Public University of Navarre

Castellano | Academic year: 2023/2024 | Previous academic years:  2022/2023 
Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 243302 Subject title: ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 2 Period: 1º S
Department: Ingeniería Eléctrica, Electrónica y de Comunicación
TAINTA AUSEJO, SANTIAGO (Resp)   [Mentoring ]

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Module/Subject matter

Module: Basic formation

Matter: Fundamentals of Electronics



This course is part of the area Fundamentals of electronics, which includes also the corresponding course in the second semester of the first course. Thus, the contents of Electronics Circuits are based on what the student has learned in this previous course. Also, it is advised that the student has also taken the course Signals and Systems I, as many of its proficiencies are required and its knowledge is assumed.

The subject Electronic Circuits covers basic electronic circuits, electronic components and devices, analogue circuits and amplifier circuits.


General proficiencies

G2. Teamwork

G3. Self-directed learning

G7. Ability to conceive, design, implement and operate systems and services in the field of Information Technologies and Communication

CB2. Students should be able to know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess skills that tend to be demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and solving problems within their field of study

CB5. Students should develop the learning skills needed to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy


Specific proficiencies


1.4 - Understanding and mastery of the basics of linear systems and functions and transformed related, theory of electrical circuits, electronic circuits, physical principle of semiconductors and logic families, electronic devices and photonic, materials technology and its application for solving engineering problems.


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be capable of:

  1. Describing the characteristics, operating principles, and applications of the basic semiconductor devices (diodes, BJT, FET, etc.) as well as of the operational amplifier.
  2. Analyzing single-stage and differential amplification stages, current sources, active loads, output stages and power amplifiers, understanding the feedback techniques used in electrical circuits.
  3. Efficiently simulating electronic devices and circuits and comparing them with theoretical and experimental results.
  4. Selecting the most suitable electronic or optoelectronic components for a given application using the manufacturer's documentation.
  5. Applying the basic principles of competence 1.4 to the resolution of problems in engineering.
  6. Working in groups effectively, identifying the group's objectives and planning the work to achieve them, as well as assuming the responsibilities and commitments associated with the assigned task.
  7. Properly posing a problem from a proposed statement and identify the various options for resolution, applying the most suitable method of resolution and identify the correction or not of such solution.





In the schedule prepared by the faculty, six hours per group are reserved weekly for the teaching of the course. Several of these hours (typically three or four hours weekly) are employed in the designated classroom, until completion of the planned theoretical classes (approximately 45 hours). During these sessions theoretical and participative lectures are included. Exercises solving sessions are alternated with the theoretical sessions to clarify the concepts studied. Exercises will be posed to the students to be solved autonomously, being its resolution a fundamental part for the correct assimilation of the theory.

The 15 hours of practical sessions will be devoted to experimental or simulation laboratory sessions in small groups where teamwork will be encouraged. These sessions are distributed along the semester and are included within the hours reserved by the faculty for the course.

Methodology - Activity Presential Hours Non-presential hours
A1.- Theoretical classes/participatory classes. Problems resolution 45  
A2.- Practical sessions in small groups 15 15
A3.- Cooperative learning activities   35
A4.- Study and autonomous student work   34
A5.- Evaluation activities 6  
A6.- Individual or group tutoring    
Total 66 84





Learning outcome Assessment activity Weight (%) It allows test resit Minimum required grade
1, 2, 4, 5, 7 Theoretical exams. 70 yes 4 in all the evaluation activities
1,2, 3, 5, 6 Performance and reporting laboratory sessions. 30 No  

Ordinary evaluation

The ordinary evaluation will consist of two parts: one part with theoretical exams on the contents seen in the lectures and one part in which the performance and reports made after the laboratory sessions will be assessed.

The theory exams will be divided into two tests, to be held halfway through the semester and at the end of the semester. In order to pass the course, a mark of over 40% in both tests and an average mark of over 50% between both  is required. The exams can be recovered.

Performance and reports in the laboratory sessions will be assessed based on the work carried out during the sessions and the reports presented. No minimum grade will be required, and it is not recoverable.

In order to pass the course, the average of both evaluation activities must exceed 50%. In addition, in order to be able to take the evaluation tests, it is necessary to attend and participate in all the laboratory practices. Unexcused absence from any of the practical sessions will automatically result in the failure of the course.Extraordinary evaluation

Extraordinary assessment

It will consist of two theoretical exams that will allow the student to retake those parts of the subject that have not been passed in the ordinary evaluation. The conditions and format are similar to those of the ordinary exams.






  1. Introduction
  2. Basic circuits' theory. Single stage amplifiers
  3. The operational amplifier. Non-idealities. Circuits with the operational amplifier
  4. Electronic devices: diode and transistor
  5. Amplifier stages with transistors. Current sources and active loads.
  6. Differential amplifiers: the differential pair
  7. Output stages


Experimental practice program

There will be 6 practical sessions lasting 2 hours each, covering the most relevant applications of the contents of the course. An additional session of 3 hours is reserved for recovery.



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

Basic bibliography

Microelectronic Circuits (7th edition)
Adel Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith
Oxford University Press, 2011

Complementary bibliography

Electronic Circuits. Analysis, Simulation & Design.
Norbet R. Malik
Prentice-Hall 1995

Electronic Circuit Analysis and Desing 4ª Ed.
D. A. Neamen
MacGraw-Hill (2010).

Understanding Semiconductor Devices
S. Dimitrijev
Oxford University Press

Fundamentos de microelectrónica, nanoelectrónica y fotónica
J.M. Albella, J.M. Martínez, F. Agulló, Pearson
Prentice Hall (2005).



Spanish, english.



Classroom and Laboratorio de Electrónica Básica.