Study plans 2016-2017 - ELE1051 - 10 ECTS

On the basis of

ELE1071 Electrical circuits, or equivalent

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should have knowledge about the use of semiconductors and should be able to use semiconductor components in the construction of basic electronic circuits.

The students acquire knowledge and skills about creative collaboration on the development of an innovative idea in response to a specific problem (Idelab-24).


  • Be able to describe how semiconductors such as diodes and transistors are built and working.
  • To account for the use of diodes to create rectifiers, limiters, clampers and voltage multipliers.
  • Be able to account for the behavior of the transistor as amplifier and switch.
  • Be able to account for how bipolar, JFET and MOSFET transistors can be used in various amplifier circuits.
  • Be able to explain the behavior of various oscillators.
  • Be able to account for the principle behavior for voltage regulation with linear and switched power supplies.
  • Know about different types of noise in electronic systems.
  • Be able to explain the fundamental behavior of phase-locked loops (PLL).
  • Know the characteristics of a non-ideal operational amplifier.
  • Know how a comparator is used to get hysteresis.


  • Be able to calculate the dc operating point and the ac gain of a transistor amplifier.
  • Be able to calculate noise factor and signal-to-noise ratio in serial coupled blocks.
  • Be able to use computational tools to simulate electronic circuits.
  • Be able to analyze the causes of differences between theoretical constructions based on ideal models and practical implementations.
  • Be able to perform troubleshooting in practical circuits.
  • Be able to report their laboratory work in technical reports.

General knowledge:
   • The student should know Norwegian and English terminology for components and circuits reviewed in the course.


  • Diodes
  • The transistor as amplifying element and as a switch
  • Bipolar, JFET and MOSFET transistors
  • Differential amplifier
  • Power amplifiers
  • Oscillators
  • Voltage regulators
  • Noise
  • PLL
  • Non-ideal operational amplifier
  • The comparator

Teaching Methods

Laboratory work
Net Support Learning

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course is based largely on that students should be able to transfer the theories from lectures into practical laboratory work by performing laboratory tasks.  Two to three students work together in the laboratory.
The course is prepared for web-supported learning where lectures covering central parts of the curriculum is recorded in advance, and that guidance is performed using a forum in the learning platform. Web-students can utilize "myDAQ" (a device containing power supply, multimeter, signal generator and oscilloscope) to complete the mandatory laboratory tasks without having to meet on campus.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 5 hours

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Written examination 5 hours (counts 100 % of final grade).

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Graded by the internal examiner. External examiner is used periodically every 4th year, next time autumn 2018.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit examination.

Examination support

D: No printed or hand-written support material is allowed. A specific basic calculator is allowed.

Coursework Requirements

   • 6 out of 11 assignments must be submitted according to specified deadlines and be approved to be allowed to write the exam.
   • 8 laboratory assignments must be completed and approved to be allowed to write the exam.
   • A report for a selected laboratory task must be written and approved to be allowed to write the exam.
   • Idélab 24: The student must have participated in a 24 hour innovation program, Idélab-24, which includes interdisciplinary teamwork. 
     More detailed information will be given at the beginning of the term. 

Teaching Materials

Textbook: "Electronic Devices" by Thomas L. Floyd, Prentice Hall, Edition 9.

Various additional material in the form of compendia.

Replacement course for

Parts of ELE3321 Elektronikk 2 og Lineær Systemteori