14:332:361 Electronic Devices

Course Catalog Description: 

14:332:361 Electronic Devices (3)
Fundamentals of semiconductor devices and microelectronic circuits, terminal characteristics of p-n and Zener diodes, diode circuits. Principles of MOSFET and BJT operation, biasing technology, single stage transistor circuit analysis at midband frequencies.

Pre-Requisite Courses: 


Co-Requisite Courses: 


Pre-Requisite by Topic: 

1. Basic circuit analysis techniques
2. Frequency-domain and time-domain response of circuits
3. Two-port network parameters

Textbook & Materials: 

A.S.Sedra and K.C. Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 6th edition, Oxford University Press, 2010.


K.C. Smith, KC’s Problems and Solutions for Microelectronic Circuits, 6th edition, Oxford University Press
G. Roberts and A.S. Sedra, Spice,3rd edition, Oxford University Press

Overall Educational Objective: 

1. To introduce students structures, physical operations, and circuit applications of basic semiconductor devices.
2. To provide students a base for a further study of analog and digital electronics, and to develop the ability to analyze and design electronic circuits.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
1. An ability to define and analyze the four basic amplifiers models (voltage, current, transconductance and transresistance). Solve the amplifier’s transfer functions and gain.
2. An ability to understand in depth the op amp as a circuit building block and its terminal characteristics for applications.
3. An ability to understand the essence of the diode functions, grasp the techniques for the analysis of diode circuits through modeling the diode characteristics, use diodes for various applications, including in design of rectifier circuits.
4. An ability to develop a high degree of familiarity with the MOSFET: its physical structure and operation, terminal characteristics, circuit models, single - stage amplifier configurations and basic circuit applications, analyze and design the basic discrete MOSFET circuits.
5. An ability to analyze the BJT terminal characteristics, utilize the circuit models to perform the rapid first-order analysis of BJT circuits and to design single-stage BJT amplifiers.

How Course Outcomes are Assessed: 

  • Three Quizzes (10 %)
  • Two Mid-Term Exams (45 %)
  • Final Exam (45 %)

  • N = none S = Supportive H = highly related



    Proficiency assessed by

    (a) an ability to apply knowledge of Mathematics, science, and engineering


    HW Problems, Quizzes, Exams

    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments and interpret data


    Design problems in HW, Quizzes and Exams

    (c) an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability


    (d) an ability to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team


    (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve ECE problems


    HW Problems, Quizzes, Exams

    (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


    (g) an ability to communicate in written and oral form


    HW Problems

    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical and computer engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context


    (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning


    Lectures, subsequent courses

    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues


    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for electrical and computer engineering practice


    HW (including problem solution simulation and design)

    Basic disciplines in Electrical Engineering


    HW, Quizzes, Exams

    Depth in Electrical Engineering


    HW, Quizzes, Exams

    Basic disciplines in Computer Engineering


    P-SPICE simulation

    Depth in Computer Engineering


    Laboratory equipment and software tools


    P-SPICE, MATLAB, Lab equipment

    Variety of instruction formats


    Lectures, Office hour discussions

Topics Covered week by week: 

Week 1: Introduction. Analog and digital signals, amplifiers, circuit models for amplifiers, network theorems
Week 2: Operational Amplifiers. Ideal Op Amp, inverting & non-inverting configurations, Op Amp circuits, non-ideal performance
Week 3: Diodes, Ideal diode, terminal characteristics, analysis of diode circuits, small signal analysis
Week 4: PN junction under reverse-bias, PN junction under forward bias, zener diodes
Week 5: Diode applications, diode circuit analysis and design.
Examination 1
Week 6: Bipolar Junction Transistors; Physical structures and models of operation, PNP & NPN transistors
Week 7: DC analysis, BJT as an amplifier
Week 8: Single stage amplifier configurations (CE, CC, CB)
Week 9: BJT in cut-off and saturation; BJT circuit applications and circuit design
Examination 2
Week 10: MOS Field-Effect Transistors. Structure and physical operation of enhancement-type and depletion type MOSFET
Week 11: MOSFET current – voltage characteristics, MOSFET circuits at DC
Week 12: MOSFET as an amplifier, small-signal operation and models
Week 13: Biasing circuits and biasing design, single-stage MOSFET amplifiers (CG,CS, CC)
Week 14: Single-stage MOSFET amplifiers circuit analysis and design
Weeks 15-16: Review and Final Examination

Computer Usage: 

Simulations using P-Spice.

Laboratory Experiences: 

There is a separate lab course 14:332:363 "Electrical Devices Lab" associated with this course.

Design Experiences: 

~25% Homework problems are design-oriented problems. In conjunction with the Lab course (14:332:363), students will learn the p-spice software for simulation and design the circuits using diodes, MOSFETs and BJTs. ~20% problems in the Exams are design related.

Independent Learning Experiences : 

1. Homework, 2.Computer-aided circuit simulation, 3.Testing (Quizzes, Exams)

Contribution to the Professional Component: 

(a) College-level Mathematics and Basic Sciences: 0.25 credit hours
(b) Engineering Topics (Science and/or Design): 2.75 credit hours
(c) General Education: 0.0 credit hours
Total credits: 3

Prepared by: 
March, 2011