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ELEC253 Electronics: Introduction

Paper Description

The goal of this paper is to provide an introductory understanding of simple, useful electronic circuits, in terms of the underlying DC and AC circuit theory using complex numbers, and to implement simple functionality using a microcontroller. Many circuits and principles are tested in the lab by the student with the aid of comprehensive computer-based virtual instruments, coupled to a breadboard system that allows effective investigation and experimentation.

This paper consists of 24 lectures, which are highly integrated with fortnightly practical lab sessions each of four hours. In the lab each student has his/her own well-equipped workstation using the latest virtual instrumentation. Lab sessions and assignments are backed up with plenty of readily available help, including one-on-one.

Assessment:
Final exam 60%, Assignments 24%, Laboratories 16%.

Important information about assessment for ELEC253

Course Coordinator:
Associate Professor Colin Fox

After completing this paper students will be able to:
  1. Understand how electronic circuits and devices can provide high-speed, predictable, reliable functionality
  2. Mathematically analyse simple DC and AC circuits, including use of complex numbers
  3. Build, debug and understand simple electronic circuits in the lab using a breadboard, electronic components, and virtual test equipment
  4. Present a well-structured report of the results of a laboratory investigation
  5. Understand how to design and program a simple microcontroller circuit to implement basic high-level functionality

Lecture Topics

Topic
1. Models for circuit elements, R, L, C
2. The exponential function, DEs and complex numbers
3. Impedance & AC circuits
4. Circuit theorems, Norton, Thevenin
5. Semiconductors, amplifiers, input and output impedance
6. Linear and switching power supplies
7. Digital abstraction, logic & Karnaugh maps
8. Microprocessors and microcontrollers
Textbooks: Practical Electronics for Inventors by Schertz & Monk - 3rd Edition or later

 


Formal University Information

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Details

Components and AC circuits: phasors and complex numbers, simple filters and networks. Diodes, transistor circuits, operational amplifiers. Linear and switching power supplies. Digital electronics and microcontrollers. Arduino programming.

The goal of this paper is to provide an introductory understanding of simple, useful electronic circuits, in terms of the underlying DC and AC circuit theory using complex numbers, and to implement simple functionality using a microcontroller. Many circuits and principles are tested in the lab by the student with the aid of comprehensive computer-based virtual instruments, coupled to a breadboard system that allows effective investigation and experimentation.

Paper title Electronics: Introduction
Paper code ELEC253
Subject Electronics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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Prerequisite
One of PHSI 131, PHSI 132, PHSI 191, PHSI 110 and (MATH 160 or MATH 170)
Schedule C
Science
Contact
colin.fox@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Assoc Prof Colin Fox
Dr Tim Molteno
Textbooks
Practical Electronics for Inventors by Schertz & Monk - 3rd Edition or later.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students will be able to:
  1. Understand how electronic circuits and devices can provide high-speed, predictable, reliable functionality
  2. Mathematically analyse simple DC and AC circuits, including the use of complex numbers
  3. Build, debug and understand simple electronic circuits in the lab using a breadboard, electronic components, and virtual test equipment
  4. Present a well-structured report of the results of a laboratory investigation
  5. Understand how to design and program a simple microcontroller circuit to implement basic high-level functionality

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21
P2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 18-22

Components and AC circuits: phasors and complex numbers, simple filters and networks. Diodes, transistor circuits, operational amplifiers. Linear and switching power supplies. Digital electronics and microcontrollers. Arduino programming.

The goal of this paper is to provide an introductory understanding of simple, useful electronic circuits, in terms of the underlying DC and AC circuit theory using complex numbers, and to implement simple functionality using a microcontroller. Many circuits and principles are tested in the lab by the student with the aid of comprehensive computer-based virtual instruments, coupled to a breadboard system that allows effective investigation and experimentation.

Paper title Electronics: Introduction
Paper code ELEC253
Subject Electronics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One of PHSI 131, PHSI 132, PHSI 191, PHSI 110 and (MATH 160 or MATH 170)
Schedule C
Science
Contact
colin.fox@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Assoc Prof Colin Fox
Dr Tim Molteno
Textbooks
Practical Electronics for Inventors by Schertz & Monk - 3rd Edition or later.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students will be able to:
  1. Understand how electronic circuits and devices can provide high-speed, predictable, reliable functionality
  2. Mathematically analyse simple DC and AC circuits, including the use of complex numbers
  3. Build, debug and understand simple electronic circuits in the lab using a breadboard, electronic components, and virtual test equipment
  4. Present a well-structured report of the results of a laboratory investigation
  5. Understand how to design and program a simple microcontroller circuit to implement basic high-level functionality

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17, 19-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 17-22