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

Degree programme:Bachelor Mechatronics Fulltime
Type of degree:FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
 Winter Semester 2022

Course unit titleFocus Electronic Engineering
Course unit code024515055101
Language of instructionEnglish
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)Compulsory optional
Semester when the course unit is deliveredWinter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week8
Year of study2022
Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle)First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated18
Name of lecturer(s)Robert AMANN
Michael BÖHNEL
Clemens Romed MAIER
Alfred MANDL
Horatiu O. PILSAN

Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • 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, specification, technical documentation, project result.



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)


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