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MEng Mechatronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Electronic Circuit Design I

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN10232
Credit rating 10
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
Circuit Analysis EEEN10121 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in the current academic year 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.

Learning outcomes

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).


Intellectual skills:

  • 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.


Practical skills:

  • 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. 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written exam 70%

Coursework 1:

Three laboratory sessions

Laboratory duration: 3 hours each

Assessed by: Written reports after labs 2 and 3. Each report forms 10% of the unit assessment

Coursework 1 forms 20% of the unit assessment.


Coursework 2:

Tutorial quesitons, as defined by tutorial schedule.

Coursework 2 forms 10% of the unit assessment.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Practical classes & workshops 9
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 67

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Laith Danoon Unit coordinator
Aimin Song Unit coordinator

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