Los Angeles Pierce College
LOS ANGELES PIERCE COLLEGE
ELECTRONICS 4A SYLLABUS
FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRONICS 1A  (3 UNITS)

Room: VLGE 8109  Recommended Lab:  4B.
Instructor:    Ken Sharpe    Office: VLGE 8110   Office Hours: TBA (will post by 2nd week)
Phone:        (818) 719-6480 (ext 6480 on campus.)     E-mail: sharpekj@piercecollege.edu
Text:        Lecture:  "Basic Electronics"  by Grob/Shultz. (An older edition by Grob is OK)    
Electronics Program Web Page:  http://info.piercecollege.edu/departments/electronics/
Electronics 4A Course Outline:  http://info.piercecollege.edu/departments/electronics/4dcfund.html
Sample Student Learning Outcomes:
1.  Given a series-parallel direct current circuit schematic diagram, calculate, analyze and troubleshoot circuit parameters that quantify Ohm’s law.
2.  Given general meter specifications, calculate multiplier and shunt resistors to design a voltmeter and current meter for any range.
3.  Given a two power source direct current schematic, utilize Kirchoff’s laws to determine basic circuit parameters.

1.    Welcome to the Pierce College Electronics 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 excluded.  If you plan to stop attending, it is your responsibility to drop the class 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 lecture.
    
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 assigned chapters.   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 solve practice problems.   Homework problems will be assigned and may or may not be collected or graded.  Solutions will be available during the lecture.

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 and 4B.

8.    PLEASE TURN OFF PHONES while in class and please try to arrive on time.    Phones cannot be used as calculators.  Please keep all quizzes and handout materials.  Please sit in the lecture seats, not at the lab positions if space permits. Do not enter the 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 other important information.

10.  Enjoy the class!   A positive pro-active approach to learning really helps!