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Syllabus for an Electronics Lab

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by shehry, Oct 28, 2006.

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  1. shehry

    shehry Guest


    I recently started my teaching career as a Lab Engineer in my own
    university and I wanted some help concerning the syllabus of an Analog
    Electronics Lab. While I was a student, the lab consisted of simply the
    companion manual of Boylestad which btw was very dull and boring. I
    want to replace it. In other words I want to design my own manual and
    design it from scratch.

    By the time the lab commences, the students would be aware of KVL, KCL,
    Thevenin and Norton, a little bit of op-amps and some other basic
    circuit analysis stuff. They would also have done digital logic design
    and would know how to use an oscilloscope and all that. They would NOT
    know of:

    1. Diodes
    2. BJTs
    3. FETs
    4. Transducers etc.

    Although I dont, as of yet, have a complete idea of what the lab should
    look like. But I would love to include desgin problems which produce
    some tangible product in the end. I want to give the students a very
    strong base for their future lives and would appreciate any help in
    this regard.
  3. Michael

    Michael Guest

  4. shehry

    shehry Guest

    Get there hands really dirty and teach em heaps about design.
    That is precisely what I want to do. But since I myself am just
    starting teaching, I am having some difficulty (the course instructor
    wont be much help either :( )

    I want to know as to WHAT should I teach them about design. What kind
    of design problems do I give. How do I make the lab more interesting. I
    dont want them to just draw some circuits and find the amplification
    and all that. I want them to be able to design some small interesting
    product as well. I dont want them to simply cram the advantages of one
    bias configuration over another. I want them to be able to apply the
    knowledge in a real world scenario.

    These are the topics that I will have to cover: Diodes, Transistors,
    BJT, MOSFETS, JFETS, Small Signal Analysis and Large Signal Analysis.

    I would lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeee any sort of help
  5. J.A. Legris

    J.A. Legris Guest

    I've never actually looked at it, but I suspect the student lab
    companion to Horowitz & Hill's Art of Electronics might be a good place
    to get some ideas.

    Also, I've always thought it would be fun to build the bad circuit
    designs from the text (and fix them of course). You could devote a
    whole class to things that smoke :)
  6. J.A. Legris wrote...
    Actually, it would probably work well. Although designed to go
    with our book, it stands quite well on its own. I would say the
    lab topics covered do help provide the students a "strong base
    for their future lives," one of shehry's goals. Moreover, it's
    entertainingly written and illustrated.

    BUT, rather than concentrate on basic EE topics like Small Signal
    Analysis and Large Signal Analysis, it concentrates on working
    with and understanding some core circuits. In that sense, it
    has covers practical, rather than theoretical, labs. However,
    a good teacher always supplements with his own favorite material.
  7. Ach! Kids these days!

    First, find out what they know now.

    You _do_ know your subject, don't you? So get some books and go through
    them, and write a little quiz, that's actually more like a survey. Decide
    what kind of hardware you'll need - should there be one proto-board per
    kid, or one per study group of three of five or whatever?

    Do you remember how your teachers approached the subject when you were
    a kid?

    Shouldn't you already know this stuff, if you've got a teaching cert?

  8. If one of us talked you into convincing the admins to make it a mandatory
    textbook, I wonder if we'd get a kickback from Win? ;-)

  9. joseph2k

    joseph2k Guest

    Well gee, there are about 2 to 5 labs to be done by comparing the advantages
    and disadvantages of various bias circuits. Both large signal and small

    Be sure to do one on differential pairs and Gilbert Cells.

    Later on, small FPGAs. Say, 22v10 class.
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