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 courses must be passed before the first day of the mandatory laboratory course in FYS1210:

For students who took FYS1000 in spring 2014, FYS1210 can not be part of a degree until the following courses have been passed:

Recommended previous knowledge

High school physics.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with INF1411 - Electronic systems

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 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

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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