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Module ICE-1301:
Electrical & Electronic Princi

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Daniel Roberts

Overall aims and purpose

To introduce the main techniques of circuit analysis and demonstrate that this is a key framework of electronic engineering and to give a basic appreciation of the fundamental physics which determine the electronic properties of materials used in the electronics industry.

Course content

Indicative content includes:

• Introduction to Passive and Active Circuits; Resistance & Conductance; Ohm's Law; Voltage and Current Sources (Ideal and Practical); Independent and Dependent Sources; Passive sign convention; Kirchhoff's Laws; Voltage and Current Dividers. Introduction to A.C. Circuits: Sinusoidal Waveforms; Concept of Phasors and Phase Angle.

• Voltage and Current in A.C. Resistive Circuits, Power Waveform, RMS values; Voltage and Current in Inductive Circuits, Inductive Reactance; Introduction to j-Notation; Voltage and Current in Capacitive Circuits, Capacitive Reactance; Concepts of Impedance and Admittance; Analysis of Series and Parallel Resistive and Reactive Circuits. Power in A.C. Circuits.

• Resonant frequency, Q-factor and bandwidth for series and parallel resonant circuits.

• Use of Loop/Mesh Current Method, Node-Voltage Method and Superposition to analyse electric circuits. Use of Thévenin's and Norton's Theorems to obtain equivalent circuits.

• Electron energies, energy levels and electron energy bands.

• Drift velocity, mobility and conductivity. Energy bands and electrical conductivity in metals and intrinsic silicon. Impurity semiconductors. Temperature dependence of conductivity.

Assessment Criteria


Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.


Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.


Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.

Learning outcomes

  1. Apply formal analysis techniques to electric circuits.

  2. Explain the theoretical physics that underpin the electronic properties of materials.

  3. Identify and describe simple DC circuits and theory.

  4. Analyse simple AC circuits that contain capacitors, inductors and resistors (C, L, R) and identify resonant circuits.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Laboratory Exercises and Write Up 50
CLASS TEST Mid-Term Test 10
EXAM Unseen Examination 40

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Practical laboratories (3hrs x 12 weeks)

Private study

Tutor-directed private study, including preparation and revision.


8 hours worth of tutorials.


Traditional lecture (3hrs x 12 weeks)


Transferable skills

  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team

Subject specific skills

  • Identify emerging technologies and technology trends;
  • Apply underpinning concepts and ideas of engineering;
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of electronic engineering in an international context;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions, especially ones that include embedded microprocessors
  • Solve problems logically and systematically;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions.
  • Appreciate the importance of designing products with due regard to good laboratory practice, health and safety considerations and ethical issues.
  • Access and synthesize information and literature sources;
  • Use both verbal and written communication skills to different target audiences;
  • Analyse and display data using appropriate methods and mathematical techniques;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subject specific and general computer software packages.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the need to work safely and comply within relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks;
  • Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of appropriate scientific and engineering principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles


Talis Reading list

Reading list

Electrical Circuit Theory And Technology - John Bird;

Electronics Fundamentals: Circuits, Devices and Applications - Thomas L. Floyd;

Introduction to Electric Circuits (Essential Electronics) - Ray Powell;

Electric Circuits - James W. Nilsson & Susan Riedel;

Electronics: Circuits and Systems - Owen Bishop.

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: