This project course will introduce students to electronics circuits. Students will design and prototype circuits that incorporate sensors, electromechanical actuators, and embedded computers.
This project course will introduce students to electronic circuits, sensors, and electromechanical actuators.
Students will learn to safely:
- Work with basic circuit components and elements such as batteries, power supplies, resistors, capacitors, inductors, and LEDs (light emitting diodes);
- Prototype electronic circuits on bread boards;
- Solder electronic circuit components;
- Use various types of power supply circuits;
- Use temperature, pressure, light, motion, magnetic field, humidity, and various other types of sensors;
- Connect sensors to embedded computers such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino;
- Interpret real world measurements within the embedded computer from the connected sensor;
- Use motors, relays, servos, solenoids, and various other types of electromechanical actuators;
- Use the requisite driver circuits for various electromechanical actuators.
Methods of Instruction
Demonstrations, lectures and hands on lab work.
Means of Assessment
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will decide on the exact evaluation criteria.
Labs (separate from projects): 10%
Project 1: 15% – 20%
Project 2: 15% – 20%
Project 3: 15% – 20%
Final Project: 20% – 35%
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain the procedures for working safely in an electronics workshop;
- Demonstrate their knowledge of electronic systems design and integration;
- Demonstrate their knowledge of passive electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, and inductors;
- Demonstrate their knowledge of active electronic elements such as batteries and power supplies;
- Design and prototype with various types of sensors, such as temperature and pressure, and their requisite amplifier circuits;
- Design and prototype with various types of electromechanical actuators, such as motors and relays, and their requisite driver circuits;
- Design and prototype with embedded computers such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.
If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.