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Electrical Engineering Department

California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo

EE 251-07 Fall 2014 Syllabus
Instructor reserves the right to change syllabus at any time

Instructor: Gary Perks

Office: 20-319
Phone: 756 - 1463
Scheduled Office Hours: MWF 1 to 2PM & R 9 to 11AM or by appointment via email (at least 24 hours notice)
Concurrent: EE201 (If you have not previously completed EE201 or you are not presently enrolled in EE201, then you will be line-dropped)
Required Text: EE 251 Lab Manual available on-line at





Course Overview
#1 R, V & I Measurements of Series, Parallel & Series-Parallel Circuits Using a
#2 Nodal Analysis
#3 Kirchhoffs Laws & Superposition Theorem
#4 Equivalent Circuits & Maximum Power Transfer
#5 DC Transient Response RC Circuit & DC Steady-State RLC Circuit
#6 Phasor Diagrams
#7 Series & Parallel Resonant Circuits
#8 AC Steady-State Power The Power Triangle & Power Factor Correction
NO LAB Thanksgiving Holiday

Group Report: Group report consists of a prelab, recorded lab data and postlab. The group report is due at the end of a lab session. A prelab from each
student is due at the beginning of a lab period. One of the groups prelabs will be selected randomly to be included with lab data and postlab.
Note: If a student does not have a prelab at the beginning of the lab period, he or she will not receive credit for that portion of the lab report (33%
Prelab: On the front page(s) of each experiment are prelab problems. Prelab problems are to be done on engineering paper (any other type of paper will
not be accepted). You are also expected to read the experiment before coming to lab. In most cases, students who finish the prelab and read the
experiment before coming to lab learn more while in lab and complete the experiment in less time than those who dont. It becomes obvious as the quarter
progresses, which students come to lab prepared and which do not.
Lab Data: Experiments are to be accomplished in groups of two or three depending on class size. Each group is required to pass in their original (no
photocopies will be accepted) experimental data at the end of the lab session as part of their lab report. Lab data is required to be recorded in Word and/or
Excel available on the lab computers. Notebook word processor and/or spreadsheet software for recording lab data is acceptable too.
Postlab: On the back page(s) of each experiment are postlab problems/questions. Postlab solutions to problems are to be done on engineering paper.
Postlab answers to questions are to be typed (I will not accept handwritten answers). Group members are encouraged to work together on postlab
problems/questions. However, group members can not work with students outside their group. If there is collaboration between groups, all group members
will receive zeros on their postlab.
Final exam: An individual written final exam with problems and questions similar to, but different than, prelabs and postlabs. In addition, questions
regarding the use of lab equipment are likely.
Peer Evaluation: Each group member will evaluate (secretly) his or her group members using a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent).
Grading: The course grade you earn consists of three components; group report, final exam, peer evaluation. These scores will comprise 60%, 30%, and
10% of your course grade.
Also, for lab grades (unlike in lecture) I use the normal letter grade scheme using +s and s.

VERY IMPORTANT! Class attendance is mandatory to pass EE251 except for university-recognized emergencies, which must be
brought to the instructor's attention as soon as possible (e.g., by telephone and/or e-mail, carrier pigeon, etc.). If a lab is missed due to a
legitimate reason, deemed by the instructor as legitimate, you will be given an opportunity to make up the lab in a timely manner (within
one week of the missed lab). It is the students responsibility to find an opening in another section to make up the lab. It is a requirement to
obtain the instructors signature as verification for being physically present during the lab makeup. If you miss a lab due to an illegitimate
reason, you will receive a zero for the missed lab and you risk failing the course. If two labs are missed, you will fail the course.