Michigan State University
ECE 201 - Circuits and Systems I – Spring 2021
Instructor: Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (primary mode of communication)
Phone: (517)-930-0846 (secondary mode of communication)
Class Hours: M, W, F: 1:50 AM - 2:40 PM,
Zoom Address: https://msu.zoom.us/j/98045480925, Passcode: ECE201
Meeting ID: 980 4548 0925
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST
https://msu.zoom.us/j/97990374923, Passcode: ECE201
Meeting ID: 979 9037 4923
Prerequisites: Algebra and Calculus
Grader: Junqin Tang (email@example.com)
Helproom Hours: Th, F (4:00 - 5:30 PM EST)
https://msu.zoom.us/j/5030283192, Passcode: ece201
Course Website: D2L website: https://d2l.msu.edu/
Resistive circuits, Loop and nodal analysis, Network theorems, Dependent sources, Capacitor and inductor circuits,
Transient analysis, and Introduction to computer-aided design.
At the completion of this course, each student should be able to do the following:
1. Understand and describe the properties of basic circuit elements including resistors, capacitors, inductors,
controlled sources and op-amps.
2. Apply element constraints, connection constraints, and network theorems for circuit analysis.
3. Apply network theorems for circuit analysis
4. Analyze DC circuits.
5. Analyze firrst-order RL and RC circuits, and second order RLC circuits. Calculate the transient response of
first and second-order circuits.
6. Enter netlists of basic circuits into Spice software and obtain simulation results.
7. Understand electrical safety.
• R.E.Thomas, A.J.Rosa, & G.J. Toussaint, The Analysis and Design of Linear Circuits, Wiley, 2012 (8th
Edition). Home assignmengts will given from this version of the book.
• G.M. Wierzba, ”ECE 201: Electric Circuits and Systems I, Class notes for Spring 2021 with YouTube Videos”
Exams, Homework and Grading Policies
The following is a tentative grading policy, but the weight for each category may be adjusted at the end of the
semester depending on the proceedings of the course.
• Midterm Exams: (36%) Three exams (to be held on Zoom https://msu.zoom.us/j/98083448316, Pass-
code: ECE201), each carrying 12% grade:
– Exam One: Friday, February 12, 2021
– Exam Two: Friday, March 12, 2021
– Exam Three: Friday, April 09, 2021
There will be NO MAKE UP Midterm EXAMS.
• Final Exam: (34%) (Covering all course material) Monday, April 26 2021, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Online
on Zoom https://msu.zoom.us/j/98083448316, Passcode: ECE201. You must receive a passing grade
on the Final Exam to pass the course.
• Quizzes: (12%) Occasionally, quizzes will be taken during the class either in the beginning or at the end
of the class. Quizzes may not be pre-announced, therefore it is advised that you come prepared at every class
with the course material taught in the previous classes. The worst quiz grade will be removed. There will be
NO MAKE UP Quizzes.
• Homework/Activities: (15%) Homework assignments will be posted on the D2L website regularly, together
with their due dates. Posting of new assignments will be announced via email. You must submit your homework
before the class on the due date. No late homework will be accepted. Do not wait until the due date
to start working on your assignments. The lowest homework score will be dropped when computing your
average homework grade. You must receive a passing grade on the Homework to pass the course.
Homework solutions must be original copies in the students own handwriting. No other submissions will be
graded. Solutions must be clear and neatly written to receive credit. Whenever possible, the correct answer is
to be circled or boxed. Assignments which are identical will share the total grade allocated to the question.
• Attendance: (3%) Attendance will be taken through Zoom’s record of active participation by the students.
In addition to 3% marks, see the attendance policy below. The best way to do well in this course to attend all
• Grading Scale:
≥ 90% = 4.0 ≥ 85% = 3.5 ≥ 80% = 3.0 ≥ 75% = 2.5
≥ 70% = 2.0 ≥ 65% = 1.5 ≥ 60% = 1.0 < 60% = 0.0
The above scale is guaranteed. The instructor reserves the right to adjust each grading transition as he sees fit
at the end of the semester.
• Preparing before each Class: Make sure you have gone through previous lecture materials well and under-
stood them well. If not, ask me your doubts in the beginning of a class.
• General Policy: Article 2.3.3 of the Academic Freedom Report states that the student ares with the
faculty the responsibility for maintaining the integrity of scholarship, grades, and professional
standards. In addition, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering adheres to the policies on
academic honesty as specified in General Student Regulations 1.0, Protection of Scholarship and Grades, and
in the all-University Policy on Integrity of Scholarship and Grades, which are included in Spartan Life; Student
Handbook and Resource Guide.
• Attendance Policy: An 85% attendance rate is required to pass the course, that is, you cannot
miss more than 6 classes. Please keep your own record of absences.
• Zoom Course Policy: “The student’s behavior in the Zoom classroom shall be conducive to the teaching
and learning process for all concerned.” This means that I do not appreciate late arrivals, sleeping, reading the
paper, ringing cell phones, rude interruption of the lecture, etc. Please try to develop your professional skills
while in this class. Do not feel shy to ask questions if any topic was difficult to understand.
• E-Mail Policy: All e-mails to me regarding this course MUST start the subject with “ECE201”. If you
wish to request a meeting with me via e-mail, I suggest e-mailing me more than 24 hours in advance.
• Calculator Policy: Only simple (non-programmable/graphing) calculators are allowed in class and exams.
For every Midterm exam and final exam, one page of written hard-to-remember formulae, chart or plot will be
allowed. However, no solved problem of any kind will be allowed.
• RCPD Students: RCPD students must contact me by email by January 27, 2021 (Wednesday) for any
extra time requirement for examinations. Please use ECE201: RCPD on the subject line.
• Honor’s Option: Anyone wishes to take the course as an ‘Honor’s option’ should notify me by email by 5
PM on February 03, 2021 (Wednesday). Please use ECE201: Honors on the subject line. Honor’s option
students would have to solve additional problems in their exams, and have to do a project. Only if you make
a satisfactory grade (3.5 or higher) at the end of the course, you will be awarded an honor’s option.
• Exam/Home Assignment Grading Policy: The final answer of every question must be enclosed within
a box for the question to be graded. Partial credit for a question is entirely at the discretion of the grader.
Remember that if you are neat in your work, it is helpful for the grader to assess parts of your answer and give
• There will be no classes on March 03, 2021 (Wednesday) and April 23, 2021 (Friday), due to scheduled
• Chapter 1: Introduction
– 1-1 About the Book
– 1-2 Symbols and Units
– 1-3 Circuit Variables: Current, Voltage, Power, Passive Sign Convention, Ground, Conservation of Energy,
Conservation of Power
– 1-4 Computational and Simulation software: PSPICE and MATLAB
• Chapter 2: Basic Circuit Analysis
– 2-1 Element Constraints Electrical Network, Circuit, Resistance, Ohm’s Law, V-I Characteristics, Con-
ductance, Power, Resistor, Color Code, Precision Resistors, Ratings, Open and Short Circuits, Switches,
Independent Voltage Sources, Independent Current Sources
– 2-2 Connection Constraints Kirchhoff’s Current Law, Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law
– 2-3 Combined Constraints Examples using KCL, KVL, Assigning Reference Marks
– 2-4 Equivalent Circuits Series Resistance, Parallel Resistance, Special Cases, Approximations, Equivalent
Volt- age Sources, Equivalent Current Sources, Source Transformations, Delta-to-Wye and Wye-to-Delta
Transformations, Redundant Elements
– 2-5 Voltage and Current Division Voltage Divider Rule, Special Cases, Potentiometers, Current Divider
Rule, Special Cases, Meter Movements, Wheatstone Bridge
• Chapter 3: Circuit Analysis Techniques
– 3-1 Node-voltage analysis Element Inspection Rule, Writing Node Equations by Inspection, Cramer’s
Rule, Eval- uating Determinants, Node Analysis with Voltage Sources, Supernode
– 3-2 Mesh-Current Analysis Element Inspection Rule, Writing Mesh Equations by Inspection, Mesh Anal-
ysis with Current Sources, Supermesh
– 3-3 Linearity Properties Superposition Principle, Proportionality Property, Transfer Function, Unit Out-
– 3-4 Thevenin and Norton Equivalent Circuits Thevenin’s Theorem, Norton’s Theorem, Relationships
– 3-5 Maximum Signal Transfer Maximum Power Transfer Theorem, Maximum Efficiency Theorem 2-7
Computer-Aided Circuit Analysis: SPICE, MATLAB
• Chapter 4: Active Circuits
– 4-1 Linear Dependent Sources Voltage Controlled Sources, Current Controlled Sources, SPICE Models
– 4-2 Analysis of Circuits with Dependent Sources Node-Voltage Analysis, Mesh-Current Analysis, Thevenin
and Norton Equivalent Cir- cuits
– 4-4 The Operational Amplifier Notation, Ideal and Commercial Op-Amps, Non-inverting Amplifier, Zero
Volt - Zero Current Property, Modeling a Non-inverting Amplifier, Limitations Due to the Power Supply,
Voltage Follower, Inverting Amplifier and Model, Differential Amplifier and Model, Op-Amp Circuit
Analysis, Bridge-T Amplifier
• Chapter 5: Excluded from the course
• Chapter 6: Capacitance and Inductance
– 6-1 The Capacitor V-I Relationship of Capacitance, Plotting Power and Energy with SPICE, Capacitor,
Modeling a Capacitor with Ideal Elements
– 6-2 The Inductor V-I Relationship of Inductance, Plotting Power and Energy with SPICE, Inductor, Mod-
eling an Inductor with Ideal Elements
– 6-4 Equivalent Capacitance and Inductance Series and Parallel Combinations of Capacitance, Series and
Parallel Combinations of Inductance
• Chapter 7: First- and Second-Order Circuits
– 7-2 First-Order Circuit Step Response Step Response of an RC Circuit, Algorithm for any One Capacitance
Circuit, Time Con- stant, Interpretation of the Time Constant, Step Response of an RL Circuit, Algorithm
for any One Inductance Circuit, Time Constant, Sequential Switching, Algorithm for Sequential Switching,
PSpice Simulation with Switches
– 7-4 First-Order Circuit Sinusoidal Response Natural and Forced Response, RC Circuits
– 7-5 The Series RLC Circuit Natural Response, Characteristic Equation, Overdamped, Critically Damped
and Un- derdamped Response, SPICE
– 7-6 The Parallel RLC Circuit Natural Response, Characteristic Equation, Overdamped, Critically Damped
and Un- derdamped Response, SPICE
– 7-7 Second-Order Circuit Step Response Complete Response of a Series RLC Circuit with a Step Input,