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Undergraduate Course: Analogue Mixed Signal Laboratory 3 (ELEE09032)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is an exercise in basic analogue electronic circuit design using discrete components and operational amplifiers. The exercise involves designing analogue circuits for the implementation of an end-to-end optical signal transmission through free-space and a guide plastic optical fibre channel.
Course description In this course emphasis will be on hands-on learning through experimentation. The fundamental properties of optical communications will be taught at the start of course; including signal attenuation in fibre, dispersion/pulse spreading and LED/Laser comparison and photo-detection.
The course is designed to use knowledge gained by students in the earlier years of their course and aims to act a "structured project". The course is structured so as to act as an introduction to the more open ended type of final year project work carried out in the fourth and fifth years. Until this point in the course the students experience is largely of analysis of circuits supplied to them. In this exercise students are expected to synthesise their own designs and realise their own circuitry.
Assessment of this course will be based on: (1) a written report by the students explaining their design and the function of each subsystem. This report will be expected to include the circuit diagrams, design equations and a complete list of components and their values. In addition, the report should contain student attempts to specific questions in the provided laboratory script. (2) The PCB layout, efficient use of space on the PCB, good soldering/component placement on the PCB. (3) Finally, the design functionality. It is expected that, with the implemented design, it should be possible to achieve an end-to-end optical signal transmission over plastic optical fibre and demonstrate LiFi audio signal transmission. Assessment is based on the measured performance metrics stated in the lab manual and quality of the LiFi audio signal transmission.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Analogue Circuits 2 (ELEE08016) AND Electronics Project Laboratory 2A (ELEE08014) OR Electronics Project Laboratory 2B (ELEE08019) OR Electronics Project Laboratory 2C (ELEE08018)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesFamiliarity with op-amp circuits, basic competence with electronic design, competence is the use of simple electronic test equipment including oscilloscope, signal generator and soldering.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 89 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Coursework: 100%
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to use descrete components and operational amplifiers to implement basic analogue designs and implement a multistage amplifier design which withstands the effects of inter-stage loading between successive stages.
  2. Be able to design a trans-impedance (TIA) based optical receiver to a written specification and be able to balance the gain/bandwidth trade-off of their TIA design.
  3. Be able to integrate optical transmitter and receiver design to form a complete working end-to-end optical communication chain. Then test their designs by transmitting analogue signals over the link and measure performance.
  4. Be able to prototype their designs on a breadboard. layout their design using an appropriate software and implement a printed circuit board of their final design.
  5. Be able to document the designs that they carried out.
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KeywordsElectronics,design,laboratory,Year 3 lab
Course organiserDr Wasiu Popoola
Tel: (0131 6)50 8232
Course secretaryMrs Laura Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5053
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