TRON06017 2013 Practical Electronics
This is a basic introduction to analogue and digital electronics for first year students in Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Discuss practical electronic systems in terms of their inputs, controlling devices and outputs.
Select appropriate electronic components and calculate their respective values for the purposes of current-limiting, power consumption and timing.
Use a simulator to predict the electrical behaviour of basic analogue and digital circuits.
Employ digital logic to solve practical engineering design problems.
Construct and test basic electronics circuits on breadboard or stripboard.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
It is proposed that a workplace engagement component will be introduced to this module via a guest lecturer from industry, an industrial site visit or a work-based assignment where possible.
Module Assessment Strategies
The main emphasis of this module is to assess students' practical knowledge of electronics. Students will be assessed in the lab based on their active participation in practicals and also on their lab reports. They will sit a practical exam towards the end of term, which should be based on practical work covered during the term. The theory element of the module will be assessed by a written continuous assessment exam and random quizes.
Revision of Basic Electrical Principles: Ohms Law, Resistors in Series / Parallel and Power.
Analogue v Digital Electronics.
Input, Control and Output in Electronic Systems.
Input Devices: Switches, Variable Resistors, LDRs, Thermistors and Touch Sensors.
Controlling Devices: Transistors, Operational Amplifiers, Timers and Logic Gates.
Output Devices: Light Bulbs, LEDs, Buzzers, Solenoids, Relays and DC Motors.
Transistors: BJT & / or MOSFET Switches.
741 Operational Amplifier IC: Level Detectors.
555 Timer IC: Pulse Generators.
Introduction to Digital Logic: Logic Levels, Truth Tables and Basic Boolean Algebra.
Logic Gates: NOT, AND, NAND, OR and NOR gates.
Circuit Construction Techniques: Breadboard and Stripboard Layouts.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Practical Evaluation Lab Reports & Active Participation||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||60 %||OnGoing||2,3,4,5|
|2||Practical Evaluation Practical Exam||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||20 %||End of Term||2,4,5|
|3||Continuous Assessment Written Exam / Quizes||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||20 %||Any||1,2,4|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Lecture Theatre||Formal theory||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Practical||Engineering Laboratory||Lab Exercises||2||Weekly||2.00|
|Lecture||Engineering Laboratory||Specific theory for lab session||1||Weekly||1.00|
Electronic Devices, Floyd.
Digital Fundamentals, Floyd.
Electrical and Electronic Principles by John Bird
Basic toolkit and component kit for practical work.
MULTISIM software for simulation of electronic circuits.
The lab sessions may be tailored for the Electronics / Mechanical / Mechatronics streams and practicals used to help the student understand the application of theory of their field of engineering where feasible and depending on group sizes for the labs also.