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Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 11
Introduction to Electronics

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
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This course is an introduction to electronics for students preparing to enter the field and for students interested in consumer electronics; it provides the basis for further studies in electronics and computer hardware technology. Topics include safety, employment opportunities, the basic theory and applications of electricity, analysis of circuit values using a standard scientific calculator, component identification and schematic diagrams, and the techniques of electrical measurement. Also introduced are alternating current measurements and the use of the oscilloscope. Common devices employed in automotive and air conditioning systems are also covered.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 20
Basic Mathematics for Electronics

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
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This course is an introduction to mathematics for electronics and is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in the field. Topics include the metric system, introduction to algebra, uses of the scientific calculator, simple equations, graphing, logarithms and decimals.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 22
Basic Electronic Fabrication

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
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This course focuses on the materials and the processes used for fabricating electronic systems. The process includes designing, assembling, testing, and documenting a basic electronic fabrication project. Topics covered will include safety, component identification, schematic diagrams, assembly pictorials, soldering (both printed wire boards and terminals), inspection, sheet metal fabrication, hand-tool use, cabling, wire wrapping, printed circuit board construction and repair, Continuous Improvement Techniques, and ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) awareness. Mass production will be stressed for practical experience in all areas.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 50
Special Topics in Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology

Units determined by individual course; lecture/ lab hours determined by individual course
Credit status determined by individual course

This course is designed to explore topics in Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology more specific than provided in other courses in the regular departmental curriculum. Students are referred to the current schedule of classes for details of specific courses.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 62
Introduction to the Electric Power Industry

2 units; 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
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In this course, students are introduced to electric power generation and transmission. Topics will emphasize employment opportunities in the powerline industry. The course will include a general overview of the types of power systems, electricity generation, basic electrical theory, history of power generation and distribution, power system protection, system reliability, and power industry governance.

Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 64
Electric Power Industry Safety

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
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This course addresses OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations for the electric power generation and distribution industry. The topics covered include OSHA regulations for the utility industry, personal protective equipment, fall protection, hazardous material handling, fire protection, hand and power tools, and electrical distribution safety components. Students successfully completing the course will be eligible to take the examination for the OSHA (30 hours) safety-training certificate.

Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 68
Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Systems

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
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This course provides an in-depth study of the electrical components used in the transmission of electricity from generation to the user. Students will study switchyards and substations as well as learn the operation of transformers, circuit breakers, regulators, capacitor banks, tap changers, disconnects, current and potential transformers, and lighting arrestors. The various types of electrical conductors, structures, and insulators used in the transmission of electricity will also be studied.

Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 95abcd
Cooperative Career Education

2-4 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation:
Parallel Plan (Work and Attend School at the Same Time): Enrollment in a minimum of seven units, including Cooperative Career Education; employment in a job related to the major or career goal by the third week of the semester; completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major
Alternate Plan (Work and Attend School Alternately): Successful completion of one semester at El Camino College including one course from the major before initial enrollment in plan; enrollment limited to one other class during the semester; employment in a job related to the major or career goal by the third week of the semester; successful completion of at least seven units of other class work at El Camino before re-enrolling in plan

Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, employer, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare these to personal potential and expectations.

Note: The maximum total units earned for CCE under both plans may not exceed 16 units.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 99abc
Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology with a minimum grade of B in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology projects (60 hours per unit).

Note: Refer to page 11 of this Catalog for eligibility requirements.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 110
Introduction to Direct and Alternating Current Circuits

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 11 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
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This course teaches the foundational principles of direct and alternating current electricity through the correlation of theory with laboratory experiments. Basic circuit analysis forms the core of the course. The use of calculators, computers and oscilloscopes to make electrical measurements is included.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 112
Advanced Direct and Alternating Current Circuits

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 110 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
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This course teaches advanced principles of direct and alternating current electricity through the correlation of theory with laboratory experiments. Circuit analysis forms the core of the course. Included are the analysis of complex series-parallel resistor circuits, circuit analysis theorems, and the application of trigonometry to current, voltage, impedance, and power data. Other practical topics include the theory of electric meter operation and the analysis of series-parallel impedances.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 120
Semiconductor Circuits I

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 110 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
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This course provides the student with a background in modern solid-state devices sufficient for electronic technician work or troubleshooting. Emphasis is on the practical side of testing the devices, combined with study of their typical applications. The course of study includes the student construction of an AM radio and experience with computer simulation of laboratory experimentation.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 122
Semiconductor Circuits II

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 120 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
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This course is intended to give the student a more thorough background in solid-state devices such as transistors, FETs (Field Effect Transistors) and SCRs (Silicon Controlled Rectifiers). Practical laboratory experiences similar to those employed in the electronics industry are included. Laboratory experimentation results are predicted with computer simulation.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 124
Operational Amplifiers and Linear Integrated Circuits

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 120 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
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This course focuses on linear integrated circuit techniques, including operational amplifiers, comparators, phase locked loops, multiplexers and audio amplifiers. Laboratory activities include telecommunications, instrumentation, industrial electronics and practical measurement methods. In both lecture and laboratory exercises, students study circuits common to electronic systems, in addition to new, novel and useful circuit concepts.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 130
Digital Systems and Computer Logic I

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 11
Credit, degree applicable
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This is an introductory course in digital circuit theory and practice as it is used in contemporary computer, control, instrumentation and security systems. The course begins with the development of simple digital elements, which are combined in increasingly complex functions to perform higher-level logic functions. The laboratory exercises give the student the opportunity to verify the ideas presented in lecture, and explore the capabilities and limitations of commonly used logic circuits.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 131
Digital Systems and Computer Logic II

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 130 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
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This is an intermediate-level course in digital theory and practice. The course begins with a study of currently available logic families and the methods of interfacing among them. Students will study and construct circuits utilizing Medium-scale Integration (MSI) and Large-scale Integration (LSI) logic devices, memory devices, programmable logic devices and microprocessors. Techniques of converting to and from the physical domain and the digital domain are addressed in detail, through the study of digital-to-analog (DAC) and analog-todigital (ADC) conversion methods.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 140
Computer Systems and Hardware Technologies I

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 11 or equivalent; Computer Information Systems 13 or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
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This course provides a general study of computer hardware systems and their underlying operating technologies. Topics covered include an overview of microprocessor- based computer systems, binary and hexadecimal numbering systems, computer system hardware components and peripherals, operating systems, basic hardware failures, and test and verification of proper computer systems operation. Students work in teams to develop analytical skills and techniques.

Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 142
Computer Systems and Hardware Technologies II

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 140 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
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This course provides a comprehensive study of advanced computer hardware systems and their associated technologies. Topics will include an in-depth analysis of microprocessor-based architectures and their related computer hardware system components and peripheral devices. Installation and configuration of the system hardware, advanced hardware and software integration skills, including conflict resolution, troubleshooting and optimization strategies will be taught.

Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 144
A+ Certification Preparation for Computer Hardware Systems

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 140 with a minimum grade of C
Recommended Preparation: Computer Information Systems 40 or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
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This course is designed for the student pursuing a career as a computer service technician. Students will develop the skills and knowledge required for passing the Comp- TIA A+Certification: Core Hardware exam. Topics covered include safety, basics of electricity and electronics, microcomputer hardware and components, CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) settings, printers, portable systems and network hardware.

Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 150
Electronic Communications I

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 120 with a minimum grade of C
Recommended Preparation: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 124
Credit, degree applicable
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This course is a study in contemporary electronic radio communication technology, including AM (Amplitude Modulation) and FM (Frequency Modulation) communications. Also included is the study of radio frequency generation, modulation, transmission, and detection. A systems approach is used throughout the course.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 152
Electronic Communications II

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 150 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
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This course is a study in contemporary electronic radio communication technology, including TV, Microwave, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Digital communications. Also included is the study of radio frequency generation, modulation, transmission, and detection. A systems approach is used throughout the course.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 190
Analog and Digital Systems Analysis and Troubleshooting

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 120 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable

This course teaches the student to view electronic instruments and systems as an assembly of “building block'' circuits. Students learn the use of block diagrams as a powerful method of system fault localization. Laboratory activities rely heavily on troubleshooting of complete, commercially manufactured electronic systems and instruments. System analysis is performed at a level appropriate for rapid and effective troubleshooting and fault isolation to the component level.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 191
Introduction to Microprocessors and Interfacing

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 120 with a minimum grade of C
Recommended Preparation: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 130 and 140
Credit, degree applicable
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This course is an introduction to industrial microprocessors (micro-controllers) as they relate to industrial and consumer equipment. Included are the fundamentals of assembly language, use of software to simulate hardware, digital and analog interfacing, data storage, and trouble shooting.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 192
Robotics and Machine Control

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 120 and 130 or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
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This course covers the study of the fundamentals of robotics and industrial machine control. Topics include programmable controllers (PLCs), hydraulic and pneumatic systems, open and closed loop servo systems, 3-axis coordinate systems and microprocessor control applications.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 193
Preparation for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) General Radio-Telephone Operator's License (GROL)

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 112 or employment in the electronic communications field
Credit, degree applicable

This course covers all the subject areas which form a basis for the current Federal Communication Commission (FCC) examination. Students will become proficient in the calculations which characterize the performance of receivers, transmitters, antenna systems and other equipment as currently used in electronic communications. Communications law, emergency communications and operating regulations are thoroughly covered. Career opportunities in electronic communications will be addressed.

Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 194
Network and Telecommunications Cabling

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology 11 and 140 or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
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This course introduces the student to the physical (hardware) layer of networks, cable TV wiring, thin-net, thick-net, UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair), STP (Shielded Twisted Pair), 66 blocks, 110 blocks, single mode fiber optic cable, and multi-mode fiber optic cable. Students will work in teams to construct, test, troubleshoot and install various transmission media in telecommunications systems.

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 Last Published 2/10/11