LOS ANGELES PIERCE COLLEGE
ELECTRONICS 4A SYLLABUS
FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRONICS 1A (3 UNITS)
VLGE 8109 Recommended
Instructor: Ken Sharpe Office:
VLGE 8110 Office Hours: TBA (will post by 2nd week)
Phone: (818) 719-6480 (ext
6480 on campus.) E-mail:
Text: Lecture: "Basic
Electronics" by Grob/Shultz. (An older edition by Grob is
Program Web Page:
4A Course Outline:
Sample Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Given a series-parallel direct current circuit
schematic diagram, calculate, analyze and troubleshoot circuit
quantify Ohm’s law.
Given general meter specifications, calculate
multiplier and shunt resistors to design a voltmeter and current meter
Given a two power source direct current schematic,
utilize Kirchoff’s laws to determine basic circuit parameters.
1. Welcome to the Pierce College
Department. If for any reason you have to drop this
class, please follow the drop procedures. Students that miss more
than 3 classes or do not attend full class periods can be
If you plan to stop attending, it is your responsibility to drop the
to avoid a failing grade.
2. A scientific calculator that has an ENG
(engineering mode) key is required by the second week of
class. An example calculator to purchase is a Casio
fx-300MS, fx-115ES, or fx-300ES for under $20.
Bring the calculator to all lectures and labs. Cell phone and PDA
calculators, computers, cameras, and
other wireless devices are not permitted during tests.
3. Expect that a quiz will be given each week.
NO MAKEUP QUIZZES. Missed quizzes count as 0.
Instructor MAY drop up to two quizzes that were
missed due to student work schedules as explained at the first class
meeting. (Note: No quiz on the first 2 lecture days). Each
quiz is set of problems that closely match what is discussed in
4. Grading: Quiz average = 75%, Final exam =
25%. Incomplete grades are not given. Students missing the
final exam as scheduled will receive a failing grade. Lab grading
policy is determined by the lab instructors.
5. All of the DC chapters in GROB will be covered,
but some will be emphasized more than others. Homework
assignments will involve solving the problems found at the end of
Each missing homework assignment, if collected (70% completed correctly
for credit) reduces final grade average by 2%.
6. THE KEY TO SUCCESS in this class is to
practice problems. Homework problems will be assigned and
may or may not
be collected or graded. Solutions will be available during the
7. Lab enrollment (4B) is required for a
certificate or degree and is highly
recommended for success in the
lecture. If you are taking this class to be an Electrician
Trainee as designated by the State of California (
http://www.dir.ca.gov./DAS/ElectricalTrainee.htm ), you must take the
4B lab with the lecture. You are encouraged to also sign up for
Electronics 81, a
one unit Project class that can be taken concurrently with 4B because
it has a TBA time. Note: The 81 class is independent from 4A
8. PLEASE TURN OFF PHONES while in class and please
try to arrive on time. Phones cannot be used as
Please keep all quizzes and handout materials. Please sit in the
lecture seats, not at the lab positions if space permits. Do not enter
stockroom/office area unless invited by a staff member.
9. Please consult the Pierce College Electronics Program
web page for Student Learning Outcomes, catalog descriptions, course
outlines, copies of syllabi and
10. Enjoy the class! A positive pro-active
approach to learning really helps!