MODULE DETAILS

Module 7: Analog Circuit Design

 

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (32 hours total time commitment)

 

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.

 

 

MODULE PURPOSE

 

 

Electronics forms one of the main pillars supporting Mechatronics systems. The electronics discipline can further be subdivided into two sub-disciplines, viz. analog and digital electronics.  This module covers both the operation and application of discrete components (such as diodes and transistors) and integrated components (such as operational amplifiers). The study of these devices will not be limited to theory. Delegates will have the chance to design and simulate circuits with computer software, and then to (optionally) physically build them in order to verify the design and simulated results. 

 

 

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES/UNIT(S)

 

 

Module 3: Electro-Technology

 

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

 

To evaluate the achievement of the learning outcomes; written assignments, group projects and practical exercises are set.

 

 

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.   Examine and discuss the basic attributes of discrete solid-state components

 

2.   Design basic circuits with discrete components

 

3.   Examine and discuss the application of operational amplifiers (op-amps)

 

4.   Explain the basics of Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) and Digital-to Analog-Converters (DACs) 

 

 

 


Learning Outcome  1

 

 

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Examine and discuss the basic attributes of solid-state components

 

1.1       Examine and discuss 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

(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  2

 

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Learning Outcome  3

 

 

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Learning Outcome  4

 

 

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Design simple applications with discrete components

 

2.1       Design and/or simulate 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
          (d)   Single-transistor switch
          (e)   Darlington pair

 

 

Examine and discuss the application of operational amplifiers (op-amps)

 

1.1      Examine and discuss the basic attributes of op-amps

 

1.2       Examine and discuss  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) Astable multivibrator

 

 

Explain the basics of Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) and Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs)            

 

4.1       Explain the terminology related to ADCs and DACs

 

4.2       Examine and discuss the principles of operation of the following ADCs:

(a)    Flash
(b)   Integrating
(c)   Successive approximation

 

4.3       Examine and discuss the principles of operation of the following DACs:
(a)   R-2R
(b)   Binary weighted

 

4.4          Select the most appropriate ADC for a given application

 

 

Delivery Mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, Power Points, notes, reading and study materials (in pdf, html and word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

 

 

Software/Hardware Used

Software

  • MATLAB

  • Simulink

Hardware

  •  N/A