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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 1 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (48 total per quarter)
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGR 37.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to:
  • The student will be able to:


Practical verification of theorems and concepts learned in ENGR 37 through experimentation. Included will be experiments in DC and AC circuits involving the utilization of a variety of instruments, such as DC/AC meters, regulated power supplies, signal generators, oscilloscopes and frequency counters.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. make satisfactory measurements in circuits containing DC, AC and composite signals using equipment commonly found in an electrical engineering laboratory.
B. understand the effect of a measuring instrument on a circuit under test.
C. analyze resulting error.
D. use computer program to simulate DC and AC circuits using simulation program, PSpice or MultiSIM; use Excel to predict or describe circuit behavior.

Course Content

A. Test and measurement equipment
B. Circuit construction techniques
C. DC resistive circuits and measurements
1. Construct circuit and measurement using KCL, KVL, Ohm's Law, series and parallel connection, Thevenin equivalent circuit, and superposition
D. Operational amplifiers in circuit and its input voltage constraints
E. Transient circuits - the step response of RL, RC, and RLC circuits
F. Frequency response of RL, RC, and RLC circuits, including resonance
G. AC sinusoidal circuits and measurements
H. Laboratory safety

Lab Content

A. Introduction to electric lab - getting to know the equipment, bread board, and laboratory SAFETY issues
B. Circuit with resistors, Ohm's Law
C. Nodal/Mesh analysis and superposition
D. Function generator and oscilloscopes
E. Operational Amplifier
F. Thevenien's Theorem
G. Potential divider and maximum power transfer
H. Step response of RC, RL and RLC transient circuit
I. Frequency response of RC, RL, and RLC circuit
J. AC Steady State Analysis

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Electrical engineering laboratory with equipment for building and measuring electric circuits.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Quizzes (emphasizing equipment usage)
B. End of quarter project
C. Laboratory notebook
D. Formal report

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Laboratory.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Sahah, Nassir H. Circuit Analysis with PSpice. CRC Press, 2017.
Boylestad, Robert L. Laboratory Manual for Introductory Circuit Analysis. Pearson, 2016.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Lab reports.