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Analogue Electronics & Physics - ELE00023C

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Pearce
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

Analogue circuits are at the heart of every modern electronic device, even predominantly digital ones such as phones, tablets and laptops. This module introduces you to the basic circuit elements of resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes and operational amplifiers, explains the physics behind their operation, and the techniques used to design and analyse circuits built using them. During the module you will design, build and test an external sound card, linking together analogue and digital technology.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Co-requisite modules

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To introduce electric and magnetic fields, and their interaction with circuits
  • To introduce analogue circuit analysis and design skills
  • To provide further circuit analysis skills including frequency and time response
  • To introduce operational amplifiers, their applications and limitations
  • To provide reinforcement of learning using laboratory investigations

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in basis numeric and algebraic techniques
  • To instil professional laboratory working practices

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be proficient in professional laboratory working practices (safety, use of logbooks, experimental record-keeping and measurement techniques)
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relations between charges and currents, electric and magnetic fields and fluxes
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the properties of electrons in conductors and semiconductor materials
  • Be able to design simple analogue circuits using resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes and operational amplifiers
  • Be able to analyse simple circuits in the time and frequency domains
  • Be able to explain the operation and limitations of basic operational amplifier circuits
  • Be able to build and test the performance of a range of circuit building blocks comparing the results with theory

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to state basic technical concepts concisely and accurately
  • Be able to apply a range of commonly­ encountered mathematical techniques to given problems

Be able to plan and manage their time in a laboratory setting


Task Length % of module mark
Coursework 1
N/A 30
Coursework 2
N/A 30
Online Exam
Analogue Electronics & Physics
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Coursework 1
N/A 30
Coursework 2
N/A 30
Online Exam
Analogue Electronics & Physics
N/A 40

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

Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, Christopher Alexander and Matthew Sadiku, McGraw-Hill Education

Electronics a Systems Approach, Neil Storey, Pearson.

The Art of Electronics, Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill, Cambridge University Press

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