Fundamentals in PCB Design (How to design your own Microcontroller Board)

level of course unit

first cycle

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students are able to:
• know and name different types of circuit boards.
• use ECAD software (e.g. Altium Designer) to perform a simple electronics project from schematic design to the finished PCB.
• understand PCB manufacturing processes and correctly link design rules.
• understand the basic circuitry of simple microprocessors.
• perform simple programming on a microcontroller.

prerequisites and co-requisites


course contents

• different types of the PCBs and their materials
• different types of vias and their characteristics
• track thicknesses and their state of the art
• footprints
• design rules
• ECAD (Altium Designer)
• basic structure
• minimum wiring and basic circuitry
• layout of microcontrollers
• breadboard circuits
• Programming a simple program using Arduino IDE

recommended or required reading


assessment methods and criteria

Project for each student (depending of class-size), Project report

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods


semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Martin Schafferer

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)


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