Computer Aided Design of Electronic Systems

Data is displayed for academic year: 2023./2024.

Course Description

This course introduces students into the overall process of computer aided design of electronic equipment and systems. Course description: Electronic equipment development and life cycle. Printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication and surface mount technologies. Technical documentation. Introduction to Altium Designer. Schematic entry, schematic library component management, electrical rule check and netlist generation. Circuit analysis and simulation. Board level design: PCB design rules, computer aided board design, mechanical design, preparation of manufacturing documentation. Design recommendations for circuits and equipment with special requirements.

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
[FER2-HR] Computer Engineering - module
Elective Courses (6. semester)
[FER2-HR] Electronic and Computer Engineering - module
Elective Courses (6. semester)
[FER2-HR] Electronics - module
Elective Courses (6. semester)

General Competencies

Students learn about the process of computer aided design of electronic equipment and systems. The course covers theoretical and practical aspects of the overall process, from the conceptual design, schematic entry, circuit analysis and simulation, board level design, and manufacturing documentation preparation. Students learn about the principles and good practice in preparation of technical documentation for each design and manufacturing step.

Learning Outcomes

  1. describe process of electronic device development and its life cycle.
  2. describe printed circuit board fabrication and surface mount technologies.
  3. produce technical documentation of an electronic device.
  4. analyze electronic device schematic.
  5. design printed circuit board.
  6. analyze schematic using SPICE simulation.
  7. define specific aspects of analog circuit design and high speed digital design.
  8. use Altium Designer for schematic entry, princted circuit board design, and SPICE simulation.

Forms of Teaching


Lectures are focused on theoretical and practical aspects of key course topics (two hours per week).


Continuous evaluation encompasses two written exams (midterm and final exam). Students who do not satisfy at continuous evaluation must undertake both the written and oral exam. Students are questioned at the laboratory exercises and they also obtain the points for a practical project.

Laboratory Work

Students are obliged to take laboratory exercises (15 hours). During the laboratory exercises, students learn printed circuit board design by using Altium Designer software package.


Consultations for students are held once per week.


Students make complete technical documentation of electronic device based on a project specification, different for each student. The documentation encompasses block diagrams, electrical schematics, printed circuit board production masks, bills of material, technical characteristics and other necessary parts of the overall technical documentation.

Internship visits

Students visit companies that produce electronic devices where they can see how to apply their knowledge and skills in practice.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 50 % 15 % 50 % 15 %
Seminar/Project 43 % 35 % 43 % 35 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 50 % 20 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 50 % 30 %
Exam: Written 50 % 20 %
Exam: Oral 30 %

Work on project is divided into three parts: the first part must be submitted after the 7th week (up to 5 points), the second part after the 13th week (up to 5 points), and a complete technical documentation must be finished in the last week of the semester (up to 25 points).

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Overview of development process and life cycle of electronic device.
  2. Printed circuit board fabrication and surface mount technology.
  3. Technical documentation. Structure of an electronic device documentation. Guidelines for technical documentation preparation.
  4. Presentation of Altium Designer board level design tool. Demonstration of module for schematic entry and schematic library management.
  5. Schematic analysis and entry. Guidelines for schematic design. Electrical rule checking.
  6. Printed circuit board (PCB) design. Electrical parameters of PCB traces. Component placement. Guidelines for PCB design.
  7. Demonstration of Altium Designer module for PCB design. Design rule checking.
  8. Midterm exam.
  9. Particular requirements for electronic device design: grounding, shielding and power supply.
  10. Particular requirements for electronic device design: sensitive analog circuits, high speed digital logic. Signal integrity analysis.
  11. Particular requirements for electronic device design: electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
  12. Analysis and simulation of electrical circuits. Realistic electronic components. SPICE simulation of electrical circuits.
  13. Preparation of manufacturing documentation. Low and high volume production, testing. Mechanical design and enclosures. Economical aspects. Complex examples.
  14. Visit to electronic device design and manufacturing company.
  15. Final exam.


Kim R. Fowler (1996.), Electronic Instrument Design: Architecting for the Life Cycle, Oxford University Press
R. Magjarević, Z. Stare, M. Cifrek, H. Džapo, M. Ivančić, I. Lacković (2009.), Projektiranje tiskanih veza, Sveučilište u Zagrebu Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva
Tim Williams (2005.), The Circuit Designer's Companion, Newnes
Henry Ott (1988.), Noise Reduction Techniques in Electronic Systems, Wiley-Interscience
H. Džapo, Ž. Lučev Vasić (2015.), Računalom podržano projektiranje elektroničkih uređaja, upute za laboratorijske vježbe, Sveučilište u Zagrebu Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva

For students


ID 34352
  Summer semester
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Seminar
0 Exercises
15 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

90 Excellent
80 Very Good
70 Good
50 Sufficient