SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H624661
Module Leader Alan Nesbitt
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Circuit Theory and Analysis

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide the student with knowledge of the characteristics and parameters of various discrete and integrated circuit electronic devices. The aim of this module is also to enable the student to understand the operation and design of a range of electronic circuits including amplifiers, filters, oscillators and timers.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Transistors: The characteristics and small-signal parameters of bipolar junction and field-effect transistors; the common-emitter amplifier - biasing, load lines, impedances, gains and frequency response; the common-emitter amplifier with a tuned-circuit load - frequency response, resonant gain and bandwidth; feedback - negative and positive, classification and characteristics of various types of negative feedback; the common-collector amplifier - impedances and gains. Oscillators: The Barkhaussen criterion, R-C and L-C oscillators; frequencies of oscillation and maintenance conditions; the characteristics of piezoelectric crystals; crystal-controlled oscillators. Operational Amplifiers: Characteristics and parameters - voltage gain/frequency response, bias currents, offsets, common-mode rejection ratio, impedances and dynamic characteristics; operational amplifier circuits - inverter, non-inverter, inverting summer, inverting integrator and comparator/Schmitt trigger; the transfer of functions of various passive and active circuits. Active Filters: Advantages over passive filters, ideal low-pass, high-pass and band-pass responses; design of second order Butterworth and Chebyshev filter circuits. Applications of the 555 Timer: Mono-stable circuit, a-stable oscillator and voltage-controlled oscillator. Optoelectronics: Introduction to the wave properties of light; light emitting diodes, lasers, photodiodes, phototransistors, opto-couplers; optical fibers.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Sketch typical characteristics of diodes, bipolar and field-effect transistors and solve problems on common-emitter amplifier with resistive loads and tuned-circuit loads. (AM1, AM5)2. Explain the characteristics of negative and positive feedback. (AM1, AM5)3. Design R-C and L-C oscillators (AM1, AM5)4. Explain operational amplifier characteristics and parameters and solve problems related to operational amplifier circuits.(AM1)5. Design second-order active filter circuits. (AM1,AM5)6. Design mono-stable and astable multi-vibrators and voltage-controlled oscillator using 555 timer IC. (AM1) 7. Explain the operation of various optoelectronic devices. (AM1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. Tutorials also serve as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies.

Indicative Reading

Text Book: -360 1. Crecraft, Gorham andSparkes. (1993). Electronics. Chapman & Hall. Reference Books: -360 2. FloydT L. (1992). Electronic Devices. 3 rd Edn. Merrill BogartT F. (1995). Electronic Devices & Circuits. 3 rd Edn. Merrill

Transferrable Skills

Numeracy is developed in all analytical tasks. Communication skills are developed in report writing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written examination-2 Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid-term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Assignment-written report-maximum 1500 words