Electronics Laboratory Level 2
Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Iestyn Pierce
Overall aims and purpose
Introduce further laboratory equipment and techniques. Support taught courses by looking at practical examples that highlight important engineering concepts. Further develop formal report writing and presentational skills.
• CMOS logic. Finite State Machines. Analysis and synthesis of ‘Moore’ and ‘Mealy’ synchronous circuits.
• Asynchronous sequential circuits, analysis, avoiding hazards. Synthesis methods.
• Working in groups, guided laboratory project in instrumentation design and construction. With guidance, to perform all stages of the design and construction of a simple operational amplifier system.
• Electronic devices: Hall effect, impurity diffusion in silicon, avalanche breakdown in transistors.
• ASIC Design Software: Schematic Entry, Hardware Description Languages (HDLs): VHDL. Logic Synthesis. Behavioural and structural models. Embedded Microprocessors.
Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria
Design digital circuits
|With some assistance can design and build multi-chip circuits.||Can design and build advanced circuits. Can find and eliminate most faults.||Can reliably construct and optimize all required circuits and diagnose and rectify all common problems.|
Have a working understanding of the issues concerning practical analogue circuit design
|Ability to give a basic description of parameters of concern in practical circuit design||Demonstrate a detailed understanding of why certain parameters are important in practical circuit design||Ability to implement practical circuit design considerations in a circuit and justify the choices made|
Design a simple ASIC using commercial electronic design automation software packages
|Can specify simple logic circuits using VHDL. Can describe the simulation and test processes.||Can design, synthesise, simulate and test simple circuits using EDA software.||Can design, synthesise and test larger, more complex circuits using EDA software. Can use advanced features of VHDL.|
Use instruments to characterise electronic materials and devices
|Able to use lab instrumentation for measurements. 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 and quantify sources of error and suggest improvements.|
|ASIC design reports||25|
|Digital Circuits laboratory notebook||25|
|Analogue electronics laboratory notebook||25|
|Electronic Devices laboratory notebook||15|
|Technical report on electronic devices experiment||10|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
1 x 3 hour lab session per week for 24 weeks
Preparing technical report, designing circuits and systems, analysing measurements, planning experiments.
- 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
- 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
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- 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.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Self-awareness & 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
- Apply underpinning concepts and ideas of engineering;
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of electronic engineering in an international context;
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of computer systems engineering in an international context;
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of computer systems for controlling complex systems;
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of computer systems engineering in safety-critical areas;
- Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions, especially ones that include embedded microprocessors
- Formulate and analyse requirements and practical constraints of products, processes and services, place them in an engineering context and manage their implementation;
- 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;
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- H612: BEng Computer Systs Eng (3 yrs) year 2 (BENG/CSE)
- H61B: BEng Computer Sys Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 2 (BENG/CSE1)
- H610: BENG Electronic Engineering (3 yrs) year 2 (BENG/ELE)
- H62B: BEng Electronic Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 2 (BENG/ELE1)
- H621: BEng Electronic Engineering with International Experience year 2 (BENG/ELEIE)
- H64B: BSc Computer Sys Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 2 (BSC/CSE1)
- H611: BSc Electronic Engineering year 2 (BSC/ELE)
- H63B: BSc Electronic Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 2 (BSC/ELE1)
- H661: MEng Control and Instrumentation Engineering year 2 (MENG/CIE)
- H617: MEng Computer Systs Eng (4 yrs) year 2 (MENG/CSE)
- H619: MEng Computer Systems Engineering (with International Exper) year 2 (MENG/CSEIE)
- H601: MEng Electronic Engineering (4 yrs) year 2 (MENG/EE)
- H618: MEng Electronic Engineering with International Experience year 2 (MENG/EEIE)