SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H623152
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electronic Engineering
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Analogue Electronics (SD2)Digital Electronics (SD2)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to design, construct and test analogue and digital electronic circuits.


The design process: Identify problems which can be solved by use of electrical and electronic systems; develop a technical specification; assess the suitability of different implementation technologies; produce conceptual designs from a specification; develop conceptual designs into detailed designs to component level; use current software tools to simulate the operation of designs; make assessments of the results of simulations; modify designs in response to simulation results; assess the stage at which designs may be accepted based on simulation results; compare simulated results with results from prototypes. Design circuits and systems (indicative examples): power supplies using 3 terminal regulators; design common emitter bipolar amplifiers; design common drain FET amplifiers; design simple active filters, combinational logic circuits; design sequential logic circuits; design analogue to digital converters; design a digital system using appropriate implementation options. Construction of circuits and systems: Implement prototypes using appropriate construction techniques; consider noise and EMC requirements.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:use industry standard software tools and test equipment for analogue, digital and mixed signal design tasks ; design analogue circuits from a given specification ; design digital circuits from a given specification; design interfacing circuits;construct and test the analogue and digital circuits which have been designed;quantitatively compare simulated circuit performance with actual circuit performance.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will be used to address theoretical analogue and digital design concepts. Supervised practical exercises on manual and computer-aided design techniques will allow the student to gain practical knowledge on electronic design. Directed learning will focus on practical design assignment to allow the student to demonstrate the skills required in electronic system design. Case study of completed design assignments will be analysed and discussed.

Indicative Reading

Electronics - A Systems Approach, 5th Edition, Neil Storey, Pearson, ISBN13: 9780273773276

Transferrable Skills

The design process involves development of team working skills. Detailed design tasks involve the development of numeracy, problem solving and use of IT skills. Design exercises allow the student to demonstrate decision-making skills as well as enhancing independent judgment and design appraisal.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 36.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 104.00
Assessment (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (PT) 110.00
Practicals (PT) 30.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.00 15.00 35% Minor Analogue Electronic Design class test
Coursework 1 n/a 35.00 35% Major Analogue Electronic Design, simulations, construction plus report (limited to 4 A4 pages)
Coursework 2 n/a 35.00 35% Major Digital Electronic Design, simulations plus report (limited to 4 A4 pages)
Exam (School) 1.00 15.00 35% Minor Digital Electronic Design class test