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Fundamentals of Scientific Measurement - ELE00007F

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Chris Murphy
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: F
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

This module is part of the foundation year for physics. It uses both electronics and physics laboratories to introduce students to lab work in a university-style setting. Term 1 runs jointly with ELE00003F and then diverges to cover more physics-based laboratory work in terms 2 and 3.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

Subject content aims to introduce:

  • the basic components used in electronics and to reinforce this with laboratory classes
  • standard laboratory equipment and laboratory techniques used in experimental physics
  • the process of good record-keeping in a style which will be employed for degree-level laboratory work.
  • the format and marking process for undergraduate physics labs.

Graduate skills aims:
¿ Gain experience in record-keeping.
¿ Improve techniques for working in small teams and to a deadline.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes
After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • ¿ understand the basic principles and use of standard laboratory techniques and
  • equipment to build and test simple circuits
  • ¿ understand how to use laboratory equipment commonly found in physics laboratories
  • ¿ write lab reports which include clear recording of experimental observations and data
  • analysis.

Graduate skills outcomes:

  •  experience at the process of experimental investigation;
  • understanding effective recording of data;


Task Length % of module mark
Lab Books (ELE)
N/A 30
Lab Books (PHY)
N/A 70

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Reassessment: exam
N/A 100

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. 

Physics feedback will be in person while the lab book is being marked by a demonstrator in the lab.

Indicative reading

  • Boylestad, Robert. L. Introductory Circuit Analysis, Prentice Hall, 2000. 9th Edition. ISBN 0139271872 / 0130155373.
  • Floyd, Thomas L. Electric Circuits Fundamentals, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007. 7th Ed.ISBN 0132197103 / 0132047349.

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.