ECE3161 - Analogue electronics - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tom Drummond


Dr Jean-Michel Redoute (Clayton)
Dr Tridib Saha (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


ECE2131 or ECE2031Not offered in 2018


ECE2061, ECE3062Not offered in 2018


The unit consolidates MOS and BJT single ended amplifiers, and introduces the design of advanced analogue building blocks, such as differential amplifier circuits, current mirrors, reference voltage circuits, regulators and operational amplifiers. Opamp design and its corresponding frequency response, as well as ways to improve arising stability issues (e.g. using pole compensation) are discussed.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply semiconductor theory to the design of analogue electronic circuit structures.
  2. Apply detailed device knowledge and small signal modelling to the analysis of electronic circuits.
  3. Reflect on how transistors and electronics are used in more complex circuits, and in higher frequency and oscillator applications.
  4. Apply feedback, stability and dominant pole compensation to operational amplifier structures.
  5. Design electronic circuits using hand calculations and simulation tools.
  6. Appraise the operation of electronic circuits in the laboratory.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory/practice classes and 6 hours of private study per week.

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