ELEC3404: Electronic Circuit Design (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC3404: Electronic Circuit Design (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr McEwan, Alistair
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to teach students analysis and design techniques for electronic systems such as signal amplifiers, differential amplifiers and power amplifiers. Completion of this unit will allow progression to advanced studies or to work in electronics and telecommunication engineering.

Topics covered are as follows. The BJT and MOSFET as an amplifier. Biasing in amplifier circuits. Small signal operation and models. Single stage amplifiers. Internal capacitances and high frequency models. The frequency response of the common-emitter amplifier. Current sources and current mirrors. Differential amplifiers. Output stages and power amplifiers:class A, class B and class AB.
Assumed Knowledge: A background in basic electronics and circuit theory is assumed.
Lecturer/s: Dr McEwan, Alistair
Timetable: ELEC3404 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 6
3 Laboratory 3.00 1 6
4 Independent Study 2.00 2 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Informal small tutorial groups where students work on circuit problems. Students learn and practice how to analyze circuits and devices.

Laboratory: Laboratory sessions where students learn about electronics. Practical instruction of electronics is vital to understanding circuits and developing problem solving skills.

Independent Study: Several assignments based on circuit design and simulation to be completed outside laboratory and tutorial time.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Extensive design and analysis work is done in tutorials and laboratory. Design (Level 2)
Understand the benefits and trade-offs of different electronic circuits and components including the effects on general purpose circuit building blocks. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Understanding of electronic components and their use in electronic circuits. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
In addition to the understanding the text and lecture notes, students need to do additional information searches to obtain necessary supplementary material. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Write up experimental laboratory reports and communicate outcomes to other class members. Participate in tutorial sessions. Communication (Level 3)
Group work in labs and tutorial. Project and Team Skills (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 2)
1. Ability to conduct experimental laboratory work using circuits and associated bench top equipment such as voltage supplies and oscilloscopes to solve a particular problem.
2. Ability to design power amplifiers and output stages, digital and integrated circuits using techniques and principles presented in the course.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
3. Ability to use basic circuit building blocks to create more advanced circuits within the scope and to the extent of the information presented.
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of operational amplifiers and their internal devices, including BJT and CMOS transistors, DC biasing techniques and small signal modelling.
5. Capacity to apply specific principles and techniques to SPICE circuit simulation using a variety of different software packages from leading industry vendors to the extent of the material presented.
6. Ability to determine the stability of feedback amplifiers and their steady state performance.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
7. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental issues in electronic circuit design such as non-idealities of amplifiers and the effect of passive and parasitic components.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
8. Ability to instigate inquiry to extend the knowledge and awareness of supplementary techniques, concepts and materials using varied resources and media formats within the context of the projects and problems investigated.
Communication (Level 3)
9. Ability to make written and oral presentations concisely and accurately, in the form of tutorial presentations, lab reports, and project report.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
10. Ability to work in a team to discuss with and draw upon the diverse skills and knowledge of other team members in conducting lab experiments.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Exp 1- Laboratory Introduction (Op-amp) Yes 3.00 Week 2 1, 9, 10,
2 Exp 2 - BJT Amplifier Yes 6.00 Week 4 1, 4, 9, 10,
3 Exp 3 - MOSFET Differential Amplifier Yes 6.00 Week 6 1, 3, 4, 9, 10,
4 Assignment 1 No 10.00 Week 7 4, 5, 7, 8, 9,
5 Project – Power Amplifier Yes 15.00 Week 12 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10,
6 Final Exam - must be passed to pass the course No 30.00 Exam Period 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9,
7 Tutorial Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
8 Mid-term Quizzes No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 4, 7,
Assessment Description: Lab Skills: Lab work is performed in groups. Each student must use a bound notebook to record pre-lab work and lab experiments individually. These are assessed by lab staff in each tutorial session along with group participation and pre-lab work (done before the lab). The final project includes assessment for 1) your individual lab book recordings of design, calculations and simulations, circuit building, troubleshooting of the circuits, comments, solutions, and conclusions and 2) A group presentation.

Final Exam and mid term quizzes: All subject matter in the course is examinable in this exam including laboratory, tutorial and assignment work.

Tutorial: Calculation and design exercises.

Assignment: Calculation design and presentation
Assessment Feedback: Feedback on assessment tasks will be provided within 1 week of the due date, apart from the final exam. General feedback will also be given in lectures and individual feedback in tutorials and laboratories.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content: My Uni
Note on Resources: Analog Electronic Design, Jonathan Scott, Prentice Hall

The Art of Electronics, Thomas C. Hayes and Paul Horowitz, Cambridge University Press

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 OpAmpRevision and MOSFETs
Week 2 MOSFETS and BJTs
Assessment Due: Exp 1- Laboratory Introduction (Op-amp)
Week 3 BJT and MOSFET circuits
Week 4 Integrated Circuits
Assessment Due: Exp 2 - BJT Amplifier
Week 5 Differential Circuits
Week 6 Frequency response
Assessment Due: Exp 3 - MOSFET Differential Amplifier
Week 7 Feedback
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 8 Output Stages and Power Amplifiers
Week 9 Operational Amplifier Circuits
Week 10 CMOS Digital Amplifier Circuits
Week 11 Filters and Tuned Amplifiers
Week 12 Signal Generators and Waveform Shaping Circuits
Assessment Due: Project – Power Amplifier
Week 13 Review
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam - must be passed to pass the course

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Mechatronics Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Commerce 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Medical Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Law 2011, 2012
Mechatronics 2015
Mechatronics / Commerce 2015
Mechatronics /Science 2015
Mechatronics (Space) 2015
Mechatronic 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic (Space) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Law 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Computer Engineering 2010
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical /Science 2015
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2015
Electrical 2015
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 2) Yes 20.5%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 44.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 9%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 3.5%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 13%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 9.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.