Electronic Systems Design

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

Course Description

Electronic equipment and systems design principles. Printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication and component assembly technologies. Technical documentation. Regulations and standards. Board level design: PCB design rules, using computer aided design tools, mechanical design, preparation of manufacturing documentation. Design recommendations for circuits and equipment with special requirements. Characteristics of power supplies for electronic equipment and systems. Heat transfer: natural and forced convection, heatsink design. Protection and interference. Overcurrent and overvoltage protection. Electromagnetic compatibility. Electronic equipment development and life cycle.

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
[FER3-EN] Computing - study
Elective Courses (6. semester)
[FER3-EN] Electrical Engineering and Information Technology - study
Elective Courses (6. semester)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe process of electronic device development and its life cycle.
  2. Describe production processes of electronic devices.
  3. Design electronic device on a printed circuit board level by using computer programs.
  4. Choose power supply for electronic device.
  5. Recognize causes of electromagnetic compatibility problems in electronic devices and understand solutions to mitigate them.
  6. Calculate parameters and choose components for thermal management in electronic device.
  7. Generate production documentation of electronic device.
  8. Design overvoltage and overcurrent protection of electronic devices.

Forms of Teaching



Seminars and workshops




Field work


Independent assignments




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 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Electrical design, electro-mechanical design, mechanical design, thermal design, rapid prototyping.
  2. Electrical schematic design.
  3. Printed circuit boards fabrication technologies, surface mount technologies, manufacturing, testing & maintenance.
  4. Printed circuit board design. Technical documentation.
  5. Grounding, shielding.
  6. Noise reduction, electrostatic discharge. Overvoltage and overcurrent protection.
  7. Printed circuit board design - advanced methods. Electromagnetic compatibility.
  8. Midterm exam.
  9. Mechanisms of heat transfer, heatsink design, fans and forced air cooling.
  10. Rectifiers, regulators.
  11. Rectifiers, regulators.
  12. Switch mode power supplies.
  13. Switch mode power supplies.
  14. Batteries, commercially available power supplies.
  15. Final exam.


R. Magjarević, Z. Stare, M. Cifrek, H. Džapo, M. Ivančić, I. Lacković (2009.), Projektiranje tiskanih veza, Sveučilište u Zagrebu Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva
H. Džapo, Ž. Lučev Vasić (2015.), Računalom podržano projektiranje elektroničkih uređaja, upute za laboratorijske vježbe, Sveučilište u Zagrebu Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva
Kim R. Fowler (1996.), Electronic Instrument Design, Oxford University Press
Tim Williams (2013.), The Circuit Designer’s Companion, Elsevier
Henry W. Ott (1988.), Noise reduction techniques in electronic systems, Wiley-Interscience
Eric Bogatin (2009.), Signal and Power Integrity - Simplified, Pearson Education

For students


ID 223382
  Summer semester
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
60 Lectures
5 Seminar
0 Exercises
15 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

90 Excellent
80 Very Good
70 Good
50 Sufficient