Introduction to Radio Frequency Identification

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ELT 120

       Course Name: Introduction to Radio Frequency Identification

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers radio frequency identification (RFID) concepts and fundamentals, and how emerging electronic product code (EPC global) standards are influencing adoption. Content includes RFID capabilities, current applications of RFID in businesses, and practical ways to articulate use cases for this technology to potential employers and peers.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Understand introductory supply chain logistics and its place in the modern market place.
  2. Distinguish the roles played by database systems, middleware systems and electronic identification data collection devices.
  3. Understand the terminology, hardware and software of an RFID system.
  4. Gain experience in RFID techniques used in warehouse management.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Basic RFID concepts and terminology
    1. Frequencies, tags, and readers
    2. Passive vs. active technology
  2. Practical applications for RFID
    1. Business reasons for RFID adoption
    2. Supply chain, asset management and access control use cases
    3. The role of RFID readiness assessments and site surveys
  3. EPCglobal standards
    1. EPC basics
    2. Global Data Synchronization (GDSN) and Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) - tie in with EPCglobal
    3. Compliancy equation with trading partners
  4. The role of RFID middleware in implementations
    1. Physical and logical reader abstraction
    2. Filtering and collection concepts
    3. Enterprise integration
  5. Supply chain concepts & fundamentals:
    1. Supply chain logistics
    2. Manufacturing, distribution and 3rd Party Logistic (3PL) firm
      1. Past data collection methods
    3. Current Automatic Identification Data Collection (AIDC) methods
    4. Enterprise software systems and their roles
    5. Internet communication between trading partners
    6. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and extranets
  6. F. Lab activities
    1. Terminology basics
    2. EPCglobal understanding
    3. Supply chain concepts
    4. Middleware understanding

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation can include lectures, class discussions, individual and group assignments and laboratory assignments.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading of handouts is required as a reference to the materials and the techniques under study.  Completion of classroom and laboratory assignments is necessary to provide support for the classroom discussions.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Course handouts, various web and library references, recommended/required text and RFID tags.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Methods of evaluation can include homework, quizzes, exams, laboratory assignments and individual and group projects.

Four or Five exams 70%
Homework 10%
Lab Experiments 20%

Class attendance is necessary to receive full credit in the above categories.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.