Accessibility statement

Introduction to Electronics & Electrical Circuits - ELE00035C

« Back to module search

  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Hamed Ahmadi
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of electronics, and how to design, build and test simple analogue and digital circuits.  It also introduces the microcontroller, and shows how digital and analogue signals can be interfaced with microcontrollers.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn 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 introduce operational amplifiers, their applications and limitations

  • To introduce basic digital design concepts, including gates and state machines

  • To introduce microcontrollers, and show how to interface analogue inputs to them

  • To provide reinforcement of learning using laboratory investigations

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in basic 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 able to:

  • Design simple analogue circuits based on the operational amplifier, and explain their operation and limitations

  • Analyse DC electrical circuits and derive the voltages, currents and powers associated with every component

  • Design basic digital circuits involving discrete logic gates

  • Explain the architecture and operation of basic microcontrollers

  • Design circuits which can interface digital and analogue sensors to microcontrollers, including use of analogue-to-digital conversion

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Be able to state basic technical concepts concisely and accurately

  • Be able to apply a range of commonly ­encountered mathematical techniques to given problems

Module content

Revision of basic concepts from physics, Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s laws, resistance and capacitance, DC circuit analysis.  Ideal op-amps. Diodes. Time constants and time-dependent circuits. ADCs and DACs. Use of lab test equipment.

 

Digital signals and digital circuits: combinational and sequential circuits.  

Digital interfacing, level-shifting.  Digital communication schemes: USB, SPI and I2C.  Microcontroller architectures.

 

Testing and debugging analogue and digital circuits.

 

Professional Practice embedded into this module:

  • Health and Safety (safe working voltages)

  • Laboratory Practice (soldering, prototyping, lab-books)

  • Personal and Group Skills (problem-solving; debugging)

  • Design for Manufacturability (understanding of tolerances)

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Continuous Assessment
N/A 50
Online Exam
Introduction to Electronics & Electrical Circuits
N/A 50

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Continuous Assessment
N/A 50
Online Exam
Introduction to Electronics & Electrical Circuits
N/A 50

Module feedback

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

Electronics, A Systems Approach, Neil Storey, Pearson Education

Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, C.K. Alexander and M.N.O Sadiku, McGraw-Hill Education

Principles of Digital Design, Daniel Gajski, Prentice Hall, ISBN 01330011445



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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

The 2020/21 academic year will start in September. We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can, supported by high quality online alternatives where we must.

Find details of the measures we're planning to protect our community.

Course changes for new students