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RULE §127.747Solid State Electronics (One Credit), Adopted 2015

(a) General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 11 and 12. Prerequisite: AC/DC Electronics. Students shall be awarded one credit for successful completion of this course.

(b) Introduction.

  (1) Career and technical education instruction provides content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills for students to further their education and succeed in current or emerging professions.

  (2) The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services, including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

  (3) In Solid State Electronics, students will demonstrate knowledge and applications of advanced circuits, electrical measurement, and electrical implementation used in the electronics and computer industries. Students will transfer advanced academic skills to apply engineering principles and technical skills to troubleshoot, repair, and modify electronic components, equipment, and power electronic systems in a project-based environment. Additionally, students will explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational needs in the electronics industry.

  (4) Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.

  (5) Statements that contain the word "including" reference content that must be mastered, while those containing the phrase "such as" are intended as possible illustrative examples.

(c) Knowledge and skills.

  (1) The student demonstrates professional standards/employability skills as required by business and industry. The student is expected to:

    (A) demonstrate knowledge of how to dress appropriately, speak politely, and conduct oneself in a manner appropriate for the profession;

    (B) show the ability to cooperate, contribute, and collaborate as a member of a group in an effort to achieve a positive collective outcome;

    (C) present written and oral communication in a clear, concise, and effective manner, including explaining and justifying actions;

    (D) demonstrate time-management skills in prioritizing tasks, following schedules, and performing goal-relevant activities in a way that produces efficient results; and

    (E) demonstrate punctuality, dependability, reliability, and responsibility in performing assigned tasks as directed.

  (2) The student demonstrates the skills necessary for success in a technical career. The student is expected to:

    (A) identify training, education, employment, and career opportunities, including differences between an electronic technician, electronic technologist, and electrical engineer;

    (B) identify employment and career opportunities;

    (C) identify industry certifications;

    (D) discuss ethical issues related to electronics and incorporate proper ethics in submitted projects;

    (E) identify and demonstrate respect for diversity in the workplace;

    (F) identify appropriate actions and consequences relating to discrimination, harassment, and inequality;

    (G) explore electronics career and preparation programs;

    (H) explore career preparation learning experiences, including, but not limited to, job shadowing, mentoring, and apprenticeship training; and

    (I) discuss Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation and implications.

  (3) The student participates in team projects in various roles. The student is expected to:

    (A) explain the importance of teamwork in the field of electronics;

    (B) apply principles of effective teamwork and problem solving, including collaboration and conflict resolution; and

    (C) demonstrate proper attitudes as a team leader and team member.

  (4) The student develops skills for managing a project. The student is expected to:

    (A) implement project management methodologies, including initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing a project;

    (B) develop a project schedule and complete work according to established criteria;

    (C) participate in the organization and operation of a real or simulated engineering project; and

    (D) develop a plan for production of an individual product.

  (5) The student demonstrates principles of project documentation and work flow. The student is expected to:

    (A) complete work orders and related documentation;

    (B) identify factors affecting cost and strategies to minimize costs;

    (C) prepare a project budget;

    (D) prepare a production schedule;

    (E) identify intellectual property and other legal restrictions; and

    (F) read and interpret technical drawings, manuals, and bulletins.

  (6) The student practices safe and proper work habits. The student is expected to:

    (A) master relevant safety tests;

    (B) comply with safety guidelines as described in various manuals, instructions, and regulations;

    (C) identify governmental and organizational regulations for health and safety in the workplace related to electronics;

    (D) identify and classify hazardous materials and wastes according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and industry standards;

    (E) dispose of hazardous materials and wastes appropriately;

    (F) perform maintenance on selected tools, equipment, and machines;

    (G) handle and store tools and materials correctly; and

    (H) describe the results of negligent or improper maintenance of material, tools, and equipment.

  (7) The student implements the concepts and skills that form advanced knowledge of electronics using project-based rubrics. The student is expected to:

    (A) apply Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws, and power laws to advanced circuit theory;

    (B) demonstrate advanced knowledge of the theory of direct current, alternating current, digital circuits, and semi-conductor circuits through Thevenin and Norton's theorems;

    (C) apply knowledge of voltage regulation devices;

    (D) apply knowledge of the design and use of diodes, transistors, and analog components with integrated circuits;

    (E) implement knowledge of solid-state components and devices such as a power supply design;

    (F) demonstrate knowledge of the similarities and differences in optoelectronic devices;

    (G) implement knowledge of transmission theory;

    (H) implement knowledge of microprocessor applications;

    (I) apply electronic theory to generators, electric motors, power supplies, electronic amplifiers, electronic oscillators, communication circuits, and systems; and

    (J) complete advanced electrical-electronic troubleshooting assignments to industry standards.

  (8) The student learns the function and application of the tools, equipment, and materials used in electronics through specific project-based assessments. The student is expected to:

    (A) use tools and laboratory equipment in a safe manner to construct and repair circuits;

    (B) use precision measuring instruments to analyze circuits and prototypes;

    (C) describe and perform measurement techniques with analog, digital, or storage oscilloscopes;

    (D) use multiple software applications to simulate circuit behavior and present concepts; and

    (E) identify and describe the functions of computer hardware devices.

  (9) The student designs products using appropriate design processes and techniques. The student is expected to:

    (A) interpret advanced industry standard schematics;

    (B) identify areas where quality, reliability, and safety can be designed into a product;

    (C) improve a product design to meet a specified need;

    (D) produce advanced schematics to industry standards;

    (E) discuss the process of obtaining a patent;

    (F) use a variety of technologies to design components such as computer simulation software; and

    (G) explore innovative technologies that may affect electronics.

  (10) The student builds a simulated or physical prototype using the appropriate tools, materials, and techniques. The student is expected to:

    (A) identify and describe the steps needed to produce a prototype;

    (B) identify and use appropriate tools, equipment, machines, and materials to produce the prototype; and

    (C) present the prototype using a variety of media to a panel.

Source Note: The provisions of this §127.747 adopted to be effective April 7, 2022, 47 TexReg 1677

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