Course detail

Modelling and Computer Simulation

FEKT-BMPSAcad. year: 2017/2018

Modeling and analysis of electronic circuits and microelectronic structures.
Programs for analysis and simulation - SNAP and OrCadPSpice. Signification and utilization of various types of analysis.
Individual projects.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to:
- explain what is the SPICE standard
- specify basic analyses in SPICE-family programs
- utilize SPICE models from Internet for SPICE analysis of circuits
- solve common convergence problems in SPICE-family programs
- define simulation task in the form of text input file
- explain the basic idea of behavioral modeling
- master graphical PROBE postprocessor


The student enrolling in this course would be able to: - explain what is the linear and nonlinear electric circuit - explain the terms initial conditions, transient phenomenon, steady state - explain the way of measuring DC characteristics of nonlinear elements - explain the way of measuring frequency responses of circuits - describe the basic properties of BJT's and MOSFET's - describe basic linear and nonlinear characteristics of operational amplifiers - draw schematics of basic amplifiers employing operational amplifiers and to explain their operation


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

KOLKA, Z. a kol. Modelování a simulace pomocí PSpice. Tribun, 2011, ISBN 9788073992934.
BIOLEK, D. Modelování a simulace v mikroelektronice. Elektronické učební texty, UMEL FEKT VUT v Brně, 2005. (CS)
BIOLEK, D. Modelování a počítačová simulace. Sbírka příkladů. VUT Brno, 2015.
BIOLEK, D. Řešíme elektronické obvody aneb kniha o jejich analýze. BEN, technická literatura, 2004. ISBN 80-7300-125-X. (CS)
VLADIMIRESCU, A. The SPICE Book. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994. ISBN 0-471-60926-9. (EN) (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures and computer laboratories. Students have to write one individual project during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Up to 30 points per individual project.
Up to 10 points per practical test.
Up to 10 points for computer exercises.
Up to 50 points per exam (up to 40 per written and up to 10 points per oral examination)

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1) Modeling, analysis, simulation. Types of models and analyses. Usual aims of the analysis of electronic circuits.
2) Software tools for simulation. Features of well-known simulators.
3) Structure of programs based on symbolic algorithms. Methods of generating the input data. The files which support simulation. Methods of computing the circuit functions. Methods of receiving numerical results.
4) Structure of numerical simulators with the focus on OrCadPSpice. The modeling philosophy. Structure of circuit files and their compilation.
5) Rules of netlist compilation. Models of basic circuit elements. .MODEL statement. Subcircuits.
6) Basic types of analyses - classification and features.
7) Advanced analyses / classification and features. Thermal analysis (survey).
8) Working with PROBE.
9) Transient analysis. Initial conditions and DC operating point. Finding the steady states. Fourier analysis.
10) DC analysis.
11) AC analysis. Noise analysis.
12) Advanced analyses in details.
13) Convergence problems. Working with global settings. Working with .NODESET command.


Follow-up basic knowledge in the field of analog circuits, semiconductor elements and microelectronics structures.
Mastering computer analysis and modeling of elements and circuits.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Individual projects.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-B Bachelor's

    branch B-MET , 2. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

52 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer