ET-210: Electronics I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ET-210 Electronics I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 3 laboratory hours

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): ET-110 with a grade of C or better

Course Description in college catalog:

Basic theory and operation of semiconductor devices and linear integrated circuits including diodes, BJTs, JFETs, MOSFETs, Zener diodes, and operational amplifiers. DC power supply circuit analysis and design. Operational amplifier circuits include inverting and non-inverting amplifiers and applications. Laboratory hours complement class work.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology


In order to pass ET-210, a passing grade must be obtained in both Lecture and Laboratory.

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to apply the theory and principles of electronic devices including diodes and transistors; be able to analyze electronic circuits such as amplifiers and power supply circuits utilizing electronic devices; be able to apply the principles of operational amplifiers and analyze electronic circuits utilizing operational amplifiers; conduct, analyze, and interpret experimental results; demonstrate a commitment to quality and continuous improvement, including writing skills.

Program-specific outcomes

ABET Criterion 3 Student Outcomes addressed by ET-210:

Student Outcome (1) - an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline:

  • Performance Indicator ETCT1-1 Apply engineering principles to analyze and design electrical, electronic, and computer circuits and systems including semiconductor devices, filters, and amplifiers.

Student Outcome (2) - an ability to design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline:

  • Performance Indicator ETCT2-1 State and apply appropriate circuit laws to analyze and implement electrical and electronic systems.

Student Outcome (3) -an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

  • Performance Indicator ETCT3-3 Interpret visual and graphical information and data.

Student Outcome (4) - an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results;

  • Performance Indicator ETCT4-2 Effectively utilize instrumentation equipment and measurement techniques to test and validate the operation of electronic circuits and systems.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

ET 210 Lecture Course Topics- Table of Week Numbers and Lecture Course Topics:

Course objectives/expected student learning outcomes
Week Lecture Topics
1 Semiconductors, N-Type and P-Type Materials, Shockley Diode Equation, Diode Models, Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
2 Diode-Resistor Series-Parallel Circuit Analysis using KVL, KCL, Ohm’s Law, and Diode Equation Approximations, Zener Diode Voltage Regulator Circuits
3 Diode Half-Wave Rectifier Circuits, Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs): PNP and NPN, BJT Collector Characteristics and BJT Current Gain Beta
4 BJT DC Transistor Model and DC Operating point, BJT Fixed-Bias Circuit Emitter Stabilized Bias Circuit, Exam 1
5 BJT Voltage-Divider Bias Circuit: Quiescent Operating Point, DC Load Line, Saturation, Cutoff, PNP Transistors, BJT Switching Network (Digital Inverter)
6 Introduction to BJT Amplifiers and DC/AC analysis using Superposition. BJT small signal ac models, Common- Emitter Amplifiers (DC and AC analyses)
7 Common- Emitter Amplifiers Continued: Bypassed and Unbypassed Emitter Resistors, Emitter-Follower Circuit, Effects of Load and Source Resistances
8 Cascaded (Two-Stage) BJT Amplifiers, Junction Field-Effect Transistors (JFETs), Shockley JFET Equation, JFET Fixed-Bias Circuit
9 JFET: Voltage-Divider Bias; Biased by a BJT Current Source; Small Signal Model. Exam 2
10 JFET Common-Source Amplifier with Voltage Divider Bias, Enhancement-Type MOSFETs, Full-Wave Diode Full-Wave Bridge Rectifier Circuits
11 Power Supply Filter Circuits: Capacitor Filter, Voltage Regulator Circuits
12 DC Power Supply: Transformer, Rectifier, Filter, Voltage Regulator, Operational Amplifiers (Op-Amps): Differential Voltage Gain, Ideal Model: AV, Zin, Zout
13 Op-Amp Circuits: Inverting and Noninverting Amplifiers, Voltage Follower, Summing Inverting Amplifier, Binary-Weighted D/A Converter, Difference Amplifier, Op-Amp Comparator and Level Detector Circuits, Exam 3
14 Op-Amp Active Filter Circuits: First Order Low-Pass and High-Pass Filters
15 Review and Final Exam

ET 210 Lab Course Topics- Tables of Week Numbers and Lab Course Topics:

Course objectives/expected student learning outcomes
Week Lecture Topics
1 Lab 1: The Oscilloscope and Function Generator
2 Lab 2: Semiconductor PN Junction Diode Characteristics
3 Lab 3: Series-Parallel Diode-Resistor Circuits and Kirchhoff's Laws
4 Lab 4: Zener Diodes, Voltage Regulators, LEDs and Voltage Indicator Circuits
5 Lab 5: Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT) Characteristics
6 Lab 6: Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT) Fixed-Bias and Digital Logic Circuits
7 Lab 7: Bipolar Junction Transistor Emitter Stabilized Bias, Voltage-Divider Bias, and (Collector) Voltage Feedback Bias Circuits
8 Lab 8: Bipolar Junction Transistor Common-Emitter Amplifiers
9 Lab 9: BJT Common-Emitter Amplifiers: Part Two, and Emitter-Followers
10 Lab 10: JFET Common-Source Amplifier with Voltage-Divider Bias
11 Lab 11: JFET Common Source Amplifier with BJT Current Source Bias
12 Lab 12: Unregulated and Regulated DC Power Supplies
13 Lab 13: Op-Amp Inverting and Non-Inverting Amplifiers, and DAC Circuits
14 Lab 14: Op-Amp Active First Order Filters and Comparators

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
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Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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