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D. Interpret characteristics of voltage, current, resistance, and power in DC circuits.
E. Measure voltage, current, and resistance in DC circuits using measuring devices.

LEARNING OUTCOMES BY UNITS:
A. Introduction to DC circuit theory.
1. Describe the basic electrical components used and the basic electrical units
2. Analyze scientific/engineering notation, metric prefixes, and unit conversions
3. Describe voltage, current, and resistance
4. Analyze electrical safety
5. Evaluate the resistor color code scheme

B. Ohms, Watts, and Kirchhoffs voltage law for series circuits.
1. Analyze Ohms, Watts Law, and Kirchhoffs voltage law
2. Analyze power ratings, power supplies, and troubleshooting techniques
3. Analyze series circuits

C. More in-depth look at series circuits and introduction to parallel circuits
1. Evaluate voltage dividers, voltage sources, and troubleshooting techniques
2. Continue analyzing series circuits
3. Analyze parallel circuits and Kirchhoffs current l aw

D. More in-depth look at parallel circuits and combine them with series circuits
1. Analyze current dividers, power in parallel, and troubleshooting techniques
2. Analyze series-parallel circuits
3. Evaluate loaded voltage dividers

E. Summarize DC circuit theory to evaluate complex circuits
1. Evaluate the Wheatstone bridge
2. Evaluate Thevenins theorem
3. Analyze maximum power transfer

COURSE SCHEDULE
WEEK

Lecture Topics
Required / Recommended Readings /
Electronic Resources
1 -Electrical Components, Electrical units,
Scientific and Engineering Notation,
Metric Prefixes and Unit Conversions.
-Instead of a Lab, cover where DC is
found in real world applications.
See Moodle for information on this
course.
https://mycourses.tstc.edu/


Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.

2 -Voltage, Current, Resistance. Electrical
Safety*.

Safety should include, but not limited to,
introduction to Lock-out/Tag-out, national
safety standards (for example OSHA), and
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
-Lab 1
See Moodle for information on this
course.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
3 -Resistor color code.
-Lab 2
See Moodle for information on this
course.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
4 -Ohms Law and Application. Watts
Law.
-Unit Test #1
-Lab 3
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course.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
5 -Power Rating, Power Supplies,
Troubleshooting.
-Lab 4
-Lab Test #1
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course.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
6 -Series Circuits, Kirchhoffs Voltage
Law.
-Lab 5
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information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
7 -Voltage Dividers, Voltage Sources,
Troubleshooting.
-Unit Test #2
-Lab 6
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information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
8 -Series Circuits continued.
-Lab 7
-Lab Test #2
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information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
9 -Parallel Circuits, Kirchhoffs Current
Law.
-Lab 8
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information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
10 -Current Dividers, Power in Parallel,
Troubleshooting.
-Unit Test #3
-Lab 9
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information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
11 -Series-Parallel Circuits.
-Lab 10
-Lab Test #3
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information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.



12 -Loaded Voltage Dividers,
-Lab 11
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information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
13 -Wheatstone Bridge, Maximum Power
Transfer.
-Unit Test #4
-Lab 12
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information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
14 -Thevenins Theorem.
-Lab 13
-Lab Test #4
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information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.
15 -Final Exam See Moodle for additional
information.
Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
ed.

TEXTBOOK/REFERENCE MATERIAL/SUPPLIES:
1. Electric Circuits Fundamentals 8
th
edition; by Thomas L. Floyd, Prentice Hall,
2010. ISBN-10: 013507293X, ISBN-13: 9780135072936.

2. Scientific Calculator (TI-30 or equal). *Cell phones WILL NOT
be allowed
during any testing, only calculators.

3. Writing materials for taking notes.

4. Wire cutter / stripper tool ( MANDATORY), needle nose pliers, screwdrivers
(Multi-bit screwdriver optional).

Students may vary in their competency levels on these abilities. You can expect to
acquire these abilities only if you honor all course policies, attend classes regularly,
complete all assigned work in good faith and on time, and meet all other course
expectations of you as a student.
GRADING CRITERIA GRADING SCALE
Lab Practicals40% 90  100% = A
Unit Exams.....35% 80  89 % = B
Assignments...........10% 70  79 % = C
Final Exam.15% 60  69 % = D

59% or less= F

MAKE UP OF LATE UNIT EXAMS AND ASSIGNMENTS:
Make-up of late unit exams and assignments will b e allowed, but only up to two
weeks late. There will be repercussions, and they are as follows:

A. 10 points
deducted on late unit exams.
B. 7 points
deducted on late lab practicals.
C. 5 points
deducted on late assignments.
D. NOTE!!! 20 points
will be deducted if the student does not put away
all the materials used for lab at the end of the lab session.
E. No further late work will be accepted two weeks prior to finals;
consequently, this will automatically constitute a zero grade on the late
assignment.

DEPARTMENT PARTICIPATION POLICY:
It will be the students responsibility to read all assigned materials, complete all
homework or class assignments as well as all labora tory exercises. The student will be
expected to attend all lectures. There will be open discussion and analysis of all circuitry
in which your participation is expected.
You are expected to attend all classes - both theor y and labs. Arrive on time, the
instructor is not required to provide the student w ith missed lecture material if
he/she does not attend the class/lab session or has not made arrangements prior to
the absence.

Failure to comply with lawful direction of a classr oom instructor is a disruption for all
students enrolled in the class. Cheating violations include, but are not limited to: (1)
obtaining an examination, classroom activity, or la boratory exercise by stealing or
collusion; (2) discovering the content of an examin ation, classroom activity, laboratory
exercise, or homework assignment before it is given; (3) using an unauthorized source of
information during an examination, classroom activi ty, laboratory exercise, or homework
assignment; (4) taking an examination or turning in homework for another person; (5)
using any unauthorized form of electronic communica tion device during an examination,
classroom activity, or laboratory exercise; (6) Pla giarism. Plagiarism is the using, stating,
offering, or reporting as ones own, an idea, expre ssion, or production of another person
without proper credit. If caught cheating you will get a zero!

Instructors cannot drop students or award grades of W based on non-attendance.
If you fall behind during the semester and are unab le to catch up, it is the students
responsibility to drop the course prior to the last day for withdrawal, without
incurring a grade of F. The withdrawal process will not
be initiated by the instructor.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
Pagers, cell phones, music players etc... are not t o be used during lecture. Cell
phones and pagers will need to be turned off or set to vibrate. You may use cell
phones, but only in the hallway. Be considerate of the distraction caused to others
by these devices.
CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR:
It is expected that..............
1. Your behavior is pleasant and courteous to every one.
2. You do not eat or drink while at the lab bench.
3. You keep your work area clean (pick up after you rself).
4. You put equipment, Components (resistors, capacitor s, coils, relays, LEDs,
manuals, cables, meters, ETC), away when you have completed your tasks.
5. You do not hold personal conversations during le cture.
6. You do not remove any equipment, parts, etc. fro m the lab. Doing so will be
considered as stealing from the school and can resu lt in expulsion from the class
and/or school.
7. You practice SAFETY!!!

TREATMENT OF THREATS:
"TSTC Harlingen faculty, staff, and students are as ked to report all threats, perceived or
real, immediately to College Police located in the Auxiliary Building. If the threat is
imminent, the College Police emergency phone line a t: (956-364-4220 or 911) from a cell
phone or (ext. 4220 or 9-911) from a land-line phon e on campus should be called.
College Police will then coordinate the proper resp onse in accordance with State and
federal laws and TSTC System/College rules and regu lations.

After hours (after 5pm) or on weekends, the (956) 3 64-4220 number automatically rolls
over to the COPS Line (956) 873-2677
. All buildings now have the emergency numbers
on the entrance doors.
All other issues pertaining to student conduct, sta ndards, policy and expectations will be
in accordance with TSTC Student Handbook.
ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: If you have a documented disability which will
make it difficult for you to carry out the work as the instructor has outlined and/or if you
need special accommodations due to a disability, pl ease contact (956) 364-4520
or visit
Support Services Office located in Tech Prep Bldg. P as soon as possible to make
appropriate arrangements.


Copyright Statement: The materials used in the course (textbooks, handou ts, media files
podcast, MP3, Videos, RSS Feeds), and all instructi onal resources on the colleges
Learning Management System (Moodle) are intended f or use only by students registered
and enrolled in this course, and are only to be use d for instructional use
,
activities
associated with
,
and for the duration of the course. By "handouts," this means all
materials generated for this course, which includes but are not limited to syllabi, quizzes,
exams, lab problems, in-class materials, review she ets, and any additional materials.
These materials may not be retained in another medi um or disseminated further. They are
provided in compliance with the provisions of the T each Act. These materials may not be
reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed with out the express prior written
permission of the copyright holder or TSTC. For fur ther information contact your
instructor.

Communicating with your instructor (MyMail Email Sy stem):
The use of Your Mymail TSTC College student e-mail account will be the only way to
receive official notices from the college. When co mmunicating with instructors and/or
employees of the college you are required to use yo ur TSTC Mymail student e-mail
address. If you choose to forward your e-mail to a nother account, please be advised that
all communication from and within the college will use your Mymail student e-mail.

Student Success Office:
Students can go to the Student Success office for i nformation on tutoring and
supplemental instruction schedules. The Student Success Office provides a variety of
programs to enhance student's learning to achieve educational success. The
following website can also be accessed for more inf ormation
http://www.harlingen.tstc.edu/oss/ossprograms.aspx


NOTE: Any changes to this Course Information Sheet will be provided in writing to the
student.