EE 320 Engineering Electronics I
Spring 2014, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Course lecture notes and videos are located here

Homework assignments and due dates are located here


Current grades are located here.


In this course we will make extensive use of LTspice.

Examples from the lectures are found in


Textbook: Chapters 1–5 and topics from other chapters in Microelectronic Circuit Design, Fourth Edition by R. C. Jaeger and T. N. Blalock (book’s website:

Instructor: R. Jacob Baker (see office hours at this link)

Teaching Assistant: Yiyan Li

Time: MW 4:00 to 5:15 PM

Course dates: Wednesday, January 22 to Wednesday, May 7

Location: BEH 123

Holidays: February 17 (Washington's Birthday Recess), March 17 and 19 (Spring break)
Final exam time: Monday, May 12, 6 to 8 PM

Course contentCircuit design and analysis using diodes and transistors. Introduction to semicondutor physics. Circuit simulation with SPICE. Credits 3

Prerequisites: CHEM 121, EE 221, MATH 431, PHYS 181, and PHYS 181L


25% Midterm1
25% Midterm2
25% Homework/Quizzes
25% Final



  • No laptops, Internet appliances (e.g. Kindle, Nook, Ipad, etc.), smart phones, can be used during lectures or exams.
  • If an exam or quiz is open book then only the course textbook can be used (no ebooks, Kindle, Nook, etc., older/international editions, or photocopies).
  • No late work accepted. All assigned work is due at the beginning of class.
  • The final exam will not be returned at the end of the semester, not even temporarily for you to review.
  • Regularly being tardy for lectures, leaving in the middle of lectures, or earlier from lectures is unacceptable without prior consent of the instructor.
  • Cheating or plagiarism will result in an automatic F grade in the course (so do your own homework and projects!)
  • Questions for the instructor (only) should be asked in person (not via email).


Course Outcomes

After completing EE 320 students will be able to:


Analyze and design basic op–amp circuits including inverting, non–inverting, and integrator topologies. Program Outcomes: 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.


Identify the currents, and how they change with applied potentials, flowing through a semiconductor, diode, and transistor. Program Outcomes: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.


Discuss the movement of electrons and holes in a semiconductor device under various operating conditions. Program Outcomes: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, and 1.10.


Analyze and design diode circuits including: clipping/clamping, rectification, and regulation circuits. Program Outcomes: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.


 Analyze transistor amplifier circuits including: operating point, small–signal gain, and large–signal operating range. Program Outcomes: 1.1, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.


Design transistor amplifier circuits for a required gain, input/output impedance, and/or operating voltage. Program Outcomes: 1.1, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.


Use SPICE to simulate the operation of diode and transistor circuits. Program Outcomes: 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11.


Program Outcomes 


An ability to apply mathematics through differential and integral calculus.


An ability to apply advanced mathematics such as differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics.


An ability to apply knowledge of basic sciences.


An ability to apply knowledge of engineering.


An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.


An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.


An ability to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices.


An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.