EEL 5749 – Internet of Things (IoT) Design

EEL 5749 – Internet of Things (IoT) Design

Last Time Taught: Fall 2021

A more detailed course syllabus is provided in the course Canvas site once the course begins.

Course Description

The Internet of things (IoT) is the internetworking of physical devices, e.g., vehicles, construction equipment, crops, the human body, buildings and other items, each embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

This course focuses on IoT solutions for multi-discipline topics selected by science and engineering student teams. The teams will develop solutions using IoT-focused design methods. The course will consist of lectures on the fundamental building blocks and protocols in IoT. Then the course will run as a hands-on, multi-discipline project-oriented course, with project discussions, presentations and demonstrations led by the student teams.



Materials purchased depend on the project proposed by the group. Expectations are equipment costs will be under $100. The textbook is available online to offset any equipment costs.

Lecture Topics

  • IoT Design Methodology
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • IoT Architectures for Various Environments (Smart Grid, Public Safety, Agriculture, Health, Manufacturing, etc.)
  • IoT Devices (WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID)
  • IoT Protocols
  • IoT Forecast


Grades are based on the following:

Participation (in class and in group) 5%
Homework Quizzes 15%
Midterm Exam 30%
Presentations (Proposal, Progress Reports, Paper Review Reports) 20%
Demos 20%
Final Report 10%

Attendance and Participation

This course is a combined on-campus (80-99% online) and EDGE (100% online distance learning) course. Attendance is optional/not required. However, students are expected to keep up with the course by viewing the 3 hours of lecture by the end of the week and by reading the assigned material before viewing the lectures. There may be lecture quizzes.

Students are expected to attend the meetings of their project groups (virtual or in-person); respond in a timely manner to gatorlink emails, use the group’s agreed upon mode of communication; equally participate in group projects and presentations (proposal, paper review and demo); and to complete the tasks necessary for a successful project in a timely manner.

Proposal Presentation

After a few weeks, groups of 3 people will propose an IoT Design Project. The group’s proposal will be given in lecture, allowing for feedback from the class. Attendance is required during class presentations.

Midterm Exam

The course has one exam, given in the middle of the semester. It will be a qualitative and quantitative exam that covers the material in the first half of the course schedule.

Paper Review Report

The review report is a scholarly analysis of a research paper. A list of possible papers will be given in Canvas.


Each person in a group is expected to demo some aspect of the group’s Internet of Things system.

Final Written Report

The final written report is a summary of the project, including overview, analysis and descriptions of challenges/successes.

Online Policy

Online Course Recording
Our class sessions may be audio visually recorded for students in the class to refer back and for enrolled students who are unable to attend live. Students who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded. If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the “chat” feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live.