Course detail

Electrical Engineering 1

FEKT-CEL1Acad. year: 2019/2020

The course deals with the basics of electrical engineering and in particular the theory of electrical circuits. At the beginning of the course universal and special methods of analysis of linear circuits in steady state are discussed. Next, students are introduced to the description and classification of time-varying quantities. The following part is an introduction to the analysis of nonlinear circuits using graphical and numerical methods. Another part of the course is dedicated to magnetic circuits, their description and basic methods of solutions, including circuits with permanent magnets.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

After completing the course students will be able to:
- describe the characteristics of electrical circuit elements and their models,
- apply basic circuit laws in the analysis of electrical circuits,
- analyze linear and nonlinear nonconservative electric circuits,
- interpret the quantities in electrical circuits,
- calculate the characteristic values of the time-varying voltage and current waveforms.


The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required. In the range of the used mathematical tools students should be able to: - editing mathematical expressions; - explain the procedure of mathematical function examination in order to find extremes; - calculate the solution of simple linear equations ; - apply the basics of matrix calculus; - calculate the derivative, definite and indefinite integrals of simple linear functions of one variable and basic trigonometric functions.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology, 5th ed by John Bird. 2014. ISBN 9780415662857 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teachning methods include lectures. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Total number of points is 100, including 30 points in two written tests in exercises and 70 points in final exam. To obtain credit it is necessary to obtain 15 from maximum 30 points.
Requirements for completion of a course are: to gain credit and to perform an exam. Minimal necessary achieved total mark to pass this course is 50 points.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to electrical engineering
2. Maxwell equations, passive and active circuit elements, laws of electric circuits
3. Special analytic methods for electric networks (simplification method, superposition, method of source substitution), work and power of electric energy, power matching
4. Mesh current method
5. Node voltages method, dependent sources, two-port networks
6. Method of equivalent circuit (Thèvenin’s and Norton’s theorems)
7. Time-varying circuit variables
8. Non-linear networks - approximation of characteristics
9. Analysis of non-linear networks - analytical, graphical, and numerical solution
10. Magnetic circuits - basic variables and laws, analogy between magnetic and electric circuit, induction
11. Circuits with permanent magnet, force of electromagnet, transformers


The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge of electrical circuit theory required as a broader basis for further study. The course prepares students for the following courses in electrical engineering specializations.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-BC Bachelor's

    branch BC-AMT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch BC-EST , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch BC-MET , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch BC-SEE , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch BC-TLI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Computer-assisted exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer