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Course Information

Analogue Electronic Systems

Module summary

Module code: ELEE1116
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering Science
Module Coordinator(s): Karim Nasr



The main aim of this course is to extend the student's understanding of analogue electronics in terms of the analysis, simulation and practical test of amplifiers, current mirror, negative and positive feedback, modelling and macromodelling, linear integrated circuits and oscillators. Furthermore the course aims to ensure that students are able to use PSPICE to carry out simulation of simple and complex circuits on the basis of various level of circuit and device models; to acquaint students with the theory and application of differential amplifier throughout theoretical analysis and practical measurement; to study the design and analysis of amplifiers on the basis of detailed DC and AC performances. Further understanding should be obtained by design and building practical amplifiers and compare them with simulation results; to have a broad understanding of the properties, practical applications and limitations of Op-Amps; to learn how to carry out a high-level simulation by using micromodel; to understand the principles and applications of RC and LC oscillators from theoretical analysis and lab work.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 analyse and design single and multistage amplifiers using simple equivalent circuits and computer models
2 understand and apply the basic principles of feedback and design negative feedback networks
3 analyse and design analogue circuits using circuit simulation software
4 understand the principles of circuit modelling
5 recognise and understand the basic circuit configurations used in linear integrated circuits
6 have good knowledge of analysis, simulation and design of circuits containing Op-Amps
7 understand the principles involved in analysing, designing and applying oscillators for a given application

Indicative content

Circuit simulation: PSPICE programme
Amplification: the small signal equivalent circuit of transistor, the equivalent circuit of an amplifier, power and voltage gain, frequency response, cascaded amplifiers, differential amplifiers, current mirror, . Operational Amplifiers: current sources, active loads and level shifters. Manufacturer’s specifications, open loop voltage gain, input offset voltage, input bias currents, common mode rejection, and power supply rejection. Slew rate. Effects of applying feedback to amplifiers. integrators, and differentiators, instrumentation amplifiers. overvoltage and overcurrent protection, voltage reference circuits, Oscillators: Positive feedback, RC and LC oscillators.

Teaching and learning activity

Formal lectures to introduce the main elements and the analysis and design process, tutorials to encourage a greater understanding of the topic and substantial assignments and labs to give the students practical experience of designing, simulating and testing realistic circuits.


Exam - 50%
LO - 1, 2, 4-7
Two hour unseen closed book.

Coursework - 50%
LO - 1-7
Typical examples include: PSPICE simulation of circuits, amplifier building, test and simulations etc.

In order to meet professional body requirements, students are expected to pass this course at 40% overall and with a minimum of 30% for each component.

All elements of summative assessment must be passed to pass the course.