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MSc SIS Edinburgh Course - Analogue circuit design PHYS5085

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



PHYS5044 Fundamentals of Sensing



Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Edinburgh University does not provide resit examinations for MSc students. In cases where an assessment is affect by reasons of good cause a revised mark, based on other completed assessments, may be substituted.

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to the important analogue circuits of active filters, sine wave oscillators, relaxation oscillators, switched capacitor circuits and phase-locked loops. The aim is to present and instil the principles of circuit operation and the essential circuit analysis and design techniques to enable students to understand and design the simpler variants of the above circuits and to be capable of extending their understanding to more complex variants.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate and work with a full knowledge and understanding of the principles, terminology and conventions of analogue circuits, especially active filter circuits, oscillator circuits, switched capacitor circuits and Phase-Locked Loops (PLL).

2. Use a wide range of prior knowledge (including algebraic manipulation, calculus, nodal analysis, Laplace Transforms, operational amplifier circuits, feedback, bode plots, pole/zero analysis) to analyse and design circuits in the categories given in 1 above, and to apply them to different filter sections, sine wave oscillators, relaxation oscillators, multiplier circuits, phase detector circuits, and sub-circuits that may be used in such circuits.

3. Analyse, specify, conceptualise and synthesise systems and applications that require the use of the circuits in 1 and 2 above, including some that were previously unknown.

4. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of and be able to analyse and mitigate, the effect of component, tolerances on the performance of the circuits in 1 and 2, including the ability to select appropriate component values and types to achieve a specification.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.