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

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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. a + bc

Text book

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

Laboratory Staff

  • Abdullah Nauroze (Teaching fellow)
  • Kashif Rahim (Teaching assistant)
  • Farhan Ateeq (Teaching assistant)
  • Zain Khan (Teaching assistant)
  • Syed Muhammad Asif (Lab Facilitator)
  • Mr Omer (Lab Technician)
  • Abubakr Muhammad (Faculty in-charge)

Grading Scheme

Lab performance : 75%

Project : 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 75% 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 will be a group project. The project will carry a weight of 25% in the final grade.
    • During the 12th week of the semester, groups of three students will submit a proposal for a project. A list of suggested projects will be provided to you by the 6th week of the semester. You can also suggest your own project idea, with the permission of the instructor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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; Project list distributed Introduction to SPICE; Computer based exercises
Week 7. October 5 Lab 5 Amplifier design using op amps; Making a simple sound system
Week 8. October 12 Lab 6 Filters, frequency response, and tone control
Week 9. October 19 Midterm exams No lab this week. .
Week 10. October 26 Lab 7 LC circuits, resonance and transformers; Hands-on workshop on PCB making.
Week 12. November 2 Lab 8 Modulation and radio reception
Week 13. November 9 Nov 9. Iqbal day. Lab 9; Projects assigned to groups MOSFET characteristics and applications
Week 14. November 16 Lab 10 Principles of amplification.
Week 15. November 23 Eid-ul-Azha. Nov 27-30. Lab 11 Introduction to digital logic circuits.
Week 16. December 7 Dec 9. Last day of classes; Dec 10-12, Reading and review. Project Exhibition Project Exhibition
Week 17. December 14 Dec 15. Convocation; Dec 31. Final grades submission; Dec 21-Jan 22 Semester break. .
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