Course detail

Design of Electronic Circuits

FEKT-BPC-NEOAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course discusses passive and active components for electronic circuits, describing the principles, properties, and applications of such items and proposing an insight into their fundamental production ranges. The topics analyzed comprise, among other issues, the basic layouts of analog circuits with bi- and unipolar transistors and operational amplifiers; in the given context, the relevant parameters, properties, and target applications are also introduced. The proper choice of suitable components is generally emphasized as a vital part of the operational chain. Further, the lectures and tutorials characterize the designing of electronic circuits from the perspectives of their feeding, minimization of spurious effects, and cooling of individual segments. The principles of circuit structuring are outlined, with a particular focus on the fabrication and mounting of printed circuit boards, devices cooling, and transient voltages suppressing.
The practices and tutorials are conceived to teach circuit designing and the choice of applicable components, enabling the students to examine the properties of typical circuits with transistors and operational amplifiers.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Good knowledge of the topics discussed within Electrical Engineering 1 and 2 is required, and a basic precursory insight into the physics of semiconductors may help the students substantially to reach successful completion of the course.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Total number of points is 100, including 30 points in written tests in exercises and 70 points in final exam. To obtain examination it is necessary to obtain 15 from maximum 30 points in test. Requirements for completion of a course are: to gain examination and to perform a final written test. Minimal necessary achieved total mark to pass this course is 50 points.


The aim of the subject is to provide the students with the knowledge of multiple topics, including real electronic components and their properties or applications; basic analog circuits with transistors and operational amplifiers; and power supplies for electronic circuits. The classes also outline practical rules for the designing of electronic circuits and devices.
The classes will acquaint the students with the fundamental range of passive and active components for analog electronic circuits, thus enabling them to reliably use catalog data in selecting suitable components for a given application and to recognize the functional principles related to various circuit elements. Upon completing the course, the students will be able to practice the typical circuit layouts comprising bipolar/unipolar transistors and operational amplifiers; design simple analog electronic circuits, including their power supply units; employ a simulator to verify the properties of the designed circuit and, if necessary, to optimize the parameters needed; seek and eliminate problems in the actual design of circuits and printed circuit boards; and to outline applicable solutions for signal and supply wiring, together with a convenient approach to conduct away the heat generated by power components.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

HOROWITS, P., WINFIELD, H. The Art of Electronics. Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-521-80926-9 (EN)
MALVINO, A., BATES, D. Electronic Principles. McGraw-Hill Education, 2016. ISBN 978-0-07-337388-1 (EN)

Recommended reading

VRBA, K. Konstrukce elektronických zařízení. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 2013. s. 1-251. ISBN: 978-80-214-4719- 6. (CS)
Boušek J., Kosina P., Mojrová B. Elektronické součástky. BRNO: VUT v Brně, 2015. (CS)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-TECH , any year of study, winter semester, elective

  • Programme BPC-EKT Bachelor's, any year of study, winter semester, elective
  • Programme BPC-MET Bachelor's, any year of study, winter semester, elective
  • Programme BPC-SEE Bachelor's, any year of study, winter semester, elective
  • Programme BPC-TLI Bachelor's, any year of study, winter semester, elective
  • Programme BPC-AMT Bachelor's, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Passive electronic components
2. PN junction. Diodes
3. Bipolar transistors (BJT)
4. Unipolar transistors (FET)
5. Circuits with transistors
6. Operational amplifiers (OAs)
7. Circuits with operational amplifiers
8. Voltage and current regulators
9. Application principles in the design of analog electronic circuits
10. Design of circuit boards
11. Optoelectronic components
12. Oscillators and signal generators
13. Special electronic components   

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Passive circuits
Cooling of electronic components
Circuits with diodes
Rectifiers and power filters
Circuits with bipolar transistors
Circuits with unipolar transistors
Basic circuitry with opamps
Converters with opamps
Voltage and current regulators
Frequency filters