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CSM1259  Electrical and Electronic Principles (2012)
MODULE TITLE  Electrical and Electronic Principles  CREDIT VALUE  15 

MODULE CODE  CSM1259  MODULE CONVENER  Dr Gareth Kennedy (Coordinator) 
DURATION: TERM  1  2  3 

DURATION: WEEKS  10 
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)  73 

This course offers a comprehensive and practical exploration of basic electrical and electronic concepts, using a combination of theoretical and a handson approach to applications, and troubleshooting. This module is a prerequisite for subsequent modules, including the Electrical Energy Conversion and Transport second year module, in the BEng Mining Engineering and BSc/MEng Renewable Energy degree programmes.
The main aims of the module are to develop the students understanding of a wide range of electrical and electronic engineering principles. This module will enable the student to gain confidence in using and developing basic electrical/electronic equipment design (e.g. circuit diagrams), physical circuits, and using laboratory test and measurement equipment.
Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1. An understanding of electrical concepts, and competence in the analysis of both direct current and alternating current electrical circuits.
2. Confidence in the use of standard laboratory instrumentation.
3. A fundamental understanding of electronic devices and their applications.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
4. Knowledge of engineering concepts, to model these concepts mathematically and to form a rigorous solution. To assess the practical limitations of such solutions.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:
5. An ability in problem solving and numeracy, practical engineering laboratory skills, data analysis and presentation
Fundamental Basics 1. Introduction: Electricity, electrical charge, current, voltage, conductance and resistance, electrical and electronics systems, signals, physical quantities and measurement. 2. Electric circuits: SI units, common prefixes, electrical circuits, circuit symbols, direct current and alternating current, resistors, capacitors, and inductors, voltage sources and current sources. Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s law, resistors in series and parallel, resistive potential dividers, power dissipation in resistors. 3. DC circuits: Norton’s Theorems, Superposition, Nodal Analysis, Mesh Analysis, Solving Simultaneous Circuit Equations, Choice of Techniques. Electrical Engineering 4. Basics of Alternating voltages and currents: Voltage and Current, Phasor Diagrams, Impedance, Complex Notation. 5. Inductance and magnetic fields: Electromagnetism, Reluctance, Inductance, Selfinductance, Inductors, Inductors in Series and Parallel, Energy Storage in an Inductor, Mutual Inductance, Transformers, Transient (or DC) response of inductors, AC response of inductors, Circuit Symbols. 6. Capacitance and electric fields: Capacitors and Capacitance, Electric Fields, Capacitors in Series and Parallel, Voltage and Current, Energy Stored in a Charged Capacitor, Transient (or DC) response, AC response, Circuit Symbols. 7. AC Circuits: RC and RL circuits, RLC circuits, resonance, series and parallel relationships. 8. Power in AC circuits: Power in Resistive Components, Power in Capacitors, Power in Inductors, Circuits with Resistance and Reactance, Active and Reactive Power, Power triangle, Power Factor Correction, Power Transfer, Power Measurement. Electronic Engineering 9. Digital Systems: Binary quantities and variables, Logic gates, Boolean algebra, Combinational logic, Karnaugh maps, automated methods of minimization, propagation delay and hazards, number systems and binary arithmetic, Numeric and alphabetic codes, Examples of combinational logic design 10. Diodes and Applications: Introduction to semiconductors, diodes and characteristics, diode rectifiers, power supplies, and special purpose diodes. 11. Transistors: DC operation of Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT), BJT class A amplifiers, BJT class B amplifiers, The BJT as a switch, DC operation of FieldEffect Transistor (FET), FET amplifiers, Feedback oscillator, Troubleshooting, Application assignment. 12. Operational Amplifiers: Introduction to the operational amplifier, Comparators, Summing amplifiers, Integrators and differentiators, Oscillators, Active filters, Voltage regulators, Application assignment.
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities  40.00  Guided Independent Study  110.00  Placement / Study Abroad 

Category  Hours of study time  Description 
Scheduled learning & teaching activities  32  Lectures 
Scheduled learning & teaching activities  4  Laboratory sessions 
Scheduled learning & teaching activities  4  Tutorials 
Guided independent study  110  Private study 
Form of Assessment  Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length)  ILOs Assessed  Feedback Method 



Tutorial exercises  One for each major topic  1,2,4  Selfassessment 
Coursework  30  Written Exams  70  Practical Exams 

Form of Assessment  % of Credit  Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length)  ILOs Assessed  Feedback Method 

Coursework: Laboratory report (20%)  plus online quiz assessment (10%) based on all four practical laboratories 
30  1500 words  15  Written 
Examination  70  2 hours  15  Tutor meeting 
Original Form of Assessment  Form of Reassessment  ILOs Reassessed  Time Scale for Rereassessment 

Summative assessment  Additional assessment  As above  August Ref/Def period 
Examination  Additional examination  As above  August Ref/Def period 
As above 1 piece of CW 30% and/or 1 Exam 70%
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener
Web based and electronic resources:
ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages
Further reading list:
Neil Storey, Electronics: A Systems Approach, Prentice Hall, 3/E, 2006, ISBN10: 0273694340
Thomas L. Floyd, Electronics Fundamentals: Circuits, Devices and Applications: Prentice Hall, 7/E, 2007, ISBN10: 0131995855
Allan R. Hambley, Electrical Engineering: Principles and Applications, Prentice Hall, 4/E, 2007, ISBN10: 0131989227.
Reading list for this module:
Type  Author  Title  Edition  Publisher  Year  ISBN  Search 

Set  Storey, Neil  Electrical & Electronics Systems  1st  Pearson Prentice Hall  2004  10: 0130930466  [Library] 
Set  Hughes,E  Electrical and Electronic Technology  Pearson  2012  9780131143975  [Library]  
Set  Warnes, Lionel  Electronic and Electrical Engineering Principles and Practice  Macmillan  10: 0333990404  [Library] 
CREDIT VALUE  15  ECTS VALUE  7.5 

PREREQUISITE MODULES  None 

COREQUISITE MODULES  None 
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ)  1 (NQF Level 4)  AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING  No 

ORIGIN DATE  Monday 12 March 2012  LAST REVISION DATE  Wednesday 17 October 2012 
KEY WORDS SEARCH  Electrical Electronics Engineering 
