Course Outline (W2024)

EES512: Electric Circuits

Instructor(s)Dr. Farah Mohammadi [Coordinator]
Office: ENG461
Phone: (416) 979-5000 x 556094
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2 to 4 pm
Calendar DescriptionThis one-semester lecture/lab course covers general electric circuit parameters and laws. Topics include: basic electric circuits, voltage and current sources, resistance, analysis of DC circuits, power considerations. Concepts of capacitance, inductance, and their transient behaviour. Introduction of AC sources, phasors, reactance and impedance, AC analysis of RC, RL, and RCL circuits, the effect of resonance, real and complex power in reactive loads.
PrerequisitesMTH140 and MTH141




Compulsory Text(s):
  1. EES512 Laboratory: Laboratory Manual by A. O’Halloran and K. Raahemifar, posted online on D2L.
  2. Web Pages: EES 512 D2L
Reference Text(s):
  1. Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, 7th Edition by C.K. Alexander & M.N. Sadiku, published by McGraw-Hill. Chapter 1-11.
  2. ELE202: Lecture Notes, The lecture notes are available on D2L
Learning Objectives (Indicators)  

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

  1. Understand, interpret, articulate, and apply the basic voltage and current laws in the identification, formulation, and solution of the basic problem of circuit analysis. (1a)
  2. Develop linear equations based on different circuit configurations. Solve linear equations using variable elimination or Cramer rule. (1b)
  3. Conduct experiments using the basic principles of circuit analysis and analyze and interpret the obtained results. (2a)
  4. Use current and voltage measurement instruments, including volt/current meters and oscilloscope to measure the voltage and current characteristics of various circuits. (5a)

NOTE:Numbers in parentheses refer to the graduate attributes required by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

Course Organization

3.0 hours of lecture per week for 13 weeks
2.0 hours of lab per week for 12 weeks
0.0 hours of tutorial per week for 12 weeks

Teaching AssistantsTBA
Course Evaluation
Midterm 25 %
Final Exam 45 %
Lab Tests 15 %
Lab Reports 10 %
Quizzes ( in Lab) 5 %
TOTAL:100 %

Note: In order for a student to pass a course, a minimum overall course mark of 50% must be obtained. In addition, for courses that have both "Theory and Laboratory" components, the student must pass the Laboratory and Theory portions separately by achieving a minimum of 50% in the combined Laboratory components and 50% in the combined Theory components. Please refer to the "Course Evaluation" section above for details on the Theory and Laboratory components (if applicable).

Examinations1. The midterm is scheduled on Monday, March 4th, 2024 during regular lecture hours. The duration will be 2 hours.
 2. The official final exam will be announced by the timetabling department. The final exam includes materials discussed from the beginning to the end. The duration will be 3 hours.
 Refer to the course webpage on D2L for updated information on the Midterm and Final Exam schedules and coverage.
Other Evaluation Information1. Students are encouraged to earn passing marks in both theory and lab components separately. In the absence of student’s lab portions with valid reasons and proper documents submitted and verified by students’ department, the grades will be shifted to final exam. As labs are hands-on, earning lab grades during the term is a lot simpler than compensating lab grades in final exam.
 Lab reports should be handed in the week after the labs.(10%)
 2. There are lab tests that are conducted individually. There are two lab tests worth a total of 15%. The first lab test is conducted after labs 1 to 3 are completed. It is worth 8%. The second lab test is conducted after labs 4 and 5 are completed. It is worth 7%. Lab tests are scheduled for one hour per person and have small pre-lab, implementation, and post- lab reports handed in. These test reports are written per person, will be marked and posted online. There is “no question asked” policy for lab tests. Students must use actual lab sessions as their practice run, as there is no practice lab prior to the tests
 3. Only university-approved calculators are allowed. Also, both midterm and final exams are “no-question-asked” exams. Only the non-programmable approved calculator (Sharp EL546 or Casio fx-991MS and their later models) will be allowed.
Other InformationNone

Course Content



Chapters /

Topic, description




Introduction to EES512: scope and objectives course management. Basic concepts charge current voltage power reference direction resistance and Ohm’s Law power dissipation characteristics of resistors.



2, 3, & 4

Series and parallel circuits Kirchhoff’s Laws ground potential voltage and current division principles Wheatstone bridge ideal and real voltage sources Nodal Mesh Superposition and Source Transformation Techniques Thevenin’s and Norton theorems maximum power transfer and power transfer efficiency.



6 & 7

Capacitance practical capacitors series and parallel connections transients in RC circuits. Self-inductance series and parallel connections transients in RL circuits time constants and graphical representations.




Generation of AC voltages parameters of AC waveforms average and effective (RMS) values review of complex number algebra phasor representation impedance and admittance capacitive and inductive reactance.



course notes

Series R-L R-C and R-L- C loads general series-parallel AC circuits. Phasor analysis of AC currents voltage and phase shifts.

Laboratory(L)/Tutorials(T)/Activity(A) Schedule





Weeks of Jan.16

Tutorial 1 and Quiz1


Week of Jan. 23

Lab 1.1 Ohm’s Law
 Lab 1.2 – Series Circuits and Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law
 Lab1.3 – Parallel Circuits and Kirchhoff’s Current Law


Week of Jan. 30

Tutorial 2 and Quiz 2


Week of Feb. 6

Lab 2: Nodal Analysis


Week of Feb. 13

Tutorial 3 and Quiz3


Week of Feb. 27

Lab 3.1- Thevenin Theorem
 Lab 3.2- Power Transfer


Week of Mar. 6

Lab test 1


Week of Mar. 13

Tutorial 4 and Quiz 4


Week of Mar. 20

Lab 4.1 - RC Circuit Step Response
 Lab 4.2 - RL Circuit Step Response


Week of March 27

Lab 5 - RLC Circuit Resonance


Week of April

Lab Test2

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