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ELEN300 - Electrical Engineering Fundamentals

Course Details

Course Code: ELEN300 Course ID: 4595 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

The purpose of this course is to present the foundational areas of electrical engineering. The topics touched on in this course will help students determine their area of concentration at APUS. The topics included with varying degrees of emphasis include: Circuit Analysis; Electromagnetic Field Theory; Solid-state electronics; Electric machines; Electric power systems; Digital logic circuits; Computer systems; Electro-optics; Instrumentation systems; Control Systems. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details. (Prerequisites: SCIN234 and MATH240)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 08/25/19 Spring 2019 Session K 16 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 12/22/19 Summer 2019 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Learning Objectives (LO):

  1. Understand basic EE concepts and terminology.
  2. Articulate the concepts related to basic EE theory
  3. Solve basic circuit problems using Kirchoff’s Laws.
  4. Demonstrate the use of electric measuring instruments.
  5. Understand the basic principles of electromechanics and electric machines.
  6. Assess readiness for future EE courses.

Instructor announcements: Weekly announcements will appear on Monday of each week in the online classroom. They will also be e-mailed to each student. The announcements discuss the assignments and any other pertinent information for the week.

This is an upper level course. All students’ work is to be presented as such in terms of quality and content. The grading system is based on eight forums (20%), ten lab assignments (25%), thirteen comprehension quizzes (25%), and three exams (30%).

Reading Assignments: Refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments

Week 1 Introductions: Within 7 days of course start, you must log into the classroom and introduce yourself to the class. Your response is due by Sunday of Week 1. Your response must be a minimum of 250 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

  1. Your name
  2. Your university major or program
  3. Where you are in the program of study
  4. Your academic goals, to include why you are taking this class
  5. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Weekly Forums: There are two kinds of discussion forums in this course. The first are for course-specific topics chosen by the instructor. These are graded assessments. The second are free-form forums for questions and topics generated by the students. Students are fee to post any relevant question in the free-form forums but should avoid asking questions about specific gradable test questions. If there are questions about specific test questions, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that problem or concept instead. Asking questions about specific test questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool.

Exams: There are three exams, each worth 10% of your final grade. It is an open book, open note exam. It is administered without a proctor. Students must complete the exams by the end of the week indicated in the schedule.

Lab Exercises: There are ten (10) laboratory exercises that must be completed in order to pass the course. Despite having completed all other requirements for the course, you must complete all of the lab exercises in order to pass the course. You must demonstrate that you are competent in using the laboratory equipment to analyze electric circuits.

Late Assignments: I understand that as adults, students, and working professionals, you must manage competing demands on your time. However, you are still expected to submit classroom assignments on-time and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine late submission of assignments will adversely affect your final course grade.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum: Wks 01 & 02 2.50 %
Forum: Wks 03 & 04 2.50 %
Forum: Wks 05 & 06 2.50 %
Forum: Wks 07 & 08 2.50 %
Forum: Wks 09 & 10 2.50 %
Forum: Wks 11 & 12 2.50 %
Forum: Wks 13 & 14 2.50 %
Forum: Wks 15 & 16 2.50 %
Quizzes 25.00 %
Quiz: L3 & L4 (KVL, KCL, Mesh & Loop) 4.17 %
Quiz: L5 & L6 (Op amps, L & C) 4.17 %
Quiz: L9 & L10 (Diodes & Transistors) 4.17 %
Quiz: L11 & L12 (Logic & Computers) 4.17 %
Quiz: L13 & L14 (Comms & Mechatronics) 4.17 %
Quiz: L16 (Prof. Practice) 4.17 %
Labs 25.00 %
Lab Quiz 01: Equip. Orientation 0.00 %
Tests 30.00 %
Test: Mid-Term Exam 15.00 %
Test: Final Exam 15.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Lab Quiz 02: Equiv. Res. 0.00 %
Lab Quiz 03: Voltage Divider 0.00 %
Lab Quiz 05:RC Circuits 0.00 %
Lab Quiz 06: Logic Gates 0.00 %
Quiz: L1 & L2 (Intro, Ohm, & Req) 0.00 %
Lab Quiz 04: Equiv. Cap. 0.00 %

Electrical Engineering Principles and Applications, 6th Ed by Allan R. Hambley - The VitalSource e-book is provided via the APUS Bookstore. Please visit for more information.

Please visit and search by the course number (ex: LITR210) to access your required resources.

Book Title:NI ELVIS III - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant - purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$2,799.00
Book Title:Electrical Engineering: Principles & Applications (6th Edition) - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom; hard copy not available from the bookstore, please try other sources.
Publication Info:VS-Pearson
Author:Allan R. Hambley
Unit Cost:$206.95
Electronic ISBN:9781323306901
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80
Book Title:NI Student Software Suite - free access provided inside the classroom; if DVD is needed, purchase instructions are available here: (DVD not covered by the APUS Book Grant)
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$63.00
Book Title:myParts Kit from Texas Instruments - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$72.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.