Fall Semester 2019

Section 1 (CRN 20799), MWF 9:00-9:50AM, Lewis 304

Prof. Robert C. Maher


637 Cobleigh Hall (northwest corner of 6th floor)


Office:  994-7759

Lab:  994-6575 (Unit 21 Faculty Court)

Mobile:  599-5830 (but please email or office phone)


[email protected]

Class Page:

http://ece.montana.edu/rmaher/eele317 (and on D2L)

Office hours:

W 10-11:50AM
Th 11-11:50AM

Drop-in questions at other times are always OK if my office door is open.


Co-instructor:  Mr. Cory Mettler


514 Cobleigh Hall


Office:  994-2503


[email protected]


Textbook and other required material

  • Text: Sedra and Smith “Microelectronic Circuits,” 7th ed., Oxford Univ. Press, 2015.
  • Lab notebook--hard bound, quadrille ruled, NOT loose leaf.  The MSU Bookstore carries a variety of suitable notebooks.
  • Lab parts kit and circuit breadboard (obtain from the ECE Stockroom, 622 Cobleigh Hall)

Class Objectives

To produce graduates who understand the fundamental concepts of basic electronic devices and circuits. The course introduces diodes, transistors, and elementary transistor-based analog and digital circuits.

At the conclusion of EELE 317, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Describe two-port concepts such as input and output impedance, voltage and current gain, transresistance and transconductance.
  2. Understand first order behavior of p-n junction diodes, BJTs and FETs.
  3. Evaluate simple electronic circuits to determine DC bias conditions and AC behavior.
  4. Use SPICE to simulate simple electronic circuits to evaluate DC bias conditions and AC behavior.
  5. Be able to construct simple electronic circuits in a laboratory setting and measure DC bias and AC behavior using modern test and measurement tools.

Class Outline

  1. Intro to course; Thevenin/Norton review
  2. Amplifier models
  3. Diode principles and models; p-n junction characteristics
  4. FET device structure and physical operation; i-v characteristics, DC large-signal models
  5. BJT device structure and physical operation; i-v characteristics, DC large-signal models
  6. FET small signal model (pi and T); CS amplifier example
  7. BJT small signal model (pi and T); CE amplifier example
  8. FET/BJT discrete amplifier biasing
  9. Frequency response review (Bode), Amplifier low-frequency and high-frequency response
  10. Small signal amplifiers with FETs and BJTs
  11. CMOS logic concepts - inverter
  12. Op-amps and practical design





→ Homework, lecture attendance, and D2L Quizzes

Exam #1:


→ Oct. 2 (W) Written exam given during class time (50 minutes)

Exam #2:


→ Nov. 6 (W) Written exam given during class time (50 minutes)



→ Lab attendance, participation, and graded reports

Final Exam:


→ Monday, December 9, 2019, 0800-0950, in Lewis Hall 304 (regular classroom), 110 minutes.






  • All students must have an electronic mail address listed with the MSU My Info system.  Announcements and reminders for EELE 317 will be sent occasionally via email.


  • Attendance at all lectures and labs is mandatory. If you are ill, traveling, or otherwise unable to attend a lecture or lab, you must notify the instructor IN ADVANCE via email. Treat your participation in this course just like it was a job: you wouldn’t miss work without notifying your manager, right?


  • You are responsible for all material covered in class, in lab, and in the textbook reading assignments.


  • To pass EELE 317, you must successfully complete BOTH the lab portion and the lecture portion of this course.


  • Among other details, Section 310.00 in the MSU Conduct Guidelines states that students must be prompt and regular in attending classes, be well prepared for classes, take exams when scheduled, and act in a respectful manner toward other students and the instructor.


  • Late submissions of assignments (homework, lab reports, and quizzes) will not be accepted. Plan ahead and notify the instructor prior to justifiable absences, or if a bona fide emergency prevented you from finishing an assignment or attending class or lab.


  • Academic Misconduct:  Unless group work is explicitly assigned, homework, quizzes, lab reports and exams must be prepared individually. Submitting the work of others is dishonest, constitutes academic misconduct, and is grounds for dismissal from the course. Let there be NO MISUNDERSTANDING regarding the academic dishonesty policy for this course.


Paraphrasing or quoting another’s work without citing the source is also academic misconduct.  Even careless misuse or appropriation of another's work (such as copying derivations or problem solutions prepared by someone else) is plagiarism. If you have any questions about using the work of others and properly citing sources, you are expected to ask for clarification.


  • Contact the instructor and the MSU Office of Disability Services  as soon as possible if you have a disability for which you will be requesting accommodations.  Please know that you are welcome and encouraged to participate fully in this class!


  • All records related to this course are confidential and will not be shared with any unauthorized people, including parents, without a signed, written release from the MSU Dean of Students.  For more information contact the Dean of Students office at 994-2826.