## BI3AE16-Analogue Electronics

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Simon Sherratt

Summary module description:

Aims:
This module aims to introduce students to the computer simulation of analogue circuits with an emphasis on power electronic circuits.

Assessable learning outcomes:
To be able to write a Spice text input file defining an electronic circuit and to interpret the text output from a Spice simulator. To understand the various types of circuit analysis provided by Spice. To be familiar with Orcad and to be able to define circuits using schematic entry. To be able to simulate analogue circuits using Orcad/PSpice and to interpret the text and graphical output. To be able to simulate a range of linear and non-linear analogue circuits and mixed analog/digital circuits.

To appreciate the part that simulation plays in analogue circuit design. To understand in general terms the computer algorithms used to simulate analogue circuits.

Outline content:

• Spice simulator - dc analysis, transient analysis, frequency response
• Text definition of circuits for spice - interpreting text output
• Simulation of simple circuits (filter, rectifier, logic gate)
• Models of semiconductor devices (diode, bipolar, MOSFET, op-amp)
• Schematic entry using Orcad, and simulation using PSpice
• Further analysis methods including noise, distortion and power consumption
• Simulation of a range of circuits including:
Linear active filters
Power amplifiers including classes A, B, AB, Quad
Converters including buck, boost, buck/boost
Inverters including sinusoidal class D
• Analogue/digital mixed-mode simulation

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures supported by Lab practicals (students will simulate various circuits, and in some cases compare the simulation results with physical circuits)

Contact hours:
 Autumn Spring Summer Lectures 10 Practicals classes and workshops 20 Guided independent study 70 Total hours by term 100.00 Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
 Method Percentage Practical skills assessment 20 Set exercise 40 Class test administered by School 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Multichoice test based on practical work.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

• The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Length of examination:
None

Requirements for a pass:
40%

Reassessment arrangements:
Examination only.
One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.