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Skills for Engineering and the Physical Sciences II - ELE00008F

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Rohan Kakade
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: F
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

Building on Skills for Engineering and the Physical Sciences I this module introduces more of the core practical and technical skills needed for degree programmes in engineering and physics (including numerical methods).

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

Building on the foundations of Skills for Engineering and the Physical Sciences I , this module aims to further develop students’ knowledge of the core practical and technical skills, including application of numerical methods, needed for degree programmes in engineering and physics.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module students are expected to:

  1. possess practical skills relevant to physics and engineering, e.g. experimental design and experimental technique;

  2. use simple numerical methods to approximate solutions to equations;

  3. write lab reports which include clear recording of experimental observations and data analysis.

Module content

(i) Practice based learning:

Through practical exercises, students will learn to record and analyse the behaviour of electronic circuits and undertake experiments (using various lab equipment) based on the physics content delivered in physics II

(ii) Further theory:

Building on the theory taught in maths II and physics II, students will learn about:

  • Use of appropriate graphical and numerical methods to analyse experimental data. These include finding numerical solutions to equations, approximating integrals using the trapezium rule, logarithmic axes plots, inferring power laws & exponential trends and using computers to plot data.

  • Further lab work tailored to streams:

    • For electronics students: Extending understanding of analogue and digital electronics

    • For physics students: Extending understanding of physics II content


Task Length % of module mark
Lab 3
2 hours 20
Lab 4
2 hours 20
Lab 1
2 hours 20
Lab 2
2 hours 20
Lab 5
2 hours 20

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.

The School of PET 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. The School will endeavour to return all exam feedback within the timescale set out in the University's Policy on Assessment Feedback Turnaround Time. The School would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The School 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

Briethaupt, J, Physics , Palgrave Macmillan; 4th Edition (13 Feb 2015), ISBN-13: 978-1137443236

Boylestad, Robert. L. Introductory Circuit Analysis , Prentice Hall, Illustrated edition (2 Sept 2015). ISBN-13: 978-0133923605

Floyd,Thomas L. Electric Circuits Fundamentals , Pearson Prentice Hall, 8thEdition (17 Aug 2009), ISBN-13 978-0135072936

Mano M. M., 'Digital Design', Pearson, 5TH Edition (2 Jan 2012), ISBN-13: 978-0132774208

Stroud, K.A,, Foundation Mathematics, Palgrave-Macmillan, 1ST Edition (21 Apr 2009), ISBN-13: 978-0230579071

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.