ENG06073 2019 Analog Electronics

General Details

Full Title
Analog Electronics
Transcript Title
Analog Electronics
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
COEL - Computing & Electronic Eng
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Diane O'Brien, Ian Craig
Programme Membership
SG_EELCO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_EELCO_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_EELEC_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronics and Self Driving Technologies SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation

This module will give the learner the theory and practical experience in understanding the operation of common analog electronic components and circuits, through theory, practical laboratory sessions and small project building/testing.  Learners will understand the operation and use of all major analog components, such as the diode, resistor, capacitor, inductor, transistor and be able to apply their knowledge in the areas such as transistor circuits, op-amp configurations and small analog circuits and voltage regulation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify, explain and use fundamental analog electronic components in typical small signal circuits including the resistor, capacitor, inductor, diode, transistor, various power sources, op-amp and 555 timer.


Describe the operation of fundamental small signal analog circuits including R, RC, RL, RLC circuits, voltage, current divider circuits, 


Calculate values for and demonstrate circuits employing amplification and oscillation methods/techniques such as Op Amps, the 555 timer and/or other oscillator circuits


Distinguish between and explain the various forms of small signal a.c. and d.c. voltage regulation including transformers, diode circuits and regulation ICs.


Sketch and construct various small signal transistor circuits using switching and amplification techniques.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Learning should be as active to give the learner the ability to viaualise how the various components work and interact together with various small signal inputs and outputs.

Consideration could be given to:

A lecture giving the week's concepts.

A problem based learning lecture in a flat room which would allow learners to see/demonstrate simple circuits based on 9V battery power supply.  This will allow the learners to get familar with the concepts in a practical way and would speed up the performance in the lab.

A 2 hour lab on the concept of the week.

Module Assessment Strategies

An end of semester written exam, in term quzzes/test and lab assignments will be given to assess the module.

Repeat Assessments

A repeat exam during the Autumn sitting will be made available.
In addition, an opportunity to submit repeat assessment work will be available for the Autumn sitting.

Indicative Syllabus

The emphasis should be on understanding, design, build and usage of analog circuits in a practical manner.  Theory is obviously needed to calculate 

  • Cover the names, purpose and use of all common electronic components.  This would includel
    • resistors, capacitors, indicutors, supply sources a.c./d.c., diodes (pn, zener, LED, photo), transistors.
    • describe the information carried in an a.c. (sine wave) and a d.c. wave.
    • RMS and power calculations
  •  Demonstrate and explain basic theory of common cominational circuits involving the above components for small signals.
    • Voltage divider
    • Current divider
    • d.c. analysis of a simple analog circuit
    • a.c. analysis of a simple analog circuit
    • RC, RL, and/or RLC
    • common diode circuits for signal rectification and power smoothing and transformers
    • Transistor amplification and switching operations.
  • Oscillator Circuits, 555 timer, internal structure,  operation and applications
    • Calculating component values to achieve certain frequency/timing outputs.
    • Pulse width modulation
    • Consider LC and phase lock loop if time allows.
  • Op Amp circuits - comparitor, amplifier and closed loop feedback configurations, other op amp circuits such as adders.
    • The main characteristics of an ideal op-amp.
  • Transistor circuits showing amplification and switching.
    • calculating component values to achieve certain outputs.
  • Power fundamentals
    • transformers
    • using a voltage regulator and a power supply smoother 
    • a.c. to d.c. conversion
  • Analog <-> Digital converstions - if not carried out in the digital modules

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Laboratory exercises Practical Practical Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Quizzes/written test Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture/Demonstration 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Engineering Laboratory Labwork 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1999 Electronic Devices
ISBN 0139737693 ISBN-13 9780139737695

"This edition retains the content and organization of the previous edition, however, there are many small changes throughout that improve the clarity or expand the presentation of certain topics. Also, new to this edition are the Electronics Workbench (EWB) and PSpice exercises with available circuits disks. These are included in selected examples ans troubleshooting sections." - page vii.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Floyd, T.L., 2008. Electronic devices. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
(ISBN13: 9780132429733)

Journal Resources


URL Resources
Other Resources

Learners will need their year 1 electronics component kit for the classes and lans.


Additional Information