CEN 310 + Lab: Electronics II

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

General frequency considerations for single stage or multi stage network: low and high frequency analysis and bode plot, multistage frequency effect and determining the cut-off frequencies. Operational Amplifiers (Op-Amp): Op-amp characteristics, open loop voltage gain, differential input voltage, inverting amplifier, inverting adder, non-inverting amplifier, voltage follower, differentiator, integrator, subtractor, CMRR, zero crossing and voltage level detector, hysteresis and their applications. Signal generators using op-amp: square, triangle, sawtooth and sine wave. DC performance: bias, offset and drift. AC performance: frequency parameter, unity-gain bandwidth, slew rate and noise. Various applications of op-amps: Precision Rectifier, MAV circuit, peak detector, precision clipper, Differential, Instrumentation and bridge amplifier. Active filter: frequency response of low pass, High pass, Band pass and Band stop filters for ideal and practical conditions; Band pass filter: narrow-band and wide-band filter. Feedback Amplifier: classification of amplifier as voltage, current, trans-resistance and trans-conductance amplifier, effect of feedback on amplifier bandwidth, condition of stability and the Nyquest criterion. Sinusoidal oscillator: the Barkhausen criterion, phase shift oscillator, general form of oscillator circuits; Colpitts oscillator, Hartley Oscillator, Crystal oscillator. Power Supplies (Voltage regulator), pnpn devices: SCR, SCS, DIAC, TRIAC, UJT. Timer circuit design, Multivibrators: Astable, monostable and bistable multivibrators.

Course Type Major
Credit Hour 4
Lecture Hour 60
Expected Outcome(s):
  • Design and build basic op-amp circuits, common-emitter amplifiers with required AC characteristics and biasing circuits for common-emitter amplifiers using hand calculations and PSPICE simulations.
  • Predict frequency behaviours of amplifiers using hand calculations and PSPICE simulations and sketch appropriate Bode plots.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of negative feedback including its influence on gain, bandwidth, input and output resistance.
  • Establish feedback topologies of op-amp and BJT amplifiers and evaluate the amplifier’s close-loop characteristics using hand calculations and PSPICE simulations.
  • Design circuits to partially address circuit issues on specific problems.
  • Analyze circuits, extract performance figures-of-merit analytically and analyze them against desired specifications.
  • Simulate and extract performance figures-of-merit against desired specifications for circuits and fairly compare circuits.

Suggested Books:
  1. Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert L Boylestad, Louis Nashelsky
  2. Principle of Electrical Engineering & Electronics (M.E.) by V. K. Mehta, Rohit Mehta
  3. Operational Amplifiers and Linear Integrated Circuits by Robert F. Coughlin, Frederick F. Driscoll

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