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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

Basic Electricity (087)*

Various approved locations throughout the United States.
30 hours (5 weeks).

April 2004 - December 2018.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, 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.


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.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour as a technical elective or in the associate degree/certificate category, 1 semester hour in a Trades curriculum (7/04) (12/08 revalidation) (8/13 revalidation). NOTE: Some offerings of this course are combined with Digital Technology Skills (204). In these instances, the separate credit recommendation for each course continues to apply. NOTE: This course and Basic Electronics (Bell South) (091)overlap in content. If both courses are successfully completed, credit is recommended for only one course, preferably Basic Electricity (087). *NOTE: Course numbers on transcripts may reflect different prefixes depending upon where a course is offered.