14:332:373 - Elements of Electrical Engineering

Course Catalog Description: 

14:332:373 - Elements of Electrical Engineering (3)
Survey course in Electrical Engineering and circuit solving

Pre-Requisite Courses: 

01:640:152 or 02:750:227

Pre-Requisite by Topic: 

1. Electrical concepts from physics
2. Calculus
3. Complex numbers

Textbook & Materials: 

Hambley, A. R., Electrical Engineering, Principles and Applications, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011

Overall Educational Objective: 

To provide exposure to basic electrical engineering concepts to non-major students.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
1. an ability to define and explain the meaning/function of charge, current, voltage, power, energy, resistors (R), and the fundamental principles of Ohm's law, KVL and KCL including an understanding of electrical safety.
2. an understanding of the behavior of inductances (L) and capacitances (C).
3. an ability to write the differential equations for a given RLC network and solve them analytically for the transient and steady state responses to a step input.
4. an ability to analyze resistive op amp circuits and design inverting, non-inverting, summing, and differential amplifier circuits using op amps.
5. an ability to qualitatively and quantitatively predict and compute the steady state AC responses of basic circuits using the phasor method.
6. an ability to understand the principles of electric filters.
7. an ability to determine the conditions for maximum power transfer to any circuit element.

How Course Outcomes are Assessed: 

  • Attendance (5 %)
  • HW Problems (5 %)
  • Mid-Term Exams ( 44 %)
  • Final Exam (46 %)

  • N = none S = Supportive H = highly related



    Proficiency assessed by

    (a) an ability to apply knowledge of Mathematics, science, and engineering


    HW Problems, Exams

    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments and interpret 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


    (d) an ability to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team


    (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve ECE problems


    HW Problems, Exams

    (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


    (g) an ability to communicate in written and oral form


    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical and computer engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context


    (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning



    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues


    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for electrical and computer engineering practice


    HW Problems, Exams

    Basic disciplines in Electrical Engineering


    HW Problems, Exams

    Depth in Electrical Engineering


    HW Problems, Exams

    Basic disciplines in Computer Engineering


    Depth in Computer Engineering


    Laboratory equipment and software tools


    HW Problems, Mid-Term Exams

    Variety of instruction formats


    Lecture, office hour discussions

Topics Covered week by week: 

Week 1: Introduction; Current; Voltage
Week 2: Ohm’s and Kirchoff’s laws; Power; Series/parallel connections
Week 3: Voltage/current divider; Practical sources; Measuring current/voltage
Week 4: Maximum power transfer; Source transformation; Node voltage method
Week 5: Mesh current method; Inductors
Week 6: Capacitors; Series/parallel L & C Connections; RC, RL circuits
Week 7: Midterm Examination; Alternating current
Week 8: Phasors; Circuits in the phasor domain
Week 9: Circuit solving in the phasor domain
Week 10: Average, effective value of a waveform; AC Power; Power factor correction
Week 11: Inverting/noninverting/differential operational amplifiers
Week 12: Feedback; Differential operational amplifiers; Analog computers; Frequency response; Active filters
Week 13: Transformers
Week 14: Review
Week 15: Final Examination

Computer Usage: 


Laboratory Experiences: 

It is a separate course 14:332:375 associated with this course.

Independent Learning Experiences : 

Home-Work problems are assigned weekly

Contribution to the Professional Component: 

(a) College-level Mathematics and Basic Sciences: 0.25 credit hours
(b) Engineering Topics (Science and/or Design): 2.75 credit hours
(c) General Education: 0.0 credit hours
Total credits: 3

Prepared by: 
P. Sannuti and G. Shoane
April, 2011