Electronic Circuits

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Electronic Circuits

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Electrical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ELEC2003 + (ELEC2004 or MATH2010)

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Detailed examination of electrical & electronic circuit analysis & synthesis tools & techniques such as the Laplace transform, nodal analysis & two port network theory. Examples of use in analysis & design of amplifiers, filters, oscillators & other circuits.


    Course Introduction
    The broad focus of ELEC3400 is the study, analysis and design of analogue electronic circuits. By the end of the course students should have the skills to comprehensively analyse, simulate and design electronic circuits using op-amps and discrete semi-conductors such such as BJT and FET transistors.

    The course will apply (in detail) a range of analytical technique for modelling, analysing and designing electronic circuits. These include:

    • Linear circuit theorems (such as node and mesh analysis)
    • Frequency domain techiques such as the laplace transform
    • Amplifier models
    • Two-port network theory
    • Feedback analysis

    These techniques will be applied in the the analysis and design of amplifiers, filters, oscillators and other analogue circuits. By the end of the course, students should have a good understanding of the internal functionality of an op-amp.

    Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge in theoretical work, formal laboratory experiments and in the context of a practical electronics project.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Use analytical tools such as the application of Ohm's law (nodal analysis, mesh analysis, Norton and Thevenin Equivalent circuits) and the Laplace Transform, to analyse complex circuits containing passive components (resistors, capacitors, inductors) and dependent and independent sources.
    2  Apply amplifier models to model the behaviour of arbitrary circuits.
    3  Apply two port network techniques to model the behaviour of arbitrary circuits.
    4  Apply electronic circuit models of active electronic devices such as diodes, transistors (BJT's, FET's) and operational amplifiers to analyse, and model the properties and behaviour of single stage amplifier circuits.
    5  Use a systems approach to analyse and synthesise a complex multi-stage electronic circuit (i.e. the internal circuitry of a simple op-amp). In particular, students should be able to "break the circuit down" into stages; model each stage using appropriate circuit analysis techniques (both large signal and small signal behaviour); And using the models for each circuit stage, predict the behaviour of the entire circuit.
    6  Analyse circuits with feedback using appropriate techniques (2-port networks, amplifier models), and be able to model and predict behaviour when feedback is applied to: (a) Formulate oscillator circuits; (b) Formulate amplifier circuits
    7  Apply a systems approach and frequency domain analysis techniques to predict the frequency response of single and multiple stage amplifier circuits; And, be able to design, model and build single and multiple stage amplifier's with a particular frequency response.
    8  Seek information independently from diverse sources (eg: the Internet, books, electronic application notes, company product data sheets, databases such as the ISI Web of Science and IEEExplore) in providing solutions to a real-world possibly multi-disciplinary problem requiring electronic circuit synthesis.
    9  Use computerised models of electronics (including: circuit simulation package's such as Spice; MATLAB) in analyzing and synthesizing electronic circuits. Students should be able to explain the limitations of such packages both in general, and in the context of a specific problem.
    10  Apply the engineering design process to develop analogue electronic circuits which address/solve some problem (typically starting from a given set of broad, general specifications). The specifications may originate from a multi-disciplinary, real world application.
    11  Build, test, optimize and document practical implementations of analogue electronic circuits such as amplifiers, oscillators and filters.
    12  Effectively communicate the design, develoment and critical analysis of an electronics design project using oral communication, written communication and appropriate engineering drawing.


    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour, 2 Practical or Laboratory hours

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.