ECR353 - Electronic Circuits

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Subject Title
Electronic Circuits

Subject Description

This course focuses on the application and expansion of the electronics technology competencies acquired to this point including AC and DC circuits, electronic devices and communications systems. Equivalent circuits are used to predict and rationalize the frequency characteristics of a variety of filters and circuits. New lab skills are introduced to measure circuit behaviour such as Automated Test and Measurement. Concepts of Discrete Time (DT) signals and Data Acquisition (DAQ) are explored with an emphasis on the Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC). Matlab and MS-Excel are used as tools to handle data. PSpice is used extensively to simulate circuits and compared with actual measurements to gain understanding of strengths and limitations. A variety of sensors types are explored with an emphasis on temperature sensors. Active and passive filters as well as signal conditioning circuits are designed, simulate, built and tested. A final technical project draws together all of these elements in a team environment to solve multiple, sometimes conflicting demands that mimic real life situations in technology. Students emerge equipped with practical experience in the application of a broad variety of techniques in electronics technology.

Credit Status
One subject credit in Electronics Engineering Technology program. (EET)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Use PSpice to simulate and design a variety of circuits.

2. Describe, predict and measure electrical and frequency characteristics of a variety of circuits.

3. Design, build and test filters circuits.

4. Compare theoretical and measured characteristics of circuits and account for differences.

5. Program in Matlab including M-files, functions and the use of libraries.

6. Use VISA and SCPI to design and modify programs to perform automated test and measurement.

7. Describe, compare and contrast sensors types and how they are interfaced.

8. Use temperature sensors with signal conditioning circuits.

9. Design, build and test signal conditioning circuits for Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) including anti-aliasing, level shifting and limiting.

10. Work effectively in a team environment to realize technical goals under tight constraints.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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