ECE 498 YS3/YS4 - Engineering Electromagnetic Compatibility


Credit Hours: 3 credit hours (undergraduate) or 4 credit hours (graduate)

Course Hours: Class meets TR 3:30-4:50pm in 3015 ECEB

Instructor: Prof. Victoria Shao


Office Hours:  Thursday 11:00am - 12:00pm location TBD


ECE 329.

Course Description

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is the subject of building electronic systems which will work as intended in an electromagnetic environment. The systems shall not cause electromagnetic interference (EMI). Also, they are not susceptible to EMI from themselves or other systems. This course is designed to provide fundamental understanding of electromagnetic sources, different coupling mechanisms, how electronic devices are affected by the electromagnetic interference, and how to design electronic systems that comply with EMC standards. Topics range from EMC requirements for electronic systems; sources of electromagnetic noises; coupling mechanisms; radiated and conducted emissions and susceptibility; crosstalk, grounding, and shielding; as well as system design for EMC.

Related ABET Outcomes

This course provides students with fundamental knowledge of three major aspects of EMC: electromagnetic sources, coupling mechanisms, and electromagnetic immunity. Advanced topics such as grounding and shielding, electrostatic discharge, and system design for EMC are also addressed. Students learn how to identify and mitigate electromagnetic noise, minimize electromagnetic coupling between electronic devices, and design electronic systems to avoid EMI problems and ensure EMC. The course contains significant components of categories (1), (2), and (6) under Criterion 3, ABET Program Outcomes and Assessment. After the class, students should be able to:

Expectations for Class

The broad objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of EMC principles and their application in engineering practice. Throughout the course, students will learn the fundamental concepts of EMC and develop the skills to analyze and address EMC issues in electronic systems. Specifically, students will be able to:

Required Text

Course notes will be provided to supplement the in-class presentations. Each week has a section of related course note . If you want an additional reference text, you may check out this ebook. A hard copy is at the Grainger Library as well.


  • C. R. Paul,  Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility, 2nd Ed., John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2006.
  • Lecture Slides.


  • Henry W. Ott, “Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering,” John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, 2009.
  • D. L. Sengupta, V. V. Liepa, “Applied Electromagnetics and Electromagnetic Compatibility,” John Wiley & Sons, 2006.


Grading Scale

Grade Points
A+ > 97
A 93 - 97
A- 89 - 93
B+ 87 - 89
B 83 - 87
B- 79 - 83
C+ 77 - 79
C 73 - 77
C- 69 - 73
D+ 67 - 69
D 63 - 67
D- 59 - 63
F < 59


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