Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
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Description To introduce the student to the physics of solid state electronic devices and to their application. To introduce the student to semiconductor devices, electronic logic and digital devices  
Learning Outcomes 1. measure and encode information in various digital formats. 2. Explain basic and combinational logic components, design, analysis and implementation of combinational logic circuits. 3. Explain the principles of sequential logic, memory elements and simple sequential circuits. 4. design circuits for instrumentation and measurement. 5. Derive relevant equations from basic laws and principles. 6. Solve numerical problems, from information provided, on the topics covered 7. Discuss the importance of microelectronic revolution based on the development of semiconductor devices. 8. Discuss the impact of these devices in industrial and academic contexts. 9. Discuss the basis of logic and its implementation using electornic devices.  
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
Conduction in solids elementary band theory of conductors, semiconductors and insulators, doping; donor and acceptor impurities, intrinsic and extrinsic conduction, majority and minority charge carriers. The PN junction junction diode and applications, Zener diode, the bipolar transistor; transistor action, applications, the emitter amplifier, early effect; the field effect transistor, JFET, MOSFET, characteristics and application in simple circuits. Combinational Logic Binary Logic, Logic functions; AND, OR, NOT; Truth table; Boolean Algebra; Boole Boolean postulates and theorems, De Morgan; Logic gates  complete set; NAND and NOR implementations of logic functions; Multipleinput gates. Sequential Logic Memory, feedback, synchronous/asynchronous, Flipflops, Latches; basic SR latch, gated SR Latch, Dtype, Masterslave latch, JK Latch; Shift Registers, Counters, UART (block diagram). Operational and Instrumentation amplifiers: desirable characteristics, comparators, voltage reference, virtual earth, voltage follower, Nyquist Shannon sampling theorem.  
 
Indicative Reading List
 
Other Resources 55294, Simulations, 0, Phet simulations, https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations /,  
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