Course Outline (W2019)

EES512: Electric Circuits

Instructor(s)Farah Mohammadi [Coordinator]
Office: ENG461
Phone: (416) 979-5000 x 6094
Email: fmohamma@ryerson.ca
Office Hours: TBD

Sattar Hussain
Office: ENG334
Phone: TBA
Email: sattar.hussain@ryerson.ca
Office Hours: Thursdays 11:00am-12:30pm

Calendar DescriptionThis one-semester lecture/lab course covers general electric circuit parameters and laws. Topics include: basic electric circuits, voltage and current sources, resistance, analysis of DC circuits, power considerations. Concepts of capacitance, inductance, and their transient behaviour. Introduction of AC sources, phasors, reactance and impedance, AC analysis of RC, RL, and RCL circuits, the effect of resonance, real and complex power in reactive loads.
PrerequisitesMTH140 and MTH141




Compulsory Text(s):
  1. EES512 Laboratory: Laboratory Manual by A. O’Halloran and K. Raahemifar, posted online on Blackboard.

  2. Web Pages: EES 512 Blackboard, https://my.ryerson.ca.

  3. EES 512 – Course Outline (From Book of Sadiku)

Reference Text(s):
  1. Reference Text Book: Custome Made version of Fundamentals of Electric Circuits by C. K. Alexander and M. N. O. Sadiku, Fourth Editon, McGrawHill. 2009.

Learning Objectives (Indicators)  

At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Understand, interpret, articulate, and apply the basic voltage and current laws in the identification, formulation, and solution of the basic problem of circuit analysis. (1a)
  2. Develop linear equations based on different circuit configurations. Solve linear equations using variable elimination or Cramer rule. (1b)
  3. Conduct experiments using the basic principles of circuit analysis and analyze and interpret the obtained results. (2a)
  4. Use current and voltage measurement instruments, including volt/current meters and oscilloscope to measure the voltage and current characteristics of various circuits. (5a)

NOTE:Numbers in parentheses refer to the graduate attributes required by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

Course Organization

3.0 hours of lecture per week for 13 weeks
2.0 hours of lab/tutorial per week for 12 weeks

Teaching AssistantsTBA
Course Evaluation
Assignments 0 %
Midterm Exam 25 %
Final Exam 50 %
Laboratory 25 %
TOTAL:100 %

Note: In order for a student to pass a course with "Theory and Laboratory" components, in addition to earning a minimum overall course mark of 50%, the student must pass the Laboratory and Theory portions separately by achieving a minimum of 50% in the combined Laboratory components and 50% in the combined Theory components. Please refer to the "Course Evaluation" section for details on the Theory and Laboratory components.

Examinations. The midterm is scheduled on Tuesday February 26th during regular lecture hours.
 2. The official final exam will be announced by the timetabling dept. Final exam includes materials discussed from beginning to the end.
Other Evaluation InformationStudents are encouraged to earn passing marks in both theory and lab components
 separately. In the absence of student’s lab portions with valid reasons and proper
 documents submitted and verified by students’ department, the grades will be shifted
 to final exam. As labs are hands-on, earning lab grades during the term is a lot
 simpler than compensating lab grades in final exam.
 2. The Midterm, makeup test, and the Final Exam are “closed book” and “closed course
 note” exams. No formula sheet is allowed. Only university-approved calculators are
 allowed. Also, both midterm and final exams are “no-question-asked” exams. Only
 the non-programmable approved calculator (Sharp EL546 or Casio fx-991MS and
 their later models) will be allowed.
 3. There are lab tests that are conducted individually. There are two lab tests worth a
 total of 15%. The first lab test is conducted after labs 1 to 3 are completed. It is worth
 8%. The second lab test is conducted after labs 4 and 5 are completed. It is worth 7%.
 Lab tests are scheduled for one hour per person and have small pre-lab,
 implementation, and post-lab reports handed in. These test reports are written per
 person, will be marked and posted online. There is “no question asked” policy for lab
 tests. Students must use  lab sessions as their practice run, as there is no
 practice lab prior to tests
Other InformationNone

Course Content



Chapters /

Topic, description




Introduction to EES512: scope and objectives course management. Basic concepts charge current voltage power reference direction resistance and Ohm’s Law power dissipation characteristics of resistors.




Series and parallel circuits Kirchhoff’s Laws ground potential voltage and current division principles Wheatstone bridge ideal and real voltage sources Nodal Mesh Superposition and Source Transformation Techniques Thevenin’s and Norton theorems maximum power transfer and power transfer efficiency.




Capacitance practical capacitors series and parallel connections transients in RC circuits. Self-inductance series and parallel connections transients in RL circuits time constants and graphical representations.



Appendex (B) Course Notes

Generation of AC voltages parameters of AC waveforms average and effective (RMS) values review of complex number algebra phasor representation impedance and admittance capacitive and inductive reactance.




Series R-L R-C and R-L- C loads general series-parallel AC circuits. Phasor analysis of AC currents voltage and phase shifts.

Laboratory/Tutorials/Activity Schedule






Ohm’s Law



Nodal Analysis, Lab and Tutorial



Thevenin Equivalent Circuit, Lab and Tutorial



Lab Test #1



RC Circuit Step Response, Lab and Tutorial



RLC Circuit Resonance



Lab Test #2, Lab and Tutorial

Policies & Important Information:

  1. Students are required to obtain and maintain a Ryerson e-mail account for timely communications between the instructor and the students;
  2. Any changes in the course outline, test dates, marking or evaluation will be discussed in class prior to being implemented;
  3. Assignments, projects, reports and other deadline-bound course assessment components handed in past the due date will receive a mark of ZERO, unless otherwise stated. Marking information will be made available at the time when such course assessment components are announced.
  4. Refer to our Departmental FAQ page for information on common questions and issues at the following link: https://www.ee.ryerson.ca/guides/Student.Academic.FAQ.html.

Missed Classes and/or Evaluations

When possible, students are required to inform their instructors of any situation which arises during the semester which may have an adverse effect upon their academic performance, and must request any consideration and accommodation according to the relevant policies as far in advance as possible. Failure to do so may jeopardize any academic appeals.

  1. Health certificates - If a student misses the deadline for submitting an assignment, or the date of an exam or other evaluation component for health reasons, they should notify their instructor as soon as possible, and submit a Ryerson Student Health Certificate AND an Academic Consideration Request form within 3 working days of the missed date. Both documents are available at https://www.ryerson.ca/senate/forms/medical.pdf.. If you are a full-time or part-time degree student, then you submit your forms to your own program department or school;
  2. Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual observance - If a student needs accommodation because of religious, Aboriginal or spiritual observance, they must submit a Request for Accommodation of Student Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance AND an Academic Consideration Request form within the first 2 weeks of the class or, for a final examination, within 2 weeks of the posting of the examination schedule. If the requested absence occurs within the first 2 weeks of classes, or the dates are not known well in advance as they are linked to other conditions, these forms should be submitted with as much lead time as possible in advance of the absence. Both documents are available at www.ryerson.ca/senate/forms/relobservforminstr.pdf. If you are a full-time or part-time degree student, then you submit the forms to your own program department or school;
  3. Academic Accommodation Support - Before the first graded work is due, students registered with the Academic Accommodation Support office (AAS - www.ryerson.ca/studentlearningsupport/academic-accommodation-support) should provide their instructors with an Academic Accommodation letter that describes their academic accommodation plan.

Academic Integrity

Ryerson's Policy 60 (the Academic Integrity policy) applies to all students at the University. Forms of academic misconduct include plagiarism, cheating, supplying false information to the University, and other acts. The most common form of academic misconduct is plagiarism - a serious academic offence, with potentially severe penalties and other consequences. It is expected, therefore, that all examinations and work submitted for evaluation and course credit will be the product of each student's individual effort (or an authorized group of students). Submitting the same work for credit to more than one course, without instructor approval, can also be considered a form of plagiarism.

Suspicions of academic misconduct may be referred to the Academic Integrity Office (AIO). Students who are found to have committed academic misconduct will have a Disciplinary Notation (DN) placed on their academic record (not on their transcript) and will normally be assigned one or more of the following penalties:

  1. A grade reduction for the work, ranging up to an including a zero on the work (minimum penalty for graduate work is a zero on the work);
  2. A grade reduction in the course greater than a zero on the work. (Note that this penalty can only be applied to course components worth 10% or less, and any additional penalty cannot exceed 10% of the final course grade. Students must be given prior notice that such a penalty will be assigned (e.g. in the course outline or on the assignment handout);
  3. An F in the course;
  4. More serious penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.

The unauthorized use of intellectual property of others, including your professor, for distribution, sale, or profit is expressly prohibited, in accordance with Policy 60 (Sections 2.8 and 2.10). Intellectual property includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Slides
  2. Lecture notes
  3. Presentation materials used in and outside of class
  4. Lab manuals
  5. Course packs
  6. Exams

For more detailed information on these issues, please refer to the Academic Integrity policy(https://www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies/pol60.pdf) and to the Academic Integrity Office website (https://www.ryerson.ca/academicintegrity/).

Important Resources Available at Ryerson

  1. The Library (https://library.ryerson.ca/) provides research workshops and individual assistance. Inquire at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library, or go to library.ryerson.ca/guides/workshops
  2. Student Learning Support(https://www.ryerson.ca/studentlearningsupport) offers group-based and individual help with writing, math, study skills and transition support, and other issues.