Hands-On Introduction to Electrical Engineering Lab Skills

Photograph of a multimeter.

In this lecture and lab course, students learn to use electrical instruments including function generators, oscilloscopes, and multimeters. (Photograph courtesy of jbgeekdad on Flickr.)


MIT Course Number


As Taught In

January IAP 2008



Cite This Course

Course Description

Course Features

Course Description

This course introduces students to both passive and active electronic components (op-amps, 555 timers, TTL digital circuits). Basic analog and digital circuits and theory of operation are covered. The labs allow the students to master the use of electronic instruments and construct and/or solder several circuits. The labs also reinforce the concepts discussed in class with a hands-on approach and allow the students to gain significant experience with electrical instruments such as function generators, digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers and power supplies. In the last lab, the students build an electronic circuit that they can keep. The course is geared to freshmen and others who want an introduction to electronics circuits.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Related Content

Gim Hom. 6.091 Hands-On Introduction to Electrical Engineering Lab Skills. January IAP 2008. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

For more information about using these materials and the Creative Commons license, see our Terms of Use.