Full Title:  Electronic Devices 

Language of Instruction:  English 

Valid From:  Semester 1  2014/15 ( September 2014 ) 

Module Description:  The aims of this module are to introduce various circuit configurations based on active semiconductor components that form the basis for all Electronic Technology. Students will be introduced to the vocabulary, terminology, symbols and functional properties of selected semiconductor devices and explain how circuit operation is determined by the properties and structure of the semiconductor device. Basic Active circuits including gates, transistors and amplifiers will be introduced, as will a number of simulation software packages related to the material being covered. 

Learning Outcomes: 
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to 
 Identify and examine the behaviour of Diodes, Transistors, Amplifiers, and Basic Digital Gates.
 Recognise basic circuit configurations by function and operation.
 Apply relevant circuit theory and component laws to Basic Analogue and Digital circuit configurations.
 Analyse and test basic circuit configurations using mathematical methods and simulation software.

Module Content & Assessment
Indicative Content 
Semiconductors Atomic Theory, Doping, Intrinsic, Extrinsic, Bias, Energy Level

Diodes Schematic Symbol, PN junction, Diode curve, Idea/Practical/Complete Diode Models, Datasheets, Zener Diodes, LightEmitting Diodes (LEDs), Diode Testing, Other Diodes

Common Diode Applications Transformers, HalfWave Rectifiers, FullWave Rectifiers, FullWave Bridge Rectifiers, Filters, Zener Voltage Regulators, Power Supplies

Bipolar Junction Transistors Introduction to BJTs, Construction and Operation, Current and Voltage Ratings, Characteristic Curves, Specification Sheets, Testing

DC Biasing Circuits Introduction to DC biasing (the DC load line), Base Bias, VoltageDivider Bias, Other Transistor Biasing Circuits

Introduction to Amplifiers Amplifier Properties, BJT Amplifier Configurations, Amplifier Classifications

Introductory Digital Concepts Digital and analogue Quantities, Binary Digits Logic Levels and Waveforms. Logic Operations, Introduction to System Concept, FixedFunction Integrated Circuits

Number Systems, Operations and Codes Decimal, Binary, Hexadecimal, Octal, Binary Coded Decimal, Conversions, Binary Arithmetic, 1’s and 2’s Complement of Binary Numbers, Digital Codes

Logic Gates Inverter, AND, OR, NAND, NOR, ExclusiveOR, ExclusiveNOR, Fixed Function Logic

Boolean Algebra and Logic Simplification Boolean Operations and Expressions, Laws and Rules of Boolean Algebra, DeMorgan’s Theorems, Boolean Analysis of Logic Circuits, Simplification Using Boolean Algebra, Standard Forms, Expressions and Truth Tables

Combinational Logic Analysis Basic Combinational Logic Circuits, Implementation, Universal NAND and NOR and associated Combinational Logic, Logic Circuit Operation with Pulse Waveform Inputs

Assessment Breakdown  % 
Course Work  50.00% 
End of Module Formal Examination  50.00% 
Full Time
Course Work 
Assessment Type 
Assessment Description 
Outcome addressed 
% of total 
Marks Out Of 
Pass Marks 
Assessment Date 
Duration 
Class Test 
This will be the first of a series of three written coursework examinations and will be given in week 4. The contents of the exam will examine the students understanding of the content covered to week 3. The exam will provide students with an appreciation of the level of understanding needed for the main exam at the end of the semester. 
2,3 
10.00 
0 
0 
Week 4 
50 
Class Test 
This will be the second of a series of three written coursework examinations and will be given in week 8. The contents of the exam will examine the students understanding of the content covered from week 4 to week 7. The exam will provide students with an appreciation of the level of understanding needed for the main exam at the end of the semester. 
2,3 
10.00 
0 
0 
Week 8 
50 
Class Test 
This will be the final of a series of three written coursework examinations and will be given in week 12. The contents of the exam will examine the students understanding of the content covered throughout the semester. The exam will provide students with an appreciation of the level of understanding needed for the main exam at the end of the semester. 
1,2,3,4 
20.00 
0 
0 
Week 12 
90 
Group Project 
The small group project will run for 6 weeks and will involve the use of appropriate simulation software to design and test a number of analogue and digital circuits associated with the material presented within the lectures and tutorials. 
1,2,4 
10.00 
0 
0 
Week 13 
0 
End of Module Formal Examination 
Assessment Type 
Assessment Description 
Outcome addressed 
% of total 
Marks Out Of 
Pass Marks 
Assessment Date 
Duration 
Formal Exam 
n/a 
1,2,3,4 
50.00 
0 
0 
EndofSemester 
0 
Reassessment Requirement 

A repeat examination Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element. 
Reassessment Description A limited period of time will be made available to learners seeking to recover experimental and other CA. Any augmented CA will be considered by the Autumn Board Meeting and will be capped at 40%.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment
Module Workload & Resources
Workload: Full Time 
Workload Type 
Workload Description 
Hours 
Frequency 
Average Weekly Learner Workload 
Lecture 
No Description 
3.00 
Every Week
 3.00 
Tutorial 
No Description 
1.00 
Every Week
 1.00 
Directed Reading 
No Description 
2.00 
Every Week
 2.00 
Independent Study 
No Description 
3.00 
Every Week
 3.00 

Total Weekly Learner Workload 
9.00 
Total Weekly Contact Hours 
4.00 
This course has no Part Time workload. 

Resources 

Recommended Book Resources 

 Robert T. Paynter 2005, Introductory Electronic Devices and Circuits: Conventional Flow Version (7th Edition), 7th Ed. [ISBN: 0131716417]
 Thomas L. Floyd 2008, Digital Fundamentals (10th Edition), 10 Ed. [ISBN: 0132359235]
 Thomas L. Floyd 2004, Electronic Devices: Conventional Current Version, 7 Ed. [ISBN: 0131140809]
 This module does not have any article/paper resources 

This module does not have any other resources 

Module Delivered in
