ECE 3300

Introduction to Electric Circuits


Fall 2017

Section # 11008


Lectures Day & Time: M & W, 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Location: 0106 Main


Laboratory sections:

16987 (W) 4:00-6:50, Room: 3350 Engineering

TA: Xiaoce Feng

Office hours: Fridays 9:00 to 11:00 am (3342 Engineering)


13675 (T) 1:00-3:50, Room: 3350 Engineering

TA: Mehdi Salarkaleji

Office hours: Tuesdays 11:00 to 12:00 & Wednesdays 11:00 to 12:00 (3342 Engineering)


12743 (Thu) 3:30-6:20, Room: 3350 Engineering

TA: Qiuye Yu

Office hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays 2:00 to 3:30 (3342 Engineering)


Drop & Withdraw Deadlines:

The deadline to drop the course with a full tuition refund in Wednesday, September 13th.  The deadline to drop a class with no tuition refund, but the course will not appear on your record is Wednesday, September 27th.   After that date, you can request a Withdrawal through Academica via the Registration menu under Student Resources until Sunday, November 12th.   


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:

(a) An ability to apply math, science and engineering knowledge.

The course quizzes and exams require direct application of mathematical, scientific, and engineering knowledge to successfully complete the course. This requires performing various linear circuit analysis methods in a formal manner and many supporting and follow-up calculations.

(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. Students conduct simple circuit analysis using Multisim and/or Mathcad software.

(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such equipment, cost, function, power, control and monitoring. This outcome is a minor component of the course, but nevertheless present. Students will be required to design simple circuits that conform to specific functional specifications.

(d) Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. The course is primarily oriented toward electrical circuit analysis but also includes examples of where linear circuit theory can be applied to other physical domains to model system performance. Students will be able to identify the system, formulate a circuit model, and solve the circuit model to determine circuit variables in circuits.

(e) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a professional world of electrical engineering field. Students taking the course will realize the broad applicability of linear circuit analysis methods to electrical engineering field.

(f) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. Students will use computer simulation and modeling software

Multisim and Mathcad.


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

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!


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. No hats.



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


Highly 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:                 3:00 – 5:00

Wednesdays:            3:00 – 5:00

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.


Note 2: Check the following link frequently. It has important information  about deadlines, quizzes, etc. Here is the link:  Announcements!

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.

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.

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.