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Electronics Department:
Electronic Devices I

605-120    4 Credits    approximately 6 hours of classroom time per week

The basic operating principles of diodes, transistors, and linear ICs are presented as they are used in rectifier, amplifier, and oscillator circuits.  Lecture theory is reinforced with laboratory assembly, measurements, troubleshooting, and technical report writing.

Upon completion of this course, the student will meet the following competencies:

  1. Incorporate Electrical Overstress (EOS) and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protective measures for handling electronic components.
  2. Identify solid state devices.
  3. Analyze solid state devices.
  4. Test solid state devices.
  5. Analyze amplifier circuits.
  6. Construct amplifier circuits.
  7. Test amplifier circuits.
  8. Troubleshoot amplifier circuits.
  9. Analyze non-switching (linear) DC power supply circuits.
  10. Construct non-switching (linear) DC power supply circuits.
  11. Test non-switching (linear) DC power supply circuits.
  12. Troubleshoot non-switching (linear) DC power supply circuits.
  13. Analyze thyristor controlled circuits.
  14. Construct thyristor controlled circuits.
  15. Test thyristor controlled circuits.
  16. Troubleshoot thyristor controlled circuits.

The hybrid self-paced course consists of four separate but connected activities:

The student attends the lecture of their choice.  The lectures typical last from 60 to 90 minutes.  If a student misses a lecture or would like a different perspective, they may visit the other session's lecture(s).  The lecture schedule is selected by the students on the first day of class and then posted in the classroom at all times.  There is also an extensive video library that the students can view, in our Open-Entry, Self-Paced Resource Center (T-403). 

The semester plan is laid out in "units".  Each unit is approximately equal to one week.  The student must complete all items in each row before moving on to the next row.

Learning Objects are included in the semester plan. It is the student's responsibility to complete them. They are not graded, nor does the instructor know if they were viewed. However, successful completion of the Learning Objects will most certainly improve exam scores and more importantly,  overall understanding of the material. The Learning Objects were developed solely to aid the student in their understanding of the material.

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Semester Plan
Unit Lecture Topic LabVolt Learning Objects Lab Projects
1 Thevenin Theorem Review none none Thevenin's Theorem
2 Semiconductors

Diode Theory

Introduction to Semiconductors Silicon Diode Basics Diode Curve
3 Diode Theory Diodes & Half-Wave Rectification Diode Approximations none
4 Diode Circuits Full-Wave Rectification & Filtering Half-Wave Rectifier

Full-Wave Rectifier

Operation of a Full-Wave Bridge Rectifier

Rectifier Circuits
5 Special Purpose Diodes none none Capacitor Input Filter
6 Bipolar Transistors Diode Wave Shaping & Zener Regulation The Zener Diode The Zener Diode
7 Transistor Fundamentals none The Zener Diode, Practice Problems none
8 Transistor Biasing Introduction to Transistor Amplifiers The Light Emitting Diode  (LED) LED Drivers
9 AC Models Common Base Amplifier (BJT) Vocabulary Voltage Divider Bias
10 AC Models Common Emitter Amplifier Amplifier Classes none
11 Voltage Amplifiers Common Collector Amplifier

RC Coupling

Bypass Capacitors

Coupling Capacitors

Coupling & Bypass capacitors
12 Voltage amplifiers Transistor Spec. Sheet Base-Biased NPN Transistor The CE Amplifier
13 Power Amplifiers Bias Stabilization Emitter-Biased NPN Transistor Other CE Amplifiers
14 Emitter Follower none Voltage-Divider Biased NPN Transistor Class A Amplifiers
15 Review Transistor Load Lines & Gain AC Models

AC Model Equations

The Emitter Follower

An Audio Amplifier


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