ES 101B: Communication in the Digital Age Laboratory (1 unit)

Fall 2012

Section 2, Section Code: 2929

Kyler Connelly (in the back) and Philip Brault of Engineering Science working on their robot projectInstructor: Saeid Rahimi

Days: Tuesdays
Times: 5:30 pm - 8:20 pm
Location: Salazar Hall, Room 2003

Office hours: Tuesdays, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm or by appointment
Phone: (707) 664-3390
Office location: Salazar Hall, Room 2008B
E-Mail: rahimi at sonoma dot edu

Course Overview:

Laboratory, 2 hours and 50 minutes. To demonstrate the concepts discussed in the course ES 101A and give hands-on experience to the students. (Does not apply to ES majors.) This course meets the GE science Laboratory under area B3. The objectives of the course are as follow:

  • Improve the understanding of the practical aspects of theories of science and technology.
  • Improve problem solving and critical thinking skills through application of scientific knowledge using hands-on activities.
  • Get some hands-on experience and basic terminologies used in communication, narrowband or broadband technologies.
  • Get some hands-on experience with the electrical, electronics and optical measurement equipment.
  • Explore the application of scientific methods involved in electrical engineering.

While ES 101B is independent from ES 101A, students are highly encouraged to take these two concurrently.

Attendance is an important part of a student's university experience. Your participation in class activities, either lab or group discussion, is essential and part of your final grade.

Course Textbook: There is no textbook for this class. The necessary course material will be posted on the course web site. Students are encouraged to read the material ahead of time. Students can access the material by using their Seawolf id and password.

Group Discussions: During the course of the semester, there will be one or more group discussions that will address some important topics covered in the lecture.

Academic Honesty: You are responsible to behave ethically and honestly. Copying, cheating, forgery and other unethical or dishonest actions are not tolerated. In such case, the person will receive zero grade and can be reported to SSU authorities. SSU Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism

For more information on SSU's important policies and procedures go to: Important Policies and Procedures for Students

Grading Policy
Lab Reports
Class Participation

Lab Reports:

Students are to write their reports during the last 30 minutes of each lab session. This would be a collaborative effort of the lab partners. The reports are due at the end of each session. No late lab report would be accepted.


A: ≥ 94, A-: 90 to 93, B+: 87 to 89, B: 84 to 86, B-: 80 to 83, C+: 77 to 79, C: 74 to 76, C-: 70 to 73, D+: 67 to 69, D: 64 to 66, D-: 60 to 63 and F: ≤ 60

Our Expectations:

  • Arrive on time to attend the lab. Unexcused absences will affect your grade.
  • Read the lab instructions available on the course website before you come to class.
  • Turn off cell phones, earphones and other distracting devices.


  • The broad hands-on experience to understand some of the basic terminologies used in electricity and communication, narrowband or broadband.
  • Hands-on experience of some electronic components and measurement equipment.
Lab Schedule
8/21/2012 Intoduction to the course and a tour of engineering labs
8/28/2012 Analog Electronics: Batteries, Power Supplies and Multimeters (Last day to add or drop is 9/4/2012.)
9/4/2012 How to connect electronic components together?
9/11/2012 Function Generators and Oscilloscope
9/18/2012 Solar and Light Powered Instruments
9/25/2012 Introduction to Digital Electronics
10/2/2012 Midterm
10/9/2012 Magnetic Fields and Electromagnets
10/16/2012 Plot Data Using MS Excel
10/23/2012 Low-Pass and High-Pass Filters
10/30/2012 Networking (Salazar Hall, Room 2006)
11/6/2012 Optical Measurement (Salazar Hall, Room 2001)
11/13/2012 LED Flasher
11/20/2012 Review Session
11/27/2012 Group Discussion
12/4/2012 Final Exam