SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1H624750
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
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 module is to develop in the student an understanding of the fundamentals of electrical and electronic parameters and the ability to apply these fundamentals to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits, in order to solve engineering problems required for initial design activities. The module provides the student with a basic knowledge of electrical circuit analysis (both dc and ac). Students will also study the concepts of capacitors and inductors, physical structures of electronic devices such as diodes and bipolar junction transistors, and the fundamentals of digital circuits.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Basic Circuit Laws: Introduction to basic electrical quantities such as current, voltage, power, energy, and circuit elements including voltage and current sources. Circuit laws such as Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's current law, and Kirchhoff's voltage law. Basic Circuit Theorems: Resistors in series and parallel, voltage division and current division, nodal and mesh analysis, Thevenin's Theorem, Maximum power transfer Theorem, and Superposition theorem s , and application problems. Capacitors and Inductors: Concept of Capacitors, Series and parallel capacitors, Physical characteristics of capacitors, Concept of Inductors, Series and parallel Inductors, Physical characteristics of inductors, and the applications of Capacitors and Inductors. Magnetic Circuits and Transformers: Magnetic fields, Magnetic circuits, Inductance and Mutual Inductance, Magnetic materials, Ideal Transformer. Steady State Sinusoidal Analysis: Sinusoidal currents and voltages, Phasors, Complex impedances, Circuit analysis with Phasors and complex impedances, and power in ac circuits. Digital Systems: Basic logic circuit concepts, Representation of numerical data in binary form, combinational logic circuits, Synthesis of logic circuits, Minimization of logic circuits, and Sequential logic circuits. Electronics: Basic diode concepts, Half wave and Full wave rectifiers, Zener diodes and Voltage regulator circuits. Bipolar junction transistor (BJT) concepts, current and voltage relationship in a BJT, Biasing circuits for a BJT, and Common Emitter amplifier.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Explain the concepts of current, voltage, power, energy, and circuit elements including electrical sources and electrical loads.(AM1)2. Explain Ohm`s law & Kirchhoff's Laws, and their applications to solve dc and ac circuits.(AM1, AM4)3. Discuss Nodal Analysis and Mesh Analysis and apply these to dc and ac circuits.(AM1)4. Recognize and apply Thevenin's Theorem, Maximum power transfer Theorem, and Superposition Theorems to solve steady state networks.(AM1, AM4, AM5)5. Discuss the concept of capacitors, inductors and their applications to solve numerical problems based on it.(AM1)6. Discuss the concept of magnetic fields and circuits, and Transformers. (AM1) 7. Recognize the concepts of steady state sinusoidal circuits and solve numerical problems based on it. (AM1)8. Explain the concepts of digital circuits and their applications to solve numerical problems based on it. (AM1, AM4)9. Explain the concepts of electronic devices, electronic circuits, and their applications to solve numerical problems based on it. (AM1, AM4)10. Use OrCad tools to do dc and ac networks analysis. (AM5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Application-oriented lectures will convey basic concepts and principles. Computer based tools will also be used in order to enhance students' knowledge and transferable skills.

Indicative Reading

Text Book: -360 1. Allan R Hambley, (2009). Electrical Engineering, Principles and Applications , 5 th Edition, PHI Learning Private Limited, New Delhi. Reference Books: -360 1. Boylestad, R.L., (2000). Introductory Circuit Analysis. 9 th Edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey. 2. Charles K Alexander, and Mathew N O Sadiku, (2013). Fundamentals of Electric Circuits . 5 th Edition, McGraw Hill. Giorgio Rizzoni, (2007). Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering, 5 th edition. McGraw Hill Publications.

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: Problem Solving and Numeracy Reports provide: Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% (Unseen written - 1 ½  Hours)
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% (Unseen written - 2 Hours)
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Lab Exercises Report of 1500 words