FYS3220 – Linear Circuit Theory

Course content

The course deals with the analysis and construction of analog electronics. Transfer functions, Fourier, Laplace, Bode-plot, and Nyquist diagrams are essential topics. Analytical methods and simulators are used to gain an understanding of how signals are handled by electronics in both the time and frequency domain.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course:

  • you will master time and frequency analysis of analog electronic circuits and signals - both analytical and with simulations.

  • you have knowledge about analog passive and active components, and how these can be exploited to construct amplifiers, oscillators, regulators, and filters.

  • you have knowledge about positive and negative feedback, and understand how the poles and the 0-point affect the behavior and stability of electronic circuits.

  • you have knowledge about the relationship between the analog and digital world. You can find computer algorithms for analog circuits and you know the relationships between the Laplace and Z-transforms, and Fourier and DFT/DTFT transformations.

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.

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 be taken in the same semester or earlier than FYS3220:


The course extends over one full semester:

  • 5 hours of teaching per week (lectures and problem solving)
  • 3 mandatory laboratory exercises, the duration of each are 4-6 hours

This course has 3 mandatory laboratory reports that must be approved before you can take the final exam.

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.

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 oral or written exam which counts 100 % towards the final grade
  • An oral or written examination is based on the number of students and will be decided after the course registration deadline

3 mandatory laboratory reports must be approved before you can take the final exam.

Examination support material

Approved calculator

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper 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) July 3, 2022 7:12:07 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)