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Module

ENG1004 : Electronics and Sensors

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stephane Le Goff
  • Lecturer: Dr Martin Johnston, Dr Enrique Escobedo-Cousin, Dr Nick Coleman, Dr Kabita Adhikari
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To introduce students to the basic concepts associated with analogue, focusing on the operation of semiconductor devices and circuits. This is followed by an introduction to digital electronics, where students will learn about binary systems and logic circuit design.

Outline Of Syllabus

Analogue electronics: semiconductors, doping, PN Junction, diode, diode circuits, introduction to bipolar junction transistor (BJT) and MOSFETS, operational amplifier (op-amp), op-amp circuits.

Digital electronics: binary and hexadecimal representations, binary arithmetic, Boolean algebra, logic gates, combinational circuits, arithmetic circuits, truth tables and Karnaugh maps, sequential circuits, flip-flops (D and RS), finite-state machines and implementation of arbitrary sequences, e.g. up-down counter.

Design, application, and operation of typical sample sensors used across the Engineering disciplines (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil)

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Summative online NUMBAS test
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials180:309:00Non-Synchronous: 2 weekly 30-minute videos
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for online NUMBAS test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Formatively assessed logic experiment lab report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00PiP: 2x3-hour lab sessions OR home kit for off-campus students with synchronous support
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities82:0016:00Experimentation and preparation with breadboard logic kits at home
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities91:009:00Non-Synchronous: Reading activities to supplement knowledge
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous: 1 online tutorial/week
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:309:00Non-synchronous: Student study time of non-synchronous videos
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:3025:30Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Non-synchronous videos and structured study activities provide the core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving and practice are integrated into the synchronous tutorials, giving students the opportunity to answer more advanced questions to support their learning. The supporting labs, or home kits for those off-campus, give students the opportunity not only to apply the knowledge gained in lectures in practical design projects but also to introduce them to the use of electronic measurement equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital voltmeters, etc.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M100Online 90mins assessment (NUMBAS) - 50% analogue electronics and 50% digital electronics
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Lab exercise1MWork will be checked against the different experiment objectives and verbal feedback provided to students, in lab or via video link.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online summative NUMBAS test provides students with the opportunity to satisfy the majority of the learning outcomes. Formatively assessed logic board lab allows student to satisfy practical skill outcomes and reinforces the taught digital electronics theory.

Reading Lists

Timetable