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ECE 304A -- Design of Electronic Circuits (4 units)
Description: Integrated theory and design laboratory course. Current mirrors, active loads, multi-stage amplifiers, output stages, frequency response and feedback with emphasis on design, simulations of design and laboratory verification, measurement techniques and technical communications.
Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E
Course Fee: $100
Sedra, Adel S. and Kenneth C. Smith. Microelectronic Circuits. 7th ed. Oxford University Press. 2015
Herniter, Marc E. Schematic Capture with Cadence PSpice. 2nd ed. Prentice Hall. 2002.
Students completing this course should be able to design and use basic analog building blocks and understand how they interact using the operational amplifier as an example. The emphasis in the lectures is on developing recognition of the interplay between large-signal and small-signal behavior, on learning the constraints each place on the other, and upon using multiple stages to circumvent these problems.
Specifically, students should be able to:
Three, 50-minute lectures per week
One, 170-minute lab session per week
ECE 304A contributes directly to the following specific Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Outomes of the ECE department:
an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (High)
an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (Medium)
an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability (High)
an ability to function on multi-disciplinary terms (Low)
an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (Medium)
an ability to communicate effectively (Medium)
an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. (High)