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Practices in Basic Electronics

Semester 2

This laboratory course will be presented in a teaching lab format and is meant to cover the laboratory components of the Introductory Electronics Course (ELET1400). Students will be guided in performing various explorations of the practical aspects of Basic Electronics. Three minor design projects will be an integral part of the course test requirements. Students will be required to write up their experimental results and submit at the end of each class session.


Introduction to electronic labs:

Week 1:Electrical Circuit components and measuring equipment; Lab Safety

Semiconductor Devices:

Week 2: The PN junction diode and its application to rectifiers

Week 3: Transistor characteristics and circuit application

Week 4: Optical semiconductor devices and their circuit application

Week 5: Design Test 1: Application of semiconductor devices

Digital Electronics

Week 6 TTL logic and Boolean Algebra

Week 7: Combinational Logic circuit and display drivers

Week 8: Flip Flop and 555 Timer applications

Week 9: Design Test 2: A Digital Circuit Design

Analogue Electronics an introduction to communication systems

Week 10: RLC circuits

Week 11: Op Amp Circuits

Week 12: Amplitude Modulation

Week 13: Design Test 3: An Analogue circuit design


Nine Laboratory reports (equal weighting)                     15%

Three design projects    (3 x 15%)                                 45%

One 2-hour final examination paper                               40%

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the application of multimeters and oscilloscopes to measure current, voltages and resistances in DC and AC circuits.
  • Measure the electrical signals from a microphone and various audio devices (MP3 players, I-Pod, Cell Phones, Laptops) with an oscilloscope
  • Design and test basic analog and digital circuits
  • Describe AM and FM systems based on observation of their signal waveforms and system components.
  • Designs and test DC circuits of diodes and transistors.
  • Demonstrate lab safety procedures and identify safety hazards
CAPE/A-Level Physics or P04A/PHYS0410 and P04B/PHYS0420 or CSEC Physics with CAPE/A-Level Maths or M08B/MATH0100 and M08C/MATH0110 or ELNG1101

Reference Textbook:

  1. Mark E. Oliver, Jeff Beasley, and David Shores: “Lab Manual for Modern Electronic Communication”, Prentice Hall; 9 edition (June 28, 2007)
  2. Yannis Tsividis; “A First Lab in Electronics and Circuits”, Wiley; International student edition (May 23, 2001)
  3. Joseph Tront; “PSPICE for Basic Circuit analysis” McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 2 edition (December 19, 2005)

Internet Sources:


2.      Electronics project ideas:

Course Code: 
3 Credits
Level 1
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