Covers fundamental circuits and their characteristics. Focuses on rectifier circuits and amplifier systems. Laboratory work consists of experiments in rectification, filtering, amplification, and coupling.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Power supply circuits, transformers, half-wave rectifier, capacitor type filters.
- Full-wave rectifier circuits, bridge rectifiers, voltage doublers, zener regulators.
- Transistor characteristics.
- Transistor biasing, load lines, measuring amplifier performance.
- Common emitter amplifier.
- Multistage amplifiers, direct coupling, negative feedback, and distortion.
- Dual-power supply common emitter amplifier.
- Common Collector amplifier (Emitter follower circuit).
- Common base amplifier.
- Field effect transistors and FET amplifiers.
- Decibels and frequency response.
- Frequency response of RC circuits and high pass filter.
- Multistage amplifiers, RC coupling, and improving frequency response.
- Cascade audio amplifiers.
- Analyze rectifier and filter circuits and determine the anticipated output voltage and ripple characteristics.*
- Analyze Zener type voltage regulation circuits.*
- Design and analyze common emitter transistor amplifier circuits using fixed, and voltage divider methods of biasing.*
- Explain amplifier A.C. equivalent circuit conditions and calculate predicted voltage gain.*
- Analyze emitter follower and common base transistor amplifier circuits.*
- Explain negative and positive feedback in amplifiers.
- Analyze RC coupling and Direct coupling as it relates to amplifiers.*
- Explain frequency response of amplifiers.
Assessment and Requirements
- Unit and chapter tests given throughout the semester. Tests represent 50 percent of the course grade.
- Informal and formal laboratory activities and performance exercises in which students demonstrate an understanding of assigned circuits. formal laboratory activities are submitted as a written report and represents 25 percent of the course grade.
- Final exam in which common questions are asked covering the units and topics presented throughout the semester. The final exam is worth 25 percent of the course grade.
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Review of Student Portfolio and Student Interview