CP/PC221 -- Analog Electronics I Laboratory

Lab Tools and Learning Materials

All of the information for these labs and all of the available electronic resources are on the lab website. I've tried to make it as complete as possible, so that you only have to look in one place for anything relevant to the labs. If you find any other resources that are particularly useful, let me know.

Course Description:
Prerequisites: PC/CP220
Lab Instructor: Terry Sturtevant
Office: N2092A
Ext: 2049
Office Hours: by appointment
Enrollment: no more than 22 per lab section  
Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • Use digital meters to measure AC and DC voltages and currents, as well as resistances and continuity
  • Use oscilloscopes to measure AC and DC voltages and time intervals
  • Convert values of AC quantities between amplitude, RMS, and peak-to-peak
  • Sketch waveforms of electrical signals and identify important information
  • Set up DC supplies and function generators to produce voltages and waveforms as needed
  • Simulate circuit operation using an analog simulator
  • Analyze circuits with resistors, capacitors, and inductors mathematically to predict voltages and currents
  • Compare the results of various types of measurement and simulation
  • Draw schematic diagrams of circuits
  • Maintain a professional lab notebook which records and summarizes all important lab results and insights.
Lab Overview and Approach/Framework: In the lab component of a course most of your learning will happen through your hands-on experiences in the lab. The videos and other on-line documents have been chosen to give you the background you will need to prepare you for the labs.

The labs are the hands-on portion of the course. When leaving the laboratory ensure that your work area is left tidy and clean.

Students will work with partners. If you would prefer to work on your own, this is permissible if there are enough laboratory stations. The lab instructor should be informed of any reason for absence, such as illness, as soon as possible. Marks will be taken off for absence with no reasons.

For safety and hygiene reasons, absolutely no food or drinks are allowed in the lab. The lab should be kept tidy at all times.

The Lab Instructor will make alternate arrangements in case of equipment failure, holidays, illness, etc.

Lab work builds upon previous work: if you fall behind, you stay behind, so keep on top of things. If you are taking too much time to do your work, then you didn't understand something, you didn't remember something, or you don't know how to handle a tool. Get help immediately!

Labs start the first week of classes

Attendance is taken at all lab sessions.


At the end of this course you will get a detailed, anonymous evaluation to fill out, where you can indicate your opinion on many aspects of the labs. This is one of the most important resources to help me improve the labs each time I teach them.
Web Page: http://denethor.wlu.ca/pc221/
Student Evaluation: There are three different types of assessment that will happen in this course;
  • lab demonstrations that show you have accomplished tasks in the lab
  • postlab requirements that summarize your results
  • lab tests which test important concepts from the labs
Marking Scheme: 60%

Lab demonstrations


Lab notebooks and postlabs


Lab tests/project


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