ECEN303 (2019) - Analogue Electronics


This course expands on ECEN 201, with an emphasis on developing analogue circuit design skills and applying them to the design of electronic instrumentation. The course covers to an advanced level, operational amplifier imperfections, noise, feedback and stability and operational amplifier applications such as active filters, differential amplifiers and oscillators. In addition, the course provides an introduction to diodes and diode circuits, BJTs and BJT circuits used within operational amplifiers, linear and switching power supplies and high power amplifiers.

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course should be able to:

  1. Analyse the operation of a range of analogue circuits including amplifiers, filters, oscillators and power supplies. 3(b) .
  2. Design standard analogue electronic circuits with regard to practical considerations, such as component imperfections and thermal management. 3(b), 3(e).
  3. Design and demonstrate the operation of a complex analogue system. 3(b), 3(d), 3(f).
  4. Use modern test equipment and design tools in the the design and testing of electronic systems. 3(b), 3(f).

Course content

Particular Topics covered in the course include

  • Operational Amplifiers Circuits
  • Printed Circuit Board Design
  • Operational Amplifier Imperfections
  • Operational Amplifier Internals
  • Stability in Operational Amplifier circuits
  • Filters
  • Power supplies
  • Power amplifiers
  • Positive Feedback circuits
  • Oscillators
  • Thermal management
  • Comparators

Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal dates and process:


Christopher Hollitt (Coordinator)

Ramesh Rayudu

Robin Dykstra

Teaching Format

During the trimester there will be three lectures per week. One of the lecture slots will typically be used for a tutorial.

Student feedback

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Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)

  • Teaching: 04 March 2019 - 09 June 2019
  • Break: 15 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
  • Study period: 10 June 2019 - 13 June 2019
  • Exam period: 14 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

Class Times and Room Numbers

04 March 2019 - 14 April 2019

  • Monday 09:00 - 09:50 – 201, Easterfield, Kelburn
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 09:50 – 201, Easterfield, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 09:50 – 201, Easterfield, Kelburn
  • Friday 09:00 - 09:50 – 201, Easterfield, Kelburn
29 April 2019 - 09 June 2019

  • Monday 09:00 - 09:50 – 201, Easterfield, Kelburn
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 09:50 – 201, Easterfield, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 09:50 – 201, Easterfield, Kelburn
  • Friday 09:00 - 09:50 – 201, Easterfield, Kelburn

Other Classes

Labs will be held Mondays between 10am and 1pm in CO239, starting in week two. Approximately half of the sessions will be used for formal laboratory exercises, while the others will be used to work on the project.
In week one only, there will be a lab in CO239 between 10am and 1pm.


There are no required texts for this offering.

The recommended textbook for ECEN 303 is "Design with Operational Amplifiers and Analog Integrated Circuits" (3rd edition) by Sergio Franco. Two further useful texts for the course are Sedra & Smith, "Microelectronic Circuits" (4th or 5th edition), and Horowitz & Hill, "The Art of Electronics," (2nd or 3rd edition) both available in the University bookshop (or 2nd hand for older editions). These texts are available on closed reserve in the library.

  • Sergio Franco, "Design with Operational Amplifiers and Analog Integrated Circuits" (3rd edition)
  • Sedra & Smith, "Microelectronic Circuits" (4th or 5th edition)
  • Horowitz & Hill, "The Art of Electronics" (2nd or 3rd edition)

Mandatory Course Requirements

In addition to achieving an overall pass mark of at least 50%, students must:

  • Submit the project report.

If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.


This course will be assessed through laboratories, assignments, design project, and a final examination.

Assessment ItemDue Date or Test DateCLO(s)Percentage
Laboratories (5)~FornightlyCLO: 1,2,410%
Assignments (6)~FornightlyCLO: 1,230%
ProjectWeek 11CLO: 2,3,420%
Final Examination (2 hours)CLO: 1,240%


Work submitted late will be penalised at 10%/day; work submitted more than five working days late will not be marked. Work submitted after the model solutions have been made available will not be marked.


Individual extensions will only be granted in exceptional personal circumstances, and should be negotiated with the course coordinator before the deadline whenever possible. Documentation (eg, medical certificate) may be required.

Submission & Return

The means of submission varies for different pieces of assessment. For hard copy submissions, a drop box is located on level two of the Cotton building. Detailed submission instructions are included on each assessment item.
Work will be returned during regularly scheduled class times.

Required Equipment

As the course countains a project and significant laboratory work, students may choose to acquire some helpful tools. However, this is not required.
Tools likely to prove useful include:

  • Needle nose pliers;
  • Side cutters;
  • Small (2.5mm) slotted screwdriver;
  • Wire strippers.


In order to maintain satisfactory progress in ECEN 303, you should plan to spend an average of 10 hours per week on this paper. A plausible and approximate breakdown for these hours would be:

  • Lectures and tutorials: 3
  • Readings: 2
  • Assignments: 1
  • Labs/project: 4

Teaching Plan


Communication of Additional Information

The main means of communication outside of lectures will be the ECEN303 web area at

Offering CRN: 18514

Points: 15
Prerequisites: ECEN 203 (or PHYS 235); ECEN 204;
Restrictions: PHYS 341
Duration: 04 March 2019 - 30 June 2019
Starts: Trimester 1
Campus: Kelburn