EE 101 FAQ

What is the purpose of EE 101?
The purpose of EE 101 is to make sure that students have reviewed and mastered the necessary skills learned in EE 98 (circuit analysis) and Math 133A(differential equations) to succeed in EE 110, EE 112, or CMPE 102.  

What is EE 101?
EE 101 (Circuit Concepts and Problem Solving) is a one-unit, credit/no-credit, junior-level course in network analysis. It is a required course for electrical engineering and computer engineering students. It is a prerequisite for EE 110 (Network Analysis) and EE112 (Effective Spring 2002).  The course is meant to be challenged by taking the final exam on the second or third day of class of EE101.

What are the prerequisites for EE 101?
The prerequisites for EE 101 are a grade of C or better in (a) EE 98 (or equivalent)

I am filling out my Academic Planning Form. Do I have to take EE101 one semester, and the EE110, EE112, or CMPE102 the following semester?
No, the EE 101 course is meant to be challenged by taking the exam before the start of the semester.  Dates will be posted on the website and on the bulletin board.  If you pass the exam you may enroll in EE 110, EE 112 or CMPE 102 as you need to the same semester you enroll in EE101.  In other words, EE 101, EE110, EE 112 and EE 102 can be taken in the same semester, if you pass the exam at the beginning of the semester.  You do not have to attend any EE101 class sessions, nor do you have to take the final again.

Students who are enrolled in EE 98 may take the EE 101 challenge exam near the end of the semester.  Your EE 98 professor will announce when the exam will be given.  If you pass the exam at this time, you will be given an add code for EE 110 and EE 112 by the EE department as soon as you register for EE 101 the following semester.  Students who have passed the exam before the start of the semester do not have to attend any EE101 class sessions, nor do they have to take the final again.

Transfer students or students who did not pass the EE 101 exam while enrolled in EE98, register for EE 101, and take the exam at the beginning of the semester.  Assume you are going to pass the EE 101 and sit in EE 110, EE112, or CMPE 102 while you are waiting for the exam results.  Once you earn passing score, you will be given an add code from the EE or CPME department. Students who have passed the exam at the beginning of the semester do not have to attend any more EE101 class sessions, nor do they have to take the final again.

If you do not pass the EE 101 exam given at the beginning of the semester, stop going to EE 110, EE 112 or CMPE 112 and attend EE101 as a regular class and make sure to pass the final exam at the end of the semester. If you are an EE student who does not pass the exam and need to take courses to fill up your schedule, you can still take EE 118, MatE 153, EE 140 and EE 127 (a technical elective). 

What is required to pass EE 101?
The only requirement is to earn a passing score on the examination which is 60 or greater.

What is in the exam?
The exam covers basic topics in circuit analysis and problem solving techniques. The main topics are:

1. Basic circuits concepts
2. Direct applications of these concepts
3. DC, AC circuit analysis
4. Transient circuit analysis
5. Calculus and Differential Equations (Effective Dec. 2002)

Where should I sign up for the EE101 challenge exam?
If you are enrolled in EE101, you will be given the challenge exam before the start of the semester.  If you are an EE98 student, provide your instructor your name and student ID.  It will be provided to the EE101 instructor.

What should I bring to the challenge exam?
The exam is closed book and closed notes. The following items are required:

1. Your photo ID (such as your driver’s license)
2. You should also bring some # 2 pencils and a calculator (only non-programmable calculators are allowed).

Can I see the kinds of questions that will be on the exam?
Yes! The complete set of problems used in the exam is public and is available on the Web at http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/electrical/ee101exam.htm

What is the passing grade of the challenge exam?
You pass the exam if your score is 60 or greater. There are 25 questions in the exam. You get 4 points for each correct answer, 0 point for no answer, and -1 point for a wrong answer.

I am currently enrolled in EE101. If I fail the final exam, do I need to register for EE101 again?
Yes.

A friend told me that if I fail the EE101 exam at the end of the semester, I will get an 'I' grade and don't need to sign up for EE101 again. Is that correct?
No. An 'I' (Incomplete) grade will not be issued.

I enrolled in EE101 over a year ago and the grade has turned into a 'NC'. I recently passed the exam. Will the 'NC' grade be changed to 'CR'?
No. Once the grade turns into NC, it cannot be changed. You need to enroll in EE101 again. You may request the CR grade without having to re-take the exam.

Can I take the EE101 exam before I am officially enrolled in EE101?
If you are enrolled in EE98 you may take the EE101 challenge exam when it is offered near the end of the semester.  You must submit your name and student ID to your EE98 instructor.

If I pass the exam, do I still need to go to the class?
If you pass the exam, you do not need to go to the class. You will receive a 'CR' grade at the end of the semester.  But you must stay registered in the course in order to receive credit.

If I do not enroll in EE 101 the semester after I pass the exam, will I have to take the exam again?
Yes!

I have passed EE101 exam and enrolled in EE101. The problem is that now I can't sign up for CMPE102, or MatE153 due to time conflict. What should I do?
You should come to the EE department office (E349). We will provide you a letter to allow you to enroll in EE101 and a course with a conflict of schedule.

I have passed EE101 exam and enrolled in EE101. The problem is that I want to enroll in a course that has EE101 as a prerequisite but it does not appear on my transcript yet.  What should I do?
You should come to the EE department office (E349). We will provide you a letter to show the instructor for the course you want to enroll in stating that you have passed the EE101 exam.

Can I take EE101 and EE98 in the same semester?
With the EE101 instructor's consent, you may take EE101 and EE98 concurrently.

How many times can I take the exam?
You may take it as many times as you wish, however it is only offered twice each semester, once at the beginning and once near the end of the semester.  If you are an EE student and earn a No Credit (NC) in EE 101, please see the undergraduate coordinator to discuss your future in the EE program.