KD3000 - introduction to Electrical Engineering

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you the essential fundamentals of electrical engineering. You will learn about the application of electrical circuits analysis theory to solve problems in electrical engineering, such as resistor networks, voltage divider, RC circuits and rectifiers. You will go through Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law and Kirchoff’s law extensively to assist your understanding of electrical circuit analysis. You will learn about the basic concepts and application principles of DC circuits. Topics include terms and symbols, basic electrical and electronic components/devices, electrical measurement instruments and the laws of DC circuits. In particular, how Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Law and Joule’s Law are applied to DC resistor networks (such as voltage divider) consisting of series connections and parallel connections. You will cover how Ohm’s law and Joule’s law are used to calculate the power supply of batteries and power consumption of resistors. You will also learn about A.C. circuits including topics like safety, terms and symbols, sine waves, AC electrical theory and AC measurement instrument. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of power transmission/distribution system, domestic wiring and safety, RC charging/discharging circuits, diodes, transformers and rectifiers. You will understand about Digital logic circuits and numbering systems: These topics include principles of NOT/AND/OR/XOR gates, terms and symbols, combinational gates, Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. Your main emphasis will be on the principles of basic gates and the equivalence among Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. These topics are foundations for any engineering programme which you will be covering with maximum support from a team of experts.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory workshops and directed and independent learning. You will gain knowledge of basic AC/DC/Digital circuit analys is at the lectures and would do problem solving and hands-on learning through well-designed laboratory exercises. You will be taught through lectures that will be delivered utilising an integrated approach to learning with maximum information dissemination. The content is primarily based upon a broad review of electrical and electronic engineering. The review will be used to outline the structure of the course. You will have several opportunities to practice the application of knowledge by using a problem based learning approach. Lecture handouts will be distributed and/or uploaded to e-learning portal online at the beginning of semesters. Multimedia techniques such as videos and animations will also be used for student to grasp abstract concepts (such as sinusoidal signals). Formative feedback will also be provided with integrated quizzes and problems to solve. Laboratory workshops are in smaller groups and can provide a rich feedback framework based on problem based learning, where students can contextualise theory in practice in an appropriate lab session. This session also provides the appropriate learning tools and electrical hardware (breadboards, oscilloscopes, signal generators etc.) for gain hands-on experiences.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module team through scheduled lectures, seminars and workshop (laboratory) sessions. Laboratories, supported by technical staff. For effective learning in laboratory activities, it is important to question the results and linking the work performed to the theoretical study in the module lectures.
The most appropriate use of the eLearning Portal (online platform) is made in the module where the module taught content is provided along with links to both the reading list support, tutorial questions and appropriate web sites showing relation of the theory to the industrial context of the module. Additional support is provided in this module in the form of Individual contact -- students may visit the office of Lecturers/Lab tutors to ask questions related to the module outside the scheduled contact time. You will be supported through the general lecture programme and will introduce general awareness of engineering knowledge "know-what" and engineering process "know-how". You will be encouraged to develop your curiosity by making direct contact with the module team through email or a blackboard discussion forum in which you can actively engage with the staff and student peers in a dynamic learning space enabling you to clarify and resolve issues of concern. You will also be regularly directed to supporting resources including relevant texts, student software downloads and relevant multimedia materials, accessible via eLP. References to these resources will be made available through the e-learning portal and in lectures and seminars.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1. Understand the concepts and principles of basic electrical engineering, especially in the basic DC, AC and digital electrical circuits and electrical safety.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO2. Gather, integrate and evaluate information from various sources including technical literature and laboratory workshops.

MLO3. Use mathematical approaches and apply principles of electrical engineering to analyse basic electrical circuits.

MLO4. Build and test basic electrical circuits and gain hand-on experiences of using practical lab equipment and solving practical problems in electrical engineering.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5. Willingly take on the professional and ethical responsibilities of electrical engineers.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

Assessed will include a laboratory assessment and assignment (report) (30%, MLOs1, 2, 4, 5) and an end of year final exam (70%, MLOs1, 3, 4).

Formative Assessments

Verbal formative feedback will be provided on laboratory work, tutorials, class tests and examination. The formative feedback is designed to assist the students in advancing their knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module aims to provide foundations of electrical engineering, covering fundamental concepts of basic Direct Current (DC) circuits, Alternating Current (AC) circuits, digital logic circuits and their application principles. Topics include terms and symbols, basic electrical and electronic components/devices, laws of DC/AC/digital circuits, measurement instruments and electrical safety. Experiences and skills of circuit analysis and engineering problem-solving will also be gained through hand-on laboratory exercises. The fundamentals are introduced at the molecular level, developed through analytical techniques and applied as an introduction to devices and systems. This module provides students one of the main building blocks for their further study of engineering.

What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you the essential fundamentals of electrical engineering. You will learn about the application of electrical circuits analysis theory to solve problems in electrical engineering, such as resistor networks, voltage divider, RC circuits and rectifiers. You will go through Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law and Kirchoff’s law extensively to assist your understanding of electrical circuit analysis. You will learn about the basic concepts and application principles of DC circuits. Topics include terms and symbols, basic electrical and electronic components/devices, electrical measurement instruments and the laws of DC circuits. In particular, how Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Law and Joule’s Law are applied to DC resistor networks (such as voltage divider) consisting of series connections and parallel connections. You will cover how Ohm’s law and Joule’s law are used to calculate the power supply of batteries and power consumption of resistors. You will also learn about A.C. circuits including topics like safety, terms and symbols, sine waves, AC electrical theory and AC measurement instrument. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of power transmission/distribution system, domestic wiring and safety, RC charging/discharging circuits, diodes, transformers and rectifiers. You will understand about Digital logic circuits and numbering systems: These topics include principles of NOT/AND/OR/XOR gates, terms and symbols, combinational gates, Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. Your main emphasis will be on the principles of basic gates and the equivalence among Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. These topics are foundations for any engineering programme which you will be covering with maximum support from a team of experts.

Course info

UCAS Code H3M2

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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