Teaching Assistant

Lead TA: Syed Hashir Ahmed
Email: syed.hashir@itu.edu.pk TA Hours: Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM (LT-4)

TA: Muhammad Kamran
Email: muhammad.kamran@itu.edu.pk TA Hours: Friday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (LT-4)


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Electronic Devices & Circuits


Spring 2015


Linear Circuit Analysis

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to active electronic components and a study of circuits containing such components.

Students will receive one assignment every week, which will cover the topics discussed in the class in that week. All the assignments must be completed and turned in by the Monday of the week following the one in which they are posted. No late assignments will be accepted.

The course will also have quizzes, a midterm and a final exam.

Course Objectives

After this course, students should have a strong intuition and insight of the dynamics of electronic components like diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs, which can be further used to design and optimize circuits performance.

Required Text(s)

  1. Introductory Electronic Devices and Circuits, 7TH Edition
    Robert T. Paynter
  2. Related articles, videos and online tutorials (links shall be provided)


  1. Electronic Devices and Circuits, Theodore D. Bogart, J S Beasley, Guillermo Rico

Academic Integrity

Students are responsible for the content of assignments. Cheating or plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated. Violations can result in an F grade. 

Evaluation Criteria

Quiz  15

Assignment  15

Midterm Exams  20

Final  50

Course Outline

Week 1 Intro to Solid State Components: Diodes

  • Semiconductors & Doping
  • The PN Junction and Bias
  • PN Junction Diodes and Diode Ratings
  • Zener Diodes: Intro and Ratings
  • LED & Diode Testing

Week 2 Basic Diode Circuits

  • Half-wave and Full-wave Rectifiers
  • Full-Wave Bridge Rectifiers
  • Filtered Rectifiers
  • Clippers & Clampers

Week 3 Diode Circuit Applications

  • Voltage Multipliers
  • Zener Voltage Regulators
  • LED Applications
  • Diode circuit Troubleshooting
  • Special Application Diodes

Week 4 Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs)

  • Introduction to BJTs
  • Transistor Construction and Operation
  • Transistor Biasing
  • Base and Voltage Divider Bias

Week 5 Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs)

  • Transistor Biasing Circuits
  • Transistot Chracteristics
  • Transistor Testing

Week 6 BJT Amplifiers

  • Amplifier Properties
  • BJT Amplifier Configurations
  • Common Emitter Amplifiers: Basic Concepts, Gain and Impedance

Week 7 BJT Amplifiers

  • Common Collector and Common Base Amplifier
  • Amplifier Classifications

Week 8 Power Amplifiers

  • Th AC Load line
  • RC-Coupled Class A Amplifiers
  • Transformer-Coupled Amplifier classes

Week 9

  • Midterm Exam

Week 10 Field-Effect Transistors and Circuits

  • JFET Biasing Crcuits
  • The Common-Source Amplifier
  • Common Drain and Common Gate Amplifiers

Week 11 Field-Effect Transistors and Circuits

  • Troubleshooting JFET Circuits
  • JFET Applications

Week 12 MOSFETs

  • MOSFET Construction and Handling
  • Dual-Gate MOSFETs

Week 13 MOSFETs

  • Power MOSFETs
  • CMOS Applications

Week 14 Operational Amplifier

  • Operation
  • Types: Differential, Inverting, Noninverting Amplifier
  • Troubleshooting Op-Amp
  • Op-Amp Frequency Response
  • Negative Feedback

Week 15 Additional Op-Amp Applications

  • Comparators
  • Integrators and Differentiators
  • Summing Amplifiers
  • Instrumentation Amplifiers
  • Other Op-Amp Circuits

Week 16 Review Session

  • Review Sessions
  • Guest Lecture

Week 17

  • Finals


The course schedule and content may be modified by 15 – 20% as the semester progresses.