MECT 1141  Basic Electricity and Troubleshooting Skills Credit Hours: 3.00 Prerequisites: None
(formerly ELEC 1141)
This course introduces basic electricity concepts such as electrical components, fundamental circuit laws and applications, AC/DC circuit types, motors, soldering, test equipment usage, wire and cable terminations, and basic troubleshooting of simple electrical circuits. Computer simulation software will be used to simulate circuits. Industrial technical terms and safety procedures will be taught.
Billable Contact Hours: 4
Search for Sections Transfer Possibilities Michigan Transfer Network (MiTransfer)  Utilize this website to easily search how your credits transfer to colleges and universities. OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to solve electrical circuits.
Objectives:
 Describe electrical safety.
 Identify electrical components.
 Describe electrical units.
 Identify electrical connections.
 Describe instruments used to measure circuits.
 Describe the functions of voltage, current, resistance, and power, and give an application of each.
 Identify resistor color codes.
 Calculate problems using the fundamental circuit laws.
 Identify different types of circuits.
 Solve circuits.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to explain different types of power supplies.
Objectives:
 Describe the function of power supplies.
 Describe the function of batteries.
 Describe the function of transformers.
 Select correct wire/conductor sizes.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to compare the differences between Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC).
Objectives:
 Describe Direct Current circuits.
 Describe Alternating Current circuits.
 Describe AC and DC circuits using simulation software.
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to utilize electromagnet components.
Objectives:
 Describe types of motors.
 Calculate motor power and torque.
 Describe different type of transformers.
 Calculate transformer primary and secondary values and transformer efficiency.
 Describe relay operation.
 Identify the symbols for electromagnetic devices.
Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to solve basic electronic circuits.
Objectives:
 Define capacitors.
 Identify types of capacitors.
 Analyze circuits with capacitors.
 Define inductors.
 Identify types of inductors.
 Analyze circuits with inductors.
Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to use related equipment to test and troubleshoot circuits.
Objectives:
 Solder a connection.
 Create a wire connection.
 Utilize measurement tools.
 Describe basic troubleshooting strategies for a circuit.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
 Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
 Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
 Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
 Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
 Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
 Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course: Critical Thinking: YES Information Literacy: YES Quantitative Reasoning: YES Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
 Components, Quantities and Units.
 Electrical components and measuring instruments.
 Electrical units.
 Engineering notation and metric prefixes.
 Metric unit conversions.
 Circuit connectors.
 Electrical Safety
 Voltage, Current and Resistance.
 Atomic structure.
 Electrical charge.
 Voltage, Current and Resistance.
 Basic circuit measurements.
 Conductors, semiconductors and Insulators
 Ohm’s law, energy and power.
 Ohm’s law.
 Application of ohm’s law.
 Energy and Watt’s Law
 Power in electronic circuits.
 The power rating of resistors.
 Energy conversion and voltage drops across a resistor.
 Power supplies.
 Circuit ground.
 Series circuits.
 Resistors in series.
 Current in a series circuit.
 Total series resistance.
 Ohm’s law applied to series circuits.
 Voltage sources in series.
 Voltage dividers.
 Power in a series circuit.
 Troubleshooting series circuits.
 Parallel circuits.
 Resistance and voltage in parallel circuits.
 Kirchhoff’s current law.
 Total parallel equivalent resistance.
 Ohm’s law applied to parallel circuits.
 Current dividers.
 Power in parallel circuits.
 Troubleshooting parallel circuits.
 SeriesParallel circuits.
 Identifying seriesparallel relationships.
 Analysis of seriesparallel circuits.
 Voltage dividers with resistive loads.
 Loading effect of meters.
 Troubleshooting seriesparallel circuits.
 Magnetism
 Magnetism and Magnets
 Electromagnetism
 Electromagnetic Devices
 Alternating Current and Voltage
 AC Terminology
 Waveforms
 AC Generator
 Power in AC Circuits
 Capacitance
 Terminology
 Units of Capacitance
 Types of capacitors
 Analyzing circuits with capacitors
 Inductors
 Terminology
 Units of Inductance
 Types of inductors
 Analyzing circuits with inductors
 Transformers
 Transformer Principals
 Transformer Efficiency
 Types of Transformers
 Motors.
 Motor Principals
 Motor Types
 Instruments and Measurement Tools
 Digital Multimeters
 Analog Multimeters
 Ammeters
 Oscilloscopes
 Wheatstone Bride
 Measuring inductance and capacitance
 Troubleshooting Skills
 Finding the problem
 Diagnosing the Problem
 Testing Components
 Troubleshooting a System
Primary Faculty Seger, Jennifer Secondary Faculty Mielke, Michael Associate Dean Jewett, Mark Dean Hutchison, Donald
Primary Syllabus  Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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