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ELEC5720: Foundations Electronic Devs & Basic Crts (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC5720: Foundations of Electronic Devices and Circuits (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Jin, Craig
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ELEC2104.
Brief Handbook Description: Modern Electronics has come to be known as microelectronics which refers to the Integrated Circuits (ICs) containing millions of discrete devices. This course introduces some of the basic electronic devices like diodes and different types of transistors. It also aims to introduce students the analysis and design techniques of circuits involving these discrete devices as well as the integrated circuits.

Completion of this course is essential to specialize in Electrical, Telecommunication or Computer Engineering stream. The knowledge of ELEC1103 is assumed.
Assumed Knowledge: Ohm`s Law and Kirchoff`s Laws; action of Current and Voltage sources; network analysis and the superposition theorem; Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits; inductors and capacitors, transient response of RL, RC and RLC circuits; the ability to use power supplies, oscilloscopes, function generators, meters, etc.
Additional Notes:
Timetable: ELEC5720 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 6
3 Independent Study 2.00 1 13
4 Laboratory 2.00 1 6
5 Laboratory 1.00 1 6
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorial assistance provided

Independent Study: Reading assignment

Laboratory: Laboratory experiments

Laboratory: Prelab work

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
Design problems with given specifications as well as with assumed parameters. Design (Level 3)
Basic electronics concepts and principles, grounded in circuit theory. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Ability to apply circuit theory to modeling of engineering systems and processes. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Lab procedure and conducting experiments under controlled conditions. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Ability to explain technical concepts. Communication (Level 3)
Group work in labs. 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.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
1. Able to design and analyse circuits with operational amplifiers (OP-AMPs).
2. Able to analyse simple diode circuits under DC and AC excitation.
3. Ability to design power supplies and DC regulator circuit using zener diode.
4. Ability to analyse and design simple amplifier circuits using MOSFET.
5. Ability to analyse simple differential amplifier circuits using BJT.
6. Ability to use lab equipment to conduct experiments involving electronic devices and circuits.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
7. Ability to analyse and design simple amplifier circuits using BJT in CE,CC and CB configurations.
Information Seeking (Level 3)
8. Able to use information literacy tools in the design of electronic systems for the project work.
Communication (Level 3)
9. Ability to communicate with group partner to design, fabricate and test the given project work employing diode and amplifier circuits.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
10. Capacity to work and sustain a team environment with the purpose of pooling knowledge, ideas and efforts towards laboratory projects specific to electronic devices and circuits.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Skills Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
2 Mid-Sem Exam No 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
3 Project Yes 15.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
4 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
Assessment Description: Lab Skills: Four lab exercises.

Mid-Sem Exam: Exam conducted in lecture time

Project: Project

Final Exam: Final exam
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 . 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 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.
  • Microelectronic Circuits
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Electronic Devices and Circuit
  • Electronic Devices: Systems & Applications
  • Electronics
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Amplification:Voltage ,Current and Power gains;
Ideal Op-Amp
The Op-Amp terminals:
Classification of Amplifiers
Circuit models;Frequency response:Amplifier bandwidth,
Nonlinear characteristics and Biasing;Symbol Convention;
Amplifier Power Supplies;
Week 2 Inverting configuration, Non-inverting configuration, Examples of Op-Amp circuits, Bistble multivibrator.
Week 3 Analysis of diode circuits.
Balanced three-phase circuits -Phase sequence -The ideal diode, Terminal characteristics of junction diode,
Week 4 The small signal model and its operation, Zener diode regulator, Rectifier circuits.
Week 5 Physical structure and mode of operation, Operation of npn transistor in the active mode, Circuit symbol and conventions, Transistor characteristics, Transistor circuits at DC.
Week 6 Transistor as an amplifier,
BJT - Continued:
Small signal equivalent models,
Graphical analysis, BJT Circuit design.
Week 7 BJT amplifier configurations, Transistor as a switch, Transistor current source.
BJT - Continued:
Week 8 FET:
Structure and operation of MOSFET, i-v characteristic of enhancement MOSFET, The depletion type MOSFET.
Week 9 MOSFET circuits at DC, MOSFET as an amplifier.
FET continued:
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 10 Structure and operation of JFET
FET Continued:
Week 11 The BJT differential pair,
Small signal operation of BJT differential amplifier.
Differential Amplifier:
Week 12 Small signal operation of BJT differential amplifier
Assessment Due: Project
Week 13 (Self Study) Examples, Problems
STUVAC (Week 14) .
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Software) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications) 2013, 2014

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 75.68%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 14.84%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 3.17%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 3.17%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 3.17%

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.