EE462G: Electronic Circuits Lab Fall 2016

EE462G: Electronic Circuits Lab (2 Credits)
Fall 2016
Zhi David Chen, Professor, Ph.D.
374 ASTeCC
Phone: 859-218-6550
E-mail:, Website:
TA: Hojjatollah Sarvari, E-mail:, Phone: 859-536-9767, Office: 349
Text book: Microelectronic Circuits and Devices, 2nd Ed., M. Horenstein, Prentice Hall, 1996
Lecture: F 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm, 202 RGAN
Lab: Sect 001: M 2:00pm-4:50pm, Sect 002: W 8:00am-10:50am, Sect 003: M 11:00am-1:50pm,
591 FPAT
Office Hours: Thursday 11:00am-12:00 pm or by appointment, or drop by.
The objective of this course is to provide students experience in the design and implementation
of basic transistor and diode circuits. Transistor circuits include BJT (bipolar junction transistors)
and MOSFET (metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor) technologies. Large signal,
small signal, and frequency responses are covered.
PREREQUISITES: EE222, EE461G (Concurrent)
Student will have to purchase their own electronic components for the lab exercises. The list of
parts is available on the course web site. You can purchase these parts anywhere and
substitutions can be made as long as the parts are functionally the same and parameters are close.
These parts are also sold at the IEEE parts store in Room 560 AH. Only one set of parts is
required between lab partners. For each lab meeting you will also need one 3.5 inch floppy disk
to store data from the curve tracer (The lab will supply the flop disks).
The homepage for this course is .
Students are responsible for all material posted to the course web page, so check it
Expected Student Learning Outcomes for EE 462G
Upon completion of this course the students should demonstrate the ability to:
1. Analyze circuits with nonlinear elements using semiconductor characteristics.
2. Measure relevant quantities and parameters in electronic circuits using oscilloscopes,
multimeters, function generators, power supplies, and curve tracers.
3. Analyze electronic circuits with computer simulation programs (SPICE).
4. Describe an experimental procedure involving circuits with semiconductor devices.
5. Interpret experimental measurements involving circuits with semiconductor devices.
Course grades will be determined from the following course elements, weighted as indicated:
1. Homework (2) and Quizzes (8): 20%
2. Pre-lab assignments (8): 15%
3. Lab attendance: 5%
4. Lab data sheets (8): 5%
5. Lab reports (8): 40%
6. Final lab (1): 15%
Grades will be assigned using the standard 10-point scale (A: 90+% of total points
assigned, B: 80+%, C: 70+%, D: 60+%, E: <60% etc.). The instructor reserves the right
to assign higher grades than those determined using this scale in certain circumstances.
The lab assignments or lab exercises will be conducted by teams with 2-3 students in each
team. Pre-lab assignments’ solutions are posted on the instructor’s website. Based on the
solutions, each team will submit one pre-lab assignment solution as a team. You should
write the answers based on your understanding of the solutions, not copy exactly the
solutions. If you copy exactly solutions, some points will be deducted by TA.
Quizzes may be given at the beginning or at the end of a lecture period. Quizzes are open
book and related to pre-lab assignments. Missed quizzes will result in a score of zero and
generally cannot be made up except for some strong excuses. If you have strong excuses,
permission can be granted for absence of lectures and for make-up of quizzes for limited
Lab assignments will be accomplished by teams. They cannot be made up except for
strong excuses for absence. Each team submits one lab report. The lab reports are due in
the next lab meeting. Late reports will be penalized 10% for each day late. Sign-in sheets
will be provided in lab for recording lab attendance. Late and absence in lab will result in
deduction of points.
Students are responsible for all business and behavior conducted during a class period.
Graduate students will be given additional assignments and exam questions throughout the
semester. The additional work will generally be more advanced than the material covered
in class.
Unethical behavior
The following activities are considered unethical in this course:
Using data you did not measure.
Recording a value you did not observe.
Copying a portion of work belonging to someone else.
Any of these will result in an E for the course and the university may pursue further disciplinary
actions (see ).
Prepared by Z. D. Chen 01/14/2016