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Basic Electronics course curriculum

Every electrical technician has to start somewhere, and that usually means tinkering with gadgets and appliances until they work again (or don't)! Our Basic Electronics course curriculum is designed to help you take the first steps toward turning your interest into a career.

You'll learn how to work with various electronic devices. You'll also learn about important electrical concepts used in consumer electronic devices and get a serious grounding in electronics theories that are absolutely essential for workplace safety and success.

Curriculum

Orientation: Learning at Ashworth  

In this course, you’ll examine the goals and values of Ashworth College, time management, creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule, the nature and purpose of assessments, how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination, and developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Describe the mission statement of Ashworth College.
  • Explain why the Ashworth Career Catalog is important, and how to access and use this valuable resource for assistance as you go through your studies.
  • Explain how Ashworth program courses are structured.
  • Describe the importance of time management and create a realistic weekly and monthly schedule for yourself.
  • Explain the nature and purpose of assessments and describe how to study effectively for online examinations.
  • Outline the best strategies for taking multiple-choice examinations.

Lesson Group 1: Introduction to Electricity and Electronics  

Introduction to Electricity and Electronics introduces and explains fundamental concepts, applications, terms, tools, safe operating procedures, and calculations as they relate to electronics and electricity. This course also defines Ohm’s law and identifies professional opportunities associated with the industry.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Explain common applications, components, tools, testing instruments, safety measures, and professional opportunities associated with the electronics field.
  • Identify key terms, notations, prefixes, symbols, and operating procedures associated with circuits, conductors, resistors, and other electronic devices and components.
  • Describe the properties, functions, and proper handling of various types of conductors, wire insulation, cells, and batteries.
  • Describe Ohm's law and its variations, associated calculations, and practical applications.

Lesson Group 2: Electronics Equipment and Components  

Electronics Equipment and Components explains the features and functionality of analog and digital multimeters and identifies the hardware that connects electrical components. This course also differentiates between capacitors and inductors and describes the role of magnetism, electromagnetism, and electromagnetic induction in industrial controls and automation devices.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Describe how analog and digital multimeters work and how they can be used to measure voltage, resistance, frequency, and current values in a circuit.
  • Identify key terms, notations, prefixes, symbols, and operating procedures associated with circuits, conductors, resistors, and other electronic devices and components.
  • Describe the properties, functions, and proper handling of various types of conductors, wire insulation, cells, and batteries.
  • Describe Ohm's law and its variations, associated calculations, and practical applications.

Lesson Group 3: Semiconductors, Capacitors, and Transformers  

Semiconductors, Capacitors, and Transformers describes the purpose, characteristics, and functions of semiconductors, specifically diodes and transistors. This course also covers capacitors in AC circuits and their related calculations, as well as the role of various transformers.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Examine the purpose, characteristics, and functions of a diode.
  • Identify several types of transistors and explain how amplification works.
  • Explain how to calculate reactance, frequency, and impedance in different types of AC circuits.
  • Describe the parts and functions of various types of transformers.

Lesson Group 4: Basic Circuits and Electronic Devices  

Basic Circuits and Electronic Devices explores resonant, modulator, and detection circuits and their associated applications. This course also describes the factors, functions, characteristics, and applications of devices such as transformers, signal transmitters, output devices, relays, attenuators, and amplifiers.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Examine how a resonant circuit works, the factors that affect resonance, and how to solve resonance-related calculations.
  • Explain the purpose and applications of modulation and demodulation.
  • Identify the functions, characteristics, and applications of transformers, signal transmitters, output devices, relays, attenuators, and amplifiers.

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Program Description

The Basic Electronics certificate program is designed to provide instruction covering the fundamental information required for understanding the theory of AC and DC electricity and electronics, including sources of electricity, basic circuits and components, and their application to practical devices.

Program Objectives

After completing the Basic Electronics certificate program, you’ll be able to do the following:

  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 several important electrical concepts used in consumer electronic devices.

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