Basic Electrical Theory Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ELPT-1311-001 Basic Electrical Theory


Course Description

Basic theory and practice of electrical circuits. Includes calculations as applied to alternating and direct current.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 2 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Textbooks required for this course:

  Delmar's Standard Textbook of Elecricity 6th ed.       Author: Stephen L Herman 

             ISBN #: 978-1-285-85270-6                            Publisher: Cengage Learning

A loose-leaf version of this book is available in the East Campus Amarillo College Bookstore.


Safety glasses                                                                                     

USB flash drive (8GB min)                                                                  



Black or Blue medium point ink pen     

Pencil and eraser                    

TI 36X Pro calculator                                                                         

Tool bag                                                                           

Tape measure    



#2 Phillips screwdriver

1/4” Flat tip Screwdriver

Small gage wire strippers

Large gage wire strippers

Side cutters (9”)

Needle nose pliers

Tongue and groove pliers (12”)

Fuse Puller

Magnifying glass

Utility knife

2 rolls black vinyl electrical tape (3M 33+)

Brand name and model specifications have been determined and are reflected by Amarillo College Bookstore inventory or items available in specific program kits to be ordered. Student substitutions for determined items conveys performance liability and may jeopardize course completion.


Student Performance

Students will distinguish the differences of AC and DC electrical circuits including:

1. Electron theory flow

2. Electrical terms

3. Ohms Law

4. Watt’s Laws

5. Inductive and capacitive circuits

6. Series, parallel, and combination circuits

7. Use an oscilloscope to test circuits, determine frequency, show phase shifts

8. Use multimeters

9. Read and draw basic ladder diagrams

10. Students will be able to distinguish differences between AC and DC electrical circuits

11. Measure and interpret electrical values in circuits with the use of multimeters

12. Calculate ohms, volts, amps, and power of electrical circuits

13. Learn and practice electrical safety

           14. Explain how electricity is produced in magnetic fields

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Cell phones and pagers WILL be silenced during scheduled class and lab times.

No tobacco or vapor products in use on AC Property!

Drinks may be allowed during lecture portion of class at the student desks. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer lab desks. No jewelry, shorts, sandals or flip-flops allowed in labs. Absolutely no horse play allowed

Notebook & Class Equipment:

Students are required to take notes and participate in discussions during lectures. NO hats allowed in buildings except where required as required equipment (i.e. welding hats while welding...)


Shop Policy:

Read safety handouts provided, use common sense, maintain safe shop practices, keep your Lab clean, and orderly. Keep all safety shields/guards, and equipment in place at all times. Notify your Instructor of faulty wiring/equipment, worn or damaged tools, or missing parts. No horseplay is allowed whatsoever. Academic disciplinary measures will be promptly administered to offending person(s). Please help the Instructor to maintain order so that he can be free to use your time for more effective teaching, and less time housekeeping. We all can enjoy the benefits of an effective and conducive learning environment. Remember to use your safety glasses when entering the shop area. Always perform proper Lock-out / Tag-out.


Tools & Equipment:

Failure to bring needed equipment will result in a deduction in your lab and professionalism daily grades. All tools should be properly used and cared for, thus allowing for longevity and safety of both the user and the tool.


Stealing, vandalism, or pilferage will be dealt with severely!! No drugs, tobacco, drinks, or food allowed!


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As a participating student in Amarillo College Technical Programs, you will be expected to act, perform and train in a professional manner. The following rules and guidelines are to be followed by everyone for your safety and to foster a learning environment.
Unless it is an emergency, we highly recommend you not miss class. Recovery of missed information will be the responsibility of you (the student). Class begins at the scheduled time. If you are not in your seat in class or at the designated location during laboratory exercises, you will be counted tardy. You will be required to show an acceptable understanding of the topic(s) covered during your absence. Check syllabus for your instructor’s policy regarding attendance.
Professional Attire:
Every student will be required to wear an approved AC logo shirt to both class and lab. Shirts must be ordered through your advisor during the registration process. It is recommended that you purchase one shirt for every class in which you are registered.
Pants will be:

  • clean and well maintained
  • no large rips or tears
  • held at the waist (i.e., no sagging)
  • blue jeans or long pants (no sweats/exercise pants)
  • have no hanging chains/loose strings (safety issue)

You are expected to reflect the dignity, pride and respect of an industry professional. As a representative of Amarillo College’s Technical Education Program you shall wear your AC logo shirt while in the classroom and on the training field or in the laboratory.
There will be no caps, hats, bandanas, beanies, or hoods worn in Amarillo College buildings. All are to be removed prior to entry into buildings. Religious or medicinal attire must be discussed with your instructor and/or Department Chair. Lab attire will be determined by your instructor. Please check your syllabus.
Your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shall be worn when indicated by the instructor in charge during any training, field, or laboratory exercises. It is your responsibility to keep your equipment clean and in good shape.
Required professional attire and PPE is mandatory for class and laboratory participation.
Tools / Equipment / Books / Supplies / PPE:

You must come to class with the required list of tools/equipment/books/supplies/PPE listed on your syllabus in order to participate and earn credit for the day.
Due to the importance of maintaining a safe atmosphere for the training, disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. All students are expected to be respectful, courteous, attentive and quiet in order to support the learning environment.
Amarillo College Campuses are Smoke Free as of August 1, 2016. Smoking is permitted off of College property.
You will refrain from the use of abusive or slanderous language. There will be no horseplay, fighting, harassment or misconduct by anyone. Any student who uses, has in their possession, or is under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on campus or at the training field will immediately be turned over to the campus police for appropriate action. There will be a ZERO tolerance policy and immediate steps taken toward withdrawal from Amarillo College.
Anyone who is caught cheating on an exam or quiz will immediately be excused from class and not allowed to return. This is an Amarillo College rule and will be strictly enforced. This applies to plagiarism as well.
Electronic Devices:
All electronic devices producing audible sounds must be silenced during class and on the laboratory/training field. All visual slides and materials are the property of the College and may be copyright protected, hence no photocopy is allowed.
See the syllabus for your instructor’s policy on this matter.
Any student who feels that there is a conflict with a course instructor should first make every effort to resolve the matter with the instructor. If you are unable to resolve differences, you should seek resolution from the immediate supervisor of the instructor, or course coordinator, or Dean of Technical Education.
NOTE: Compliance with the Amarillo College Technical Education Code of Professional Conduct is mandatory for class participation.

Grading Criteria

Course Evaluations:

Students should complete all performance tasks on time at REQUIRED MASTERY LEVEL. Tasks, projects, and various assignments will be scored based on time; accuracy; neatness; completeness; procedure; skill; detail; motivation and attitude; safety practices; clean up; care of manuals, logbooks, and references; and other grading criteria. No task shall be rated until assignment is complete. Complete shall include condition and cleanliness of equipment; cleanup of work areas; tool condition and return; all projects, supplies and materials being stored properly. Failure to bring books, notes, and equipment for a given class may result in a failing grade for that class period. Unless the instructor specifies otherwise, all homework is due at the beginning of the next class.

The student's numerical course grade will be calculated according to the following:

Professionalism/Attendance  10%

Assignments/Homework          20%

Course Exams     20%

Labs                    30%

Final Exam         20% 

The use of phones, tablets, e-readers, or laptops or Windows calculator are not allowed on exams. No windows other than the exam window will be opened during exams. 

I have a zero tolerance for academic dishonesty, each student must do their own work. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the course.

You are required to pass the final exam with 75% or better to pass this course.

The student's numerical course grade will be converted to a course letter grade according to the following scale:

A = 89.5 to 100, B = 79.5 to 89.4, C = 69.5 to 79.4, D = 59.5 to 69.4, F = Below 59.5

Your instructor does not round up automatically, any rounding is dependent upon your professionalism grade and attendance (including arriving on time).

 INSTRUCTOR'S STATEMENT:  As your instructor, I am always willing to discuss your grades with you and explain how your grade was determined.  If a grading error has been made on my part, I am always willing to correct the error.



Attendance in class is regarded as a requirement, and obligation for learning. Please remember the deadline for dropping this class is March 2, 2021

If you fail to attend regularly, and do not officially drop the course by that deadline, you will receive an “F” for the course.

Attendance grades are given each day.  Present and on time will recieve a grade of 100, Tardy 50 and absent 0 unless excused.

Four absences will result in the student being advised to officially withdraw from the course by the instructor.

Leaving early will be counted as an absence, unless excused by the instructor prior to leaving.

Students absent during a chapter quiz or exam will be required to contact the instructor to schedule a makeup exam. To be eligible for a makeup exam, students must contact your instructor prior to the scheduled exam time and date. This exam will be scheduled at an alternate time outside of the regularly scheduled class time. The makeup quiz or exam may be in essay format at a time designated by the instructor. There will be no makeup for pop-quizzes or the syllabus quiz.

Late assignments will receive a grade no higher than 75%, no late work accepted after 3 days past due.

It is the responsibility of the student to gain any materials missed in class by their absence(s). In the case a student misses, the material will be found on AC Connect or from your fellow students.

Hands-on labs cannot be duplicated and can not be made up, resulting in a zero for the lab.


Basic Electrical Theory

Schedule is Tentative, Subject to Change

All Assignments due prior to start of class the first class period of the following week.







Day 1

Intro to Class/Syllabus

Safety Overview

Read Safety Overview

Complete Review Questions - Safey Overview

Homework: Read Unit 1 Atomic Structure and Unit 2 Electrical Quantities and Ohm's Law


 Safety Quiz

Day 2

Atomic Structure

Electrical Quantities and Ohm's Law

Ohm's Law and Power Calculations and Number Conversion

Complete Review Questions - Unit 1 and Unit 2

Homework: Read Unit 3 Static Electricity and Soldering Handout




Day 3

Static Electricity

Soldering Practices

Complete Review Questions - Unit 3

Homework: Read Unit 4 Magnetism

Lab: Soldering


Day 4


Complete Review Questions - Unit 4

Lab Write-up

Homework: Read Unit 10 Measuring Instruments

Lab: Electromagnets



Day 5

Measuring Instruments

Scematic Symbols and Print Reading

Troubleshooting Techniques

Complete Review Questions - Unit 10

Homework: Read Unit 5 Resistors

Lab: Read Voltage and Current



Day 6


Complete Review  Questions - Unit 5

Homework: Read Unit 11 Using Wire Tables and Determining Conductor Sizes

Lab: Read Resistance and Continuity



Day 7

Determine Conductor Size

Components - Switches, fuses, breakers, GFCI

Complete Review Questions - Unit 11

Homework: Study for Mid-Term Exam

Lab: Determine Wire Sizes


Day 8

Mid-Term Exam

Homework: Read Unit 12 Conduction in Liquid and Gases, and Unit 13 Batteries and Other Sources of Electricity


Mid-Term Exam

Day 9

Conduction in Liquid and Gases

Batteries and Other Sources of Electricity

Complete Review Questions - Unit 12 and 13

Homework: Read Unit 6 Series Circuits

Lab: Wiring Practices

Lab: Wiring Basic Circuits


Day 10

Series Circuits

.Complete Review Questions - Unit 6

Homework: Read Unit 7 Parallel Circuits

Lab: Wire Series Circuits


Day 11

Parallel Circuits

Complete Review Question - Unit 7

Read Unit 8 Series-Parallel Circuits

Lab: Wire Parallel Circuits


Day 12

Series-Parallel Circuits

Complete Review Question - Unit 8

Homework: Read Unit 9 Kirchoff's Laws, Thevenin's, Norton's and Superposition theorems

Lab: Wire Series-Parallel Circuits


Day 13

Laws and Theorems

Complete Review Questions - Unit 9

Homework: Read additional units assigned by instructor

Lab: Wiring Series-Pararllel Circuits


Day 14

Intro to Inductance and Capacitance

Study for Final and complete missing labs and assignments

Lab: Wiring



Hands-On Final

Reset and Clean-up Lab

Study for Final


Final - Wiring


Written Final



Final Exam


Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

05/16/22 10:12 AM

Last Edited on:

05/16/22 10:20 AM