Course detail

Modeling and simulation of electronic circuits

FEKT-BPC-ESIAcad. year: 2019/2020

Students become familiar with basic principles of computer-aided design of electronic circuits. They will learn the use of Spice-class simulators for circuit analysis and characterization in DC, AC, and time domains; analysis of influence of device parameter tolerances on circuit behavior; stability analysis; and optimization. Further, models of passive and active circuit elements and blocks, creation of new model and part libraries are explained. The methods and procedures are demonstrated on computer-aided design of elementary electronic circuits with operating amplifiers and transistors (amplifiers, oscillators, filters). In frame of an individual project, students will design and characterize a given electronic circuit.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to (1) apply basic methods for analysis of electronic circuits in the DC, AC, and time domains; (2) use advanced methods for tolerance design; (3) perform optimization; (4) use symbolic analysis including automated simplification; (5) perform thermal analysis, (6) create simulation model for an elemental part or a complex subsystem, (7) completely design a simple electronic circuit and perform its characterization.


Fundamentals of electronic devices (passive and semiconductor devices) and electronic circuits (basic laws, elemental circuits) are the pre-requisites. Generally, the knowledge of the Bachelor's degree level is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

KOLKA, Z. Simulace elektronických obvodů v PSpice. Skriptum VUT v Brně, 2012. (CS)
KOLKA, Z.; BIOLEK, D.; BIOLKOVÁ, V.; BIOLEK, Z. Modelování a simulace pomocí PSpice. Brno: Tribun EU, 2011. (CS)
BIOLEK, D.: Řešíme elektronické obvody. BEN, Praha, 2004. (CS)
BIOLEK, D.: Řešíme elektronické obvody. Praha: BEN, 2004. (CS)
FITZPATRICK, D.: Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice, Second Edition. Oxford (UK): Newnes, 2017. (EN)
MALIK, N. R. Electronic Circuits: Analysis, Simulation, and Design. Prentice Hall, 1995. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. The methods include lectures and computer laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to do a single project/assignment during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students can obtain 35 points for the activity in computer labs. An individual project is honored by 35 points (maximally), and the midterm test is honored by additional 30 points (maximally).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Spice language: syntax, part definition, subcircuits, models, libraries
2. Methods for circuit simulation in DC, AC, and time domains
3. Advanced function of post-processor, data export
4. Tolerance and sensitivity analysis, Monte Carlo, worst-case analysis
5. Optimization
6. Thermal analysis
7. Symbolic analysis and its use for design
8. Modeling of electronic devices and structures, model identification
9. Behavioral models of complex structures, operational amplifiers
10. Analysis of feedback, stability, and compensation
11. Design and optimization of circuits with operational amplifiers
12. Analysis of influence of parasitic elements of active devices
13. Design and optimization of transistor circuits


Lectures are aimed to present basic methods and software tools for computer simulation, design, and optimization of electronic circuits and systems; creation of simulation models of basic elements and more complex subsystems; design of elemental circuits with transistors and operational amplifiers.

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

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued annually by the lecturer responsible for the course.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-EKT Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course