Electronic Circuits
Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
Required for ECE
Catalog Data: 

ECE 351C is a 4 unit course covering Operational amplifiers, diode circuits, circuit characteristics of bipolar and MOS transistors, MOS and bipolar digital circuits, and simulation software. The purpose of ECE 351C is to get experience with the fundamental nonlinear devices for circuit design: diodes and transistors. We'll learn how to analyze simple linear amplifier circuits with these devices, how to use small signal models, and spend a relatively small amount of time on how to build digital logic gates. More complex linear amplifier circuits are left for ECE 304.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.

ECE 220

Microelectronic Circuits, by Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith (6th edition), Oxford University Press, 2010.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

The objective of this course is to give students the ability to design and analyze simple circuits involving diodes and transistors both analytically (by hand) to meet given specifications and to verify and evaluate such designs using a computer simulation program, such as PSPICE. Specifically, after this course a student should be able to:

  • Design and analyze simple circuits involving diodes, such as clippers and rectifiers;
  • Design and analyze simple linear amplifier circuits using MOS transistors;
  • Design and analyze simple linear amplifier circuits using bipolar junction transistors;
  • Design and analyze simple logic circuits using either BJTs or MOSFETs.
Course Topics: 

Introduction to diodes; Analysis of diode circuits; Small-signal diode model; Zener diodes, Rectifier circuits; Limiting and clamping circuits; Physical operation; Open-circuit and reverse-bias conditions; Breakdown and forward-bias conditions; Special diodes; NPN transistor; PNP transistor; Circuit symbols; Graphical analysis; DC analysis; Saturation; Biasing the BJT; Transistors as amplifiers; Small-signal models Amplifiers; single-stage BJT amplifier configurations; MOSFET basics; Current-voltage characteristics; DC analysis; Biasing MOSFET amplifiers; MOSFET small-signal models; Recipes / MOSFET amplifier configurations; Basics of Digital Logic CMOS inverter; CMOS logic gates; Pass-transistor logic; ECL (Emitter-coupled logic)

Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Three 50-minute lectures per week (required)
Approximately 14 homework problem sets during the semester
Six laboratory assignments
Two in-class mid-term exams and One Comprehensive final exam

Relationship to Student Outcomes: 

(a)   an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (high)
(b)   an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (medium)
(c)   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)
(e)   an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (high)
(g)   an ability to communicate effectively (low)
(j)    a knowledge of contemporary issues (medium)
(k)   an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary
       for engineering practice (high)

Prepared by: 
Dr. M. Janet Wang
Prepared Date: 

University of Arizona College of Engineering