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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

EdTech Institute, LLC (formerly The Sage Group, LLC) | Evaluated Learning Experience

1. Basic Electricity (087)* 2. Basic Electronics (091)* 3. Digital Technology Skills (203)* 4.Intro to PC Hardware (condensed from Computer Support and Maintenance [092]*

Various approved locations throughout the United States.
Course 1: 30 hours (5 weeks). Course 2: 30 hours (5 weeks). Course 3: 24 hours (8 weeks). Course 4: 12 hours (4 weeks).

Course 1, 2, 3, and 4: April 2008 - December 2018.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Course 1: Instructional: Students will be able to: define basic electrical terms: voltage, current, resistance; identify and explain the units of measurement for current and voltage; read simple schematic diagrams of electronic circuits; draw simple wiring symbols to represent electrical connections; identify and explain a series circuit; identify and explain a parallel circuit; use Ohm's Law to calculate voltage, current, or resistance; calculate combined resistance in a series or parallel circuit; calculate total current in a parallel circuit; apply Ohm's Law formulas in series or parallel circuits; define the terms: work, power, and energy; use Watt's Law to calculate power, current, or voltage in a circuit; identify and explain a sine wave; define inductance, capacitance, and impedance; identify and explain the units of measure for inductance, capacitance, and impedance; describe the basic structure and characteristics of a transformer; explain the step-up and step-down action of transformers; name the three meters combined in the V.O.M.; identify and explain the range switch, function switch and jacks on the Simpson 260 V.O.M.; connect a multimeter to a circuit to read voltage, current, or resistance; identify and explain circuit components by their symbols: voltage source, resistor, capacitor, inductor, transformer, voltmeter, ammeter, and switch; use correct circuit symbols to draw and electrical circuit. Laboratory/shop: Use a meter to measure voltage; plot voltage measurements on a graph; use a meter to measure current; plot current measurements on a graph; measure two known values and calculate a third unknown value using Ohm's Law; create a series resistive circuit, wire resistors in parallel; calculate and measure total resistance; arrange batteries in a series format; measure voltage value; make a simple wiring connection to increase total voltage; identify resistors; compare resistance readings. Course 2: Explain basic electrical terminology and theory; identify the rules governing series, parallel and combination circuits; explain the concept of impedance; calculate power gain using given formulas; identify the basic function of semiconductor devices. Course 3: Discuss basic concepts of electricity; identify the schematic symbol, and describe the basic function of electronic components; discuss the basic structure of engineering and scientific notations and convert between the two; identify the value and symbols for the seven common engineering notation prefixes; convert a value expressed with one engineering prefix to it's equivalent value expressed with a different engineering prefix; discuss the structure of the Base 2, 8, 10 and 16 number systems; convert a non-decimal number it's decimal equivalent; convert a Base 10 number to its Base 2, Base 8, and Base 16 equivalents; convert a Base 2 number to its Base 8 and Base 16 equivalents; convert a Base 8 number to its Base 2 and Base 16 equivalents; Demonstrate a technique to convert a Base 16 number to its Base 2; and Base 8 equivalents; identify the schematic symbol for logic gates; identify the truth table of the basic gates; describe the operation of the NOT, AND, OR, NAND, and NOR gates; Describe the relation of electrical logic levels to a binary digit's value; use basic digital data terminology; discuss the need for error checking in a communication system; discuss parity generation and checking; discuss the basic structure of a telephone network; discuss the basic purpose of a telephone switch; discuss the history of the development of the computer controlled telephone switch; discuss the basic functions of a modern telephone switch; discuss how a customer's analog signal is communicated between central offices; discuss the purpose of a repeater; discuss three types of distortion; discuss the advantages of digital information over analog information; discuss the basic process of analog/digital conversion and various types of encoding and modulation; discuss the purpose of multiplexing; discuss the basic principles of 3 types of multiplexing: SDM, FDM and TDM; discuss the purpose of line encoding; discuss the 3 types of digital data encoding: polar, unipolar, and bi-polar; describe the basic structure and operation of five types of data transmission media; discuss the advantages and disadvantages of five types of data transmission media; identify the names of and basic function of the hardware components in a personal computer; discuss the structure of serial and parallel data communication in a personal computer; discuss the purpose of computer languages; describe the purpose of and relation between: machine code, assembly language, and high level languages; discuss how information is represented by binary codes. Course 4: Operate and maintain a computer.


Course 1:  Major topics include: the language of electricity; using electricity at the workplace; Ohm's Law formula and application; DC series and parallel resistive circuits; power in electric circuits; impedance in AC circuits; measuring circuit values with meters; creating and measuring a voltage source; taking measurements with the ohmmeter; reading circuit diagrams. Course 2: Electrical terminology and theory review; combination circuits and how they function; power, decibels and logarithms; reading circuit diagrams; types of semiconductor devices and how they function. Course 3: Basic concepts of electricity; electrical signal terminology; basic electrical circuits; electrostatic discharge (ESD); waveforms; electronic components; basic function and schematic symbols of common electronic components; engineering and scientific notation; converting between scientific and engineering notation; converting an expression from one engineering prefix to a different engineering prefix; converting non-decimal numbers to decimal numbers; structure of positional numbers systems; converting decimal to non-decimal and non-decimal to decimal; converting a decimal number to non-decimal equivalent; converting a non-decimal number to a different non-decimal base; digital logic gates; definitions; symbols, truth tables and operation of gates; logic diagrams; logic circuit analysis technique; error checking and interactive review; digital data terminology; error checking; digital network; telephone network major components and functions; i.e., transmitting central office components and signals; types of distortion; advantages of digital over analog; disadvantages of digital over analog; analog to digital conversion process; digital to analog conversion process; multiplexing; line encoding; data transmission media; description and applications of various transmission media; advantages and disadvantages of various transmission media; function of basic components of a personal computer; data communication in a computer system; computer languages; information coding. Course 4: Elements of a computer; EMI; RFI; ESD; tools; safety methods; how system boards and power supplies function and their relation to other components within a computer; function of the BIOS, IRQs, CMOS, and how thy relate to one another; explanation of the CPU; expansion bus; memory; removal, examination, and reinstallation of components; differences between various printer and scanner types; different types of storage devices, media types, and how storage devices interact with the computer; function of the POS and how it can be utilized in the troubleshooting process; portable computing, including various types, power requirements; and uses of portable computers; general troubleshooting basics.

Credit recommendation: 

Course 1, 2, 3, and 4: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours as a technical elective OR in the associate degree/certificate category, 2 semester hours in a Trades curriculum (4/08) (8/08) (12/08 revalidation) (12/13 revalidation). NOTE: Courses 1, 2, 3, and 4 must all be completed to receive credit. NOTE: This series overlaps in full or in part with individual courses of the same titles, which carry discrete credit recommendations. Care should be taken to avoid awarding duplicate credit. *NOTE: Course numbers on transcripts may reflect different prefixes depending upon where a course is offered.