KD4010 - Electricity, Magnetism and Electronics

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you to fundamental electromagnetism, electrical circuit theory and analogue electronics. Through a combination of lectures, labs and

technology-enhanced resources, you will learn to analyse basic DC and AC circuits and to familiarise with fundamental electronic components such as operational

amplifiers and semiconductor diodes. This module will provide you with core knowledge, and experimental, numerical and analytical skills to tackle problems in electrical

and electronic principles, thus establishing firm foundations for future employability.


Electricity and Magnetism (25%)


Electric charge: conductors, insulators and semiconductors. Electrostatics: Coulomb's law and the electric field; Concept of electric potential and its relation to the electric

field; Energy stored in an electric field; Application to a capacitor and link to capacitance. Magnetostatics: Forces arising between wires carrying electric currents; concept

of the magnetic field; Ampere’s Law; geometrical statement of the Biot-Savart law; the B field around a wire; the right-hand rule.


DC and AC Circuit Theory (50%)


Introduction to ideal linear elements: resistor, inductor and capacitor. Transient currents across ideal elements. Current and voltage division rule. Applications of

superposition: Kirchhoff’s law.



Properties of sinusoidal and periodic waveforms, average, RMS values. Phasors and phasor diagrams, and j operator. Complex impedance, impedance diagrams.

Applications to series circuits. Power in AC circuits, power factor, apparent power, active power, and reactive power. Complex admittance and applications to parallel

circuits. Series and parallel RLC circuits. Frequency response and resonance in simple RLC circuits.


Analogue Electronics (25%)


Introduction to the properties of an ideal operational amplifier. Simple inverting and non-inverting applications using virtual earth principles. Properties and parameters of a

non-ideal op-amplifier including gain-bandwidth and off-sets. Op-amplifier applications including summing, integrator and differentiator. Linear and non-linear applications.

How will I learn on this module?

The learning strategy of this module is based a combination of formal lectures and laboratory sessions. Theoretical material delivered in lectures will be augmented with a

strong practical element involving group work and interactive demonstrations in the laboratory. Seminar-style lectures will be used as an opportunity to develop problem-

solving skills through worked examples relevant to real-world applications.


Summative assessment will consist of two exams (each worth 50%) used to assess your knowledge, understanding and problem solving skills.


Formative assessment will be achieved through in-class tests and informal quizzes, which will be used throughout the year to help you measure your progress and to

support your learning.


Feedback will be provided in several forms including: written comments on class tests; verbal comments on class tests; general feedback on the seminar and laboratory

work - delivered in class or via blackboard; written feedback on the laboratory report; examination feedback will be provided following the normal processes to show generically where the cohort has a strong or a weaker answer to the examination. Independent study is supported by further technology-enhanced resources provided via the e-learning portal, including lecture notes, e-hand outs, sample problems and past-paper questions. Throughout the module, you will gain extensive practical skills, which are essential for subsequent study levels and future employment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures and labs will be the main point of academic contact, offering a formal teaching environment for core learning. Labs will provide opportunities for developing your critical inquiry and discussions with your peers.

Outside formal scheduled teaching, you will be able to contact the module team (module tutor, year tutor, programme leader) either via email or the open door policy operated throughout the programme.

Further academic support will be provided through technology-enhanced resources via the e-learning portal. You will have the opportunity to give their feedback formally through periodic staff-student committees and directly to the module tutor at the end of the semester.
Lectures and labs will be the main point of academic contact, offering a formal teaching environment for core learning. Labs will provide opportunities for developing your

critical inquiry and discussions with your peers.


Outside formal scheduled teaching, you will be able to contact the module team (module tutor, year tutor, programme leader) either via email or the open door policy

operated throughout the programme.


Further academic support will be provided through technology-enhanced resources via the e-learning portal. You will have the opportunity to give their feedback formally

through periodic staff-student committees and directly to the module tutor at the end of the semester.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Knowledge and understanding of electrostatics, magnetostatics, electrical and electronics principles and the development of technology including analysing and solving simple AC series and parallel circuits using phasors and complex numbers (UK-Spec, 3rd Ed. SM1p, EA1p, SM1p)
2. Knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles applied to solve the electrical circuitry (UK-Spec, 3rd Ed. SM2p)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Explain the operation of ideal and non-ideal op-amp circuits and design op-amp applications
4. Apply key principles of DC circuit theory including Kirchhoff’s laws of current and voltage, and rules for current and voltage division both experimentally and theoretically (UK-Spec, 3rd Ed. EP3p).

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate awareness of the operation of simple electrical circuits and their relevance to current societal energy challenges

How will I be assessed?

SUMMATIVE
1. Examination (50%) - MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2. Examination (50%) - MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

FORMATIVE
1. Lab book - MLOs 1, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will take several forms including: written comments on class tests, verbal comments on class tests; general feedback on the seminar and laboratory work - delivered in class or via blackbaord; written feedback on the laboratory report; examination feedback will be provided following the normal processes to show generically where the cohort has a strong or weaker answer to the examination.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module will introduce you to electrical circuit theory and analogue electronics. Through a combination of lectures, dedicated labs and technology-enhanced resources including digital devices controlled by specialist software, you will learn to analyse DC and AC circuits and to familiarise yourself with fundamental electronic components such as operational amplifiers and semiconductor diodes. Summative assessment will be in the form of a test based on lab work (40%) and a closed-book exam (60%). In addition to lectures and seminars, we will support your learning via electronic lecture notes and problem sets. Through labs, you will develop key research-orientated skills, such as data recording and reporting. This module will provide you with core knowledge, and experimental, numerical and analytical skills to tackle problems in electrical and electronic principles, thus establishing firm foundations for future employability.

Course info

UCAS Code F301

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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