ECR255 - AC Circuit Principles

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Subject Title
AC Circuit Principles

Subject Description

This subject introduces AC network theory and includes such significant topics as AC signal characteristics,  AC response of R, L, and C components, Impedance, Series and parallel RLC circuit behaviour, series and parallel resonance, filters and AC applications. 


A course fee covers the cost of the Keysight Basic Instrument Certification exam.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Computer Engineering Technology program, Electronic Engineering Technology programs (ELN/ELM) and Electronic Engineering Technician programs (ELCB, ELCC, ELCM).

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

  1. Identify critical characteristics of sinusoidal AC signals
  2. Build and test simple passive AC circuits
  3. Using appropriate mathematics and concepts, explain the characteristics of passive electronics components and circuits under non-DC conditions
  4. Analyze the behaviour of simple passive AC circuits, including passive filters and RLC resonant circuits
  5. Determine the current, voltage, and impedance response characteristics as a function of frequency for passive sinusoidal AC circuits
  6. Select and use appropriate test and measurement instrumentation for the characterization and troubleshooting of AC circuits

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Execute mathematical operations accurately.

    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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