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Basic Electronics Program

Turn tinkering into a career! Our online Basic Electronics program prepares you to service and repair electronics such as motors, fuses and gaskets. You'll also learn how to diagnose problems and fix them to manufacturers' specifications. Get real-world training for a successful career.

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Lesson 1: The Science of Electricity and Electronics  

Basic electronics – current, voltage, and resistance; Ohm's law; Theory of current flow.

Lesson 2: Basic Instruments and Measurements  

Proper use of ammeters, voltmeters, and ohmmeters; Interpreting linear and nonlinear scales; Basic electrical diagrams.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Basic Electrical Circuit Material  

Conductors; Resistance; Insulation materials; Switching devices; Lighting devices; Printed circuit boards.

Lesson 4: Energy and Source of Electricity  

Electrical power; Work, power, and horsepower; Reading a wattmeter; Sources of electricity; Polarization; Battery capacity.

Lesson 5: Basic Circuits (Series, Parallel, and Combination)  

Series, parallel, and combination circuits; Applying Ohm's law; Determining total resistance, voltage drops, current values, and wattage values; Troubleshooting circuits.

Lesson 6: Magnetism and Generators  

Basic magnetic principles; Laws of magnetism; Rowland's law; Magnetic shields; Direct current and alternating current; Generator losses; Oscilloscopes.

Lesson 7: Motors (AC and DC) & Transformers  

Operating principles of DC motors; Counter electromotive force; Motor starting circuits; Self induction; Transformer losses; Grounding electrical circuits; Troubleshooting transformers and AC motors; Motor failure.

Lesson 8: Inductance, Capacitance and RCL Networks  

Types of capacitors; Calculating resonant frequency, circuit Q, and bandwidth; Filtering action; Mutual inductance; True power and apparent power.

Lesson 9: Semiconductors and Power Supplies  

N-type and P-type materials; Forward and reverse biasing; Semiconductor diodes; Half-wave and full-wave rectifiers; Power supply filtering; Voltage regulation.

Lesson 10: Tubes, Transistors, Amplifiers, and Integrated Circuits  

Operation of vacuum tube and cathode ray tube; Bipolar transistors; field-effect transistors; Biasing techniques; Amplifier coupling; Integrated circuits; The 555 timer.

Lesson 11: Digital Circuits and Oscillators  

Analog and digital systems; Decimal/binary conversions; Logic gates; Digital encoders and decoders; Flip-flops; Oscillators.

Lesson 12: AM and FM Radio Communications  

History of radio wave receivers; Types of waves; Converting between frequency and wavelength; Amplitude modulation and frequency modulation; Operation of AM and FM receivers and transmitters.

Lesson 13: Television, Video, Fiber Optics, and Lasers  

Television signal transmission; Television innovations; HDTV vs. analog television; Multicasting and data casting; MPEG2 compression; Advantages and disadvantages of fiber-optics; Laser operation.

Lesson 14: Introduction to the Personal Computer  

Field replacement unit; BIOS; power-on self-test; Magnetic media data storage; Computer ports; Processor speed.

Lesson 15: Microcontrollers and Career Opportunities in Electronics  

Computers vs. microcontrollers; ROM; programming languages; Microcontroller components; Careers in electronics; Entrepreneurship; Job searching.

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Program Description

The student will learn about digital electronics, integrated circuits, audio amplification and more. Get the latest electronics techniques from knowledgeable instructors with years of experience in their field.

Program Objectives

After completing the Basic Electronics program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the scientific principles that apply to the basic flow of electricity and explain the function of various materials used as conducting, semiconducting, and insulating devices in the construction of standard electrical/electronic circuits.
  2. Identify the basic tools and test equipment used to construct, troubleshoot, and maintain standard electronic circuits and systems.
  3. Explain the construction and application of standard circuit configurations and identify the component types and connections used to build functioning electronic circuits.
  4. Describe the appearance and general operating principles of multiple electronic components and electrical devices such as capacitors, resistors, inductors, semiconductors, integrated circuits (ICs), generators, motors, and transformers.
  5. Identify and describe the applied electronics principles used to develop circuitry and circuit-systems used for radio, television, fiber optic, laser, computer, and microprocessor devices.

Advance your career with our Basic Electronics program. We'll give you the skills you need to succeed. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.

 

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