Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Focus Electronic Engineering

Degree programme Mechatronics
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Bachelor
Winter Semester 2024
Course unit title Focus Electronic Engineering
Course unit code 024515055101
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Teaching hours per week 8
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 18
Name of lecturer(s) Robert AMANN, Michael BÖHNEL, Clemens MAIER, Alfred MANDL, André MITTERBACHER, Horatiu O. PILSAN, Reinhard SCHNEIDER, Jessica VANDER STOEP
Requirements and Prerequisites
  • Analysis of electronic circuits with passive components (R, L, C) and active components (transistors, operational amplifiers)
  • Selection and dimensioning of electronic circuits
  • Working with data sheets (electronic components, microprocessors)
  • Measurements on electronic circuits with multimeter and oscilloscope
  • Basic knowledge of structured programming
  • Basic knowledge of the mode of operation of microprocessor systems
  • Basic knowledge of the mode of operation of microcontroller peripherals
    (e.g. serial interface, timer/counter, A/D converter)
  • Basic knowledge of the C programming language (ability to solve a problem autonomously by implementing a program using microcontroller peripherals)
Course content
  • Requirements analysis: determining requirements, documenting requirements, checking and reconciling requirements, requirements management, systems development life cycle, SysML
  • Programmable Logic Controllers: automation pyramid, PLC versus microcontrollers, PLC versus soft PLC, function of a controller,  introduction to IEC61131-3, applications, security
  • Practical aspects: industrial volume products, standards, risk analysis (FMEA), thermal management, protection circuits, EMC - design guidelines, reliability
  • E-CAD and E-manufacturing: electronic systems and components, methods for describing electronic systems and components, packaging, tools (overview), types of circuit, information coding, measurement circuits, communication, digital interfaces, signal interfaces, circuit design and PCB layout, manufacturing and assembly of electronic components.
Learning outcomes
  • The students can determine and document requirements.
  • The students can program a sequence control in the PLC programming language Structured Text.
  • The students can describe the process of risk analysis.
  • The students can apply selected best practices and design guidelines for thermal management, protection circuits, EMC and further selected topics.
  • The students can read and apply data sheets and application notes for electronic circuits.
  • The students are able to design simple circuits for power electronics (H-bridge) and measurement technology (instrument amplifier).
  • The students are able to design PCB prototypes considering the most important layout design rules.
  • The students can program a microcontroller (digital IO, ADC, SPI communication, UART communication).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, project work, coaching sessions

Assessment methods and criteria

written examination (40%, must be passed)
project results, specification, technical documentation (60%, must be passed)



Recommended or required reading
  • Clements, Alan (2006): Principles of Computer Hardware. 4. Auflage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Microchip Corporation (2013): Application Note Atmel AT03665: ASF Manual (SAM D20). Online: (accessed: 25.03.2021).
  • John, Karl-Heinz; Tiegelkamp, Michael (2010): IEC 61131-3: Programming Industrial Automation Systems: Concepts and Programming Languages, Requirements for Programming Systems, Decision-Making Aids. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
  • Demant, Christian; Streicher-Abel, Bernd; Garnica, Carsten (2013): Industrial Image Processing: Visual Quality Control in Manufacturing. Berlin: Springer.
  • Karolina Zmitrowicz (2014): Requirements Engineering. Online: (accessed: 25.03.2021)
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)