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ELT 111 : Syllabus
This course is an introduction to basic direct current circuits. Topics include: voltage, current, resistance, Ohms Law, energy, and power. Series, parallel, series parallel circuits, voltage dividers, current dividers, DC circuit analysis, network theorems and electromagnetic applications including inductors and capacitors are also covered.
MTH 151
ELT 111L
Electrical Circuit Theory and Technology, 4th edition, by John Bird
ISBN#: 978-1-85617-770-2
  • A scientific calculator (A graphing scientific calculator is preferred but not required.).
    THe course rationale communicates to students and faculty the location of the course in the curriculum. ELT-111 is a required program core course which introduces Direct Current Fundamentals. This course along with ELT-212 and ELT-212L provides the student with a good grounding in electrical circuit analysis. The mathematical rigor of this course has been designed to coincide with a standard course in algegra.
    Main Objective:
    • Explain the basic units of the SI system.
    • Recognize and use the IEEE and IEC schematic symbols for electrical circuits.
    • Explain the meaning of voltage and its unit of measure, the Volt.
    • Explain the meaning of current and its unit of measure, the Ampere.
    • Explain the meaning of resistance and its unit of measure, the OHM.
    • Give an example of linear and non-linear resistance.
    • Discuss the properties of electrical wire.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in using wire tables.
    • Explain the meaning of power and its unit of measure, the Watt.
    • Explain the meaning of electrical energy and its unit of measure, the Joule.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in solving DC circuits for Voltage, current, resistance, power, and energy.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing determinants to solve multiple loop circuits involving simultaneous equations.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing determinants to solve multiple node circuits involving simultaneous equations.
    • Understand electrical control devices such as various types of switches, circuit protection devices and relays.
    • Explain the property and unit of capacitance.
    • Explain the property unit for inductance.
    • Demonstrate ability to solve problems involving transient analysis in circuits containing resistance and capacitance and or inductance.
    • Explain operation of a Wheatstone bridge and solve problems involving the Wheatsone bridge.
    • Discuss the various units of electromagnetism.
    • Understand electromagnetic circuits.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in solving problems using various network theorems.
    • Explain the concept of e of and perform calculations with electrical power and energy.
    • Explain maximum power transfer theorem and perform appropriate calculations.
    • Explain basic electromechanical devices and perform appropriate calculations.
    1Introduction / pre-requisite skills test
    Introduction to Units
    Basic Circuits
    Electric Circuits
    Exam 1
    4Electric Circuits
    5Energy Storage Components
    6Transient Analysis
    Exam 2
    7Network Theorems
    8Network Theorems
    10Exam 3
    11Electrical Applications
    12Electrical Applications
    13Exam 4
    16Final Exam
    Final Exam25%

    Students must complete this course with an average of "C" or better to successfully pass this course. "C-" constitutes a failing grade. Using the cumulative average of these components, grades will be assigned using the following grading scale:

    A=95% and above
    B=85 - 94%
    C=75 - 84%
    D=65 - 74%
    F=73 and below (including students who stop coming to class without officially withdrawing from the university or miss 20% of the class meetings)
    W=Students must withdraw according to the procedure outlined in the current course catalog or student handbook to receive a "W" grade.
  • Extra credit may be available at the sole discretion of the instructor.
  • The student is expected to maintain a Blackboard account and to insure that they can check daily for class announcements. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor if they can't log onto Blackboard.
  • Homework will typicaly be assigned at the end of each meeting and will be due at the following meeting unless otherwise specified. Unexcused late homework will not be accepted.
  • The student should be prepared for impromptu quizzes at the beginning of every class meeting. There is no provision to make-up missed quizzes.
  • A large amount of handout material is provided. The instructor cannot be responsible to provide copies to students who are not in attendance.
  • The student may be expected to complete lab exercises outside of class time.
  • Students who are absent for more than 20% of class meetings will not receive a passing grade in this course.
  • Continuous tardiness will no be tolerated and can affect grades negatively.
  • Late assignments will not be accepted except for excused absences.
  • Make-up examinations will only be permitted for prior excused absences.
  • Tutoring for students who have made an appropriate independent effort and have specific questions will be available by the instructor through the STARS office.
  • An incomplete grade will only be permitted under extreme extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Students who have missed 20% of the classes shall receive an "F" grade at the instructor's discretion.
    The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students
    • Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings
    • Students are expected to come to class on time
    • Students are expected to participate in class discussions and demonstrations.
    • Students must adhere to the university policy as it relates to honest, the honor code, and violations of integrity such as plagiarism. The student Code of Conduct can be found at
    • Use of cell phones and other electronic devices is not permitted in class. Students are to adhere to University policy concerning a code of conduct during all class meetings.
    • Students are to read and comply with the e-mail policy of Norfolk State University
    Consult the University Catalog to ensure consistency with published academic policies. Consult the NSU Catalog as well as the Student Handbook on matters regarding attendance, illness, off-campus trips, grade appeals, etc.
    E-Mail Policy:
    Students are expected to check their NSU-email accounts regularly for correspondance from the university. Consult the NSU Student Handbook (pdf) on NSU's policy regarding student conduct such as attendance,illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc. by going to
    RELATED UNIVERSITY-WIDE AND COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS The following competencies, as appropriate, will be assessed in the course:
    • Student writing via essay questions
    • Quantitative Reasoning skills
    • Scientific Reasoning
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    The College of Science, Engineering & Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by calling (757) 823-2889 or by visiting their website at
    Gateway Course
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    In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
    LOCATION:  Student Services Center Room - 110D
    CONTACT PERSON:  Marian Shepherd - Coordinator SSDS
    TELEPHONE:  (757) 823-2014
    As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resorces needed for sucess, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.
  • A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook ( for further details.

  • In an effort to keep students informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU student email account frequently.
    You may access your official NSU email account at Follow instructions on the NSU-webmail login page.