Electronics

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ES100: Introduction to Electronics - CREDITS: 3

This is an introductory course that covers electricity and electronics fundamentals, math principles and applications, numbering systems and codes, taking standard measurements, electronic components, circuits and applications. Student will also be introduced to common safety equipment, safety practices, basic first aid, electrical test tool operation and procedures. Students will cover topics in circuits, producing electricity, semiconductors and integrated circuits, wiring, testing, the information age, and electricity and electronics at work. This course will also provide information about careers and the work place. Computer assisted projects are integrated into the laboratory and lecture topics.


ES110: Basic Electronics and Computers I - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisites: ES100 or CS100 or CS101
For Electronics Certificate and Diploma NO Pre or Co-req

This course covers the fundamentals of DC and AC electric circuit theory. It provides students with an understanding of computer electronics and methods of analyzing circuits, the use of circuit models to solve electrical problems, and the applications of circuit techniques to semiconductor and discrete components. The course will also focus on the basic concepts of electrical and electronic devices, power supplies, and their use as elements, practical applications, and troubleshooting. The laboratory will include experiments using computer simulations, measuring instruments, and electronic workstations. Computer assisted projects are integrated into the laboratory and lecture topics.


ES111: Digital Computer Electronics - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES100

This course will provide an understanding of digital electronics theory, binary system, Boolean algebra, and the application of these concepts to analyzing the functions of digital electronic computers. Students will gain an understanding of the architecture, memory and bus structures of microprocessors. Topics will include an introduction to the concepts necessary for the implementation of a digital system such as: ROM, RAM, programmable logic arrays, machine language programming, and structure of operating systems.


ES115: Electrical Codes - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES100

Co-requisite: ES110

This course covers all sections of the National and Local Electrical Code Regulation, including applicable safety standards, bulletins, directives and amendmentsas well as the Safety Standards Act, Safety Standards General Regulation and Electrical Safety Regulation. It is ideal for electricians specializing in commercial, industrial and high voltage installations. This course also explains Electrical Code text alongside expert commentary from code specialists, offering insight into code rationale, explanations of new and revised rules, and practical, hands-on advice on how to apply the code. A valuable resource for anyone involved in electrical design, installation, inspection, and safety, this course will give students knowledge needed to feel confident that their work will be safe, efficient, and code-compliant.


ES116: Electronic Testing Instrumentation - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES100
Co-requisite: ES110

The course introduces the student to the fundamentals of measurement theory in measuring basic quantities, such as resistance, direct and alternating current and voltages, RMS Value and using multi-meters. It also covers average value calculation and measurement of different waveforms to achieve their effective values, phase measurements, rise and fall time measurement of pulse wave forms using an oscilloscope. The laboratory will include Practical application of series circuits, parallel circuits, and series and parallel circuits as well as superposition and thevenin equivalent circuits, applications and practices. It will also cover introduction to troubleshooting of electrical circuits and developing skills in writing lab reports in clear and concise form.


ES125: Electronic Security Systems - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110 or CS230

This course introduces students to the latest technology and electronic equipment use in today’s high tech security systems. The course will focus on understanding the function of key components like alarm systems, access control, safes, fire sprinklers, security lighting, close-circuit television systems, and Intercoms in integrated systems. Course will also cover security system design and integration, installation and servicing of these key components.


ES140: Renewable Energy Technologies - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES100

This is an introductory course in Renewable Energy Technologies, and will cover introduction of energy system, analysis of international energy crisis, current fossil fuel consumption rate and reserves, and its future. The course will also focus on renewable energy types, the economic factors and limitations and the application design approaches of a renewable energy system. The course of study will emphasize on the application technology matured renewable energy resources of sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.

ES145: Photovoltaics (PV) - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES100

This course is designed to introduce and explain the theory, operational principle of Photovoltaics system to students and further include the required technical knowledge to expand the tool kit of a qualified technician involved in the installation of solar powered PV systems. Topic includes the physics behind every single step, conversion of thermal radiation into chemical energy, basic structure of solar cells, solar cell function, limitations on energy conversion in solar cells, concepts for improving the efficiency of solar cells, PV arrays and other components, principles of PV electricity and how to effectively incorporateit into electrical systems. This course will guide student through the set-up and running of such systems a typical Photovoltaics System. Upon completion of the course, students/technicians will possess sufficient knowledge to estimate the requirements of PV systems and the practical installations steps required. This course will provide students with strong foundational knowledge in pursuit of PV Installer Certification Exams.


ES200: Basic Electronics and Computers II - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES110

This course is a continuation of course ES110 Basic Electronics & Computers I. While previous course is basically concentrates on DC, this course is concentrated on AC circuits. It familiarizes students with complex numbers and their usage for AC circuit calculations, electronic resonance, filters, semiconductor devices, typical electronic circuits, transistor amplifiers, sine wave and pulse generators.


ES201: Electrical Machines and Devices - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110

This course introduces different types of electrical machines (motors, generators, converters, transformers), their functions and applications. Power electronics devices (controlled rectifiers, inverters, cycloconverters, regulators) and their industrial and commercial applications, such as variable frequency AC drive, controlled DC drive, CNC machines, HVAC, welding are studdied in detail.


ES202: Electronic Circuit Applications I - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES110

This course will focus on the application of electronic amplifiers, oscillators, and power supplies. Techniques such as feedback, coupling, and impedance matching will be studied. Multi-vibrators, industrial amplifiers, modulation and detection circuits, tuned amplifiers, and operational amplifiers will be discussed. Upon completion of this course, student will have comprehensive knowledge of common diode applications; BJT and JFET transistors; amplifiers (class A, B, and C); MOSFET; OP-AMPs; and tuned amplifiers. Student will gain the knowledge to analyze a circuit by calculating forward and reverse current, voltage, power, decibels, and gain; base bias, emitter bias, collector bias, voltage-divider bias, and feedback-bias.


ES203: Solid State Electronics - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES110

This advanced course will introduce students to solid state electronic devices (Diodes, thyristors, transistors, integrated circuits) and their applications. An emphasis will be placed on application of modern solid state electronic devices at analog and digital circuits for computers, telecommunication network equipment, power supply systems, amplifiers, audio/ video equipment, microwave circuits, industrial electronics, electrical machines, CNC, etc. Topics include the theoretical background of electronic devices, principles of design, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of modern solid electronic circuits.


ES204: Power Electronics - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110
Prerequisite: ES100

This advanced course will introduce students to power electronic converters (AC-DC, AC-AC, DC-DC, DC-AC) and their applications. An emphasis is placed upon application of modern power electronics for electrical machines, motor control, industrial electronics, power supply systems, UPS, commercial electronics, computer electronics, HVAC, transport, etc. Topics include study of power electronic devices (diodes, thyristors, and transistors), principles of design, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of modern power electronic circuits.


ES205: Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110
Prerequisite: ES100

This advanced course will introduce students to the electric power generation, transmission and distribution. An emphasis is placed upon electrical power distribution systems (transmission lines, substations, transformers, regulators, and application of modern power electronics for electrical power engineering). Topics include the study of control of power systems (voltage, frequency, energy, power, harmonics), power quality, principles of design, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of modern power circuits. Conventional and non conventional energy sources will also be discussed.


ES207: Control Systems - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110

Prerequisite: CS235 or ES100

This course will provide students with an understanding of control systems fundamentals, architecture of control systems, devices and circuits. Design and analysis of digital and analog control systems will be discussed as well as the modern trend of improving control system by using PLC and embedded microcontrollers. Computer assisted projects are integrated into the course.


ES209: Technical Writing - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: EN100

This course provides students with an understanding of the principles of technical writing, including the rules used in formal communication and the procedures for organizing and writing technical reports, manuals, instructions, and documentation. Internet and computer-assisted writing and research projects are integrated into the laboratory and lecture topics.


ES210: Microprocessors - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES111

This course covers the fundamental concepts of digital electronics. Students will gain an understanding of the architecture, memory and bus structures of microprocessors. Topics will include design and structure of the operating system, subroutines and techniques used in machine language programming, experiments in computer interfacing and design, circuit design and evaluation, and review of personal computer systems. In general, it provides information to understand basic microprocessor-based systems and provides a foundation for more advanced topics.


ES211: Advanced Computer Electronics - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: CS234 or ES111

This course provides an understanding of the design and construction of printed and integrated circuits, and the fabrication of electronic devices. Topics will include building, testing, and use of simple microcomputers, microcomputer interconnections, telecommunications, interfacing and mass storage, digital and analog circuit design, and use and application of peripheral devices. Internet and computer- assisted projects are integrated into the laboratory and lecture topics.


ES212: Electronic Circuit Applications II - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES202

This course will focus on radio frequency and frequency modulation communications. Major topics of study will include: introduction to RF and microwave, frequency spectrum and wireless applications, the coupled structure and matching module, review of RF waves and transmission lines, antenna systems, system components and parameters, transmitter and oscillator system, radar and sensor systems, wireless communication system, modulation and demodulation, multiple access technics, and wireless systems in commercial application. Advanced application of electronic amplifiers, oscillators, and power supplies will also be discussed.


ES213: Special Topics in Electronics - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110

The course discusses the theory, design, implementation, and application of electronic devices. The course topics will include computer and microchip architecture, fiber optics, computer-aided manufacturing, and bio electronics. Internet and computer-assisted projects are integrated into the laboratory and lecture topics.


ES214: GPS NavigationApplication and Design - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110

This course is designed to introduce and explain theory, operational principle, and technical facts of GPS (Global Positioning System) applications in various industries, along with GPS application design technology. Topics included: The history of navigation, and historical events due to success or failure of a navigation procedure; Contemporary navigation systems; The operational principle of GPS systems and why we need it; The segments of GPS and U.S. Navy Navstar GPS; The operational principle of DGPS, and GPS receiver embedded in the modern cellular phone; Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS) and Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS); Low and high sensitivity and precision GPS application design technology phases and implementation steps; The GPS systems available in market and its various applications; The current and future applications of GPS technology.


ES215: Robotics - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES110

This is an introductory course that covers the basics of robotics which include legged locomotion, gaits, modeling of robotic arms, basic coordinate geometry, basics of linear algebra, basics of logarithms, rotational transformation matrices, wheeled mobile robots, robot kinematics, robot maneuverability, motion control, sensors, computer vision, feature extraction from raw data, localization and controls – open and closed loop. Course study will also include computer and microchip architecture, Arduino board, Arduino programming, BOE-Bot robot kit, sensors and the BOE-Bot, Proportional – Integral – Differential Controls (PID) and the BOE-Bot controls.


ES217: Automotive Electrical and Computer Systems - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110

This introduces students to modern automotive electrical, electronic, and computer systems. This course primarily focuses on basic concepts of automotive electrical diagnostic procedures and skills development. Students will learn fundamentals of DC and AC electric circuit theory, computer fundamentals, ignition system components and operation, ignition system diagnosis and service, electronic fuel injection operation, diagnosis, and service, engine performance diagnosis, computer sensors, electronic fuel injection operation, cranking systems, charging system, lighting and signaling circuits, accessory circuits, audio systems, service information, required tools and troubleshooting safety procedures.


ES218: RF and Microwave - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES110

This course introduces students to the hardware and architectures of RF and microwave wireless communication systems. Course covers Introduction of RF and Microwave terminology, Principles of Wireless Communications, Frequency spectrums, etc. Students will study the RF and Microwave transmission lines, Coupling and Matching equipment, Antenna systems, Receivers, Transmitters and Oscillators, Modulation, Demodulation, Multiplexing, Multiple access techniques as well as components, parameters, standards and protocols for RF and Microwave Systems. This course introduces students to applications of RF and Microwave technology including Wireless Computer Networks, Radar and sensor systems, Satellite and Cellular communications, Navigation, Security, Commercial and Military application.


ES219: Electronic Design - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ET200 and ES116

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and facts of Electronic Design (ED), the fabrication phases, related infrastructure and the available tools of ED in the industries. The course will primarily focus on fundamentals of electronic design phases, design and fabrication of electronic prototype projects, planning and construction, testing and troubleshooting, industry standard practices, hands-on experience in project building, finalization for a mass-produced product and finally required documentation.


ES220: Home Technology Integration - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES100

Home Technology Integration (HTI) is the convergence or merg- ing of previously separate technologies and systems in the home, including integrated home control, computer/home network, communications, lighting and energy management, entertainment and security, health and safety. The digital home market continues to boom as consumers’ desire everything from home theaters to wireless networks. This course is a valuable component which provides technical competency regarding the installation, integration and troubleshooting of automated home sub-systems such as home security, audio/video, computer networks, electrical and structured wiring, HVAC (Heating/Air Conditioning Systems), cable/satellite, broadband and telecommunications.


ES225: Electronic Coummunication Systems - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110 or CS235

This course will provide students with basic knowledge of electronic communication systems, models and techniques, transmitters, receivers and radio modulations. It will also provide students with practical knowledge of equipment and devices used in communication, including Radio-telecommunication systems. Course will provide an overview of data communications technology, terminology, hardware, software, modems, multi-plexers, concentrators, switches, computer front-end processors and services. Students will learn to test, develop, maintain and troubleshoot electronic communication components, circuits and systems use in the communication industry.


ES226: PC Interface Circuit Design Technology - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES202

Prerequisite: ES110

This course is designed to introduce students to the technol- ogy used for the designing of PC interface circuit to control and interact with external devices. The course will primarily focus on structure and the operational functions of a typical PC; CPU interrupt sequences for service from an external device; types of PC to external device connectors and its signal format; fundamental knowledge of digital electronic circuits and technology; standard parallel, serial and USB Ports; operational principal and signal format of USB (Universal Serial Bus); design an USB-based controller and device; asynchronous serial commu- nications, software and hardware UARTs and USART; A/D and D/A circuits and its application design; remote control systems, radio, laser and infrared based RC application design; Bluetooth technology and its application design; Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs); technology to build prototype hardware and software modules for the implementation and testing of an interfacing circuit.


ES227: Fiber Optic Networks - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110 or CS230

This course provides students with a broad coverage of Fiber Optic Networks and related equipment such as: fiber optic cables, light sources (Lasers, LEDs), transmitters and receivers, repeaters, optical amplifiers (including Erbium-doped ampli- fiers), filters, circulators, etc. The use of optical multiplexing, modulation, and other technologies and their implementation in computer networks, medical, industrial, video and other equipment as well as wireless optical communications are discussed. Students will be introduced to principles of modern fiber optic networks and wireless optical communications, fiber optic and other related telecommunication hardware, various applications of fiber optic systems (including computer networks, medical, industrial, video and other equipment), principles of optical communication systems design, configuration, testing and trouble-shooting and, finally, skills of safety and environmental issues related to fiber optics, lasers and microwave communications.


ES230: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110

This course introduces basic principles and fundamentals of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, study of components and operation, HVAC mathematics, physics and load calculations, troubleshoot and repair of HVAC/R systems, refrigerants, electrical codes, compliance and safety procedures, electrical diagrams and control systems in HVAC/R. Additionally, different types of residential and commercial systems will be studied along with required job skills and appropriate servicing technique.


ES235: HVAC Controls - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES110

This course provides an overview of basic electrical fundamentals, wiring, motors, electronic devices and systems, and controls found in major HVAC-R equipment. Emphasis is placed in the following areas; safety; tools for HVAC technicians; fundamentals of electricity and electrical meters. It covers transformers, three-phase, and single-phase voltage symbols and diagrams for HVAC and refrigeration systems; relays, contactors, and solenoids; single-phase open motors; single-phase hermetic compressors; three-phase open motors and three-phase hermetic compressors; motor starters and over-current controls; thermostats and heating controls; pressure controls, timer controls, and other controls.


ES240: Energy Management and Load Estimation - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES100

This course provides a comprehensive foundation of concepts required to concentrate on the practical aspects and methods of efficient energy management and estimation. It discusses the technologies of energy utilization, load estimation, instrumentation, data analysis and computer-aided control systems. Topic includes fundamental concepts of energy and the environment, energy management and conservation, energy in manufacturing environment, energy technologies, instrumentation, measurement and control, economics and finance, cooling and heating load estimation, indoor and outdoor design conditions, conduction heat gain and loss, solar and internal heat gain, infiltration, single-space psychometric analysis and computerized mini energy audit and load analysis. Upon completion of this course students should understand the process of how to construct an energy audit, how to monitor and control the financial aspects of energy management. This course will provide students with strong foundation knowledge in pursuit of BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Certification exams.


ES241: Solar Thermal Systems and Design - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES145

This course gives students a comprehensive background in solar energy theory, applications design and site assessment for a potential solar thermal installation. In particular it emphasizes two important topics: the maximum utilization of available solar energy and thermal storage, and the sizing of an appropriate auxiliary heating/cooling system in conjunction with good thermal control. Topics include: transient heat transfer and thermal storage, fenestration components, systems and day lighting, dynamic models of heat transfer in solar buildings, the passive response of solar buildings and its use in design, ventilation and indoor air quality, analysis and sizing of small auxiliary heating/cooling systems, control of passive solar buildings and solar energy utilization techniques and systems. Photovoltaic solar system will be also discussed.


ES242: Solar Photovoltaic Systems and Design - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES145

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive background in solar photovoltaic system, applications design and site assessment for a potential photovoltaic system installation. Growth in photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing worldwide continues to increase. In parallel, appropriate standards and certification schemes are being developed. During this period, clear guidance is crucial for integrating this technology into working practices of professionals in the building sector. This course will cover the necessary topics for successful project implementation, from the technical design to the legal and market issues of PV installation. Beginning with resource assessment and an overview of the core components students will comprehensively learn system design, economic analysis, installation, operation and maintenance of PV systems. Topics also will also be covered, marketing and the history of PV systems; new information on the photovoltaic market; new material on lightning protection; building integration systems; and PV systems design software.


ES243: Solar Project Site Assessment - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES145

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive background of solar project site assessment. In Phase I covers the background of the nature of solar energy, solar radiation calculations, solar collectors, thermal energy storage, solar energy economics, solar water heater, passive space heating system, mechanical solar space heating systems, solar cooling and state approaches to solar legislation. In the Phase II, this course will cover topics in developing objectives including in a complete understanding of a project site and interconnect requirements like site assessment, technology selection, utility interconnection requirements, energy RFP & bid requirements and preliminary financial model.


ES244: Advanced Photovoltaic - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES145

This is an advance course to ES145 – Photovoltaic s. It explores the energy conversion potential of advanced approaches for improving performance of PV technologies and suggesting outlines of possible implementation approaches. This course will cover topics in black-bodies, white suns, energy, entropy and efficiency, single junction cells, tandem cells, hot carrier cells, multiple electron-hole pairs per photon, impurity photovoltaic and multiband cells, Thermophotovoltac and Thermophotonic conversion.


ES245: Renewable Systems Troubleshooting and Repaid - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES145

This course covers the general principles of troubleshooting and maintenance of renewable energy systems as well as the technical steps required. This course will cover topics in principles of troubleshooting, diagnostic procedures, electronic test instruments, troubleshooting DC/AC circuits, digital circuits, electric motors and generators, industrial controls, residential and industrial wiring, solar photovoltaic systems, microprocessor-based systems, motor and motor controls, solar cells and solar panels, converter, solar power systems, wind energy systems and solar residential and commercial heating systems. Upon completion, students will gain appropriate knowledge to maintain, troubleshoot and repair typical renewable energy systems installations.


ES246: Wind Energy Systems Design and Installation - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: ES145

This course is design to give students a comprehensive background in wind energy systems design and installation. The course will focus on introduction to wind energy systems, role of wind as a renewable energy systems and source, energy conversion and general concepts, electronics of wind-energy systems and their implementation into the grid, design and control of electrical components like generators, converters and storage devices, wind energy harvest and finally much attention will be spent on the implementation of wind turbines and the requirements for power quality, installation methods and the future of wind energy.


ES247: Building Weatherization and Energy Auditing - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: ES145

This course covers the concepts and introduces the latest technology required to achieve desired energy efficiency level for a building under any weather condition also known as “Weatherization”. Topics include energy basics, building weatherization model, the process of energy auditing using industry principals, concepts and technology, practice in measuring building pressures, ventilation systems, heating, air-conditioning and hot water systems, appliances and lighting systems, ambient carbon monoxide levels, and combustion efficiency in furnaces and boiler, auditing basics, energy accounting and analysis, building envelope, electrical and HVAC system audits and review of self-evaluation checklists. This course will provide students with strong foundation knowledge in pursuit of BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Certification exams.


ES296: Electronics Internship I - CREDITS: 3

Bramson ORT’s Computer Technology internships offer students an opportunity to get hands-on experience in their chosen career field to complement the classroom experience. Internships assist students in learning industry skills and assist with networking opportunities. The internship experience encourages students to take initiative and develop life-long learning skills in their given design field. The internship also assists students in building confidence and creating a professional work portfolio. Bramson ORT interns work under a site supervisor at the host organization who oversees the student’s progress and provides structure and mentorship throughout the entire internship. A minimum of 135 hours must be spent on an internship assignment. Periodic meeting are required with Academic Advisor throughout the semester for regular updates and guidance on the internship.


ES297: Electronics Internship II - CREDITS: 3

Bramson ORT’s Computer Technology internships offer students an opportunity to get hands-on experience in their chosen career field to complement the classroom experience. Internships assist students in learning industry skills and assist with networking opportunities. The internship experience encourages students to take initiative and develop life-long learning skills in their given design field. The internship also assists students in building confidence and creating a professional work portfolio. Bramson ORT interns work under a site supervisor at the host organization who oversees the student’s progress and provides structure and mentorship throughout the entire internship. A minimum of 135 hours must be spent on an internship assignment. Periodic meeting are required with Academic Advisor throughout the semester for regular updates and guidance on the internship.