Module ICM3008:
Electromagnetics
Module Facts
Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Semester 1
Organiser: Prof Paul Spencer
Overall aims and purpose
To introduce electromagnetics and the necessary vector calculus required to appreciate the subject. To derive the electromagnetic wave equation and solve onedimensional problems.
Course content
• Vectors: Concept and definition. Addition, subtraction, components. Vector multiplication: dot and cross products. Volume integral (scalar), line integral (vector). Differentiation of vectors: Div, Grad and Curl. Triple scalar and vector products. Stoke’s theorem and Divergence theorem.
• Charge and electric flux: force on a charge, Gauss’ law. Capacitance. Electrostatic force and energy storage. Magnetic field and flux. Lorentz force. Ampere’s Law. BiotSavart Law. Faraday’s and Lenz’s law. Inductance.
• EM waves and Maxwell’s equations. Displacement current and continuity equation
Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria
threshold 40% 
good 60% 
excellent 70% 


Have an understanding of basic concepts in electricity and magnetism 
Can state the basic laws of electrostatics and magneto statics. Capable of basic mathematical manipulations.  Understands the basic laws of electrostatics and magneto statics and can apply to simple problems.  Can apply the laws to unseen problems 
Have an understanding of the unification of electricity and magnetism into Maxwell’s equations and their application. 
Can state Maxwell’s equations. Capable of basic mathematical manipulations.  Can state Maxwell’s equations and understand concepts involved  Can derive the e/m wave equation from Maxwell’s equations. 
Able to use vector calculus. 
Can state the laws of vector algebra. Capable of basic mathematical manipulations  Able to use the laws of vector algebra to determine electric and magnetic fields  Can apply to vector calculus to unseen problems. 
Assessment Methods
Type  Name  Description  Weight 

EXAM  Examination  Section A covers core knowledge and application. All questions to be attempted. Section covers more indepth question which require a multistep analysis and/or the extrapolation of core knowledge to unfamiliar areas 
70 
SUMMATIVE THEORETICAL ASSMT  Mathematical exercise on the fundamentals of Vector Calculus  Set of mathematical question graded in difficulty. Students to attempt all questions 
15 
SUMMATIVE THEORETICAL ASSMT  Mathematical exercises that test ability to solve standard EM problems  A set of problems that are similar in format and nature to those found in section B of the final unseen examination 
15 
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Hours  

Lecture  3 x 1 hour lectures/tutorial sessions per week over 12 weeks 
36 
Private study  Background reading and application of techniques to problems using tutorial sheets and past papers. Review of recommended text and blackboard content. Review of past papers. 
64 
Transferable skills
 Literacy  Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
 Numeracy  Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
 Computer Literacy  Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
 SelfManagement  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
 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.
 Presentation  Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
 Selfawareness & Reflectivity  Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
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;
 Solve problems logically and systematically;
 Access and synthesize information and literature sources;
 Analyse and display data using appropriate methods and mathematical techniques;
 Use of such knowledge in modelling and design
 Problem solving strategies
 Analyse if/how a system meets current and future requirements
 Deploy theory in design, implementation and evaluation of systems
 Knowledge and/or understanding of appropriate scientific and engineering principles
 Knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles
 Knowledge and understanding of computational modelling
 Principles of appropriate supporting engineering and scientific disciplines
Resources
Resource implications for students
Recommended that they purchase the course text, but this is not essential.
Talis Reading list
http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/icm3008.htmlReading list
A Students Guide to Maxwell’s Equations Daniel Fleisch Cambridge Press ISBN: 9780521701471
Schaum’s Outline of Vector Analysis Murray R Spiegal and Seymour Lipschutz McGrawHill ISBN: 9780071615457
Introduction to Electrodynamics (4th Ed) David J. Griffiths Pearson ISBN: 9781292021433
Pre and Corequisite Modules
Corequisite of:
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
 W3H6: BA Music and Electronic Engineering year 3 (BA/MEE)
 H612: BEng Computer Systs Eng (3 yrs) year 3 (BENG/CSE)
 H61B: BEng Computer Sys Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 3 (BENG/CSE1)
 H610: BENG Electronic Engineering (3 yrs) year 3 (BENG/ELE)
 H62B: BEng Electronic Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 3 (BENG/ELE1)
 H621: BEng Electronic Engineering with International Experience year 4 (BENG/ELEIE)
 H64B: BSc Computer Sys Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 3 (BSC/CSE1)
 H603: BSc Computer Systems Engineering year 3 (BSC/CSENG)
 H611: BSc Electronic Engineering year 3 (BSC/ELE)
 H63B: BSc Electronic Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 3 (BSC/ELE1)
 H661: MEng Control and Instrumentation Engineering year 3 (MENG/CIE)
 H660: MEng Critical Safety Engineering year 3 (MENG/CRSEN)
 H617: MEng Computer Systs Eng (4 yrs) year 3 (MENG/CSE)
 H601: MEng Electronic Engineering (4 yrs) year 3 (MENG/EE)
 H618: MEng Electronic Engineering with International Experience year 4 (MENG/EEIE)