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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PDES2525 Advanced Electronics for Product Design

20 creditsClass Size: 54

Module manager: Dr Jordan Boyle

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17


PDES1365Basic Electronics for Product Design

Module replaces

PDES 2520 Electronics for Product Design

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Interface sensors and transducers to microcontrollers or similar devices of which facilitates digital and analogue input and output channels,
2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of programming microcontrollers or similar devices using off-the-shelf software,
3. Design products that incorporate electronic sensing and control elements,
4. Decompose a design problem into smaller and solvable tasks;
5. Build and operate proof-of-concept prototypes to demonstrate solution principles of their own designed products using standard electronic parts;


- Using pulse width modulation (PWM) to drive direct current motors, servo motors and loads
- Charging and discharging of capacitors
- Resistor and capacitor (RC) circuits and band pass filters
- Using operational amplifiers (Op Amp)
- Using accelerometers and Hall effect sensors
- Microcontroller concepts using Arduino platform
- Boolean logic AND, OR, NOT, XOR
- Iterative programming structures, while loop, for loop, case structure
- Data acquisition and data manipulation
- Simple programming and debugging
- Finite state machines

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours131.00
Total Contact hours69.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private study will be a combination of lecture, practical and tutorial preparation and review, completing the two coursework items and revision and exam preparation.

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 six tutorials (three per semester) and will receive feedback on their two assignments, giving the opportunity to apply their learning to the next assessment.

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportPrototype demonstration and report30.00
ReportPrototype demonstration and report30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

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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