ECE 3300

Introduction to Electric Circuits


Winter 2019

Section # 23887

Lectures Day & Time: M & W, 5:30 – 6:45 pm

Location: 0151 Main


Last day to request course withdrawal: Sun, March 24

Last Lecture: Monday, April 22

Study day: Tuesday, April 23


Holidays (no classes):

Monday, Jan. 21

Spring Break: March 11-16


Final Exam: Monday, April 29

(5:30 pm – 6:45 pm)



Laboratory Sections:

23888 (Mondays) 10:30 am-1:20 pm, Room: 3350 Engineering

TA: Xiaoce Feng (

Office hours: Mondays, 9:00 am – 10:30 am & Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:00, Room 3342 Engineering


22396 (Thursdays) 1:30-4:20 pm, Room: 3350 Engineering

TA: Xiaoce Feng (

Office hours: Mondays, 9:00 am – 10:30 am & 1:30 – 2:30, Room 3342 Engineering



Boshen Zhang (

Office hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00-4:00,  Room 3342 Engineering


Drop & Withdraw Deadlines:

Beginning the fifth week of class students are no longer allowed to drop but must withdraw from classes. It is the student's responsibility to request the withdrawal. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F. The withdrawal period for full-term classes ends at the end of the tenth week of the term. See the Academic Calendar for specific information on when the withdrawal period ends.


This course covers the following topics: Electrical quantities and waveforms; resistance and Ohm’s law; networks and Kirchhoff’s laws; network equivalents; nodal and mesh analysis; Thevenin’s theorem and other network theorems; Sinusoidal steady-state response; first- and second-order linear circuits.


Prerequisite:                          PHY 2185

Co-requisite:                          MAT 2150



To develop competence in the analysis of electrical circuits and gain limited design experience with relatively simple electrical circuits.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Explain and analyze the voltage/current relationships and operational characteristics of resistors, inductors, capacitors, ideal switches, operational amplifiers, and voltage and current sources.

2. Explain and analyze different electrical circuit morphologies. In particular; series and parallel circuit structures, equivalent circuit configurations arrived at by the combination of series and parallel circuit elements such as resistors, inductors, capacitors, current and voltage sources, equivalent circuit configurations arrived at using network theorems such as; Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits, superposition, and source transformations.

3. Explain and analyze power and energy dissipation and distribution for DC steady state circuits composed of the elements listed in the first objective.

4. Analyze the transient and steady state conditions for electrical circuits using Ohm’s law and Kirchoff’s Voltage and Current laws for DC sources.

5. Design simple electrical circuits, with DC sources, that satisfy specific functional requirements.

6. Use Multisim and Mathcad for circuit analysis and design.


Outcome Coverage:

ABET 1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by   applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

ABET 2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

ABET 6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.



Required Textbook: Introduction to Electric Circuits, 9th ed., J. A. Svoboda and R. C. Dorf (John Wiley, 2014).


Recommended Book: Practical Electronics for Inventors (4th ed.), P. Scherz and S. Monk (2016, McGraw Hill).



Instructor Information:

Professor Mohamad H. Hassoun, Ph.D.

Office:  3127 Engineering Building

Phone: (313) 577-3966




Office Hours (Room 3127 Engineering):      

Mondays & Wednesdays: 3:00 – 5:00pm

And by appointment.


Grading Policy:    

HW:    10%

Lab:    15%

Tests: 51% (three tests @17% each)

Final Exam: 24%    


Required Software: Download Multisim Student Version. Install on your own PC by the end of the first week of class. Also, download and install Mathcad (free): Download Mathcad 2001 (Key: MN100011UC0151). These software packages must be installed on your PC before the beginning of the second week of classes.


Course web site: Everything you need to know about the course (e.g., syllabus, lecture slides, assigned exercises, solutions to selected assignment problems, grades, course related links, etc.) is included here: Make sure you become a frequent visitor of this course web site!


Grading Scale:

Percentage Grade (Honor Point Value)

          95-100 A     (4.00)

          90-94 A-      (3.67)

          85-89 B+      (3.33)

          80-84 B        (3.00)

          75-79 B-      (2.67)

          70-74 C+      (2.33)

          65-69 C        (2.00)

          60-64 C-      (1.67)

          55-59 D+     (1.33)

          50-54 D       (1.00)

          45-49 D-      (0.67)

          0-44   F        (0.00)


Students who do not complete the coursework, but fail to officially withdraw from the course will receive an F or X depending on how much coursework has been completed. A grade of I will be available only if the student needs to complete at most the final exam and is only assigned for documented emergency situations.

Missed Work Makeup Policy:  Makeup quizzes and lab will only be allowed in the event of a documented emergency or a physician certified illness. In all such cases, you must contact your Prof. Hassoun ASAP.

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for all lectures and lab sessions. A student will lose 20 points (out of 100) for each unexcused missed lab (and the lab experiment must still be completed as arranged by the TA), and 1 percent (out of the total final score) for every unexcused absence from lectures. Arriving to class more than 5 min late, or leaving class early will count as an absence!


Very Important: Your Professor is known to be very strict when it comes to attendance and deadlines. He expects you to conduct yourself as a professional. Here are few examples:

-         He does not accept assignments submitted on the due date after he starts the lecture.

-        If he sets a submission date for an assignment (say bonus problem) to be received by email before 5:00 pm on a certain day and you submit at 5:01pm then he would not accept your submission.

-        When taking a test if he announces the end of the test and that you need to turn in your work, but you continue to write then he will not accept your work and you will receive a zero.

-        Arrive more than 5 minutes late to class and you will be counted absent and lose points (1% of your final average is subtracted for each unexcused absence.)

-        In case of an emergency, you must email him about your absence before class and you must bring with you a legitimate documentation for your absence (e.g., doctor’s note, court note, etc.)

Policy on cell phones and smart watches: It is very simple, switch it off and place it in your bag for the whole duration of the lecture.

During exams and the final exam: NO student will be allowed to leave the classroom for the duration of the exam (so, plan accordingly). Cell phones and smart watches must be powered off and placed in your back bag. You will have no access to your back bag once the exam starts.  

Students with Disability: If you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of your academic accommodations.  The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services department.  SDS telephone number is 313-577-1851 or 313-577-3365 (TDD only).  Once you have your accommodations in place, I will be glad to meet with you privately during my office hours to discuss your special needs.  Student Disability Services’ mission is to assist the university in creating an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their educational experience at Wayne State University. You can learn more about the disability office at:

Academic Misconduct: What every student should know

Cheating and Penalty for Cheating: Cheating is defined by the University as “intentionally using or attempting to use, or intentionally providing or attempting to provide, unauthorized materials, information, or assistance in any academic exercise.” This includes any group efforts on assignments or exams unless specifically approved by the professor for that assignment or exam. Evidence of fabrication or plagiarism, as defined by the University in its brochure “Academic Integrity,” will also result in downgrading for the course. Students who cheat on any assignment or during any examination will be assigned a failing grade for the course.


Prof. Hassoun’s policy on cheating:

-       All work submitted for grading must be 100% individual effort (unless otherwise told beforehand by your professor).

-       The solutions to assignments (bonus problems and mini projects) might already be out there. Advice: Do not look at them, period.

-       All work you submit for grading (assignments, lab reports, exams, projects and bonus problems) must be 100% your own effort. You understand that once you submit your work for grading then you are automatically certifying that the work is 100% yours. Upon grading your work, if cheating is detected (no matter how small) on an Exam then you will FAIL the course. On all other graded work, the first cheating incidence (no matter how small) by a student will earn that student a zero for that piece of work. The second offence is an automatic failure of the course.

-       And yes, your professor monitors website such as and others. Advice: Do not use such sites to cheat.