Course detail

Design of Electronic Devices

FEKT-BPC-NEZAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is strongly oriented on practical knowledge. Students will learn the whole design flow of a typical electronic device from specification up to realization using off-the-shelf EDA and CAD tools. All the design steps are described, explained and demonstrated on examples. For every part of the design process typical recent software tools are introduced. Special attention is given to power supply subsystem design with regard to recent trends in this area (switch mode power supplies, resonant converters, battery power, energy harvesting). Students will simulate elementary circuits of power supplies, perform its design using recent software tools, design its PCB and export manufacturing outputs.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to
- select and use EDA and CAD tools for electronics design
- analyze requirements on an electronic system and propose its architecture
- describe parasitic properties of real electronic components and evaluate their impact on power supply properties
- compare properties (qualities) of different electronic components and choose appropriate on for target application
- explain functionality of both linear and switched mode power supplies
- choose suitable power supply topology (both linear and switched) according to the design needs
- calculate values of and requirements on basic components of power a supply
- design a protection and cooling for a power supply


Students are expected to have knowledge of basic electronic components (resistor, capacitor, inductor, transformer, diode, bipolar and unipolar transistor), knowledge of basic circuits utilizing these components (passive RLC tanks, rectifiers, transistor switches) and a basic knowledge of differentiation and integration.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

VRBA, K.; HANÁK, P. Vybrané problémy konstrukce elektronických přístrojů pro integrovanou výuku VUT a VŠB- TUO. Elektronická skripta. Technická 12, 616 00 Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, FEKT, UTKO, 2014. s. 1-110. ISBN: 978-80-214-5071- 4.
PRESSMAN, A., BILLINGS, K., MOREY, T. Switching Power Supply Design. 3rd Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. 848 p. ISBN: 978-0071482721.
WILLIAMS, T. EMC for Product Designers, 4th Edition. Boston: Newnes, 2007. 512 p. ISBN: 978-0750681704

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to prepare a single project during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Student must pass all the laboratory and computer practices, he must elaborate and deliver all protocols and individual project, all in satisfactory quality. Students can gain up to 20 points during laboratory exercises (protocols are evaluated), up to 10 point for active work on PC exercises, up to 20 points for elaboration of individual design project and up to 50 points at final exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Project management, EDA and CAD tools
2. Electronic system architecture, component selection
3. Printed circuit boards
4. Resistors and capacitors - practical properties, selection
5. Inductors and transformers - practical properties, selection, design
6. Discrete semiconductors - practical properties, selection
7. Voltage references, parametric stabilizers
8. Linear regulators, feedback
9. Non-isolated switched-mode power supplies
10. Isolated switched-mode power supplies
11. Bridge converters, high efficiency converters
12. Power factor correctors, protection and cooling of power supplies
13. Autonomous power supplies


Students get familiar with electronic system design starting with its architecture, through components selection, mechanical construction, fabrication outputs, first power-up of the new system and finally writing documentation and project management. Special attention is given to power supply subsystem design.

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

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

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-TLI Bachelor's, any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, elective
  • Programme BPC-EKT Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

14 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer