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MEng Electronic Engineering
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Electronic Circuit Design I
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit will cover the following:
- Operational (voltage) amplifiers; non-inverting and inverting circuits; limitations of real integrated circuits (ICs); adder and differential circuits; circuits with two or three op amps; understanding data sheets. (10 lectures)
- Related ICs: comparator; transimpedance and transconductance amplifiers. (6 lectures)
- Capacitor characteristics; circuits with capacitors; coupling and decoupling; integrator and differentiator (4 lectures).
- Diode characteristics; applications of diodes, detector circuits; d.c. level control. LED, semiconductor laser and photodiode characteristics; non-linear circuit applications. (4 lectures)
- Field Effect Transistor (FET) characteristics; Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT) characteristics; amplifier and switch circuits; biasing. (8 lectures)
- Tutorials (4 lectures).
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 2020/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.
The course unit aims to:
- Explain the principles of amplification using electronic components;
- Describe the characteristics of electronic components and introduce the concept of functional flexibility;
- Explain the benefits of applying negative feedback in the context of operational amplifiers and circuits using discrete devices.
Students will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the most important basic operational amplifier configurations and their applications.
- Show that they understand the limitations of simple circuits.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of simple characteristics and circuit applications of semiconductor diodes, light emitting diodes (LEDs), photodiodes, field effect transistors (FETs) and bipolar junction transistors (BJTs).
- Analyse simple electronic circuits containing the above devices using Kirchhoff's laws.
- Understand that a variety of functions can be achieved with a limited number of devices.
- Select appropriate circuit configurations and component values for a variety of applications.
Transferable skills and personal qualities:
- Interpret some of the parameters given in specification data (e.g. data sheets).
- Simple electronic design with practical demonstration in a time-limited environment.
Unseen Written Examination:
4 long questions, answer all questions.
Duration: 2 hours
Calculators are permitted.
This examination forms 70% of the unit assessment.
Three laboratory sessions
Laboratory duration: 3 hours each
- Written report after lab 2 forms 10% of the unit assessment
- Individual practical demonstration during lab 3
Coursework 1 forms 10% of the unit assessment.
As defined by tutorial schedule
Coursework 2 forms 20% of the unit assessment.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||9|
|Independent study hours|
|Laith Danoon||Unit coordinator|
|Aimin Song||Unit coordinator|