ES 110: Introduction to Engineering & Lab Experience
Instructor: Saeid Rahimi, Ph.D.
Fall 2014

Lecture: Wed. 2.00 PM - 2:50 PM, Salazar 2001
Laboratory: Thu. 1.00 PM - 3:50 PM, Salazar 2003
Office Hours: Wed. 1 PM - 2 PM and Thu. 12 PM - 1 PM or by appointment
Office: Salazar 2008B
Phone: (707) 664-3390
Email: rahimi at sonoma dot edu

Course Catalogue Description: : Laboratory, 3 hours. ES110 is the first course in electronics for electrical engineering majors and minors. The course is designed to introduce the basic principles of electrical engineering to the students and expose them to the electronics and computer laboratory environment. Students are given the opportunity to design and build some simple analog and digital circuits and make measurements using various types of electronic equipment. This course is also designed to provide an overview of the topics that the students will encounter in more advanced courses.

Course Textbook: No textbook is required for this class. Lecture and laboratory materials will be presented in class and posted on the course web site. Students are highly encouraged to search online for alternative presentations and explanations of the topics of their interest.

Grading Policy: 50% lecture and 50% lab

Lecture grade: 30% homework; 35% Test 1 (Oct. 9); 35% Test 2 (Dec. 4)

Lab grade: The lab grade includes three components:
Lab Reports 40%
Lab Book, Attendance and Preparedness 30%
Final project 30%

Students are strongly advised to start planning for their final projects during the early weeks of the semester. They are also encouraged to explore the Internet and find interesting and practical electronic circuits and applications relevant to each laboratory topics and the topic of their final lab presentation. Students are required to propose their plans for the final project to the course instructor on or before Friday November 13. Projects will be previewed and examined on November 20. Formal project presentations are scheduled for December 4. The necessary electronic components and materials may be obtained from local or online electronic stores. Please allow at least one week for delivery of your parts and components purchased online.

Missing Laboratory Sessions: : To be considered as a justifiable absence, evidence of serious and compelling reasons for the absence is required. One make-up lab session is scheduled for Oct. 9 after Test 1. In case of additional justified absences, students are responsible for arranging make up laboratories with the course instructor.

Lecture Topics and Schedule
Date Lecture Topics
8/20, Lecture 0 Course Overview
8/27, Lecture 1 Electronic Components, symbols and Drawing Circuits
9/3, Lecture 2 Direct Currents, Voltages, and Ohm's Law
9/10, Lecture 3 Circuit Laws
9/17, Lecture 4 Alternating Current (AC) Signals and Waves
9/24, Lecture 5 Capacitor Charging and Discharging
10/1, Lecture 6 555 Timers
10/8 Review for Test 1
10/15, Lecture 7 Diodes, Half-wave and Full-wave Rectifiers
10/22, Lecture 8 Transistors
10/29, Lecture 9 Transistor Applications
11/5, Lecture 10 Operational Amplifiers
11/12, Lecture 11 Digital Electronics
11/19, Lecture 12 Multisim and LabVIEW
11/26 Thanksgiving Break
12/3 Review for Test 2
Laboratory Topics and Schedule
Date Lab Topics
8/21, Lab 0 Orientation and Tour of Engineering Science Laboratories and Facilities
8/28, Lab 1 Electronic Components and Electrical Voltage, Current and Resistance
9/4, Lab 2 Ohm's Law, DC Power Supply, Series and Parallel Resistor Combinations
9/11, Lab 3 Voltage Dividers, Circuit Boards and Soldering
9/18, Lab 4

Introduction to AC Measurements Equipment

9/25, Lab 5 Capacitors : RC Time-Constants, Low-Pass and High-Pass Filters
10/2, Lab 6 555 Timers
10/9, Lab 7 Test 1 (followed by Lab Make up or soldering)
10/16 Diodes: Half-wave and Full-wave Rectifiers
10/23, Lab 8 Transistors
10/30, Lab 9 Transistor Applications
11/6, Lab 10 Operational Amplifiers
11/13, Lab 11 Digital Electronics
11/20, Lab 12 Multisim Applications and Project Previews
11/27 Thanksgiving Break
12/4 Test 2 and Project Presentations

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe “engineering” and the fields of engineering and various choices you can make
  2. Understand some basic electrical engineering concepts and terminologies
  3. Understand what would be expected from you as an electrical engineer at the work place.
  4. Expose to electrical engineering labs
  5. Receive some hands-on experience with measurement equipment and tools in electrical engineering labs
  6. Apply the basic engineering concepts in the lab
  7. Work in teams in the lab in preparation for project designs
Student Learning Outcomes vs. Course Learning Objectives:
ABET Student Outcomes Course Learning Objectives Level of Support
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering B, F 3
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data B, D, E, F 3
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs B, E, F 4
(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams G 4
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems B, F 3
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility C 3
(g) an ability to communicate effectively   0
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context A 3
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning   0
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues   0
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice E 3
(l) one or more technical specialties that meet the electronic-related needs of  North Bay companies A-E 3

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