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Computers, Electronics, and Networks

Course Descriptions

CEN 105: Introduction to Electronics

Credits: 7.0

An introduction to current, voltage, resistance and power, electronic schematics, components and test equipment. The course includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on training. Provides training in basic academic skills.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Take effective lecture notes in a technical class. [REASON]
  2. Research a component, concept, or problem on the internet. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Operate basic electronic test equipment. [REASON]
  4. Use a formula to solve for an unknown quantity. [REASON]
  5. Build a circuit from a schematic diagram. [REASON]
  6. Identify most components on a circuit board. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Use engineering and metric notation in calculations and descriptions of electrical quantities. [REASON]
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of electrical quantities. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Write up a lab exercise following a specific format. [COMMUNICATE]

CEN 111: Soldering and Cabling

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Basic soldering/desoldering of through hole components and surface mount components. Covers cable building, making network cable terminations. No prerequisite required.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Produce various types of cable terminations. [REASON]
  2. Identify common electronics parts. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Perform conventional through-hole soldering/desoldering of electronic components. [ACT]
  4. Perform surface mount soldering/desoldering of electronic components. [ACT]
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the potential hazards in soldering. [COMMUNICATE]

CEN 112: Network Cabling-UTP and Fiber Optic

Credits: Maximum of 3.0 possible

Making Fiber Optic, UTP and coaxial cable terminations. Includes building codes, installation procedures and basic cable testing.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Test cables and terminations using network test equipment. [REASON]
  2. Measure and calculate cable runs. [REASON]
  3. Identify unshielded twisted pair and fiber optic cabling parts and components and describe their functions. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of cable construction and bend radius. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Make UTP and Fiber Optic cable terminations. [ACT]

CEN 125: Aviation Fundamentals

Credits: 2.0

An exploration of the fundamentals of aviation. Principles of flight, aircraft systems, aircraft structures, control surfaces and potential aerospace careers will be covered. Requires the ability to read and communicate in English and the ability to use a computer and the Internet.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. State the basic principles of powered flight. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Identify the major components inside and outside of an aircraft. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Identify and explain the resulting motion for each of the aircraft's control surfaces. [REASON]
  4. List various aerospace careers. [COMMUNICATE]

CEN 126: AET Certification Test Prep

Credits: 1.0

Review of the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT)  Aircraft, Electronics Technician (AET) standards and preparation for the certification exam. Prerequisite(s): CEN 111, CEN 125, CEN 151, CEN 162, CEN 163 or instructor's permission.

Course Level Objectives

 Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Correctly answer 80% of the sample AET test questions in preparation for taking the AET Certification Exam. [REASON]

CEN 150: Applied Math for Electronics

Credits: 3.0

Using algebra and trigonometry to solve problems in electronics circuit analysis. Developing a logical approach to using mathematics to solve typical electronics problems. Prerequisite(s): High school algebra or equivalent or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Convert numbers to and from decimal, scientific, engineering and metric notation. [REASON]
  2. Use simple algebraic formulas to solve for an unknown quantity. [REASON]
  3. Calculate for various electrical quantities in a circuit. [REASON]
  4. Solve simple equations involving right angle trigonometry. [REASON]

CEN 151: DC Electronics

Credits: 7.0

Basics of DC circuits covers components used in DC circuits i.e. resistors, capacitors, diodes; introduction to digital. Building, testing, and troubleshooting with basic test equipment; basic circuit analysis using component theory and algebra. Prerequisite(s): High school algebra or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a variety of electronic components and state their rated values. [REASON]
  2. Construct and test DC circuits using a power supply and test equipment. [REASON]
  3. Analyze DC resistive circuits using basic math and Ohm's. [REASON]
  4. Troubleshoot a DC circuit to isolate a short or open in the circuit with standard test equipment. [REASON]
  5. Analyze, test, and troubleshoot RC circuits with a DC pulse voltage source. [REASON]
  6. Perform functional tests and troubleshoot a small digital system. [REASON]

CEN 155: Special Topics

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Topics of current interest in robotics, electronics, and networks.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of a particular area of robotics, electronics or networks. [COMMUNICATE]

CEN 162: AC and Linear Electronics

Credits: 7.0

Basics of AC and linear circuits. Includes components covered in DC quarter, RC circuits, inductors, filters, diodes, power supplies, transistors, and operational amplifiers. Testing & troubleshooting circuits where voltage changes over time. Practice using DMM and oscilloscope. Prerequisite(s): CEN 151 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze, test, and troubleshoot an RC circuit. [REASON]
  2. Construct, analyze and test a variety of passive filter circuits. [REASON]
  3. Analyze, test, and troubleshoot AC resistive circuits. [REASON]
  4. Analyze, test, and troubleshoot transistor circuits with a split power supply. [REASON]
  5. Explain the difference between Direct Current and Alternating Current. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Describe the effect of frequency on an RC circuit. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Use a function generator to create AC waveforms and an oscilloscope to display them. [ACT]

CEN 163: Digital and Microprocessor Electronics

Credits: 7.0

Introduction to digital and microprocessor circuits. Covers operation of basic logic gates, flip-flops, decoders, multiplexers, counters, and microprocessor circuits. Lectures and hands-on exercises to learn how to analyze, test, and troubleshoot digital and microprocessor circuits.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify basic logic gates and construct their truth tables. [REASON]
  2. Analyze and predict the operation of complex digital circuits. [REASON]
  3. Identify on a schematic, and describe the function of, the basic blocks of a microprocessor system. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate the proper use of Electrostatic Discharge protective equipment related to integrated circuits. [ACT]
  5. Write and execute simple looping programs on a microprocessor system. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Observe and test basic data flow and control line function using a microprocessor system tester for READ and WRITE operations. [EXPLORE]
  7. Use an oscilloscope to display and identify basic microprocessor system operation by displaying data and address bits and control lines. [ACT]

CEN 166: Math for Networks

Credits: 2.0

Introduction to the binary number system and its use in computer and network systems. Covers converting between binary, decimal and hexadecimal. Includes extensive exercises in using hex numbers in computer addressing and dotted decimal numbers in IP addressing. Prerequisite(s): CEN 150 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Convert numbers between binary, decimal and hexadecimal, with and without a scientific calculator. [REASON]
  2. Count from zero to fifteen in binary and hexadecimal. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the ability to AND two binary numbers. [REASON]
  4. Create subnets and subnet masks for an IPv4 network address. [REASON]
  5. Determine the address range in hexadecimal for any memory chip in a computer system. [REASON]

CEN 176: Introduction to Robotics

Credits: 5.0

introduction to microcontrollers, robotics and automation through hands on training using a small scale robot. Students will build, test, program and troubleshoot their robots. Utilizes electronic principles and test equipment. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in CEN 151, or CEN 251, or CEN 210, or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify all parts and components and describe their function in the robotic system. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Test wires, resistors and LEDs using a multimeter. [REASON]
  3. Write a short functional test program on a computer and download it to a robot. [REASON]
  4. Write well documented programs to read sensors and control outputs. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Run functional test programs and evaluate the actions of the robot. [REASON]

CEN 177: Robotics 2

Credits: 5.0

Through the use of projects and hands-on exercises, students will learn to program a small scale robot to perform basic navigation under program control, with various sensor inputs, using feedback and control techniques. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in CEN 162 or CEN 252 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Program a microcontroller. [REASON]
  2. Describe the operation of a servo motor. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate the use of different types of basic sensors. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Troubleshoot the software and hardware of a small robotic system. [REASON]
  5. Program simple artificial intelligence into a robotic system. [REASON]
  6. Write and execute a variety of programs for robotic navigation. [REASON]
  7. Implement the use of a new microcontroller platform into an existing robot system. [REASON]

CEN 178: Robotics 3

Credits: 5.0

Through the use of functional testing and the oscilloscope, students will learn to troubleshoot a robotic system. Also introduces the student to programming a large scale robot using LabVIEW and programming and building a robot system using the Arduino prototyping platform. Prerequisite(s): CEN 177 and CEN 162 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Write complex programs that control a microcontroller based robot. [REASON]
  2. Troubleshoot the hardware and software of a microcontroller system using functional testing and the oscilloscope. [REASON]
  3. Program a microcontroller-based control system using a compiler. [REASON]
  4. Implement the use of a new platform using the old microcontroller robot system. [REASON]
  5. Work as a team to accomplish a complex task with the microcontroller and robot. [ACT]

CEN 199: Special Projects

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

For projects in Robotics, Electronics and Networks. Note: Credit available with approval. For information contact the program manager at (425) 640-1902. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Produce a circuit, project, paper or presentation on a department approved topic. [ACT]
  2. Research the topic on the internet. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Track their use of time in creating this project. [REASON]

CEN 210: Electronics for A+

Credits: 5.0

Intensive survey of electronics for students in computer or industrial technologies. Covers electrical concepts, electronic components, schematics and test equipment. Extensive hands-on training.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate Knowledge of electrical quantities. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Operate basic electronic test equipment. [ACT]
  3. Use engineering notation and metric notation in calculations and descriptions of electrical and computer quantities. [REASON]
  4. Identify most components on a circuit board. [REASON]
  5. Research a component, concept, or problem on the internet. [REASON]
  6. Troubleshoot an open in a simple circuit or device. [REASON]
  7. Build a circuit from a schematic diagram. [REASON]
  8. Analyze and test a circuit for proper operation. [REASON]

CEN 251: Advanced Digital Circuits

Credits: 7.0

Advanced training in digital electronics. Covers analyzing, functional testing, and systematic troubleshooting of digital circuits designed with logic dates, flip-flops, one shots, counters, dividers, decoders, shift registers, memory circuits, latches, and buffers. Prerequisite(s): CEN 163 or training in basic digital circuits or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and predict actual circuit operation of different types of digital circuits, using the thinking tools of basic electronics. [REASON]
  2. Design functional tests for different types of digital circuits. [REASON]
  3. Perform a functional test, interpret results, choose a circuit stimulus, and make systematic measurements, to isolate a fault. [REASON]
  4. Document one's testing and troubleshooting process by recording information on a form and schematic. [COMMUNICATE]

CEN 252: Advanced Robotics

Credits: 7.0

Advanced training in robotics systems. Includes programming a microcontroller in a C-type language to read sensors and control outputs, and troubleshooting software and hardware using functional testing. A robotics system project is required. Prerequisite(s): CEN 163 and CEN 251 or training in digital and basic microprocessor systems.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Write well documented code to control a robot. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Interpret programs to describe the operation of a robot. [REASON]
  3. Identify parts and components and describe their function in the system. [REASON]
  4. Write functional test programs for a robotic system. [REASON]
  5. Troubleshoot a complex system and document the process. [REASON]
  6. Read microcontroller data sheets to access registers in the microcontroller. [REASON]
  7. Add new sensors and output devices to the robot and reprogram the microcontroller accordingly. [REASON]

CEN 253: Advanced Computer Circuits

Credits: 7.0

Analyzing and systematic testing of linear circuits designed with operational amplifiers as comparators, buffers, amplifiers, filters, regulators, drivers, integrators, and instrumentation amplifiers. D/A, A/D converters, timers, and transistor circuits included. Prerequisite(s): CEN 162 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and predict actual circuit operation of different types of linear circuits, using the thinking tools of basic electronics. [REASON]
  2. Design functional tests for different types of linear circuits. [REASON]
  3. Using one's functional tests and hands-on circuit experience, be able to test, interpret tests, choose a circuit stimulus, and make systematic measurements, to isolate a fault. [REASON]
  4. Document one's testing and troubleshooting process by recording information on a form and schematic. [COMMUNICATE]

CEN 255: Special Topics

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Topics of current interest in Robotics, Electronics and Networks.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of a special topic in robotics, electronics or networks. [COMMUNICATE]

CEN 299: Special Projects

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

For individual projects in Electronics, Robotics and Networking. Note: Credit available with approval. For information contact the program manager (425) 640-1902. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Produce a circuit, project, paper or presentation on a department approved topic of the student's choice. [ACT]
  2. Research the topic on the internet. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Track their use of time in creating the project. [REASON]