LIN155 - Electronic Lab Instrumentation and Techniques

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Subject Title
Electronic Lab Instrumentation and Techniques

Subject Description
This is the first course in electronic lab instrumentation and techniques. It is intended to introduce the student to a variety of electronic components including a method of producing a working electronic assembly using reasonably priced commercial kits. Electrical tests on the assembly are carried out using laboratory instruments such as a DMM, oscilloscope and a power supply. The course includes a survey of electrical safety and a practical course on soldering. Workplace safety and WHMIS are also covered.

Credit Status
One subject credit in first semester of all ECET (Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology) programs.

One credit towards the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training, Applied Electronic Troubleshooting Techniques certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Understand and apply general workplace safety practices and procedures.

2. Recognize and understand the elements of electrical safety in the workplace.

3. Take necessary precautions when using hazardous materials, applying an understanding of WHMIS practices and procedures.

4. Demonstrate knowledge of proper soldering techniques using discrete components and a printed circuit board.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of and the proper use of electrical hand tools.

6. Identify electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, integrated circuits, light emitting diodes (LEDs), switches, etc., their related schematic symbols, identifying marks and pin-outs.

7. Explain in simple brief terms the function of electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, integrated circuits, light emitting diodes (LEDs), switches etc.

8. Use a digital multimeter (DMM) to measure resistance, voltage and current.

9. Use the oscilloscope for basic measurements, i.e., amplitude and period (frequency).

10. Effectively set-up and use a D.C. power supply.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
1.  Soldering
2.  Electrical and Workplace Safety
3.  Hazardous Materials and WHMIS
4.  Component Identification
5.  Use of Hand Tools
6.  Electronic Project Assembly and Testing
7.  Digital Multi-meter (Resistance, Voltage and Current Measurements
8.  Oscilloscope
9.  D.C. Power Supply
10. Introduction to AutoCAD
11. Introduction to Microsoft Visio
12. Introduction to Mentor Graphics PADS
13. Function Generator
14. Occupational Health and Safety Act

Mode of Instruction
Lecture hours: 1
Lab hours: 2
Total hours: 3

Prescribed Texts
Title:  Do-It-Yourself Circuit Building for Dummies
Author:  H. Ward Silver
Publisher:  Wiley
ISBN:  978-0470-17342-8

Required Supplies

  1. Mini Diagonal Cutters (1)
  2. Mini Needle Pliers (1)
  3. Flat head screwdriver 1/8 x 2 (1)
  4. Phillips head screwdriver #0x2 (1)
  5. 25w soldering iron (1)
  6. Desolder Pump (1)
  7. Tube of 60/40 solder wire 1mm (1)
  8. Wire strippers (1)
  9. 12" Toolbox (1)
  10. Red Wire Gauge (1)
  11. 555 Timer (1)
  12. Dip8 Socket (1)
  13. Diode 1N4148 (1)
  14. 10,000pF capacitor, 20% 16V ceramic (1)
  15. 10uF capacitor, 20% 16V electrolytic (1)
  16. 75k resistor, 1/4W 5% (2)
  17. 1k resistor, 1/4W 5% (1)
  18. LED - red (2)
  19. 9V battery
  20. Tweezers
  21. Battery Holder
  22. Practice PCB

Project Kit:  MK137 - IR Remote Control (1)

Details of where these items may be purchased will be given by your instructor during the lab orientation.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • spelling and punctuation are correct
    • sentences are structured correctly
    • main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.   

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Term Test 1 - Lab & electrical safety, OHSA* - 10%
Term Test 2 - WHMIS* - 5%
Term Test 3 - 15%
Presentation - 5%
Final Exam - 20%
Lab Test - 30%
IR Checker Kit 1 - 1.5%
Surface Mount Soldering Lab - 1.5%
PADS - 1.5%
Instrumentation & Tools Lab, Part 1 - 1.5%
Instrumentation Lab, Oscilloscope Part 2 - 1.5%
Visio Lab - 1.5%
WHMIS Lab - 1.5%
AutoCAD Lab - 1.5%
Soldering Lab (555 Timer) - 1.5%
Instrumentation Lab, Function Generator & Oscilloscope Part 3 - 1.5%
Total: 100%

Note: Student must pass Term Test 1 (Lab & Electrical Safety, OHSA) & Term Test 2 (WHMIS)
Overall Grade  will be comprised of:  45% lab and 55% lecture

Approved by: Denis Gravelle