Introduction to Electronics: Online course by Georgia Tech

Introduction to Electronics is a free online course conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology. This course introduces students to the basic components of electronics: diodes, transistors, and op amps. It covers the basic operation and some common applications.

About the Course

This course is a basic overview of electronic components and their common uses. It covers diodes, transistors, and op amps. Laboratory demonstrations are given to reinforce the concepts learned from the lectures and homework.


The course is targeted at people with a scientific or technical background who are not electrical or computer engineers. The coverage is not as deep as an electronics course aimed at electrical or computer engineers. There are a number of physical applications demonstrated in this course that serve to motivate this topic to a wider audience.

Introduction to Electronics: Online course

Course Syllabus

The course is broken into four modules, several have an associated homework and a quiz:

Module 1: Background

  • Review of linear circuits and frequency response fundamentals

Module 2: Op Amps

  • Ideal Behavior; common resistor circuits; common RC circuits; applications: amplifiers, and filters

Module 3: Diodes

  • pn junctions; Ideal diodes; diodes with a turn-on voltage; circuits with ideal diodes; rectifiers; limiters; regulators

Module 4: Transistors

  • Overview of the physics of MOSFETs; MOSFETS in amplifiers and in digital logic circuits

Grading and Certificate: Grading will be based on homework (80%) and four quizzes (20%) based on the four modules. A minimum grade of 70% is needed to earn a certificate of completion.


Students taking this course should have a good understanding of basic circuits including resistive circuits, RLC circuits, AC behavior, and frequency analysis. A good preparation for this course is the Georgia Tech Linear Systems Coursera course.

Course Sessions

March 15, 2015 - May 8, 2015

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