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EE-241: Introductory Electronics Laboratory


Email: abubakr [at]

Office: L310 SSE Bldg

Office Hours: Mon, Wed: 1215-1300; Tue, Thurs: 1130-1300 or by appointment.

  • Syed Abdullah Nauroze

Email: abdullah.nauroze [at]

Office: L315 SSE Bldg

Office Hours: TBA

Course Description

A lab course to introduce electric circuits, electrical measurements and electronic devices. Topics include generating and measuring electrical signals; building and analyzing simple circuits using transformers, OP-Amps, diodes, MOSFETS; concepts of amplification, filtering and modulation. Includes a term project on constructing a complete electronic system.

Course Status

Year: 2010-11

Semester: Fall

Category: Undergrad (EE core)

Credits: 2

Course Website:


Enforced : Phys 100: Experimental Physics - I

Recommended: None


To provide a self-contained introduction to building, testing and understanding basic electrical circuits and electronic devices.

Text book

A First Lab in Circuits and Electronics by Yannis Tsividis. John Wiley & Sons. 2002.

Laboratory Staff

  • Syed Atif Adnan (Lab Engineer)
  • Syed Muhammad Asif (Lab facilitator)
  • Muhammad Umer Qureshi(Sr. Lab technician)
  • Tahir Javaid (Lab technician)

Grading Scheme

Lab performance : 50%

Project : 25%

Final Exam: 25%

Policies and Guidelines

  • This is a 2 credit-hours course. You are expected to spend a total of 6 hours per week for this course. This is not a pass/fail course.
  • The class has been divided into various sections. Please find out your weekly schedule from your program coordinator.
  • Each lab session can be completed in roughly 2.5-3 hours.
  • After your weekly lab performance, you should visit the course website and download the pre-lab exercises and handouts for the next lab. You are expected to read them thoroughly before coming to the next lab session. Plan to dedicate 2.5-3 hours per week on reading the handouts and solving pre-lab exercises.
  • If assigned, hand in the pre-lab exercises at the start of each experiment.
  • There will be 11 lab sessions in total, including a computer based tutorial session on circuit simulation. Your performance in these 11 sessions will count towards 50% of your final grade. Your ten best performances will be used to compute your grade. Lab 0 will only be an orientation session and will not be counted towards course grading.
    • A major requirement for this course is a group project. The project will carry a weight of 25% in the final grade.
    • A list of project ideas can be found here. You can also suggest your own project idea, with the permission of the instructor.
    • You will do this project in groups of three (all members must be from the same section). You can also choose a mentor from the list of laboratory staff, who can guide you during your project.
    • By November 5th, 2010, each group must submit a proposal for a project. Here you can find a template for the projects with detailed instructions on how to write the proposal. A sample proposal is found here. (For those who can use LaTeX, here is the Tex file for this template.)
    • You will be expected to design, test and fabricate a small electronic system, thus demonstrating your understanding of basic ideas of electrical and electronic engineering.
    • Soon after you submit your proposal, the lab will be opened for extended hours to let you work on your projects.
    • In the last week of the semester, there will be a project exhibition during which your projects will be graded and displayed.
  • Attendance in lab sessions in mandatory. Failure to attend the lab sessions may seriously affect your final grade.
  • Make use of the hands-on circuit simulation and circuit board manufacturing workshops to facilitate your laboratory exercises as well as to enhance your project.


Week 1. August 23 Aug 23. Classes begin. Lab 0/Orientation Electrical safety Slides.

Introduction to electrical components and instruments.Handout.

Oscilloscope Manual.

Week 2. August 30 Aug 30. Add/drop with full refund Lab 1 RC Circuits and Transients.

Prelab Handout.

Week 3. September 6 Sept 9-14. Eid-ul-Fitr holidays Lab 2 Diodes and their applications

Prelab Handout

Week 4. September 13 Sept 15. Second payment deadline; Sept 9-14. Eid-ul-Fitr holidays
Week 5. September 20 Lab 3 Basic characteristics of op amps and comparators Handout

Prelab Handout

Week 6. September 27 October 1. Semester Drop with fee Penalty Lab 4. SPICE Modeling and Simulation.

Introduction to LT-SPICE


Help on LT-SPICE

Overview of LT-SPICE

Prelab Handout

Week 7. October 4 Lab 5. Amplifier design using op amps; Making a simple sound system.

Prelab Handout

Lab Manual

Week 8. October 11 Lab 6. Filters, frequency response, and tone control.

Prelab Handout

Week 9. October 18 Midterm exams Lab 7. LC circuits, resonance and transformers.

Prelab Handout

Week 10. October 25 Lab 8. MOSFET characteristics and applications.

Notes on MOSFETs.

Prelab Handout

Week 12. November 1
Week 13. November 8 Nov 9. Iqbal day;
Week 14. November 15 Eid-ul-Azha holidays. Nov 17-19.
Week 15. November 22
Week 16. Novemeber 29
Week 17. December 6 Dec 8. Last day of classes; Dec 9-15. Final Exams
Week 18. December 13 Dec 16-17. Ashura Holidays;

Dec 27. Final grades submission; Dec 20-Jan 21 Semester break.

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