Module Overview

Solid State Electronics

The aim of this module is to provide the student with a broad knowledge of analogue circuit techniques including the design of amplifier circuits. The module will examine the basic concepts of amplification, biasing circuits, circuit analysis of transistor based circuits as well as circuit construction and measurements. A circuit simulation tool will be used as part of the design environment.

Module Code

ANEL H2065

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Semiconductors :

Energy bands of metals, semiconductors and insulators. Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors. p-type and n-typesemiconductors. Charge carriers. Conductivity of semiconductors

The Bipolar Transistor

Structure and operation. Common-base and common emitter configuration.Transistor gain calculations; bias conditions.Thermal runaway


Operation and structure of the MOSFET in depletion and enhancement modes. I-V characteristics of the MOSFET. Biasing circuits and amplifier circuits.

Operation Amplifiers and Applications

Op-amp applications and effects of limitations such as input bias current, input offset current, input offset voltage, gain-bandwidth product and slew rate.

Amplifier Design

Basic analysis and design of BJT and MOSFET amplifier circuits. Frequency response of amplifiers, feedback techniques, stability of amplifiers. Using CAD Tools to design the amplifer circuit

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60