Module IED-1051:
Electronics Laboratory Level 1

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Roger Giddings

Overall aims and purpose

Introduce standard laboratory equipment and techniques. Support taught courses by looking at practical examples that highlight important engineering concepts. Develop formal report writing.

Course content

• Combinational logic circuits, sequential logic circuits and a design project. • DC and AC circuit measurement techniques, basic AC circuits, Time constants, Resonant circuits. Operational amplifiers and transistor circuits. • Lab. based experiments:- for example Temperature dependence of a metal and a semiconductor, and characteristics if different dielectrics. • Analogue and Digital communication systems. • CAD Design of Combinational and Sequential Logic circuits. PSpice AC and DC analysis. • Writing detailed technical reports on lab experiments with additional background information.

Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria

  threshold

40%

good

60%

excellent

70%

Digital Circuit Design

Can identify the characteristics of basic gates and use them to design and construct simple circuits Can design, build and optimize simple circuits. Can find and eliminate most faults. Can reliable construct unfamiliar circuits and fault find all the common problems.

Analogue Circuit Analysis and Design

Can reliably construct most basic analogue circuit and can find simple faults. Can reliably construct familiar circuits and has developed techniques to eliminate most faults. Can design simple circuits Can reliable construct unfamiliar circuits and can fault find all the common problems.

Use instruments to characterise electronic materials and devices.

Able to use lab instrumentation for measurements / fabrication. Can produce simple analysis of data with some discussion. Knows instrument limitations / accuracy. Able to perform more complex analysis and discuss results in context of theory. Fully conversant with instrument operation. Suggests methods for improving experiment. Is able to identify sources of error and suggest reliable improvements.

Communications

Understands how most of the basic communication techniques are implemented Understands how all of the basic communication techniques are implemented Understands the operation and limitation of main communication techniques.

Computer Aid Design Tools

Can use the basic features of the software to help design and analyse simple circuits Can use most of the functionality of the software to design and analyse most circuits. Can use the full functionality of the software to design and analyse circuits.

Technical Writing Skills

Can prepare and present an adequate technical report. Can prepare and present a good technical report. Can prepare and present an excellent technical report.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Overall Lab Mark 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

2 x 1 hour lecture (Week 1 + Week 16)

2
Laboratory

2 x 3 hour labs over 12 weeks Semester 1 1 x 3 hour labs over 12 weeks Semester 2

108
Private study 90

Transferable skills

  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • 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

  • Solve problems logically and systematically;

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