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                               WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

                          COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

                                      Accredited by AACSB

                    The International Association for Management Education

                          Department of Engineering Technology

                                      ENGR 271

                                      A course syllabus for

                                             Fall 2006

                                           prepared by

                                          Kevin W. Hall

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Instructor:    Kevin W. Hall
Phone:         309/298-1765
Office:        KH 337
               MW 1:30-3pm, TH 4-5 pm QC
Classroom:     Knoblauch Hall 330, 334
               MW 3-3:50pm, 4-4:50pm
               Schultz, M. E. (2007). Grobs basic electronics:
Text:          Fundamentals of DC and AC circuits. New York:
               McGraw Hill.

I. Introduction

     ENGR 271 is a comprehensive study of electronic theory, practices, and
     fundamentals. Laboratory activities explore the underlying principles of DC and AC
     circuitry through measurement analysis and problem solving strategies.

II. Prerequisites


III. Course Objectives

     Upon completion of the course, the student should be able:

     1. To provide an understanding of the nature of electricity.
     2. To provide an understanding of electrical/electronic component specifications.
     3. To provide an understanding of the basic Electronics Industries Association (EIA)
     symbols used in electricity/electronics diagrams.
     4. To provide an understanding of basic electrical terms such as: voltage, current,
     resistance, alternating and direct current.
     5. To provide an understanding of, and to apply, the basic principles underlying DC
     and AC circuits.
     6. To analyze and solve problems involving AC/DC series, parallel and combination
     7. To practice a safe attitude and heightened awareness when working with
     electricity or electrical circuits.

IV. Assignments

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     A. Text
     Reading of the textbook and other resource material is expected of the student.
     Specific reading assignments will be given. Students must be prepared for each
     class meeting and will be held responsible for the material to be covered.

     B. Technical Reports/Other Written Assignments
     Students may be required to complete writing assignments relating to the course.
     Late assignments will be accepted only for excused absences. Handwritten
     assignments and assignments that fail to follow the guidelines below will not
     receive credit.

                                       Source Guidelines

                              Each student is responsible for researching a fairly
                              lengthy article on the topic. Because Internet sources do
                              not often include associated graphs, photos, or other
                              imagery, ONLY articles derived from the immediate
                              publishing source will be accepted. These can be easily
               Research       found at the university library (i.e. GO TO THE
               Library        LIBRARY!). Students may research two short articles on
               Article:       the subject if necessary. Articles must contain sufficient
                              information to be educational and summarized in two
                              typed pages. Articles DO NOT include text book
                              information or lecture notes provided by the instructor.
                              Articles can be found in educational journals, magazines,
                              or newspapers.

                                   Paper Structure Guidelines

                              The title page ONLY will include student name, topic,
               Title Page:
                              date, etc.

                            A summarization of the article (minimum length of 2 typed,
                            double-spaced pages, 12 point text, Times New Roman
                            font, no more than 1 inch margins) will be completed and
               Article      included after the title page. Summaries less than the
               Summary (In required length will not be accepted. American
               each writing Psychological Association (APA) format is desirable.
               assignment, American Psychological Association guidelines can be
               you will be  found on-line (apastyle.org) or at the university library. If
               asked to     multiple sources and/or quoting are used, proper citing is
               complete one required.
               of the
               following):  OR

                              A summarization that has no length requirement, but
                              follows the most recent APA guidelines. The
                              summarization will be synthesized (combined) with

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                             textbook information. Of course, text information may be
                             supported or conflicted by your research.
                             Full photocopies (of any and all) articles utilized will be
               Article Copy:
                             attached to the report.

                                        Writing Guidelines
           Writing about principles and concepts is required for the Engineering
           Technology Internship (ENGR 493). In your research, you might ask
           yourself WHY rather than simply WHAT and/or HOW. Inquiry is
           important and asking questions is valuable because this forces
           investigation into things that do not make sense. Be sure to supporting
           your propositions with evidence; this is important in education and for
           making informed decisions in the workplace.

                              Describe a practice, problem or issue about the selected
               1. Describe    area, job, or topic of interest. The "WHAT" generally
               the "WHAT": includes background information and descriptions.
                              Coupled with the "WHY", concepts can be drawn out.
                              Why are things done as they are? What is the purpose for
                              what is described in the "WHAT"? If you describe WHAT
               2. Provide the
                              and WHY, this will lead to concepts. This will also draw
                              out relationships, interpretations, other questions and help
                              categorize ideas.
                              You may find value in describing "HOW" things are done.
                              However, you should note that this falls under the
                              category of Procedural Writing and NOT Conceptual
               3. Optional
                              Writing. Outside of the individual element, procedural
                              writing has little value. "HOW" should be followed by
                              "WHY". WHY are things done this way? This will lead to
                              If you don't know what something is or means, use a
               4. Use a       dictionary. Not knowing is typical for everyone everyday.
               dictionary:    Reading about something and not understanding is of little
                              Spell check any writing submitted in college-level course
               5. Spell
                              work. Work with punctuation errors and spelling errors
                              may cause confusion and is of little value.
                              Do not use this word or variations of this word in your
                              writing. Using "IT" forces the reader to refer back to
               6. Avoid "IT":
                              previous documentation and has little value. This also
                              leads to assumptions by the reader.
                              If your writing is technical (as for the ENGR 493
               7. Avoid       Internship) do not use pronouns - "my", "we", "our", "I",
               Possession: etc. in your writing. Write from a 3rd person point-of-view
                              (outside --> looking in)
                               Do not use "Today", "Last week", "This morning" in your

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               8. Avoid        writing. You can place a date to your writing. The other
               elements of     methods of referencing time cause the reader to refer to
               time:           previous documentation and may have little value.

                                      Additional Writing Tips

               1. Avoid parallel writing- writing your paper while reading the article, in
               some cases changing only a few words, in some cases not changing
               words (usually results in plagiarism).
               2. Do not provide a paper with less than the two-page requirement,
               sometimes changing font size. Do not add blanks lines or increase
               3. Avoid multiple quotes. If quoting is used, be sure to express the point
               you are trying to make and use the quote for support. Quotes must be
               cited. Be sure to make up in your own writing the space used by quotes.
               4. Do not forget to spell-check the paper before submitting. This is the
               greatest failure I see in the hundreds of papers I read by college students.
               5. Do not use class notes in your paper. Do not use text book information
               in your paper unless you are asked to synthesize with the textbook.
               6. Structure your paper. Each paragraph should have one focus; Separate
               ideas go in separate paragraphs. Be sure your paper is not one large
               7. Do not try to write a two-page summary with a one-page article (for
               papers with the minimum written requirement).

           Report Topics:
           1. Electrical Developments / Innovations in electronics
           2. Electrical safety
           3. Careers in Electronics

     C. Laboratory Assignments
     Daily laboratory assignments will be given through the semester. Students are
     expected to do their own work. The value of daily assignments and/or quizzes are
     weighted according to the difficulty level. Due dates for assignments will be

V. Assessment

     Attendance: Full attendance is required. Only prior approval will justify absences;
     Excused absences generally require documentation. Unexcused absences will
     substantially reduce your final grade for the course. Excessive lateness will be
     considered as an absence.

     Quizzes/Exams: Quizzes will be given during the term. Four exams will be

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     administered during the course of the semester (2 lab, 2 written). Make-up tests will
     be granted only for excused absences.

     Below is the approximate assigned value to each area assessed:

                                   Attendance            (100%)
                                   Exams                   50%
                                   Quizzes, Written

     The following scale will be used to determine individual assignment, test, and final

                                   90-100%                   A
                                   80-89%                    B
                                   70-79%                    C
                                   60-69%                    D
                                   59%-below                 F

VI. Laboratory Safety

     Students are expected to maintain an attitude of safety in all activities related to the
     course. Misuse of laboratory equipment or any unsafe acts will result in loss of
     laboratory privileges. Condition of the labs will effect student grades.

VII. Special Course Costs

     Each student will be charged a fee for hardware and software upgrades, printer
     usage, and computer paper. The fee will be charged prior to the release of final
     grades. Course Costs = $?

VIII. Student Disabilities

     If there are any students who require special accommodations due to an injury,
     disability, or any other medical reason, they are encouraged to discuss this with the

                                  Syllabus subject to change upon notice.

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