Fall 2020 - PHYS 326 D100

Electronics and Instrumentation (4)

Class Number: 4134

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Mon, Wed, 3:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2020
    Tue, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 234 with a minimum grade of C-.



Circuits and circuit theory, passive and active devices, amplifiers, feedback, modern measurement techniques and instrumentation. Quantitative.


1. Analog measurement techniques and instrumentation: Shielding, grounding, electronic test and measurement equipment, noise, troubleshooting.

2. DC and AC circuit analysis: equivalent circuits, impedance, maximum power transfer, bandwidth, resonance, passive filters, transients, impedance bridges.

3. Semiconductor diodes: rectifiers, clippers, clamps, diode gates, voltage multipliers, unregulated DC power supplies.

4. Active semiconductor components: bipolar junction transistors, field-effect transistors.

5. Transistor amplifiers: current amplifiers, voltage amplifiers, differential amplifiers.

6. Operational amplifiers I: linear and nonlinear circuits, negative feedback, active rectifiers, active filters, integrators and differentiators.

7. Operational amplifiers II: positive feedback, oscillators, Schmitt triggers.

Course delivery:

*This course is being taught face to face on campus. Students are expected to attend all scheduled lab sessions. The lecture component will be taught remotely. Exams will be administered remotely.

Modes of teaching:
Lecture: remote (synchronous, recorded)
Laboratory: in person (Lab rooms: P9412 and P9416)
Office hours: remote (synchronous)
Midterms: remote (synchronous); dates: TBA
Final exam: remote (synchronous); date: TBA (Final exam period is Dec 9 -20)


  • Lab work and analysis 55%
  • Prelab exercises 5%
  • Miderm 20%
  • Final Exam 20%



Required Text:
Electronic Principles, 8th edition by Malvino & Bates

*Students can purchase book from online retailer if e-text unavailable from SFU bookstore.

*Computer and internet connection required, including: word processing (e.g. LaTeX, MS Word), data analysis (e.g. python, Matlab, IGOR pro), scanner or camera for exam uploading, and ability to run LTSpice circuit simulation software (free software, Windows or Mac supported).

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).