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2024/25 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 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Acceptance onto the BEng/MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering, BEng/MEng Electronics and Computer Engineering, BEng/MEng Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering, or BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics programme

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

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.


This module has the following objectives:
- To gain an understanding of key electronic components
- To learn the basic concepts of electronic circuit analysis
- To learn the basics of electronic circuit design
- To learn the fundamental principles of electronic circuit test and measurement.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
1. Apply basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of well-defined circuits problems.
2. Analyse well-defined circuits problems to reach substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles.
3. Communicate effectively on well-defined engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences.
4. Use practical laboratory and workshop skills to investigate well-defined circuits problems.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills:
a) Application of science, mathematics and/or engineering principles
b) Problem analysis
c) Communication
d) Practical and workshop skills


* Introduction to electronic circuits: Current, voltage, charge, circuit diagrams, Kirchhoffs current & voltage laws
* Resistors, Ohms Law, resistor combinations, potential divider, and superposition principle
* Ideal and real voltage & current sources
* Concept of a load
* Thevenin 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
* 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
* Load-line
* 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

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

3 x Exam

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours70.00
Total Contact hours100.00
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, which may include 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentPractical Test30.00
In-course AssessmentIn-class Test 240.00
In-course AssessmentIn-class Test 130.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)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: 30/04/2024


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