Module 7: Analog Circuit Design DMCANA607

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (48 hours total time commitment)

This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, and attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers both the operation and application of discrete analogue components, such as diodes and transistors, plus integrated analogue components, such as operational amplifiers.


The purpose of this module is for the participants to develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts of analogue circuit design and simulation applicable to mechatronics and robotics.



Modules that must be delivered and assessed before this module:

Electro-Technology DMCELT603

Modules that must be delivered concurrently with this module:





Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.


 Assessors must:

  • hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and
  • be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and
  • be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Assessments will be open book assessment and may be completed off-campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.


  1. Describe the basic attributes of discrete solid-state components
  2. Analyse basic circuits with discrete components
  3. Outline the application of operational amplifiers (op-amps)
  4. Outline the basics of Analogue-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) and Digital-to Analogue-Converters (DACs)


Learning Outcome  1

Identify the basic attributes of discrete solid-state componentss

Assessment criteria

1.1.   List and explain the functions of the discrete solid-state devices


1.2.   Describe the basic attributes of the following discrete solid-state devices:

(a) Rectifier diode

(b) Zener diode

(c) Light-Emitting Diode (LED)

(d) Photodiode

(e) Transorb

(f) Bipolar junction transistor (BJT)-NPN and PNP


Learning Outcome  2

Analyse basic circuits with discrete components

Assessment criteria 2.1.   Analyse the following circuits:

(a) Unregulated power supply with bridge rectifier

(b) Regulated power supply with bridge rectifier

(c) Single-transistor class A amplifier with NPN transistor

(d) Class B (push-pull) amplifier

(e) Single-transistor switch

(f) Darlington pair

(g) Phototransistor

(h) Field-effect transistor (FET)

(i) Unijunction transistor (UJT)

(j) Power transistor

(k) Thyristor

(l) Silicon controlled rectifier (SCR)

(m) Opto-coupler


Learning Outcome  3

Online the application of operational amplifiers (op-amps)

Assessment criteria

3.1.   Outline the basic attributes of op-amps


3.2.   Describe the following op-amp circuits:

(a) Inverting amplifier

(b) Non-inverting amplifier

(c) Low-pass filter

(d) High-pass filter

(e) Band-pass filter

(f) Notch filter

(f) Integrator

(g) Differentiator

(h) Schmitt trigger

(j) A stable multivibrator


Learning Outcome  4 Outline the basics of Analogue-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) and Digital-to Analogue-Converters (DACs) 
Assessment criteria

4.1.   Explain the terminology related to ADCs and DACs


4.2.   Describe the principles of operation of the following ADCs:

(a) Flash

(b) Integrating

(c) Successive approximation


4.3.   Explain the principles of operation of the following DACs:

(a) R-2R

(b) Binary weighted


4.4.   Select ADC for a given application

Delivery Mode

Online and/or face-to-face

Software/Hardware Used



  • Simulink


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