Although there may not be an overabundance of classes available specifically in analog electronics, different levels of study in the subject may be offered at some schools. Commonly, hands-on laboratory work is designed to complement theoretical training in courses covering analog electronics. Undergraduate courses typically cover the fundamentals of the subject, while graduate courses may delve into more advanced topics, such as circuit design.
The following list contains a few examples of concepts that students in analog electronics courses commonly encounter:
- CMOS circuits
- Current mirrors
- Transistor stages
- Component variations
- Design paradigms
List of Common Courses
Fundamentals of Analog Electronics Course
A fundamentals of analog electronics course presents students with basic concepts in the field. Students examine the building blocks of analog electronics through graphical, analytical and computer tools. Common course topics include solid state device fundamentals, feedback amplifier analysis and frequency response of BJT and FET amplifiers. Hands-on lab experience working with op-amps, JFETs, preamplifiers, diodes and transistors is part of the coursework. Upon completion of the class, students should be proficient in electronic circuit analysis and design.
Advanced Analog Electronics Course
This course is designed to build on students' already established knowledge in analog electronics. Lab exercises provide hands-on training with a variety of practical circuits and teach advanced experimental techniques. Oscillators and comparators, interference and grounding, switching voltage regulators, linear voltage regulators, differential amplifiers and active filters are some of the topics typically discussed.
Analog Design Course
The coursework in this class is geared towards electrical engineering students who already understand transistor behavior and passive circuit analysis. A wide range of topics such as integrated active filter, current/voltage biasing, MOS white noise, op-amp design and compensation, MOS flicker noise, noise analysis, ADC/DAC and PLL are normally covered. Class projects may provide students with practical experience working with EDA tools like Layout Editor, Hspice, SpectreRF and Cadence Schematic Editor.
Analog Troubleshooting Course
An analog troubleshooting course enables students to become more familiar with troubleshooting equipment in order to test and align circuits and equipment. Such troubleshooting tools may include bench top power supplies, oscilloscopes, DMM and function generators. Through the coursework, students hone their skills in analog to digital and digital to analog converters, interpreting complex schematics for troubleshooting purposes, linear and switching power lines and logic gates and timer circuits.
Analog Electronics for Bioengineers Course
During this course, students are presented with the basic principles of analog and digital electronics that are regularly used in biomedical research. The curriculum is concentrated on the design, analysis and measurement of systems and components of biomedical equipment. Energy harvesting, signal integrity, abiotic/biotic interface and wireless techniques are among the topics typically explored.