Module Title:Electronic Engineering Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The following tools shall be used to teach this module - Industrial training films - Practical Instructor demonstrations - Interactive lecture with group discussion on safety - Practical assignments designed using project based learning techniques - Schematic and PCB layout (CAD) software packages - Practical exercises using excel and Geogebra
Module Aim: To give the students the knowledge, competencies and skills necessary to [a] construct an electronic project from specified design to final test of the enclosed PCB based unit. [b] Use electronic CAD software to simulate, analyse and explore the operation of basic electronic circuits. [c] Interpret key mathematical principles visually, develop interactive models and extend theoretical understanding using technical computing environments.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Operate in an electronics workshop laboratory with due regard for health and safety (H&S) and environmental considerations.
LO2 Design circuit layouts, construct prototype boards and test basic electronic circuits using appropriate tools and equipment.
LO3 Use electronic CAD software to simulate, analyse and explore the operation of basic electronic circuits.
LO4 Carry out data formatting, engineering based calculations, graphing and analysis on real world engineering data using a spreadsheet
LO5 Interpret key mathematical principles visually, develop interactive models and extend theoretical understanding using technical computing environments.
Pre-requisite learning
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
(a) Safety and safe working practices and environmental considerations
Safety precautions when soldering and using tools. Exercise proper safety procedures when working in a laboratory to ensure personal safety including general principles, eating, drinking and an understanding of electric shock hazard.
(b) Identification of electronic components and their symbol.
Identification of components and correct identification of component pinout using datasheets.
(c) Electronic design, schematic capture and simulation.
Use an industry standard package for Electronic Design and simulation of circuits.
(d) Test and measurement of a prototype board.
Build and test circuits on breadboard and compare results with simulation software build circuits.
(e) Soldering and assembly.
Create planning sheet from schematic diagrams before soldering the circuit using strip-board.
(f) Basic enclosure / finishing and assembly.
Install finished circuit into an enclosure to complete assembly.
(g) Spreadsheet fundamentals with engineering applications.
Create spreadsheets with good layout specifically for engineering students appropriate for engineering computations.
(h) Mathematical CAD
Carry out exercises on co-ordinate geometry, algebra, statistics and applied calculus using a graphical mathematical CAD program such as GeoGebra.
(i) Lab report.
Write a formal report based on the schematic diagram and instructions assigned.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
Practical50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Class and laboratory exercises to be completed along with combined written & practical tests. 2,3,4,5 50.00 n/a
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Typical assignments: (a) Soldering assignment using wire links and a continuity checker. (b) Assemble a timer circuit on stripboard. (c) Stripboard assembly of a continuity test circuit. (d) Generate a schematic and test circuit using simulation software. (e) Use software to create planning sheets for circuits prior to soldering on stripboard. (f) Build and test a car brake fluid indicator circuit. (g) Construct and test a logic probe. (h) Build and test an electronic instrument such as a combined continuity tester/voltage detector. (i) Construct and test a LED battery voltage level indicator. 1,2,3 50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practicals Every Week 3.00
Laboratory Every Week 1.00
Laboratory Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 6.00
 

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