Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

ET 132: AC for Electronics

General Information

  • Name: AC for Electronics
  • Discipline: Electronics Technology (ET)
  • Units (Credits): 4
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

  • Prerequisites: ET 131 or consent of instructor

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Familiarizes students with important electronic components, their schematic symbols and how to wire circuits on a solderless circuit board using diagrams. Introduces semiconductors, diodes, and basic theory of transistors and transistor amplifier configurations. Students conduct laboratory experiments and build electronic circuits utilizing these components. Soldering is introduced.
Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

II: Course Objectives

Continuation of ET 131 covers the basics of AC circuits and devices including resistors, capacitors, inductors, and semiconductors. Introduces fundamental waveforms such as sine waves and pulses and their behavior in solid state circuits. DC concepts will be reviewed and incorporated. Time is spent in laboratory, conducting experiments where students apply the theoretical concepts and learn to use standard laboratory instruments.

  • Enable student acquire knowledge in the area of AC electric circuits.
  • Provide student with opportunities to gain hands on experience and solidify their understanding of theory with experiments and demonstrations.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course is a possible elective for an Associate of Applied Science degree with and emphasis in Electronics Technology, where the purpose of the Associate Applied Science Degree is to provide employment-related knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a chosen field of study.

This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the need for continuing education and lifelong learning.
  • Will succeed at transfer institutions.


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