Subject description

Electronic circuit theory. Passive linear and nonlinear elements. Semiconductor devices: diodes, bipolar and unipolar transistors, switching devices. Rectifiers and other circuits with diodes. Special types of diodes. Signal amplifiers with bipolar and unipolar transistors: transistor DC operating point, amplifications, input and output resistance, temperature effects, stability, thermal run-away. AC amplifiers: frequency response, principle of negative feedback. Operational amplifier and its applications: signal amplifiers, followers, adders, differentiators, integrators, comparators, current and voltage sources, bridge amplifiers. Frequency-dependent circuits: passive and active filters, sine oscillators, other wave generators. Power amplifiers: classes, different implementations, power losses.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

To understand the fundamentals of operation of building blocks in electronic circuits (passive and active linear and nonlinear elements), especially of discrete semiconductor and integrated electronic components;

To use of these elements in useful circuits for various applications (amplifiers, power supplies, frequency-dependent circuits etc.);

To be able to analyse and design electronic circuits from theoretical and practical point of view.

Teaching and learning methods

The next teaching methods will be used: lectures and practical lab work.

Lectures: Formal transfer of fundamental knowledge and data using theoretical and mathematical explanations and supported with graphical tools (images, movies) and computer simulations. Exercises in solving the circuit analysis and design problems.

Lab vork: practical assignments to support the material covered in lectures, on which the students work in pairs. Some of the lab work may be conducted in a form of larger mini-projects on topics not neccessarily covered in lectures. Practical work consists of building and testing of electronic circuits. The students are requested to self-study and to prepare for the assignment. Reports must be written for all practical assignments.

Expected study results

After successful completion of the course, students shoud be able to:

– Describe and explain the function of common components of analog electronic circuits.

– Define basic quantities used for description and quantification of electronic circuits.

– Apply mathematical tools for analysis and design of basic circuits.

– Design basic electronic circuits with a predefined function.

– Select the most appropriate electronic component.

– Use measurement instrumentation in a correct and safe manner.

– Quantify the performance of realized circuit.

– Summarize the results of the task in the form of technical report.

Basic sources and literature

  1. N. Storey: Electronics, A Systems Approach, 5th Ed., Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2013.
  2. T.L. Floyd: Electronic Devices: Conventional Current Version, 9th ed., Pearson, 2013.
  3. T. Jarm: Elektronika – Skripta in navodila za laboratorijske vaje, Založba FE in FRI, 2010.
  4. T.L.Floyd, D. Buchla: Electronics fundamentals: circuits, devices and Applications, 8th Ed., Pearson, 2013.

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