Course code ETel3015

Credit points 2

Electronics and Communications Engineering I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation16.12.2015

Responsible UnitInstitute of Energetics

Course developer

author prof.

Vitālijs Osadčuks

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

ETeh2019, Applied Electrical Engineering

ETeh4046, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I

ETeh4048, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering II

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to obtain problems connected with analogous electronics. Basic information about construction of semiconductors and operational principles of electronic elements is given in the first part of the course. Second part discusses various small signal and power transistor amplifier circuits. Student’s theoretical knowledge is improved in laboratory by working with discrete semiconductor elements and circuits and by performing graphical and analytical calculations.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - knows electronic elements design, their properties, characteristics and applications in signal processing, power, power and control electronics equipment – laboratory work and discussion;
Skills - ability to create and use standard electronic circuits, to make engineering calculations of circuits - home work, laboratory works and discussions.

Competence - on parameters of electronic elements, to choose the appropriate electronic elements and standard circuits for the development and maintenance of electronic devices and different equipment, to use electronics laboratory equipment, to process their output data using computer – laboratory work, test.

Course Content(Calendar)

Full time intramural studies:
1. Introduction, trends in modern electronics. (Lecture – 1h,)
2. Electronics elements, semiconductors, their physical fundamentals. (Lecture – 1h)
3. Semiconductor diodes, their types, operating principles and characteristic curves (Laboratory - 3h)
4. Use of oscilloscope and function generator, dynamical properties of rectifier (Laboratory - 3h)
5. Typical circuits for rectifier, zener, light diode and photodiode. (Lecture – 1h, Laboratory – 2h)
6. Bipolar transistors, their operating modes and typical connections, transistor amplifiers. (Lecture – 1h, Laboratory – 2h)
7. PN junction and metal oxide field effect transistors. (Lecture - 2h)
8. Optoelectronics – LEDs, photodiodes, photo transistors, their use in signal transmission, lighting technology and power systems. (Laboratory - 3h)
9. Static calculations of DC circuits with semiconductor diodes and bipolar transistors (home work). (Lecture - 2h)
10. Multi-layer semiconductor elements, rectifiers and inverters. (Lecture – 1h,)
11. Harmonic oscillation and pulse generators, timers and signal generators. (Lecture – 1h,)
12. Operational amplifiers and comparators, typical circuits and calculations (Laboratory - 3h)
13. Power supplies and filters. (Lecture - 1h)
14. DC converters. (Lecture - 1h)
15. Power electronics in power conversion and drives. (Lecture - 2h)
16. Computer simulation and computer-aided design of electronic circuits. (Lecture - 2h)
Part time extramural studies:

All topics specified for full time studies are accomplished, but the number of contact hours is one half of the number specified in the calendar

Requirements for awarding credit points

Credit. All 6 laboratory works completed and defended. Homework completed

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Homework – calculations of electrical circuits. Preparation of laboratory works – drawing tables and graphs in a computer, processing of electronically logged data. Literature studies

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The defense of the laboratory works by answering one question about each. The homework is performed without errors.

Compulsory reading

1. Leščevics P., Galiņš A. Elektronika un sakaru tehnika: mācību metodiskais līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 121 lpp.
2. Mikroelektronikas komponentes un pamatshēmas. Frohn M., Oberrthür M. u.c. Valmiera: VPIC, 2003. 512 lpp.

3. Leščevics P., Galiņš A. Elektronika: mācību metodiskais līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 58 lpp.

Further reading

1. Raņķis I., Žirovecka A. Industriālās elektronikas pamati. Rīga: RTU, 2007. 212 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Журнал «РАДИО». ISSN-0033-765X. [tiešsaiste] Pieejams:

2. Журнал «Современные технологии автоматизации». ISSN 0206-975Х. [tiešsaiste] Pieejams:


Compulsory course in full-time and part-time studies of professional higher education bachelor study program Applied Energy Engineering.