Electric circuit theory and electromagnetic theory are the two fundamental theories upon which all branches of electrical engineering are built, including computer engineering. Many branches of electrical engineering such as power, electric machines, control, electronics, communications, and instrumentation, are based on electric circuit theory. Therefore, the basic electric circuit theory is "the" foundation and starting point for what follows in electrical and computer engineering programs. Circuit theory is also valuable to students specializing in other areas of the physical sciences because circuits are perfect and easy-to-understand models for the study of energy systems in general. This is also partly due to the common applied mathematics, physics, and topology involved. This course builds on fundamental physics and mathematics from APSC 112, APSC 171, APSC 172, and APSC 174.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
  • Understand the basic circuit components and the fundamental laws of circuit theories (KCL, KVL, Ohma's law,...)
  • Derive the mathematical model of resistive, and first and second order circuits
  • Solve resistive circuits using techniques such as current voltage divider, mesh-current, node-voltage, Thevenin and Norton, superposition...)
  • Solve the initial condition and step responses of RC, RL and RLC circuits
  • Solve sinusoidal steady-state response of RL, RC, and RLC circuits using techniques such as mesh-current, node-voltage, thevenin and Norton, superposition
  • Calculate power consumption in RL, RC and RLC circuits under steady-state sinusoidal excitation
  • Investigate the initial and step response of RL, RC and RLC circuits
  • Investigate the sinusoidal steady-state response of RL, RC and RLC circuits and power consummation is such circuits
Credit Breakdown

Lecture: 3
Lab: 0.75
Tutorial: 0.5
Total: 4.25

Academic Unit Breakdown

Mathematics 0
Natural Sciences 0
Complementary Studies 0
Engineering Science 38
Engineering Design 13