E E 1205-301 Fall 2013

Basic Information

Catalog Data

E E 1205. INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (1-3) A project based course in which basic concepts in electrical engineering, such as electrical systems, power and energy, circuit laws, measurements, and data analysis will be introduced. Student teams will engage in laboratory experiments, application hands-on projects, which cover areas of study in electrical engineering including analog and digital electronics, robotics, semiconductors, electromagnetics, signal processing, photonics, energy management, and telecommunication systems. Corequisite: EE 1104.


EE 1205 is an introductory problem-solving course dealing with basic concepts of Electrical Engineering. The course begins with topics on electron energy and charge, current and voltage, and electrical power and energy. Also included are the important fundamental electrical engineering laws such as Kirchhoff's and Ohm's laws, and the application of these laws into the unified systematic analysis of dc resistive networks. The course concludes with the introduction to energy storage elements such as capacitors and inductors. Students will engage in laboratory experiments practically designed to involve hands-on application of course material. These experiments include the use of electronic tool kits, breadboards, and test and measurement equipment. Students will also learn how to read schematics, order parts, layout PCBs, and solder.

Grading Policy

Point Values for Activities
  ♦ Seminar 20%
  ♦ Exam I 15%
  ♦ Exam II 15%
  ♦ Homework 15%
  ♦ Labs 15%
  ♦ Final Exam 20%
Percentages for Grades
  ♦ 90% -100% A
  ♦ 80% -  89% B
  ♦ 70% -  79% C
  ♦ 60% -  69% D
  ♦   0% -  59% F

How to excel in this course

There are three important steps in learning a complex topic such as Electrical Engineering:
(1) reading about it,
(2) having it explained to you by a knowlegible person
(3) and doing it.

The Textbook

Circuits, 1st Edition, by Fawwaz T. Ulaby and Michel M. Maharbiz, © 2009 by National Technology and Science Press; ISBN 978-1-934891-00-1
This is our textbook. Reading assignments are indicated in the schedule. No textbook is perfect, but ours is more than adequate and will serve you for this course. Although our homework is not taken from this textbook, it would be a grievous error to not obtain it and read the chapter sections as assigned. The reading gives you a preview of what will be discussed in the lectures and will greatly aid your understanding. Having read the material, you will be primed to gain the most understanding from the lectures and examples.

The Lab Manual

H.T. Russell, Jr., EE 1205 Introduction to Electrical Engineering Lab Manual, V1.1, OPALtx, Fort Worth, TX, 2011.


We have assembled a toolkit for use with this course. It consists of a lightweight tackle box with tools and the breadboard you will use to assemble the circuits you will study in the lab. The least expensive way to acquire this toolbox is to puchase it from the student IEEE chapter in 132 Nedderman Hall. However, if you are a hobbyist and already own a good quality breadboard and most (or all) of the tools in the kit, you need not purchase these items again. Just be sure you have all of the items and bring them to the lab.

See Attachment A from the Downloads page for a list of the components. Bear in mind that the retail prices shown are two years old.


This is the second major step in mastering this course. Although much of the material for this course is available from the course web site, regular attendance is expected and will help you achieve success. Class interaction and peer bonding with other members of the class have been shown to be important factors in learning. Missing a class should be a rare occurance such as an emergency and not a habit. If you are engaged in a part-time or full-time job that regularly conflicts with our class schedule, you should seriously consider (a) enrolling in the other section (if there still is time to do that) or (b) dropping the course.

Homework Submissions

This is the third major part of learning this material. Homework assignments will be found under the "Homework" button in the navigation panel (to the left of this page). After you have selected this button, you will be asked to log in as a a user. This will be your standard UTA login with your UTA user ID and your current UTA password. Once you are logged in, select “See Problem List” to get a list of the homework problems. Work on the column for the assignment you need, i.e., HW01, HW02, etc. When you enter your answers, they will be immediately checked and you will be informed whether you got it right or not. When you get the problem correct, the data base records your results. If you submit an incorrect answer, you will be asked to try again.

Software Requirements

Resistor Color Code

Resistor Color Code

This helpful page can also be viewed at: http://www.csgnetwork.com/resistcolcalc.html. Too often, the server is down, so we provide this static image above.


You will need a good quality scientific calculator. We recommend the TI-89, TI-nspire or the HP-50. The calculator you provide will need the capability of solving simultaneous linear equations with both real and complex coefficients. Since these capabilities will be required in most of the ensuing courses in Electrical Engineering, we recommend that you acquire the calculator now. Both exams and homework will call upon the capabilities of these calculators.


The two major examinations and the comprehensive final examination will be old-fashioned paper,  pencil and calculator exercises.  On-campus students will take these exams at the scheduled times in the classroom.

Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0

This free program can be downloaded from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112 ¾ The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act ¾ (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens.

As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

Academic Dishonesty

It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University.

"Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." (Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22).