Checking date: 09/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Electronics engineering fundamentals
Study: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (221)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA CAMARA, BRAULIO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Electronic Technology

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
- Electrical Power Engineering Fundamentals (2º Course, 1st Semester). It is strongly recommended to have it passed.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
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 analyse 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.
Description of contents: programme
THEORY: TOPIC 1. Electronic signals and systems - Block diagram of real electronic systems and subsystems. - Designing and building-up an electronic system. Main requirements. - Electronic signal types and their parameters that describe them. - Review of electric circuit analysis and basic circuit theory. TOPIC 2. Electronic instrumentation. Sensors and transducers - Lab instrumentation and measurement of electronic signals. - Electronic sensors. Classification. - Transducers. Classification. TOPIC 3. Amplifiers and analog electronic subsystems - Description and modeling. - Concept of transfer function. Classification. - Operational amplifiers. Negative feedback (stable) topologies. Electronic applications. - Software for analog circuit simulation. TOPIC 4. Electronic components and integrated circuits - Transistors: description, operation and applications. - Diodes: description, operation and applications. - Moore¿s Law and integrated electronic circuits manufacturing. TOPIC 5. Digital electronic subsystems and analog-to-digital (A/D) and digital-to-analog (D/A) conversion - Fundamentals of digital electronics. Numbering and coding in digital systems. - Boolean algebra. Basic logic gates. Boolean logic functions and representation. - Combinational and sequential digital circuits. Memories - Software for digital circuit simulation. - A/D and D/A converters. Characteristics. PRACTICE : Implementation of some practices which deal with the fundamentals of Analog and Digital Electronics. Equipment handling and application of some 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. - practices oriented to practical knowledge related with the contents of the course. - Computer sessions in small groups using CAD tools for simulation of electronic circuits. The aim of these sessions is to encourage the use of simulation tools to complete the theoretical-practical learning. - Small group sessions both in lab and 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 an SPOC (Small Private Online Course) about lab skills.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70
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 and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.