Module Title:   Practical Electronics

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0134D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   SCIM (Dept of Computer Science)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr R.W.Clarke

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr J.C.Readle

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To develop practical electronics knowledge and skills, including; reading and creating circuit diagrams, understanding the function of components, use of electronic test equipment, designing PCBs using CAD and developing laboratory documentation and soldering skills. To have an appreciation of the safety issues related to electrical current sources and an appreciation of the sustainability issues, legislation and standards associated with the electronics industry.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Laboratory based practical work both individually and in pairs. The assessment consists of practical demonstrations, logbook reports and a knowledge test. Supplementary assessment: repair deficiency in original assessment, or repeat module with attendance if necessary.

Lectures:   0.00          Directed Study:   128.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   4.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   68.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Demonstrate broad knowledge of electronic components: their construction, function and application in an electronic circuit, and also have the ability to build a working electronic circuit using these components, from a given design.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Demonstrate the ability to design, build and test a printed circuit board based on knowledge of component function and competent use of CAD software and established design rules.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Demonstrate the ability to accurately present the outcomes of an experiment through the use of a laboratory logbook.

  Coursework   50%
  Practical: Portfolio of prectical work assessed in laboratory session
  Coursework   40%
  Portfolio of written work including lab reports and logbook
  Classroom test   10%
  computer based MCQ using QMP facility

Outline Syllabus:
An introduction to voltage, current, Ohm`s law, statement of what a resistor, capacitor and inductor is, how to apply formula for series and parallel and rule for resistive potential dividers. Understanding the role, function, identification and packaging of common passive and active devices and common connectors.
Safe use and familiarity with test Equipment: DVM, Oscilloscope, power supplies and signal generators.
Electronic skills, tools and techniques: wiring; soldering and de-soldering: component recognition, identification and selection; data books, application notes and suppliers catalogues. Make and test project 1: construction and testing of a small electronic unit. Make and test project 2 and 3: further exercises in the design, construction and testing of small electronic systems, one digital and one analogue. During the course of these projects, students will be introduced to the following software package: Proteus - PCB schematic design and capture, manual and automatic track layout. Students will be introduced to Surface Mount Technology. The importance of sustainability in electronic manufacture will be introduced, including: the WEEE Directive, the RoHS Directive and whole life sustainability factors. The students will be introduced to some of the ethical aspects of electronic manufacturing by considering such issues as ethical sourcing of raw materials and the ethical implications of offshore manufacturing.

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