Circuits and Electronics


CMPE Degree: This course is for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Courses for non-ECE majors

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Prerequisites: PHYS 2212/2232

Corequisites: None.

Catalog Description

An introduction to electric circuit elements and electronic devices and a
study of circuits containing such devices.


Circuits, myDAQ

Course Outcomes

  1. determine voltages and currents in a resistive network.
  2. sketch the transient response of RC and RL circuits and be familiar with the standard transient responses of RLC circuits.
  3. use complex phasors to determine the steady-state responses of sinusoidal sources voltages or currents.
  4. understand and analyze the frequency response characteristics of filters.
  5. analyze power characteristics in reactive circuits.
  6. build and test real circuits containing RLC components, op amps, diodes, and transistors.
  7. design and build simple filters, rectifiers, and amplifiers.

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Not Applicable

Course Objectives

  1. to analyze circuits that contain resistors, capacitors, and inductors with direct current and alternating current sources.
  2. to analyze circuits in the time domain showing transient response and in the frequency domain showing filtering and resonance properties.
  3. to be familiar with nonlinear circuit components and practical circuits can be built from these components.

Topical Outline

Resistive Circuits (3.5 weeks)
Ohm's Law
Resistors in parallel, series
Kirchhoff's Current and Voltage Laws
Voltage divider and current divider laws
Thevenin Equivalent Circuits

Reactive Circuits (1.5 weeks)
Inductors and Capacitors
Parallel and series connections of inductors and capacitors
Transient Analysis of First-Order circuits

Frequency Analysis of Circuits (2.5 weeks)
Steady-state sinusoidal analysis and impedance
Transfer function
Bode plots

Power in AC Circuits (1 week)
Real, reactive, and apparent power
Power factor

Fundamental Devices in Electronics (2.5 weeks)
Ideal diodes
Simple piecewise linear model of diode
MOS Field-Effect Transistors
Operational Amplifiers

Electronic Applications (3.5 weeks)
Active Filters

Students will perform hands-on activities using data acquisition boards. Some of these activities include exploration of RC and RLC circuits, op amp circuits, filters, and physically-motivated applications of electronic circuits.