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EEE2016 : Analogue Electronics

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Nick Wright
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion22:004:00Lab report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00Tutorial Class
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:007:00Revision for mid-term examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Analogue mid-term examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Written exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Electronics Laboratory
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:3040:30Independent study
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
EEE2014Semiconductor Devices and Analogue Electronics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A70N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE2014Semiconductor Devices and Analogue Electronics1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M152 assignments worth 7.5% each (1000 words per exercise)
Prof skill assessmnt1M15Analog Mid-term Exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination 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.

The analogue mid-term exam is appropriate because it provides theoretical knowledge and arithmetrical skills in analogue circuits analysis.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students will be able to sit the final assessment earlier.

Reading Lists