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School of Engineering
Course unit
INP3052841, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0507, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIORGIO SPIAZZI ING-INF/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-INF/01 Electronics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 A.A. 2018/2019 01/10/2018 30/09/2020 BUSO SIMONE (Presidente)
ROSSETTO LEOPOLDO (Membro Effettivo)
TENTI PAOLO (Supplente)
7 prova 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 SPIAZZI GIORGIO (Presidente)
ROSSETTO LEOPOLDO (Membro Effettivo)
BUSO SIMONE (Supplente)
TENTI PAOLO (Supplente)
6 A.A. 2018/2019 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 SPIAZZI GIORGIO (Presidente)
ROSSETTO LEOPOLDO (Membro Effettivo)
BUSO SIMONE (Supplente)
TENTI PAOLO (Supplente)
5 A.A. 2017/2018 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 SPIAZZI GIORGIO (Presidente)
ROSSETTO LEOPOLDO (Membro Effettivo)
BUSO SIMONE (Supplente)
TENTI PAOLO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: In addition to a basic knowledge of mathematics and physics, the course makes use of concepts in the fields of circuit theory (properties of electrical networks and fundamental theorems of network theory), electronics (electronic devices, operational amplifiers), and automation (feedback, stability, frequency response, Bode plots).
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides basic information on the use of simulation tools, like SPICE and MatLab/Simulink, which are widely applied for the analysis of electric and electronic circuits and systems, as well as general knowledge of passive components. The students should acquire the ability to critically evaluate the simulation results highlighting the correlation between their accuracy and the adopted component models. Using simple electronic circuits as examples, a design methodology is given that, starting from the critical evaluation of the given specifications, leads to the selection of the circuit topology and the components to be used, using the simulation as a tool for the design validation. A key aspect of the design process is the ability to select the correct mathematical model in dependence on the specific objective.
Examination methods: The final exam is divided into two parts:
1 - a laboratory test consisting in a simulation of an electronic circuit and interpretation of the results. This test is aimed to highlight the acquired ability in the use of the software tools described in the course, as well as the critical reading capability of the attained results.
2 - oral test in which the degree of comprehension of a generic design flow is evaluated. The capability to select the simplest model for a given goal, still capable of guaranteeing a reasonable accuracy
Assessment criteria: The evaluation is based on the skills gained on the use of CAD tools described in the course and, above all, on the capability to explain the simulation results. The ability to carry on the design of a simple electronic circuit will be investigated. Also the capability to select the simplest model for a given goal, still able of guaranteeing a reasonable accuracy, will be evaluated.
Course unit contents: Description of the simulation environment Matlab/Simulink and of the SPICE based circuit simulator.
DC, AC and transient analysis with SPICE and description of the main component models used.
Basic concepts of numerical integration methods and their applications in SPICE.
Passive components: resistors and capacitors.
Illustration of the design flow of simple electronic circuits and systems: selection of the circuit topology and the components to be used, theoretical analysis and design validation through simulation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be given using the following methodologies:
- Classroom lessons employing slides and hand writing on the board;
- Exercises in laboratory on the use of the CAD tools introduced in the course, during which the interaction and collaboration among the students will be encouraged.
- Experimental laboratory activity where students are requested to realize and test some of the circuits already analyzed both theoretically and by simulation.
The review of the topics covered in previous courses that are useful to the comprehension of the considered examples, is done through videos made available to the students through the Kaltura Media Space.
During the course, quizes will be proposed through the course web page, for helping the students in the self-evaluation process.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes
Material made available on the course web site, including:
- slides used during the course
- description of the circuits considered as examples
- simulation models
- video on theoretical background for a better comprehension of the examples analyzed during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • James B. Dabney, Thomas L. Harman, Mastering Simulink. --: Prentice Hall, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0131424777 Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Massobrio, P. Antognetti, Semiconductor Device Modeling with SPICE. --: McGraw-Hill, 1993. 2° edition - ISBN-13: 978-0071349550 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Video shooting in studio (Open set of the DLM Office, Lightboard, ...)
  • Matlab

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