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Course Outline

STATUS: A

COMMON COURSE NUMBER: EET 1015C

COURSE TITLE: DC Circuits

CREDIT HOURS: 5

CONTACT HOURS BREAKDOWN:

Lecture/Discussion 64

Lab 32

Other

Contact Hours/Week 6

CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: MTB 1325

This is a first course in electric circuits. Upon completion of

this course the student should demonstrate an understanding of the

definitions and interrelationship of voltage, current and power in

circuits containing passive circuit elements and multiple sources.

Extensive laboratory experience is included. Student fee charged.

General Education Requirements - Associate of Arts Degree, meets Area(s):

General Education Requirements - Associate in Science Degree, meets Area(s):

UNIT TITLES:

1. Fundamental Definitions and Relationships

2. Resistance

3. Basic Electric Circuit and Ohm's Law

4. Series and Parallel Circuits

5. Series-Parallel Circuits

6. Network Theorems

7. Power in DC Circuits

8. Capacitors in DC Circuits

LAST REVIEW Academic Year 1998-99 NEXT REVIEW Academic Year 2003-04

Interim Revision Dates: 3/96

Page 1 of 9 I. Course Overview:

Upon successful completion of this course, the students should be

able to demonstrate an understanding of the definitions and inter-

relationships of voltage, current, and power in circuits containing

passive circuit elements and multiple sources. The students should

acquire a working knowledge of computer usage in applying software

for solving technical problems.

II. Units:

Unit 1. Fundamental Definitions and Relationships

General Outcome:

1.0 The students should be able to perform basic

computations and provide functional definitions of

the Bohr model atom, current flow, voltage,

resistance, energy, and power.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students

should be able to:

1.1 Use scientific notation in solving problems in ratio

and proportion, percentages, and basic math.

1.2 Describe the structure of atoms and relate that

structure to conductors and insulators.

1.3 Distinguish between mechanical work, energy, and

power.

1.4 Identify the differences between various DC and AC

voltages.

1.5 Identify various voltage sources.

1.6 Solve problems involving electrical power and

efficiency.

Common Course No: EET 1015C Page 2 of 9Unit 2. Resistance

General Outcome:

2.0 The students should be able to discuss the

properties of resistors, including resistance,

conductance, physical properties, current

capacity of a wire, types of resistors, and the

resistance color code.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students

should be able to:

2.1 Solve for conductance when given a resistance.

2.2 Solve for resistance when conductance is

specified.

2.3 Choose a correct wire size when given current in

a load.

2.4 Distinguish between types of resistors, based on

construction and physical size.

2.5 Determine resistance when given a color code.

2.6 Specify the color code for a given resistance.

Common Course No: EET1015C Page 3 of 9Unit 3. Basic Electric Circuit and Ohm's Law

General Outcome:

3.0 The students should be able to explain circuit

concepts, current and voltage measurement, and

Ohm's Law.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students

should be able to:

3.1 List the requirements of a closed circuit.

3.2 Apply Ohm's Law to an entire circuit or to part

of a circuit.

3.3 Solve for and verify by measurement current,

voltage, or resistance when given the remaining

quantities.

Common Course No: EET1015C Page 4 of 9Unit 4. Series and Parallel Circuits

General Outcome:

4.0 The students should be able to demonstrate their

knowledge of current, voltage, and resistance

relationships in a series circuit, circuit

measurements, and troubleshooting.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students

should be able to:

4.1 Calculate the total resistance of a series

circuit.

4.2 Calculate current in a series circuit when given

a source voltage.

4.3 Demonstrate that the sum of the voltage drops in

a series circuit is equal to source voltage.

4.4 Apply Ohm's Law to the solution of series

circuits.

4.5 Verify circuit calculations by measurement.

4.6 Identify possible circuit faults when given a set

of measurements.

4.7 Define voltage and current relations in a

parallel circuit.

4.8 Solve for equivalent resistance of two branch and

multibranch circuits.

4.9 Use current summing techniques to analyze

parallel circuits.

4.10Make current and voltage measurements and

identify possible causes of a malfunction when

given a set of measurements.

Common Course No: EET1015C Page 5 of 9Unit 5. Series-Parallel Circuits

General Outcome:

5.0 The students should be able to recognize series-

parallel circuits and use techniques for reducing

these circuits to series equivalent circuits for

analysis.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students

should be able to:

5.1 Calculate voltages and currents in a single

sourse series-parallel circuit.

5.2 Reduce a series-parallel circuit to a series

equivalent circuit.

5.3 Analyze series-parallel circuits.

5.4 Verify circuit calculations by measurement.

5.5 Solve voltage divider and balanced-bridge

problems.

Common Course No: EET1015C Page 6 of 9Unit 6. Network Analysis

General Outcome:

6.0 The students should be able to demonstrate their

knowledge of Kirchoff's current and voltage laws,

the voltage division rule, superposition, and

Thevenin's and Norton's theorems.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students

should be able to:

6.1 Specify input and output currents at circuit

nodes.

6.2 Solve problems using the Voltage Division Rule.

6.3 Solve problems using the Current Division Rule.

6.4 Use the superposition theorem to analyze

elementary two source circuits.

6.5 Use Thevenin's and Norton's theorems to analyze

elementary circuits.

Common Course No: EET1015C Page 7 of 9Unit 7. Power in DC Circuit

General Outcome:

7.0 The students should be able to demonstrate their

knowledge of the basic definitions and formulas

for the solution of problems involving power

dissipation, efficiency, power transfer, maximum

power transfer theorem, and conversion between

voltage and current sources.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students

should be able to:

7.1 Compute power when given voltage or current and

resistance.

7.2 Determine the overall efficiency of a complete

circuit.

7.3 Calculate the load resistance for maximum power

transfer when given a source and a coupling

circuit.

7.4 Define ideal voltage and current sources.

7.5 Convert a voltage source to a current source.

7.6 Convert a current source to a voltage source.

Common Course No: EET1015C Page 8 of 9Unit 8. Capacitance in DC Circuits

General Outcome:

8.0 The students should be able to relate the

physical and electrical characteristics of

capacitors and solve circuit problems involving

capacitance in DC circuits.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students

should be able to:

8.1 Use the physical characteristics of a capacitor

to calculate capacitance.

8.2 Describe mathematically the relationship between

charge, voltage, capacitance, and stored energy.

8.3 Solve problems involving the equivalent

capacitance for series, parallel, and series-

parallel capacitors.

Common Course No: EET1015C Page 9 of 9

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