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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Analogue Circuits & Design
Module Code EE322
School School of Electronic Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Liam Barry
Semester 2: Liam Barry
Autumn: Liam Barry
Module TeachersLiam Barry
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the operation of various types of transistor and operational amplifier circuitry, to provide the student with the ability to analyse and model various types of analogue circuits and to give the student an introduction to the design of oscillators, filters and other circuits.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the functional operation of simple semiconductor devices such as diodes and BJTs, and investigate their applications in practical circuits.
2. Use bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) in the development of various amplifier circuits.
3. Develop a methodology for analysing the behaviour of transistor and operational amplifier circuits.
4. Design simple circuits such as amplifiers, integrators, oscillators and filters using operational amplifiers.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Laboratory24No Description
Independent Study65No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Semiconductors & Semiconductor Devices
Review of conduction in semiconductors. The pn-junction. Notation for large-signal and small-signal models. Small-signal models. Review of physics of the bipolar junction transistor. Small-signal parameters of the BJT.

Simple Low Frequency Circuits
Common emitter small-signal model. Common emitter amplifier circuits. Designing to account for variation in component specification. Common base small-signal models. Common base and common collector amplifiers. Common source amplifier. Two stage amplifiers.

High Frequency Effects
The Miller effect applied to CE circuits: frequency response.

Operational Amplifiers
Ideal opamp: differential- and common-mode gains. Common-mode rejection ratio. Differential or emitter-coupled pairs: gains and impedances. Current sources. Implementation in a full differential amplifier.

Applications of Operational Amplifiers
Filters. Inverting amplifier. Non-inverting amplifier. Adder. Subtractor. Integrator. Differentiator. Oscillator.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment25% Examination Weight75%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Assignmentsimulation of circuits using pSpice, and measurement of actual instances.25%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • R. Boylestad & L. Nashelsky: 2008, Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory, 10 edition, Pearson Education, 0136064639
  • Allan R. Hambley,: 2007, Electrical Engineering: International Version: Principles and Applications, 4 edition, Pearson Education, 0132066920
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision14-SEP-10

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