General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Adso Fernández Baena

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Joan Fabregas Peinado


Basic skills
  • B1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that is based on general secondary education, and is accustomed to finding at a level that, although with the support of advanced textbooks, also include some aspects that involve knowledge from the forefront of your field of study


  • B3_Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues


  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


Specific skills
  • EFB1_Ability to solve mathematical problems that may arise in engineering. Ability to apply knowledge about: linear algebra, differential and integral calculus, numerical methods, numerical algorithms, statistics and optimization


  • EFB2_Understanding and mastery of the concepts of fields and waves and electromagnetism, theory of electrical circuits, electronic circuits, physical principle of semiconductors and logic families, electronic and photonic devices, and their application for solving engineering problems


Transversal competences
  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources



It is a Physics course with the purpose of familiarizing students with the concepts and physical principles related to information and communication technologies.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured. The Tecnocampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes specify the specific measure of the competencies worked on.

This subject contributes to the following learning outcomes specified for the subject to which it belongs:

  • LO1: Understand the concepts of physics directly related to the operation of computers and peripherals, that is, the basic principles of electromagnetism, optics and quantum physics, which explain the operation of monitors, printers, magnetic and optical memories. , electronic circuits and optical fibers, among others.
  • LO2: Know and understand the basic properties of real numbers and functions (mainly operational properties and elementary functions).
  • LO3: Know and be able to apply the main concepts and results of differential and integral calculus (in their applications to physics).
  • LO4: Plan oral communication, answer appropriately to the questions asked and write basic level texts with spelling and grammar correction. Properly structure the content of a technical report. Select relevant materials to prepare a topic and synthesize its content. Answer appropriately when asked questions.

Additionally, the subject also evaluates the following learning outcomes that are not present in the subject to which it belongs:

  • LO5: Describe and calculate the electric field and the potential created by static charge distributions (point and symmetrical continuous), both in a vacuum and in the presence of perfect conductors and dielectrics.
  • LO6: Describe and calculate the magnetic field created by stationary charge currents (linear and symmetrical volumetric), both in a vacuum and in the presence of perfect magnetic materials. Describe the behavior of ferromagnetic materials.
  • LO7: Describe the basics of quantum physics, the movement of electric charges in conductors and semiconductors and their use in diodes.
  • LO8: Describe and calculate induced currents in elementary circuits. State Maxwell's equations and describe and calculate the fields of an electromagnetic wave (flat or spherical) and the transmitted power, both in vacuum and in perfect material media.
  • LO9: Describe Kirchoff's laws. Solve electrical circuits, applying the mesh method, in direct current and alternating current.
  • LO10: Plan and carry out group work with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility.

Working methodology

The classes will be masterful (development of theory and practical examples), participatory (conceptual questions, guided resolution of exercises) and collaborative (presentation and defense of exercises in groups by students, simulations and application work) .


  1. Electrostatics
    1. Mechanics review
    2. Electric field
    3. Electric potential and energy
    4. Conductors and capacitors
    5. Dielectrics
  2. Electrokinetics and magnetostatic
    1. Ohm's law
    2. Semiconductors. Diode
    3. Magnetic force
    4. Magnetic field
    5. Magnetic materials
  3. Electromagnetism
    1. Induction
    2. Maxwell's equations
    3. Electromagnetic waves
  4. Circuit theory
    1. Kirchoff's laws
    2. Capacitor charging and discharging
    3. Elements of alternating current circuits
    4. Alternating current circuit

Learning activities

Large group classes: With a master class (theory development and examples) and a participatory part (conceptual questions and guided exercises). Evidence of learning from most expected outcomes is collected, as a guide to student self-assessment and active participation in class.

Small group classes: Collaborative instruction with the resolution and presentation of exercises in work groups. They collect evidence of learning of all the expected results through the presentation of the solutions of the exercises, and of the answers to the questions that ask students and professor.

Simulations: Work with simulators, with a report of results and their interpretation. They collect evidence of learning from most expected outcomes.

Application work: applications from physics to computer science and from computer science to physics (where learning results RA1, RA4 and RA10 are basically assessed).

Assessment exercises that collect evidence of general learning (RA1, RA2, RA3 and RA4), and more specific as indicated below:
Topic 1: RA5
Topic 2: RA6 and RA7
Topic 3: LO8
Topic 4: LO9

Evaluation system

50% Assessment exercises, recoverable in case of failing the subject

15% Resolution and presentation of exercises in work groups, non-recoverable

15% Simulations, non-recoverable

15% Application work, non-recoverable

5% Active participation in class, recoverable through the evaluation exercises



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