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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PDES1365 Basic Electronics for Product Design

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Jordan Boyle

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Module replaces

PDES 1360 Consumer Electronics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. describe the role of electronics in contemporary consumer products;
2. read a circuit diagram comprising common electronic components;
3. analyse and predict the behaviour of simple circuits made from common electronic components using Kirchoff’s and Ohm’s laws;

4. for simple electronic subsystems of consumer products:
a. design and specify circuits;
b. select and use standard electronic components;
c. evaluate designs using Labview virtual instruments;
d. build working prototypes using protoboards and standard electronic parts;

5. identify ethical issues relating to electronic products.


- The role of electronics in Product Design
- Basic principles of Electrical Circuits
- How to read a circuit diagram
- Potential Dividers
- Types of sensor and transducer
- Reading data sheets
- Digital and Analogue Signals
- Prototyping circuits using standard components
- The role of Labview virtual instruments in the design and analysis of electronic subsystems.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment11.501.50
Private study hours66.50
Total Contact hours33.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study will be a combination of lecture, practical and tutorial preparation and review (16 hours), completing the one coursework item (28 hours), and revision and exam preparation (22.5 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have regular design reviews as part of their practicals, which will give the opportunity for direct feedback from academic staff.

In addition, students will have three tutorials with their personal tutors and will receive feedback on the assignment giving the opportunity to apply their learning in their exam preparation.

There will also be regular example sheets to allow students to assess and review their learning.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentDesign Assignment 150.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/02/2017


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