Engineering Circuit Analysis

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ENG 220

       Course Name: Engineering Circuit Analysis

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MAT 252 (Calculus III) and PHY 222

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces scope of engineering circuit analysis. Content includes circuit elements, resistive circuits, nodal and loop analysis; equivalence and superposition; capacitance and inductance; analysis of transient circuits; steady-state AC and power analysis. Lab work involves use of measuring equipment, and analysis of resulting data to compare actual and theoretical circuits. Intended for all engineering majors requiring linear circuit analysis with lab.

IV.   Learning Objectives

This class provides an introduction to the study of electrical systems from a circuit theory viewpoint resulting in the following outcomes:

  • Understand basic circuit elements (e.g. independent and dependent sources, resistors, inductors and capacitors).
  • Apply KVL, KCL, Ohms Law, and conservation of power to solve for currents, voltages, and power in linear DC circuits.
  • Apply formal circuit analysis techniques (e.g. nodal analysis, mesh analysis, source transformation, superposition).
  • Determine the Thevenin or Norton equivalent of a linear two-terminal network.
  • Determine the initial value, final value, time constant and transient response of a RL and RC circuit.
  • Use phasor analysis to solve for currents, voltage, and complex power in steady-state AC circuits.
  • Understand the behavior of an ideal operational amplifier, know basic configurations, and derive the gain.

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 Circuit Variables
Circuit Elements
Ch. 1
Ch. 2
2 Circuit Elements
(Lab #1)
Ch. 2
3 Resistive Circuits
(Lab #2)
Ch. 3
4 Techniques of Circuit Analysis Ch. 4
5 Techniques of Circuit Analysis
(Lab #3)
Ch. 4
6 Operational Amplifiers
(Lab #4)
Ch. 5
7 Exam #1
Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance
Ch. 6
8 Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance
(Lab #5)
RL and RC Circuits
Ch. 6
Ch. 7
9 RL and RC Circuits
RLC Circuits
Ch. 7
Ch. 8
10 RLC Circuits
(Lab #6)
Ch. 8
11 RLC Circuits
Exam #2
Ch. 8
12 Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis Ch. 9
13  Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
(Lab #7)
Ch. 9
14 Sinusoidal Steady-State Power Calculations Ch. 10
15 Three-Phase Circuits
(Final Project)
Ch. 11
16 Review
Exam #3

VII.  Methods of Instruction


  1. Assigned homework is required for the completion of the course.
  2. Homework must be submitted on the assigned due date. Late homework will be accepted at half credit.
  3. Solutions must be presented in a clear and orderly manner, and answers boxed in.  Homework lacking clarity or written on scrap paper will not be graded.
  4. Ten points of credit will be given for each problem, provided the solution is correct, includes all steps used and presented in a clear and orderly manner.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attendance is mandatory.  Three unexcused absences will lesson the grade one level.  Students having three unexcused absences will be dropped from course.
  2. Passing three examinations (a make-up exam. will only be given if medical reasons precluded taking the exam on the date scheduled).
  3. Satisfactory completion of homework problems within the assigned time schedule.
  4. Satisfactory completion of laboratory assignments.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Electric Circuits, Nilsson and Riedel, Addison Wesley, 10th edition

Optional Recommended Text:
Any introductory circuit text will work as a supplement.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Achievement of course objectives by the students is determined from the submitted homework, laboratory reports, and the three exams.  Over-all grade will be comprised of:

  1. Examinations will account for 60% of the grade.
  2. Laboratory Assignments will account for 25% of the grade.
  3. Homework will account for 15% of the grade.
  4. Grading Scale:  Below 60 Fail, 60-69 D, 70-79 C, 80-89 B, 90-100 A

XI.   Other Course Information

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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.