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Physics & Electronics I - ELE00002F

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Helen Sharples
  • Credit value: 15 credits
  • Credit level: F
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

Many of the modules in the main degree rely on you understanding the ways in which materials and forces work. So this module introduces you to some key concepts in physics and electronics. You will cover work on mechanics, electricity, properties of matter and thermal physics, applying the mathematical skills you have been taught (in the Maths 1 module) to solving problems and developing your experimental skills in the lab.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

To introduce the students to some basic concepts in physics and electronics.

Mechanics - mass, weight, force, power, pressure, moments, energy, and work. Vector addition, resolution of vectors, conditions for equilibrium.

Properties of matter - Hooke s Law, stress and strain, and Young s Modulus, Structure of the atom

Heat - temperature, thermal expansion, heat transfer, specific heat capacity, latent heat, and gas laws.

Electricity - electrons, current, potential difference, resistance, Ohm s Law.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module students are expected to:

  • understand and be able to apply physics and electronics concepts
  • possess skills relevant to physics and electronics, e.g. experimental design and experimental technique
  • be able to demonstrate skills in mathematical analysis and problem solving
  • be sufficiently prepared for undertaking the module Physics and Electronics II.


Task Length % of module mark
Physics & Electronics I - Assignments
N/A 40
Online Exam
Physics & Electronics I
N/A 60

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

Indicative reading

If you would like to purchase a textbook which will cover most of the material you will study during this module, this would be a good book to use. There is no need to buy the latest edition.

Breithaupt, J, Physics , Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd Edition edition (12 Feb 2010) ISBN-13: 978-0230231924.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.