Module Title:Introduction to Electronics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: (a) A combination of lectures, class discussion, tutorials, practicals and demonstrations will be used. (b) Particular emphasis will be placed on active learning including problem/project based learning
Module Aim: To introduce students to the field of electronics and in particular give them an appreciation of how different electronic sub circuits (which will be studied in more detail in subsequent modules) are combined to form a complete electronic system.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Work in an electronic laboratory with due regard for his/her safety and that of others.
LO2 Describe the characteristics of basic electronic components and the functional operation of common electronic systems
LO3 Describe the characteristics of common electronic digital and analogue signals
LO4 Analyse the operation of common electrical and electronic circuits
LO5 Design, simulate, build and take accurate measurements in electrical/electronic circuits
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Circuit Analysis
Use Kirchhoffs and Ohms laws to solve for unknow voltages and currents in a resistor network circuit.
Block Diagrams
System design using block diagrams
Power Supplies
Voltage sources & power supplies
Generation and characteristics of signals
Voltage amplifiers – Introduction to Operational Amplifiers
Basic semiconductor devices e.g. diodes, zener diodes & BJT
AC to DC conversion
Designing a AC to DC converter using rectifiers, transformers, filters and regulators.
Basic Analogue Filter Characteristics
Number Systems
Binary and Hexadecimal Number Systems
Logic Gates
Digital Schematic design using Logic gates
Boolean Algebra
Gate minimization using Boolean algebra rules
Timing Diagrams
Timing diagrams for combinational and sequential digital ciruits
Synchronous and Asynchronous Counters
Decoders and Multiplexers
Decoders and Multiplexers
Microprocessor Architectures
Microprocessor Architectures
Flip Flops
D, JK, SR flip flop and latches
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Students will be assigned a number of assignments as part of the assessment of this module. Students may be asked to complete assignments during tutorials or as homework 2,4,5 20.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete practical assignments during the course of the module. Students will be required to maintain a laboratory logbook and write a brief report on each assignment. 1,4,5 10.00 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Each student will complete two formal practical tests. A mark of up to 5% of the overall mark will be assigned for each test. 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 Week 24
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final written examination will assess the degree to which the student has attained the skills, competencies and knowledge as defined in the learning outcomes. 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
Tutorial Every Week 1.00
Practicals 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