|Unit Name||Fundamentals of Electronics|
|Unit Duration||1 Semester|
Bachelor of Science (Engineering)
Duration 3 years
|Unit Creator / Reviewer||N/A|
Total Course Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)
|Mode of Delivery||Online or on-campus.|
|Unit Workload||(Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week; 5 hours per week for 24 week delivery)
Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours
Tutorial – 1.5 hours
Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours
Personal Study recommended – 5 hours
Unit Description and General Aims
The objective in presenting this unit is to impart to students the fundamentals of electronic technology, in order to deepen their knowledge of the electronic devices that are part of the different technologies that surround us.
The subject matter covered in this unit will include but is not limited to: semiconductors; unipolar/bipolar transistors; operational amplifiers; and, solid state devices.
The practical work component of this unit will further develop students’ design, testing, and troubleshooting skills using various test equipment.
On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:
- Recognize and interpret the basic structure of solids, types of semiconductors, and other electronic components and devices which are used for different electronic functions.
Bloom’s Level 4
- Apply the diode current equation, and explain the characteristics of some common applications.
Bloom’s Level 3
- Use FET and BJT as amplifiers and switches.
Bloom’s Level 3
- Prepare different OPAMP Circuits such as Inverting Amp, Non-Inverting Amp, Comparator Adder / Subtractor, I/V, V/I Converters, A/D, and D/A Converters.
Bloom’s Level 3
- Analyze and describe pulse circuit operations and their associated waveforms.
Bloom’s Level 4
- Use software to draw simple diode, transistor and OPAMP circuits
Bloom’s Level 6
|Assessment Type||When assessed||Weighting (% of total unit marks)||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions
Example Topic: Semiconductors, electric potential, resistivity, Ohm’s law in conjunction with the structure and properties of solids, Diodes.
Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts.
|Due After Topic 3||15%||1, 2|
Assessment 2 - mid-semester test
Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation
Example Topic: Transistors.
Students may provide solutions to simple problems on various topics
|Due After Topic 6||20%||3|
Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation / Project
Example Topic: Applications of OPAMP circuits, pulse circuit operations, and their waveforms, draw circuits using the software.
Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or use software to complete a practical.
|Due After Topic 9||20%||4, 5, 6|
Example Topic: All topics
An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours
|Final Week||40%||1 to 5|
Attendance / Tutorial Participation
Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.
|Continuous||5%||1 to 6|
Prescribed and Recommended readings
- R. L. Boylestad, Electronic Devices and Circuits, 11th Edn. Pearson, 2012 - ISBN: 978-0132622264
- Handbook of Optoelectronics, 2nd Edn, Applications of Optoelectronics Volume 3 by John P. Dakin Robert G. W. Brown, 2017.
- Mehta, VK, Principles of Electronics, 7th edn, S Chand & Co Ltd, ISBN-13: 978-8121924504, 2005.
- Shanefield, DJ, Industrial Electronics for Engineers, Chemists, and Technicians - With Optional Lab Experiments. William Andrew Publishing/Noyes, 2007 Online version available at:
- Rashid, MH, Power Electronics Handbook 4th edn, 2017.
- Erickson RW and Maksimovic D, Fundamentals of Power Electronics, Springer International Publishing, 2020.
- Knovel library: http://app.knovel.com
- IDC Technologies publications
- Other material and online collections as advised during the lectures
Structure of solids
1. Electric circuits review
2. Kirchoff’s Voltage/Current Laws
3. Solid-state switching vs electromechanical relays
4. Structure of matter
5. Semiconductor materials
PN Junction Diodes
1. PN junction
2. Diode characteristics
3. Resistance levels
4. Types and applications of diodes
Bipolar Junction Transistors
1. Construction of BJT transistors
3. Transistor ratings
Field Effect Transistors
1. FET principle
2. FET Biasing
3. FET impedance determination
Transistors as Amplifiers and Switches
1. BJT load line analysis
2. BJT and FET as amplifiers
3. BJT and FET as switches
4. MOSFET as amplifiers
1. Operational amplifiers basics
2. Operational amplifiers connections
3. Operational amplifiers applications
Waveforms and Pulse Generating Circuits
- Analog vs Digital
- Waveform basics
- Differentiators and Integrators
- Signal conditioning circuits
- Basics of oscillators
- Phase-shift oscillators
- Wien-Bridge oscillator
Introduction to Optoelectronics
- Visible light-emitting diodes
- Semiconductor lasers
- Optical detectors and receivers
- Optical fibre devices
- Optical modulators
- Optical amplifiers
Introduction to Logic Circuits
1. Introduction to binary
2. Logic gates
3. Truth tables
4. Introduction to flip-flops
5. Introduction to multiplexers
Timing, Relay, and Digital Circuits
1. RC charging circuits
2. Unijunction Transistors (UJT)
3. UJT-based relaxation oscillators
4. 555 Timer IC
Thyristor (PNPN) Control Devices
1. Introduction to latching
2. Silicon-Controlled Rectifiers (Thyristors)
3. Other PNPN devices
4. Phase-control applications
5. Solid-State Relays
6. Exam revision
In the final week, students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work and to clarify any outstanding issues. Instructors/facilitators may choose to cover a specialized topic if applicable to that cohort.
Software: PSIM (PowerSimTech)
Instructions: Y:\Data - ALL.E-Learning\Software\Remote Labs\Instructions for Specific Labs\PSIM
Additional resources or files: https://powersimtech.com/drive/uploads/2016/06/PSIM-User-Manual.pdf
- 130in1 Electronic Hardware Kit (Optional - to show electronics