I did a draft supplemental sheet for the lab course, which is nearly complete, though there are 2 labs that need some more work (the phototransistor lab and characterizing fluidics). I also need to remove some of the textbook info from that sheet, as it is mainly relevant to the lecture course (the data sheets should stay with the lab course, as should the descriptions of the lab tasks).
This post is my first stab at a supplemental sheet for the lecture course, and is much rougher, as I have been focusing more on developing the labs than on figuring out exactly what topics need to be taught to allow the students to do the designs.
Undergraduate Supplemental Sheet
Information to accompany Request for Course Approval
Sponsoring Agency: Electrical Engineering
Course #: 102 (I need to get a number from the department that they are not currently using. Since we are planning the course as an alternative prerequisite to EE 104 in place of EE101+L, I think that 102 would be a good number, with the L suffix for the lab course.)
Catalog Title: Applied Circuits
Please answer all of the following questions using a separate sheet for your response.
1. Are you proposing a revision to an existing course? If so give the name, number, and GE designations (if applicable) currently held.
This is not a revision to any existing course.
2. In concrete, substantive terms explain how the course will proceed. List the major topics to be covered, preferably by week.
The Applied circuits course is centered around the labs in the accompanying lab course. Concepts are taught as needed for the labs, with design and analysis exercises in the lecture course cementing the understanding.
- Basic DC circuit concept review: voltage current, resistance, Kirchhoff’s Laws, Ohm’s Law, voltage divider, notion of a transducer.
The first week should cover all the concepts needed to do the thermistor lab successfully.
- Voltage and current sources, AC vs DC, DC blocking by capacitors, RC time constant, sine waves, RMS voltage, properties varying with frequency, phasors.
The second week should cover all the concepts needed to do the electret microphone lab successfully.
- In preparation for the lab in which students model a pair of electrodes as R+(C||R), we will need a variety of both electronics and electrochemistry concepts: variation of parameters with frequency, impedance of capacitors, magnitude of impedance, series and parallel circuits, limitations of R+(C||R) mode, at least a vague understanding of half-cell potentials. Ag → Ag+ + e-, Ag+ + Cl- → AgCl, Fe + 2 Cl-→ FeCl2 + 2 e-.
- Concepts necessary for properly understanding digitized signals: quantized time, quantized voltage, sampling frequency, Nyquist frequency, aliasing. The accompanying lab is not a design lab but a demo for viewing the effects of quantization (both in voltage and in time) on real signals.
- Amplifier basics: op amps, AC coupling, gain computation, DC bias for single-power-supply offsets, bias source with unity-gain amplifier. In the lab, students will design, build, and test a low-gain amplifier (around 10 V/V) for audio signals from an electret microphone.
- Op amps with feedback that has complex impedance (frequency-dependent feedback), RC time constants, parallel capacitors, square-wave oscillator using op amp as comparator with hysteresis, capacitance-output senors, capacitance-to-frequency conversion. Topics are selected to support students designing a capacitive touch sensor in the accompanying lab.
- Detection of light: photoresistors, photodiodes, phototransistors, optoisolators. We will not be doing detailed device models, only looking at the differences in what the different photodetectors are good for and how to interface to them. This week is intentionally a bit lighter than other weeks, to allow either review of concepts that students have struggled with, or to start earlier on subsequent concepts.
- Differential signals, twisted-pair wiring to reduce noise, strain gauge bridges, instrumentation amplifier, DC coupling, multi-stage amplifiers.
Topics are selected to support the design of a 2-stage amplifier for a piezoresistive pressure sensor in the lab.
- Revisiting the hydraulic analogy, frequency response (both amplitude and phase), Bode plots.Topics are selected to support the use of pressure sensors to model a fluidic system (consisting of two reservoirs connected by a flexible hose) in terms of resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Measurements of the system in the lab will be used to fit the model.
- The last week will include a little electrophysiology: action potentials, electromyograms, electrocardiograms.There will also be a bit more development of simple (single-pole) filters.
Topics are chosen so that students can design a simple 3-wire electrocardiogram (EKG) in the lab.
3. Systemwide Senate Regulation 760 specifies that 1 academic credit corresponds to 3 hours of work per week for the student in a 10-week quarter. Please briefly explain how the course will lead to sufficient work with reference to e.g., lectures, sections, amount of homework, field trips, etc. [Please note that if significant changes are proposed to the format of the course after its initial approval, you will need to submit new course approval paperwork to answer this question in light of the new course format.]
This is a 5-unit course. Three and a half hours a week will be spent in lectures, 1–2 hours a week in discussion, 4 hours a week on readings, and 6 hours per week on homework and design exercises.
4. Include a complete reading list or its equivalent in other media.
Wikipedia book: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Kevin_k/Books/applied_circuits
Because no existing textbook covers all the material of the course, collection of relevant Wikipedia articles has been made that covers all the major topics. The book is available online for free, but students can purchase a printed and bound version (about 350 pages), if they want. Some of the Wikipedia articles contain more detail than is needed for the course, but about 90% of the content is relevant and will be required.
Op amps for everyone by Ron Mancini http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/details.php?ebook=1469 Chapters 1–6 This free book duplicates some of the material in the Wikipedia book, but provides more detail and a cleaner presentation of some of the op-amp material.
Op Amp Applications Handbook by Analog Devices http://www.analog.com/library/analogDialogue/archives/39-05/op_amp_applications_handbook.html has some useful material, particularly in Sections 1-1 and 1-4, but is generally too advanced for a first circuits course. Readings in this book will be optional for the more advanced students.
The classic book The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill has one of the best presentations of op amps in Chapter 4. Chapters 1 and 4, and parts of Chapters 5 and 7 are relevant to this course. Unfortunately, the book is now 23 years old and much of the description of specific chips is obsolete, but the book is still quite expensive. We will provide page and section numbers for optional readings in this book that correspond to the readings in the main texts, but not require this book.
5. State the basis on which evaluation of individual students’ achievements in this course will be made by the instructor (e.g., class participation, examinations, papers, projects).
Students will be evaluated on homework and design exercises, plus a final exam. A midterm exam may be given, if the homework does not provide enough feedback about student learning.
6. List other UCSC courses covering similar material, if known.
EE 101 covers some of the same circuit material, but without the focus on sensors and without instrumentation amps. EE 101 has more low-level device modeling and less circuit design.
Physics 160 offers a similar level of practical electronics, but focuses on physics applications, rather than on bioengineering applications, and is only offered in alternate years.
7. List expected resource requirements including course support and specialized facilities or equipment for divisional review. (This information must also be reported to the scheduling office each quarter the course is offered.)
The lecture part of the course needs no special equipment—a standard media-equipped classroom with a whiteboard, screen, and data projector should suffice. Having a portable laptop-connected oscilloscope would make demos much easier to do.
The lecture course is not really separable from the associated lab course,whose equipment needs are described on the supplemental sheet for that course.
The course requires a faculty member (simultaneously teaching the co-requisite Applied Circuits course) and a teaching assistant for discussion sections and assistance in grading. The same TA can be used for both the lecture and the lab courses.
8. If applicable, justify any pre-requisites or enrollment restrictions proposed for this course. For pre-requisites sponsored by other departments/programs, please provide evidence of consultation.
Students will be required to have single-variable calculus and a physics electricity and magnetism course. Both are standard prerequisites for any circuits course. Although DC circuits can be analyzed without calculus, differentiation and integration are fundamental to AC analysis. Students should have already been introduced to the ideas of capacitors and inductors.
9. Proposals for new or revised Disciplinary Communication courses will be considered within the context of the approved DC plan for the relevant major(s). If applicable, please complete and submit the new proposal form (http://reg.ucsc.edu/forms/DC_statement_form.doc or http://reg.ucsc.edu/forms/DC_statement_form.pdf) or the revisions to approved plans form (http://reg.ucsc.edu/forms/DC_approval_revision.doc or http://reg.ucsc.edu/forms/DC_approval_revision.pdf).
This course is not expected to contribute to any major’s disciplinary communication requirement.
10. If you are requesting a GE designation for the proposed course, please justify your request making reference to the attached guidelines.
No General Education code is proposed for this course, as all relevant codes will have already been satisfied by the prerequisites.
11. If this is a new course and you requesting a new GE, do you think an old GE designation(s) is also appropriate? (CEP would like to maintain as many old GE offerings as is possible for the time being.)
No General Education code is proposed for this course, as all relevant codes (old or new) will have already been satisfied by the prerequisites.