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ECM2118 - Analogue and Digital Electronics Design (2019)

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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 11 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 36
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 Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Finally, you will design a range of circuits, simulating their performance in modern electronics simulators (Multisim and HDL) 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, and synchronous counters.

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.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

This is a constituent module of one or more degree programmes which are accredited by a professional engineering institution under licence from the Engineering Council. The learning outcomes for this module have been mapped to the output standards required for an accredited programme, as listed in the current version of the Engineering Council’s ‘Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’ document (AHEP-V3).

This module contributes to learning outcomes: SM1p, SM1m, SM5m, EA2p, EA2m, EA3p, EA3m, D4p, D4m, D5p, D5m, EP3p, EP3m, EP4p, EP4m, EP9p, EP11m, G1p, G1m, G4p, G4m

A full list of the referenced outcomes is provided online:
https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/emps/studentinfo/subjects/engineering/accreditation/

The AHEP document can be viewed in full on the Engineering Council’s website, at http://www.engc.org.uk/

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge: SM1p, SM1m, SM5m, EA2p, EA2m, EA3p, EA3m, EP3p, EP3m

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;

6 use computational tools for the design and analysis of electronic circuits, including SPICE circuit simulators and Hardware Description Languages (HDL).

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge: D4p, D4m, D5p, D5m, EP3p, EP3m, EP4p, EP4m

7 grasp the engineering design process: requirement specification, conceptualisation, synthesis, analysis;

8 apply your theoretical knowledge to the solution of a real problem.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge: EP9p, EP11m, G1p, G1m, G4p, G4m

9 illustrate basic project management skills: setting realistic targets, allocating tasks and reviewing progress;

10 show enhanced group working skills;

11 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;

- logic families and main characteristics - TTL, CMOS;

- SSI - small scale integration – basic gates and combinational logic;

- MSI - medium scale integration – combinational and sequential logic: e.g. decoders, multiplexers, counters, adders, latches;

- LSI - large scale integration - programmable logic: e.g. PLAs, PALs , PLDs and FPGAs;

- design case studies: phase detectors;

- timer and synchronous counter;

- FPGA design using Verilog.

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 - January Exam Period 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 astable and counters - design, simulate build and test 10 6-8 hours All Return of marked and annotated scripts
Coursework – Case Study 1 - Lock-in amplifier design, simulate 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 Floyd, Thomas L., Buchla, David M. Electronics Fundamentals: Circuits, Devices and Applications Pearson 2010 978-0135096833 [Library]
Set Ward, A.E. and Angus, J.S. Electronic Product Design Chapman and Hall 1996 978-0412632006 [Library]
Set Storey, N. Electronics: A Systems Approach Addison Wesley 2009 9780273719182 [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 Roth, C.H (JR), Kinney, Larry, L. Fundamentals of Logic Design 6th International edition Cengage Learning 2010 978-0495667766 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM1102, ECM1106
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 5 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 10 July 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Electronic design; analogue electronics; FPGAs; programmable logic; digital electronics; operational amplifiers; amplifier design