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					                                    SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
                              DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

EE 174                                        Operational Amplifiers                                      Fall 2003

Course Designation: Technical elective

Course (catalog) Description:

This course covers primarily the analysis and, to a lesser extent, the design of a wide range of basic electronic
circuits involving the use of the general purpose operational amplifier to meet given requirements and specifications.
These circuits include various types of linear amplifiers, math operators, converters, comparators, voltage regulators,
limiters, peak detectors, D-to-A converters, oscillators, filters, among other circuits, treating the op amp as an ideal
element. The last third of the course is devoted to the coverage of key op amp practical limitations (gain,
bandwidth, input and output resistance, offset voltage, bias/offset currents, PSRR, CMRR, slew rate) and the way
they affect the performance of the basic inverting and noninverting amplifier configurations, in particular.


EE 124 (may be taken concurrently, subject to instructor’s consent), related background: circuit analysis including
AC analysis, frequency response, and RC transients; familiarity with basic electronic devices such as diodes, BJTs,
and FETs.


Operational Amplifiers, by Wojslaw and Moustakas, Notes, 1998.
Available only through IEEE and its officers in E-370.


Op Amp Circuits, by Wojslaw and Moustakas, Maple Press, 1987.
Available only through IEEE and its officers in E-370.

Course Structure:
 Three semester units.
 Lecture: One hour and fifteen minutes, twice per week.

Course Learning Objectives:

1.   The ability to analyze and design circuits using operational amplifiers, either alone or in conjunction with
     diodes, BJTs, and FETs.
2.   The ability to bring together prior knowledge acquired through various courses, using the op amp as learning

Relationship to Program Outcomes

                                                                                         Course           Level of
                                Program Outcomes                                        Learning          Support
 (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering                 2            Advanced
 (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and                1            Moderate
 interpret data
 (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs              1          Advanced
 (d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams                                                Not supported
 (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems                       1          Advanced
 (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility                           Not supported
 (g) an ability to communicate effectively                                            2     Moderate
 (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering                 Not supported
 solutions in a global and societal context
 (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning         Not supported
 (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues                                                    Not supported
 (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools                Not supported
 necessary for engineering practice.
 (l) one or more technical specialties that meet the needs of Silicon Valley          1     Advanced
 knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications to electrical             Not supported
 knowledge of advanced mathematics, including differential and integral              1-2    Advanced
 equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics
 knowledge of basic sciences, computer science, and engineering sciences              1     Advanced
 necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices,
 software, and systems containing hardware and software components

Topics Covered:

   Amplifiers
   Math Operators
   Converters, Comparators, Voltage Regulators, Limiters, Peak Detectors
   D-to-A Converters
   DC/Pulse Sources
   Sine-wave and Rectangular Oscillators
   555 Timer
   First-order, Gyrator, IGMF, IGSF, and State-variable Filters
   Finite Gain and Finite Bandwidth
   Input and Output Resistances
   Stability
   Input and Other Parameters
   Slew Rate

Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component:

   Engineering Design: One semester unit.
   Engineering Science: Two semester units.

Course Assessment Methods:

   Two Midterms and a Final
   Optional Design Project
   Semester-end course survey and instructor evaluation.

Course Coordinator: Professor Evan Moustakas

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