lab sessions and development projects. There will be an oral presentation of all term assignments and a final project demonstration. Students will be judged and graded on preparation and presentation skills as well as content and also on effective writing style and grammatical correctness. Course content changes frequently to incorporate new Internet technologies.
Technical Electives
GIN431Advanced Algorithmics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN321
This course introduces different families of algorithms that help students to design, analyze, and implement pertinent solutions for classical problems. It includes methods related to number theory, dynamic programming, linear sorting, backtracking, matrix multiplication, string search, and probabilistic algorithms. In addition, this course introduces basic results in calculability: Turing-Church thesis, undecidability, halting problem, P and NP classes, NP-complete and NP-hard problems.
GEL521Advanced Command Strategies
2 credits
GRT578Advanced Mobile Networks
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT431
This course is an introduction to mobile communications, wireless transmission, medium access control, cellular radio systems, ATM architecture, Wireless LANs, mobile IP, and mobile TCP.
GRT579Advanced Mobile Networks Lab
1 credits
The purpose of this lab is to provide an introduction to mobile communications, starting with an introduction to the simulator ns-2. Then we study wireless transmissions, medium access protocols, cellular networks, WLAN, mobile IP, TCP in wireless environments, and some other mobile applications.
GRT531Advanced Networks Architectures
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT431
This course covers the following topics: internal routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, EIGRP); external routing protocol (BGP4), evolution; architecture of IP multicast and group management protocol (IGMP) and multicast routing protocols (DVMRP, PIM-SM, PIM-DM); IP networks multi-service, IP and Quality of Service (QoS); DiffServ and differentiated quality of service, architecture; IntServ, architecture and protocols; voice and telephony over IP; Optical IP/MPLS and GMPLS (architecture, main concepts, traffic engineering); METRO Ethernet; VPN services evolution; VPN architectures (layer 2 and layer 3); mobility in IP networks (internet and private); mobility mechanisms in IPv4 networks; IPv6 basic mechanisms; Mobile IPv6; Hierarchical Mobile IP (HMIP); handover mechanisms based on IPv6; overlay networks (caches, CDN and peer-to-peer).
GRT532Advanced Networks Architectures Lab
1 credits
This lab will give students practical experience in advanced routing techniques, IP Multicast, IP and Quality of Service, voice and telephony over IP, VPN, mobility mechanism in IP networks, basic IPv6 mechanisms, and peer-to-peer networks.
GIN525Computer Network Security
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT431
The purpose of this course is to introduce the principles of security in fixed and mobile networks. The course starts with an introduction to information security concepts, security services and security mechanisms.  In the second part, we discuss the concepts of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, the hash function and the signature and key sharing procedures and we apply these concepts to secure the data communication using the SSL and the IPSec protocols. In the third part, we discuss security in wireless networks, intrusions and filtering mechanisms through the use of firewalls. Finally, we discuss security management and risk management concepts.
GIN515Deep Learning
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN231 and MAT307 and STA307
This course provides a solid introduction to the world of artificial intelligence. Students will learn the theory behind and master the fundamentals of Neural Networks (NN) them), Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN and LSTM), and Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN). Examples on each kind of network are presented in class and the role and importance of the different hyperparameters are discussed. Skills acquired by the students are mainly assessed based on a minimum of four projects (one project for each type of neural networks).
GRT560Digital Image Processing
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT421
This course consists of an introduction to digital image processing as well as video compression. The first part covers image acquisition, sampling, and quantization, gray scale image transforms, histogram processing, spatial filtering, 2D Fourier transform, filtering in the frequency domain, image degradations, enhancement techniques, and mathematical morphology. The second part introduces video coding: spatial and temporal sampling, motion estimation and compensation, transforms (KLT, DCT, and wavelets), differential coding and predictive coding (intra and inter frames).
GRT573Digital Image Processing Lab
1 credits
This lab consists of application of the concepts learned in the digital image processing and video compression course. The first part consists of an introduction to the image processing toolbox in MATLAB. Afterwards, image processing techniques will be studied, and spatial and frequency domain filtering, image restoration, as well as color image processing. Finally, a video signal will be studied.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL445
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to microcontroller families: Motorola, Intel, Microchip. We will be studying the internal resources and programming of Microchip PIC microcontrollers, as well as developing multiple practical applications.
GEL575Microcontrollers Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL474
The main objective of this course is to apply different microcontroller topics and peripherals, introduced using the assembly language, physically. To do so, the EasyPic6 board is used along with the MikroBasic program to write down the program. A simulator and a conversion to assembly language are found within this program.
GIN528Mobile Devices Programming
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN446 Or GIN473
This course focuses on research and projects in the area of programming mobile devices with an emphasis on the Android platform. The main themes of the course revolve around the design of applications for mobile devices with unique challenges: user interface, mobile-specific technologies, and the importance of performance. Android SDK has its own interesting aspects to learn: the multi-touch model, accelerometer, and other important API receive significant attention. Students will learn the concepts of development applicable to any type of mobile environment: iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Phone.
GIN526Planning and Configuration of Computer Networks
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT431
This course covers: the design process of computer networks; requirements and specifications; the main problems; modeling of the network design; design and topological expansion; location of equipment; computer networks at multiple levels; design of computer networks and traffic with standards of performance, reliability and quality of service; allocation of resources in computer networks; case studies; protocols and operation of switches and routers; design of networks, including the choice of technologies, protocols and equipment; configuration of switches and routers (wired and wireless); structured cabling; network operating systems; telephony and voice over IP; network management (management performance, configurations and faults in networks); and virtualization.
Pre-approved 500 level engineering course
3 credits
Approved Faculty Electives
GMC320Dynamics of particles
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227
This course presents the fundamentals of engineering dynamics. It covers the following topics: kinematics of a particle (absolute and relative motion, description of motion in various systems of coordinates); kinetics of a particle; force and acceleration (Newton’s second law of motion); work and energy (principle of conservation of energy); impulse and momentum (conservation of linear momentum).
GRT320Electrostatics and Magnetism
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT337
Students will learn about frictional electricity, charges and their conservation, Coulomb’s law, static electric fields, Gauss’s law, divergence, Poisson’s and Laplace’s equations, capacitance calculations, electric currents, resistance calculations, Ohm’s law, static magnetic fields, Biot-Savart law, Faraday’s law, electromagnetic induction, inductance calculations, and Maxwell’s equations.
GEN450Finite Element Method
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN428
The objective of this course is to analyze real world structural mechanics problems using the finite element method. The mathematical roots of FEA will be covered extensively in this course, on which nearly all structural analysis software is built. The course will provide for the specific challenges of engineers across all mechanical disciplines (aerospace, manufacturing, mechanical and mechatronic). Also, this course provides deep insight into the operation of finite element analysis software by training the students to implement a detailed FE study including planning, modelling, meshing, solving, evaluating results and validating against real world data.
GRT410Signals and Systems
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN350
This course considers continuous and discrete-time signals and systems. System modeling and analysis in time and frequency domains are studied. Covered topics include LTI systems and convolution, Fourier series, Fourier transform (continuous, DTFT, DFT, FFT), analog to digital conversion, the sampling theorem, Z-transform, correlations and spectral densities.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212 Or CHE212
This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the transformation of thermal energy and the behavior of its physical quantities. Such transformation is the conversion of heat into work. Engineers are generally interested in studying systems and how they interact with their surroundings. Its use becomes indispensable in our society.
GRT423Waves and Propagation
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT320
This course covers fundamental concepts of electromagnetic waves, Maxwell’s equations, propagation of plane waves in lossless and lossy media, Poynting vector, waves incident on conducting and dielectric boundaries, theory and application of transmission lines, matching, Smith Chart, and theory of hollow waveguides with application to rectangular waveguides.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The mission of the Computer Engineering program is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to pursue successful and productive careers in computer engineering research and industrial practice through a deep understanding of the fundamentals of the field, their application in solving problems and creating products, while emphasizing leadership qualities and commitment to ethical and professional responsibilities; to become accomplished professionals able to meet the continued technological advances in the discipline of Computer Engineering and IT‐related areas through lifelong educational pursuits; and to individually contribute in the industrial development which is taking place in Lebanon and the Middle East.

Program Educational Objectives

Computer engineering graduates will:
1. Advance in their careers as professional engineers, researchers, educators, or entrepreneurs amid technological changes.
2. Demonstrate expertise and leadership in different fields of computer engineering and use them to contribute to the sustainable development of society.

Student Outcomes

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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