ECE 20001 - Electrical Engineering Fundamentals I


A minimum grade of C is required for all ECE students to continue to ECE 20002, and for ECE 30411 for all BSEE students.

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Counts as:

  • EE Core
  • CMPE Core

Normally Offered:

Each Fall, Spring, Summer


On-campus and online


(ENGR 13100 or ENGR 14100 or ENGR 16100 or ENGR 13300) and (PHYS 17200 or PHYS 15200 or [ENGR 16100 and 16200]) and (MA 16600 Minimum Grade of C- or MA 16200 Minimum Grade of C-) and (MA 26100 [may be taken concurrently] or MA 17400 [may be taken concurrently] or MA 18200 [may be taken concurrently] or MA 27101 [may be taken concurrently])

Requisites by Topic:

Two semesters of calculus; complex numbers; computer literacy and experience with MatLab or equivalent; some familiarity with vectors and matrices. Concurrent Prerequisites: Third semester of calculus.

Catalog Description:

This course covers fundamental concepts and applications for electrical and computer engineers as well as for engineers who need to gain a broad understanding of these disciplines. The course starts by the basic concepts of charge, current, and voltage as well as their expressions with regards to resistors and resistive circuits. Essential concepts, devices, theorems, and applications of direct-current (DC), 1st order, and alternating-current (AC) circuits are subsequently discussed. Besides electrical devices and circuits, basic electronic components including diodes and transistors as well as their primary applications are also discussed.

Required Text(s):

  1. Notes Provided by instructor

Recommended Text(s):


Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated an ability to:
  1. An ability to analyze linear resistive circuits.. [1]
  2. An ability to analyze 1st order linear circuits with sources and/or passive elements. [1]
  3. an ability to analyze electronic circuits with diodes and transistors.. [1]

Lecture Outline:

Week Lecture Topics
1 Basic concepts: general circuit elements, charge, current, voltage; Power, independent and dependent sources; Source connections; resistance and Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's Laws
2 Resistor combinations; voltage/current division; Kirchhoff's Current Law (KCL) and Nodal Analysis; Kirchhoff's Current Law (KVL) and Mesh Analysis
3 Dependent sources and equivalent resistance concept
4 Linearity and superposition; Thevenin's and Norton's theorems and source transformations
5 Thevenin's and Norton's theorems; Capacitance and capacitors; Inductance and inductors; Inductor/Capacitor combinations
6 First-order circuits: zero input response; First-order circuits: step response; Linearity/Response classification & waveform generation
7 First-order circuits: applications; AC circuits: complex forcing function
8 Phasors: Ohm's phasor law, KVL & KCL; Impedance/admittance of 2-terminal devices
9 Sinusoidal steady-state (SSS) analysis; Frequency response; Instantaneous, average power and effective value
10 Power Transfer; SSS additional examples and applications; Magnetically coupled circuits
11 Magnetically coupled circuits; Introduction to semiconductors
12 Carriers in intrinsic semiconductors; Carriers in doped semiconductors; Energy bonding model
13 pn junction I; pn junction II; Diode circuits and applications I
14 Diode circuits and applications II
15 MOSFET transistor structure and operation; MOSFET amplifiers I; MOSFET amplifiers II
16 Transistors applications I; Transistors applications II

Engineering Design Consideration(s):

  • Economic
  • Environmental

Assessment Method:

Exams and Homework