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Course Syllabus: Electronics 101

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Course Description

Perhaps nothing is more representative of modern technological culture than electronic devices. But how do these often mysterious "black boxes" really work? This course presents an overview of the fundamentals of electric/electronic circuit analysis, starting with an overview of electrical theory and moving to simple circuit components like power supplies, resistors, capacitors, and inductors.


The course also provides a light introduction to the actual circuit design, construction, test, and measurement, giving the hobbyist a jumping-off point for further pursuit of the subject. In addition, the course highlights some key concepts of semiconductors and semiconductor devices (like transistors). Finally, the lessons conclude with a look at some applications of the principles discussed throughout the course. The lessons are designed to serve students with a variety of backgrounds, and they require only a minimal level of mathematical aptitude (some algebra is helpful but not necessary to understand the main ideas of the course).

Each lesson provides a sufficient background to help novices understand the principles that underlie the operation of electric and electronic circuits. The course can serve as a review of the basic concepts of circuit theory or as a starting point for a more in-depth study of particular areas of interest, such as semiconductor devices, complex electronic networks, circuit design, and hobbyist electronics.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1 Fundamentals of Electricity

Lesson 2 Voltage and Current

Lesson 3 Power Supplies and Simple Circuits

Lesson 4 Resistor Circuits and Ohms Law

Lesson 5 Resistor Networks

Lesson 6 Capacitor Circuits

Lesson 7 Fundamentals of Magnetism

Lesson 8 Inductor Circuits

Lesson 9 Building Electronic Circuits

Lesson 10 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices

Lesson 11 Electronics Applied: Transformers

Lesson 12 Electronics Applied: Basic Communication Circuits

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe wiring and currents.
  • Define Alternating Current [AC] and Direct Current [DC] Circuits.
  • Describe Solder, Fuses, Connectors, Adapters and Switches.
  • Describe transmitters and receivers.
  • Know the functionalities of Integrated Circuits, Transistors, Resistors, Capacitors and Diodes.
  • Identify schematic symbols.
  • Know the functionalities and purposes of power supplies and multimeters.
  • Describe amplifiers and transistors.
  • Describe voltage regulators, transformers and transducers.
  • Define basic electronic formulas, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment20
Lesson 1 Fundamentals of Electricity9
Lesson 2 Voltage and Current9
Lesson 3 Assignment20
Lesson 3 Power Supplies and Simple Circuits10
Lesson 4 Assignment20
Lesson 4 Resistor Circuits and Ohms Law9
Lesson 5 Assignment20
Lesson 5 Resistor Networks10
Lesson 6 Assignment20
Lesson 6 Capacitor Circuits10
Lesson 7 Assignment20
Lesson 7 Fundamentals of Magnetism10
Lesson 8 Assignment20
Lesson 8 Inductor Circuits9
Lesson 9 Assignment20
Lesson 9 Building Electronic Circuits10
Lesson 10 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices10
Lesson 11 Assignment20
Lesson 11 Electronics Applied: Transformers8
Lesson 12 Electronics Applied: Basic Communication Circuits10
Final Exam110
Total Points:405

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