TFE4101 - Electrical Circuits and Digital Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course gives an introduction to electrical concepts and analog circuit theory as a base for understanding both electrical and computer engineering. It also provides a foundation for understanding and designing simple circuits and systems built with digital electronic circuit elements.

Examples and exercises provide skills learning for using basic laboratory equipment and training laboratory work and report writing.

Themes are: Conventions, circuit elements, Ohm´s law, Kirchhoff´s laws, simple resistive circuits, techniques of circuit analysis, capacitance, inductance, and first order RC-circuits (natural and step response). Simplified properties, function and use of diodes and MOSFET transistors. Number systems, binary arithmetic. Boolean algebra, logic gates, simplification methods, combinational logic and simple memory components, flip flops, counters, shiftregisters, and simple arithmetic circuits. Time delay, performance, area, and power consumption for simple digital circuits.

Learning outcome

A. Knowledge objectives: Students should
1. Understand the basic theory and mathematical relationships in circuit analysis.
2. Understand basic terms and results from the theory about circuits with resistances, capacitive components, as well as semiconductor components.
3. Understand the principles for ideal semiconductor components.
4. Have knowledge about typical uses for resistive circuits, simple capacitive and inductive circuits, and for semiconductor components.
5. Understand different number systems and understand the workings of binary arithmetic.
6. Have knowledge about digital circuit elements such as gates and flip-flops, and understand how to build combinatorial, arithmetic and simple memory circuits with such elements.
7. Understand Boolean algebra and methods of simplification for use in digital circuit and system design.
8. Understand how different circuit alternatives affect time delay, area use, and power consumption in simple digital circuits.

B. Skills objectives: Students should
1. Be able to combine acquired knowledge and skills in mathematics and circuit analysis to analyse electrical circuits.
2. Be able to use basic circuit theory to solve problems in electronics and analyse/design simple circuits.
3. Be able to use simplified linear models for the analysis of semiconductor components.
4. Be able to use Boolean algebra and methods of simplification for the analysis and design of digital circuits and systems with circuit elements such as logic gates and flip-flops.
5. Be able to use laboratory equipment such as volt meter, ampere meter, oscilloscope and signal generator.
6. Be able to use acquired laboratory knowledge for the practical analysis of circuit systems.
7. Be able to use state of the art tools and development circuit boards.

C. General competence: Students should
1. Be able to plan and carry out experimental studies.
2. Be able to write clear and structured reports.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. Mandatory exercises and laboratory assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

To be announced at the start of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIE4002 3.7 2014-09-01
SIE4003 3.7 2014-09-01
SIE4005 3.7 2014-09-01
SIE4006 7.5 2014-09-01
TFE4100 3.7 2014-09-01
TFE4105 3.7 2014-09-01
TFE4110 7.5 2014-09-01
TFE4112 3.7 2014-09-01
TPK4125 4.0 2017-09-01
TTM4190 2.5 2017-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 D 2017-12-16 09:00
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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