# ELEC-103: Basic Electricity

School
Department
Electrical Technology
Course Subject
Electrical/Electronics
Course Number
103
Course Title
Basic Electricity
Credit Hours
4.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
A-E
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
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
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

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
Other Details

Review of Student Portfolio and Student Interview

### Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
09/20/2019
AALC Approval Date
10/16/2019
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
11/04/2019