ELEC ENG 2008 - Electronics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ELEC ENG 2008 Course Electronics Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Corequisites ELEC ENG 2011 Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 1010 Restrictions Available to BE(Computer Sys), BE(El & Sust. Energy), BE(Telecom) & associated double degree students only Course Description The course is composed of two parts: (i) Devices and Basic Circuits: Diodes: ideal, characteristics, operation, analysis, small-signal model and application, reverse breakdown (Zener), rectifier. BJTs: structure, operation, bipolar transistors (both NPN and PNP), graphical characteristics, DC analysis, amplifiers, small-signal model, graphical analysis, biasing, single-stage amplifiers. Enhancement MOSFET structure (NMOS and PMOS), operation, I-V characteristics, biasing, single-stage amplifiers. (ii) Analog Circuits: BJT differential pair, small-signal analysis, non-ideal behaviour, biasing, current mirrors, differential and multi-stage amplifiers, output stages classification (A, B, AB) biasing. EDA tools application to electronic circuit design and analysis. Introduction to digital circuits: electronics in digital circuits. CMOS inverter, linear and non-linear transfer function, slew-rate, delay time, and fan-out, extension to more complex digital gates.
Course Coordinator: Dr Said Al-SarawiCourse Coordinator and Lecturer: Dr Said Al-Sarawi
Office: Ingkarni Wardli 3.39
Phone: 8313 4198
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAfter completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the structure and physical operation of the diode and Zener diode
2. Sketch the current-voltage characteristics for ideal/real diodes and Zener diodes
3. Generate the small signal model of a diode and explain its components and operation
4. Perform dc analysis for circuits containing a combination of resistors, capacitors and diodes
5. Design/analyse circuits containing passive elements and diodes eg. half and full wave rectifiers, voltage regulators, peak rectifiers
6. Analyse/describe circuits containing Zener Diodes
7. Describe the structure and physical operation of the BJTs (NPN and PNP types) and MOSFETs (nMOS and pMOS)
8. Sketch the various current-voltage characteristics for the BJTs and MOSFETs
9. Explain the small signal operation of the BJTs and MOSFETs
10. Perform dc analysis for circuits containing BJTs and MOSFETs
11. Explain the Early effect and the concept of finite output resistance in the BJTs and MOSFETs
12. Apply the small signal approximation to analyse BJTs and MOSFETs
13. Compare various Biasing designs for BJT and MOSFET amplifiers
14. Sketch/describe/compare amplifiers both 3 basic BJT and 3 basic MOSFET single-stage amplifier configurations
15. Compare transconductance for BJTs and MOSFETs
16. Explain the philosophy of biasing in integrated circuits (IC)
17. Describe/sketch the CMOS device.
18. Explain the theory behind the CMOS digital logic converter
19. Describe why the digital CMOS logic converter is preferred for the latest IC technologies.
20. Be able to draw the input-output voltage characteristics of a CMOS inverter.
21. Perform simple calculations of raise and fall time using a given set of formulas
22. Draw the structure of a differential amplifier and explain its operation that uses BJTs and MOSFETs.
23. Explain how to steer current from one side to the other side of the differential amplifier that uses BJTs and MOSFTs
24. Calculate the small signal gain of a differential amplifier that uses BJTs and MOSFETs
25. Compare BJT and MOSFET -based differential amplifiers.
26. Sketch/analyse/compare and describe the operation of various BJT and FET current mirrors
27. Describe/sketch and compare the various output amplifier stages (Class A, Class B and Class AB).
28. Use CAD software (Altium) to design circuits and simulate and estimate their performance
29. Work in a group and diagnose a circuit in CAD and on a circuit board environments
30. Measure the circuit performance and write a group report descripting simulation and circuit implementation
31. Work in a group to design and analysis electronic circuits
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. All The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5,13, 21-27 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5,6,12,13, 20-27, 29-31 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 29-31 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 26 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5, 12-13, 20-23, 25-31
Required ResourcesText Books
Donald Neamen, "Microelectronics Circuit Analysis and Design," 4th Edition (McGraw-Hill Education).
McGraw-Hill Higher Education Resources – Access to these resources is through MyUni Blackboard.
A set of course notes, practice problems and other supporting materials will also be available for downloading from the course web site.
Recommended ResourcesThe following textbooks are suggested:
Richard C. Jaeger and Travis N. Blalock, “Microelectronic Circuit Design,” 4th Edition (McGraw-Hill Education).
Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith, “Microelectronic Circuits,” 5th Edition or higher (Oxford University Press).
Online LearningExtensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course, https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login.
Course notes, tutorial problems and solutions, laboratory exercises and practice problems will all be available for downloading from the web site. Where the lecture theatre facilities permit, audio or video recordings of lectures will also be available for downloading.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. Practicals are used to provide hands-on experience for students to reinforce the theoretical concepts encountered in lectures. Continuous assessment activities provide the formative assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Contact hours Workload hours Lecture 24 lectures 24 48 Tutorials 6 tutorials 6 12 Practicals Pre Amplifier (2x3 sessions) 6 18 Power Amplifier (3x3 sessions) 9 13.5 In-class tests 3 Tests 3 18 Exam 1 Exam 3 30 TOTALS 51 139.5
Learning Activities Summary
Week Activity Topic 1 Lectures 1&2 Intro and Diodes 2 Lectures 3&4 Diodes Tutorial 1 Diodes 3 Lectures 5&6 Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT) 4 Lectures 7&8 BJT Tutorial 2 BJT 5 Lectures 9&10 Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors (MOSFET) Test 1 Compulsory - exam conditions 6 Lectures 11&12 MOSFET - Amplifiers Tutorial 3 BJT 7 Lectures 13&14 BJT Differential Amplifiers Practical 1 -Session 1 Pre-amplifier 8 Lectures 15&16 MOSFET Differential Amplifiers Tutorial 4 MOSFET Practical 1 -Session 2 Pre-amplifier 9 Lectures 17&18 BJT and MOSFET Power Amplifier Test 2 Compulsory - exam conditions Practical 1-Session 3 Pre-amplifier 10 Lectures 19&20 BJT and MOSFET Power Amplifier Tutorial 5 Power-amplifier Practical 2-Session 1 Power-amplifier 11 Lectures 21&22 Integrated MOSFET - CMOS inverter Practical 2 -Session 2 Power-amplifier 12 Lectures 23&24 BJT and MOSFET current mirrors and revision Tutorial 6 Integrated MOSFET - CMOS inverter Test 3 Compulsory - exam conditions Swot Vac Revision
Note that practical classes begin in week 7 of the semester. Students must attend their allocated practical class. Further instructions on the operation of the laboratory session will be provided on MyUni. Occupational Health and Safety inductions will be conducted at these times.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are required to have access to Altium software. This is available at various facilities such as the CATS suite or the undergraduate computer labs of the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. It is the individual student’s responsibility to ensure his or her access to these facilities at appropriate times is available.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment activity Type Weighting Due date Learning objective addressed Tutorials Formative 10% (1.66% each) Weeks 2,4,6,8,10,12 All In-class tests Summative 15% (1.66% each) Weeks 5, 9 and 12 All Practicals Formative 15% ( 7.5% each) Pre-amplifier in Week 10
Power amplifier in Week 13
All Exam Summative 60% End of semester All
Assessment Related RequirementsThe examination is a hurdle requirement. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% in the exam. If this is not achieved, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 49.
A hurdle requirement is defined by the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs policy as "...an assessment task mandating a minimum level of performance as a condition of passing the course.If a student fails to meet a hurdle requirement (normally no less than 40%),and is assigned a total mark for the course in the range of 45-49, then the student is entitled to an offer of additional assessment of some type. The type of assessment is to be decided by the School Assessment Review Committee when determining final results. The student’s final total mark will be entered at no more than 49% and the offer of an additional assessment will be specified eg. US01. Once the additional assessment has been completed, this mark will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course and the better of the two results will apply. Note however that the maximum final result for a course in which a student has sat an additional assessment will be a “50 Pass”.
If a student is unable to meet a hurdle requirement related to an assessment piece (may be throughout semester or at semester’s end) due to medical or compassionate circumstances beyond their control, then the student is entitled to an offer of replacement assessment of some type. An interim result of RP will be entered for the student, and the student will be notified of the offer of a replacement assessment. Once the replacement assessment has been completed, the result of that assessment will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course.
Assessment DetailThe tutorial papers require students to submit written responses to selected sets of problems. The submissions may contain any of the following: written answers, mathematical derivations, sketches, graphs and print-outs from appropriate software packages. There will be 6 separate tutorials, each will be awarded a mark on a 0-3 scale based on effort. Assessment of the tutorials will occur in the Tutorial classes.
There are three 50 minute closed book tests in the course. The tests will require students to submit short written responses to a set of questions under examination conditions. Each test will be worth 5% to the overall assessment.
The practical needs to be conducted during the designated laboratory sessions as listed in the Course Timetable. Students will be required to submit a written report to the practical work, which is assessed. The practical reports will be worth 15% of the overall assessment.
The exam will be a closed book examination.
SubmissionAll written submissions to formative assessment activities are to be submitted to designated boxes within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering by 3:00pm on the specified dated and must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet. Copies of blank cover sheets are available from the School office in Ingkarni Wardli 3.26. No late submissions will be accepted. All formative assessments will have a two week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.
Full details can be found on the School website:
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
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.SELT feedback
The received feedback received can be divided into two categories:
- Two hour lectures are too long and make it hard to follow the given concepts
- Lectures and practicals are not synchronised, more organisation is needed
- Better use of online resources
- Fixed tutors in each session
- Need more explanation from the prac demonstrators
- More lectures, tutes and pracs
- More interactivity with students
- More exercise questions
- More experienced tutors
- Less content of covered materials
- More in-class exercises
- Too much derivation from concepts
- More in-lecture analysis examples
School response to SELT Feedback:
- Timetable has been adjusted to have two separate lectures a week to allow students enough time to revise and absorb covered topics.
- The course content has been reviewed where mathematical derivation of device physical quantities are provided as a separate reading in advance and reviewed in the class.
- Academic Support with Maths
- Academic Support with writing and speaking skills
- Student Life Counselling Support - Personal counselling for issues affecting study
- International Student Support
- AUU Student Care - Advocacy, confidential counselling, welfare support and advice
- Students with a Disability - Alternative academic arrangements
- Reasonable Adjustments to Teaching & Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy
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- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
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