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  • 12
    Lessons
  • 23
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 19
    Hours
    average time
  • 1.9
    CEUs
  • 2,529
    Students
    have taken this course
 
 
 

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 an 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.
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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1 Fundamentals of Electricity

To begin the course, we introduce some elementary principles of electrical theory specifically related to the study of electronics. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: Basic Atomic Structure; Conductors Insulators Semiconductors
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 Fundamentals of Electricity

Lesson 2 Voltage and Current

In particular, this lesson will introduce and define the concepts of voltage and currenttwo critical parameters of electrical circuits. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Kinetic Energy vs. Potential Energy
  • Review Video: Current and Voltage
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 Voltage and Current

Lesson 3 Power Supplies and Simple Circuits

In this lesson, we will consider power supplies (sources of voltage and current) and introduce some very simple circuits. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Elementary Circuits; How Do Batteries Work?
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3 Power Supplies and Simple Circuits

Lesson 4 Resistor Circuits and Ohms Law

The lesson discusses a gravitational analogy to resistor circuits to help illustrate what is happening electrically. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: Ohm's Law; What Is a Resistor?
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 Resistor Circuits and Ohms Law

Lesson 5 Resistor Networks

In the previous lesson, we studied simple single-resistor circuits. Although these circuits illustrate some key principles of electronics, they arent all that interesting by themselves. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Video: Resistors in Parallel
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5 Resistor Networks

Lesson 6 Capacitor Circuits

This lesson considers another type of electronic component: the capacitor. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Video: Capacitor charging
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 Capacitor Circuits

Lesson 7 Fundamentals of Magnetism

In this lesson, well look very briefly at magnetism and its relationship to electric charge. These concepts will allow us to discuss another important circuit device, the inductor, in the next lesson. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: Electric Currents and Magnetic Fields; Electromagnetic Induction
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 Fundamentals of Magnetism

Lesson 8 Inductor Circuits

In this lesson, well add another circuit device to our repertoire: inductors. Our discussion will rely heavily on the concepts of magnetism discussed in the previous lesson. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: Inductor Basics; Understanding Inductors
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 Inductor Circuits

Lesson 9 Building Electronic Circuits

In this lesson, well take a break from our intensive theoretical look at circuits and will turn to some practical considerationsspecifically, some basics of building and testing electronic circuits. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Video: How to Set Up an Electronics Lab
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 Building Electronic Circuits

Lesson 10 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices

Weve considered a variety of circuit components like resistors, capacitors, and inductors, but perhaps the biggest and most important class of components are based on semiconductors 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: How do they make Silicon Wafers and Computer Chips?; Semiconductor Technology at TSMC
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices

Lesson 11 Electronics Applied: Transformers

In this lesson, well consider an application of what we've learned thus far: transformers. Specifically, well apply what we know about magnetism and inductors. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: DC and AC; How Transformers Work
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 Electronics Applied: Transformers

Lesson 12 Electronics Applied: Basic Communication Circuits

The final lesson of this course looks at another application of material from previous lessons: simple communication circuits. 120 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 Electronics Applied: Basic Communication Circuits
  • Complete: Final Exam
407
Total Course Points
 

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.
 

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Course Title: Electronics 101
Course Number: 9770455
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Author: Dr. Jeffrey Clark, Ph.D.
Instructor: April Graves
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $90.00

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