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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS1025
Module NameElectrotechnology
Module Short TitleN/a
Semester TaughtHillary Term
Contact HoursLecture hours: 22
Lab hours: 10
Tutorial hours: 11

Total hours: 43
Module PersonnelLecturing staff: Dr. Eamonn O Nuallain
Learning Outcomes

When students have successfully completed this course they should be able to:

  • State and apply the fundamental operating principles of electronic circuitry and electromagnetism.
  • Describe the characteristics and analyse the behavior of basic circuit elements (resistors, capacitors, inductors, semiconductor diodes. transistors and AD and DC supplies).
  • Construct and analyze basic analog and digital circuits.
Learning Aims

The Electrotechnology course is intended as an introductory course. The course examines the structure of matter from an electrical perspective dealing with conductors, dielectrics and semiconductors. Concepts of electrical charge, Electric and Magnetic fields are also examined. With this material concepts of voltage, current, impedance in electrical circuits are explored. Circuit elements such as the resistor, capacitor, inductor, the semiconductor diode and transistors are examined as well as ideal and practical ac and dc supplies. Methods of analyzing electrical circuits consisting of the above components are examined. In the lab sessions students are expected to build electronic circuits and explain their operation.

Module Content

The basic structure of matter. Conductors, insulators and Semiconductors.
Electric and Magnetic fields. Coulomb’s Law, The Lorentz Force law, Faraday’s law.
Semiconductor doping, the semiconductor diode, transistors.  Voltage and current. The resistor, capacitor and the inductor. Series and parallel resistors, the potential divider. Electric Power. Basic circuit analysis.

Recommended Reading List

Foundations of Electronics: Circuits and Devices (Conventional Current Flow Version) By Russell and Meade

Module PrerequisitesNone
Assessment Details

% Written Exam: 60%
% Coursework: 40%

Description of assessment & assessment regulations.

The Writen Exam will take place in Trinity term. There will be a supplemental exam in the autumn for those who did not pass the Trinity term exam.

Coursework will be based on labs. Each student is expected to write a lab report and complete the attendant problems. Attendance at labs is mandatory. Additional problem sheets will be given but these will not count for coursework marks. However students are strongly advised to complete these problem sheets in preparation for their examination.

Assessment in the annual examinations is by written exam’ (60%) and coursework (40%). It is not necessary to pass both components separately.
Assessment in the supplementals is by 100 % written examination only.
Students are advised that the written examinations may contain questions based on labs.

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Academic Year of Data2014/15