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EE1501: ELECTRONICS DESIGN (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:33

Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to the design and analysis techniques used within electronic engineering, and to the major active components (diodes and transistors).  The course opens with a description of charges, the forces between charges and the concept of electric fields. The second part of the course deals with semiconductor devices, opening with fundamental properties of doped semiconductors.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Hendry

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Charges, charge per unit length, area and volume, dimensional analysis, forces on charges, Coulomb’s law, Millikan’s experiment, electric field and its units, work on a charged particle, voltage and its relation to electric field. Voltages and electric fields at the surface of a conductor. The parallel plate capacitor, Q=CV, forces on parallel plates; Electrostatic energy; dielectrics; Capacitors as circuit components, ac impedance. The electrostatic loudspeaker.
  • Magnetic fields, magnets and compasses; Magnetic field due to a current carrying conductor; Visualising magnetic fields; Forces on a current carrying conductor; simple DC electric motors; The Earth’s magnetic field; Magnetostatic energy; simple magnetic materials; the inductor, ac impedance the solenoid; the transformer .
  • Semiconductor devices: semiconductors, dopants, p-type, n-type, the p-n junction and the diode equation; the photodiode; FETs and the MOSFET, the bipolar transistor and its circuit behaviour; the common emitter amplifier; simple logic circuits (inverter, NAND, NOR); the Thyristor and the Triac; the SPICE circuit simulator; entering a simple circuit; types of analyses;

Circuit theory: Kirchoff’s laws and examples of their application; Thevenin and a better common emitter amp; Norton; Applications to operational amplifier circuits;

The course includes a series of laboratory exercises including computer aided design using a SPICE circuit simulator.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%).

Resit: Examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%).

Formative Assessment

Continuous assessment and a range of tutorial questions, with solutions provided on MyAberdeen, provides formative assessment.


Laboratory exercises are marked and returned to students.  Solutions to tutorial questions are provided some weeks after questions are made available on MyAberdeen.

Course Learning Outcomes


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