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EE-241: Introductory Electronics Laboratory

Instructor: Dr Abubakr Muhammad

Email: abubakr [at]

Office: 301 (PDC Bldg)

Office Hours: TBA

Year: 2009-10

Semester: Fall

Category: Undergrad (EE core)

Credits: 2

Course Website:

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

Core course for electrical engineering majors


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 Abdullah Nauroze (Teaching fellow)
  • Kashif Rahim (Teaching assistant)
  • Farhan Ateeq (Teaching assistant)
  • Zain Khan (Teaching assistant)
  • Syed Atif Adnan (Lab Engineer)
  • Syed Muhammad Asif (Lab facilitator)
  • Muhammad Umer Qureshi(Sr. Lab technician)
  • Tahir Javaid (Lab technician)
  • Sarfraz Ali (Lab attendant)
  • Iqrar Ahmed (Lab attendant)
  • Abubakr Muhammad (Faculty in-charge)

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 10th, 2009, 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 24 Aug 24. Classes begin. Orientation / Lab 0 Electrical safety Slides.

Introduction to electrical components and instruments.Handout. Generating and observing time-varying signals. Oscilloscope Manual

Week 2. August 31 Aug 31. Add/drop with full refund Lab 1 RC circuits and transients. Handout
Week 3. September 7 Sept 10. Second payment deadline Lab 2 Diodes and their applications. Handout
Week 4. September 14 Lab 3 Basic characteristics of op amps and comparators Handout
Week 5. September 21 Eid-ul-Fitr holidays No lab this week.
Week 6. September 28 Sept 30. Drop with penalty Lab 4 Introduction to SPICE; Computer based exercises. PSPICE tutorial slides.

Assignment Handout.

Week 7. October 5 Lab 5; Project list distributed Amplifier design using op amps; Making a simple sound system. Handout.
Week 8. October 12 Lab 6 Filters, frequency response, and tone control. Handout
Week 9. October 19 Midterm exams - CLASSES CANCELLED FOR ONE WEEK Lab 7 - GROUPS a,b LC circuits, resonance and transformers. Handout
Week 10. October 26 CLASSES CONTINUED. Lab 7 - GROUPS c,d LC circuits, resonance and transformers. Handout
Week 12. November 2 Nov 7. Makeup class (Monday schedule) Workshop - All groups

Lab 8 - Group a only;

Hands-on workshop on PCB making (Groups a,b,c,d).

MOSFET characteristics and applications (Group a only). Handout

Week 13. November 9 Nov 9. Iqbal day; Lab 8 - GROUPS b,c,d;

Nov 10. Project proposal due.

MOSFET characteristics and applications. Handout
Week 14. November 16 Lab 9 Principles of amplification. Handout. CD4066 Data Sheet.
Week 15. November 23 Eid-ul-Azha holidays. Nov 27-30. Lab 10 Modulation and radio reception. Handout
Week 16. Novemeber 30 Eid-ul-Azha holiday. Nov 30. Dec 5th. Makeup class (Monday schedule) Lab 11 MOSFET Digital Logic Gates. Handout
Week 17. December 7 Dec 11. Last day of classes; Dec 12-15, Reading and review. Project work.
Week 18. December 14 Dec 15. Convocation;

Dec 16-23. Exams; Dec 31. Final grades submission; Dec 24-Jan 22 Semester break.

December 14. Project exhibition & grading Project Exhibition List of Student Projects
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