Basic Electronics Course

Our basic electronics course with hands-on training lab allows you to learn electronics troubleshooting at home with real world experiments and online exams.

Basic Electronics Course

Imagine the exciting career opportunities waiting for highly skilled pros who can design, build and maintain sophisticated electronics systems. Now that pro can be you!

This distance learning electronics course will help prepare you for an exciting career in electronics technology. Best of all, you’ll earn a professional Certificate of Completion in Basic Electronics from CIE Bookstore suitable for framing when finished.

Basic Electronics Course

Basic Electronics Course includes the following:

- 39 learn-at-home lesson modules on text. 
- 2 hands-on training labs with 53 exercises. 
- Soldering iron. 
- Instructor support from CIE's faculty. 
- Certificate of Completion in Basic Electronics when finished. 
- Access to CIE's e-grade site where you take your online exams.
- Free access to CIE's school paper The Electron


Electronics Course

Quickly learn the basics and then move on to semiconductors, printed circuit boards, identifying components, Ohm's law, relays, robots, reliable soldering techniques and much, much more!

With the 2 hands-on training labs you’ll acquire the confidence and knowledge needed to repair, maintain and program electronics equipment used in business and industry. You’ll have proven hands-on experience with printed circuit boards, soldering irons, soldering techniques, test components, project boards and more! 

Instructor support is included with our Basic Electronics Course so you never have to study alone. Study electronics at your own pace and if you ever have a question call us and we’re there for you. As a CIE Bookstore student you’ll have access to CIE’s e-grade web site where you can take your exams online.

Earn Academic Credit
These are the same 39 lessons found in CIE's Electronics Technology with Lab Diploma program. Cleveland Institute of Electronics is an electronics school that offers Diplomas in electronics technology and troubleshooting. You could transfer any completed lessons from this course over to CIE's Electronics Diploma and get full tuition and academic credit.

Electronics Lab:

Basic Electronics Cousre Lab

Learning Labs Include:

•  Circuit Board
•  Soldering Iron
•  Resistors
•  Capacitors
•  Breadboard
•  Diodes
•  Transistors
•  LEDs
•  Battery Clip

The electronics fundamentals lab includes a manual and all the parts necessary to complete fifty different instructional exercises. A solderless circuit board is provided and makes experimentation easy, even for those who have never touched a soldering iron. Students learn electronics theory and the nature of electronic components.

Lab Exercises Part I

Lab Exercises Part II

The printed circuit board lab is useful for electronics technicians for they are found in almost every electronic device today. The printed circuit board and solder practice lab will show you good soldering techniques and help you become familiar with a variety of electronic components.

Lab Exercises Part III


Electronics Course Lessons

Electronics Certification Lesson Topics:

1. Current and Voltage:
Electricity, The Electrical and Electronics Language

2. Controlling Current and Voltage:
The movement of electricity, Direct and Alternating Currents

3. Power Distribution:
Power from generation to consumption, Power Transmission Lines, How to measure Electric Energy Consumption, Power, Voltage and Current, Low current and High Voltage Means Lower Cost

4. Portable Extension Cords:
Commercial Extension Cords, How to select the Proper Extension Cord, Types of electrical Cord and Insulation

5. Static Electricity:
Learn the characteristics of static electricity and how it’s put into motion to form current electricity.

6. Electric Currents and Semiconductor Devices:
Electric Currents, What a Electric Current is, Current Direction, Semiconductor Devices, Electrons, Controlling the Electron Flow, Integrated Circuits, Characteristics of Transistors

7. Fractions and Decimal Numbers:
Using Fractions in Electronics, How Decimals are used in Electronics

8. Reciprocals, Percentage and Powers of Numbers:
The Meaning and use of Powers of a Number, Changing Fractions to Decimals, Division of Decimals

9. The Three Basics of Electric Circuits: Voltage, Current and Resistance:
Voltage, Current and Resistance

10. Ohm's Law, Conductors and Insulators:
Ohm’s Law, Conductors and Insulators

11. Connecting and Tracing Battery Circuits:
Battery versus Cell, Battery Symbols, Parallel Connection, Schematic Variations

12. Identifying Components:
Reading Diagrams and Tracing Circuits, Wiring Diagrams, Relating a Schematic to the Actual Circuit, Circuit Tracing, Transistors

13. Tracing Wiring on Printed Circuit Boards:
Tracing through Wiring, Tracing Out a Circuit, Introduction to Printed Circuit Board Tracing

14. Roots of Numbers, Ratio and Proportion:
The use of square roots in electronic formulas, the properties of a right triangle, ratios and proportions

15. Inverse Proportion and Negative Numbers:
Learn how negative numbers are used in electronics and how to sum up voltages around a series or loop.

16. Parallel Circuits:
Finding the Currents in a Parallel Circuit, Electron Movement in the Circuit

17. Equivalent Circuits:
Combined Resistance in Series and Parallel Circuits, Finding Current and Total Resistance in a Series Circuit

18. Applications of Kirchhoff's Laws:
Voltmeters and their use, Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law, Figuring Voltages in Series Circuits.

19. Series-Parallel Circuits:
Hints on Solving Series-Parallel Circuits, Series - Parallel Circuits with many Components, Using Copper wire

20. Voltage and Power:
Understanding Potential, Practical Voltage Sources, Power in DC Circuits

21. Vital Statistics of AC Circuits:
Voltages and Graphs, Sine Waves, Phase, AC and DC Working Together

22. Magnetism and Magnetic Circuits:
Properties of Magnets, Magnetic Fields, Electromagnetism, Magnetic Circuits

23. Induced Voltage and Current:
Inducing Voltage and Current through Motion, Factors that affect Induced Voltage, Lenz’s Law: The Direction of Induced Current

24. Thinking Circuits and Automatic Switches:
Logic Circuits, AND Circuits with Switches, OR Circuit with Switches, Combination AND/OR Circuits, Boolean Algebra Computer Shorthand, The Relay - An Automatic Switch, Relay Operation, Using Relays to Switch Heavy Currents, Controlled Circuits and Controlling Circuits, Relay Poles and Throws, Normal Position of Relay Contacts, Circuits with more than One Relay.

25. Relays and Robots:
Using one battery to do more than one job, AND Circuit with Relays, A Robot for Rover, OR Circuit with Relays, NOT Logic Circuits, AND Circuit with NOT, A Circuit for Taming the TV, OR Circuit with NOT, Other Logic Circuits.

26. Scientific Notation:
A knowledge of scientific notation is essential for the best jobs in electronics.

27. Units of Measure:
Units of Measure, Temperature Measurements

28. Inductance:
Self Induced Voltage, Current Flow in an Inductance, Inductive Reactance, Reactance of Combined Inductors Phase Shift in Inductors, Impedance

29. Mutual Inductance and Magnetic Coupling:
Inducing a Voltage by Mutual Induction, Magnetic Coupling Between Coils, Aiding and Opposing Coupling Flux

30. Transformers:
Construction of Power Transformers, Currents in a Transformer, Effect of Shortened Turns

31. Electrical Charges and Capacitance:
Electric Fields, How Capacitance Works, Formula for Capacitance, Current through a Capacitor, Capacitors in Series and Parallel

32. Capacitors in Action:
Putting the Stored Energy of a Capacitor to Work, Physical Construction of Capacitors, Capacitors and Phase

33. Rectifiers and Amplifiers:
The Solid State Diode, Amplification, Amplifying Devices

34. Transistor and FET Amplifiers:
Modifying The Basic Amplifier, Transistor Amplifier, Field-Effect Transistor Amplifier

35. Reading and Using Graphs:
How to read and Plot a Curve, Plotting a Curve from Lab Values, Graphs and Negative Values, Linear Circuits, Transistor Characteristics Curves

36. Phasors and Formulas:
Vectors, Angles, Sine Waves, Proportions, Squares and Roots, + and - Signs

37. Reliable Soldering Techniques:
Soldering Tools for Electrons, The Soldering Iron Tip, How to Tin Your Soldering Iron, Solder Flux and Solderability, Soldering Properties of Solder, Eutectic Solder, Tools for Electronic Technicians

38. Working with Printed Circuit Boards:
Purpose of Printed Circuit Boards, Colder Solder Joints, Tinning, Splicing Two Wires Together, Soldering Stranded Wire, Soldering to Terminals, Tack Soldering, Soldering to Printed-Circuit Boards

39. Building a Siren with Flashing Light:
Practical Soldering Tips, How to Inspect Your Soldering Joint, How to Repair Solder Joints, Identifying Components, Reading the Color Bands, Testing Components, Circuit Tracing


Student Privileges:
In addition, this Basic Electronics Course comes with Superior Student Privileges so you never have to study alone!

1. Instructor Assistance:
Use our toll-free Instructor Hot-line to access our faculty and staff if you ever need assistance with your course work. CIE's dedicated staff of instructors do more than just grade your exams; they help guide you, step-by-step, through your studies and hands-on electronics experiments. 

They'll encourage you when you're doing well and give you support when you need it. Most importantly they'll see that every question you have receives careful consideration by one or more members of the staff.

You can be sure the response, whether it's a simple explanation of electronics fundamentals or an in-depth theoretical discussion, will be prompt, courteous and thorough. (Some courses include non-CIE material, videos or software, that will supplement your studies but will not be included under Instructor Assistance.)

2. Priority Grading - No waiting
Your submitted exams will be graded and sent back to you within 24 hours. You can be sure that you will get back almost instantaneous feedback from your exams. Take your exams online on our e-grade web site or mail them in to us.

3. Professional Certificate of Completion from CIE Bookstore
After finishing the Basic Electronics course you'll receive a certificate of completion in Basic Electronics suitable for framing!

Industry Overview:
Today’s electrical, electronics and computer technicians continue to revolutionize the way we live. We depend on the hundreds of thousands of these individuals who design, produce operate and maintain a vast array of equipment and services.

Radio, television, telephones, computers, airplanes, automobiles, office machinery and home appliances are a few of the industries in which electronics play an important role. In our age of satellites and computer networks the challenges and opportunities continue to mushroom. Today’s electronic careers continue to have enormous potential.

The implementation of ideas through new products, systems and services is the essence of engineering. The rapid changes in electrical, electronics and computer technology and the diversity of applications require a broad educational background and a lifelong commitment to learning new and specialized information.

Related Career Paths:
Electronics Technologist, Biomedical Engineering Technologist, Service Engineering Technologist, Systems Test Engineering Technologist, Product Engineering Technologist, Quality Control Engineering Technologist, R&D Technologist, Engineering Assistant, Bench Technician, Test Technician, Calibration/Lab Technician, Documentation Engineering Technologist, Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Software Engineer, Research Engineer

How do I enroll in the Basic Electronics Course?

1. You can enroll online (click the 'Add to Cart' button).

2. Call us at (800) 321-2155 and ask for the Basic Electronics Course (03-Introb).

3. You can mail a check or money order for $297.75 to:
(Includes $22.75 for shipping/handling - foreign shipping will be higher.) 

CIE Bookstore
1776 E. 17th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Attn. Basic Electronics Course

CIE Bookstore's affordable Basic Electronics Course will provide step-by-step electronics training you can do at home. Learning electronics has never been easier! This course is in stock.

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