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Course year 2
Teaching units Unit Fondamenti di Elettronica
Electronic Engineering (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: ING-INF/01 CFU: 9
Teachers: Tommaso ZANOTTI, Francesco Maria PUGLISI
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Exam type written
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Teaching language Italiano
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Francesco Maria PUGLISI


The course is intended to provide the tools needed to deal with all the development phases of a digital electronic system, exploting control units and interfaces to/from sensors.
With reference to the Dublin descriptors, the objectives of the course can be summarized as follows:

Acquiring knowledge and understanding: acquisition of the fundamental concepts of the basic circuit blocks present in modern digital electronic systems with a particular focus on interfaces to/from sensors, RF, power supply, ADC and DAC circuits.

Applying knowledge and understanding: using analytical techniques, appropriate design methodologies, and specific development environments, the student acquires the ability to analyze and design an electronic digital system.

Making informed judgments and choices: Ability to perform independently and according to their own experience design choices even in case of incomplete specifications; Ability to organize the development phases of a project (even complex).

Communicating knowledge and understanding: Ability to present design considerations related to projects (even complex) to both specialist and non-specialized people.

Capacities to continue learning: Ability to refine an effective individual/team study methodology allowing to solve practical design problems.

Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of preliminary concepts in digital electronics (logic gates) and fundamentals of computer architecture.

Course contents

The lecture course will include lectures and hands-on experiences that will drive the student through an introduction to electronic systems (1 CFU); the detailed study of the architecture of a typical digital board (1 CFU); the analysis of the individual constituent blocks with emphasis on the control unit (0.5 CFU), interfaces to/from sensors (1 CFU), wired communication (1 CFU), power supply (0.5 CFU), ADC and DAC circuits (1 CFU), blocks dedicated to programming (1 CFU), design of an integrated on-board electronic solution (2 CFU).

Teaching methods

Course teaching consists of lectures (with theoretical content and/or exercises and/or lab-like experiences) aiming to give to the student the basic knowledge needed to design and realize a fully operating digital system. The teaching material, which includes the slides used by the teacher in class, the detailed handouts compiled by the teacher and extra material (solutions of exercises, examples of exam sessions) will be made available on the Microsoft Teams platform.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist in a written test aimed at verifying the student's knowledge. The written exam will be graded out of thirty, with a maximum grade of 30/30. A group project will also be carried out aimed at the specific use of a commercial electronic board with a microcontroller, a few sensors and a few actuators to solve a specific problem assigned during the course. The evaluation of the group project will take place through a short presentation by the group that will be evaluated with a score from -3 to +3. This score will be added to the individual mark of the written paper awarded by each member of the group.

Learning outcomes

Acquiring knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of circuit blocks present in modern digital electronic systems.

Applying analytical techniques and appropriate design methodologies to analyze and design a digital electronic system.

Ability to organize the development phases of a project.

Ability to present design considerations related to projects (even complex) to both specialized and non-specialized people, and to solve practical design problems.


• Slides del corso (slides)
• Dispense dettagliate del corso (detailed handouts)
• Fondamenti di Elettronica - 4 edizione; Neil Storey; Ed. Pearson; ISBN: 978-88-7192-608-7.
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