SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H624674
Module Leader Alan Nesbitt
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of Analogue & Digital electronic devices and circuits. Design and analysis of electronic circuits is extensively covered in this module. The students are also taught to use the industry standard circuit analysis software such as PSpice from Orcad.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The P-N Junction Diode: Diode IV characteristics, diode load line, diode applications and special purpose diodes; Half and Full-wave rectification. Transistor (BJT & JFET): Basic transistor DC equations; Transistor characteristics and parameters; operating point and DC load lines; The DC biasing of transistor circuits; Small signal transistor amplifiers and equivalent circuits ; Analysis of various amplifier configurations of BJT and JFETs; CAD investigation of the amplifier to analyze its frequency response Operational Amplifiers: The characteristics of ideal and real operational amplifiers; Common operational amplifier circuit configurations; Active filter applications; Digital to analogue and analogue to digital conversion. Oscillators: The Barkhausen criteria; R-C oscillators including phase shift and Wien bridge configurations; Applications of the 555 integrated circuit. Combinational Logic : Introduction to logic gates, Boolean algebra and Karnaugh map technique. The design of multiplexer, decoder, code converter and arithmetic combinational logic gate circuits. Sequential Logic: The operation of various flops; The design of sequential logic circuits; Asynchronous and synchronous counter design; Next state and state transition tables; The design of synchronous binary counters including truncated counters; Implement given digital functions using programmable logic techniques.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Explain the characteristics of P-N junction diode and its applications.(AM1)2. Sketch and explain circuits and waveforms associated with selected rectifier circuits.(AM1,AM4)3. Design a small signal transistor amplifier and analyse its characteristics.(AM1, AM4)4. Use appropriate Computer Aided Design tools to analyse the frequency response of a small signal transistor amplifier. (AM5)5. Sketch the characteristic graphs of the FET and explain its operation.(AM1)6. Summarise the characteristics of ideal and real operational amplifiers and their behaviour in a range of common circuit configurations. (AM1,AM4)7. Explain the concepts of positive feedback and the Barkhausen criteria for oscillation and design a range of oscillator circuits.(AM1)8. Design and test various sequential and combinational logic circuits. (AM1,AM4)

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 and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

Text Book: -360 1. Floyd, T.L. (2011). Electronic devices , 9th ed. New Delhi: Prentice-Hall. Reference Books: -360 1. Crecraft, Gorham & Sparkes. (1994). Electronics . Chapman & Hall 2. Floyd,T.L. Digital Fundamentals .8th ed. Prentice-Hall 3. Tocci R.J. Digital systems . 9th ed. Prentice-Hall. On line manuals and help facilities from CBL and CAD software

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: Problem Solving and Numeracy Reports provide: Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

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

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% Laboratory report 2000 words