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ENEE181 Explore Electronics

Credit & Contact Hours:

1 credit (0 hours lecture, 0 hours recitation, 3 hours laboratory)

Course Description:

This is a highly structured hands-on course designed to introduce the basics of electronic circuitry. It will introduce how electrical signals are collected, processed, amplified and used in everyday life. Students will design and build electronic devices (some of which they can keep). They will be exposed to the rudiments of dc and ac circuits, passive electronic devices, transistors, op-amps and other integrated circuits. They will complete special projects in one or more of the following areas: power and energy generation, sensing and control, and communications.





Course Oversight:


Course Objectives:

  • To be able to intuitively understand electrical quantities and their relationships through direct experimentation
  • To understand the use of passive and active elements in circuit design
  • To be able to use mathematical tools for describing simple circuits
  • To be able to get information, have the ability to replicate and modify circuit ideas on the web
  • To be able to communicate scientific concepts in a coherent and intellectually sophisticated level
  • To be able to meaningfully interact with peers and develop teamwork skills to complete specific tasks

​Topics Covered:

  • Laboratory safety and electronic building equipment
  • Sensors and amplification, signal transduction
  • Building and use of the digital multimeter
  • Voltage, current, circuit laws
  • Terminal relations for resistors, capacitors and inductors
  • Breadboarding techniques
  • Bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors
  • Oscillator circuitry and filters
  • The operational amplifier
  • Special projects and real world applications

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (Significant)
  • Ability to design/conduct expt. & analyze/interpret data (Significant)
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs (Significant)
  • Ability to to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (Moderate)
  • Ability to communicate effectively (Moderate)
  • Broad education necessary to understand impact of eng. solution (Moderate)
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning (Moderate)
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (Moderate)