Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to give students a practical introduction to modern electronic circuits. The course comprises two weekly lectures, where the theory and principles of electronics circuits will be discussed, supplemented by a three hour lab, where students will get hands-on experience with electronic circuits and a variety of instrumentation such as oscilloscopes, pulsers, power supplies and digital multimeters. The course will start with simple DC circuits and end in computer design of complex programmable logic devices (PLDs). In between, AC circuits, filters, diodes, bipolar transistors, FETs, operational amplifiers and a variety of digital circuits will be covered. Where possible, use will be made of computer programs such as LabView and of the software from the Xilinx corporation to program field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).