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# Example Master Course Description (non-Capstone)

# Master Course Description

**No: **EE 215

**Title:** FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

**Credits:** 4

### UW Course Catalog Description

**Coordinator:** Richard Christie, Associate Professor of Electrical
Engineering

**Goals:** To develop the fundamental tools of linear circuit analysis
which will be useful to all engineers. To learn the "alphabet"
of circuits, including wires, resistors, capacitors, inductors, independent and
dependent voltage and current sources, and operational amplifiers. To
prepare students for more advanced courses in circuit analysis.

**Learning Objectives:** At the end of this course, students will be able
to:

*Identify*linear systems and represent those systems in schematic form*Apply*Kirchhoff's current and voltage laws and Ohm's law to circuit problems*Simplify*circuits using series and parallel equivalents and using Thevenin and Norton equivalents*Perform*node and loop analyses and set these up in standard matrix format*Identify**and**model*first and second order electric systems involving capacitors and inductors*Predict*the transient behavior of first and second order circuits

**Textbook: **Nilsson and Riedel, *Electric Circuits, 6th Edition.* Prentice
Hall, 1999

**Reference Texts**: none

**Prerequisites by Topic:**

- Fundamental physics (PHYS 122), including concepts of power, energy, force, electric current, and electric fields
- Fundamental mathematics (MATH 126), trigonometric and (complex) exponential functions, introductory differential and integral calculus, first and second order linear differential equations

**Topics:**

- Fundamental electric circuit quantities (charge, current, voltage, energy, power) [0.5 week]
- The "alphabet" of circuit schematics (resistors, wires, sources, etc.) [0.5 week]
- Analysis, graph theory concepts: loops, nodes, supernodes [0.5 week]
- Kirchhoff's current and voltage laws [0.5 week]
- Ohm's law [0.5 week]
- Series and parallel resistor combinations, voltage and current division [1 week]
- Thevenin and Norton equivalents; linearity and superposition solution methods [1 week]
- Linear algebraic techniques (node analysis; loop/mesh analysis) [2 weeks]
- Op amp circuits [1 week]
- Capacitors and inductors [0.5 week]
- First and second order circuits in the time domain [2 weeks]

**Course Structure:** The class meets for three one hour (actually 50
minute) lectures a week, and one two hour (110 minute) recitation section. The
latter is usually administered by teaching assistants. Homework is assigned
weekly. Two exams are given nominally at the ends of the 4th and 8th weeks, and
a comprehensive final exam is given at the end of the quarter. Instructors
may, at their option, replace the quiz section with a fourth weekly hour of
lecture.

**Computer Resources:** None required. (Spice is introduced in EE 233.)

**Laboratory Resources:** Students perform several laboratories with
personal multimeters using parts kits sold by the department. The laboratories
can be performed on any convenient table at any time convenient to the student.
No departmental laboratory facilities are used.

**Grading: **Suggested: Homework (20%), Exam-1 (25%), Exam-2 (25%), Final
Exam (30%). A component from the recitation section may also be used in
determining the final grades for students. A component from laboratory
grades may also be used in determining the final grades. The grading scheme in
any particular offering is the prerequisite of the instructor.

**Outcome Coverage:**

(a) *An ability to apply math, science and engineering knowledge.* The
homework and exams require direct application of mathematical, scientific, and
engineering knowledge to successfully complete the course. This requires
performing various linear circuit analysis methods in a formal manner and many
supporting and follow-up calculations.

(b) *An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze
and interpret data.* Students conduct simple circuit experiments using
personal multimeters, a breadboard and a parts kit. The experiments require
students to explain the difference between measured data and interpreted
data.

(c) * An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet
desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental,
social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and
sustainability. *This outcome is a minor component of the
course, but nevertheless present. A minority of the problems assigned require students
to calculate circuit parameter values (synthesis) rather than analyze circuit
behavior. The op amp topic deals with design problems involving circuit type
selection and parameter calculation. A few of the problems are multi-solution.
Designs must be checked against real world operating limits such as saturation
and power limits.

(e) *Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.* The course is
primarily oriented toward electrical circuit analysis but also includes
examples of where linear circuit theory can be applied to other physical
domains to model the system, such as in mechanics and thermal problems.
Students must be able to identify the system, formulate a circuit model, and
solve the circuit model to determine circuit variables, primarily with
electrical circuits.

(h) __The broad education necessary to understand the impact of
engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal
context____.__ Students
taking the course will realize the broad applicability of linear circuit
analysis methods to electrical and other physical domains. "Topics in
EE" lectures provide a broad introduction to concepts, definitions and
impact of different areas of electrical engineering, __including economic and
social consequences of EE innovations.__ Concept and definition questions are
a small part of exams.

**Prepared By:** Rich Christie

**Last Revised:** June 1, 2005