This course is an introduction to semiconductor electronics for students in the Electrical Engineering program and related programs. Laboratory experiments in ELEC 293 and ELEC 294 illustrate and augment the lecture material. This course examines operational amplifiers; dc and small signal models for diodes, basic principles of bipolar transistors and field effect transistors, dc analysis of electronic circuits and practical applications of the devices to the design of power supplies, amplifiers and digital logic circuits. This course builds on and supplements knowledge from other courses, including ELEC 221.


Objectives and goals in this course are as follows:

  • Conceptually relate electronic signals to time and frequency presentation.
  • Design logics such as summer and differentiators using operational amplifier circuit blocks.
  • Describe the characteristic and behaviour of diodes and their physical operation.
  • Construct model abstraction of diodes (e.g. regular, zener) and apply them to rectifying, limiting and damping circuits.
  • Explain the physical operation of MOSFET in terms of current-voltage characteristic.
  • Conduct DC and AC analysis of MOSFET.
  • Explain the physical operation of BJT in terms of current-voltage characteristic.
  • Conduct DC and AC analysis of BJT.
Credit Breakdown

Lecture: 3
Lab: 0.75
Tutorial: 0.5

Academic Unit Breakdown

Academic Units:
Mathematics 0
Natural Sciences 0
Complementary Studies 0
Engineering Science 36
Engineering Design 15