Course Title: Electronic Circuits

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electronic Circuits

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Offsh1 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh2 14,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16

Course Coordinator: Dr Omid Kavehei

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2450

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.07.10

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have successfully completed EEET2255 Electronics and EEET2249 Circuit Theory (both are enforced pre-requisites). It is also recommended that you have successfully completed MATH2161 Mathematics for ECE and or other equivalent studies.

You will be expected to be familiar with

  • Main circuit elements
  • Discrete circuit design
  • Kirchhoff’s Laws
  • Analytical methods of studying circuits with R, L and C elements
  • Thevenin's and Norton's equivalent circuits
  • Basic operation of pn-junctions, BJT and MOSFET
  • Basic characteristics and discrete circuit design of operational amplifiers circuits and their configurations
  • DC and AC circuit analysis, and
  • Amplifier frequency response, gain, bandwidth, phase, impendence calculation, feedback topologies and Bode plots

Labs in this course require you to be able to

  • Design and analysis circuits with any type or version of SPICE
  • Plot/read circuit diagrams, connect circuits correctly, and use multimeters with confidence, if necessary
  • Use oscilloscopes, if necessary, and
  • Professionally write reports on laboratory experiments

Course Description

This course focus on integrated circuit design concepts and assumes that you are familiar with discrete circuit design. System, signal, circuit and component considerations are incorporated. The course is designed to give you broad and applicable skills in designing integrated circuits for a wide range of applications such as chip design, medical implantable devices, integrated sensory systems, many applications that have extreme power consumption limitations and require long-term battery life (e.g. wireless sensors).

Topics include:

1. Semiconductors and Integrated-Circuit Devices, includes

  • Semiconductors and pn-Junctions, MOS Transistors and Bipolar Devices, Device Model Summary, SPICE Modelling Parameters, Passive Devices, CMOS Processing, Layout and Rules, Variability and MismatchSemiconductors and pn-Junctions, MOS Transistors and Bipolar Devices, Device Model Summary, SPICE Modelling Parameters, Passive Devices, CMOS Processing, Layout and Rules, Variability and Mismatch

2. Basic Current Mirrors, Single-Stage Amplifiers, includes

  • CMOS and BJT Current Mirrors and Gain Stages, Common-Source Amplifier, Source-Follower or Common-Drain Amplifier, Common-Gate Amplifier, Source-Degenerated Current Mirrors, Cascode Current Mirrors, Cascode Gain Stage, MOS Differential Pair and Gain Stage

3. Basic Operational Amplifier Design, Compensation and Feedback, includes

  • Two-Stage CMOS Opamp, Opamp Compensation, Advanced Current Mirrors, Folded-Cascode Opamp, Current Mirror Opamp, Fully Differential Opamp, Comparators, Comparator Specifications, Feedback Amplifiers, Ideal Model of Negative Feedback, Dynamic Response of Feedback Amplifiers, Common Feedback Amplifiers

4. Fundamentals of Power Amplifiers, includes

  • Class A, B and AB Power Amplifiers, Efficiency, Harmonics and Distortion

5. Biasing, References and Regulators, includes

  • Analog Integrated Circuit Biasing, Establishing Constant Voltages and Currents, Voltage Regulation and Fundamentals of Linear Regulator

6. Frequency Response, includes

  • Frequency Response of: Linear Systems, Elementary Transistor Circuits, Cascode Gain Stage, Source-Follower Amplifier, and Differential Pair

7. Noise and Linearity Analysis and Modelling

  • Time-Domain Analysis, Frequency-Domain Analysis, Noise Models for Circuit Elements, Dynamic Range Performance

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

     1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
     1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
     2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
     2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
     2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
     3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
     3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Relate knowledge about semiconductor devices to typical implementations
  2. Analyse and design amplifier and current source/mirror integrated circuits
  3. Design (at circuit level) differential amplifiers in integrated circuits
  4. Analyse and use of feedback in fundamental integrated circuits
  5. Design power amplifiers and know-how on their implementation as integrated circuits
  6. Design and analyse of voltage bias, reference and regulator integrated circuits
  7. Analyse and understand fundamental integrated circuits’ frequency response
  8. Analyse noise in fundamental integrated circuits and basic circuit design components

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application(s) will be explained in lectures, therefore attendance as a learning activity is highly recommended. Examples and case studies for a selection of topics will be discussed.

Major assignment works are designed to develop your group and communication skills through written reports, and to guide you through a design and/or analysis and/or verification methodology.

Student Learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

  • Attend Lectures/tutorials.
  • Work with others in a team.
  • Solve problems.
  • Participate in laboratories: analyse, design, implement, test and write reports.
  • Collect, analyse information.
  • Use simulation packages to help circuit analysis/design.
  • Prepare for possible short test(s) and final exam.

Total study hours are 124 hours (44 hours of teacher-directed study and 80 hours of learner-directed study). The teacher-directed study comprises 12 x two-hour lectures and 10 x two-hour laboratory sessions. The out-of-class activities include working through learning materials including textbooks, writing-up laboratory reports and completing assignment work.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMIT University’s online systems.

For lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites please check Part B of the Course Guide.

You will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Your ability to explain key concepts and demonstrate proficiency in circuit design tasks will be assessed through a final exam and two major assignments.

Practical skills will be assessed through written reports on laboratory exercises.

All assessment tasks will also assess your ability to critically analyse results and provide arguments to support design decisions. Written feedback will be provided on all assessments upon collection of assignment papers or via online marking facilities which will be introduced during the lectures. There will be no feedback for the final exam.

The assessment tasks include the following Assignments, Laboratory work and written Examination with the mentioned breakdown of the total mark:

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Final Exam
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Assessment Task 2: Major Assignment 1 (Individual Assignment)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: Major Assignment 2 (Group Assignment)
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Assessment 4: Laboratory reports
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7