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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: EEE2024 Module Title: ELECTRONIC IV
Module Provider: Electronic Engineering Short Name: EEE2024
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: MASHANOVICH G Dr (Elec Eng)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Autumn and Spring Semesters
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
2 hour closed book examination
Module Overview
This module is divided into four parts. The ‘circuit analysis’ builds on the concepts and tools introduced in Electronics I whilst the ‘control systems’ utilises these concepts and introduces classical control theory. The ‘communications’ builds on the signal theory introduced in Electronics ll and the ‘electronics’ part covers more advanced topics developed in Electronics l at level HE 1.
An adequate grasp of Electronics I, II and III at level HE1.
Module Aims
That each student will
  • work through and understand the concepts, terminology and information introduced in the module,
  • understand the engineering and scientific context in which these are introduced,
  • understand how the concepts explain  circuit  and system behaviour,
  • understand how to use this knowledge for circuit  and system design.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module students should be able to:
  • analyse two-port networks and handle various parameter transformations.
  • Handle 1st and 2nd order circuits and systems in the complex frequency domain and analyse the transient & steady-state response.
  • Apply a number of more advanced circuit analysis techniques.
  • Model simple physical systems in the time and complex frequency domains.
  • Use Laplace transforms, differential equations, transfer functions and block diagrams to analyse simple control systems.
  • Apply simple methods to the design of systems with feedback.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the properties of signals in the time and frequency domains.
  • Describe the basic principles of sampling and be able to discuss the types of error involved.
  • Perform noise calculations on electronic and telecommunication systems.
  • Discuss the principles of techniques used in network and describe their applications.
  • Analyse and design simple transistor circuits utilising their static and dynamic characteristics.
  • Describe the features and application of a range of transistor circuit configurations.
  • Discuss circuit limitations and imperfections.
Module Content

Circuit Analysis 10 Hours



[1-4]       Complex frequency analysis: Poles & zeros, natural response, forced & complete response, transfer functions. Laplace transforms.


[5-6]       Frequency response: Filter circuits, filter response from poles & zeros, Bode plots.


[7-9]      Two-port networks: Y, Z & hybrid parameters and their transformations, π-T & T-π transformations, insertion loss, loading.


[10]        Network analysis: Loop & mesh analysis, topology, matrix methods.



Control Systems 10 Hours




[1-2]       Introduction: Control principles, Laplace transform, Poles & stability.


[3-4]      System modelling & analysis: Time & complex frequency domain modelling of linear systems, transfer functions, system modes & stability, step responses of 1st & 2nd order systems.


[5-6]      Feedback: Advantages of closed-loop control, sensitivity analysis, examples of feedback systems.


[7-8]      Simple methods of feedback design: Steady-state error & integral action, proportional plus integral (PI) controllers, position control systems & derivative action.


[9-10]    Frequency response methods: Steady-state sinusoidal response, polar & Bode plots, assessment of stability using Nyquist criterion.



Communications 10 Hours



[1-2]       Sampling, Nyquist theorem, aliasing, quantisation and quantisation error.  PCM as an illustration of analogue to digital conversion.


[3-4]       Revisit time/frequency representation, introduction to Fourier Transform.  Spectral representation of a signal. Signal power.


[5-6]       White noise, spectral power density, noise factor, noise temperature.


[7]          OSI Reference model; connection-oriented and connectionless protocols.


[8]          IP (Internet Protocol): functions, architecture (routers, routing tables); addresses.


[9]          TCP: 3 way handshake, data transfer and acknowledgements, TCP header format.


[10]        Application layer introduction: Email and SMTP; DNS introduction.



Electronics 10 Hours



[1-3]       Introduction. Transistors: BJT, MOSFET and JFET. DC models, biasing, DC analysis.


[4-5]     Linearisation, AC models, coupling and decoupling. Amplifier macromodel. AC analysis: voltage gain, input and output impedances of common-emitter/source amplifiers.  Effect of decoupled emitter/source resistance.


[6-7]    Other configurations: common-base, common-drain, etc. Direct-coupled pairs, including emitter-coupled pair, Darlington pair, cascode.


[8]          Further transistor models: Ebers-Moll, h-parameter. Introduction to computer simulation with SPICE.


[9]         Tuned amplifiers, Q-factor, bandwidth, multi-stage amplifiers.


[10]      Input circuit and imperfections: input bias and offset currents, input offset voltage. Current mirrors. Differential and common-mode gain. Common-mode rejection ratio.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, problems classes and private study (tutorial questions with worked solutions are provided). Lecture notes and other additional material will be provided.
Selected Texts/Journals

Storey, N ‘Electronics: A Systems Approach’, 4th edition. 978-0-273-71918-2, Prentice Hall (2009) A


Ritchie, G. J. Transistor Circuit Techniques, Discrete and Integrated 0748-740759 CRC Press B
Millman, J. & Grabel, A. Microelectronics (2nd edition) 0–07–100596–X McGraw–Hill B


Smith, R J & Dorf, R C ‘Circuits, Devices and Systems’. 5th Edition, 1992. 0-471-83944-2 Wiley B


Haykin, S.  Communication Systems            0471178691    Wiley 


Nise, N S ‘Control Systems Engineering’. 3rd Edition, 2000. 0-471-36601-3 Wiley B


Dorf, C ‘Modern Control Systems’. 11th Edition, 2008. 0-13-227028-5 Prentice-Hall B


Franklin, G F ‘Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems’. 5th Edition, 2006. 0-13-149930-0 Pearson/Prentice-Hall B


Bolton , W ‘Mechatronics’. 3rd Edition, 2003. 0-131-21633-3 Pearson/Prentice-Hall C


Douglas Comer, Computer Networks and Internets 3rd Edition, 0-13-091449-5, Prentice–Hall.         (B)


Haykin, S.  Communication Systems            0471178691    Wiley 

Last Updated

12 August 2010