CEN 210 + Lab: Electronics I

Offered Under: B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (CEN)

Basic Semiconductor and pn-junction theory: Energy Bands, Conductors, Insulators and semiconductors, p-type and n-type semiconductors, Majority and minority carriers, Drift and Diffusion Current. P-N junction as a circuit element: operational principle of p-n junction diode, contact potential, current-voltage characteristics of a diode, simplified dc and ac diode models, dynamic resistance and capacitance. Diode applications: Half wave and full wave rectifiers, rectifiers with filter capacitor, clamping and clipping circuits. Zener diode: characteristics of a zener diode, zener shunt regulator. Introduction to power diodes: schottky diode, tunnel diode, gun diode, varactor diode. Bipolar junction Transistors (BJT): Basic structure, BJT characteristics and regions of operation, BJT Currents, BJT Terminal Voltages, BJT voltage amplification. Bipolar Junction Transistor Biasing: The dc load line and bias point, biasing the BJT for discrete circuits, small signal equivalent circuit models, h parameters. Single-stage BJT amplifier circuits and their configurations: Voltage and current gain, input and output impedances. Introduction to multistage amplifiers; Power amplifiers: Class A, Class B and Class C amplifiers; Introduction to power transistors: Field-Effect Transistors (FET), Junction Field-Effect Transistors (JFET), Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect-Transistor (MOSFET), FET Biasing and Small-Signal Analysis, Metal Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor(MESFET), Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs), Static Induction Transistors (SITs) and COOLMOS. Introduction to operational amplifier (Op-Amp); Electronic circuit analysis using PSPICE.

Course Type Major
Credit Hour 4
Lecture Hour 60
Expected Outcome(s):
  • Analyze ideal diode and ideal diode circuits.
  • Understand real mathematical model of a diode.
  • Solve diode circuits.
  • Understand basic characteristics of BJT and MOSFET.
  • Analyze DC of BJT and FET circuits.
  • Analyze AC of BJT and FET circuits.
  • Comprehend the concept of amplifier, input resistance, and output resistance.

Suggested Books:
  • Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert L Boylestad, Louis Nashelsky
  • Principles of Electronics by V. K. Mehta, Rohit Mehta

Grading Policy:

Biweekly Quiz, Biweekly Programming Assignment, One Midterm Exam, One Final Exam


Letter Grade Marks Grade Point
A 90 - 100 4.00
A- 85 - 89 3.70
B+ 80 - 84 3.30
B 75 - 79 3.00
B- 70 - 74 2.70
C+ 65 - 69 2.30
C 60 - 64 2.00
C- 55 - 59 1.70
D+ 50 - 54 1.30
D 45 - 49 4.00
F 00 - 44 4.00