332:224 - Principles of Electrical Engineering II Laboratory

Course Catalog Description: 

14:332:224 - Principles of Electrical Engineering II Laboratory (1)
Experimental exercises in use of laboratory instruments; Filter design, construction, and simulation; measuring Fourier components of a periodic signal.

Pre-Requisite Courses: 


Co-Requisite Courses: 

01:640:244 and 14:332:222

Pre-Requisite by Topic: 

1. Fundamentals of circuit analysis
2. Solution of linear algebraic equations
3. Matrix operations and inverse of a matrix
4. Complex variables
5. Differential calculus
6. Integral calculus

Textbook & Materials: 

Laboratory Manual supplied by the instructor


MatLab: Student Version, Current Edition, The MathWorks, Inc.

Overall Educational Objective: 

1. To acquire proficiency in using electric equipment, meters, multi-meters, power supplies, oscilloscopes and counters
2. To study the behavior of some specified circuits
3. To use computers in order to obtain the solution of some specified circuits
4. Tutorial study of circuit analysis methods (self study based on computer software)

Course Learning Outcomes: 

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated
1. a proficiency in the use of basic electronic test and measurement instrumentation
2. a proficiency in experimental techniques for analysis of passive and active electrical circuits
3. an understanding of transient and steady state behavior of first and second order circuits
4. an ability to simulate a passive or active filter circuit using P-Spice, Multisim, and analyze it using Matlab
5. an ability to understand Fourier components of a periodic wave
6. A proficiency to keep a laboratory notebook and prepare a formal laboratory report.

How Course Outcomes are Assessed: 


  • Pre-lab preparations and performance in laboratory (35 %)
  • Laboratory experimental reports (65 %)



N = none S = Supportive H = highly related



Proficiency assessed by

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


Laboratory work and reports

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


Laboratory work and reports

(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


Setting up experiments, performing experiments, and circuit simulations

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


Each Experiment done by a team

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


Performing laboratory experiments

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


Conducting the experiments and reporting the results

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


Laboratory reports

(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


Reports written at home

(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


Laboratory work and reports

Basic disciplines in Electrical Engineering


Laboratory work and reports

Depth in Electrical Engineering


Laboratory work and reports

Basic disciplines in Computer Engineering


P-Spice simulations

Depth in Computer Engineering



Laboratory equipment and software tools


Performing laboratory experiments and P-Spice simulations

Variety of instruction formats


Lab instruction and office hour discussions

Topics Covered week by week: 
Week: Experiments
Weeks 1, 2, and 3: Introduction to (a) Multisim, (b) P-Spice, and (c) Matlab; frequency response, transient response
Weeks 4 and 5: Series and parallel resonance
Weeks 6 and 7: Frequency response of different filters
Weeks 8 and 9: Frequency response using Bode plots
Weeks 10 and 11: The R - C series circuit
Weeks 12 and 13: Step response of L-R-C series and parallel circuits
Weeks 14- 16: Review and preparation for final exams
Computer Usage: 

Students use the computer circuit-simulation program P-Spice and Matlab to prepare laboratory reports.

Design Experiences: 

Moderate design experience in arriving at circuits on which experiments are conducted.

Independent Learning Experiences : 

1. Writing laboratory reports, and 2. Conducting P-Spice simulations

Contribution to the Professional Component: 

(a) College-level mathematics and basic sciences: 0.25 credit hours
(b) Engineering Topics (Science and/or Design): 0.75 credit hours
(c) General Education: 0 credit hours
Total credits: 1

Prepared by: 
 P. Sannuti
 May, 2011