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Credits: 1


Catalog Description: Basic elements of electrical engineering: Devices, circuits, and systems. Interactions of these elements and engineering methods. Discussion of the social and ethical aspects of the engineering profession. Introduction to faculty members and research areas. General and departmental responsibilities of students. Formats, rules and conventions in technical writing. Oral and written presentation tools and techniques. Laboratory work.

Coordinator: Murat Saraçlar, Asst. Prof.


Goals: This course is for freshman level students to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the basic elements of electrical engineering. Some of the less quantitative aspects of engineering such as modeling, design, technical writing and ethics are covered. The course also introduces the department rules of conduct, faculty members and research areas.


Learning Objectives:


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1.     Express  their knowledge in a given written or oral format.

2.     Be aware of the ethical principles of the department as well as of engineering and environmental ethics.

3.     Have a perspective on contemporary engineering issues.

4.     Have a basic understanding of basic elements of electrical engineering.

5.     Have an experience of laboratory work, including printed circuit board prodution.


Reference Text: Dick White and Roger Doering, Electrical Engineering Uncovered, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall.

Prerequisites by Topic: None


Lecture Topics:

1.     Introduction to the department, faculty members, research areas.

2.     Rules of conduct.

3.     Ethics.

4.     Technical writing.

5.     Internet resources and computer tools.

6.     Electrical elements and circuits.

7.     Semiconductors and electronics.

8.     Signals and systems.

9.     Communication.


Lab Topics:

1.     DC circuits: DC power supply, resistors, voltmeter, ammeter. (1 week)

2.     AC circuits: AC power supply, capacitors, oscillosope. (1 week)

3.     Transformers, Diodes, Voltage rectifiers, AC to DC conversion. (1 week)

4.     Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for AC to DC conversion: computer aided design, simulation, PCB production. (4 weeks)

5.     Digital Signal Processing: Sampling using MatLab (1week)

6.     Communication: Quantization using LabView (1 week)


Course Structure: The class meets for a two-hour lecture every week. There is also a two-hour lab (most weeks).

Computer Resources: MicroSim, MatLab, LabView

Laboratory Resources: Breadboards, multimeters, oscillosopes, PCB production facilities.


Grading: The grades is given on basis of

1.     Attendence 10%

2.     Homeworks/Quizzes 15%

3.     Midterm 15%

4.     Labs 40%

5.     Final 20%


Outcome Coverage:


(f) Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. The principles and importance of professional ethics and responsibility are explicitly addressed.

(g) Ability to communicate effectively. One month is dedicated to introducing the students to basic written and oral communication skills. Two months are dedicated to term project presentations, which are analysed and criticised by the audience also from the point of communication efficiency.

(h) Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. Term project topics include the social and global impact of engineering and technology.

(i) Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. The coverage of a wide spectrum of contemporary engineering issues in the term projects creates an awareness of the necessity of life-long learning.

(j) Knowledge of contemporary issues. The various topics covered by the term projects provide a perspective on contemporary engineering issues.


Prepared : Murat Saraçlar



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