EE 461: Introduction to Electronics
University of Kentucky
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Fall 2012
Class Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 – 12:50 pm
Meeting Place:
RGAN 203
Credit Hours:
Dr. Vijay Singh
683 FPAT
Office hours: MWF: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (or by appointment)
Teaching Assistant: Hongmei Dang
ASTeCC, Room 364,
Office hours: T,Th 1-2 pm, or by appointment via email
Course Web Site:
Microelectronic Circuits and Devices by Mark Horenstein, Prentice Hall, Second Edition
EE 221 or an equivalent should be completed in preparation for this course
Course Topics:
1. Review of Linear Circuit Theory
2. Nonlinear Circuit Elements
3. Signal Processing with Two Terminal Nonlinear Devices
4. Three Terminal Devices
5. Basic Circuits Containing Three-Terminal Devices
Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course students should demonstrate the following abilities:
1. Understand the structures, symbols, DC characteristics, and DC models of diodes, BJTs, and
MOSFETs, and the load line analysis.
2. Analyze and design diode-related circuits such as clipping, limiting, and rectifier circuits.
3. Analyze transistor circuits such as inverters and voltage followers.
4. Understand the DC biasing techniques and small-signal modeling of analog circuits using BJTs
and MOSFETs.
5. Use of SPICE program to analyze and design electronic circuits.
Course Philosophy:
EE360 Syllabus, Spring 2010
Class Participation
Cellular phones and pagers should be turned off prior to entering the classroom. Any cellular
phone or pager that disrupts the classroom environment can be confiscated.
Food items like sandwiches, apples etc should not be consumed in the classroom when the class
is in session.
Classroom Behavior, Decorum and Civility
Students and faculty are expected to treat everyone present in the classroom with respect and
civility. Disparate treatment will not be tolerated. Disparate treatment occurs when one or more
persons treat an individual less favorably on the basis of their actual or perceived race, sex, age,
color, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, and/or sexual orientation. All
interactions should be characterized by respect for, and consideration of, others present in the
Students are expected to be on time and to attend every lecture class. Homework assignments
will be distributed in the classroom and on the course website. If a student must miss class, the
student is responsible for making up any work that was missed. As previously stated,
assignments are due at the beginning of the class period; late homework is strongly discouraged
and may not be accepted.
The following are defined as acceptable reasons for excused absences:
1. Serious illness;
Illness or death of family member;
2. University-related trips;
3. Major religious holidays.
If a student must be absent for one of these reasons, they should notify the instructor as soon as
possible but no later than the second absence. Appropriate documentation regarding the nature
of the absence will be required. Students anticipating an absence for a major religious holiday
are responsible for notifying the instructor in writing of anticipated absences.
Grading Policy: The grading criteria for this course are as follows:
Homework Assignments
Pop Quizzes
Mid-term Tests (3)
Final Exam
Grade Assignment will be based on your composite score for the course based on the
homework, mid-term exams, project and final exam, as outlined above. The letter grade
assignment will then be calculated according to the table below.
EE360 Syllabus, Spring 2010
Final Grade
Letter Grade
86-100 %
B, C and D
Below 45%
Cheating and Plagiarism
Cheating - claiming another individual’s work as your own or permitting another person to
claim your work.
Plagiarism - claiming another person's work, writing or ideas as your own. This includes
material from the Internet or other digital media.
You are encouraged to discuss the material in this course, including homework problems (and
solutions and answers) with other students but you cannot simply copy another student's
homework paper and hand it in. Working together is OK and encouraged. Copying, however, is
cheating and both the student who copies and the student who provides the solution will be
punished. On exams, the work must be totally your own unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated at this university. The minimum penalty is a
failing grade in the course; the maximum penalty is expulsion from the university. If you have
any questions, ask.
Classroom and Learning Accommodations
Students requesting accommodations should contact the campus Disability Resources Center.
The Disability Resources Center certifies the need for, and specifies the particular type of such
accommodations on an individual student basis. This certification will be required from any
student requesting accommodation.
EE360 Syllabus, Spring 2010