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  • Objectives
    The Network and Electronics Technician program gives you the academic training you’ll need for a career in the computing and electronics industries. In the nine months you’ll work through a practical, skills-focused curriculum with an emphasis on the installation, repair and maintenance of computer networks and electronic systems. You’ll be provided with a thorough background in all aspects of computers, from trouble-shooting hardware to maintaining and installing operating systems. You’ll cover the essentials of networking that will prepare you to write the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) examinations, and you’ll acquire the competencies listed in the blueprint of the International Electronics Technician Common Core. Upon completion of the program, you’ll also be ready to write the “A+” certification examinations.
  • Practical experience
    There is an internship option associated with this program.
  • Academic Title
    Network & Electronics Technician Certificate
  • Course description
    Pre-Quarter Courses

    ELEX 080 Electronics Orientation
    ELEX 122 Shop Skills for Electronics
    ELEX 124 High Reliability Soldering
        
    Academic Term 1 (Quarter 1)
        
    ELEX 130 Computers/CAD for Electronics
    ELEX 135 Networking 1
    ELEX 141 Circuit Analysis
    ELEX 164 Digital Logic
        
    Academic Term 2 (Quarter 2)

    ELEX 136 Networking 2
    ELEX 138 Computer Repair/ Maintenance 1
    ELEX 144 Semiconductor Devices 1
    ENGL 170 Technical/Professional Communications 1
       
    Academic Term 3 (Quarter 3)
       
    ELEX 137 Networking 3
    ELEX 139 Computer Repair/ Maintenance 2
    ELEX 146 Applied Electronic Techniques
    ELEX 159 Electronic Communications
    ELEX 166 Microprocessor Systems     

    Internship Option     
    COOP 100 Workplace Education Prep
    ELEX 111 Internship

    ELEX 080 Electronics Orientation

    (0.5 credit) Pre-Q1 (7,0,0,0)

    This course will provide students with an overview of the facilities and services available at Camosun College. In addition it will contain an introduction to study skills and information on workshops available to them.

    ELEX 101 Co-operative Work Experience 1

    (5 credits) Q4 (0,0,0,35)

    This course gives students an opportunity to apply and extend academic knowledge while employed with qualified co-op employers. This full-time paid work experience is facilitated and monitored by the College.

    Prerequisite(s): Students must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 prior to the first work term, and all subsequent work terms, complete all Year 1 courses, including Workplace Education Prep (COOP WEP), and be fully enrolled in the term preceding the work term.

    ELEX 102 Co-operative Work Experience 1

    (10 credits) Q3 & Q4 (0,0,0,35)

    This course gives students an opportunity to apply and extend academic knowledge while employed with qualified co-op employers. This full-time paid work experience is facilitated and monitored by the College.

    Prerequisite(s): Students must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 prior to the first work term, and all subsequent work terms, complete all Year 1 courses, including Workplace Education Prep (COOP WEP), and be fully enrolled in the term preceding the work term.

    ELEX 111 Internship

    (5 credits) Q3 & Q4 (0,0,0,25)

    The students will apply skills acquired throughout the Network and Electronics Engineering Technology program in the workplace during a paid work term in industry. This work experience will introduce students to a typical work environment and allow them to apply many of the Network and Electronics Engineering skills that they have learned throughout the program.

    Prerequisite(s): Must be enrolled in Q3 NELECTECN program.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ELEX 137, ELEX 139 or ELEX 146, ELEX 159.

    ELEX 121 Renewable Energy Systems

    (3 credit) Q3 (4,2,0,0)

    This course provides the foundation for the design and analysis of Renewable Energy (RE) Systems including solar, wind, small-scale hydro and fuel cell technologies. Topics covered; energy generation from renewable sources, energy storage systems, power conversion devices, control and protection systems.

    ELEX 122 Shop Skills for Electronics

    (0.5 credit) Pre-Q1, Post-Q3 (0,20,0,0 for  one week)

    An introduction to shop skills for Electronics Technicians and Technologists. Emphasis is on the safe and correct use of basic hand and power tools used in the electronics industry. Projects and lecture Topics include: sheet and basic metal work, design, maintenance and repair of electronic and assemblies.

    ELEX 124 High Reliability Soldering

    (0.5 credit) Pre-Q1 (0,20,0,0 for one week)

    This course is designed to provide the student with high reliability soldering skills, and non-destructive soldering techniques. This course covers topics from tinning wires to soldering/desoldering of surface mount components. An introduction to ESD protection procedures is also included.

    ELEX 126 Introduction to Electronics 1

    (1.5 credits) Q1 (3,0,0,0)

    This is an introductory course for Access students. It will cover basic circuit analysis theory, an introduction to the many diverse careers available in the networking, electronics and computer engineering industry. Guest speakers and industry tours will form an important part of this course and will be scheduled as available.

    ELEX 127 Introduction to Electronics 2

    (4 credits) Q2 (4,3,0,0)

    This course will introduce students to more electronic components and their use in circuits. It will cover application of various measuring instruments used in electronics. Introductory programming techniques will be investigated. The focus of the course will be on small projects that involve both hardware and software elements.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 126.

    ELEX 130 Computers/CAD for Electronics

    (1.5 credits) Q1 (0,4,0,0)

    This course is intended to provide the student with the basic computing skills that will be used in subsequent electronics courses. Students will develop expertise using DOS, windows, word processing, spreadsheet and selected computer-aided design software. The course also covers some material required for "A+" certification.

    Prerequisite(s): English 10, or assessment; and, Principles of Math 10, or assessment.

    ELEX 131 Engineering Applications in C

    (3 credits) Q2 (3,2,0,0)

    This course provides an introduction to computer software in the electronics industry. Students are expected to construct software to control a variety of devices. Topics include: software problem specification, algorithm development, C-program development, debugging and testing. Laboratory assignments in this course will emphasize topics from Electronics.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 130.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ELEX 161.

    ELEX 135 Networking 1

    (4 credits) Q1 (3,2,0,0)

    This is the first in a series of three courses on computer networking. It is intended to provide the student with a general introduction to the wide array of topics that constitute networking. Additionally the course provides a more detailed discussion of Ethernet local area network wiring practices.

    ELEX 136 Networking 2

    (3 credits) Q2 (3,3,0,0)

    This course is a continuation of ELEX 135. The course introduces the student to the predominant network architecture used today: TCP/IP. This course provides the student with a fundamental knowledge of telecommunication and data communication technologies. The course also discusses the important issues around network maintenance and troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 135.

    ELEX 137 Networking 3

    (2 credits) Q3 (0,4,0,0)

    This is the third course in a three course series on computer networking. It is intended to provide the student with experience installing and configuring a network operating system. The operating system(s) chosen will depend upon industry trends at the time the course is offered.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 136.

    ELEX 138 Computer Repair/Maintenance 1

    (3 credits) Q2 (2,3,0,0)

    This is the first in a series of two courses on the repair, maintenance and upgrading of personal computers. The material contained in ELEX 138 and ELEX 139 prepares the student to write an "A+" certification exam.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 130, ELEX 141.

    ELEX 139 Computer Repair/Maintenance 2

    (3 credits) Q3 (2,3,0,0)

    This is the second in a series of two courses on the repair, maintenance and upgrading of personal computers. The material contained in ELEX 138 and ELEX 139 prepares the student to write an "A+" certification exam.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 138.

    ELEX 141 Circuit Analysis

    (4 credits) Q1 (5,3,1,0)

    This course introduces students to AC and DC circuit analysis. Topics include: electrical quantities, series and parallel circuits, network analysis and theorems, resistance, capacitance and inductance. Instruments, instrumentation and troubleshooting concepts are introduced. Complex numbers and phasor diagrams are used to explain the operation of AC circuits.

    ELEX 142 Introductory Circuit Analysis

    (4 credits) Q1 (7,3,0,0)

    This course introduces students to concepts of circuit analysis in passive AC/DC circuits. Topics include: fundamental electrical quantities, series and parallel circuits, network analysis and theorems, resistance, capacitance and inductance. Instruments, instrumentation and trouble-shooting concepts are introduced. Use of complex numbers and phasor diagrams is applied to AC circuits.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ELEX 130, MATH 174A, PHYS 154.

    Open to ELEC students only.

    ELEX 143 Electronic Devices 1

    (3 credits) Q2 (4, 3,0,0)

    This course introduces students to discrete semiconductor devices. It covers essential topics from basic semiconductor theory through to the application of diodes, transistors and thyristors. The emphasis of this course is in classic application of these devices. Students receive a thorough foundation upon which to develop skills in electronics.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 142.

    ELEX 144 Semiconductor Devices 1

    (4 credits) Q2 (5,3,0,0)

    This course is an introduction to discrete active devices. It includes such topics ranging from semiconductor theory, diodes, transistors, and thyristors to analog ICs including op-amps and linear regulators. The focus of this course is in the application of these devices and troubleshooting circuits containing these devices.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ELEX 141.

    ELEX 146 Applied Electronic Techniques

    (3 credits) Q3 (2,3,0,0)

    The goal of this course is to apply fundamental electronic techniques to the design, troubleshooting, repair and construction of electronic systems. This course involves the design and assembly of a student project, troubleshooting, repair and testing of electronic systems, PCB design and construction, as well as electrical and electronics safety issues.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 141, ELEX 144,ELEX 164.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ELEX 159, ELEX 166.

    ELEX 149 Electronics for Mechanical 1

    (Formerly ELEX 247)

    (3 credits) Q3 (3,3,0,0)

    Students will be introduced to basic electrical theory, practice and devices. Topics include: resistance, capacitance, inductance, D.C. and A.C. circuit analysis, batteries, an introduction to electro-mechanical control devices, and an introduction to semi-conductor electronic components.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 185, PHYS 192.

    ELEX 159 Electronic Communications

    (3 credits) Q3 (3,2,0,0)

    This course provides an overview of analogue and data communication systems. The analogue portion includes signal analysis, frequency generation, an introduction to AM and FM systems. The data communication portion is an introduction to both wireless and cabled data transmission methods.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 141, ELEX 144, ELEX 164.

    ELEX 161 Digital Techniques 1

    (3 credits) Q2 (4,2,0,0)

    This course provides an introduction to the world of digital technology. It covers basic digital concepts and design of combinatorial and sequential digital circuits.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 130, ELEX 142.
    Pre Co-requisite(s): ELEX 143.

    ELEX 162 Digital Techniques 2

    (3 credits) Q3 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course is a continuation of ELEX 161. Topics include: implementation of digital circuitry using PLD's and FPGAs. Students will use state machines to achieve this implementation.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 161.

    ELEX 164 Digital Logic

    (3 credits) Q1 (3,3,0,0)

    The student is provided with a strong background in the analysis of combinatorial, sequential and arithmetic logic circuits. Topics include: the analysis of digital circuits as used in computer; and data acquisition and communications systems. A systematic approach to fault finding is presented and supported with lab exercises. Other topics covered are digital multiplexing and IEEE/ANSI logic symbols.

    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ELEX 141.

    ELEX 165 Embedded Systems 1

    (3 credits) Q3 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course investigates micro-controller architecture and will concentrate on assembly language programming and interfacing to peripherals including keyboards and LCD's.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 161.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ELEX 131.

    ELEX 166 Microprocessor Systems

    (3 credits) Q3 (3,3,0,0)

    This course introduces microprocessor hardware and software to Electronics Technician students. Assembly language and the architecture of one microprocessor are explored. Students completing the course will be able to troubleshoot simple interfaces and write small programs to exercise I/O.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 164.

    ELEX 201 Co-operative Work Experience 2

    (10 credits) Q3 & Q4 (0,0,0,35)

    This course gives students an opportunity to apply and extend academic knowledge while employed with qualified co-op employers. This full-time paid work experience is facilitated and monitored by the College.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 101 or ELEX 102; plus completion of Academic Terms 4 and 5 with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    ELEX 202 Co-operative Work Experience 2

    (5 credits) Q2 (0,0,0,35)

    This course gives students an opportunity to apply and extend academic knowledge while employed with qualified co-op employers. This full-time paid work experience is facilitated and monitored by the College.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 101 or ELEX 102; plus completion of Academic Terms 4 and 5 with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    ELEX 203 Co-operative Work Experience 3

    (5 credits) TBA (0,0,0,35)

    This course gives students an opportunity to apply and extend academic knowledge while employed with qualified co-op employers. This full-time paid work experience is facilitated and monitored by the College.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 201 or ELEX 202.

    ELEX 214 Electrical Properties of Material

    (1 credit) Q1 (3,0,0,0 for 7-weeks)

    Topics include: materials for engineering, atomic bonding, crystal structure, metals, semiconductors, insulators, electronic conduction in solids, and environmental degradation of materials.

    Open to COMPBRIDGE, ELELBRIDGE, ELELBRIDGE for Mechanical Engineering Technologist students only.

    ELEX 216 Signal and Systems Analysis

    (0.5 credit) Q1 (4,0,0,0 for 4 weeks)

    This course is an introduction to the analysis of signals and systems using complex functions, the complex Fourier series and the Fourier Transform.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 250A.

    Open to COMPBRIDGE, ELELBRIDGE, ELELBRIDGE for Mechanical Engineering Technologists students only.

    ELEX 230 Microprocessor Architecture

    (3 credits) Q1, Q3 (3,3,0,0)

    This course provides a solid foundation in microprocessors principles. Topics include: elementary hardware and software details including memory, peripheral interfacing and programming.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 263.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ELEX 264.

    ELEX 231 Engineering Interfacing in C++

    (3 credits) Q1 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course introduces the student to Object Oriented Design techniques using C++. Emphasis is placed on the development of Graphical User Interfaces and on the hardware/software interface to electronics applications. The student is also introduced to the engineering project lifecycle; from specification and design through to production and maintenance.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 131.

    ELEX 233 Systems Engineering

    (3 credits) Q1 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course reviews current operating systems from a low level (driver) point of view. The course also deals with the detailed requirements of real-time microprocessor systems.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 231.

    ELEX 234 Advanced Architecture

    (3 credits) Q1 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course surveys 8 to 64 bit CISC and RISC architecture, and the uses in embedded systems or stand alone. This course may also review assembly languages, linkers, libraries, development tools and cross development tools.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 162, ELEX 231, ELEX 263.

    ELEX 240 Electronic Devices 2

    (4 credits) Q1 (4,2.5,0,0)

    This course is a continuation of ELEX 143. The focus is on linear integrated circuit applications using operational amplifiers. The objective of the course is to provide the student with both a theoretical and practical foundation in the analysis, design and implementation of OP Amp linear circuits.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 143, MATH 175.

    ELEX 241 Fundamentals of Control

    (3 credits) Q1 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course will cover open and closed loop systems, time and frequency domains, transient and steady state response, control of discrete and continuous processes, PID controller design, bode plots, stability, gain and phase margins, fuzzy control, adaptive control.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 244.

    ELEX 242 Power Electronics

    (3 credits) Q1 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course introduces power electronic devices such as triacs, thyristors, GTO's, etc. Applications of these devices are studied in areas such as power supplies, DC and AC drive systems, power control and microprocessor controlled equipment.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 244.

    ELEX 244 Electronic Devices 3

    (3 credits) Q2 (3,2.5,0,0)

    An introduction to the applications of linear integrated circuits. Emphasis is placed on operational amplifiers. Data sheet interpretation and practical considerations are stressed in the selection of devices and implementation of circuits. The use of these devices in large systems is discussed.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 240.

    ELEX 248 Electronics for Mechanical 2

    (2 credits) Q1 (2,2,0,0)

    This is a continuation of ELEX 149 and provides an overview of electronic components and their use in amplifiers, power supplies, filters and control systems including three phase A.C. motors and generators. Electronic components and circuits will be studied in both the theory and lab portions of the course.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 149.

    ELEX 250 Communications Systems 1

    (3 credits) Q1 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course provides an overview of communications systems as used for voice and data communications. Topics include: signal analysis, frequency generation, an introduction to AM, FM modulation techniques. Lab exercises make extensive use of RF test equipment.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 143, MATH 175.

    ELEX 250E Linear Circuits 1

    (4 credits) Q1, Q2 (5,3,0,0)

    This course will provide students with knowledge of fundamental circuit analysis and fundamental theorems such as superposition, Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer. First and second order systems will be studied as well as opamps. The students will be exposed to AC cureent analysis, power, transformers and three phase circuits.

    Open to EBMECHBRIDGE and MECHBRIDGE program students only.

    ELEX 251 Communications Systems 2

    (3 credits) Q2 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course is a continuation of ELEX 250. It covers single-sideband systems, angle modulation communication systems, and transmission line theory. Other topics include: wave propagation, antennas, and the introduction of the Smith Chart.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 250.

    ELEX 252 Communications Systems 3

    (3 credits) Q3 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course is a continuation of ELEX 250 and ELEX 251 and investigates RF techniques for transmission of digital and analogue signals. Topics will include wireless, digital radio, communication codes, asynchronous/synchronous transmission and error detection, multiplexing and modulation techniques.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 251, ELEX 263.

    ELEX 263 Embedded Systems 2

    (3 credits) Q1 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course investigates a micro-controller's utilization of external memory and peripherals. Some of the Topics include: timers, counters, interrupts, and programming in both 'C' and assembly language.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 131, ELEX 165.

    ELEX 264 Embedded Systems 3

    (4 credits) Q1, Q3 (3,2.5,0,0)

    Embedded Systems III introduces the student to embedded networking. Topics include local area networks and internetworking. Students will configure hardware and network resources required to create functional embedded devices on a LAN. The OSI model will be used extensively to discuss the various concepts such as IP addressing and TCP/IP.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 263.

    ELEX 283 Data Acquisition Systems

    (4 credits) Q2 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course involves a comprehensive study of Data Acquisition Systems. Topics include: sampling theory, aliasing, time and frequency domains representation, sample/hold techniques, quantization errors, noise, multiplexers, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, anti-aliasing and recovery filter design. The design, construction and testing of a small data acquisition system supplements the theoretical component.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 263.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): ELEX 244.

    ELEX 284 Signal and Systems Analysis

    (3 credits) Q1, Q2 (4,0,1,0)

    This course is intended to familiarize the student with the techniques of signal and system analysis. The major topics include: differential equations for circuit analysis, Laplace transforms for system analysis, Fourier series for periodic sources, and Fourier transforms for analysis of signal spectra and system frequency response.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 240, or admission to the Electrical Engineering Bridge for Mechanical Engineering Technologists or Software Engineering Bridge programs.

    ELEX 285 Digital Signal Processing

    (3 credits) Q3 (3,2.5,0,0)

    This course provides an introduction to digital signal processing. Topics include: digital signals, filtering by difference equations and convolution, z transforms, frequency responses, spectra, the design of FIR and IIR Filters, discrete Fourier transforms and fast Fourier transforms, DSP hardware and applications.

    Prerequisite(s): ELEX 284.

    ELEX 290 Electronics Engineering Project

    (6 credits) Q1, Q3 (1,8,0,0)

    This is a project based course designed to simulate the workplace. Electronics Technology students will work in teams alongside Computer Technology students. While their primary responsibility will be project hardware design, they will also be expected to assist in specifying and writing the necessary software.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of program's previous academic terms with a minimum "C" grade in all courses and be eligible to graduate in the term in which ELEX 290 is taken.
    Co-requisite(s): ENGL 273.

    ELEX 291 Computer Engineering Project

    (6 credits) Q1, Q3 (1,8,0,0)

    This is a project based course designed to simulate the workplace. Computer Technology students will work in teams alongside Electronics Technology students. While their primary responsibility will be the design and writing of software required for the project, they will also be expected to assist in hardware design.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the program's previous five academic terms with a minimum grade of "C" in all courses and be eligible to graduate in the term in which ELEX 291 is taken.
    Co-requisite(s): ENGL 273.

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