SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH623153
Module Leader Elaine Smith
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electronic Engineering
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

System and Circuit Design (SD3)

Summary of Content

The aim of the module is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to design, construct and test analogue, digital and mixed signal circuits and systems. Both discrete component and integrated circuit based designs are considered. The module builds on the knowledge and skills gained from level 3 study.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: System Design: Identification of problems which can be solved by use of electrical and electronic systems; Development of a technical detailed specification for an electronic system; Assessment of the suitability of different implementation technologies such as full custom, semi-custom, FPGA, etc.; Production of conceptual designs from a specification; Design for test and testability; Development of conceptual designs into detailed designs to component level; Use of software tools to simulate the operation of designs; Make assessments of the results of simulations; Modification of designs in response to simulation results; Assessment of the stage at which designs may be accepted based on simulation results; Case studies of complex designs such as SCADA and PLC systems.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1.Use industry standard software tools and test equipment to assist with advanced system and circuit design tasks;2.Design advanced analogue, digital and mixed signal systems from a given specification;3.Construct and test advanced systems or sub-systems which have been designed;4.Quantitatively evaluate simulated system performance with actual system performance.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures addressing individual design tasks, supervised practical work on manual and computer-aided design techniques, directed learning practical work on design assignments, computer based learning self-study and private study.

Indicative Reading

Both the learned and the popular literature on electronic systems and system design will be used as a source of information for private study. The subject material of this module changes rapidly and different selected reading material is selected each year. The titles and electronic resources below are to be considered as indicative only. Electronics - A Systems Approach, 5th Edition, Neil Storey, Pearson, ISBN13: 9780273773276. Electronics, Hambley, Allan R., Prentice-Hall, ISBN: 0136919820. Fundamentals of RF circuit design: with low noise oscillators, Everard, J., John Wiley, ISBN: 0471497932. Boundary-scan test : a practical approach, Bleeker, H., Kluwer, ISBN: 0792392965

Transferrable Skills

Numeracy Problem Solving Team skills Time management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 128.00
Practicals (PT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Unseen Exam
Coursework 2 0.00 25.00 n/a Laboratory Assessment
Coursework 1 0.00 25.00 n/a Design study