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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC2130 Electronic Circuit Design

10 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Mr. Roland Clarke

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


The objective of this module is to develop the skills and knowledge needed to design professional electronic circuits and systems. These include the ability to select and design signal-conditioning and detection circuits, gain a deeper understanding of operational amplifiers, use appropriate circuit simulation tools, select and design digital interfacing circuits and appreciate some of the wider issues in circuit design such as interference, power supply and thermal design, fail-safe design and the importance of modularity.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Design op-amp circuits for signal conditioning, including amplifiers, buffers and active filters, using dual- and single-supply topologies.
2. Appreciate the limitations of op-amps and quantify the effects arising from common imperfections in op-amps.
3. Select and design suitable signal detection circuits based on op-amps, and understand the basic principles of analogue-to-digital conversion.
4. Select and design appropriate methods for interfacing with, and between, digital circuit components, including bus circuits.
5. Distinguish between the most common mechanisms for interference in electronic circuits, and select methods to mitigate the effects of interference.
6. Select and specify suitable power supply solutions for electronic circuits, including calculations for thermal management, and appreciate key system design concepts such as fail-safe design and modularity.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

The role of signal conditioning in electronic circuits
Properties and applications of ideal operational-amplifiers
Gain analysis of op-amps with negative feedback and frequency compensation
Limitations and imperfections of real op-amps
Single-supply op-amp topologies
Instrumentation amplifiers
Active filters based on Sallen-Key circuits
Signal detection circuits using op-amps
Basic principles of analogue to digital conversion
Input/output properties of digital circuits, including embedded microprocessors Interfacing requirements between digital circuits, including load-switching
Characteristics of digital bus circuits using open-collector/drain or tri-state outputs
Inter-system digital communications using UART, SPI, I2C, CAN
Interference, and strategies to minimise unwanted coupling
Power supplies and thermal management
System design, including fail-safe design and modularity
Obsolescence and related ethical considerations of electronic product design

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning81.008.00
Independent online learning hours32.00
Private study hours60.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate the material covered in lectures, to undertake preparatory work for laboratory classes and to prepare for summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be provided with access to practice MCQ tests to evaluate their progress and understanding.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 115.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 225.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 325.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 435.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:35:35


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