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RNET-110 - Electrical Theory - 6.00 Credits

RNET-110 - Electrical Theory - 6.00 Credits

Course Details
This course explores the principles of Electricity and Electronics as applied to Renewable Energy technologies. This course will present an in-depth introduction into the use of various tools and test equipment found in the Renewable Energy field including their proper use. Safe working practices are emphasized throughout. The course will provide the foundational knowledge related to wind energy and solar photovoltaic power generation. The course involves an in-depth coverage of AC and DC circuit theory including common sources of conventional power generation techniques contrasted with current methods of power generation using wind turbine and photovoltaic system technologies and their supporting systems. Additionally, there will be an introduction to semiconductor devices and basic digital electronics. The semiconductor devices are applied to analog circuitry including power supplies, transistor switching and amplifier circuits. This course works in tandem with RNET 115. i.e. it is not possible to complete the practical component without the theory and conversely it is not possible to fully understand the presented concepts in the theory component without completing the associated practical assignments.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Renewable Energies Technology Diploma Program - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : RNET Program Admission
    Corequisites : RNET-115 , RNET Program Admission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications:

     Relevant Master’s Degree and at least 5 years relevant experience

    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 90
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    • establish safe
      work practices and habits while working with electricity in order to
      control and prevent hazards associated with electrical/electronic

    • select and safely utilize the proper tools for common electrical tasks including care and inspection;

    • identify the
      common measuring devices used in electricity including: the ammeter, the
      voltmeter, the ohmmeter (i.e., the multimeter, the oscilloscope, the
      signal generator);

    • understand the structure of the atom and why some materials are good conductors while others are good insulators;

    • recognize
      common devices in an electrical circuits and understand their function
      and qualities; devices are the resistor, capacitor and inductor;

    • solve electrical and electronic mathematical problems involving current, voltage, resistance, and power;

    • identify common electrical/electronic components with their respective symbols;

    • explain the
      construction, operation, and purpose of resistors, capacitors,
      inductors, potentiometers, switches, fuses, relays, and batteries;

    • ·outline the differences between ac and dc and common ways in which they are generated;

    • explore the relationship between electricity and magnetism;

    • determine the
      current, voltage, and power relationships at the inputs and outputs of
      both ideal and practical transformer circuits;

    • describe the
      basic function of semiconductors and the electrical characteristics of
      materials which are classified as semiconductors; outline the basic
      principles behind bipolar transistor operation as well as their
      application; and

    • determine the characteristics of a transistor when used as a switch.

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