Associate in Applied Science Degree

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This program prepares students to fill careers in specialized fields of electronics including electrical machinery, control systems, digital and microprocessors, telecommunications and for continued study at the baccalaureate level in Engineering Technology. The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Purchase of a scientific calculator, digital multi-meter, basic hand tools, and electronic breadboard is required for this program. Recommended student preparation prior to entry into this program includes two high school mathematics courses and one laboratory science course (physics and chemistry are recommended). Students well-prepared in mathematics may substitute a higher level mathematics sequence upon approval of the Center Dean. Elective courses may be included in this program to match students’ interests and to focus on career or continuing education goals.

Educational Objectives:

  • Prepare graduates with the technical and collaborative skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and/or maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems.
  • Maintain and foster a positive environment conducive to teamwork, quality, professionalism, and continuous improvement

Graduates have:

  • an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;
  • an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;
  • an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
  • an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;
  • an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;
  • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and
  • a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Graduates are capable in:

  • the application of circuit analysis and design, computer programming, associated software, analog and digital electronics, and microcomputers, and engineering standards to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems.
  • the applications of physics or chemistry to electrical/electronic(s) circuits in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry

Students will:

  • Use traditional and contemporary information technology. Identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.

Total Credit Hours: 64

First Semester

This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study.

EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3

This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee.

This course introduces the fundamentals of DC circuit analysis including the definition of various electrical quantities and their relationships. Topics include series and parallel circuits, Kirchhoff’s Laws, Thevenin’s Theorem, Norton, super positioning, maximum power transfer, and nodal and mesh analysis. Proper usage of laboratory equipment is stressed. Corequisites: ET153 Introduction to Electronics and MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1 or MA122 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 2, or MA125 College Algebra & Trigonometry, or MA150 Pre-calculus, or MA151 Calculus 1.

This course provides the basic theory of electrical and electronic devices with elementary applications, familiarization with laboratory test equipment, and construction of an electronic power supply project. It covers the practical aspects of resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers and voltage regulators. Both AC and DC theory is discussed as well as the use of power supplies, function generators, digital multi-meters and the oscilloscope. The course concludes with the assembly and testing of a DC power supply. (Fall semester) Corequisites: ET151 Circuits or ET111 Electrical Systems

This course uses a high-level programming language and examines the available structure on a typical personal computer platform. Programming techniques and algorithm development are presented with real-world examples from the electrical field. The programming techniques may be used to solve practical problems in other EET courses. The course introduces the use of schematic capture and electrical circuit simulation software. This is a foundation course in computer programming for students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. No previous programming knowledge is assumed. Corequisites: ET151 Circuits or ET111 Electrical Systems

This is the first of a two-course sequence for students in programs that require mathematics through polynomial calculus. Algebraic manipulations, graphing skills and problem solving are emphasized. Topics include systems of linear equations including Cramer’s Rule, quadratic equations, variation, factoring and fractions, vectors and oblique triangles, and an introduction to trigonometry and applications. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics.

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Second Semester

This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading.

ET152 Circuits 2 C-3 P-2 Cr-4

This course covers AC circuit analysis. Topics include Phasor representation of sinusoidal voltage, currents, impedance, power solution of RLC circuits, frequency response, and series and parallel resonance. Three phase power transformers and Fourier analysis of complex waveforms are introduced. The use of computer solutions in problem solving is included. Prerequisites: ET151 Circuits 1, or ET153 Introduction to Electronics, or ET154 Computer Programming. Corequisite: MA122 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 2, or MA150 Pre-calculus, or MA151 Calculus 1.

The theory and applications of modern transistors are introduced; both the bipolar junction transistor and the field effect transistor are examined. Applications include usage in small and large signal class A amplifiers, as well as in class B power amplifiers. Voltage control FET applications are studied. Problem solving techniques involving digital computers are discussed. Corequisites: ET152 Circuits 2.

This introductory course presents fundamental topics in digital systems. Topics include numbering systems and coding schemes used in digital logic; combinational logic devices at a functional level; concepts of Boolean algebra and logic analysis and methods for logic circuit simplification; and arithmetic circuits. Sequential circuits including latches and flip-flops are analyzed and their applications in basic coutners and registers are presented. Corequisite: ET152 Circuits 2.

This is the second of a two-course sequence for students in programs that require mathematics through polynomial calculus. Topics include complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, analytic geometry, limits, derivatives and integrals of polynomial functions, applications of the derivative, and area under a curve. Prerequisite: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1.

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Third Semester

This course includes further study of linear transistor circuits. Examination of frequency response and negative feedback are of prime importance. Operational amplifiers are discussed in great depth, including applications in summing, precision rectifying, voltage regulation, filtering, and other popular circuit applications. Usage of digital computers for anal ysis and design is discussed. Prerequisites: ET161 Linear Electronics.

This course covers the characteristics and applications of MSI circuits and devices such as decoders, encoders, multiplexers, and demultiplexers. The IC logic families are introduced at a circuit level. It emphasizes TTL devices along with ECL, I2L, MOS, and CMOS device characteristics. It includes semiconductor memory along with bipolar and MOS, static and dynamic, and ROM and RAM devices. Prerequisites: ET181 Digital Electronics 1 and ET161 Linear Electronics. (Fall semester)

This course presents the biological and evolutionary history of humans. Basic concepts of evolutionary theory, human genetics, human biological adaptation and diversity, and the hominid fossil record are explored. It includes the behavior and ecology of living non-human primates.

This course introduces economic theory and its relevance to daily life in a market economy. Topics include scarcity, supply and demand, choice, economic growth, taxation, and the role of government in the economy. Attention is given to current economic issues and their impact upon everyday life.

This course introduces the discipline of political science through the study of American government. Topics include the concept of the political system, democracy in theory and practice, the historical background and content of the Constitution, Federalism, and the role of the Supreme Court in civil rights. It stresses these aspects of the American political system: public opinion, voting behavior, the electoral system, political parties, and modern campaigning techniques.

This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training.

This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization.

ET283 Microprocessor Fundamentals C-3 P-2 Cr-4

This course presents the microprocessor/microcontroller as the principal component of embedded systems, providing information on the architecture and programming model using the C language. C programming techniques for arithmetic and logic operations along with flow control are introduced. The use of functions, I/O instructions, and timers are presented with laboratory experiments. Corequisite: ET282 Digital Electronics 2.

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Fourth Semester

This course presents concepts related to the components, circuitry, and components of telecommunication systems. Topics include radio frequency amplifiers, filters, oscillators, measurement methods, modulation methods, coding and network models, transmission lines, antennas, and wave propagation. Prerequisite: ET161 Linear Electronics.

ET284 Design & Layout C-1 P-4 Cr-3

This capstone course provides for the application of electronic principles learned throughout the program. The course involves the steps necessary to take an electronic project from the design stage through to a final working project. Topics include typical company structure, specification and schedule development, proper prototyping and troubleshooting procedures, and the method for designing printed circuit boards. These topics are applied to an actual electronic project that results in a functioning circuit board - a working prototype. A final formal report is completed, submitted and presented to the class. Prerequisites: ET283 Microprocessor Fundamentals.

This course introduces the theory, operation, applications, adjustment, and control of AC/DC motors using single & three phase electrical power. It covers a variety of discrete devices, transformers, DC and AC motors, AC motor frequency drives, industrial networking, and motion control using PLCs. The components and characteristics of control systems are studied. Prerequisite: ET152 Circuits 2.

This non-calculus Physics course for technology, business administration, computer science, and liberal arts and sciences students covers topics in mechanics, wave motion, and heat. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1, or MA125 College Algebra & Trigonometry.

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Preparation for this program should include:

  • Two high school mathematics courses, or the equivalent.
  • One laboratory science (physics and chemistry are recommended).
  • Students well prepared in mathematics may substitute a higher mathematics sequence with the approval of the Department Associate Dean.

(a) Social Science Restricted Electives: AN101 Biological Anthropology, BM101 Survey of Economics, PS101 American National Government, PY101 Introduction to General Psychology, GE101 Essentials of World Geography, or SO101 Introduction to Sociology.