FYS1210 - Elementary electronics with project work

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Course content

During the course the students will get an introduction to electronics and how build and analyse basic circuits. The student will learn about the functioning and structure of key components used in electronics today, passive and active, including semiconductors. Central to the course is laboratory work where students get hands-on experience with electronics through construction and measurement of physical circuits as well as simulation of circuits using simulation Tools.

Learning outcome

After this course, the students should be able to:

  • Describe the behaviour and characteristics of passive electronic components such as resistors, capacitors and coils.
  • Describe the behaviour of semiconductors and how they are made
  • Describe how semiconductor and operational amplifiers can be used in amplifiers, logic circuit elements and sensors.
  • Analyse and simulate simple electrical circuits.
  • Know simple frequency filters and how they are calculated.


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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:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And and in addition one of these:

  • 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 (in Norwegian).

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 - Electronic systems (continued)

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


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department has to be informed in advance (e-mail studieinfo@fys.uio.no), or else you will lose your place in the course.

The course runs over a full semester and includes 45 hours of lectures (3 hours per week) and 30 hours of seminars and exercises (2 hours per week). The course also includes 45 hours of mandatory laboratory work (5 hours per week), and a final project (about 20 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.


Nine mandatory laboratory assignments and a final project must be approved prior to the exam. Final written exam (3 hours).

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

Examination support material

Approved calculator.

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

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Every spring


Every spring

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