Currently, the use of electric energy is a daily activity, however, very few people know the concepts and basic principles that allow the comprehension of how it works, which are its basic parameters, how it is measured, and how to best use it.

This course presents basic concepts like voltage, current, and resistance, which allow the comprehension how power and energy consumption are measured.

The course will help you differentiate the components and parameters in an electric circuit, and differentiate a direct current electric circuit from an alternate current one. You will have the chance to perform remote practices in a virtual lab located in the facilities of Tecnológico de Monterrey to perform measuring experiments and the monitoring of basic electric parameters.

In addition, you will know how to make an efficient use of electric energy focused on the protection of the environment and the reduction of costs in the electric service.

Join us through these six weeks of learning.


Topic 1. Basic concepts of voltage, current, and resistance

  1. 2. Electric circuit

Topic 2. Electric energy and power

  1. Electric power
  2. Electric energy
  3. Balance of power/energy in an electric circuit

Topic 3. Electric circuits in alternative current. (AC).

  1. Voltage and current in AC circuits.
  2. Inductance and capacitance
  3. Impedance
  4. Charge analysis and costs of an electric installation.

Topic 4. Effective and average values

  1. Effective voltage and current
  2. Instant and average power

Topic 5. Real, apparent, and reactive power

  1. Real power.
  2. Apparent power
  3. Reactive power.

Topic 6. Efficient use and consumption of electric energy

  1. Consumption of electric energy
  2. Efficient use of the electric energy
  3. Energy savings


Learning Results

Through this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply in an electric circuit all the basic concepts of energy.
  • Solve exercises with learning resources and access to the remote laboratories.
  • Check the functioning of electric circuits.
  • Measure the efficiency in the consumption of electric energy.


  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Science


High school certificate in process or issued.

The offering in energy topics is classified into five kinds of courses according to the objective they pursue:

  • Communicate general knowledge: give general information regarding energy topics.
  • Basic theory: exposing basic concepts related to energy topics
  • Basic experimental theory: approach the principles of electric energy and explore processes for its application
  • Basic demonstrative theory: verify the application of concepts through demonstrations
  • - Experimental specialized: experiment with advanced concepts of electric energy through demonstrations and/or virtual laboratories


Manuel E. Macías García. Ph.D.

He received the degree of doctor in Engineering from the Technical University from Dresden, Germany and graduated as Electronic and Communications Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey campus Monterrey.

Since 1994, he has been an associate professor from the Electric Engineering Department at Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus Monterrey. He gives classes in graduate and postgraduate level in the areas of electronics, power electronics, and control of electric machines. He has developed applied research projects in the field of power electronics and control of machines. He was also the head coordinator of the Investigation Lecture “Robotized design of manufacturing cells” from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

In collaboration with companies like National Instruments and Siemens Automation & Drives, he has developed projects of Virtual Instrumentation for monitoring, remote control, and distance automation of processes. Currently, he coordinates the project National Network of Remote Laboratories and the Remote Automated Manufacturing System for Distance Collaboration. Besides, he has been responsible for the design and implementation of Industrial Electronics labs, Electric Machines Control, Tele-engineering, and for the development of the Virtual Reality Laboratories for the Automation and Industrial Networks in several of the Tecnologico de Monterrey campii.

Rodolfo Anaya Zamora, Engineer.

He received the degree as Master in Electronics and Engineering, as well as the degree of Engineer in Electronics and Communications from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

He is currently a professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus Monterrey in the department of Electric and Computing Engineering where he gives classes to graduate students in areas such as electronic circuits, analogic electronics, and electric energy generation and transmission.

During 2008 - 2015 he was the coordinator of the laboratories of the Department of Electric and Computing Engineering. He has wide professional experience in the academic and industrial fields. He also participates actively in different educational innovation projects to offer support to the teaching-learning process in the areas of electric-electronic engineering.

Cornelio Contreras Hinojosa, Engineer.

He received a master’s degree in Science with a specialization in Informational Systems and Energetic Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is also an Electronic and Communications Engineer from the same institution.

He has been a head professor at the Department of Computing Science at Tecnológico de Monterrey since 1978; teaching different classes to graduate students in the fields of Digital Circuits, Electronics, Computing Simulation, Programming, Numerical Methods, and Computing Networks. Likewise, he has performed educational practices with his students is different companies from Monterrey.

In the year 2009, he became part of the head teachers of the Electric Engineering department from the same institution, giving classes to graduate students in the fields of Electric and Electronic Engineering, Numerical Methods, and Programming Languages.

Course code: EECY17091X

Classes begin: September 11, 2017

Classes end: October 28.

Estimated effort: 5 hours a week.