To introduce the students to the basic concepts associated with analogue and digital electronics together with an understanding of the operation of a digital processor. This will enable the student, in subsequent years, to further his/her knowledge in this subject area by undertaking more advanced courses or by private study
Outline Of Syllabus
Basic Semiconductor Devices:
Operation and characteristics of the PN Junction, Bipolar Transistor, Field Effect Transistor, Analysis of Non Linear Circuits using 'load line' method.
Synthesis and Analysis of Amplifiers:
Graphical analysis of the common-emitter amplifier. Comparison of transistor amplifier configurations; cascaded amplifier
Small signal equivalent circuit representation of the bipolar transistor, biasing networks for bipolar transistor amplifiers.
Small signal equivalent circuit representation of the field effect transistor amplifiers, biasing networks for field effect transistors
Basic Power Supply Design:
Rectification, Smoothing and Stabilisation.
Digital Arithmetic and Processors:
Bits, integers, characters, simple operations on these; binary, hexadecimal and complementary number systems.
Input and output, memory, arithmetic, control. The fetch / execute cycle. Basic instructions, arithmetic and logic.
Symbolic and actual instructions, instruction formats
Addressing modes, control, sequencing.
A commercial processor and its assembly language.
Logic Gates and Combinatorial Circuits:
Basic Logic Gates
Combinational Digital Design, Boolean Algebra and Karnaugh Maps
Basic Flip-flops (D, RS, Master-Slave and others)
Basic Simple State Machines Applications (Up-Down Counters, Shift Registers etc)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures provide the core material and guidance for further reading; problem solving and practice are integrated into the lecture structure.
The supporting labs give the student the opportunity not only to apply the knowledge gained in lectures in practical design project but also to introduce the student to the use of electronic measurement equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital voltmeters etc.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Examination procedures provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the examination enable the students to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding together with their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations.
Assembly language programming is a practical skill which is best assessed by assignment. An understanding of aspects related to computer architectures and number systems is implicit in the ability to program at this level.
The submission of the lab report not only permits the assessment the specific knowledge associated with a particular project but also the development of communications skills in term of reporting writing and presentation skills.