FEKT-CELPAcad. year: 2017/2018
The course provides students with training of skills and proper routines in experimental work at electronic laboratories. The right choice of suitable instruments for a certain measurement and current check of measured data in comparison to expected results are stressed. Not only basic applications, but also advanced tasks are demonstrated and trained. Computer classes make students familiar with computer-aided design and analysis of electronic circuits using OrCAD-PSpice simulator and Eagle PCB design software. Students assemble simple electronic circuits on contactless boards and/or on their own designed PCBs and then immediately compare the results of the computer-aided simulation with the experiment.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The students who successfully completed the course are able to:
- work with a basic equipment of electronic laboratories (dc source, functional generator, multimeter, oscilloscope),
- choose a suitable instrument for a certain measurement (measuring function, range, frequency, accuracy),
- compare the measured results with preliminary assumption,
- measure in decibels,
- simulate behaviour of simple electronic circuits using PSPICE,
- design a simple PCB using Eagle,
- build up and test a simple electronic circuit on a contactless board,
- build up and test a circuit on a PCB.
Preliminary knowledge is required on a secondary school level, namely mathematics (goniometric function sin, cos – degree, radian, logarithm and simple logarithmic equations, integral of common one-variable functions) and electrical engineering (mean and rms values). Because the course is designed for beginners in the first year of their study, all the necessary topics are repeated and practised. The student must have a valid certificate §4.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
User's manuals of measuring instruments and software. [online] Available at web pages of producers. (EN)
ATTIA, J. O. PSPICE and MATLAB for Electronics. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2002. (EN)
Eagle Tutorial. [online] Available at: www.cadsoft.com. (EN)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations and include computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write a single project/assignment during the course.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
The course-unit credit requirements are the following: active work during all theclasses, completing and submitting of the specified tasks (especially the design of a PCB) and successful passing of the final practical test (at least 5 points of the total 10 points). The test includes assembling of a simple passive circuit and a specified measurement with properly chosen measuring instruments.
Language of instruction
1) Basic equipment of the electronic laboratory, rules of safe work at the laboratory.
2) Power supplies, functional generators, multimeters
3) Digital storage oscilloscope - Basic and advanced operation (e. g. FFT, advanced triggering, etc.)
4) Relative measurement (in dB)
5) Basic familiarization with computer-controlled measurement and data acquisition
6) Measurement of module and phase frequency characteristics of a simple passive filter
7) Computer classes I: introduction to OrCAD PSpice simulator
8) Computer classes II: further analyses using OrCAD PSpice software
9) Computer classes III: individual design of a simple PCB using Eagle
10) Construction classes I: assembling and testing of a simple circuit on a contactless board,
11) Construction classes II: making familiar with a printed circuit boards manufacturing at the Dept. of Radio Engineering, discussion on typical design errors
12) Construction classes III: drilling, soldering, and testing of the populated PCB
13) Final practical test
The main aim of the course is to train students in experimental work at an electronic laboratory and to prepare them not only for laboratory classes of advanced courses, but also for independent work during the course of their study (e. g. practical parts of their bachelor’s works) and in practice. Another goal is to provide students with their first experience in computer simulation of the behaviour of electronic circuits and in PC design of PCBs, and to stress a close connection between computer simulation and experiments.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
All the laboratory and computer classes are compulsory, participation is checked. The lessons missed due to serious reasons can be substituted only in the dates determined by the supervisor and after the supervisor’s agreement (preferably during the current semester, exceptionally in its last week).
Classification of course in study plans
- Programme EEKR-BC Bachelor's
branch BC-EST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, optional specialized
branch BC-MET , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, optional specialized
branch BC-SEE , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, optional specialized
branch BC-TLI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, optional specialized
Type of course unit
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer