Electronics (Theory)

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Module Study Targets

This course is a basic introduction to the concepts of electronic components and circuits. Students gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to analyze, simulate and design analog electronic circuits with discrete elements of linear and non-linear elements in direct and alternating current, for small input signals.

The student after completion of the course will be able to:

  • Understand voltage, current, resistance and fundamentals of DC circuits
  • Define the circuit elements
  • Choose the appropriate resistors
  • Demonstrate the procedures of superposition principles,
  • Calculate the electrical characteristics of the circuits
  • Design the equivalents Thevenin and Norton circuits
  • Explain the principles of operation of basic semiconductor devices
  • Draw the I-V characteristic of the electronic devices
  • Compute and design the hybrid equivalent small signals
  • Select information from the data of the data manufacturers

Module Acquired Abilities

  • Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information
  • Teamwork

Module Description

The course aims to give the students the opportunity to gain strong knowledge on the principles of the electronic Circuits analysis and Design. They will be able to master the necessary knowledge and skills and be able to analyze, simulate and design analog electronic circuits with all type of discrete linear and non linear components (Diodes and transistors) in AC and DC. Topics that are covered are:

Electric circuit. Kirchhoff Laws.

Electric circuits. Basic laws and methods used to solve linear circuits (proportionality, superposition, Thevenin and Norton Theorems, Millman etc).

p-n junctions. Diodes, Describe the structure and physical operation of the diode and Zener diode.

The current-voltage characteristics for ideal/real diodes and Zener diodes,

Design/analyse circuits containing passive elements and diodes eg. half and full wave rectifiers, voltage regulators, peak rectifiers

Analyse/describe circuits containing Zener Diodes

Introduction to the basic concepts of amplifying devices. Uni-junction transistor amplifiers Bipolar transistor (BJT). Field effect Transistor (FET). BJTs and FETs Bias circuits. Analysis of the stability of the quiescent point. Small signal equivalent circuits, parameters and technical characteristics. Models and parameters of electronic components, simulation thereof.

Operation of transistors at low frequencies in common emitter, common base and common collector modes respectively (BJTs and FETs).

Bipolar contact transistor (BJT), the transistor as a switch structure and operation of the NPN transistor and PNP, bias circuits CB, CE, CC. Relationship between IC currents, IB and IE input and output characteristic of the BJT

Field Effect Transistor (FET). Polarization amplifier circuits with contact transistors and field analysis of the resting point of stability, power sources.

Module Student Evaluation

  1. A midterm exam and an exam at the end of the semester totally 50% comprising:
    1. Problem solving with resistance wiring, diodes exercises and applications, principle of superposition, Thevenin’s theorem, Norton,
    2. Problem solving on transistor (BJT, FET) or using only DC or AC source and using hybrid parameters


    3. Final exam with all the above described material.
  2. Laboratory training (40%)
  3. Active participation in class (10%)


  • Horowitz & Hill, "The Art of Electronics", Cambridge University Press, 3rd ed., 2015
  • R. Boylestal, L. Nashelsky, "Electronic devices and Circuit Theory", Prentice Hall, 11th ed., 2012
  • P. Yannakopoulos, "Electronics – Diodes and Amplifying components", 2012
  • Jaeger & Blalock, "Microelectronic Circuit Design", McGraw Hill, 4th Edition, ISBN 978-0-07-338045-2, 2011
  • A. S. Sedra and K. C. Smith, "Microelectronic Circuits", Oxford University Press, 6th edition, ISBN-978-0-19-532303-0, 2010
  • U. Tietze, "Advanced Electronic Circuits", Berlin: Springer Verlag, 1998
  • B.M. Wilamowski, R.C. Jaeger, "Computerized Circuit Analysis Using SPICE Programs", Mc Graw-Hill, 1997
  • N. R. Malik, "Electronic Circuits Analysis, Simulation and Design", Prentice Hall, 1995
  • S.D. Senturia, "Electronics Circuits and Applications", John Wiley & Sons, 1989

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