Analog Electronic Circuits
FEKT-BAEOAcad. year: 2017/2018
Contents of the course are theoretical basics and principles of analog electronic circuits, an explanation of functioning of typical connections of particular types of the circuits, including methods of their analysis. Students will become familiar with classification and description of electronic circuits, circuits elements and functional blocks, with fundamentals of real circuits elements modelling, with stability and feedback theories and their practical applications. An emphasis is put on an explanation of the function and the application of basic kinds of the analog circuits, as are circuits with operational amplifiers, electrical filters, basic transistor stages and circuits, amplifiers, rectifiers, stabilizers, signals shapers, analog multipliers, modulators, mixers and oscillators. Students will exercise in the use of Matlab, SNAP and PSpice programs at the computer-aided analysis of analog circuits, and deepen practical skills at measuring their properties.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The graduate of the course is able to:
- classify electronic circuits and elements, and discuss their models,
- explain principles of basic electronic functional blocks,
- discuss basic knowledge of stability and feedback theories,
- analyze typical circuits with operational amplifiers,
- describe properties of transistor stages and analyze typical circuits with transistors,
- explain principles of electronic filters, and analyze their typical circuitries,
- classify amplifiers in terms of classes, frequency band and output power, describe their functioning,
- explain principles of rectifiers and stabilizers of voltage and current,
- explain principles of typical representatives of signal converters,
- explain principles of harmonic LC and RC oscillators, and analyze their typical circuitries,
- apply PC for the analysis of analog circuits in Matlab, SNAP and PSpice programs,
- apply proper measuring modes at testing properties of analog circuits.
Knowledge on the level of electrotechnical courses of the 1st year of study is required. A student should be able to:
- discuss basic principles and theorems valid for electrical circuits,
- solve linear and simple nonlinear resistive circuits,
- solve linear circuits in a harmonic steady state,
- discuss properties of passive linear circuits of the 1st and 2nd order – RC and RL networks, RLC resonant circuits,
- express transfer and immittance functions in complex and operational forms,
- specify types of semiconductor diodes and transistors and discuss their functioning,
- choose and use proper measuring instruments to measure parameters of an electronic circuit,
- use basic regimes of the PSpice simulator,
- form a simple program (function) in the Matlab language.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
BRANČÍK, L.; DOSTÁL, T. Analogové elektronické obvody. Přednášky. Brno: MJ Servis, s.r.o., 2007. s. 1-125. ISBN: 978-80-214-3525- 4. (CS)
BRANČÍK, L.; DOSTÁL, T. Analogue electronic circuits. Lectures. Brno: MJ Servis, s.r.o., 2007. s. 1-103. ISBN: 978-80-214-3514- 8. (EN)
BRANČÍK, L.; DOSTÁL, T. Analogové elektronické obvody. REL0715. Brno: FEKT VUT v Brně, 2007. s. 1-193. (CS)
BRANČÍK, L.; DOSTÁL, T. Analogue electronic circuits. UREL FEKT VUT v Brně: FEKT VUT v Brně, 2006. s. 1 ( s.) (EN)
DOSTÁL, J., Operační zesilovače. Praha: BEN, 2005. (CS)
HÁJEK, K., SEDLÁČEK, J., Kmitočtové filtry. Praha: BEN, 2002. (CS)
KOLKA, Z.; BIOLEK, D.; BIOLKOVÁ, V.; BIOLEK, Z. Modelování a simulace pomocí PSpice. Brno: Tribun EU, 2011. (CS)
PEASE, R. A., Analog Circuits (World Class Designs). Burlington: Newnes, 2008. (EN)
CHEN, W. K., The Circuits and Filters Handbook (Second Edition). Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2003. (EN)
YANG, W. Y., LEE, S. C., Circuit Systems with MATLAB and PSpice. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons (Asia), 2007. (EN)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teachning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students take actively part in 5 computer simulations and elaborate 4 lab protocols during the course.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Test written during semester (15 points), computer classes (10 points), laboratory classes (15 points), final exam (60 points).
Language of instruction
1. Electronic circuits: basic conceptions and classification, circuit functions, frequency characteristics.
2. Elements of electronic circuits: linear and nonlinear two-poles and two-ports, controlled sources, functional blocks, operational amplifiers.
3. Modelling of real circuits elements: approximation of characteristics, semiconductor diode, transistor, operational amplifier.
4. Electronic circuit as a linear dynamical system: principles of stability and feedback theories.
5. Circuits with operational amplifiers: voltage and current amplifiers, transducers V/I and I/V, functional blocks and nonlinear converters.
6. Electrical filters: classification, passive filters of the 1st and 2nd order, active filters, higher-order filters, filters with synthetic elements.
7. Basic transistor stages: common-emitter, common-collector and common-base connections, feedback in transistor stages, frequency properties.
8. Transistor circuits: current sources, current mirrors, Darlington circuit, casdade connection of basic stages, differential amplifier.
9. Amplifiers: classification and properties, amplifiers classes, wideband and narrowband (tuned) amplifiers, high-frequency amplifiers in C class.
10. Power audio amplifiers: classification, A, B and AB class amplifiers, special classes amplifiers.
11. Power supplies circuits: current and voltage stabilizers, rectifiers, voltage multipliers and converters.
12. Signal converters: limiters, analog multipliers, AM modulators, frequency converters and mixers.
13. Signal generators: oscillators with negative differential resistance, LC and crystal oscillators, RC oscillators, variable-frequency oscillators.
The aim of the course is to make students acquainted with basic principles of analog electronic circuits, show utilization of a computer for their analysis, and deepen students’ skills at determination of the circuits’ properties by measurement.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.
Type of course unit
39 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer
Exercise in computer lab
13 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
eLearning: currently opened course