1. Lab Syllabus – ELEC 2210 Digital Electronics

Course Instructor: Professor Guofu Niu

1.1. Lab Objectives (same as Course Objective)

  1. Understand electrical conduction in solid state materials
  2. Analyze and design dc and switching circuits containing diodes and transistors
  3. Analyze and design combinational logic circuits at the transistor level
  4. Develop skill with computer-based circuit simulation

1.2. Prerequisites by topic (Same as Course Prerequisites)

  1. Introductory computer programming in a high level language
  2. Electric circuits (prerequisite)
  3. Logic design (prerequisite)

1.3. Lab Content

Introduction to electronic devices and digital circuits, biasing and operation of diodes, rectification and regulation, and biasing and operation of field-effect transistors and bipolar junction transistors in logic circuits.

1.4. Lab notes

Each student is expected to have his/her own copy of the lab notes, and to bring them to lab for each meeting. Previous experiments and data sheets should be brought to each lab meeting. A looseleaf notebook is recommended. Further instruction on lab reports are given individually by your GTA for each experiment.

1.5. Computer Resources

Pre-lab assignments and reports will make use of MultiSim for digital circuit simulation, Matlab and EXCEL (for spreadsheet-based analysis). These tools are available in ECE department’s computer labs, BR 308, 310.

1.6. Lab Policies

Attendance is mandatory at all meetings of your lab section each week, as well as at the Monday and Wednesday afternoon common section meeting. You must attend your assigned lab section meeting, unless prior arrangement is made to attend a different meeting with the GTA’s involved. This will only be allowed in case of illness or other University Excused circumstance.

1.7. Lab Grading

There will be eleven lab experiments and a two-meeting final project. Each lab experiment is worth up to 50 points and the final project is worth up to 100 points. Grades will be determined based on points earned (out of 650 points available). Each lab contains four parts as follows.

  1. Pre-lab (10 points per lab): Each student should read the lab material and finish the pre-lab before the lab meeting. Pre-labs should be turned in at the beginning of each lab meeting. Late pre-labs will not be accepted.
  2. Quiz (10 points per lab): There will be one quiz for each lab. The problems in the quiz come from the lab material. No quiz will be given if you are more than 10 minutes late.
  3. In-lab (10 points per lab): The actual lab needs to be completed within 110 minutes. You may lose up to 6 points for not completing the lab within the scheduled time.
  4. Lab report (20 points per lab): Students will write a lab report according to the format of the template provided by the GTA and turn it in at the beginning of the next lab meeting. Late lab reports will not be accepted.

Penalty for incomplete work: If any of the 4 parts is missed, a score of zero will be reported to the lecture instructor for that lab.

1.8. Makeup labs

Makeup labs are extremely difficult to arrange, and are permitted only under the most extreme circumstances. If you miss a lab meeting, you will need to obtain clearance from the course instructor, and then arrange with your GTA to perform a makeup at a mutually convenient time. This might have to be after the last day of classes for the semester. Only one makeup lab per semester per student is allowed. A student requesting a makeup lab must obtain a University Excuse and provide suitable documentation of illness or emergency.

1.9. Switching sections

Changing your section assignment permanently is not a trivial matter, and is usually only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Professors and GTA’s cannot re-assign students. You must go through the official drop / add process in consultation with the academic advisor. Since section enrollments are carefully balanced, you will need to find someone in another section who is willing to switch with you.

1.10. Accessibility

Students who need special accommodations in class, as provided for by the American Disabilities Act, should arrange a confidential meeting with the instructor during office hours the first week of classes - or as soon as possible if accommodations are needed immediately. You must bring a copy of your Accommodation Memo and an Instructor Verification Form to the meeting. If you do not have these forms but need accommodations, make an appointment with the Program for Students with Disabilities, 1244 Haley Center, 844-2096.