# Course Syllabus: Electronics 101

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with CEU Certificate*

## 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

## Grading Policy

## Learning Outcomes

- 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

An Introduction | 1 |

Lesson 1 Assignment | 20 |

Lesson 1 Fundamentals of Electricity | 9 |

Lesson 2 Voltage and Current | 9 |

Lesson 3 Assignment | 20 |

Lesson 3 Power Supplies and Simple Circuits | 10 |

Lesson 4 Assignment | 20 |

Lesson 4 Resistor Circuits and Ohms Law | 10 |

Lesson 5 Assignment | 20 |

Lesson 5 Resistor Networks | 10 |

Lesson 6 Assignment | 20 |

Lesson 6 Capacitor Circuits | 10 |

Lesson 7 Assignment | 20 |

Lesson 7 Fundamentals of Magnetism | 10 |

Lesson 8 Assignment | 20 |

Lesson 8 Inductor Circuits | 9 |

Lesson 9 Assignment | 20 |

Lesson 9 Building Electronic Circuits | 10 |

Lesson 10 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices | 10 |

Lesson 11 Assignment | 20 |

Lesson 11 Electronics Applied: Transformers | 9 |

Lesson 12 Electronics Applied: Basic Communication Circuits | 10 |

Final Exam | 110 |

Total Points: | 407 |

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