The aim of this course is to give students a practical
introduction to modern electronic circuits. It consists of two weekly lectures
where the theory and principles of electronics circuits will be discussed, and a three hour lab where students will get some
handson experience with electronic circuits and a variety of instrumentation
such as oscilloscopes, pulsers, power supplies and
digital multimeters. The topics covered in the course
will start with simple DC circuits and end in computer design of programmable
logic devices (
Instructors
Sean Wagner, TA and Lab Instructor; Kathy Walsh, TA & Lab Instructor
Important Data
Lectures: Tu Th
Labs: Sec 1: Tues
All labs take place in Rm 1254 BPS.
Tessmer
office hour: Tuesdays 10am, 1308/4237 BPS
Walsh
office hour: Mondays 3pm, Strosacker Center, 1248 BPS
Wagner
office hour: Wednesdays 2pm, Strosacker Center, 1248 BPS
Course Schedule
Week of 
Day 
Topics 
chapter.section 
Homework chapter – problem #s 
Sep 2 
Th 
introduction, current, voltage, resistance, Ohm's law 
1.1  1.5 


 
no lab 


Sep 7 
Tu 
power, series and parallel, circuits 
1.6  1.8 


Th 
dividers, pots, Kirchoff’s equations 
1.8  1.10 
HW#1: Ch1 – 2 

 
no lab 


Sep 14 
Tu 
Thevenin’s and Norton’s theorems, mesh loop method 
1.11 


Th 
DC measurements, input impedance 
6.1  6.3 
HW#2: Ch1 – 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13 

Lab 1 



Sep 21 
Tu 
capacitance and inductance 
2.1  2.4 


Th 
RC, LC and 
2.5  2.6 
HW#3: Ch1 – 8, 9, 10, 15, 20, 21, 22 

Lab 2 
6.6  6.7 


Sep 28 
Tu 
AC circuits, complex numbers 
3.1  3.5, handout 


Th 
generalized Ohm’s law 
handout 
HW#4: Ch2 – 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, T1 

Lab 3 



Oct 5 
Tu 
band width, quality factor, Bode plots 
3.4, 3.5, A3 


Th 
transformers, PN junction 
4.1  4.2 
HW#5: Ch3 – 1,2,6,7 

Lab 4 



Oct 12 
Tu 
diodes,
Zener diodes, diode circuits 
5.1 5.4, 5.7 


Th 
more diode circuits, bipolar transistor 
5.8  5.9, 8.1  8.3 
HW#6: Ch3 – 24, 25; T2; Ch5 – 3 

Lab 5 



Oct 19 
Tu 
bipolar transistor circuits 
8.3  8.6 


Th 
more bipolar transistor circuits 
8.3  8.6 


Lab 6 



Oct 26 
Tu 
field effect transistors 
8.7 


Th 
JFET amplifier, op amps 
8.8  8.9, 9.1  9.4 
HW#8: Ch8 – 2, 3; T3 

Lab 7 



Nov 2 
Tu 
op amp circuits 
9.5  9.6 


Th 
op amp filters and real world op amps 
9.7  9.12 


Lab 8 


Nov 9 
Tu 
oscillators and timers, digital electronics 
10.15 


Th 
logic, IC gates 
11.13 


Lab 9 
10.4 


Nov 16 
Tu 
Boolean algebra, numbering systems 
11.411.7 


Th 
digital circuitry  flip flops 
12.112.2 


Lab10 
12.2 


Nov 23 
Tu 
counters and registers 
12.3  12.5 


Th 
Thanksgiving 

no homework 

 
no lab 


Nov 30 
Tu 
digital to analog conversion, analog to digital conversion 
14.6, 14.7 


Th 
multiplexer,
programmable logic devices 
12.6, Introduction to... 
HW#12: Ch11 – 5b, 6a&c, 7b&d, 9, 13 

Lab11 


Dec 7 
Tu 
computers, ROM and 
13.3 


Th 
transducers, lockin amplifiers 
7.1, 7.2,15.4 


Lab12 


Dec 1317 

Finals Week 


Textbook and Clicker
Required Text: Diefenderfer
and Holton, Principles of Electronic Instrumentation, 3rd Ed. Saunders,
1994. You are required to bring an iClicker to lectures.
Homework
and Quizzes
There will be weekly homework assignments, due at
the beginning of class on Thursdays. Quizzes and Clicker Questions will be given during lecture; there
will be roughly twelve quizzes throughout the semester.
Laboratory
Procedure and Notebook
The laboratory part of the course consists of a
series of experiments that students will perform working alone. Students will
be provided with a lab notebook into which all relevant information associated
with an experiment will be recorded. The laboratory exercises will be performed
during the 3 hour lab period, the data entered into the notebook will be left
with the TA for grading. No formal write up will be required but students are
cautioned to enter all relevant data and explanations clearly and succinctly so
that the TA can easily follow the work done. No erasures or page removal is
allowed. If an error is made it should be neatly crossed out and the corrected
data reentered.
Grades
Your Total Score will be determined by the scores on
the homework assignments, quizzes, and laboratory notebook. The Total Score is weighted
as follows: 50%Laboratory, 30%Quizzes, 20%Homework, 5%Clicker Questions. This adds up to 105%. Grade assignments at the end of the
term will be taken from the table below. (It may be shifted slightly in your
favor.)
Total Score % and Grades 

Minimum % 
Grade 
85 
4.0 
80 
3.5 
75 
3.0 
70 
2.5 
65 
2.0 
60 
1.5 
50 
1.0 
<50 
0.0 