Checking date: 12/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Fundamentals of electrical engineering
Study: Bachelor in Robotics Engineering (381)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
All first-semester courses. Among them, Calculus I and Linear Algebra are of utmost importance.
By the end of this course, students will be able to have: 1. A systematic understanding of the key aspects and concepts of electrical engineering; 2. Awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of engineering. 3. The ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve electrical engineering problems using established methods; 4. The ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments, interpret the data and draw conclusions; 5. Workshop and laboratory skills. 6. The ability to combine theory and practice to solve electrical engineering problems.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction 1.1. General concepts 1.2. Kirchhoff's mottos 2. DC circuits 2.1. Dependent and independent resistors and generators 2.2. Series and parallel associations 2.3. Mesh and knot method 2.4. Thévenin's theorem and superposition principle 3. Alternating current circuits 3.1. Coils and Capacitors 3.2. Waves and phasors 3.3. Impedance 3.4. Circuit resolution in the frequency domain 3.5. AC power 4. Balanced three-phase systems 4.1. General concepts 4.2. Line and phase magnitudes 4.3. Single phase equivalent 4.4. Three-phase power and reactive compensation 5. First-order transients 5.1 RC transients 5.2 RL transients
Learning activities and methodology
This course has two weekly sessions alternating a theoretical session and a practical one: THEORY - AGGREGATE GROUP Theoretical concepts will be explained during lectures based on slide presentations available on Aula Global together with the solution of small problems on the blackboard. Additional multimedia material could be provided during the course. It is highly recommendable to read/hear/view the material before the class. PRACTICE - SMALL GROUP The teacher will solve problems using the knowledge already presented in the previous lectures and propose additional exercises to the students to practice during the class. LABORATORY SESSIONS Attendance is optional, but if you want to attend you need to inscribe in the group lists. There are three lab sessions: - Basic concepts and DC systems - AC systems - Three-phase AC systems Safety in the lab is a major issue. No one should turn on any devices without the supervision of the laboratory teacher. Personal and partner´s safety are the most important safety issues. Equipment safety is also important. Safety rules and indications from the teacher must always be followed. Breaking this rule may cause expulsion from the course. There is a lab report for every session. In this report, there is a part to be completed before the lab session. Completion of this part is mandatory to get into the lab. All reports will be checked and validated. Those who fail in this part won´t be allowed in the lab. The lab exam consists of simple exercises about different aspects learnt during the lab sessions, i.e. how to connect a voltmeter/ammeter, properly analyzing a waveform in an oscilloscope, delta/star connection of three-phase loads and so on. The evaluation of the laboratory part will be the grade of the lab exam. The lab reports will not be graded. GENERAL INFORMATION - Theory: Francisco Arredondo, 1.3D12, 91 624 6230, - Laboratory: Jesús Castro, 1.3D15, 91 624 8851, - Tutorial sessions: check professor's timetable on Aula Global. The tutorial session must be previously requested via e-mail. Tutorial sessions will only be attended within office hours.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Guillermo Robles. Problemas resueltos de Fundamentos de Ingeniería Eléctrica. Paraninfo.
  • James William Nilsson. Electric Circuits. Pearson. 2015
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Additional Bibliography
  • Jesús Fraile Mora. Circuitos eléctricos. Pearson.
  • Jesús Fraile Mora. Problemas de circuitos eléctricos. Pearson.
  • Julio Usaola y A. Moreno. Circuitos eléctricos. Problemas y ejercicios resueltos. Prentice Hall.
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.