Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

ELEC3031: Analogue Electronics


To cover in some depth those areas of circuitry likely to be used between an analogue signal source and a digital signal processing system, making maximum use of available integrated circuits.

Module Details

Title: Analogue Electronics
Code: ELEC3031

Credits: 5 ECTS credits
Taught in: Semester 2

Immediate prerequisites


Aims and Objectives

  • Understand the sources of noise in electronic circuits, and the limitations they impose
  • Understand the various techniques which can be used for signal conditioning
  • Understand the various techniques used for analogue to digital conversion and teir relative merits


  • Signal conditioning using op amps and discrete devices
    • Interface requirements for various signal sources
    • Review of available op amp specifications
    • Active filter design
    • Electronic gain control
  • Introduction to phase locked loops
    • VCOs and Phase detectors
    • Basic operation of PLL
    • The role of the loop filter
    • Frequency multiplication using a PLL
  • Analogue to digital conversion
    • Fundamentals of noise in digital and analogue systems
    • Digital to analogue conversion
    • Flash conversion
    • Successive approximation techniques
    • Sigma delta modulator converters
  • Low noise amplifiers
    • Fundamentals
    • Physical noise models
    • Input referred noise model
    • Noise in simple amplifiers and opamps

Learning and Teaching

  • Lecture - 36 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 12 hours per semester


  • 100% - Exam, 0 hour(s)

Referral policy: By examination

Assessment notes


Core textbooks
Resource type: Core textbook
Peter Wilson, Circuit Designer's Companion , Newnes, 2011
Other resource requirements:
Resource type: Background textbook
Sedra A S & Smith K C, Microelectronic Circuits , Saunders College Publishing 1991