Module Title:Engineering Science
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: (a) Lectures: A series of lectures, using whiteboard, data projector and video, will initiate and broaden the students’ knowledge of the scientific principles on which electronics is based. The initial stages of the module will involve ‘everyday’ science topics. (b) Projects: A series of mini-projects designed to motivate the students and increase the level of interest in learning the scientific principles.
Module Aim: To give the students an understanding of the scientific principles underlying engineering systems and components with emphasis on the underlying principles of electrical systems and components.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Distinguish basic electrical units such as charge, current, voltage, resistance, power and energy.
LO2 Discuss the basic concepts of force, motion, heat, sound, light, magnetism and electricity.
LO3 Perform algebraic manipulations and substitutions of physical formulae to solve problems using appropriate units.
LO4 Solve work, energy, power and friction problems involving simple physical laws.
LO5 Measure and record experimental data and make appropriate analyses using graphs and/or calculations.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
(a) Units
State the seven base S.I. Units. Calculate S.I. derived units and unit conversions. Accuracy and uncertainty.
(b) Atomic Structure
Describe the simple model of the structure of the atom. Explain the different states of matter. Distinguish between electrical conductors and insulators. Describe ionisation and electrochemical effects.
(c) Electrical/Electronic Concepts
Explain the nature and cause of static electricity. Relate charge and current. Explain the nature of insulators, conductors and semiconductors. Discuss the conductivity of solids, liquids and gases. Define potential difference. Use Coulomb’s Law to calculate the force between two charges. Describe electric field patterns. Define electric field strength. Describe the concept of capacitance. Distinguish between pure and doped semiconductors. Describe the operation of the p-n junction. Describe the structure of other types of semiconductor electronic components.
(d) Force, Motion, Friction
Define a force and describe it's effects. Distinguish between linear and angular forces. Describe Newton’s laws of motion. Differentiate between mass, weight and pressure. Define momentum. Describe the principle of conservation of momentum. Resolve a force into orthogonal components. Describe harmonic motion. Describe the link between torque and circular motion. Describe the mechanical concepts used in robots. Describe friction and inertia.
(e) Heat
Describe conduction, convection and radiation. Relate heat and temperature. Describe temperature scales. Describe thermoelectric effects in materials. Explain the operation of a thermocouple and resistance thermometer.
(f) Sound
Describe the different types of waves and their uses. Explain amplitude, wavelength, frequency, velocity, periodic time and phase. Describe the nature of sound waves. State the frequency range of audible sound. Measure the speed of sound in various materials. Describe the main properties of sound including absorption, reflection. Describe applications of ultrasonic waves.
(g) Magnetic Concepts
Describe a magnetic field. Distinguish between a permanent magnet and electromagnet. Describe the operation of an electromagnet e.g. relay. Describe the motive effect as in electric motor, loudspeaker. Use Faraday’s Law to relate change of flux to induced voltage. Describe Lenz’s Law and applications.
(h) Light
Describe light reflection, refraction and absorption. List applications of opto-electronics e.g. phototransistors, LCD, fibre optic cables. Describe the sections of the electromagnetic spectrum.
(i) Energy & Power
Describe different forms of energy and energy transformation. Calculate kinetic and potential energy. Describe the principle of conservation of energy. Define power. Describe the different forms of power.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Each student will complete assignments allocated either during class or as homework for which a maximum mark of 20% will be awarded 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Practical sessions will be held incorporating demonstrations and individual exercises for each student. The student will be expected to write a report for each demonstration / exercise. Some of these reports may be research–based only. 2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Each student will sit a formal written examination at the end of the module for which a maximum of 60% will be awarded. 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Practicals Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 5.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EESYS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Systems 1 Mandatory
CW_EEEEN_D Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 1 Mandatory