SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H624689
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

Electronic Devices/Electronic Devices Lab

Summary of Content

The aim of this course is to develop in the student a clear understanding of the small signal analysis of transistor configurations, oscillators and their types, and other basic applications of operational amplifiers. In addition to the above, this course provides the student with the knowledge of the operation, characteristics and design of various digital circuits.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Small signal analysis of transistors: Small signal transistor amplifiers and their equivalent circuits. Analysis of various amplifier configurations of BJT and JFETs. Power amplifiers: Operation and Characteristics of various power amplifier configurations - Class A, B, AB and C. Operational amplifiers: Characteristics of ideal and practical operational amplifiers. Various applications of op-amps: inverting, non-inverting, summing, integrator, differentiator and other common signal conditioning circuits. Limitations of gain-bandwidth of op-amp and influence on design. Active filters, instrumentation amplifier and Digital to analogue and analogue to digital conversion using op-amps. Oscillators: The Barkhausen criteria, Various types of oscillators: RC, LC and crystal oscillators. Digital circuits: Introduction to logic gates, Boolean algebra and Karnaugh map technique. Combinational logic: Design of multiplexers, code converters and arithmetic combinational logic gate circuits. Sequential logic: The operation of S-R, D, JK and T flip-flops. The design of sequential logic circuits. Asynchronous and synchronous counter design. State transition tables. Design of binary counters. Introduction to programmable logic techniques.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to: 1. Explain the need for biasing of transistors and operation of small signal amplifiers using BJTs and FETs and to perform calculations on them based on the requirements for electronic applications(AM1)2. Explain the operation of various power amplifiers(AM1)3. Illustrate various applications of operational amplifiers (AM1, AM4)4. Analyse various types of oscillators using design criteria and feedback mechanisms. (AM1,AM4)5. Design various combinational and sequential logic circuits (AM1, AM4, AM5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectureswith laboratory exercises used to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on topics related to Electronic Engineering.

Indicative Reading

Floyd, T. L., 2011. Electronic Devices. 9 th ed. Prentice Hall.

Transferrable Skills

Numeracy is developed in all analytical tasks. Laboratories provide: use of IT and Interpersonal/team skills Communication skills are developed in report writing.

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid-term test - unseen test 90 minutes duration
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Lab Exercises with written report-1500 words
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - unseen exam 2hour duration