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ELEN306 - Analog Circuit Theory

Course Details

Course Code: ELEN306 Course ID: 4598 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course presents basic elements in analog circuit design. Initially operational amplifiers will be discussed, including design and implementation of practical amplifier and feedback circuits. Other analog elements such as diodes and transistors will be introduced combined with previously discussed passive components to design DC power supplies, audio amplifiers, active filters and oscillators along with other applications. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the key analog circuit components and the basic skills to create and implement practical designs. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details. (Prerequisite: ELEN202)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 04/24/22 Winter 2022 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Learning Objectives (LO):

  1. Describe the operation of operational amplifiers, diodes and transistor
  2. Analyze analog circuit structures to predict DC and AC signal response
  3. Produce designs for amplifier circuits to specified inputs, outputs and tolerances.
  4. Produce designs for power converters to specified input and load tolerances.
  5. Implement frequency filtering techniques in active circuit
  6. Evaluate the role of analog components in practical application
  7. Describe experimental results to a specified audience.

Instructor announcements: Weekly announcements will appear on Monday of each week in the online classroom. The announcement will discuss the assignments for the week along with any other pertinent information for the week.

This is a junior level course; all students’ work is to be presented as such in terms of quality and content. The grading system will be based on your participation in the forums (120 points or ~10% of your total grade), weekly assessments (390 points or ~30% of your grade), laboratory reports (375 points or ~25 % of your grade) and three exams (450 points or ~35% of your grade).

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

Week 1 Introductions: Each student must log into the classroom and introduce themselves to the class. This is a required assignment and introductions are due by Sunday of Week 1. Your response must be 250-300 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

  1. Your name
  2. Your university major or program
  3. Where you are in the program of study
  4. Your academic goals, to include why you are taking this class
  5. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Weekly Forums: The weekly discussion forum is for students to post their questions on course content for that week. This forum should not be used to discuss specific test questions prior to receiving feedback from the instructor (after the test is graded). If there is a question on a specific item, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that. Asking specific questions on test questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool.

Weekly Assignments: There will be thirteen weekly assessments during the course worth approximately 30% of your total grade. Each weekly assignment will cover material from the textbook used in this course as well as additional materials discussed in the lesson.

Exams: There will be three exams, two worth 15% of your final grade and a final exam worth 20%. Exams will be open book, open note tests. Exams will be administered without a proctor. Students must complete the numbered exam by the end of the week indicated in the schedule.


Site Name- ELEN306 Resources

Website URL/Address-

Book Title:NI ELVIS III - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant - purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$3,395.00
Book Title:Microelectronic Circuits, 7th ed - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Oxford University Press
Unit Cost:$184.55
Electronic ISBN:9780199339235
Electronic Unit Cost:$120.00
Book Title:myParts Kit from Texas Instruments - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$89.00
Book Title:NI Student Software Suite - free access provided inside the classroom; if DVD is needed, purchase instructions are available here: (DVD not covered by the APUS Book Grant)
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$63.00
Book Title:NI myRIO Starter Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here:
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$139.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.