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ELECTRONICS (Numerosita' canale 2)
IN03102536, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0513, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ELECTRONICS
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ANDREA NEVIANI ING-INF/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-INF/01 Electronics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Prerequisites: Capability to solve linear electrical network by applying the basic laws of circuit theory (voltage and current Kirchhoff's law, Thevenin and Norton theorems, the principle of superposition of the effects). Basic knowledge of signal and system theory is recommended, with particular reference to the concepts of impulse response, frequency response and transfer function of a linear time-invariant system, as well as Laplace transform and Fourier transform operators.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides a basic understanding of the physical and electrical models of semiconductor devices used in modern microelectronic circuits. The student will learn the basic principles of analog electronic circuits: single-transistor amplifiers, multistage amplifiers, operational amplifier based circuits, filters, non-linear circuits. Finally, the basic techniques for the analysis and design of analog electronic circuits will be provided.
Examination methods: The examination consists of a written test with problems on the analysis and synthesis of analog circuits and problems related to semiconductor devices physics and equivalent models. In order too successfully solve the problems the following capabilities are requested: i) theoretical knowledge of electronic devices and circuits; ii) ability to analyze linear networks and iii) quantitatively solve the related equations.
Assessment criteria: Assessment of the level of understanding of microelectronic device and circuit theory (physical models of solid state devices, principle of operation of basic analog circuits), as well as the ability to solve practical problems related to analog circuits.
Course unit contents: Principles of operation of solid state devices:
physics of semiconductors (basics), junction diodes, bipolar transistors, field-effect transistor.

Diode circuits:
clipping, peak detector, half- and full-wave rectifiers, voltage regulators.

Single-transistor amplification:
bias networks for discrete and integrated circuits, small signal models. Case study of an amplifier stage in linear and non-linear regime.

Differential stage:
basic topology; current-mirror bias circuit; active load.

Multistage amplifiers:
ac and dc coupling; elementary operational amplifier.

Opamp-based circuits:
inverting and non-inverting amplifier, adder, integrator, differentiator. Instrumentation amplifier. Active filters. Nonlinear circuits: comparator, Schmitt trigger, relaxation oscillator. Effects of opamp finite gain and bandwidth.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: About two-thirds of the lectures will be devoted to theory, one third to the solution of numerical problems and analysis of case studies. Theoretical lectures will be presented either with slides or at the blackboard . A systematic problem-solving methodology will be presented.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Additional suggested textbooks:

S. Sedra, K. C. Smith, “Circuiti per la Microelettronica”, EDISES, 2012, IV edizione.
P. R. Gray, P. J. Hurst, S. Lewis, R. G. Meyer, “Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits”, John Wiley & Sons, 2009, V edizione.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jaeger, Richard C.; Blalock, Travis N.; Meneghesso, Gaudenzio; Neviani, Andrea, MicroelettronicaRichard C. Jaeger, Travis N. Blalockedizione italiana a cura di Gaudenzio Meneghesso e Andrea Neviani. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2017. Quarta Edizione Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Problem solving
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • One Note (digital ink)
  • Matlab

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean Energy Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure