Study information

# Electrical and Electronic Principles - 2023 entry

MODULE TITLE CREDIT VALUE Electrical and Electronic Principles 15 ENE1009 Dr Declan Vogt (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 10 0
 Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 60
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This hands-on module gives you the chance to explore basic electrical and electronic concepts, using a combination of a theoretical and practical approach to applications and troubleshooting.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The main aims of the module are to develop your understanding of a wide range of electrical and electronic engineering concepts principles. This module will give you confidence in using and developing basic electrical/electronic designs through circuit diagrams, mapping circuit diagrams to physical circuits, building physical circuits and using laboratory test and measurement equipment.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 Understand electrical concepts, and demonstrate competence in the analysis of both direct current and alternating current electrical circuits;

2 Confidently use standard laboratory instrumentation;

3 Recognise electronic devices and their applications;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

4 Comprehend engineering concepts, model these concepts mathematically, form a rigorous solution and assess the practical limitations of such solutions;

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:

5 Show skills in problem solving, numeracy, practical engineering laboratory work, data analysis and presentation.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Fundamentals:
- Introduction: electricity, electrical charge, current, voltage, conductance and resistance, electrical and electronics systems, signals, physical quantities and measurement;
- Electric Circuits: SI units, common prefixes, electrical circuits, circuit symbols, direct current and alternating current, resistors, capacitors, and inductors, voltage sources and current sources. Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Laws, dependent voltage and current sources, resistors in series and parallel, resistive potential dividers, power dissipation in resistors, bridges;
- DC circuits:Thévenin’s and Norton’s theorems, superposition, nodal analysis, mesh analysis, solving simultaneous circuit equations, choice of techniques;

Electrical engineering:
- Basics of Alternating Voltages and Currents: voltage and current, phasor diagrams, impedance, complex notation;
- Inductance and Magnetic Fields: electromagnetism, inductance, self-inductance, inductors, inductors in series and parallel, energy storage in an inductor, mutual inductance, transformers, DC and transient response of inductors, AC response of inductors, circuit symbols;
- Capacitance and Electric Fields: capacitors and capacitance, electric fields, capacitors in series and parallel, voltage and current, energy stored in a charged capacitor, DC and transient response, AC response, circuit symbols;
- AC Circuits: RC and RL circuits, RLC circuits, resonance, series and parallel relationships;
- Power in AC Circuits: power in resistive components, power in capacitors, power in inductors, circuits with resistance and reactance, active and reactive power, power triangle, power factor correction, power transfer, power measurement;

Electronic engineering:
- Digital Systems: binary quantities and variables, logic gates, Boolean algebra, combinational logic, Karnaugh maps, automated methods of minimisation, number systems and binary arithmetic, numeric and alphabetic codes, examples of combinational logic design;
- Diodes and Applications: introduction to semiconductors, diodes and characteristics, diode rectifiers, power supplies, and special purpose diodes;
- Transistors: DC operation of field-effect transistor (FET), the FET as a switch, DC operation of bipolar junction transistor (BJT), BJT common emitter amplifiers, the BJT as a switch, applications of transistors;
- Operational Amplifiers: introduction to the operational amplifier, comparators, summing amplifiers, integrators and differentiators, oscillators, active filters, voltage regulators, application assignment.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
 Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study 58 92
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
 Category Hours of study time Description Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 30 Lectures Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 15 Laboratory Sessions Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 10 Tutorials Guided Independent Study 95 Private Study

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Tutorial Exercises One for each major topic, (typically 2-4 hours of work) 1, 4, 5 Self-Assessment

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
 Coursework Written Exams Practical Exams 60 20 20
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Lab Performance 20 Ongoing over 4x2 hours of labs 1-5 Assessed in lab
≈ 10 Weekly Online Concept Quizzes 20 30 minutes 1, 3-5 Automatic and Group (in Class)
Examination 60 2 hours 1, 3-5 Tutor Meeting

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Summative Assessment Additional Assessment As Above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional Examination As Above August Ref/Def period

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
If a student is referred or deferred, the failed / non-completed component(s) will be re-assessed at the same weighting as the original assessment.
RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Web based and electronic resources:

Horowitz and Hill, The Art of Electronics, now in its 3rd edition, (but any edition will be useful), Cambridge University Press - the single best reference on electronics, and highly recommended if you take this up as a profession or hobby.