Basic Electronics Online Program

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  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Develop your skills with ICS Canada’s Electronics Career Diploma Program. Learn about electronics, from basic safety to universal design and theory. With ICS Canada, you train at home and at a pace that's right for you. And, you can complete this program in as little as four months.

ICS Canada’s Basic Electronics Program includes practical exercises to give you hands-on, career-relevant training.¹ ² You will receive study materials, including electronics practice kits, a digital multimeter and multimeter operation manual, and a soldering iron. Plus, the Canadian Fire Alarm Association lists ICS Canada’s Electronics program as meeting the requirements of the Association’s Course in Basic Electronics.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

Provide students with the necessary skills for entry into the field of electronics. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to sit for the Electronics Technicians' Association International (ETA) Certification Exam.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the schematic symbols of several common electronic components and describe their functions; define terms used in electronics
  • Name several electrical shock hazards, and understand how to prevent electrical shocks through lockout-and-tag procedures, proper procedures, and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Discern the various types of conductors and their conductivity; determine the size of conductor needed for an application; identify types of insulating materials and list their temperature ratings
  • Calculate voltage, resistance, and current in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits
  • Understand how to use electronics equipment, including multimeters, soldering equipment, and ohmmeters
  • Read circuit diagrams, and analyze basic relay ladder diagrams
  • List the various switch types, their uses, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type
  • Identify many types of wires, cables, connectors, and terminals, and specify the applications for each type
  • Determine the expected resistance of a wire, and estimate the change in resistance that occurs with changing wire characteristics
  • Discern the differences among simple, compound, and closed magnetic circuits
  • Determine the direction of magnetic lines of force around a conductor
  • Calculate the total capacitance of a circuit; calculate the time constant of a resistance-capacitance (RC) or resistance-inductance (RL) circuit; calculate the total inductance of a circuit
  • Explain how inductors are constructed, and describe how an inductor can regulate the flow of current in a DC circuit
  • Describe how diodes and transistors work and how to determine if they're working properly; list uses for diodes and transistors in electronic systems

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Introduction to Electronics

Conductors, resistors, and insulators; direct current and alternating current; job opportunities.

Instruction Set 2

Nature of Electricity

Dangers and benefits of static electricity; volts, amperes, and ohms; series and parallel circuits.

Additional Material

Learning Aids:

  • Electronics Practice Kit 1
  • Resistor Color Guide
Practical Exercise 1

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 3

Conductors, Insulators, and Batteries

Conductors and conductivity; insulating materials; safety precautions when using storage batteries.

Circuit Analysis and Ohm’s Law

Finding the voltage, current, and resistance; the use of Ohm’s Law.

Multimeter Usage Manual

Multimeter operation; AC and DC voltage measurement.

Additional Material

Learning Aids:

  • Electronics Practice Kit
  • Circuit Formula Quick Reference Chart

Equipment: Digital Multimeter

Practical Exercise 2

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 4

Basic Measuring Instruments

Analog or digital VOMs; using VOMs to measure voltage; safe handling of a multimeter.

Electronics Hardware

Mechanical connectors; types of solder tools.

Switching Devices

Types of switches; basic relay ladder diagrams.

Additional Material

Learning Aids: Electronics Practice Kit

Equipment:

  • Soldering Iron
  • Desoldering Pump
Practical Exercise 3

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 5

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Simple, compound, and closed magnetic circuits; simple electromagnetic relays.

Capacitors and Inductors

Types of capacitors; how an inductor regulates the flow of current.

Basic Semiconductor Components: Diodes

How a diode works; selecting the proper diode for replacement in a circuit.

Basic Semiconductor Components: Transistors

Bipolar transistors; using an ohmmeter; basic troubleshooting.

Additional Material

Learning Aid: Electronics Practice Kit

Practical Exercise 4

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 6

Alternating Current

Characteristics of an AC cycle; calculating power.

Capacitors in AC Circuits

Reactance and Impedance; how AC frequency affects impedance.

Inductors in AC Circuits

Applying Ohm’s law; understanding and calculating impedance; how inductors are made and how they operate.

Transformers

Connecting single-phase transformers; operation of autotransformers.

Additional Material

Learning Aid: Electronics Practice Kit

Practical Exercise 5

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 7

Reactance and Impedance

Determining the reactance of a capacitor and inductor; finding phase angles between voltage and current.

Resonant Circuits

Serial and parallel resonance; calculating the value of the Quality Factor, Q.

Application of Resonant Circuits

Low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and band-reject filters; identifying power-supply filter designs.

Additional Material

Learning Aid: Electronics Practice Kit

Practical Exercise 6

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 8

Rectifiers and Power Supplies

Basic types of electronic rectifiers; operation of power-supply filters.

Amplifiers

Transistor amplifier operations; determining biasing conditions.

Oscillators

Oscillator circuits; effects of temperature on oscillator circuits.

Fiber Optic and Optoelectronic Components

Basic theory of light communications; electron microscopes; how fluorescent lights operate.

Additional Material

Learning Aid: Electronics Practice Kit

Practical Exercise 7

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 9

Electronic Sensors

Bridge circuits; concepts of “stress” and “strain” in electronics.

Modulation and Detection Circuits

Degrees of modulation; AM and FM signals; modulation and detector circuits.

Electronic Devices and Amplification

Passive and active devices; determining amplifier gain.

Using Basic Oscilloscopes

Operation of an oscilloscope; performing low-voltage measurements.

Additional Material

Learning Aid: Electronics Practice Kit

Practical Exercise 8

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 10

Audio and RF Circuits

Tone frequencies used in control systems; virtues of AM, FM, and SSB transmission.

Oscillators, Feedback, and Waveforms

Oscillator circuits; how waveforms are created.

Electronic Power Supply Systems

Basic operation of DC and AC conversion equipment; selecting the proper type of battery.

Additional Material

Learning Aid: Electronics Practice Kit

Practical Exercise 9

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.


Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instructions.
Electronics Workbench is a trademark of Interactive Image Technologies, Ltd. registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions. We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Sample Lesson

To view an Electronics sample lesson, click here.

Electronics Technician Training Details

In the ICS Canada’s Electronics online program, you will:

  • Learn electronic circuits: amplifiers, oscillators, and power supplies
  • Use service guides, schematics, and manufacturer specifications
  • Repair or replace defective parts: motors, fuses, and gaskets
  • Reassemble and test equipment after repairs
Online electronics program

Electronics technicians maintain and replace a variety of electronics in computers, entertainment, and broadcast equipment. Here are a few qualities that effective electronics technicians have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant, receptive, and work well with others.
  • Honest: Your work requires integrity and a good sense of ethics.
  • Persistent: Your job requires focus and determination in the face of obstacles.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Learning aids, including electronics practice kits, resistor color guide, circuit formula quick reference chart, digital multimeter, multimeter operation manual, soldering iron, and desoldering pump
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Are there any useful guides included in the Electronics Career Diploma Program?

Practice kits and practical exercises² are provided for you. Parts kits may include different types of wires and various parts for practice. Some examples of what is included in the program: electronics practice kits, resistor color guide, circuit formula quick reference chart, digital multimeter, multimeter operation manual, soldering iron, and desoldering pump.

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¹ Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

² In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework. To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.