Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING
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Second semester
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Course description

The general objective of the course is to acquire an understanding of the modern power suppliers and sensors for different applications . Learning outcomes (according to the Dublin descriptors):
#1 Knowledge and understanding: The course is aimed to acquire the methodologies for knowledge, understanding and analysis of poer suppliers and sensors devices.
#2 Applying knowledge and understanding: Those skills will be stimulated and improved though both theoretical and applicative lectures.
#3 Making judgements: The course should provide the capability to understand and to analyse sensing devices as well as power suppliers.
#4 Communication skills: Students will improve technical language by classroom and laboratory theoretical lessons.
#5 Learning skills: Analysis of complex problems will let the student improving its comprehension skills by describing each complex problem using a scientific methodology.


circuit theory, principles of physics


Introduction to the course and presentation of the topics covered. Introduction to controlled and unregulated electronic
power supply, rectifiers and DC / DC converters. Power electronic components. Ideal models and real components. Introduction to switching converters. CCM and DCM buck converter. Boost converter and buck-boost converter. Single-phase inverter with impressed voltage. Introduction to sensors: Definitions and classification of sensors. Main physical effects of electric sensors: resistance variations, capacitance and inductance, piezoelectric and pyroelectric effect, Hall effect, Seebeck effect and Peltier effect. Introduction to optoelectronic sensors.

Teaching Methods

During the course, theoretical aspects will be alternated with their practical applications. Group work is stimulated.


- Elettronica di potenza: convertitori e applicazioni, Hoepli, 2005 (edizione italiana di Power Electronics 3° edizione, Mohan Ned; Undeland Tore M.; Robbins William P.);
- Jacob Fraden, Handbook of Modern Sensors: Physics, Designs, and Applications, 4th ed., Springer 2010

Learning assessment

The exam is organized in a way that students can present different topics in the classroom, showing their ability to process and discuss technical information.

More information

The slides of the lessons are available at the course page on edi.uniparthenope web site