FAEN 108: Basic Electronics

History and overview of electronics from vacuum tubes to large scale integration, including 
reasons for studying electronics, selected important areas of application, role of electronics in 
computer engineering. Semiconductivity: materials and properties, electrons and holes, concept of 
doping, acceptors and donors, p and n-type materials, conductivity and resistivity. Diodes and 
Circuits: symbol and representation, diode operation and characteristics, region of operation and 
limitations, zener and schottky diodes, diode circuit and load line, diode application in rectifier 
and dc/dc converter, diode logic functions - AND and OR . Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT): 
physical structure of BJT, symbol and circuit representation, NPN and PNP transistor operation, 
voltage-current characteristics of transistors, transistor region of operation and limitation, 
transistor circuit analysis, biasing for logic application, transistor operation as logic functions –
OR and AND logics.