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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC1130 Circuit Analysis and Design

20 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr. Chris Wood

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) 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.


This module provides an introduction to key electronic components, the basic concepts of electronic circuit analysis and design and the basic principles of electronic circuit test and measurement.

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

1. Apply basic physical and mathematical principles to circuit problems.
2. Apply circuit theory and modelling techniques to the design and analysis of electronic circuits.
3. Use quantitative methods and software tools to the analysis and design of electronic circuits.
4. Apply a systems approach to the analysis and design of electronic circuits.
5. Demonstrate familiarity with electronic components, such as diodes and transistors, and related measurement equipment.
6. Demonstrate good laboratory skills, including the safety aspects of lab work, keeping a laboratory log book.


Introduction to electronic circuits: current, voltage, charge, circuit diagrams, Kirchhoff’s current & voltage laws
Resistors, Ohm’s Law, resistor combinations, potential divider, and superposition principle
Ideal and real voltage & current sources
Concept of a load
Thévenin and Norton equivalents
Capacitors & inductors
Phenomenological transient response
Electrical power and energy
Energy storage & dissipation
Introduction to AC circuit behaviour: rms quantities
Reactance, impedance and phase shifts between current & voltage
Electronic circuit labs
Safety in the Laboratory
Laboratory record keeping
Basic measurement techniques: digital multimeter and oscilloscope, loading effects
Circuit simulation: Using multisim or equivalent contemporary software packages
Diodes: ideal and real I-V characteristics
AC rectification
Transistors: basic operating principles of BJTs and FETs
Transistor biasing
Small-signal equivalent circuit models
Amplifier design with transistors
Circuit models
Amplifier gain, input and output resistance
Operational Amplifiers: virtual ground principle, use of feedback, simple op-amp filter circuits

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning161.0016.00
Independent online learning hours64.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

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 receive feedback on their progress through the in-course assessments and also through on-line quizzes on Minerva.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Assessment/Test 115.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assessment/Test 225.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assessment/Test 325.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assessment/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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