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Effective Term:
Summer 2022 through Summer 2023

Course Number:
MT 113B
Course Title:
Applications of Semiconductor Devices II
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Course Description

Overviews transistors and operational amplifiers and their applications. Labs emphasize circuit construction and include simulation of amplifier circuits. Practices troubleshooting techniques of electronic circuits such as signal tracing, division in subsections, removal of parallel branches, and swapping identical components. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The laboratory portion of this course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in the operation of electronics test instruments (signal generators, digital multimeters and oscilloscopes). Students will work in teams of two or more to perform and complete laboratory exercises. Through  the hands-on practice, they will learn how to apply  general troubleshooting strategies to narrow the scope of a problem’s location and further isolate it, and apply those skills to complex circuits that represent combinations of both analog and digital devices. Students must be able to communicate, both in oral and written form.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Construct, analyze, diagnose and troubleshoot complex circuits which represent application of operational amplifiers, transistors and logic devices
  • Use electronic test equipment such as logic probe, multimeter and oscilloscope.
  • Locate and interpret technical documentation e.g. schematic diagrams and device data sheets.
  •   Communicate technical information in written and oral form.
  •   Practice safe electronics testing procedures.

Aspirational Goals

Through the lab experiments and the hands-on practice, the students will learn how to apply general troubleshooting strategies to narrow the scope of a problem’s location, and to further isolate it.

Course Activities and Design

One hour of lecture followed by two hours of hand-on activities will be taken every week. Demonstrations and explanations will be provided by the instructor during the lecture lab hours. The emphasis of all the course activities will be on troubleshooting circuits made with advanced semiconductor components. Lab activities may include: limited design, mathematical analysis and building circuits on the breadboard or on a printed circuit board.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Homework, one final exam on paper and one final practical exam should be expected. 
The emphasis of each of these examinations is on electronic test equipment 
proper use and on mastering the circuit troubleshooting techniques. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Working with analog and digital devices combined in one circuit.
  2. Diagnosing malfunctioning electronic circuits consisting in a combination of advanced integrated devices, using a systematic, step by step approach.
    1. Understand the system.
    2. Understand the problem and history.
    3. Eliminate the obvious.
    4. Develop possible causes and theories.
    5. Eliminate causes, start with what is easy, or likely.
    6. Validate and document the solution.
  3. Learning how to practice the most common troubleshooting techniques used in the case of circuits based on operational amplifiers, various types of transistors and IC logic devices.
  4. divide system into sections and test each individual section
  5. remove parallel components
  6. swap identical components