Introduction to Electronics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ELT 101

       Course Name: Introduction to Electronics

       Credits: 5 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces electronics curriculum with hands-on labs and simulations. Topics range from Ohm’s Law to semiconductor circuits, and include series and parallel circuits, capacitors, inductors, and magnetics, with focus on analog and digital circuits. Background in basic algebra recommended to understand electronics concepts.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Student will learn to:

  1. Define and demonstrate the fundamentals of Ohms  and Kirchoff’s Law
  2. Design, build and test basic series and parallel circuits
  3. Define and apply the functions of capacitors, inductors and magnetics
  4. Analyze components associated with AC and DC electronic circuits.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of electronic equipment and devices.
  6. Demonstrate the application of electronics devices and circuits using computer simulations
  7. Share ideas effectively with peers in technical and non-technical environments

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

  • Atomic Structure
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Series Circuits
  • Parallel Circuits
  • Voltage and Current Dividers
  • Direct Current Meters
  • Kirchoff’s Laws
  • Network Theorems
  • Conductors, Insulators, Resistors
  • Batteries
  • Magnetism
  • Alternating Voltage and Current
  • Inductance and Inductive Reactance
  • Capacitance and Capacitive Reactance
  • RC and L/R Time Constants
  • Filters
  • Electronic Devices
  • Digital Electronics

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will be one third lecture and two thirds lab.  The lecture will be an informal discussion on 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

Four or Five one hour exams 70%
Homework 10%
Lab Experiments 20%
Class attendance is necessary to receive full credit in the above categories.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Calculator : TI - 36 or equivalent

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Four or Five one hour exams 70%
Homework 10%
Lab Experiments 20%

Class attendance is necessary to receive full credit in the above categories.

XI.   Other Course Information

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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.