Fundamentals of Electronics Circuits Course Syllabus and Lecture Notes

Course Description: A course covering the concepts, equations and construction of electronics circuits. Course includes both lecture and lab work.

(This document is intended to serve as the basis of a syllabus to be used with Complete Electronics Self Teaching Guide with Projects. Instructors may use this document to generate a syllabus that meets the requirements of their particular school.)

Course Objectives:  Students will learn:

  • The fundamental principles of electronics circuits.
  • To read and draw circuit diagrams.
  • The equations used in analyzing electronics circuits.
  • To calculate component values in electronics circuits.
  • To build breadboard circuits.
  • To test circuits using multimeters, oscilloscopes and function generators.

Textbook: Complete Electronics Self Teaching Guide with Projects; Earl Boysen and Harry Kybett, Wiley Publishing, ISBN: 9781118217320.

Prerequisite: One semester of algebra. 


Click on the links below for access to the lesson plan for each week. Instructors can request access to lesson plans in Power Point on the publishers website.

Week Topic Chapter Projects
1  Fundamentals of DC Circuits 1  
2 Diodes 2 2-1: The Diode Characteristic Curve
2-2: The Zener Diode Voltage Regulator
3 Introduction to the Transistor 3 3-1: Transistor β
3-2: The Saturated Transistor
4 The Transistor Switch 4 4-1: The Transistor Switch
4-2: JFET I-V Curve
5 Fundamentals of AC Circuits 5  
6 Filters 6 6-1: Low Pass Filter
6-2: High Pass Filter
7 Resonant Circuits 7 7-1: Notch Filter
7-2: Bandpass Filter
8 Transistor Amplifiers 8 8-1: The Transistor Amplifier
8-2: The Operational Amplifier
9 Oscillators 9 9-1: Colpitts Oscillator
9-2: Hartley Oscillator
10 The Transformer 10  
11 Power Supply Circuits 11 11-1: Full Wave Rectifier
12 Review 12  

Note: Complete Electronics Self Teaching Guide with Projects includes step-by-step instructions for each of the projects in the schedule.