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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 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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  • Lesson 1 Fundamentals of Electricity

    To begin the course, we introduce some elementary principles of electrical theory specifically related to the study of electronics.
  • Lesson 2 Voltage and Current

    In particular, this lesson will introduce and define the concepts of voltage and currenttwo critical parameters of electrical circuits.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 4 Resistor Circuits and Ohms Law

    The lesson discusses a gravitational analogy to resistor circuits to help illustrate what is happening electrically.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 6 Capacitor Circuits

    This lesson considers another type of electronic component: the capacitor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Course Title: Electronics 101
Course Number: 8900069
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
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
Instructor: Jeff Clark
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

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.
  • Summarize the functionalities of Integrated Circuits, Transistors, Resistors, Capacitors and Diodes.
  • Identify schematic symbols.
  • Summarize 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.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 1 Fundamentals of ElectricityExam10
Lesson 2 Voltage and CurrentExam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 3 Power Supplies and Simple CircuitsExam10
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 4 Resistor Circuits and Ohms LawExam10
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 5 Resistor NetworksExam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 6 Capacitor CircuitsExam10
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 7 Fundamentals of MagnetismExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 8 Inductor CircuitsExam10
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 9 Building Electronic CircuitsExam10
Lesson 10 Introduction to Semiconductor DevicesExam10
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 11 Electronics Applied: TransformersExam10
Lesson 12 Electronics Applied: Basic Communication CircuitsExam10
The Final ExamExam120
Total Points:425

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