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ELEC3404: Electronic Circuit Design

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ELEC3404
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

A background in basic electronics and circuit theory is assumed

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Alex Y. Song,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Tutorial
participation in classes, in tutorials and in labs
0% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Exp 2 - BJT amplifier
Simulation-based or experiment-based lab report.
6% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO9 LO10
Assignment Exp 3 - Differential amplifiers and current mirror
Simulation-based or experiment-based lab report.
6% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO9 LO10
Assignment Project – power amplifier
Simulation-based or experiment-based lab report.
17% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO8 LO9 LO10
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam hurdle task Final exam
Online quizzes.
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO9
Assignment group assignment Exp 1 - laboratory introduction (Op-amp)
Simulation-based or experiment-based lab report.
6% Please select a valid week from the list below n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO10 LO9
Online task Quiz 1
online quiz
5% Week 05 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO7 LO4 LO3
Online task Quiz 2
online quiz
5% Week 09 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO5 LO4
Online task Quiz 3
online quiz
5% Week 12 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO5 LO4
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 Op Amps and BJTs Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 03 BJTs and MOSFETs Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 04 BJT amplifier and circuits Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 05 Frequency response Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 06 MOSFET amplifier circuits Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 07 Integrated circuits design basics Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 08 Differential circuits Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 09 Power and output Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 10 Feedback circuits Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 11 Digital circuits, CMOS Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 12 CMOS, memory Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 13 Review Lecture (2 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

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