Talha Rehmani
Monday & Wednesday,
8.30 AM to 10 AM
Office Hours:
Thursday 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Teaching Assistant

Lead TA: Syed Hashir Ahmed
TA Hours:
Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (LT-5)

TA: M. Asad Hussain
TA Hours:
Friday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (LT-5)

The TA session with lead TA, Mr. Syed Hashir Ahmed, is a mandatory TA session. All students are required to attend this session on every Tuesday.


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Electronic Devices & Circuits Fall 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. Detailed DC and AC analysis of BJT and MOSFETs, especially for small signal analysis, should be in grasp of the students.

Required Text(s)

  1. Microelectronic Circuits, 7th Edition
    Adel S. Sidra & Kenneth C. Smith
  2. Related articles, videos and online tutorials (links shall be provided)


  1. Electronic Devices and Circuits, Theodore D. Bogart, J S Beasley, Guillermo Rico
  2. Introductory Electronic Devices and Circuits, 7TH Edition, Robert T. Paynter

 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 and Diodes

  • Atomic Theory
  • Doping
  • The PN Junction and Bias
  • Diode Models (Ideal, Practical & Complete)
  • Diode Ratings

Week 2 Zener Diode & LED

  • Zener Models (Ideal & Practical)
  • Zener Operating Characteristics
  • LEDs & Multicolor LEDs

Week 3 Power Supply

  • Components of Power Supply
  • Transformer
  • Rectifiers (Half-Wave, Full-Wave, Bridge)

Week 4 Power Supply

  • Filters (Capacitive, LC, RC-Pi, LC-Pi)
  • Regulators (Zener & IC)
  • Load Regulations
  • Power Supply Troubleshooting

Week 5 Diode Applications

  • Clipper Circuits & Applications (AM Demodulator & Transient Protection)
  • Clamper Circuits & Applications
  • Voltage Multipliers (Doublers, Triplers, Quadruplers, Pentapliers)

Week 6 Special Purpose Diodes (Operation, Characteristics, Applications)

  • Varactor Diodes
  • PIN Diodes
  • Schottky Diodes
  • Esaki Diodes

Week 7 Bipolar Junction Transistor

  • BJT Physics & Operating States
  • Simple BJT Circuits & Linear Applications Biasing (IB & VB Control)
  • Impact of RC, RE, RB and various Voltages on IB & VB Control

Week 8 Bipolar Junction Transistor

  • Introduction to AC Analysis
  • Common-Emitter Amplifiers: Basic Concepts, Gain and Impedance
  • Role of Capacitors: Bypass & Coupling

Week 9

  • Midterm Exam

Week 10 Bipolar Junction Transistor

  • Common-Collector Amplifiers: Basic Concepts, Gain and Impedance
  • Common-Base Amplifiers: Basic Concepts, Gain and Impedance
  • Amplifiers Comparison

Week 11 Bipolar Junction Transistor

  • Box Model
  • Hybrid-Pi Model and Circuits
  • h-Parameters Model, Cicruits and Limitations
  • Multistage Amplifiers

Week 12 Field Effect Transistor

  • JFET Physics and Operating States
  • DC Biasing (Graphical & Anyaltical)

Week 13 Field Effect Transistor

  • D-MOSFET & E-MOSFET Physics and Operating States
  • DC Biasing (Graphical & Anyaltical)
  • CMOS

Week 14 Field Effect Transistor

  • Introduction to AC Analysis
  • FET AC Model and Configurations
  • FET Hybrid-Pi Model
  • FET-BJT Circuits

Week 15 Special Transistor Circuits

  • Frequency Response BJT
  • Darlington Common Emitter
  • Cascode Amplifier
  • AC Analysis of Collector Feedback Biasing – The Miller Effect

Week 16 Review Session

  • Review Session
  • Guest Lecture

Week 17

  • Finals


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