My friend Johnny says, "You have to be as smart as the tool." His way of saying read the manual. I'll just point out a couple of limitations of the programs. They will quietly without complaint use any data you feed them and allow you to "shoot yourself in the foot.". We will strive to feed them good data. Example of bad data would be using an audio transistor in a microwave circuit or using a battery to feed a 1000 amp surge to a circuit. Yes the programs will allow this so we must be aware.
Now to layout some ground rules. We will use a systematic approach first building the DC circuits and the adding the AC components. This is one of the main problems I see, all the introductory books tell how to build the bias network and leave the AC analysis for volume two. We will explore volume one and then move on to volume two.
So, I'm off to make a couple of screen shots, more later.