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ELEC353 Analogue Electronics

Paper Description

This paper takes an applied systems analysis (or 'black box') approach to understanding analogue electronic circuits – the focus is on the way a circuit transforms inputs to outputs. We develop design-oriented analysis tools that allow us to calculate and understand the operation of any electronic network, hence aiding design.

In addition to developing analytic tools, we will use the computer programs LTSpice and MatLab to perform the calculations required to make predictions from theory. You will be introduced to lumped-constant components, pulse circuits, Laplace transforms, mesh and nodal analysis, filter topologies, Bode plots, Nyquist plots, two-port circuits and associated matrix methods, some freaky circuits, op-amp feedback circuits, and oscillators.

The paper is taught as 24 lectures integrated with practical laboratories held once per fortnight, that give you the chance to build some circuits that implement the ideas covered in lectures.

Assessment:
Final exam 70%, Assignments 15%, Practical lab book and formal writeup 15%.

Important information about assessment for ELEC353

Course Coordinator:
Dr Tim Molteno

After completing this paper students will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply the concept of a transfer function of a system
  2. Analyse complex circuits using nodal and mesh methods
  3. Interpret the time and frequency descriptions of systems and transform between these representations
  4. Design filters and feedback networks to achieve desired frequency responses
  5. Be familiar with a range of common circuit topologies

Lecture Topics

Topic Lecturer: Dr Tim Molteno 
Pulse response of simple circuits
Laplace transforms and partial fractions
Numerical time and frequency domain analysis via LtSPICE
Circuit theorems
Mesh and nodal analysis
Bode plots, Nyquist plots
Active components
Feedback and oscillation
Weird circuits

Textbook: Theoretical and Computer Analysis of Systems and Networks (G. E. Bold and S.M. Tan). This textbook will be provided to students in the first lecture.

The ELEC353 Paper Support Home Page provides lab information and materials.

 


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Details

Theoretical and computer analysis of analogue electronic networks; transistor and operational amplifiers; time and frequency responses; passive and active filters; phase locked loops.

This paper follows an applied-systems-analysis approach to understanding analogue electronic circuits, with the focus on the way a circuit transforms inputs to outputs. We develop design-oriented analysis tools that allow us to calculate and understand the operation of an analogue electronic network, hence aiding design. In addition to developing analytic tools, we will use the computer programs LTSpice and Matlab to perform the calculations required to make predictions from theory or to provide a simulation tool for circuit design.

Paper title Analogue Electronics
Paper code ELEC353
Subject Electronics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Prerequisite
ELEC 253 and MATH 170
Recommended Preparation
MATH 242
Schedule C
Science
Contact
tim@physics.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course co-ordinator: Dr Tim Molteno
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply the concept of a transfer function of a system
  2. Analyse complex circuits using nodal and mesh methods
  3. Interpret the time and frequency descriptions of systems and transform between these representations
  4. Design filters and feedback networks to achieve desired frequency responses
  5. Be familiar with a range of common circuit topologies

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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 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Thursday 14:00-17:50 9, 11, 16, 18, 20, 22