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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC1801 Electronic Design Project

10 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Mr. Roger Berry

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan 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.


The ability to interpret a circuit diagram, build the corresponding physical prototype and then use laboratory instruments to test and evaluate the circuit, is a vital skill for electronic engineers. Consequently, this module is an important part of the first-year programmes in Electronic Engineering and also Mechatronics and Robotics.This module gives students an opportunity to learn important laboratory skills, and engage in a team design project.

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

1. Construct and test a prototype electronic circuit and transpose between circuit diagrams and prototype circuits.
2. Use laboratory instruments to diagnose faults and/or test sections of an electronic circuit.
3. Extract relevant information about the electrical characteristics of component parts from a manufacturer’s datasheet.
4. Work as a member of a team to fulfil a design brief.
5. Communicate technical information to a wider audience.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Circuit prototyping and construction, including soldering and use of prototyping products such as stripboard
Transposing between circuit diagrams and circuit prototypes for circuits with moderate complexity
Prototyping standard circuits such as the transistor H-bridge, and circuits using integrated circuits such as encoders/decoders
Laboratory instruments including oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter and laboratory power supply
Interpretation of datasheets, identifying maximum ratings, test conditions, performance limits
Introduction to PCB CAD software, including the use of library parts
Group working skills
System level approach to circuit design
Composition of a simple technical poster
Group design project

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 practice key skills (such as transposition of circuit diagrams and interpretation of datasheets) and also to meet with group members to plan and work on the design project.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback will mainly be provided verbally by the laboratory demonstrators and the module staff during the scheduled laboratory sessions. The in-course practical assessments will provide quantitative feedback on student progress.

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 125.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 225.00
Group ProjectMini-project30.00
PresentationPoster presentation20.00
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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