Course Description

On completion of Module I Electrical Fundamentals: Direct Current Circuits, students will have acquired a basic knowledge of DC theory. Successful students will understand the nature of electricity, identify electrical components and read schematics; calculate current, voltage, and resistance in an electrical circuit; apply Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage Law, Kirchhoff's Current Law, and Power Law involving series circuits, parallel circuits, and series-parallel resistive circuits; and solve circuit problems.


Paynter, R. T., & Boydell, B. T. (2009). Electronics Technology Fundamentals: Conventional Flow Version (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-504874-0, ISBN-10: 0-13-504874-5

Course Outline

Part I Basic DC Principles and Circuits
Chapter 1: Principles of Electricity (p. 26)
Chapter 2: Components and Circuit Measurements (p. 43)
Chapter 3: Ohm’s Law and Power (p. 75)
Chapter 4: Series Circuits (p .97)
Chapter 5: Parallel Circuits (p. 129)
Chapter 6: Series-Parallel Circuits (p. 157)
Chapter 7: Circuit Analysis Techniques (p. 192)
Chapter 8: Magnetism (p. 227)

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

Online Session: Getting To Know You, Course Outline, Dalhousie University CCE policies

Week 2

Read Chapter 1 Principles of Electricity (p. 26)
Read Chapter 2 Components and Circuit Measurements (p. 43)
Power Point Presentation Chapter 1 (Paynter 3e).pptx
Power Point Presentation Chapter 2 (Paynter 3e).pptx
Online Session
Session Quiz Chapter 1 Principles of Electricity
Session Quiz Chapter 2 Components and Circuit Measurements

Week 3

Read Chapter 3 Ohm’s Law and Power (p. 75)
Power Point Presentation Chapter 3 (Paynter 3e).pptx
Online Session
Session Quiz

Week 4

Read Chapter 4 Series Circuits (p. 97)
Power Point Presentation Chapter 4 (Paynter 3e).pptx
Online Session
Session Quiz Chapter 4 Series Circuits

Week 5

Read Chapter 5 Parallel Circuits (p. 129)
Power Point Presentation Chapter 5 (Paynter 3e).pptx
Online Session
Session Quiz Chapter 5 Parallel Circuits

Week 6

Read Chapter 6 Series-Parallel Circuits (p. 157)
Power Point Presentation Chapter 6 (Paynter 3e).pptx
Online Session
Session Quiz Chapter 6 Series-Parallel Circuits


Student Responsibilities

The student is responsible for all material. The main source of the material will be the textbook; however, the instructor may provide additional material from other sources. All chapter material will not be covered in the online session. The student is expected to read and understand the assigned material.

Methods of Instruction

Material will be primarily delivered through Brightspace Desire2Learn online platform (https://dal.brightspace.com/d2l/login) and following the Electronics Technology Fundamentals textbook. Each week a one hour online session is an opportunity for students to ask questions, discuss theory from the previous week’s assignment, and receive tutorial instruction.

Studying material consists of the assigned chapter(s) and the assigned online notes for a particular session. The online session should provide ample time for student’s questions and discussions. The online session IS NOT a substitute for reviewing the assigned materials as it will not be possible to cover all the session's material in a 60 minute tutorial.

Students are encouraged read the corresponding chapter in the textbook and the assigned online notes provided BEFORE the on-line session. During the weekly 60-minute on-line session (starting at 7:00 PM EST) that section will be discussed and all questions answered.

Methods of Evaluation

At the end of each session a short assignment or session quiz will be assigned. At the end of the module, an exam will be released. Assignments, quizzes and exams will be released through the Brightspace, Desire2Learn online platform.

Marking Scheme


  • Typically, there is one quiz per session.
  • There is an unlimited time for the students to submit a quiz – while a module is open (5 to 6 weeks). However, quizzes should be submitted before the final exam of that module.
  • Students are allowed only one attempt to answer each question.

Final Exams

  • There is a final exam at the end of the module
  • There is a 14-day window for the students to submit the final exams. This window will open for 14 days – starting at the last on-line session of each module.
  • Students are allowed only one attempt to answer each question.
  • Missed final exam: If you have a valid doctor's note, you can re-schedule the missed final exam.
  • Students are on their honor and expected to complete quizzes and exams on their own, and not share their answers to quizzes and exams with anyone else.


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There are no prerequisites for Electrical Circuit Fundamentals and Electronic Circuits. However, participants are strongly encouraged to take each module in order. Each module builds upon the previous. Circuit analysis is math-orientated. Participants should have an understanding of intermediate algebra and basic trigonometry.
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