Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2017/2018
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 250207 Subject title: FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRONICS
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 2º S

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Module/Subject matter




This course is common to the undergraduate degrees in computer engineering and telecommunication technologies. It aims to show the student what  electronics is and its application to telecommunications and information processing circuits. The fundamentals of electronic circuits are collected in order to understand the basic workings of the building blocks of more complex elements, both in the field of analog electronics and in the field of digital electronics, but more focused on the first one. This course is intended to both establish the basis for further in-depth studies in electronics that are included in the telecommunications technologies degree as to show the students who do not have these subjects in their studies, simple but solid insight into the physical elements that are based on the existing systems of storage, processing and transmission of information.



Fundamentals of analog and digital electronics. Electronic devices and components. Basic electronic circuits.


Prerequisites: to have studied Physics in the first semester.


General proficiencies


Basic skills

CB4 - Ability to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and non-specialized public.

Generic skills

G8 - Knowledge of basic materials and technologies that enable learning and development of new methods and technologies, as well as that they provide versatility to adapt to new situations.

G9 - Ability to resolve problems with initiative, decision making, autonomy and creativity. Capacity to communicate and transmit knowledge, abilities and skills of a technical engineer in computer science.

T1 - Capacity for analysis and synthesis

T3 - Oral and written communication

T4 - Capacity for problem solving

T8 ¿ Autonomous learning


Specific proficiencies


FB2 - Knowledge and mastery of the basics of the theory of electrical circuits, electronic amplifiers, operational amplifiers, physical principle of semiconductors and electronic devices in analog and digital applications and its application for solving engineering problems.


Learning outcomes


  1. Describe the different semiconductor materials and their properties.
  2. Describe the characteristics, performance and applications of basic semiconductor devices (diodes, BJT, FET, etc.) as well as the operational amplifier.
  3. To know the physical fundamentals and operation of components and photonic and opto-electronic devices. To know the basic structure of LEDs, lasers, solar cells and photodetectors.
  4. Efficiently simulate electronic devices and compare them with the theoretical and experimental results
  5. Select the electronic component or optoelectronic best suited for a given application, using the manufacturer's documentation.
  6. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the major logic families.
  7. Correctly handle the tools, instruments and software applications available in the laboratories of the basic materials and properly carry out the analysis of the data collected.




Methodology- Activity Presential Hours Non-presential hours
A-1 Theoretical classes/participatory classes 45 0
A-2 Preparation of work and Project presentations, etc 0 5
A-3 Learning based on problems and/or cases in small groups  3  0
A-4-1 Practical sessions in small groups  15  0
A-4-2  Programming/experimentation or other computer/laboratory work  0  12
A-5 Tutoring in small groups  7  0
A-6 Evaluation activities  6  0
A-7 Individual study  0  30
A-8 Work development and/or  projects and writings of memories  0  7
A-9  Problems solving, exercises and other implementation activities  0  20
Total  76  74






















15 hours of laboratory practical sessions will be distributed over multiple sessions from two to three hours each. These sessions will take place temporarily distributed throughout the entire semester, for its proper coordination with the concepts worked in the classroom.  Every practical work includes a previous work to do individually before the realization of the practical session. This work will be essential for the realization of the practice in the laboratory.






Resultado de aprendizaje Sistema de evaluación Peso (%) Carácter recuperable
 1, 2, 4, 6  Theoretical exam. It is weighted from 5 (out of 10) with the rest of valuations.  75%  Yes
 3, 5, 6, 7  Practical exam. It is weighted from 5 (out of 10) with the rest of valuations.  25%  Yes



The evaluation of the subject will be made taking into account the following sections:


A-   Theoretical and practical exam (75%)

B-   Practice work evaluation (25%)


To overcome the course it is required to obtain a score higher than 50% in each of the exams done in parts A and B. Both are of recoverable character.  


To attend the practical and theoretical exams of parts A and B, (and therefore be able to pass the subject), it is a compulsory condition to attend and participate in all the practices in the laboratory, as well as done all the previous works of the practices. To this end, flexibility mechanisms are offered for the recovery of these practices, as long as they are due to exceptional and duly justified circumstances that prevent attending a specific day.


The exams will be carried out on dates determined by the ETSIIT.


Extraordinary Evaluation


It will consist of exams allowing that the student who has not passed the parts A and B of the ordinary evaluation has a second chance to do so. Therefore, the conditions and the format will be similar to the ordinary exams.


The exams will be carried out on dates determined by the ETSIIT.





Theory and problems (45 hours)

1.-Presentation. Introduction to electronics.

2. Basic concepts of electronic circuits.

3. Basic concepts of electronic amplifiers.

4. The operational amplifier. 

5. Introduction to semiconductor electronics and optoelectronics. 

6. Diodes.  

7. MOSFET transistors.

8. MOSFET transistors in digital applications.

9. MOSFET transistors in analog applications, amplifiers.

10. BJT transistors.  

11.  Operational amplifiers circuits.


Practical sessions (15 hours)

PR. 1.-Instrumentation 1

PR. 2.-Instrumentation 2.  

PR. 3. Practical session on A.O.

PR. 4.-Practical session on diodes.

PR. 5.-Practical session on MOSFET switch and inverter CMOS.

PR. 6.-Practical session about basic amplifiers with MOSFET.




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

Basic bibliography 

Material for the subject (available in MiAulario)

Títle: Microelectronic Circuits (6th edition)
Authors: Adel Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith
Editorial: Oxford University Press, 2011
ISBN: 978019532303

Títle: Circuitos microelectrónicos, 5º edición
Authors: Adel Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith
Editorial: Mc-Graw Hill, 2006
ISBN: 9701054725

Títle: Electronics. Second Edition
Authors: A.R. Hambley.
Editorial: Prentice-Hall 2000
ISBN: 0136919820

Títle: Electrónica. 2ª Ed.
Authors: A.R. Hambley.
Editorial: Prentice-Hall 2001
ISBN: 84-205-2999-0

Títle: Análisis básico de circuitos en ingeniería. 5ª Ed
Authors: J.David Irwin
Editorial: Prentice-Hall 1997

Complementary Bibliography:

Títle: Electronic Circuits. Analysis, Simulation & Design.
Authors: Norbet R. Malik
Editorial: Prentice-Hall 1995

Títle: Circuitos Electrónicos. Análisis, Simulación y Diseño.
Authors: Norbet R. Malik
Editorial: Prentice-Hall 1996
ISBN: 84-89660-03-4

Títle: Electronic Circuit Analysis and Desing 4ª Ed.
Authors: D. A. Neamen
Editorial: MacGraw-Hill (2010).
ISBN: 978007338064

Títle: Microelectronic Circuit Design + PSpice for Basic Microelectronics, 4th Edition
Authors: Richard C Jaeger, Travis Blalock, Joseph  G. Tron
Editorial: MacGraw-Hill (2011).
ISBN: 9780077983574

Títle: Diseño  de Circuitos Microelectrónicos. 2ª Ed
Authors: Richard C Jaeger, Travis Blalock
Editorial: MacGraw-Hill (2005).

Títle: KC¿s Problems for Microelectronic Circuits. 4 Edition
Authors: Adel Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith
Editorial: Oxford University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780195323030

Títle: Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits
Authors: Anant Agarwal, and Jeffrey Lang
Editorial: Morgan Kaufmann, 2005
ISBN: 1-55860-735-8 


Title: Introduction to Electronics Desing. 2º Ed.
Authors: F.H. Mitchell, J.R. and F.H. Mitchell, S.R.

Editorial: Prentice Hall; (1992)
ISBN: 0-13-481748-6


Títle: Análisis básico de circuitos eléctricos y electrónicos (eBook en formato PDF)
Authors: Amaya Ibarra Lasa, Izaskun Etxeberria Uztarroz, Olatz Arbelaitz Gallego y Txelo Ruiz Vázquez

Editorial: Prentice Hall; ( 2007)
ISBN13: 9788483228999


Zirkuitu elektriko eta elektronikoen oinarrizko analisia, en formato electrónico(pdf):






Aulario. Laboratories of Electrical and Electronical Engineering Department.