Course detail

Design of Electronic Instruments

FEKT-MPA-NENAcad. year: 2021/2022

Components for electronic devices including microprocessors or microcontrollers. Methodology for the design of electronic devices and measuring systems, computer design methods and usability of computer simulation, the basic modules of electronic instruments and their design, software design. Parasitic elements in electrical networks, electromagnetic interference and immunity (susceptibility), parasitic properties of PCBs. Internal and external communication bus, a wireless communication network. Options for PCB design. Aspects of creating technical documentation including FMEA design. Design for X, quality function deployment, dependability as the result of reliability, maintainability and maintenance support. Quality planning methods.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is able to:
• define and explain the main stages of electronic equipment design,
• understand the needs of design with regard to manufacturability, assembly, testability,
• describe the requirements in terms of product development platform, architecture and modularity,
• identify the main parameters of components from datasheets,
• specify quality parameters and to determine tolerance with regard to technological properties,
• use methods and tools for quality planning,
• define the requirements for reliability and apply design FMEA analysis,
• create a circuit diagram of simple electric system consisting of a microcontroller and a sensor of non-electric quantities,
• develop software for microcontroller.


Students who take the course should be able to:
• Analyse electronic circuits with passive components, transistors and operational amplifiers
• Develop software in C programming language


Not applicable.

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 write a single project/assignment during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Laboratory exercise, numerical excercise, semestral project - 40 points.
Final exam (written, oral) - 60 points.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction
2. Design of electronic devices, Design for X
3. Product platform architecture and modularity
4. Statistical evaluation of the quality
5. Specification of quality parameters, tolerance design
6. Methods and tools of quality planning
7. Reliability and FMEA analysis
8. Communication buses
9. Electronic components
10. Wireless communication networks and fieldbus

Work placements

Not applicable.


To be introduced to practicle principles of designing electronic instruments and devices.
The students acquires concrete application knowledge of electronic instrument design. Emphasis is laid on understanding the physical essence of parasitic events so that their knowledge can be applied to other cases. They learns to solve the appearance of many problems arising in the development of new equipments.

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

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Not applicable.

Recommended reading

Mammano, R., A.: Fundamentals of Power Supply Design, Hardcover, 2017, ISBN: 978-0998599403 (EN)
Ritchie, G., J.: Transistor Circuit Techniques: Discrete and integrated (Tutorial Guides in Electronic Engineering) 3rd Edition, 2003, ISBN: 978-0748740758 (EN)
Schaumann, R., Xiao, H., Van Valkenburg, M.: Design of Analog Filters, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN: 978-0195373943 (EN)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-MEL Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
  • Programme MPAD-MEL Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Fundamentals seminar

6 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

15 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

18 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer