Noise, Waves & Fields - ELE00034I

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. John Dawson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module occurrences

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To introduce students to the fundamental principles of electromagnetism and its applications in signal transmission, including electromagnetic waves in free space
  • To introduce students to the concept of noise and interference in electronic systems and to describe the sources, effects and control of noise and interference Graduate skills aims:
  • To develop skills in the application of applied numeracy and algebraic techniques

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between charges and currents, electric and magnetic fields and fluxes, and of the concepts of scalar and vector potential
  • Understand and be able to use the main theorems of vector calculus, the concepts of gradient, divergence, and curl, Gauss’s and Stokes’s theorems, scalar and vector Poisson’s equations
  • Understand of and be able to use the methods of computational electromagnetics for calculating capacitances and inductances of components
  • Understand the propagation mechanisms of electromagnetic waves in free space
  • Be able to express relations for the electric and magnetic fields within a wave and the power density associated with a wave

Appreciate the sources of noise and interference in electronic circuits

  • Be able to analyse and design basic transmission­line signal transmission systems for high speed data transmission, accounting for the imperfections found in such systems and employing techniques required to overcome these problems
  • Be able to apply noise and interference reduction techniques Graduate skills learning outcomes After successful completion of this module, students will:
  • Be able to explain commonly­encountered technical concepts concisely and accurately
  • Be able to select and apply a range of mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • Have developed skills in problem solving, critical analysis and applied mathematics

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Lab Assessment
N/A 25
University - closed examination
Noise, Waves & Fields
2 hours 75

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Lab Assessment
N/A 25
University - closed examination
Noise, Waves & Fields
2 hours 75

Module feedback

Feedback on the examination performance will be provided within six weeks. Formative feedback is provided in workshops.

Indicative reading

“Electromagnetics Explained: A Handbook for Wireless/RF. EMC and High­ Speed Electronics”, Ron Schmitt, 2002, Newnes, ISBN­13: 978­0750674034.

“Field and Wave Electromagnetics”, David K. Cheng, Prentice­Hall, 1989. ISBN­13: 978­0201128192

“Electronic Noise and Interfering Signals: Principles and Applications”, Gabriel Vasilescu, Springer, 2005. ISBN­13: 978­3540407416



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