Module Title:Electrical Science
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered using lectures along with a series of laboratory exercises/demonstrations to support the theory.
Module Aim: To introduce students to the basic principles of electrical science theory and enable them to perform calculations and measurements on electrical circuits.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Recognise common electrical components and instruments; define quantities, symbols, units and notation.
LO2 Describe the electrical properties of components and materials with respect to charge, voltage, current and resistance.
LO3 Apply circuit theory principles to solve problems relating to series and parallel electrical circuits.
LO4 Complete laboratory experiments using appropriate apparatus and test equipment; report on the findings.
LO5 Analyse the transient behaviour of capacitors and inductors.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Electrical Components, Instruments and Experiments
• Electrical components, measurement instruments and schematic symbol representation. • Quantities, SI units and symbols used. • Scientific notation, engineering notation and metric prefix notation. • Electrical safety. • Operation of apparatus and electrical equipment including breadboard, power supplies and digital multi-meters. • Practical laboratory experiments based on class theory.
Electrical Science Theory and Applications
• Electrical properties of materials with respect to atoms, charge, voltage, current and resistance. • Conductors, semiconductors, and insulators with examples of each. • Resistivity and related problems. • Resistors, Capacitors and Inductors. • Ohm’s law. • Energy and power (Watts Law). • The kilowatt hour (kWh) and related problems. • Power rating of resistors. • Kirchhoff's circuit laws.
Circuit Analysis
• Series, parallel and series-parallel circuit analysis. • Total power calculations. • Wheatstone bridge. • Transient behaviour of capacitors and inductors (RC and LC time constant).
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
Practical20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Combination of written or supervised on-line assessments. 1,2 20.00 Week 7
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Series of Laboratory Exercises 1,4 20.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final written examination will assess the extent to which the student has achieved the learning outcomes. 1,2,3,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Laboratory Every Week 0.50
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 3.50
 

Module Delivered In

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