SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1H324849
Module Leader Muditha Kulatunga
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electrical Power Engineering
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module consists of fundamental practical workshop skills in Electrical and Electronic Engineering along with the practical hardware and programming skills to explore a systems approach to design, build and test solutions to problems. The module will enable students to acquire the skills to communicate and document a design through the acquisition of technical sketching and drawing.


Introduction to soldering and circuit construction techniques for prototyping and to use and manage tools in an electronics laboratory. Safety and safe working practices in an electronic laboratory. Design (using e.g. Eagle, NI Ultiboard, etc) and assemble a PCB for a circuit application. Introduction to electrical measurement procedures and use of instruments - Digital Multimeter, Function Generator, Digital Oscilloscope. Measurement errors and uncertainty: Accuracy and precision, understand the types and sources of experimental errors, bias, systematic errors, random errors, clearly and correctly report the results of measurements and the uncertainties in those measurements. Describing precision, accuracy and bias, using significant figures, percent error, statistical mean and standard deviation. Describing components tolerances and relating to statistical mean and standard deviation. Instrument errors, evaluation of measurement error in relation to the type of laboratory instrument used. Arduino or equivalent programming: Familiarity of how the Arduino or how a similar platform works in terms of the physical board and libraries and the IDE (integrated development environment). Introduction to programming the Arduino using example code from online resources. Prototype circuits and interface them to the Arduino. Program the Arduino microcontroller to make the circuits work by accessing the pins on the board via the software to control external devices. The use of shield boards that plug into the main Arduino board to perform other functions such as sensing light, heat, GPS tracking, etc. or providing a user interface display. Introduction to Engineering Drawing Conventions, 1 st and 3 rd Angle Orthographic Projections and Dimensioning of Engineering Drawings. Computer Aided Design (CAD) using PTC Creo to assistance in the creation and modification of a design.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to: 1. Demonstrate knowledge and practice of safe working in an electronics laboratory.2. Safely use and manage the tools in an electronics laboratory.3. Recognise and identify the basic electronic components and devices used for different electronic functions.4. Build simple electronic circuits using permanent (soldering) and non-permanent methods.5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a systems approach to electronics, including sub-systems (e.g. building and programming a solution to a problem using an Arduino platform, or similar).6. Demonstrate basic skills in testing and evaluating circuit solutions using a range of test equipment (Digital Multi-meter, Function Generator, Digital Oscilloscope).7. Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of errors, their quantification and control in measurements and apply to using standard laboratory instruments to test and evaluate circuits.8. Maintain a lab book of activities and develop communication skills via engineering sketches.9. Communicate design using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawing tools.10. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of team working and the relevant issues.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The study materials covered throughout the lectures will be reinforced through practical lab sessions and tutorials. A wide range of resources are available online in GCU Learn, which through appropriate assistance, students will become more engaged and independent in their learning. A major goal of the module is to foster creativity and independence in the students, particularly in the context of building and modifying useful devices and systems. The use of development and prototyping platforms (such as e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Lego Mindstorms ) will facilitate maximum student attention to creative design and problem-solving as course goals. The module recognises that many electrical engineers are not skilled electronics engineers, but rely on an ability to implement and modify known circuit solutions, one of the module objectives is for students to "knowledgeably implement" circuit designs from reference sources. Further, suitable solutions to problems will be designed, built and tested. Many of the learning outcomes of the module will be achieved by the student through integrated exercises or projects that involve the exploration of a system solution using the Arduino platform, or equivalent. The module also concentrates on the student acquiring the skills to communicate and document a design through the acquisition of technical sketching and drawing. This is facilitated through the use of a CAD application widely used in industry. Students will be given feedback on their performance at practical laboratory work and tutorials which will reinforce students' learning outcomes. In addition to the core study material, additional reading material will be made available with links to appropriate databases.

Indicative Reading

LAMIT, L, G & KITTO, K, L., 1994. Principles of Engineering Drawing , New York: West Publishing Company. TOOGOOD, R & ZECHER, J., 2013. Creo Parametric 2.0 Tutorial and Multimedia DVD , Waltham: Schroff Development Corporation. MITZNER, K., 2007. Complete PCB Design Using OrCad Capture and Layout , Oxford: Elsevier Inc.

Transferrable Skills

Communication - oral, written and visual, analysis, planning, problem-solving , independent working, creativity and innovation.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 48.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 50.00 35% Drawing Coursework: Manual & PTC Creo
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% Lab book Submission
Coursework 2 n/a 10.00 35% Presentation