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ELEC3404: Electronic Circuit Design (2016 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||ELEC3404: Electronic Circuit Design (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Electrical & Information Engineering|
Dr McEwan, Alistair
|Session options:||Semester 1|
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|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.|
Dr McEwan, Alistair
|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 quizzes 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)
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 quizzes: All subject matter in the course is examinable in this exam including laboratory, tutorial and assignment work.
Tutorial: Calculation and design exercises.
There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.
You must get 50% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.
The penalty for lateness is 20% per day.
|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.|
|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.|
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 1||OpAmpRevision and MOSFETs|
|Week 2||MOSFETS and BJTs|
|Week 3||BJT and MOSFET circuits|
|Assessment Due: Exp 1- Laboratory Introduction (Op-amp)|
|Week 4||Integrated Circuits|
|Week 5||Differential Circuits|
|Assessment Due: Quiz 1|
|Week 6||Frequency response|
|Assessment Due: Exp 2 - BJT amplifier|
|Week 8||Output Stages and Power Amplifiers|
|Assessment Due: Exp 3 - Differential amplifiers & current mirror|
|Week 9||Operational Amplifier Circuits|
|Assessment Due: Quiz 2|
|Week 10||CMOS Digital Amplifier Circuits|
|Week 11||Advanced MOS logic|
|Week 12||Memory Circuits|
|Assessment Due: Quiz 3|
|Assessment Due: Project – Power Amplifier|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Final Exam - must be passed to pass the course|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 2)||Yes||20.84%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)||Yes||44.51%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)||Yes||9.34%|
|Information Seeking (Level 2)||Yes||2%|
|Communication (Level 3)||Yes||14.84%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 2)||No||0%|
|Project and Team Skills (Level 2)||Yes||8.5%|
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.