You are on page 1of 4

Collin County Community College District

Division of Business, Information and Engineering Technologies

Instructor Syllabus

Course Number: CETT 1403.WW1

Course Title: Introduction to DC Circuits

Course Credit Hours: Lecture Hours: 3

Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite: None

Co-requisite: None

Course Delivery Method: Class will be presented via the Internet (Blackboard) using
formats that will include numerous reading assignments, written chapter overviews,
worked homework examples, available web-based tutorials, and laboratories using
industry-standard simulation software. Students will be required to participate via
admission of homework, lab assignments, and tests. Use of the email facility within
Blackboard for interaction and feedback will be important. Please don’t use the school
campus email ( for this purpose.

Instructor’s Information:
Name: Jeff D. Gibbons, B.S.E.E., M.S. Telecommunications, CCNA
Phone: 972-578-5550 x 8198

Class Information: There are no location requirements for this class. It will be
delivered via the Internet using Blackboard, which should be available to the student at
all times. The class schedule will generally follow the calendar published by CCCCD for
the current semester. Hard deadlines will be set for the submission of homework, labs,
tests, and other assignments. The primary communications mechanism between student
and teacher is expected to be via the email system embedded within Blackboard. This
supports the monitoring and archiving of the semester’s activities.

Required Textbooks:
Introductory Circuit Analysis, 11th edition, Robert Boylestad, Prentice-Hall, 2007, ISBN

Required Software:
National Instruments Multisim10 simulator, Student Edition. Order from National
Instruments’ web site
Suggested Software: Freeware evaluation version of CutePDF, available at

Supplies: Access to a Windows-based PC for accessing Blackboard via the Internet and
for loading and running MultiSim. Also a Blackboard log-in account - help is available
at on Cougarweb.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes:

• Discuss scientific unit conversion techniques, and the use and application of
Scientific and Engineering notation methods.
• Explain Coulombs Law, and its use in the definition of voltage and current.
• Define electrical resistance, and related topics conductance, wire standards, and
resistor color codes.
• List Ohm’s Law, and its use in calculating the relationships between resistance,
voltage, and current, and power in a circuit.
• Explain Kirchoff’s Voltage Law and the voltage divider rule and their application
to dc series resistance circuits.
• Explain Kirchoff’s Current Law and the current divider rule and their application
to dc parallel resistance circuits.
• Describe the use of ammeters, voltmeters, and ohmmeters.
• Discuss selected topics in dc circuit analysis such as delta-Y conversions,
determinants, and source conversions.
• Explain network analysis theorems such as superposition, Thevenin’s Theorem,
and maximum power transfer theorem.

Course Requirements:
Student is required to complete reading assignments as listed in calendar and assignment
section of Blackboard course, and similarly complete and return on time all homework,
lab, and test assignments as requested for Blackboard class, using tools and formats
requested by instructor. As a rule late assignments will not be accepted.

Method of Evaluation:

3 Chapter Exams = 30%

Homework = 20%
Labs = 20%
Final = 20%
Participation = 10%

Grade Scale:

89.5 – 100 A
79.5 – 89.4 B
69.5 – 79.4 C
59.5 – 69.4 D
59.4 & below F

Attendance Policy:
The last day to withdraw will be posted through email. The attendance policy is outlined
in the Collin County College Handbook. You are expected to attend all classes held on
campus and are fully responsible for your attendance/participation, be it in person for on-
site classes or via the Internet for Blackboard classes. If at any time you wish to drop this
course, or to withdraw from the college, please initiate that action yourself. Do not
assume that if you stop participating, you will automatically be dropped. Note about
Religious Holy Days: Please refer to the current Collin Student Handbook.

ADA Statement:
It is the policy of CCCC to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals
who are students with disabilities. This College will adhere to all applicable Federal,
State, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable
accommodations as required, allowing equal educational opportunity. It is the student’s
responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-G200 or 972-881-5898
(V/TTD972.881.5950) in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

Academic Ethics:
The College District may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of
scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements,
acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or
the submission as one’s own work material that is not one’s own. Scholastic dishonesty
may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating,
plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, and /or falsifying
academic records.
Plagiarism is the use of an author’s own words or ideas as if they were one’s own
without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a
direct quotation.
Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner
during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying
computer or Internet files, using someone else’s work for assignments as if they were
one’s own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a
Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic
dishonesty, including but not limited to, providing a paper or project to another student:
providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communication answers to a classmate
during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a
classmate to copy answers.

Tentative Course Calendar: (see Blackboard for calendar)

Introduction to DC Circuits Chapter 1

Voltage and Current Chapter 2
Resistance Chapter 3
Ohm’s Law, Power, and Energy Chapter 4
Series dc Circuits Chapter 5
Parallel dc Circuits Chapter 6
Series-Parallel Circuits Chapter 7
Methods of Analysis Chapter 8
Network Theorems Chapter 9

NOTE: A copy of the generic / departmental syllabus is available on the college website