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ECEN 2830 (ECEN 2270) - Electronics Design Laboratory

Catalog Data ECEN 2830 (ECEN 2270) (3). Electronics Design Laboratory. This course is an introduction to analysis, modeling, design, and testing of analog electronic circuits in a practical laboratory setting. The laboratory is centered around a robot platform and includes design, Spice simulations, prototyping and testing of circuits necessary to drive and remote control the robot.
Credits and Design 3 credit hours: 6 hour of laboratory per week. Required core course.
Prerequisite(s) ECEN 2250, Introduction to Circuits & Electronics.
Corequisite(s) ECEN 2260, Circuits as Systems.
Instructor(s) Dragan Maksimovic, Peter Mathys, Regan Zane.
Textbook None.
Course Objectives For students to:
  1. Gain skills and competence in working in a laboratory environment, including proficiency in the use of laboratory equipment, ability to read, understand, and create circuit diagrams, and to develop experience in the design, testing and debugging of electronic circuits.
  2. Gain skills and competence in working with simulation and analysis software design tools and using them as design verification and debugging tools.
  3. Understand how to apply electrical engineering circuit theory to the design and hardware testing of electronic circuits, including time domain and frequency domain analysis of 1'st and 2'nd order systems, feedback and control, and the use of active devices like transistors, op-amps, and diodes.
Learning Outcomes After taking this course students will be able to recognize and use the following concepts, ideas, and/or tools:
  1. Divide and Conquer Approach to subdivide circuit design, implementation, test, and analysis for a complete system into smaller, more manageable, sub-circuits.
  2. Spice Simulation Tools for effective verification and debugging of (sub-) circuits
  3. Work Effectively in a Group Laboratory Environment, including unambiguous and meaningful drawing of schematics, writing documentations, and practicing oral communication.
Student Outcomes
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Design Teams Engr
Oral Written Engr Solns
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Topics Covered
  1. An introduction to prototyping, simulations and testing of analog circuits
  2. Robot DC motor characteristics and speed sensor circuit design
  3. Electronic drives for robot DC motors and speed control circuit design
  4. Microcontroller-based speed and position control circuit design
  5. Remote control using radio-frequency (RF) circuits
  6. Design project

Last revised: 05-13-11, PM, ARP.