Prof. Robert C. Maher


610 Cobleigh Hall (northeast corner of 6th floor inside main ECE office)


Office:  994-7759
Lab: 994-6575 (Unit 21 Faculty Court)
Home:  587-5925 (but please do not call me at home)


[email protected]

Class Page: (and on D2L)

Office hours:

MWF 10-11AM
Drop-in questions at other times are always OK if my office door is open.

Textbook and other required material

  • "Electrical Engineering Principles and Applications," 6th Edition, by Allan R. Hambley, Pearson, 2013 (ISBN: 978-0-13-311664-9).
  • Each student must have an i>clicker (student response system) remote transmitter
  • Lab notebook--hard bound, quadrille ruled, NOT loose leaf.  The MSU Bookstore carries a variety of suitable notebooks.
  • Lab parts kit and circuit breadboard (obtain from the ECE Stockroom, 622 Cobleigh Hall)

Class Objectives

To produce graduates who understand the fundamental concepts of basic electric circuits, devices, and motors.  This course provides content for non-majors in electrical engineering as reviewed and advised by industry and faculty in both ECE and M&IE Departments. The content and topics of this interdisciplinary course are designed explicitly to meet the needs of the non-majors and are relevant to their major area of study, which are typically not included in the primary set of courses within their major.

At the conclusion of EELE 250, students are expected to :

<![if !supportLists]>1.    <![endif]>Understand basic electric circuit concepts such as voltage, current, power, and energy

<![if !supportLists]>2.    <![endif]>Be familiar with characteristics and basic applications of basic electric circuit devices such as resistors, inductors, and capacitors

<![if !supportLists]>3.    <![endif]>Be able to apply Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Laws, and energy conservation to electric circuits

<![if !supportLists]>4.    <![endif]>Be able to determine the DC, steady-state AC, and first order transient responses of essential electric circuits

<![if !supportLists]>5.    <![endif]>Be able to use operational amplifiers and digital integrated circuits for instrumentation applications

<![if !supportLists]>6.    <![endif]>Appreciate the electric fundamentals of electromechanical devices, including rotating electric machines

<![if !supportLists]>7.    <![endif]>Know how to use laboratory equipment such as prototype boards, multimeters, signal generators, DC power supplies, and oscilloscopes to analyze electric circuits.

Class Outline

<![if !supportLists]>1.    <![endif]>Circuit Laws, power and energy calculations; reference directions

<![if !supportLists]>2.    <![endif]>Ohm's Law; Kirchhoff's Laws; series and parallel resistors

<![if !supportLists]>3.    <![endif]>Signal forms for voltages and currents

<![if !supportLists]>4.    <![endif]>Nodal and Mesh Analysis; linearity and superposition; source transformation;

<![if !supportLists]>5.    <![endif]>Inductance and capacitance

<![if !supportLists]>6.    <![endif]>DC circuit principles; transient circuit principles; frequency response of AC circuits in steady-state

<![if !supportLists]>7.    <![endif]>Electronic binary bits and basic Boolean algebra; digital electronic gates; combinational logic systems

<![if !supportLists]>8.    <![endif]>p-n semiconductor junctions; Zener Diodes; LEDs and photodiodes; Rectifier circuits

<![if !supportLists]>9.    <![endif]>Operational amplifiers characteristics; Op Amp Circuits- Inverting & non-Inverting; Buffer, Differential Amplifier; Instrumentation Amplifier;

<![if !supportLists]>10.<![endif]>Transformers; electromechanical system energy conversion; rotating electric machines; DC motors and generators;




→ Homework, i-clicker, and D2L Quizzes

Exam #1:


→ (about week 4) Written exam given during class time (50 minutes)

Exam #2:


→ (about week 8) Written exam given during class time (50 minutes)

Exam #3:


→ (about week 11) Written exam given during class time (50 minutes)



→ Lab attendance, participation, and graded reports

Final Exam:


→ A final written exam (110 minutes) will be given on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 0800-0950, in Roberts Hall 101 (regular classroom)






  • All students must have an electronic mail address listed with the MSU My Info system.  Announcements and reminders for EELE 250 will be sent occasionally via email.
  • All students must have an i>clicker device compatible with the MSU campus standard.  Regular i>clicker participation in class will form a portion of the course grade. 
  • You are responsible for all material covered in class, in lab, and in the textbook reading assignments.
  • To pass EELE 250, you must successfully complete BOTH the lab portion and the lecture portion of this course. 
  • Among other details, Section 310.00 in the MSU Conduct Guidelines states that students must be prompt and regular in attending classes, be well prepared for classes, take exams when scheduled, and act in a respectful manner toward other students and the instructor.
  • Late submissions of assignments (homework, lab reports, and quizzes) will not be accepted. Plan ahead and notify the instructor prior to justifiable absences, or if a bona fide emergency prevented you from finishing an assignment or attending class or lab.
  • Academic Misconduct:  Unless group work is explicitly assigned, homework, quizzes, lab reports and exams must be prepared individually. Submitting the work of others is dishonest, constitutes academic misconduct, and is grounds for dismissal from the course. Let there be NO MISUNDERSTANDING regarding the academic dishonesty policy for this course.

    Paraphrasing or quoting another's work without citing the source is also academic misconduct.  Even inadvertent or unintentional misuse or appropriation of another's work (such as copying derivations or problem solutions prepared by someone else) is plagiarism. If you have any questions about using the work of others and properly citing sources, you are expected to ask for clarification.
  • Contact the instructor and the MSU Office of Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services  as soon as possible if you have a disability for which you will be requesting accommodations.  Please know that you are welcome and encouraged to participate fully in this class! 
  • All records related to this course are confidential and will not be shared with anyone, including parents, without a signed, written release from the MSU Dean of Students.  For more information contact the Dean of Students office at 994-2826.