FYS1210 – Elementary Electronics with Project Work

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Special admission requirements

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 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).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

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

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

High school physics.

Overlapping courses


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).

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.

To participate in the mandatory laboratory work you have to pass the following courses in advance:

You have to bring documentation that you have passed HMS0505 - Electric safety when you meet at the first mandatory lab in FYS1210.

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 laboratory assignments and a final project must be approved to take the final exam.

A final written exam (3 hours).

Examination support material

Approved calculator

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 29, 2020 11:29:30 PM

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