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Module

EEE2016 : Analogue Electronics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Nick Wright
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To enable the student to understand how transistors form key analog circuit building blocks – from single transistor amplifiers to OpAmps. To explain the continued and increasing importance of analog circuits and how the course content relates to the student’s day to day life

Outline Of Syllabus

Global perspectives
The importance of analog filtering and amplification circuits. How analog circuits are used in day to day life, and the future of analog systems

Single Transistor Amplifiers
Single transistor amplifiers utilizing both BJT or MOSFET transistors. Key operational relationships of BJT and MOSFET transistors from the perspective of creating analog circuits. BJT: common-base, common-collector, common-emitter, MOSFET: common-gate, common-source, common-drain.

Transistors circuit building blocks
The key building blocks for transistor analog circuits including current mirrors, diode connected MOSFETs, Cascode circuits, active resistors, potential dividers, current mirrors. Operational Transconductance Amplifiers and the construction of Op-amps from individual transistors. Operating principles of a differential amplifier; common-mode and differential mode gain; common-mode rejection ratio; input and output resistance

Power amplifiers and op-amps
Class A, B, AB and C, D power amplifiers. Operational amplifier including summation, differencing, comparator, and integration circuits. Analysis of the gain and frequency response with both direct connection and feedback. Analysis of distortion, noise and common mode rejection.

D-A and A-D conversion techniques
Weighted resistors; ladder network; ramp conversion; successive approximation; synchronisation methods.SAR, Dual weighted, Sigma-Delta, and Flash analog to digital conversion techniques. Voltage summing amplifier as a DAC.

Laboratory Work

Amplifier design
Simulations of common emitter amplifier design utilising SaberRD software tools to study the effect of capacitance on the frequency response of an amplifier

Experimental amplifier testing
To understand the utilisation of Op-Amps for voltage amplification. To explore frequency response Gain -Bandwidth Product, Slew Rate limitations offset voltage and bias current of the operational amplifier. To understand use of operational amplifiers in simple summing and difference circuits.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Writing of formatively assessed lab report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for online NUMBAS test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Summatively assessed online NUMBAS test at end of semester
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials270:209:00Six 20-minute non-synchronous pre-recorded videos per week, replacing lecture material.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00One three-hour present-in-person (PiP) practical lab session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00One online synchronous tutorial per week, reviewing non-synchronous taught material.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities91:009:00Reading activity and tutorial calculations to supplement knowledge of material taught in each week.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:0045:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study270:209:00Student study time of non-synchronous pre-recorded material
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
EEE2014Semiconductor Devices and Analogue Electronics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online sessions provide core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving practice is provided through the online tutorials. Work is further re-enforced through laboratory sessions.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M100Summatively assessed NUMBAS Test
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MFormatively assessed lab report after PiP
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The NUMBAS test provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material.
The lab report is appropriate because it provides practical analytical skills for analogue circuits.

Reading Lists

Timetable