Basic Electrical Engineering


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Monitoring and programming (P1) or 1st semester of Electronics and IT or Energy studies.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To give the students theoretical and practical insight into analog electronic devices, their models, and how to use them in the design of electronic systems

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge and understanding of resistive electrical circuits
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of operational amplifiers
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of analog electronics, including diodes and transistors
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of electrical measurement techniques
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of laboratory safety of electro technical laboratory experiments
  • Must have knowledge of Basic DC Circuit Theory (without energy storing components) including
    • Ohm's law
    • Kirchhoff's laws
    • Circuit reductions (serial and parallel)
    • Star-triangle dependent and  independent sources
    • The focal point and mask method
    • Basic operational amplifier couplings
    • The ideal operational amplifier
    • Thévenin and Norton theorems, the superposition principle, and the maximum power transfer principle.
  • Must have knowledge of PN transitions including
    • The diode and its stationary large / small-signal model diode as rectifier
    • Transistor and its use as a linear amplifier
    • The transistor as a switch
    • Semiconductor models in simulation software 
  • Must have knowledge of measurement theory including
    • Measurement of voltage, current, power and energy
    • Measuring instruments such as voltmeter, ampere meter, wattmeter as well as multi-meter and oscilloscopes
    • Accuracy, complex measurement errors and uncertainty calculations 
  • Must have knowledge of relevant rules and regulations


  • Must be able to analyse simple and complex electrical DC circuits
  • Must be able to use circuit analysis techniques to calculate currents, voltages, energy and power in DC circuits
  • Must be able to use circuit reduction methods to simplify electrical circuit models
  • Must be able to apply and analyse electrical DC circuits with diodes and transistors
  • Must be able to use analysis methods to design the operational amplifier couplings
  • Must be able to plan and execute well-designed, successful electro technical laboratory experiments in a safe and appropriate manner


  • Must be able to handle simple development-oriented situations related to electric circuits and laboratory setups in study- or work-related contexts
  • Must be able to independently engage in professional and interdisciplinary collaboration with a professional approach within the context of basic electrical engineering
  • Must be able to identify his/her own learning needs within basic circuit theory and the electro technical laboratory experiments, and structure such learning accordingly.

Type of instruction

The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organised based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection: • Lectures • Classroom instruction • Project work • Workshops • Exercises (individually and in groups) • Teacher feedback • Reflection • Portfolio work

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • Attendance at laboratory exercises is mandatory.


Name of examBasic Electrical Engineering
Type of exam
Written or oral examination
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Unless otherwise stated in the course description in Moodle, it is permitted to bring all kinds of (engineering) aids including books, notes and advanced calculators. If the student brings a computer, it is not permitted to have access to the Internet and the teaching materials from Moodle must therefore be down loaded in advance on the computer. It is emphasized that no form of electronic communication must take place.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programme Regulations.

Facts about the module

Danish titleGrundlæggende elektronik
Module codeEN-ED2-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy Technology
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science