Course Outline (W2019)

ELE202: Electric Circuit Analysis

Instructor(s)Xijia Gu [Coordinator]
Office: EPH400C
Phone: (416) 979-5000 x 4151
Email: xgu@ryerson.ca
Office Hours: Wed. 2 - 4pm in EPH400C

Sheikh Karim
Office: ENG334
Phone: (416) 979-5000 x 6111
Email: skarim@ryerson.ca
Office Hours: Fridays: 12pm to 2pm

Calendar DescriptionThis course is a one semester introductory course in electric circuit analysis. The topics covered include the following: circuit variables and elements, resistive circuits, methods of circuit analysis, circuit theorems, energy storage elements, transient responses of RL and RC circuits, sinusoidal steady state analysis, and AC steady state power concepts.
PrerequisitesMTH 140 and MTH 141




Compulsory Text(s):
  1. Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, 5th Edition by C.K. Alexander & M.N. Sadiku, published by McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Reference Text(s):
  1. Laboratory Manual for Electric Circuits ELE202, by M.T. Ghorab, B.S. Prabhu & A.G. Ye, published by Ryerson Bookstore, 2001.

Learning Objectives (Indicators)  

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

  1. Recognize and describe terminologies and concepts related to university-level natural sciences; Recalls and states first principles and theories in university-level natural sciences. - Develops linear equations based on different circuit configurations. Solve linear equations using variable elimination or Cramer rule. (1b)
  2. Recognize and describe terminologies and concepts related to university-level natural sciences; Recalls and states first principles and theories in university-level natural sciences. - Understands, interprets, articulates, and applies the basic voltage and current laws in the identification, formulation, and solution of the basic problem of circuit analysis. (1a)
  3. Understand mathematical models used to describe engineering systems; Make valid assumptions based on available information; Apply mathematics and computations to solve mathematical models. - Conducts experiments using the basic principles of circuit analysis and analyze and interpret the obtained results. (2a)
  4. Use appropriate measurement techniques/devices/computer –aided design tools to conduct experiments/synthesis; Know measurement errors in instrumentation, human, and environment and the limitations of engineering tools; Follow protocols and safety procedures in conducting experiments. - Uses 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

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

Teaching AssistantsTBA
Course Evaluation
Midterm Exam 20 %
Quiz 5 %
Lab Reports 15 %
Lab Projects 10 %
Final Exam 50 %
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 - Midterm exam in Week 6, 1.5 hours, close-book (covers Weeks 1-5 of lecture and laboratory material). The date and time of the midterm exam is on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 4pm.
  - Final exam, during exam period, 3 hours, closed-book (covers all course material)
Other Evaluation Information - To achieve a passing grade, student must pass both the theory and laboratory/project components separately.
  - All quizzes, mid-term test and final examination will be closed book. Only the non-programmable approved calculator (Sharp EL546 or Casio fx-991MS and their later models) will be allowed.
  - All lab reports will be assessed not only on their technical merits, but also on the communication skills of the students.
Other InformationNone

Course Content



Chapters /

Topic, description

Week 1


Basic Concetps (4) Chapter 1 sections: 1.1 to 1.7

Week 2


Basic Laws (4) Chapter 2 sections: 2.1 to 2.8 ( Experiment 1 Simple DC circuit )

Week 3


Methods of Analysis (4) Chapter 3 sections: 3.1 to 3.3( Tutorial/Quiz on Chapters 1-2 )

Week 4


Methods of Analysis (4) Chapter 3 (continued) sections: 3.4 to 3.7( Experiment 2 General DC circuit )

Week 5


Circuit Theorems (4) Chapter 4 sections: 4.1 to 4.5( Tutorial/Quiz Chapter 3 )

Week 6


Circuit Theorems (2) Chapter 4 (continued) sections: 4.6 to 4.8 and 4.10( Mid Term )

Week 7


Reading Week( Experiment 4 Introduction to Scopes )

Week 8


First Order Circuits (4) Chapter 7 sections: 7.1 to 7.4( Experiment 3 Thevenin's circuit and Ma power transfer )

Week 9


First Order Circuits (4) Chapter 7 (continued) sections: 7.5 7.6 and 7.9( Experiment 5 Pulse response of RC and RL circuits )

Week 10


Sinusoids and Phasors (4) Chapter 9 sections: 9.1 to 9.4( Tutorial/Quiz Chapter 6 and 7 )

Week 11


Sinusoids and Phasors (4) Chapter 9 (continued) sections: 9.5 to 9.8( Experiment 6 Sinusoidal Steady State Response of RC and RL circuits )

Week 12


Sinusoidal Steady State Analysis (4) Chapter 10 sections: 10.1 to 10.6( Tutorial/Quiz Chapter 9 )

Week 13


AC Power Analysis (4) Chapter 11 sections: 11.1 to 11.2 11.4 to 11.6( Lab Project Mystery Box )

Laboratory/Tutorials/Activity Schedule






Simple DC Circuit:[Familiarity with DMM Voltmeter & Ammeter Measure linear/non-linear i-v characteristic of different devices verification of Kirchhoff’s laws]



General DC Circuit:[Familiarity with (reference point) ground investigate performance of a general DC circuit Design construct and test a simple voltage divider]



Thevenin’s Circuit & Max. Power Transfer:[Develop construct and test performance of a Thevenin’s equivalent two-terminal source-network with variable load Evaluate effects of load variation at source-load interface]



Introduction to Scopes:[More advanced usage of DMM Familiarity with Oscilloscopes and Function Generators]



Pulse Response of RC & RL Circuits:[Measure internal resistance of function generator investigate dynamic response of simple RC/RL circuits due to pulse excitation]



Sinusoidal-Steady-State Response of RC & RL Circuits:[Examine SSS response of simple RC & RL circuits investigate effect of frequency variations on amplitude and phase angle of SSS response]


Lab Exam

Mystery Box

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