Course Description

Theory of basic solid-state electronic devices. Power circuits. Use of analog and digital integrated circuits in control systems for logic, interlocks, and automated machinery control.

This course consists of three 1-hour classes a week for a semester, twelve 2-hour labs with practical assessments, and a comprehensive final exam.

Entrance requirements

  • Form and solve linear equations quickly and accurately using Algebra
  • Analyze series and parallel circuits using Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s laws
  • Identify and understand transient behavior in capacitive and inductive circuits
  • Solve basic differential equations for time-variant electronic components
  • Analyze AC circuits using the concepts of impedance and phasors

STCW Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:

  • OICEW-B1.2 Characteristics of basic electronic circuit elements
  • OICEW-B1.2 Configuration and operation principles of electronic equipment
  • OICEW-B2.6 The interpretation of electrical and simple electronic diagrams


  1. Introduction to CAPS Systems and Electronic Control
  2. Analog and Digital Signals, and Electronic Systems
  3. Sensors, Units, Measurement, Error, Accuracy & Uncertainty
  4. Resistance, Capacitance, Inductance; Filtering & Impedance
  5. Analog Circuits and Signal Processing
  6. Voltage Dividers and the Wheatstone Bridge
  7. Transistors and Solid-State Integrated Circuits
  8. Operational Amplifiers and Instrumentation Applications
  9. Digital Circuits and Signal Processing
  10. Boolean Algebra, Logic Gates, and TTL Voltage I/O
  11. Microprocessor Busses and One-Bit A/D Comparators
  12. Digital to Analog Converters (DACs)
  13. Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs)
  14. Ladder Logic Systems and Relay-Switching Controllers
  15. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs); Application & Programming
  16. PLC Design-Application Case Study

Other objectives

  • Understand the use of component blocks and signals in CAPS systems
  • Define and analyze primary circuits for analog signal conditioning
  • Define and analyze primary circuits for digital signal conditioning
  • Read analog and digital circuit diagrams, and identify basic electronic components
  • Understand the use of solid-state transistors for amplification and switching applications
  • Define and analyze Op-Amp circuits for voltage gain instrumentation
  • Convert binary numbers to other number systems, and vice versa
  • Read logic gate schematics, and ladder logic diagrams
  • Design and program ladder logic PLCs for discrete-state applications

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