EEL5934 Internet of Things (IoT) Design

EEL5934 Internet of Things (IoT) Design

Last Taught: Fall 2020

More detailed course information 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, 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 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) 10%
Status Reports (Proposal, Progress Reports) 10%
Midterm Exam 30%
Paper Review Report 20%
Demos 20%
Final Project Report 10%


Productive participation in the class and in the project group is necessary the course. In class (even online), students are expected to read the reading assignment before-hand and to come prepared to discuss and comment. Occasionally, there may be a reading quiz in class. Students are also expected to attend the meetings of their project groups; respond in a timely manner to gatorlink emails and the groups decided 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.

Proposal Presentation

After a few weeks, groups of 3 people will propose an IoT Design Project. The proposal will be given in lecture, allowing for feedback from the class.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will be a qualitative and quatitative exam that covers the material in the first half of the course schedule.

Paper Review Report

The review report is a schoarly 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 any necessary changes made and 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.