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ECM2118 - Analogue and Digital Electronics Design (2015)

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MODULE TITLEAnalogue and Digital Electronics Design CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2118 MODULE CONVENERDr Mustafa Aziz (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 24
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Analogue and digital signals are found in all modern day technology, from mobile phones to washing machines. This practical, hands on module teaches you how to design, simulate, build and test real electronic systems.
 

You will get the chance to design basic analogue and digital circuit building blocks, including transistor amplifiers, integrated circuit amplifiers, filters, oscillators, counters, decoders, adders, latches and multiplexers. Furthermore, you will devise complex digital systems using programmable logic, such as PALs and FPGAs. Finally, you will design a range of circuits, simulating their performance in modern electronics simulators (Multisim) and then building them in hardware in the laboratory and testing them. 


Throughout the module, lecturers will use a variety of case studies to aid your learning, including the design of phase-detectors, lock-in amplifiers and pseudo-random sequence generators.
 

Prerequisite module: ECM1102, ECM1106 or equivalent
 

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to help you build on your basic knowledge of electronic devices and components from preceding modules, and enable you to specify and construct practical digital and analogue electronic designs. Through lectures, problem sessions and case studies, you will learn about design concepts and techniques, including the use of simulation tools (multisim) and prototyping (pcb design).

The module gives you the opportunity to successfully complete various practical electronic designs prior to the individual project in Year 3 and, for MEng students, the group project in Year 4.

 

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).

 

This module correlates to references U2, E1, E2, E3, D3, D5, D6 and P4. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at http://www.engc.org.uk

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 a range of general purpose analogue and digital electronic components and be able to select appropriate components for a given design requirement;
2 recognise general purpose device and component parameters as specified in typical data sheets, and utilise such parameters effectively in circuit design examples;
3 comprehend useful analogue and digital design techniques and circuits used for common applications (e.g. amplification, buffering, counting, synchronisation, filtering);
4 appreciate the differences between 'ideal' and 'real' components and the implications of these differences for design;
5 convert specified system specifications into practical electronic designs taking into account the sometimes conflicting requirements of system complexity, cost, efficiency and compliance to specification.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
6 grasp the engineering design process: analyse requirements-specify-design-simulate-prototype-test;
7 apply your theoretical knowledge to the solution of a real problem.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
12 illustrate basic project management skills: setting realistic targets, allocating tasks and reviewing progress;
13 show enhanced group working skills;
14 demonstrate improved written, graphical and oral communication skills.

 

 

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Basic analogue building blocks:
 

- CE, CC and CB transistor amplifiers;

- differential transistor amplifiers;

- field effect transistor basic circuits, e.g. amplifiers, switches, current sources, followers;

- operational amplifiers: amplifiers, integrators, comparators, oscillators, filters;

- analogue adders, multipliers and dividers;

- analogue switches.


Basic digital building blocks:


- logic families and main characteristics - TTL, CMOS, ECL;

- SSI - small scale integration - functions, e.g. basic gates;

- MSI - medium scale integration - functions, e.g. decoders, counters, adders, latches;

- LSI - large scale integration - systems;

- programmable logic  - PLAs, PALs , PLDs and FPGAs;

- multiplexers;

- design case studies: phase detectors;

- lock-in amplifier design;

- pseudo-random sequence generators;

- FPGA design.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 49.00 Guided Independent Study 101.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11 Tutorials
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 16 Laboratories
Guided independent study 101 Lecture and assessment preparation; wider reading

 

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
Not applicable      
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam – closed book 60 2 hours All Exam mark
Coursework – TMA 1 - Transistor amplifier design, simulate, build and test 10 6-8 hours All return of marked and annotated scripts
Coursework – TMA 2 - Digital monostables and counters - design, build and test 10 6-8 hours All return of marked and annotated scripts
Coursework – Case Study 1 - Lock-in amplifier design, build and test 10 6-8 hours All
Coursework – Case study 2 - FPGA design 10 6-8 hours All return of marked and annotated scripts

 

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
All above Written exam (100%) All August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk
 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Storey, N Electronics: A Systems Approach Addison Wesley 2009 9780273719182 [Library]
Set Roth, C.H (JR), Kinney, Larry, L Fundamentals of Logic Design 6th International edition Cengage Learning 2010 978-0495667766 [Library]
Set Green, D.C Applied Digital Electronics 4 Longman 1999 9780582356320 [Library]
Set Horowitz, P and Hill, W The Art of Electronics 2 CUP 1989 0-521-37095-7 [Library]
Set Ward, A. E. and Angus, J.S Electronic Product Design Chapman and Hall 1996 978-0412632006 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM1102, ECM1106
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 09 January 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Electronics design; FPGAs; programmable logic; digital electronics; operational amplifiers; amplifier design;