ES 101B: Communication in the Digital Age Laboratory (1 unit)

Spring 2017

Eric Waugh and his 3-D printer projectInstructor: Shahram Marivani

Section 1, Section Code: 2966

Days: Mondays
Times: 5:30 pm - 8:20 pm
Location: Salazar Hall, Room 2003

Office hours: Mondays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm or by appointment
Phone: (707) 664-2150
Office location: Salazar Hall, Room 2002
E-Mail: marivani at sonoma dot edu

Course Overview:

Laboratory, 2 hours and 50 minutes. To demonstrate the concepts discussed in the course ES 101A and give hands-on experience to the students. (Does not apply to ES majors.) This course meets the GE science Laboratory under area B3. The objectives of the course are as follow:

  • Improve the understanding of the practical aspects of theories of science and technology.
  • Improve problem solving and critical thinking skills through application of scientific knowledge using hands-on activities.
  • Get some hands-on experience and basic terminologies used in electronics.
  • Get some hands-on experience with the electrical and electronics measurement equipment.
  • Explore the application of scientific methods involved in electrical engineering.

While ES 101B is independent from ES 101A, students are encouraged to take these two concurrently.

Attendance is an important part of a student's university experience. Your participation in class activities, either lab or group discussion, is essential and part of your final grade.

Course Textbook: There is no textbook for this class. The necessary course material will be posted on the course web site. Students are encouraged to read the material ahead of time. Students can access the material by using their Seawolf id and password.

Academic Honesty: You are responsible to behave ethically and honestly. Copying, cheating, forgery and other unethical or dishonest actions are not tolerated. In such case, the person will receive zero grade and can be reported to SSU authorities. SSU Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism

For more information on SSU's important policies and procedures go to: Important Policies and Procedures for Students

Grading Policy
Lab Reports
Class Participation

Lab Reports:

Students are to write their reports during the last 30 minutes of each lab session. This would be a collaborative effort of the lab partners. The reports are due at the end of each session. No late lab report would be accepted.


A: ≥ 94, A-: 90 to 93, B+: 87 to 89, B: 84 to 86, B-: 80 to 83, C+: 77 to 79, C: 74 to 76, C-: 70 to 73, D+: 67 to 69, D: 64 to 66, D-: 60 to 63 and F: ≤ 60

Our Expectations:

  • Arrive on time to attend the lab. Unexcused absences will affect your grade.
  • Read the lab instructions available on the course website before you come to class.
  • Turn off cell phones, earphones and other distracting devices.


  • The broad hands-on experience to understand some of the basic terminologies used in electricity and electronics.
  • Hands-on experience of some electronic components and measurement equipment.
Tentative Schedule
1/23 Intoduction to the course
1/30 Lab 1: Analog Electronics: Batteries, Power Supplies and Multimeters, Slides
2/6 Lab 2: How to connect electronic components together
2/13 Lab 3: Series and Parallel Resistors and LEDs
2/20 Lab 4: Solar Power and Digital Signals, Cells in Series, Cells in Parallel, Solar Kit
2/27 Lab 5: Introduction to Digital Electronics
3/6 Lab 6: Digital Electronics II
3/20 Midterm
3/27 Lab 7: Plot Data Using MS Excel
4/3 Lab 8: Function Generators and Oscilloscope, Graph and Resistor Color Code Exercise, Oscilloscope Display 1, Oscilloscope Display 2
4/10 Lab 9: Low-Pass and High-Pass Filters
4/17 Lab 10: Audio Signals and Amplification
4/24 Lab 11: Amplification and Filtering, Picture Demonstrating the Circuit Connections
5/1 Lab 12: LED Flasher, Flasher Image
5/8 Final


Student Learning Outcomes vs. Course Learning Objectives:
(Support Level (0-5) 0=No support, 1=lowest support, 5=highest support)
ABET Student Outcomes Course Learning Objectives Level of Support
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering   0
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data B, C 3
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs   0
(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams   0
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems   0
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility   0
(g) an ability to communicate effectively D 4
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context D 3
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning D 3
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues D 3
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice A-C 3
(l) one or more technical specialties that meet the electronic-related needs of  North Bay companies   0