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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC1801 Electronic Design Project

10 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr. Zhaopeng Zhang

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan 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, or BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics programme

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is laboratory-based to extend the understanding of electronic components and apply them to the circuit design to achieve different functionality. Students will shape their skills in electronic engineering by building up a physical circuit based on diagrams and datasheets. Students will also have a chance to work as a group building their own buggy for a race!


This module has the following objectives:
- To develop essential practical skills in interpreting circuit diagrams, building the corresponding physical prototype and using laboratory instruments to test and evaluate the circuit.
- To learn different topics such as 555 timer, op-amp, logic gate IC and H-bridge covered in weekly lab activities.
- To give students an opportunity to utilise what they learnt.
- To develop teamwork skills and engage via a team electronic design project.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning:
1. Apply basic knowledge of electronic circuit theory to the solution of well-defined electronic circuit engineering problems.
2. Analyse well-defined circuit engineering problems to reach substantiated conclusions using circuit design and analysis principles
3. Review and evaluate the technical datasheet to extract relevant information about the electrical characteristics of component parts.
4. Design solutions for well-defined engineering challenges via labs and group projects.
5. Use a risk management process to identify, evaluate and mitigate associated with the group project.
6. Adopt an inclusive approach to engineering practice and recognise the responsibilities, benefits and importance of supporting equality, diversity and inclusion.
7. Use practical laboratory and workshop skills to investigate complex engineering problems.
8. Select and apply appropriate materials, equipment, engineering technologies and processes, recognising their limitations.
9. Discuss the role of quality management systems and continuous improvement in the context of complex engineering problems.
10. Apply knowledge of engineering management principles, commercial context, project and change management, and relevant legal matters including intellectual property rights.
11. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team.
12. Communicate effectively on engineering technical information with technical and non-technical audiences.

Skills learning development

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) Searching and using technical literature
d) Design skills
e) Risk management
f) Equality, diversity and inclusion
g) Practical and workshop skills
h) Technical awareness of engineering materials, equipment, technologies, and processes
i) Quality management
j) Engineering and project management
k) Teamwork
l) Communication


Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* Circuit prototyping and construction and use of prototyping products such as stripboard/breadboard.
* 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
* Group working skills
* System level approach to circuit design
* Composition of a simple technical presentation
* Group design project

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;

2 x Exam

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours61.00
Total Contact hours39.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

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 AssessmentBuggy Project70.00
In-course AssessmentIn-Class Test30.00
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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