TFE4101 - Electrical Circuits and Digital Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

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

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- and RL-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

Knowledge: The candidate
1. has knowledge about basic theory and mathematical relationships in circuit analysis.
2. knows basic terms and results from the theory about circuits with resistances, capacitive and inductive components, as well as semiconductor components.
3. knows typical uses for resistive circuits, simple capacitive and inductive circuits, and for semiconductor components.
4. understands different number systems and understand the workings of binary arithmetic.
5. knows digital circuit elements, and understands how to build combinatorial, arithmetic and simple memory circuits.
6. understands Boolean algebra and methods of simplification for use in digital circuit and system design.

Skills: The candidate can
1. analyse and design electronic circuits.
2. analyse semiconductor circuits using simplified linear models.
3. 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.
4. use laboratory equipment such as volt meter, ampere meter, oscilloscope and signal generator.
5. use state of the art tools and development circuit boards for design of digital systems.

General competence: The candidate can
1. plan and carry out experimental studies.
2. 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
TFE4100 3.7 01.09.2014
TFE4105 3.7 01.09.2014
TFE4110 7.5 01.09.2014
TFE4112 3.7 01.09.2014
SIE4002 3.7 01.09.2014
SIE4003 3.7 01.09.2014
SIE4005 3.7 01.09.2014
SIE4006 7.5 01.09.2014
TPK4125 2.5 01.09.2017
TTM4190 2.5 01.09.2017
TTT4203 7.5 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 7
No.of specialization hours: 2

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 7
No.of specialization hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electronics
  • Applied Information and Communication Technology
  • Computers
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Engineering Cybernetics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination (1) 100/100

Release 2020-12-04

Submission 2020-12-04

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100

Release 2021-05-31

Submission 2021-05-31

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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