MECH ENG 2015 - Electronics IIM

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Amplifier models and imperfections. Operational amplifiers and their applications. Diodes, rectifier circuits, wave-shaping circuits, diode logic circuits and voltage regulator circuits. Characteristics of Transistors (BJTs and FETs), modelling transistors and circuits. Circuits analysis. Active filters, PSPICE, and some practical circuits using the learned components.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 2015
    Course Electronics IIM
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 1009
    Restrictions Available to BE(Mechatronic) & associated double degree students only
    Course Description Amplifier models and imperfections. Operational amplifiers and their applications. Diodes, rectifier circuits, wave-shaping circuits, diode logic circuits and voltage regulator circuits. Characteristics of Transistors (BJTs and FETs), modelling transistors and circuits. Circuits analysis. Active filters, PSPICE, and some practical circuits using the learned components.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tien-Fu Lu

    Dr Tien-Fu Lu Lecturer Engineering South Building, S208
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    If the day/time is changed, the students will be informed in the class and the new arrangement will be posted on MyUni.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    To provide student with a good understanding of some important electronic components, their circuit behaviours, and applications in the analogue processing of electronic signals and to show how these circuits have been used in various real-life applications. On completion of the course, students should:

    1 Have a good understanding of those electronic components and their circuits covered in this course.
    2 Have a good understanding of relevant circuit analysis techniques and equivalent circuit models.
    3 Be able to analyze and apply amplifiers, diodes, BJTs and FETs in certain circuit designs by using relevant circuit analysis techniques and models.
    4 Understand and be able to use PSPICE to simulate simple circuits.
    5 Have a good understanding and be able to use some common instruments for circuit analysis and design.
    6 Have gained much about electronics practical skills
    7 Have a deep understanding of the responsibility of engineers to the community for the safety issues associated with the use of electronic components and circuits.
    8 Understand the need to undertake lifelong learning.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7,8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Text book:

    • Hambley, A.R., Electrical Engineering – principle and applications, 4th edition (International edition), Prentice Hall, 2007 or later edition (available from Unibooks);
    • Lecture notes available as printed copy from the Image & Copy Centre at the beginning of the semester and electronic copy available via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources

    Wesley, A., Electronics – A System Approach, 2nd edition, 1998.

    Online Learning

    Course related materials including announcements, lecture notes, tutorial materials, practical information and so on will be made available in MyUni. Students are asked to access MyUni regularly (preferred at least once a week) for the course related information and materials throught out the semester.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    • Lectures to cover the contents described in Section 1.1 course description and enhanced by tutorial questions, circuit simulations and practicals.
    • Tutorials to support the covered contents adopting problem-solving principles.
    • Assignments for students to exercise the knowledge learned.
    • Simulations and practicals to integrate and apply the contents covered in the lectures to realise functional circuits.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to averaged about five hours a week for lectures, tutorial and practical activities, averaged three hours per week are estimated to be necessary to review the contents learned and work on assignments, tutorial questions and practical reports to achieve good learning results.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Ideal amplifiers (12%) (3 hours lectures, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours practical)

    • ideal amplifier models
    • cascaded amplifiers
    • voltage and current gains in decibels
    • amplifier frequency response
    • differential amplifiers
    • common mode rejection ratio

    Operational amplifiers (20%) (5 hours lectures, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours practical)

    • ideal operational amplifier
    • summing-point constraint
    • inverting amplifier – negative feedback
    • inverting amplifier – positive feedback
    • schmitt trigger circuit
    • non-inverting amplifier
    • voltage follower
    • amplifier design using op amps
    • op amp imperfections
    • large signal operation
    • understanding specifications

    Diodes and diode circuits (16%) (4 hours lectures, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours practical)

    • diode characteristics
    • load-line analysis
    • ideal diode model
    • assumed state analysis
    • rectifier circuits
    • wave-shaping circuits
    • clamp circuits
    • linear small-signal equivalent circuits
    • DC circuit equivalent
    • small AC signals

    Bipolar junction transistors (16%) (4 hours lectures, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours practical)

    • common emitters
    • secondary effects
    • load-line analysis
    • quiescient operating point
    • inverting amplifier
    • distortion and three regions
    • models for three regions
    • forward and inverted modes
    • large signal DC circuit model
    • BJT small-signal equivalent circuits
    • BJT circuit analysis
    • circuit bias and analysis
    • common emitter amplifier and circuit analysis
    • the emitter follower
    • BJT as digital logic switch

    Field-effect transistors (16%) (4 hours lectures, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours practical)

    • FET characteristics
    • regions and boundary for operation
    • channel-length modulation
    • FETs load-line analysis
    • FET quiescient operating point
    • drain to source voltage and current
    • distortion
    • FET circuit analysis
    • fixed plus self bias circuit
    • gate loop
    • FET bias circuits
    • graphical solution for Q point
    • fixed plus self bias circuit design
    • FET small-signal equivalent analysis
    • Q point in three regions
    • complex equivalent circuits
    • four example FET amplifier circuits and analysis

    PSPICE (10%) (2 hours lectures, 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours practical)

    • basics of PSPICE
    • simple circuit design and analysis
    • op amp circuit simulation
    • diode circuit simulation
    • BJT circuit simulation
    • FET circuit simulation

    Analog filters and resonant circuits (7%) (1.4 hours lectures, 1 hour tutorial)

    • ideal active filter
    • active filters
    • butterworth filters
    • filter circuit design and analysis
    • resonant circuit analysis

    Examples of practical circuits (3%) (0.6 hours lectures)

    • simple circuits using the learned electronic components
    Specific Course Requirements

    Not applicable.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small scale question(s)/problem(s) related to course content(s) will be given to students at the beginning of the course for student small group discovery experience.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    • Assignments 20%: to exercise and apply the individual topic knowledge learned; learning outcomes addressed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7;
    • Practicals 10%: to integrate, exercise and apply the learned knowledge to simulate and realise various circuits as well as to learn the use of electronic instruments; learning outcomes addressed 1,3 4, 5, 6 and 8;
    • Final exam 70%: to test how well students have learned the knowledge covered and how well the knowledge could be applied to solve relevant engineering problems; objectives addressed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8;
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Continuous assessment is required which needs the students to pass the assignments (averaged) and practicals (averaged) to sit for the final examination.

    Assessment Detail
    • Assignments: Assignments will be set and related to the topics described in Section 4.3 learning activity summary.
    • Practicals/Simulations: The use of electronic instruments, RC circuits, operational amplifiers, diode circuits, BJT circuits, FET circuits, and PSPICE simulations will be carried out.
    • Final exam: The final exam will be set to test the electronic knowledge learned.

    Assignments and project report (hardcopy) need to be submitted with cover sheet to the submission box, which has the correct course label, located on level 2 of Engineering South Building before the deadline. Electronic copies of practical reports as well as simulation files (PSPICE .sch files) need to be submitted to the email address that will be specified at the beginning of the semester. Every one day late submission (both assignments and practical reports) will incur 10% mark deduction. Due dates may be extended with genuine reasons which needs to communicate with the lecturer face-to-face or by emails. The turn-around timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback is two weeks after the submission deadline.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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