Course detail

Modelling and Computer Simulation

FEKT-BKC-MPSAcad. year: 2022/2023

Modeling and analysis of electronic circuits and microelectronic structures.
Spice-family simulation programs. Signification and utilization of various types of analysis.
Individual projects.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

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.

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)

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to circuit modeling and simulation.
2. Symbolic and numerical simulation programs.
3. Introduction to SPICE modeling and simulation.
4. Rules of working in SPICE on the level of input files.
5. Modeling in SPICE.
6. Fundamental analyses in SPICE.
7. Extended analyses in SPICE.
8. Working with PROBE postprocessor.

Work placements

Not applicable.


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.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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. (CS)

Recommended reading

BIOLEK, D. Řešíme elektronické obvody aneb kniha o jejich analýze. BEN, technická literatura, 2004. ISBN 80-7300-125-X. (CS)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKC-MET Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Modeling, analysis, simulation. Simulated circuits and processes. Mathematical models in circuit simulators. Simulation programs.
Structure of programs based on symbolic algorithms. Modeling and analysis of linearized circuits.
Structure of numerical simulators. SPICE. Element models.
Generation of circuit model. Working with schematic capture. Types of analyses, analysis modes and regimes.
Transient Analysis. Fourier analysis.
AC and DC analyses. Noise analysis.
Advanced analyses.Analyzing regimes.
Stepping, termal and performance analyses.
Monte Carlo and Worst Case.
Hierarchical modeling.
Convergence problems and how to solve them.

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Opening exercise. Working with SNAP program.
Working with SNAP program.
Introduction to OrCAD PSpice. Working with text files. Statement of individual projects.
Introduction to OrCAD PSpice. Working with schematic capture.
Solving sample examples for various types ao analysis.
Transient analysis. Fourier analysis. Working on projects.
AC and DC analyses. Noise analysis. on projects.
.TF and .SENS analyses. Practical test.
Stepping, termal and performance analyses. Working on projects.
Monte Carlo and Worst Case analyses. Working on projects.
Optimization. Working on projects.
Hierarchical modeling. Working on projects.
Final works on projects.