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Analogue Electronics - ELE00044C

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Pearce
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of analogue electronics, and how to analyse, design, build and test simple analogue circuits.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

  • To provide further circuit analysis skills including frequency and time response

  • To introduce operational amplifiers, their applications and limitations

  • To introduce electric and magnetic fields, and their interaction with circuits

  • To provide reinforcement of learning using laboratory investigations

Module learning outcomes

  • Be proficient in professional laboratory working practices (safety, use of logbooks, experimental record-keeping and measurement techniques)

  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relations between charges and currents, electric and magnetic fields and fluxes

  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the properties of electrons in conductors and semiconductor materials

  • Be able to design simple analogue circuits using resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes and operational amplifiers

  • Be able to analyse simple circuits in the time and frequency domains

  • Be able to explain the operation and limitations of basic operational amplifier circuits

  • Be able to build and test the performance of a range of circuit building blocks comparing the results with theory

Module content

Lectures: Revision of DC circuit analysis; Energy and power; Time-constants, capacitors and inductors; Introduction to AC, peak, rms and decibels; Phasors, complex impedances and AC circuit analysis; Thévenin and Norton for AC circuits, including applications; Frequency responses, Bode plots, poles and zeros; Step responses, initial and final value theorems; Ideal op-amps, including common linear circuits; Non-ideal op-amps, including the gain-bandwidth product and frequency response; Non-linear op-amp circuits, including comparators and digital interfacing; Electric and magnetic fields, flux and electromagnetism; Electrons in solids: conductors, insulators and semiconductors, the pn-junction; Diodes as non-linear circuit elements and small-signal models; Non-ideal passive components and parasitics.

Labs: diode and inductor characteristics; AC circuit response including second-order responses; Op-amp circuits (including PSRR, CMRR, slew rates and bandwidths); Active filters.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
2 hours 50
Continuous Assessment
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
2 hours 50
Continuous Assessment
N/A 50

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme. We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments. A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.

The School of PET aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme. In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work. The School will endeavour to return all exam feedback within the timescale set out in the University's Policy on Assessment Feedback Turnaround Time. The School would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The School will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum. Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate. Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date.

Formative Feedback

  • Questions can be asked at any time, and will be answered as soon as possible.

  • A practice quiz is provided with published answers.

  • Workshops and tutorials provide individual feedback on each student's performance tackling set practice questions.

Summative Feedback

  • You have the opportunity to view your marked exam papers, in addition to the general feedback published.

Indicative reading

Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, Christopher Alexander and Matthew Sadiku, McGraw-Hill Education

Electronics a Systems Approach, Neil Storey, Pearson.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.