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Analogue Electronics


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Electronic Engineering


5 ECTS credits

EE111 Electric Circuits

EE201 Solid State Electronics


The aim is to provide an understanding of basic analogue electronics. In
particular, emphasis will be placed on explaining the models behind both the
BJT and the FET devices. Topics covered will include the modelling

characterising of basic devices and the exploration of simple circuits such as
rectifiers and single stage amplifiers.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module a student should be able to:

Perform small signal analysis of 2
port systems for trans

Construct small signal equivalent circuits for transistor circuits

Design a small signal low frequency amplifier using either FETs or

Analyze and synthesize DC bias circuits for transistors


and describe the operation of five basic tran
sistor circuits, basic
amplifier (common
source), output buffer (common
drain), FET switch,
shifter, current mirror.

Show appropriate use of different complexity models in the design

Construct and measure basic transistor circuits in a lab

Time Allowance for Constituent Elements



Laboratory (9 x 3hr)

Independent study

24 hours

3 hours

27 hours

26 hours

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to microelectronics, the need and application of analogue electronics i
n a “digital” world,
introduce the idea of “no one right answer, but a spectrum of answers”, discuss the role of simulation
in electr潮ics.

Introduce the Bipolar junction transistor (BJT). Explanation of function, presentation of models, two
port models,
parameter and hybrid

Ⱐlarge scale m潤ols (E扥rs M潬l)Ⱐsmall signal m潤ols⸠
E灬anation 潦 characteristic curvesⰠthe Early effect.

DC analysis, characteristic curves, the Early effect, operating points, DC Biasing, absolute voltage,
resistor bias network, emitter degenerat
ion, discussion of problems of absolute value design.
Analysis and Synthesis Examples.

Basic configurations and design examples for BJT circuits, common emitter/base/collector, gain
calculations for CE amplifier. Analysis and synthesis examples.

for Field Effect Transistors (FET), differences between JFETs and MOSFETs, Basic
configurations and design examples for FET circuits, common gate, source follower. Explanation of
differences between FETs and BJTs, current versus voltage controlled. Chara
cteristic curves, Early
effect. Channel length modulation, operating regions (saturated and active), bias discussion.

Digital logic gates designs using CMOS FETs, inverters, NAND, NOR gates, large system design.

MOSFET Current mirrors, non
idealities, tem
perature effects and non

FET Common
source amplifier gain, frequency response with parasitic effects, gate
capacitance, gate
drain capacitance, miller effect.

Source Follower/Common/Drain Level shifter and Buffer circuit, analysis and exa

Assessment Criteria

Semester Examination

Laboratory (9)



None, Laboratory Reports must be handed in prior to leaving the laboratory.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Modules
: Pass 40%

students are not
required to pass the written and continuous components separately

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Requirements for Autumn Supplemental Examination
: 1x2 hour written examination. The
continuous assessment mark is carried forward to the Autum
n examinations as there is no facility for a
repeat practical examination.

Continual Assessment Results
: Laboratory reports will be corrected within two weeks of submission.
Laboratory reports will be completed in a hard
back notebook, returned to the st
udent for each laboratory,
but must be returned to the lecturer at the end of the module.

Assessment Philosophy

To understand transistor circuits, students require a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical
experience. Analog circuits are not on
off devices and it is important to learn the range of behaviours
possible from transistor circuits. This can only be learnt through hands
on experience and practical

Therefore considering the desired outcomes, it was decided to place
a strong emphasis on laboratory
work (at 25%) capturing the requirement to be able to construct a circuit and to assess the results of the
theoretical knowledge learned. The remaining outcomes are assessed through an end

The examinat
ion paper is constructed with a compulsory first question and five questions taken from each
of the major topic areas. The compulsory question consists of five parts and ensures that the fundamental
outcomes are addressed by the student in the examination
. The other five questions (of which 3 must be
done) combined into each application space the skills of circuit analysis (DC and small signal),
component performance and circuit architectures.

Course Text

Microelectronic Circuits, 3

Edition, Sedr
a & Smith, Oxford.


Analog Integrated Circuit Design, Johns & Martin, Wiley.

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