ELEC-103: Basic Electricity

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Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Basic Electricity
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Covers the fundamentals of electricity as applied to the electrical field. Topics include the electron theory, Ohm’s Law, circuits, magnetism, inductance, capacitance, and alternating current circuits. Utilizes voltmeters, ammeters, power supplies, signal generators, and oscilloscopes to construct circuits during lab activities. Also utilizes computer simulations.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Electron theory, electric charge, and Ohm’s Law
  2. Prefixes, voltage sources, and voltmeter usage
  3. Resistor color code, ratings, types, and ohmmeter usage
  4. Ohm’s Law
  5. Ammeter usage
  6. Electronic Workbench circuit simulation and analysis
  7. Series circuits and circuit breadboarding
  8. Electronic Workbench simulation with series circuits
  9. Voltage divider circuits, and open and short circuits
  10. Electrical power
  11. Parallel circuits
  12. Combination circuits
  13. Wheatstone Bridge
  14. Meter loading, cells, and batteries
  15. Soldering activities
  16. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  17. Alternating current and simulation on oscilloscope with utilization of signal generator
  18. Oscilloscope usage, D.C., A.C., and period measurements
  19. Capacitors and their properties in D.C. and A.C. circuits
  20. Capacitive reactance, RC circuits, filters, and phase shift
  21. RC circuit conditions
  22. Series and parallel RC circuits
  23. Inductors and their properties in D.C. and A.C. circuits
  24. RL circuit conditions
  25. Transformers, voltage and current ratio, and power transfer
  26. Ladder Diagrams
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Define voltage, current, and resistance and explain the characteristics of each.
  2. Make basic circuit measurements utilizing a voltmeter, a current meter, an ohmmeter, and an oscilloscope.
  3. Explain Ohm’s Law and the Power Law.
  4. Determine the characteristics of a series circuit.
  5. Determine the characteristics of a parallel circuit.
  6. Analyze series-parallel circuits.
  7. Explain the principles of magnetism and electromagnetism.
  8. Determine and analyze voltage and current values from an A.C. sine wave.
  9. Describe the basic characteristics of an inductor in D.C. and A.C. circuits.
  10. Describe the basic characteristics of a capacitor in D.C. and A.C. circuits.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Unit and chapter tests given throughout the semester.
  2. Analytical laboratory activities and performance exercises in which students demonstrate an understanding of assigned circuits.
  3. Final exam in which common questions are asked covering the units and topics presented throughout the semester. The final exam is worth 25 percent of the course grade.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Review of Student Portfolio and Student Interview

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date