Module Title:Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, tutorials, class-based tasks and laboratory exercises will be used. Particular emphasis will be placed on active learning including problem/project-based learning. The practical sessions will be used to back up the theory. The Institute VLE will be used to interactively communicate with students.
Module Aim: To give the students an understanding of the concept of an electric circuit and its associated parameters. To develop their ability to apply circuit laws to simplify basic electric circuits. To introduce students to the field of electronics and understand the properties of electronic devices.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of electric circuits.
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 Perform calculations to permit the analysis of basic electrical (DC) and electronic circuits.
LO5 Using schematic diagrams, build and test electrical and electronic circuits in a laboratory environment.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Quantities and Units
Units of Measurement and Metric Prefixes.
Voltage, Current and Resistance
The Electric Circuit. Basic Circuit Measurements.
Ohm's Law
The Relationship of Current, Voltage, and Resistance.
Energy and Power
Power in an Electric Circuit. Resistor Power Ratings.
Series Circuits
Resistors in Series. Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law. Troubleshooting.
Parallel Circuits
Resistors in Parallel. Kirchhoff’s Current Law. Parallel Circuit Applications.
Series-Parallel Circuits
Analysis of Series-Parallel Resistive Circuits. Ladder Networks.
Block Diagrams
System design using block diagrams.
Signals
Generation and Characteristics of signals.
Semiconductors
Basic semiconductor devices e.g. diodes, zener diodes
AC to DC Conversion
Designing a AC to DC converter using rectifiers, transformers, filters and regulators.
Number systems
Binary and Hexadecimal Number Systems
Logic Gates
Digital Schematic design using logic gates
Timing Diagrams
Timing diagrams for combinational and sequential digital circuits.
Flip Flops
D, JK, SR flip flop and latches
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
Practical30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Several in-class and/or online assessments. 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will complete practical assignments during the module and write a report on each assignment. 1,4,5 20.00 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Learners will complete practical tasks for summative assessment. 1,4,5 10.00 End-of-Semester
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam The written examination, at the end of the module, will evaluate the extent of the student’s knowledge of the learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 30.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 4.00
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Practicals Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 16.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CW_EESYS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Engineering 1 Mandatory
CW_EERAS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automated Systems 1 Mandatory
CW_EEBEE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Electronics 1 Mandatory
CW_EEEEN_D Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 1 Mandatory
CW_EERAS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Robotics and Automated Systems 1 Mandatory