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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PDES1365 Basic Electronics for Product Design

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr George Jackson-Mills

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

PDES 1360 Consumer Electronics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. describe the role of electronics in contemporary consumer products;
2. read a circuit diagram comprising common electronic components;
3. analyse and predict the behaviour of simple circuits made from common electronic components using Kirchoff’s and Ohm’s laws;

4. for simple electronic subsystems of consumer products:
a. design and specify circuits;
b. select and use standard electronic components;
c. evaluate designs using Labview virtual instruments;
d. build working prototypes using protoboards and standard electronic parts;

5. identify ethical issues relating to electronic products.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module, student will have learned how to:
1. Apply engineering reasoning and problem solving to analyse, build and debug simple electronic circuits.
2. Interpret a simple specification and design a circuit that satisfies this.
3. Use basic mathematical knowledge in an applied context.
4. Understand how to write a technical report that effectively communicates the details of a design.

Engineering Council Learning Outcomes
SM1i - Knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning relevant technologies, and their evolution
SM2i - Knowledge and understanding of mathematics and an awareness of statistical methods necessary to support application of key engineering principles
EA1i - Ability to monitor, interpret and apply the results of analysis and modelling in order to bring about continuous improvement
EA2i - Ability to apply quantitative methods in order to understand the performance of systems and components
EA3i - Ability to use the results of engineering analysis to solve engineering problems and to recommend appropriate action
D4i - Apply problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding to create or adapt designs solutions that are fit for purpose including operation, maintenance, reliability etc
EL1 - Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering and a knowledge of professional codes of conduct
P1i - Knowledge of contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied (eg operations and management, application and development of technology, etc)
P2i - Understanding of and ability to use relevant materials, equipment, tools, processes, or products
P3i - Knowledge and understanding of workshop and laboratory practice
P4i - Ability to use and apply information from technical literature
G1 - Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities


- The role of electronics in Product Design
- Basic principles of Electrical Circuits
- How to read a circuit diagram
- Potential Dividers
- Types of sensor and transducer
- Reading data sheets
- Digital and Analogue Signals
- Prototyping circuits using standard components
- The role of Labview virtual instruments in the design and analysis of electronic subsystems.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment11.501.50
Private study hours66.50
Total Contact hours33.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study will be a combination of lecture, practical and tutorial preparation and review (16 hours), completing the one coursework item (28 hours), and revision and exam preparation (22.5 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Verbal feedback in synchronous sessions and potentially short multiple-choice quizzes based on each week’s material.  

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectGroup project50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 28/04/2023 14:55:00


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