Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering
ECSE 200 – Electric Circuits 1
Instructor: Thomas Szkopek
Lecture: MWF, 11h35-12h25, McConnell 204
Quiz: F, 15h35-16h25, McConnell 204
Tutorial: W, 17h35-18h25, Trottier 0100
R, 17h35-18h25, Macdonald-Harrington G-10
refer to Minerva for your tutorial section
Teaching Assistants (tutorials):
Teaching Assistants (quizzes):
Shadi Sabri, Sandrine Filion Côté
Internet: MyCourses will be used to distribute most, but not all, lecture material.
It is the student’s responsibility to attend all lectures and tutorial
sessions. Description: Students will be introduced to: Circuit variables. Analysis of resistive circuits,
network theorems (Kirchhoff’s laws, Ohm’s law, Norton and Thevenin equivalent).
Ammeters, Voltmeters, and Ohmmeters. Analysis methods (nodal and mesh analysis,
linearity, superposition). Dependent sources and Op-Amps. Energy storage elements. First
and second order circuits.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles behind circuit
analysis. Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to know the basic
definitions and concepts employed in circuit analysis. More importantly, students are
expected to be able to analyze circuits by choosing and applying the techniques described
in this course, and to perform simple circuit design. ECSE-200 is structured to prepare
students to apply circuit analysis techniques at a level that will be expected from them in
future courses and serve as a foundation for electrical engineering work. The syllabus is
detailed in the tentative class timeline at the end of this document.
This course will consist of 50 minute lectures delivered thrice a week. New concepts and
their application will be introduced during the lectures. It is strongly recommended that
students attend all lectures, read the lecture notes (made available via MyCourses), and
read the relevant sections of the assigned textbook. Questions are welcomed during
lectures, and students are encouraged to take advantage of tutorial sessions.
Percentage of Final Grade
Weekly quizzes 50%
(best 10 of 11 quizzes, weighed equally)
Final Examination 50%
Practice problems will be given to students as a study aid and will not contribute to the
final grade. These problems are intended to reinforce the concepts taught within the class.
Selected problems will be reviewed during tutorial sessions.
In-class quizzes will be administered weekly on Fridays. Students are responsible to be
prepared to answer questions on any material covered in lectures prior to the day of the
quiz (note that class content is of a cumulative nature). In other words, a Friday quiz will
test students on material covered up to and including the previous Wednesday. Quizzes
are closed book, with calculators being the only permissible aid. The final examination will be worth 50% of the final grade. Students are responsible to be
prepared to answer questions on any material described in the lectures. All students must
bring valid McGill student ID to the examination. Only faculty standard calculators are
permissible in the exam. The evaluation scheme is not negotiable.
Letter grades will be assigned according to the following scheme.
Letter Grade Numerical Grade Requirement
A/A− top 20% ranking
B+/B/B− top 60% ranking
C+/C numerical grade >55%
D numerical grade >50%
F numerical grade <50%
Note that D is a conditional pass, and a minimum of C is required for an unconditional
Textbooks: R.C. Dorf & J.A. Svoboda. Introduction to Electric Circuits, 8 edition, John
Wiley and Sons, 2010. (available at McGill bookstore)
Any introductory text on electrical circuits can be used to supplement the lecture material.
This is a useful source of practice problems, worked examples and alternative
presentations of course concepts.
McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore, all students must understand the
meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offenses under
the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see www.mcgill.ca/integrity for
L'université McGill attache une haute importance à l'honnêteté académique. Il incombe par
conséquent à tous les étudiants de comprendre ce que l'on entend par tricherie, plagiat et
autres infractions académiques, ainsi que les conséquences que peuvent avoir de telles
actions, selon le Code de conduite de l'étudiant et des procédures disciplinaires (pour de