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Electrical Circuit Analysis And Devices

Semester 2

This course will adequately review the electronics content of CAPE Physics with extensions into slightly more advanced topics. Students will be introduced to basic concepts in analog and digital electronics, basic semiconductor theory, and analog communication systems (AM, FM, and PM). This course is required for all electronics engineering students and electronics majors and minors. The lab component for this course is offered as a separate teaching lab course (ELET1405).

  1.  DC Circuits: Quantities and Units; Voltage, Current, and Resistance; Ohm’s Law, Energy, and Power; Series Circuits; Parallel Circuits; Series-Parallel Circuits.
  2. AC Circuits: Introduction to Alternating Current and Voltage; Network Theorems; Capacitors; RC Circuits; Inductors; RL Circuits; RLC Circuits and Resonance; Series-Parallel ac Networks; Time Response of Reactive Circuits; Magnetism and Electromagnetism; Magnetic Circuits; AC Network Theorems; AC Power; Decibels, Filters, and Bode Plots; Transformers; Poly-phase Systems; Pulse Waveforms and the R-C Response; Non-sinusoidal Circuits.
  3. Devices: Introduction to semiconductor theory; Diodes and Applications; Transistors and Applications; The Operational Amplifier; Basic Op-Amp Circuits, Active Filters.
  4. Circuit Theory in Laplace domain.
  5. Transient and steady state solutions: Complex number models; Complex power; Power factor correction.
  • Final Examination (2 hours)         40%
  • Course Work:      60% 
    • Assignments    20%
    • In-course Test    40%
Learning Objectives: 

The main objective of this course is to introduce students the basic theories of Electronics and its application to the design and analysis of basic analog, digital and semiconductor circuits.

After completing this course, students should be able tgn and evaluate operational amplifier circuits for applications to AC and DC amplification, first order filters, adders, integrators, and differentiators.

  • Describe the structure and operation of the transistor.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in determining bias voltages for transistor circuits.
  • Describe the functional operation of simple AM and FM communication transmitters and receivers.
  • Design and evaluate logic circuits for applications to various combinational logic circuit design, flip flops, decoders, encoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, parity and adders.
  • Describe the differences between conductor, insulator and semiconductor in terms of their energy levels
  • Describe the formation of the p-n junction via energy level diagrams and physical structure
  • Design and evaluate p-n junction diode circuits for applications to rectifiers, voltage doublers, and voltage regulators.
CAPE/A-Level Physics OR PHYS 0421 - Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism, CSEC Physics with CAPE/A-Level Maths or MATH0100 - Pre-calculus and MATH0110 - Calculus and Analytical Geometry

Required Textbook:

Boylestad and Nashelsky; Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory; Pearson Publication, 2009.

Thomas Floyd; Digital Electronics; 9th Ed, Pearson Publication, 2008

S. Pooranchandra, B. Sasikala, and Afzal Khan;  “Introduction to Electrical, Electronics, and Communication Engineering” Laxmi Publications;  December, 2005


Introduction to Electronics” – by Earl Gates; Delmar Cengage Learning; 5th Edition; May 24, 2006

Internet Sources:

  1. Sections of text online:,+Electronics,+and+Communication+Engineering#PPP1,M1
  2. Online tutorials:
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Course Code: 
3 Credits
Level 1
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