Survey of Electronics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ELT 107

       Course Name: Survey of Electronics

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers fundamentals of electricity and electronics. Overview of circuitry and devices used in industry, as basis for further study and practical application of skills Experimentation and demonstration for thorough understanding of principles. Of value for both the lay person and future professional in the field.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Student will learn to:

  1. List the common components used in the electronics industry
  2. List the various sources of energy
  3. Define the basic principles of Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Laws, and Power Laws
  4. Perform basic circuit analysis
  5. Explain the application of electronic devices and electricity
  6. List common symbols used in schematic diagrams
  7. Demonstrate the proper use of test instruments

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. What is electronics?
  2. Applications of electronics
  3. Basic electronic components and their purpose.
  4. Symbols used in schematic diagrams
  5. What is electricity?
  6. Electrical Current, Voltage, Power and Resistance
  7. Units of measurement and engineering notation.
  8. A brief discussion of Batteries.
  9. Ohms and Power Law
  10. What is alternating current?
  11. Capacitors:  Capacitance - Capacitive reactance.
  12. Magnetism:  A basic discussion:  What is it and what does it do?
  13. Coils: Inductance - Inductive reactance.
  14. Transformers: The proportionality between turns ratio and voltage ratio.
  15. Semiconductors:  Diodes, Transistors, Integrated circuits.
  16. Op-Amps and timers.
  17. Analog and digital communication systems - why digital?
  18. Discussion of different logic families, and their main components

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will be one half Lecture and one half Lab.  The lectures will consist of detailed  discussions of the assigned material and related topics.  The lab experiments will be timed to reinforce ideas learned in the lecture and to learn the operation of the lab equipment.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Study your lecture notes, take lecture notes, finish lab reports and homework assignments.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Nightly quizzes: 20%
Lab Experiments: 20%
Final Exam: 20%
Homework: 20%
Hour Exams: 20%

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance is required for doing the classwork and lab assignments. No large homework or other
assignments will be accepted. If the student misses a test or fails to turn in his homework, then
she or he will be awarded the lowest class grade, or her or his lowest semester grade, whichever is lower.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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  • victims of sexual misconduct
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