BI3AE16-Analogue Electronics

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Simon Sherratt


Type of module:

Summary module description:

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.

Additional outcomes:
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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Multichoice test based on practical work.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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:
    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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

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

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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