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Skills for Engineering and the Physical Sciences I - ELE00009F

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

Module summary

Engineers and physicists use a range of technical skills when applying theoretical knowledge to solve `real-world’ problems, or understand natural phenomena. This module introduces the fundamental technical and practical skills necessary to quantify problems, conduct experiments, represent and interpret data, and communicate findings.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

This module introduces the fundamental technical and practical skills necessary to quantify problems, conduct experiments, represent and interpret data, and communicate findings.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module students are expected to:

(i) adopt scientific conventions when handling data;

(ii) understand the basic principles and use of standard laboratory practices and equipment;

(iii) represent data graphically, and communicate information in scientific reports.

Module content

(i) Numerical and graphical data manipulation methods:

Basic mathematical concepts needed for effective data representation and quantitative analysis. This includes using different graph plotting techniques and error analysis. SI units; dimensional analysis.

(ii) Practice based learning:

Practical exercises on observing, recording and analysing the behaviour of basic electronic circuits and on understanding fundamental concepts of physics (as taught in physics I module)


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

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

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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

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.