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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

XJEL1130 Circuit Analysis and Design

20 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr. Chris Wood

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. If it is not possible to deliver traditional teaching methods, such as lectures and practical classes, we may need to substitute alternative (online) formats of delivery and amend the timetable accordingly. ‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, 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 sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.


This module provides an introduction to the key electronic components, the basic concepts of electronic circuit 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 solve well-defined circuit problems.
2. Apply circuit theory and modelling techniques to the design and analysis of basic electronic circuits.
3. Use software tools for the analysis of electronic circuits.
4. Use a systems approach in the design of electronic circuits.
5. Solve well-defined circuit design problems involving basic electronic components, including diodes and transistors.
6. Use electronics laboratory equipment, general laboratory skills and safe working practices, to test and diagnose basic electronic circuits.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

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
Electronic circuit labs
Safety in the Laboratory
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
Examples Class221.0022.00
Private study hours112.00
Total Contact hours88.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins15.00
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins25.00
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins25.00
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 12/01/2022 15:04:56


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