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ESS116 - Electrical circuits and systems  
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   3,0 c 4,5 c   11 Jan 2016 pm SB   04 Apr 2016 pm SB,  19 Aug 2016 pm SB

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Univ lektor  Ants Silberberg


ESS115   Electrical circuits and systems


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic Algebra
Differential and Integral Calculus
Differential equations
Complex Analysis
Linear algebra
Laplace transform
Elementary solid state physics


The course should provide fundamental knowledge about methods for
analysis of analog electric and electronic circuits.
This includes knowledge about properties of common passive circuit elements,
sources, diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers.
The course will also provide knowledge about how to look at an electric/electronic circuit
as a system where concepts as transfer function, frequency response and feedback will be taught.

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

- analyse linear circuits and circuits with diods, transistors and operational amplifiers

- use approximations to describe complicated physical circuit elements and circuits in terms of simpler linear models

- use methods for analysis of DC- and AC circuits (Direct current and Alternating current)

- use methods for analysis of transient response in electric circuits (Laplace transform)

- identify an electric circuit as a system and analyse the time- and frequency response and also the
stability of the system when feedback is applied

- explain the design of an oscillator and a low-pass Butterworth filter

- use a computer-aided circuit analysis program


  • Electric Circuits

  • Circuit elements

  • Power

  • Kirchhoff's Laws

  • Methods of analysis of DC-circuits.

  • Sinusoidal steady state analysis. Phasors.

  • Impedance

  • Complex power

  • Transient time response of electric circuits. The Laplace transform. Circuits with and without initial conditions of energy storage elements.

  • Characteristics of linear time-invariant systems.

  • The transfer function concept.

  • Electronic circuits.

    • Circuits with diods and transistors (bipolar and JFET).

    • Large-signal DC models and load-line analysis.

    • Small-signal equivalent circuits.

    • The operational amplifier.

  • Time- and frequency response analysis.

    • Pulse response, rise-time and sag.

    • Bode plots (frequency response).

  • Feedback

  • Stability (amplitude- and phase margin)

  • Oscillators

  • Active filters


  • Class lectures and Exercises

  • A laboratory course (three lab assignments)

  • Optional mid-term test


See course web-page.


The student has to pass the

  • Final exam

  • The laboratory course

A shorter optional test is given during the course. The result can generate bonus points to the exam given directly after the course (and the two following re-examinations).

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