Course detail

Design and Fabrication of Electronic Instruments

FEKT-BKC-NRPAcad. year: 2018/2019

Design and demands on electronic instruments and its manufacturing. Security of measuring instruments against unfavourable external and internal influences. The take away of heat from instrument case. Security of persons against accidents caused by electricity. Grounding and shielding. Ergonometry of measuring instruments. Technical diagnostics.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to:
- describe the basic principles of an industrial property protection,
- explain the production technology preparation,
- describe the used method of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC),
- describe the used ensurings of signal distribution,
- select appropriate power source distribution on the basis of given requirements,
- name individually parazitic couplings and transfers in electronic circuits,
- explain principles of shielding,
- explain principles of thermal management,
- describe and explain individual methods of soldering,
- discuss principal possibilities of printed circuit boards,
- discuss advantages and disadvantages of surface mount technology,
- estimate respectably safety requirements for electronic equipments,
- describe the used method of diagnostics,
- discuss advantages and disadvantages of quality management methods.


The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Fowler, K.R.: Electronic instrument design. Oxford University Press, 1996 (EN)
Williams, T.: EMC for product designers, Newnes. 1996 (EN)
Ward, T. Angus, J.: Electronic product design. Chapman and Hall, 1996 (EN)
MUSIL, V. a kol.: Návrh a konstrukce elektronických přístrojů. Elektronický text projektu KISP. Brno 2014 (CS)
MUSIL, V. a kol.: Návrh a konstrukce elektronických přístrojů. Cvičení. Elektronický text projektu KISP. Brno 2014 (CS)
MUSIL, V. a kol.: Návrh a konstrukce elektronických přístrojů. Prezentace projektu KISP. Brno 2014 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures and computer laboratories. The course is taking materials at the web pages. Students have to prepare one project/assignment during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Practicals - 30 points; minimum 20 points.
Final exam - 70 points; minimum 30 points.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Construction of electrical equipment - principles, component base, signal distribution, power distribution.
2. Microcontrollers - architecture, terminology, distribution, selection parameters, peripherals.
3. Microcontrollers - peripheral control, communication, SW and HW design principles, assembler.
4. Input controls - buttons, vibration, keyboards, capacitive sensors, touchscreens.
5. Output controls - LED, displays: LED; LCD; alphanumeric; graphic, buzzer.
6. signal and power loads switching - principles, load: real; inductive; capacitive, power regulation, boosting, cooling.
7. Bus - criteria, parameters, description: SPI; UART; RS232; RS485; I2C; CAN; 1-WIRE; IrDa; OpenTherm; current loop, level adjustment.
8. Bus - bus drivers and controllers, protection, transmission security, data protection, fault detection, cryptography.
9. Power circuits - linear sources, switched sources, ripple suppression, interference, overcurrent detection, protection against electrical shocks.
10. Integrated circuits - memories, real time, AD / DA circuits, motion sensings, sensing of electrical and non-electrical quantities.
11. Low-power operation - battery power, principles, HW and SW measures, charging, power management.
12. Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) - design concept, optimization, quality, elimination, method review, terminology.


To be introduced to practicle principles of designing electronic instruments and devices as regards both electrical and mechanical aspects - in the industrial environment.
The student acquires concrete application knowledge of electronic instrument design, which is otherwise obtained through long-term development practice. Emphasis is laid on understanding the physical essence of parasitic events so that their knowledge can be applied to other cases. He learns to foresee and anticipate the appearance of many problems arising in the development of new instruments in both the electrical and the mechanical part of the design.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKC-MET Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer