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FYS1210 - Elementary electronics with project work

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Course content

Passive components, semiconductors, PN-transitions, bipolar/unipolar tranistors, MOS-transistors, integrated circuits and amplifiers. Feedback, power sources, signal and pulse generators, logic circuits, sensors and transducers, analog-digital conversion, electronic instruments and measurement techniques. Introduction to simulation of circuit constructions.

Learning outcome

After this course, students should be able to:

  • describe the properties of passive electronic components such as resistors, capacitors and coils, and analyze simple electrical circuits with such components.
  • explain how semiconductors are made, and understand what happens when semiconductor materials are "doped".
  • describe and calculate how semiconductor components and operational amplifiers can be used in amplifiers, logic circuit elements and sensors.
  • explain how the "Miller effect" , "Slew rate" and “GBW-product” limits the performance of such circuits.
  • design simple frequency filters, and draw its “Bode-plots”.
  • use PSpice simulator for analysis of electronic circuits.
  • make a project report describing the problem, methods, results and conclusions in a clear manner.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

One of these:

  • Mathematics R1
  • Mathematics (S1+S2)

And and in addition one of these:

  • Mathematics (R1+R2)
  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements.

The following HSE courses must also be taken in the same semester or earlier than FYS1210:

For students taking FYS1210 Autumn 2014 or later, you must first pass the two HSE courses MNHMS0015 and MNHMS0015ES before you may include FYS1210 as part of a degree.

Recommended previous knowledge

High school physics.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with INF1411 - Elektroniske systemer

10 credits overlap against FY108, which was offered the last time in spring semester 2003.


The course extends over a full semester with 45 hours of lectures (3 hours per week), 30 hours of colloquia and problem solving (2 hours per week), compulsory lab work (approx. 60 hours), and project work (approx. 40 hours).

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Final written exam (3 hours). One has to pass 8-9 lab exercises and one project work.

Detailed information about examinations at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences can be found here

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Re-scheduled exams are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who:

  • can document a valid reason for absence from the regular exam (e.g. illness before or during the exam)
  • withdraw during the exam
  • do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

Read more about re-scheduled exams.


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