Checking date: 18/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Electronics engineering fundamentals
Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (Plan: 446 - Estudio: 221)

Coordinating teacher: DIOS FERNANDEZ, CRISTINA DE

Department assigned to the subject: Electronic Technology Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
- Electrical Power Engineering Fundamentals (2º Course, 1st Semester). It is strongly recommended to have it passed.
By the end of this subject, students will be able to have: 1. knowledge and understanding of the theoretical fundamentals of electronics engineering and their practical applications; 2. awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of electronics within industrial engineering; 3. the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems about electronics engineering and their main industrial applications by using both theoretical and practical established methods as well as basic electronic design rules for their real implementation. 4. the ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments about electronics engineering to characterize and implement basic electronic systems, to properly analyze and interpret the results/data obtained from an engineering point of view, and to draw conclusions about the electronic system performance; 5. the ability to properly apply the technical skills acquired for the experimental evaluation of an electronic system in an electronics engineering lab facility; 6. the ability to combine theory and practice to solve problems about electronics engineering.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
THEORY: TOPIC 1. Electronic signals and systems 1.1 Block diagram of real electronic systems and subsystems. 1.2 Designing and building-up an electronic system. Main requirements. 1.3 Electronic signal types and their parameters that describe them. 1.4 Review of electric circuit analysis and basic circuit theory. TOPIC 2. Electronic instrumentation. Sensors and transducers 2.1 Lab instrumentation and measurement of electronic signals. 2.2 Electronic sensors. Classification. 2.3 Transducers. Classification. TOPIC 3. Amplifiers and analog electronic subsystems 3.1 Description and modeling. 3.2 Concept of transfer function. Classification. 3.3 Operational amplifiers. Negative feedback (stable) topologies. Electronic applications. TOPIC 4. Electronic components 4.1 Transistors: description, operation and applications. 4.2 Diodes: description, operation and applications. 4.3 Introduction to Power systems and energy conversion TOPIC 5. Digital electronic subsystems and analog-to-digital (A/D) and digital-to-analog (D/A) conversion 5.1 Fundamentals of digital electronics. Numbering and coding in digital systems. 5.2 Boolean algebra. Basic logic gates. Boolean logic functions and representation. 5.3 Combinational and sequential digital circuits. Memories 5.4 A/D and D/A converters. Characteristics. 5.5 Introduction to integrated electronic circuits LABORATORY Implementation of some laboratory practices which deal with the fundamentals of Analog and Digital Electronics. Lab equipment handling and application of techniques to perform measurements on electronic circuits.
Learning activities and methodology
- Theory - Lectures (large group), problem resolution Seminars (small groups), individual tutorials, mentoring and student personal homework; oriented to theoretical knowledge acquisition and to understand the use of electronics through real applications. - Laboratory practices oriented to practical knowledge related to the contents of the course. - Small group sessions in lab and/or computer classrooms to promote the student self-learning and to encourage the self-knowledge through a PBL (problem-based learning) methodology, following the guidelines from the Higher Education European Space. - Flipped classroom contents through a SPOC (Small Private Online Course) about lab skills.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Thomas L. Floyd. Electronic Devices. Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Thomas L. Floyd. Principles of Electric Circuits. Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Thomas L. Floyd. Digital Fundamentals. Pearson Prentice Hall.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.