Course detail

Design of Electronic Instruments

FEKT-MPA-NENAcad. year: 2023/2024

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.

Entry knowledge

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

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

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


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.
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.

Study aids

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-AEE Master's, any year of study, summer semester, elective
  • 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


Component base for electronic instruments, analogue and digital ICs, control microprocessors and microcontrollers. Internal buses and external I/O interface bus of PC computer.
Commonly used industrial fieldbuses, fundamental types, ability of isolation.
Electric design. Components choice, rules for applications, circuit solution, calculation an optimisation.
Methodology of analogue and digital blocks of instruments, exploiting of analogue and digital ICs. Application of microprocessors, their programming and contingent application of interconnection to the external PC computer.
Fieldbus communication, connetion into the intranet/Internet network, using TCP/IP protocol. Smart peripheries (sensors and actuators), exploiting of BlueTooth for wireless interconnection.
CAD. PSpice A/D, Optimizer, Eagle, Hyperlinx, Omega Plus.
Concept of instrument or plug-in PC module design, differences, fundamentals. Basic modules of electronic instrument and their design and simulation.
Detailed analysis of an example design of plug-in analogue input/output board for a PC computer.
Problems of spurious couplings and signal transfers, EMI, parasitic properties of PCBs. Skin effect, capacity, inductance, signal spreading rate, cross-talks.
Design rules for instrument design, differences for plug-in design including internal spurious noise in PC case. Component placing, PCB layers sequencing, grounding, shielding, filtering.

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Researching student teams are solving the problem and are realizing designed instrument in a laboratory under consultancy provided by a lecturer.