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This paper discusses guidelines that emphasize the relevance of short-circuit- and open-circuit-time constant (SCTC and OCTC, respectively) methods in the analysis and design of electronic amplifiers. It is demonstrated that it is only necessary to grasp a few concepts in order to understand that the two short- and open-circuit cases fall into a single case that can be easily addressed by low-pass and high-pass filters duality. Instead of just teaching the methods as ldquorecipesrdquo for frequency-performance systems analysis, SCTC and OCTC can be efficiently explained in basic analog electronic courses so as to elucidate their underlying principles. The discussion presented here will include two analysis and design examples, used to highlight the benefits gained by the approximated analysis technique, as well as a section that examines the accuracy of the technique.