SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHW224666
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to design, construct and test analogue and digital electronic circuits.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The Design Process: Identify problems which can be solved by use of electronic systems; develop a technical specification; assess the suitability of different implementation technologies; produce conceptual designs from a specification; develop conceptual designs into detailed designs to component level; use current software tools to simulate the operation of designs; make assessments of the results of simulations; modify designs in response to simulation results; assess the stage at which designs may be accepted based on simulation results; compare simulated results with results from prototypes. Analogue Design: Design unregulated DC power supplies including transformer turns ratios and filtering circuits; Design of shunt and series voltage regulators; Design of power supplies using 3 terminal regulators; Design of single stage and multistage (BJT/ FET) RF amplifiers; Design of different classes of power amplifiers; Design of Op-Amp circuits including Instrumentation amplifiers; design of second and higher order active filters; design of oscillators. Digital Design: Design combinational logic circuits; design sequential logic circuits; Terminology used in programmable logic design (PLD), and Requirement of digital circuit design; Technology choices and structure of digital circuit design; Types of PLD and processors used in PLDs; Complex PLD (CPLD) and FPGA architecture; PLD design tools and design flow. Constructional Techniques: Printed circuit board (PCB) definition and structure; Types of PCB & PCB pads; Multi-layer PCBs, protective coatings, silk screens, and tracks; PCB design steps & flow chart, and design tools; PCB manufacturing, component placements and testing; WEEE & RoHS directives and environment issues; design and produce PCB masks conventionally; design and produce PCB masks using CAD tools.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Use industry standard software tools to assist in analogue and digital design tasks.(AM1, AM5)2. Validate simulated circuit performance with actual circuit performance.(AM1, AM5)3. Conduct validating tests on the implemented Electronic circuits (AM1, AM5)4. Design an analogue circuit for a given specification. (AM1, AM5)5. Design a digital circuit for a given specification. (AM1, AM5)6. Design PCB mask using appropriate CAD tools. (AM1, AM5)

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. Donald A Neaman. (2007). Electronic circuits - Design and Analysis. 3rd Edition. Tata McGraw Hill Publications. 2. Ian Grout. (2008).Digital Systems Design with FPGAs and CPLDs. Newnes Publications (Imprint of Elsevier). Reference Books: -360 1. Ray Salemi (2009) FPGA Simulation: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide. Boston Light Press 2. Northrop. (1990) Analogue Electronic Circuits. Addison -Wesley. 3. Wilkinson and Makki. (1992) Digital System Design. 2 nd Edition. New York: Prentice Hall. 4. KraigMitzner <http://www.amazon.com/Kraig-Mitzner/e/B001IOH7IK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1> . Complete PCB Design Using OrCAD Capture and PCB Editor. 5. Bogart, Theodore F.(2003) Electronic Devices and Circuits. 6 th Edition. Prentice Hall Mano, M. Morris (2002) Digital Design. 3 rd Edition. Prentice Hall.

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written examination-3 Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assignment-written report-maximum 2000 words