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Syllabus for

Academic year
ESS116 - Electrical circuits and systems
Elektriska nät och system
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-15 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 57135
Open for exchange students: No
Maximum participants: 130
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   1,5 c 6,0 c   10 Jan 2022 pm J,  13 Apr 2022 am J,  19 Aug 2022 pm J

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Linear algebra, real analysis, complex mathematical analysis, mechanics 1


The aim of the course is to provide the basic methodology in analysing analogue electrical and electronic circuits. This includes knowledge on the traditional passive circuit elements, sources, diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers. In addition, the course provides knowledge in how the electrical circuit operates as a system where concepts such as transfer function, frequency response and feedback are treated.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Analyze passive linear electrical DC and stationary AC circuits
  • Calculate transient signals in electrical circuits
  • Analyze active electrical circuits based on diodes, transistors and opamps
  • Gain insight into the electrical circuit as a system and be able to analyze time- and frequency response
  • Understand concepts of feedback and stability
  • Understand the design of an oscillator and an active filter
  • Use computer-based tool for analyzing electrical circuits


  • General on electrical circuits. Definition of voltage and current source
  • Passive elements: Resistance, capacitance, and inductance
  • Power
  • Kirchoff's laws
  • Calculation methods for DC circuits
  • Calculation methods for stationary AC circuits
  • Impedance
  • Complex power
  • Calculation of transients in circuits with or without beginning energy.
  • Introduction to linear time invariant systems. Transfer function.
  • Diode circuits
  • Transistor circuits (Bipolar Junction Transistor and field-effect transistor (MOSFET)). Quiscent point and  small-signal circuits.
  • Operational amplifier
  • Analysis of circuits in time-and frequency domain
  • Step- and pulse response
  • Bode plot
  • Feedback ampliifers. Stability (amplitude- and phase margin)
  • Oscillator circuits
  • Active filters


  • Lectures and exercises
  • Laborations (3)
  • "Dugga" (optional)


Elektriska nät. C. Davidson & P.G. Hofvenschiöld. Studentlitteratur 2001.
Analog elektronik. 3e uppl. B. Molin. Studentlitteratur 2020.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written exam and passed laborations. The optional "dugga" can give bonus credits for the written exam and the two extra exams to follow. 

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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