Introduction to Electronics

This course introduces students to the basic components of electronics: diodes, transistors, and op amps. It covers the basic operation and some common applications.

About the Course

This course is a basic overview of electronic components and their common uses.  It covers diodes, transistors, and op amps.  Laboratory demonstrations are given to reinforce the concepts learned from the lectures and homework. The course is targeted at people with a scientific or technical background who are not electrical or computer engineers. The coverage is not as deep as an electronics course aimed at electrical or computer engineers. There are a number of physical applications demonstrated in this course that serve to motivate this topic to a wider audience. 

Course Syllabus

The course is broken into four modules, several have an associated homework and a quiz:

Module 1: Background 
Review of linear circuits and frequency response fundamentals

Module 2:  Op Amps
Ideal Behavior; common resistor circuits; common RC circuits; applications: amplifiers, and filters

Module 3: Diodes 
pn junctions; Ideal diodes; diodes with a turn-on voltage; circuits with ideal diodes; rectifiers; limiters; regulators

Module 4: Transistors 
Overview of the physics of MOSFETs; MOSFETS in amplifiers and in digital logic circuits

Grading and Certificate: Grading will be based on homework (80%) and four quizzes (20%) based on the four modules. A minimum grade of 70% is needed to earn a certificate of completion.

Recommended Background

Students taking this course should have a good understanding of basic circuits including resistive circuits, RLC circuits, AC behavior, and frequency analysis. A good preparation for this course is the Georgia Tech Linear Systems Coursera course.

Suggested Readings

This course is self contained, but there are many online sources that can used for reference. These can be found by searching key words: op amps (or operational amplifiers), diodes, transistors.

Course Format

This class will consist of lecture videos, most of which are between 10 and 12 minutes in length. There will be required homework assignments and quizzes and optional laboratory assignments.


  •  Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
Starts August 18, 2015

Course at a Glance

10 weeks of study 2-4 hours/week English English & Vietnamese subtitles