ELEC ENG 2105 - Electronic Circuits M

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

Principles, analysis and applications of diodes, bipolar junction transistors and field-effect transistors. Amplifier concepts (types, equivalent circuit, gain, frequency response etc). Review of op-amps and discussion of non-idealities. Introduction to active filters and resonant circuits. Introduction to a circuit simulation tool. Simulation and experiments covering diodes, transistors and op-amps. Introduction to soldering.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 2105
    Course Electronic Circuits M
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible ELEC ENG 2008 and MECH ENG 2015
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 1100 or ELEC ENG 1101 or ELEC ENG 1009
    Course Description Principles, analysis and applications of diodes, bipolar junction transistors and field-effect transistors. Amplifier concepts (types, equivalent circuit, gain, frequency response etc). Review of op-amps and discussion of non-idealities. Introduction to active filters and resonant circuits. Introduction to a circuit simulation tool. Simulation and experiments covering diodes, transistors and op-amps. Introduction to soldering.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Said Al-Sarawi

    Part A: Amplifiers, Diodes, Bipolar Transistors, Field-Effect Transistors
    Name: Dr Said Al-Sarawi
    Email: said.alsarawi@adelaide.edu.au
    Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.39

    Part B: Operational Ampllifiers, Active Filters, Resonant Circuits
    Name: Assoc. Prof. Wen Soong
    Email: wen.soong@.adelaide.edu.au
    Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.53

    Practical Coordinator
    Name: Dr Hong-Gunn Chew
    Email: honggunn.chew@adelaide.edu.au
    Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.52
    Course Timetable

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

    This course consists of the following components:

    1. Lectures and Quizzes
    Three lectures a week starting in Week 1.  The venue and some of the times of the lectures will change in approximately week 9 with the transition from Part A to Part B of the course.  Three quizzes will be held in the semester during the lecture timeslots.

    2. Tutorials
    One tutorial every two weeks during even weeks, starting in Week 2.

    3. Practicals
    One three-hour practical session per week, starting in Week 1 and finishing in Week 9.  The venue for the first few weeks will be in the CATS suite while the remaining practicals will take place in the EM3XX laboratories.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Electronics learning objectives
    1. Describe basic amplifier concepts, types, parameters and characteristics.
    2. Describe the physical principles, construction, characteristics, modelling and limitations of diodes, field-effect and bipolar junction transistors.
    3. Analyse the performance of diode circuits and simple transistor amplifiers.
    4. Model and analyse simple op-amp circuits and describe the effect of non-idealities on their performance.
    5. Describe the concepts of filters, RLC circuits and resonance, and simple active filters.
    6. Be able to use a circuit simulation package to model circuits with diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers.
    7. Be able to construct and test simple diode, transistor and op-amp 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)
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A set of course notes and other supporting materials will be available on the course website.
    Recommended Resources
    The following book is a suggested reference for the course:
    Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith, “Microelectronic Circuits,” 6th Edition or higher (Oxford University Press).
    Online Learning
    Extensive use will be made of the course web site.  Course notes, tutorials, practicals and practice problems will be available. Where the lecture theatre facilities permit, recordings of lectures will also be available.
  • 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 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.

    Activitiy Detail Contact Hours       Workload Hours
    Lecture 30 lectures      30 60
    Tutorials 6 tutorials 6 18
    Practicals 9 3-hr sessions      27 36
    In-class tests      3 tests 3 18
    Exam 1 exam 3 30
    Totals 69 162
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable.
  • 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
    Type Weighting Due Date Learning objective
    Tutorials* Formative 10% Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 1 to 5
    In-class tests** Summative 15% Weeks 5, 9, 12 1 to 5
    Practicals# Formative 20% Through out semester 6 and 7
    Exam# Summative 55% End of semester 1 to 5
    *for the tutorials, only the marks for the best five out of the six tutorials will be counted
    **for the tests, the marks for the best two of the three tests are counted
    #the practical and exam are hurdle requirements, see below for more information
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The practical and the examination are hurdle requirements for this course. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% in both the practical and 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

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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.

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