Electronics and Signal Processing


Course Objective

The objective of the course is to get familiar with different relevant
measurement, control and signal processing techniques used in
experimental research groups. Techniques such as lock-in amplifier, PID
control systems and various filters are investigated using both
hardware-based and software-based solutions. For the understanding,
design and investigation of the techniques knowledge is required of the
basic concepts of electronics, which are treated at the start of the
course. During the course also skills in problem solving and problem
anticipating methods in complex electronic circuits (measurement
systems) are taught. Through a number of design and building exercises
students patience and persistence will be tested and considered as
learning objectives.

Course Content

During the lab course the following topics will be treated:
● Getting familiar with the basic principles and analysis techniques in
AC- and DC-circuits;
- Network theorems, and replacement networks
- Complex transfer functions and bode plots of different filters and
resonant circuits
● Explain and build Diode Circuits: Single- and full-wave rectifiers
● Explain and build operational amplifier circuits and circuits with
negative feedback
- Non-inverting amplifiers
- Buffer amplifiers
- Sum and difference amplifiers
- Instrumentation amplifier
- Integrator
- Differentiators
● Explain and build active filters: Butterworth filter
● Explain and build basic circuits in the digital logic: Adder (half and
● Design, build and investigate Control systems;
- An analog P controller with a floating ball experiment
- A digital PID controller
● Design, build and investigate modulation and demodulation techniques
- Amplitude (de) modulation
- Synchronous detector; Examining a lock-in detector

Teaching Methods

● Lecture
● Computer lab
● Practical training
● Supervision/feedback meetings

Method of Assessment

One third of the grade is based on the average of two written tests, one
third on insights and the experimental skills shown while conducting the
experiments, and one third on written lab journals, which should contain
all well structured worked out lab exercises.


● Syllabus: Electronics and Signal Processing
● Additional practical information and NI Elvis systems

Target Audience

Bachelor Natuur- en Sterrenkunde (joint degree), year 3

Recommended background knowledge

First and second year lab courses and Projects

General Information

Course Code XB_0035
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator drs. ing. J.M. Mulder
Examiner drs. ing. J.M. Mulder
Teaching Staff drs. ing. J.M. Mulder

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Practical