EE 231
Analog
Electronics I
Course Syllabus (Fall 2013)
Fairfield
University School
of Engineering
Course
Number: EE 231 
Course
Name: Analog Electronics I 
Time: Mon/Thurs
2:00pm  3:15pm 
Course Location: BNW
318 
Instructor: Jeffrey
N. Denenberg 
Final Exam: Friday,
13Dec at 3 pm 
Office: Bannow
301C 
Hours: Tues, Wed & Fri 11:00 –
Noon, 
Office Phone:
2032543330 
Google
Voice: (203) 5139427 
Email: jeffrey.denenberg@ieee.org 
Course Description:
This is the first course in active and nonlinear electronics. Basic principles and technologies to understand, analyze and design electronic circuits will
be
taught. Electronic device models are
described and used in the analysis
of
circuits using diodes, Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT)
and Field Effect Transistors
(FET). Amplifier biasing techniques are presented and analyzed with respect to power efficiency and circuit stability. HParameter
models are
used for low
frequency, small signal analysis of
Linear Amplifiers. Digital
Electronics Circuits, including Gate level &
Transistor level
Digital Circuits
design, are introduced.
Prerequisites: EE213,
MA228
Objectives and
Outcomes
No. 
Objective 
Outcome 
a –
k 
0 
Role of
electronics in the modern world 
Students will
understand the role and importance of electronics in the modern world. 
f, h, i, j 
1 
Analysis and design using
amplifier circuits 
Students will be able to analyze and design biasing circuits for amplifiers and relate it to
the given
requirements. 
a, c. e, k 
2 
Basic BJT and
FET amplifier circuits design 
Students will be able to design BJT and FET circuits for a given application
to
meet performance requirements 
a, c. e, k 
3 
Create Small Signal
Equivalent
circuits for BJT and FET circuits 
Students will learn
to develop AC equivalent circuits to help
in analysis of the amplifier circuits both for BJT and FET 
a, c. e, k 
4 
Analyze small signal frequency response for a given circuit 
Students will learn to
use small signal AC
equivalent circuits in the frequency analysis of
transistor amplifiers
and evaluation
of their performance 
a, c. e, k 
5 
Analyze Gate level & Transistor level digital
circuits 
Students will learn
to analyze and evaluate the performance of basic digital
circuits 
a, e, k 
6 
Learn Basic Diode
Design & Operation 
Students will learn
diode principle of operation
and basic design steps 
a, c. e, k 
7 
Learn to Design
and Application
of Basic Op Amps 
Students will learn
Op
Amp concepts and
basic design of Op Amps 
a, c. e, k 
8 
Write complete but concise
Laboratory reports 
Students will report on their
laboratory design work. 
a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k 
Textbook:
Author: Sedra
& Smith
Title: Microelectronic
Circuits, 2nd Edition (2010)
ISBN # 0195323033
Publisher:
Oxford (OUP)
Performance Indicators and grading:
Two written exams
will be given at approximately equal
intervals during the term as
outlined in the syllabus. The exams
will be open book, open notes.
Semester Exams
(2) 
40% 
Final Exam 
20% 
Homework 
20% 
Laboratory Reports 
20% 
Exam grading:
The purpose of the exam is to convey your understand the material; therefore, it is
important that you show your work. Even if you feel
that the solution to a problem is obvious; you must still explain why it is
obvious.
Furthermore; if you are
asked to solve
a problem using a given technique; then please use that technique; otherwise, I have no
way to judge your understanding of the technique being tested.
Homework policy:
The purpose of homework:
A: To give student practice.
B: To give professor feedback.
Homework
will
be
collected and graded.
Grade is based more on honest effort than correct answers.
Homework
is due
the
next class after it is assigned (except when specified). This two
week
homework cycle gives an intervening class
where
students can ask questions. Late homework
assignments are not accepted. If you know you have a conflict, please make arrangements ahead for time.
If you know in advance that you will
be
missing class please contact me to make arrangements regarding homework.
If you understand how to
do the homework problems you will have an easier time
with the Exams.
Class structure:
Lectures will be the primary source of information.
Students
are expected to attend
every class and to participate in class discussions. Homework assignments will
be discussed in class. Students will be expected to work
problems in class. You will
find
it beneficial
to review the chapters before the lecture.
Your laboratory reports on
your team design projects in the corequisite EE231L count towards the lecture
course grade as well as your Lab grade.
This is to encourage you to put in a good effort on and use of the
lecture materials in your designs.
Office hours
are open for discussion of anything. You can get help with
homework, projects, or more detailed explanations of topics covered in class. Feel free to stop by,
email me, or make an appointment to meet another
time.
Class Topics and Order of Material
Week 
Topics 
Notes 
Text 
HW* 
Objectives 
9/5 
Course Introduction
and PreRequisite Material Review 
1.1 – 1.2 
1.1, 1.4, 1.7, 1.9,
1.11, 1.17, 1.19, 1.21, 1.22, 1.24 
0 

9/9 9/12 
Introduction
to Electronics 
1.3 – 1.6 
1.27,
1.29, 1.32, 1.34, 1.39, 1.41, 1.66, 1.71 
1,2 

9/16 9/19 
Signals
and Amplifiers 
All 
2.2,
2.11**, 2.14, 2.18, 2.26, 2.71, 2.92, 2.94, 2.121 
1,2,7 

9/23 9/26 
Semiconductors,
PN Junctions, and Fermi‑‑Dirac distributions 
All 
3.1, 3.4, 3.9,
3.13, 3.22, 3.27 
1,6 

9/30 10/3 
Review
for Exam 1 Exam 1 (Chapters 13) 



1,2,6,7 
10/7 10/10 
Exam
1 Reprise Semiconductor
Diodes 

4.1 – 4.4 
4.1, 4.13, 4.18,
4.27, 4.32, 4.37 
1,2,6,7 6 
10/14 10/17 
Columbus
Day – No Classes Semiconductor
Diodes (Cont.) 

4.5 – 4.7 
4.49,
4.51, 4.55, 4.63, 4.67, 4.85 
6 
10/21 10.24 
MOS Field Effect Transistors 
Ch. 5 
5.1 – 5.3 
5.1,
5.8, 5.11, 5.17, 5.29, 5.57 
2, 3, 4 
10/28 10/31 
MOS Field Effect Transistors
(Cont.) 
Ch. 5 
5.4 – 5.6 
5.69,
5.77, 5.95 
2, 3, 4 
11/4 11/7 
MOS
Field Effect Transistors (Cont.) 
Ch. 5 
5.7 – 5.9 
5.102,
5.107, 5.112 
2, 3, 4 
11/11 11/14 
Bipolar Junction Transistors 
6.1 – 6.4 
6.1,
6.7, 6.28, 6.29, 6.32, 6.52, 6.73 
2,
3, 4 

11/18 11/21 
Bipolar
Junction Transistors (cont.) Review
for Exam 2 

6.5 – 6.9 
6.94,
6.107, 6.119, 6.137, 6.146, 6.149 
2, 3, 4 
11/25 11/28 
Exam 2
(Chapters 46) Thanksgiving – No Classes 




12/2 12/5 
Exam 2 Reprise Introduction
to Digital Electronics 
All 
13.1, 13.21, 13.25 
2, 3, 4 5 

12/9 
Course Review 



18 
Friday 
Final
Exam (Comprehensive) 
16,13 



*Students to perform outside of class, Most answers (not solutions) are in
Appendix I
** Use Multisim to confirm results