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ELEC3404: Electronic Circuit Design

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.

Code ELEC3404
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
A background in basic electronics and circuit theory is assumed

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. conduct simulation-based work using circuits and associated simulation software packages such as LTSpice to solve a particular problem
  • LO2. design power amplifiers and output stages, digital and integrated circuits using techniques and principles presented in the course
  • LO3. use basic circuit building blocks to create more advanced circuits within the scope and to the extent of the information presented
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of operational amplifiers and their internal devices, including BJT and CMOS transistors, DC biasing techniques, circuit building blocks and small signal modelling
  • LO5. 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
  • LO6. determine the stability of feedback amplifiers and their steady state performance
  • LO7. demonstrate an understanding of fundamental issues in electronic circuit design such as non-idealities of amplifiers and the effect of passive and parasitic components
  • LO8. 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
  • LO9. make written and oral presentations concisely and accurately, in the form of tutorial presentations, lab reports, and project report
  • LO10. work in a team to discuss with and draw upon the diverse skills and knowledge of other team members in conducting lab experiments.