SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1H624688
Module Leader Alan Nesbitt
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this course is to develop in the student an understanding of the basic concepts and principles of electronic engineering and apply these principles to solve engineering problems required for design activities. It provides the student with the knowledge of the operation and characteristics of various electronic devices .


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Introduction to semiconductors: Semiconductors, conductors and insulators- Energy bands - covalent bonds - doping - N and P type semiconductors - The diode, its biasing and VI characteristics, Temperature effects on diode VI characteristics. Diode applications- Half and Full wave Rectifiers, diode limiters, diode clamper circuits and voltage multipliers. Special purpose diodes: Zener diode and its breakdown characteristics, Power dissipation and de-rating - Zener regulation - Varactor Diodes, Schottky diodes, PIN diode, Step recovery diodes and Tunnel diodes. Transistors - Basic operation of a bipolar junction Transistor, its characteristics and its applications as an amplifier and as a switch. Introduction to transistor configurations. Field effect transistors - JFET, its characteristics and parameters - MOSFET, its types, characteristics and parameters. Thyristors and other devices - Principle of operation, characteristic features and applications of Silicon controlled rectifiers, Diac, Triac, Silicon controlled switch and Unijunction transistor. Optical devices- Principle of operation of Laser diode, LED, Photodiode, Phototransistor, and Light activated SCR and Optical couplers.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to: 1. Describe the operation, characteristics and applications of a wide range of electronic devices such as Diode, BJT, FET, thyristor, opto-electronics devices and special purpose diodes (AM1, AM5)2. Describe the spectral output curves and radiation patterns of various optoelectronic devices.(AM1)3. Describe the operation of rectifiers, diode limiter, clamper, transistor biasing circuits and voltage multipliers (AM1, AM5)4. Differentiate the characteristic features of various types of thyristors (AM1).5. Design simple electronic circuits using a range of electronic devices.(AM1,AM5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on topics related to Electronic devices. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

Floyd, T.L., 2011. Electronic Devices. 9 th ed. New Delhi: Prentice Hall.

Transferrable Skills

Numeracy is developed in all analytical tasks. Communication skills are developed in report writing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - unseen exam 2hour duration
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Assignment-Design task-written report 1500 words
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid-term test - unseen test 90 minutes duration