Electronics Design Laboratory

ECEN 2270 Spring 2015

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. The required prerequisite for ECEN 2830 is ECEN 2270 Introduction to Circuits & Electronics. The required co-requisite is ECEN 2260 Circuits as Systems. Experiments include:

  • An introduction to prototyping, simulations and testing of analog circuits
  • Speed measurement circuits and measurement and modeling of robot DC motor characteristics
  • Electronic drives for robot DC motors and speed control circuits
  • Robot speed and position control using a microcontroller
  • Remote control using radio-frequency (RF) circuits
  • Design project

The instructor for Fall 2014 is Dr. Daniel Seltzer. The required prerequisite for this course is ECEN 2250 Introduction to Circuits & Electronics. The required co-requisite is ECEN 2260 Circuits as Systems.

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    Lab schedule

    • Lectures: Mondays, 3:00-3:50 pm, ECCR 200
    • Lab sections meet Tuesday and Thursday
      • 10:30am-12:20pm, 281/282/297
      • 5:30pm-7:20pm, 281/282

    Lab policies

    • Students work in groups of three or four, equal participation is expected
    • Each group is required to purchase a lab parts kit. These are available in the ECEE Store on the 1B level of the ECE wing.
    • Attendance is required to receive credit. All excused absences must be arranged in advance with your TA and your lab partner. In case of emergency, contact your TA and lab partner as soon as practical.
    • In the lab: no food or open drinks, no audible music; no exceptions. During a lab session, you are not allowed to visit Internet sites unrelated to this course; no exceptions.

    Grading and related policies

    • The course is organized into six experiments. Each experiment includes graded components consisting of an in-lecture quiz, individual and group demonstrations, and a written group report. The grade weightings are listed on the course D2L website.
      • Written reports must be submitted to the course D2L dropbox.
      • No late work is accepted
      • All unexcused absences will result in a reduced report grade (adjusted individually)


    • Dr. Daniel Seltzer
      • Office hours: in lab or by appointment (email or catch me after class)
    • Teaching Assistants
      • Katharine Doubleday
      • Manohar Karthikevan
      • Josh Noble (practicum)
    All emails are standard "first.last@colorado.edu"

    Additional notices

    • If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to me a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner so that your needs may be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. (303-492-8671, Willard 322)
    • Every effort will be made to reasonably and fairly deal with students who have serious religious observances that conflict with scheduled exams, assignments, etc. Please notify the instructor well in advance, so that there is time to make adequate arrangements. The Boulder campus policy can be read at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/fac_relig.html
    • All students will be expected to comply with the Boulder campus honor code. This honor code can be viewed at http://www.colorado.edu/academics/honorcode/
    • Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, culture, religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender, gender variance, and nationalities. The campus policy can be read at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/classbehavior.html