Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ph.D. Preliminary Examination in EE-Systems

Preliminary Examination Requirements

Chair of the Prelim Exam Committee: Prof. Glenn Healey

Written Preliminary Examination

**Spring 2020 prelims postponed**: Students’, staff’s and faculty’s wellbeing is our utmost priority in these uncertain times. With growing concerns and the continuous unpredictable changes due to the pandemic, and with the understanding of the level of stress that this creates in students, the EECS Department has made the decision to reschedule the Spring Ph.D. Prelims to Fall 2020.  We believe this is in the best interest for all involved. The Spring quarter will not be counted toward the time limit you have to take the Prelim Exam.

Please register for the exam in the EECS office located in EH 2200. Registration deadline is Monday, April 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm

  • Date: Fall 2020
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: TBD

Oral Preliminary Examination

  • Date: The oral exams will follow within a week. Date to be determined.


This document outlines the materials to be covered in the written (four hours) and oral exam (one hour) in the area of EE-Systems. The relevant courses offered at UCI in this field are listed. Also, reference textbooks and supplementary books are provided.

Although the foregoing material describes the nature of the background information the student should have mastered prior to taking the Preliminary Examinations, it is to be emphasized that an important quality for the student to demonstrate by performance during the examinations is a comprehensive understanding of the technical areas involved and the ability to apply it to diverse applications. In other words, students are ultimately responsible for the body of knowledge in the area that might be besides the materials covered in these classes.

List of courses:

Engineering Probability (EECS55)

  • Reference: Sheldon Ross, A First Course in Probability, Prentice Hall, Sixth Edition, 2002. Chapters 1-7.
  • Supplementary: R. D. Yates and D. J. Goodman, Probability and Stochastic Processes, John Wiley & Sons, Second Edition, 2005.

Signal and System I (EECS50)

  • Reference: Oppenheim and Willsky, Signals and Systems, 2nd. edition, Prentice-Hall 1997, Chapters 2-4.

Signal and System II (EECS150)

  • Reference: Oppenheim and Willsky, Signals and Systems, 2nd. edition, Prentice-Hall 1997, Chapters 5,7,9-10.

Introduction to Control Systems (EECS160A)

  • Reference: G. Franklin, J.D. Powell and A. Emami-Naeini Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, Chapters 1-6.

Oral Examination

Based on the written exam scores, the preliminary exam committee will decide which students are required to take the oral exam. The purpose of the oral examination is to measure the student's ability to do independent research and problem solving.

Prelim Registration Form