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Course No: ECE 3570

Title: Electronics Laboratory

WSU Catalog Description: Coreq: ECE 3570.  Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs.  Experimental investigation of semiconductor devices and their behavior in single-stage amplifier, pulse, and power circuits.  Design of simple single-state circuits.  Material fee as indicated in the schedule of class.

Coordinator: Dr. Yong Xu

Instructor: Sabarish Chandramohan, Mohammad Ashraf Ali, GTA, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Office Hours:  By appointment in room 3350 Eng Building

Office: 3350 Eng Building

Email: Sabarish Chandramohan (, Mohammad Ashraf Ali (

Course Meeting Location: 3350 Eng Building

Goals: To develop competence in analysis, design, testing and troubleshooting of simple electrical circuits.  To prepare students for more advanced courses in circuit analysis.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Measure simple passive electrical circuit parameters
  2. Construct various types of electrical circuits (i.e., Operational amplifiers, rectifiers)
  3. Analyze experimental data to verify various laws and theorems of electrical circuits
  4. Use oscilloscopes and others instruments to monitor and collect experimental data
  5. Measure characteristics of some semiconductor devices (i.e., Diode, Bipolar transistor, MOSFET)

Textbook (Optional): Laboratory Explorations for Microelectronics Circuits, Fourth Edition

Kenneth C Smith

Reference Texts: Microelectronic Circuits, Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith, 4th or 5th Ed., Oxford University Press

Prerequisites by Topic: (ECE 3300): Electrical quantities and waveforms; resistance and Ohm’s law; networks and Kirchhoff’s laws; network equivalents; nodal and mesh analysis; Thevenin’s theorem and other network theorems.  Sinusoidal steady-state response.  First- and second-order systems.  Introduction to sinusoidal steady-state response.

Corequisites by Topic: (ECE 3570): Open only to students enrolled in professional engineering programs.  Graphical and small signal analysis of semiconductor devices; equivalent circuits; gain and bandwidth; multi-state and feedback amplifiers; special-purpose circuits.

Topics and Tentative Schedule:

  1. Week1          Lab 1: Getting started: Instruments and Measurements
  2. Week 2         Lab 2: Inverting and Non-Inverting Amplifiers.
  3. Week 3         Lab 3: Differentiators and Integrators.
  4. Week 4         Lab 4: Junction Diode Characteristics.
  5. Week 5         Lab 5: Zener Diode Characteristics.
  6. Week 6         Submit project proposal. Lab 6: Power Supplies.
  7. Week 7          Lab7: Bipolar Transistor Basics.
  8. Week 8         Lab 8: MOSFET Measurements & Applications

Course Structure: We will cover one or more experiments each week.  Experiment report is a individual report.  All reports are due in the following lab session.  No late submission will be accepted unless the student notifies the instructor ahead of time showing some reasons for not being able to submit the report on time.

Lab Report Format:

Front page must display:

Date experiment is performed.

Experiment Number.

Name, Student ID and Group Members.

Lab report must contain the following:


Components used specifications.


Circuit diagram and analytical results.

Experimental results.



Include team member contribution

Computer Resources: Multisim2001 Software Package, PSPICE

Laboratory Resources: Resistor Boxes, Breadboard, DC Power Supply, Function Generator, Oscilloscope, and Multimeter.

Laboratory Policy: There is absolutely no smoking, eating, or drinking in any ECE instructional lab.  These labs must be kept neat and each student is responsible for insuring that the equipment on his/her workbench is neatly arranged, the leads and other equipment are put away, and that there are no scraps of paper or other garbage left on or near his/her work station.  Coats, briefcases, Knapsacks, and other personal belongings are not permitted on or near the benches.  These items must be kept on the coat rack near the door.  The door to the lab must be kept locked at all times; unlocking or propping open the door at any time is expressly forbidden.  Guests are not permitted in the lab at any time, and no one but the instructor may open the door to admit anyone after the class has begun.

Equipment Handling Policy: All students are expected to handle all the equipments in the lab in an appropriate manner.  Mishandling of the equipment is not tolerated.  This equipment allows us to learn the material… treat it accordingly.

Distribution of Points: Project 65 points (Student’s choice with instructor approval), Reports 32 points, and class participation 3 points of the Final Grade (100 points).

Attendance: You are expected to attend every lab session in its entirety.  Do not schedule other classes or commitments that conflict with any part of the time during which your lab section is scheduled.  Attendance is recorded and will be used in determining your grade.  For each lab session you miss, two (2) points (out of hundred points) will be deducted from your FINAL LAB AVERAGE.  In no case will a lab report be accepted for a section for which you were not present.  Doing the experiment in another session is expressly forbidden.  You may not use another section to “make up” a section for which you were absent.  Since arriving late and leaving early are disruptive to the lab, 1/2 point (out of 100 points) will be deducted from your FINAL LAB AVERAGE for each occurrence.

Schedule: All students must take the exams, turn in reports, and turn in final project on the scheduled dates.  If a student thinks that he/she cannot take the exams or turn in reports/project on the scheduled dates due to some unavoidable circumstances, such as out of town, business trip, sickness, etc., then he/she must notify the instructor before the scheduled time to resolve the conflict.  Be proactive… get with the instructor as soon as possible to avoid penalties (penalties assigned are at the discretion of the instructor, but will not exceed the weight of the exam or report/project).  In that case, the instructor may give a makeup exam to the student.

Outcome Coverage:
(a) An ability to apply math, science and engineering knowledge.  The laboratory exercises, quizzes and exams require direct application of mathematical, scientific, and engineering knowledge to successfully complete the course.  This requires performing various circuit analysis and design methods in a formal manner and many supporting and follow-up calculations.

(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.  Students conduct simple circuit experiments and process raw data to verify electronic theories.

(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.  A project (30% of the final grade) is required for this course.  Students are responsible to design, test an electronic system by them, and meet the need of real world.  Any novel ideas are highly appreciated and praised.

(e) Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.  The course is primarily oriented toward electrical circuit analysis but also includes examples of where circuit theory can be applied to other physical domains to model the system.  Students must be able to identify the system, formulate a circuit model, and solve the circuit model to determine circuit variables, primarily with electrical circuits.  Final design project is given as a set of specifications that the students’ design must meet.  Therefore, they must identify the key limiting issues, formulate a solution strategy, research, test their approach, and finally prototype, and test the design to prove that it works.

(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.  In the lecture part of this course, up-to-date technologies will be introduced and explained to deliver the objectives of each laboratory.  In addition, the final project will function, too.  Student will think seriously about how engineering changed the real world and propose their ideas to let technology serve the people better.

Cheating Policy and Penalty for Cheating: Cheating has been defined as having an unfair advantage.  It hurts the student, their classmates, the university, and our profession.  It is not tolerated.  University policy will be followed in addressing issues if they arise.

Academic Integrity

University Regulations

Engineering Regulations

Note:  Students who do not complete the course work, and fail to officially withdraw from the course will receive an I or an F depending upon how much course work was completed.  University policy will be strictly followed.  New grading policy:

Prepared By: Sabarish Chandramohan, GTA, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Last Revised: May 12, 2015

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