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Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

EE221: Introduction to Electrical Engineering I
Course Policy Statement, Fall 2014

1 Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to do the following:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts and definitions pertaining to electric circuits operating in the DC steady state, AC sinusoidal steady state, and transient condition.
  2. Apply basic circuit laws (Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Laws) and analysis techniques (voltage and current dividers and nodal) to solve problems in DC circuits, AC steady-state circuits, and first and second-order circuit transients.
  3. Apply various circuit theorems, such as the equivalence theorems and linearity principles, to simplify and analyze DC circuits, AC steady-state circuits, and first and second-order circuit transients.
  4. Design circuits to satisfy specifications using analysis and computer simulation.
  5. Use computer tools to analyze circuit behavior numerically and confirm hand calculations.
  6. Build circuits in the laboratory and use test equipment (multi-meters, oscilloscopes) to obtain measurement data to confirm theory or a proposed design.
  7. Establish basic laboratory troubleshooting skills.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to properly record and report laboratory work in a laboratory notebook and in a formal laboratory report.

2 Textbook

Alexander and Sadiku, “Fundamentals of Electric Circuits”, 5thed. Your understanding of in-class discussions will be much better if you read the assigned sections before class. Even if the text seems too technical or difficult for you to understand, it is important to read through the complete assignment. Also, this textbook contains many example problems; study them!

3 Grading

The composition of 6-week, 12-week, 16-week, and final grades is based on the following values:
6-week 12-week 16-week final
exam 1 60% 30% 30% 15%
exam 2 30% 30% 15%
final exam 30%
laboratory exams 20% 20% 20%
quiz, HW, design report 40% 20% 20% 20%

4 Homework

  • Completing the homework is essential to understanding the concepts in this course and will prove vital to your successful performance on quizzes and exams. Homework consists of a reading and problem assignment. As noted above, reading the text is an integral part of the homework. You are encouraged to seek help from any source; however, your submitted work must be your own and not copied from another student’s work. The grading will be based on your ability to communicate how you solve the problems, (showing your work) and on obtaining the correct answer.
  • Homework is due at the beginning of the next class period after the day on which it was assigned according to the course syllabus. Late homework will not be accepted.
  • Homework assignments must be neat and clearly labeled with your name. Multiple sheets must be stapled together. Show all steps and clearly show your answer with units. If you have a question on a particular problem, state your question on the assignment. This will improve the feedback that you receive from me.
  • Homework solutions will be discussed in class on the day that they are due. You will correct your own work with a red pen before handing it in.

5 Plagiarism, collaboration & documentation

Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own. Examples include (but are not limited to) copying homework from a colleague or from a solution manual, copying computer code, copying text or figures from the Internet, or using another’s data in a lab report. It is your responsibility to use proper documentation to always give credit where it is due.
Collaboration is encouraged on homework and laboratory practical exercises. However, all parties must acknowledge collaboration with a statement of “Help given/received to/from ___________” on the first page of the assignment. Examples of acceptable collaboration include discussion of how to approach a problem and discussion of reasonable order of magnitude for a result. It is strictly forbidden to copy another person’s work or to provide your work (in any format) to someone else. If you are in doubt if you can do/ask something, please ask your instructor for guidance.
You should include citations for all figures or ideas taken from other sources, including the Internet. Citations to material from the Internet should include the URL and access date. If copying text verbatim, the text should be set apart with quotation marks. In technical writing, paraphrasing is preferred. Paraphrasing is presenting the ideas of the referenced text in your own words. It is not copying the text with a few words changed. Plagiarism is a dishonorable act. It diminishes both the perpetrator and the institution. Err on the side of too much documentation, and if you have any questions ask your instructor.

6 Calculators

Students should have a working calculator in class with them at all times. The use of pocket calculators will be permitted for all labs, homework, quizzes and scheduled exams. Students are not allowed to use another classmate’s calculator during an exam or quiz.
For all of your ECE courses, it is the policy of the department to allow only calculators that have been approved for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE). Acceptable calculators are listed at: These calculators are the ones that you should be using in EE221, as well as all of your future courses in the ECE Department.

7 Exams and quizzes

All quizzes and exams are normally closed book. Quizzes and exams usually require a calculator (see above). All work on exams and quizzes will be your own, and must be in accordance with USNAINST 1531.53 series (Policies Concerning Graded Academic Work). If you cannot make an exam for any reason, it is your responsibility to inform your instructor as far in advance as possible. In accordance with the Commandant’s Table of Priorities (priority d), elective surgery (such as PRK) is NOT a valid excuse to miss a scheduled exam. If you find yourself with a PRK appointment(s) that would impact your ability to take the 6-week, 12-week or final exam, you should reschedule that appointment. Unexcused absences during scheduled exams will earn a 0 on the exam.
Up to two laboratory exams will be scheduled during the semester to assess your individual ability to use laboratory equipment for circuit analysis.
The final exam will cover all material presented throughout the semester.

8 Laboratory exercises

The lab exercises are a tool to reinforce the theory presented in the classroom. Labs are scheduled per the syllabus unless otherwise directed. You will be responsible for studying the lab experiment and in most cases doing pre-lab work prior to the actual experiment. Sometimes students will work independently, and sometimes with a partner. In either case, all students are individually required to know how to perform the lab. No food or beverage is permitted at any time at the laboratory stations. Incorporated into several lab exercises will be material that students will use on their design project. This project will be a portion of the overall lab grade at the end of the semester. This year’s project will be to fabricate an autonomous robot.

9 Extra instruction

Extra instruction is available by prior appointment with your instructor. You must be prepared to ask specific questions, and remember always to bring your class notes and homework. If you are unable to make a previously scheduled appointment, please notify your instructor by phone or e-mail.

10 Use of notebook and tablet computers

Notebook and tablet computers may be used during class to take notes, or to lookup additional material on line directly relating to the topic of class discussion. Social networking, personal email, gaming, and browsing websites not directly related to class discussion are not allowed.

11 Civility and decorum

The Golden Rule [A]  [A] “Treat others how you wish to be treated” [from Wikipedia: Golden Rule, accessed 2013-08-16] applies in our classroom. Please silence ringers and alarms on mobile devices. Beverages are allowed at the desks, but not at the lab stations. Please, no food in the classroom. Feel free to stand up if you feel drowsy. Help by straightening up your lab station when you are finished with the lab assignment.
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