Course detail

Electronic Components and Materials

FEKT-BPC-ESMAcad. year: 2019/2020

The subject is focused on knowledge in materials for electronics and electronics and basic electronics components (semiconductor diode, bipolar and unipolar transistor, passive components). The laboratory exercises are focused on practicing the properties of basic circuits with diodes and transistors.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

On completion of the course, students are able to:
- orient in materials for electrical engineering and electronics,
- classify electrotechnical materials in terms of electrical conductivity and behavior in electric and magnetic fields,
- define parasitic properties of resistors, capacitors and inductors and explain the impact of used materials and design to formation or suppression of these parasitic properties,
- explain the operation of PN junction as rectifier, voltage stabilizer and controlled differential resistance,
- describe the structure of the bipolar transistor and explain its operation,
- describe the structure of unipolar transistors JFET and MOSFET and explain their operation.


The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

JIRÁK, J., AUTRATA, R., LIEDERMANN, K., ROZSÍVALOVÁ, Z., SEDLAŘÍKOVÁ, M.: Materiály a technická dokumentace, část Materiály v elektrotechnice. Elektronické texty, Brno 2002. (CS)
MUSIL V., BRZOBOHATÝ J., BOUŠEK J, PRCHALOVÁ I.: " Elektronické součástky", PC dir, BRNO, 1999 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in article 7 of the BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
- Lectures provide explanations of the basic principles, subject methodology, examples of problems and their solutions.
- Laboratory exercises support practical mastering of the themes presented in lectures. Active participation of students is required.
Participation in lectures is recommended. Participation in other ways of instruction is checked.
Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation of study results follow the BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations and Dean's Regulation complementing the BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Up to 30 points can be obtained for completion of tasks in laboratory exercises. Up to 70 points are given for the final examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Materials for electrical and electronic engineering, conducting materials, insulating materials, dielectric polarization and electrical conductivity. Semiconductor materials, semiconductor type N and P, PN-junction.
2. Piezoelectric, electrets, materials magnetically soft and magnetically hard, fero and ferromagnetic materials. Passive components - resistors, capacitors, inductors, dependence of properties on materials and design.
3. Semiconductor diode - current-voltage characteristics, diode as rectifier, reference voltage source, switch an current controlled differential resistance, typical cuircuits using semiconductor diode.
4. Bipolar junction transistor - structure, principle of operation, current-voltage characteristics, operation modes, linearized small-signal models, h-parameters, y-parameters.
5. Simple circuits with transistors, DC properties (operating point), transistor as an amplifier in CE, CB, and CC configurations, current gain , voltage gain, transistor as a switch.
6. Field effect transistors JFET, MOSFET, basic types and their structures, current-voltage characteristics, transistor as a current source, voltage amplifier, switch and controlled resistance.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with materials for electrical and electronic engineering, and basic passive and active electronic elements.

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

It is obligatory to undergo all laboratory exercises in regular or alternative terms to complete the course. Other forms of checked instruction are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantor of the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-ZVUK , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



12 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

12 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer