Course Outline - Electronics 11 - Introduction

Basic concepts of electronic circuits are explored through theory, practical skills and projects. Self-paced learning is supported with online tutorials.  The separate four-credit career preparation program in electronics, that provides hands-on work experience, is strongly recommended.

Objectives

You will:

Practical Skills

Learn to work safely in the electronics lab.  The activities provide a practical application of electronic theory.  Design and construct enclosures to hold your circuits.  Develop hand tool and machine skills to fabricate these cases.  Use different materials including wood, aluminum, sheet metal, acrylic and ABS.  Choose to program in C.  Compile and install your programs on Atmel microcontrollers.  These powerful computer-on-a-chip integrated circuits control robots and electronic devices constructed by the students.  Programming labs assist in improving your software skills.  Arduino, a free open source IDE,  is especially popular.

Projects

Choose from these DIY projects.

Requirements

Bring these items to every class:

Parts and Materials Fee

A materials and parts fee of $35.00 helps to cover the cost of two of the listed projects.  The amount is due at the beginning of September.  Fees for additional projects will be determined by the value of the components and the materials that are used.

Evaluation

Your attendance, courtesy, and dedication will be considered during evaluation.  You are encouraged to cooperate closely with the other members of the class.  Help them when you can.  However, avoid providing too much help.  We learn best when we are challenged.

Marks may be earned by assisting with various class projects.  These projects benefit all students of electronics.  Among many examples, are the repair and manufacture of test leads, the service and repair of test instruments, and the manufacture of precut parts for project enclosures.

Computer, computer network, software and programming support are additional categories in which technical support credit may be earned.  These marks are recorded under the technical support category.  They will be included in the end-of-term and end-of-year accumulated percentages.

You are responsible for identifying which class work you have missed. Any missed work must be made up, including tests and labs. The work should be completed during the same week, either before school or after school, through mutual agreement. (This topic is discussed fully in the information sheet, Evaluation.)