Course detail

Design of Electronic Devices

FEKT-BKC-NEZAcad. year: 2023/2024

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.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

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.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

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


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.
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

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKC-EKT Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Basic electronic components, equations and rules 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

Exercise in computer lab

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Project assignment 2. PCB desing 1 3. PCB desing 2 4. PCB desing 3 5. Electronics simulation 1: rectifiers 6. Electronics simulation 2: DC-DC converters 7. Project

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1-6: DC-DC converter: design, construction, debug, measurement, optimization