ELEC ENG 2008 - Electronics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Assessment quizzes, tutorial preparation, practicals and written exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Said Al-Sarawi

    Course Coordinator and Lecturer: Dr Said Al-Sarawi
    Email: said.alsarawi@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli 3.39
    Phone: 8313 4198
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe basic semiconductor device concepts, types, parameters and characteristics such as pn junction and Zener diode.
    2. Describe the physical principles, construction, characteristics, modelling and limitations of diodes, field-effect and bipolar junction transistors.
    3. Analyse the performance of diode and transistor circuits and simple transistor amplifiers as discrete and integrated devices.
    4. Analyse the performance field effect based digital circuits, such as digital inverter and complex gates, within an integrated circuit technology.
    5. Model and analyse differential and simple amplifier circuits and describe the effect of non-idealities on their small signal, large signal and frequency response performance.
    6. Be able to use a circuit simulation package to model circuits with passive and active components such as resistors, capacitors, diodes, and transistors.
    7. Be able to construct and test simple amplifier circuits and measure their gain and frequency response.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text Books

    Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith, "Microelectronic Circuits," 6th Edition (or Higher), Oxford University Press.  

    A set of course notes, practice problems and other supporting materials will also be available for downloading from the course web site.
    Online Learning
    Extensive 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 Modes
    This 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 x Lectures 24 24 x 2
    Tutorials 6 x Tutorials 6 6 x 2
    Practicals Pre Amplifier design and implementation and testing (3x3 sessions) 9 9 x 2
    In-class tests 3 x Tests 3 3 x 6
    Exam 1 Exam 3 3 x 10
    TOTALS 45 126
    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 Requirements
    Students 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.
  • 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
    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% (5% each) Weeks 5, 9 and 12 All
    Practicals Formative 15% ( 7.5% each) Pre-amplifier in Week 10
    Power amplifier in Week 13
    Exam Summative 60% End of semester All
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The 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 Detail
    The tutorial papers require each student 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 0-2 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.
    All 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:

    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

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    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:

    Organisational issues:
    - 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

    Content Delivery:
    - 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.
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