Course Outline - Electronics 12

Explore electronics at an advanced level. Investigate decimal counters, flip-flop sequencers, the seven-segment decoder and driver, and logic analysis – with hands-on labs. Study operational amplifiers and analog circuits using engineering software. Change component values in these simulations and instantly view the result. Use logic probes, oscilloscopes and multimeters to test parts, and diagnose circuit problems. Produce your own printed circuit board. Build small projects, such as an MP3 amplifier, or a large project such as an Insectronic Walking Robot with Infrared Range Detectors, or a Variable Power Supply. Choose a project that requires a programmable Atmel microcontroller. Control it by writing, compiling and installing your own C program. Modify an existing program. Use an Arduino programmer along with an excellent series of software labs. Arduino is a free, open source integrated development environment. Self-paced learning is supported with online tutorials.


You will:

Practical Skills

Refine your safe work practices. Advance your knowledge of circuit theory, schematics, breadboarding, printed circuit board layout, project assembly, and programming.


Hexatron, Churbie mousebot, Gnat walking robot, mini-sumo, Insectronic, solar roller, bicycle persistence of vision display (POV), iambic keyer, MP3 amplifier, minty-boost USB charger, TV-B-Gone, Wawa pedal, 12 volt variable power supply with 7-segment display.

Sets of full-size, dimensioned drawings are provided for the mini-sumo and the robotic snake (serpentronic). A Do-It-Yourself manual and a detailed set of ten fully dimensioned drawings are available for the Gnat.

Students select one or more projects in discussion with the teacher. These projects will reflect the interests and skills of the student, and the course objectives. Each will be breadboarded.


The student will create a portfolio for each project. The portfolio will include a cover page with graphics, circuit description, schematic, printed circuit board layout, parts placement diagram, schedule of component prices, a fully dimensioned drawing of the project enclosure.

These items will be brought to every class:

Parts and Materials Fee

A materials and parts fee of $35.00 helps to cover the cost of two of the listed projects. . This amount is due in early September. A project that has complex or expensive components may need to be subsidized. Students will estimate these extra costs before beginning each project.


Your attendance, courtesy, and dedication will be considered during evaluation. You are encouraged to cooperate closely with other members of the class. Help them when you can. However, avoid providing too much help. We learn best when we are challenged.

Marks may also be earned by assisting with various class projects. These projects benefit all students of electronics. Among many examples, are the repair and manufacture of test leads, the service and repair of test instruments, and the manufacture of precut parts for project enclosures.

Computer, computer network, software and programming support are additional categories in which technical support credits may be earned. These marks are recorded under the ?technical support? category. They will be included in the end-of-term and end-of-year accumulated percentages.

You are responsible for identifying which class work you have missed. Any missed work must be made up, including tests and labs. The work should be completed during the same week, either before or after school, through mutual agreement. (This topic is discussed fully in the information sheet, Evaluation.)