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Circuit Theory 7.5 credits

First cycle, E0003E
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Electrical Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Electrical Engineering
Main field of study
Engineering Physics and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and knowledge in Mathematics; linear algebra, ordinary linear differential equations, complex numbers (M0049M Linear Algebra and Differential Equations).

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

After the course, the student will be able to analyse analog linear circuits. This includes the basic knowledge of components and their constitutive relations, as well as different methods for the analysis of DC and AC circuits.

  • After the course the student should possess knowledge of constitutive relations for basic electrical components and, based on that knowledge, be able to apply knowledge of mathematics to analytically solve electric circuit problems..
  • The student should independently be able to analyse and evaluate analog linear circuits. This is demonstrated by laboratory experiments, simulation exercises, and through homework assignments and a written exam.
  • The student should independently be able to analyse and minimise transmission losses, in particular in linear AC circuits with inductive loads, and to be able to describe the link to environmentally sound electrical power distribution and sustainable development.

  • Basic knowledge and constitutive relation for electric components
    • Resistor (R), Inductor (L), Capacitor (C)
    • Ideal operation amplifier
    • Current and voltage sources
  • Steady state analysis for DC and AC powered circuits.
    • Kirchhoff current and voltage laws
    • Node and mesh analysis
    • Complex method (jΩ)
    • Power calculations
  • Transient analysis of DC powered circuits
  • Analysis of passive (RLC) and active (RC) filters
  •  Simulation of circuits with OrCAD

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

The scheduled teaching consists of lectures and mandatory simulation exercises and labs in laboratory rooms. Students are expected to complete a number of mandatory exercises with support of the course material, which are reported prior to simulation/laboratory work. The course may include guest lectures by companies.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

The examination consists of two parts:

  • Theoretical understanding is examined through a written exam with differentiated grades. 4.5hp (G U 3 4 5)
  • Practical as well as theoretical understanding is examined through presentation of completed simulation and laboratory assignments as well as preparatory exercises of theoretical character. 3.0HP (U G#)


Joakim Nilsson

Transition terms
The course E0003E is equal to SME096

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 2
• James W. Nilsson and Susana A. Riedel: Electric Circuits. 11th edition, alternatively the 10th edition or the international 9th edition. ISBN 9781292261041, 9781408295878, 9781292060897 or similar. You need this book when the course starts.
• James W. Nilsson and Susana A. Riedel: Introduction to PSpice for Electric Circuits. ISBN: 9780133806670. Complementary reference book about simulations of electric circuits.

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Laboratory workU G#3.00MandatoryA07
0003Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 12 Feb 2021