Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Communication Electronics

Course Outline

Winter 2013

This page last modified on March 21, 2013

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Course Time and Location:
T, Th 10:30 - 11:50 am     1062 Bainer Hall

Professor Stephen Lewis
Office: 2035 Kemper Hall, Phone: 752-0458
Office Hours: Wed. and Thurs. 1:10-2:00pm
Communication Circuits: Analysis and Design, K. K. Clarke and D. T. Hess, Reprint Edition, Krieger, 1994. The text is not required because the publisher told us last year that they will not sell it to the bookstore unless we order at least 100 copies. However, I recommend that you buy a used copy. It has been published with several different covers (blue, green, and red), but the technical material inside is all identical (including errors).
Summary of errors in the text (updated 7/31/12): Error Summary

Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, 4th or 5th edition, P. R. Gray, P. J. Hurst, S. H. Lewis, and R. G. Meyer, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2001 or 2009.

Solid State Radio Engineering, H. L. Krauss, C. W. Bostian, and F. H. Raab, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1980.

EEC110B and EEC150A
If you would like to take the class without having satisfied the prerequisites, you should fill in the Missing Prerequisite Documentation Form created by the College of Engineering. After you have filled out all parts of the form above the dashed line, please ask me in person (not by email) to sign it. A good time to ask me to sign is after the first or the second class.

Objectives: This course is intended to develop the understanding of analog communication circuits. After taking this course, the student should understand the operation of the following circuits:

  1. Tuned Amplifiers,
  2. Oscillators,
  3. AM Modulators/Demodulators,
  4. FM Modulators/Demodulators, and
  5. Phase-locked loops.

The lab consists of five experiments and is held in 2155 Kemper Hall. It starts the first week of classes. The lab manual is posted on line. It includes pre-lab assignments for all five experiments. The table below shows that all the experiments except #2 will use two lab periods.

Sec. A01
W 2-5pm
Sec. A02
Th 6-9pm
Exp. Topic
1/91/10 # 1AM Transmitter
1/161/17 # 1AM Transmitter
1/231/24 # 2FM Transmitter
1/301/31 # 3AM Heterodyne Receiver
2/62/7 # 3AM Heterodyne Receiver
2/132/14 -Open Lab
2/202/21 # 4FM Heterodyne Receiver
2/272/28 # 4FM Heterodyne Receiver
3/63/7 # 5AM Homodyne Receiver
3/133/14 # 5AM Homodyne Receiver
Grading: Each experiment includes prelab calculations, a demonstration from your lab group to your teaching assistant(s) [TA(s)], and your group report (one per lab group). Your group report must be written in a bound notebook. Your prelab calculations, your group demonstration, and your group report will be graded out of 10 points for each experiment. Your total lab score will be out of 60 points maximum [10 points for each experiment plus 10 points for an evaluation of your in-lab performance evaluation by your TA(s)].

Homework will be assigned but not graded. I strongly encourage all of you to do each homework assignment before its solution is posted. If you simply review the homework solutions without doing the homework, you will significantly reduce your understanding of the material covered in this class.

Type Weight Date(s) Comment
Lab25%See the above table
2 Quizzes 10% Thursday 1/24 and Thursday 2/28 in class Closed book and closed notes
Midterm Exam20%Thursday 2/7 in class Open book and open notes
Final Exam45%Tuesday 3/19 10:30am - 12:30pm Open book and open notes