Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2018/2019 | Previous academic years:  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.



Basic electronic circuits. Electronic devices and components: resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, LED, laser, BJT and MOSFET transistors, operational amplifiers. Fundamentals of digital and analog electronics.


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























The 15 hours of laboratory practices will be distributed in several sessions of two to three hours each. These sessions will be distributed throughout the entire semester, being coordinated with the concepts worked in class. It must be done a previous work for each practice, based on a circuit simulation software. This work will be essential for the development 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.-Introduction to electronics.

2. Components and electronic circuits.

3. The operational amplifier

4. Introduction to semiconductors.

5. Diodes.  

6. BJT and MOSFET transistors.


Practical sessions (15 hours)

1. Instrumentation 1

2. Instrumentation 2.  

3. Operational Amplifier.

4. Diodes.

5. Digital circuits.

6. Amplifiers.




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

Basic bibliography 

Títle: Microelectronic Circuits (6th edition)
Authors: Adel Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith
Editorial: Oxford University Press, 2014, 2011, 2006 

ISBN: 9780199339136, 978019532303, 9701054725

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

ISBN: 0136919820, 84-205-2999-0


Title: Microelectronics

Authors: Jacob Millman, Arvin Gravel

Editorial: McGraw-Hill international Edition







Aulario. Laboratories of Electrical and Electronical Engineering Department.