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EG 1008

Course Co-ordinator: Dr T Thevar

Pre-requisite(s): Higher Mathematics

Co-requisite(s): None

The aim of the course is to introduce basic concepts of electronics within a context of general engineering. The topics covered are kept at levels 1 and 2. A further aim of the course is to illustrate applications of the concepts discussed that are of interest to all students. It will adopt the philosophy of application oriented teaching. During each topic the students will be provided with examples of day-to-day devices that they will understand by the end of that topic. The theoretical aspects of the course are placed in an illustrative practical context.

The course includes atomic theory and the concept of current flow. The basic principles of electrical circuits are introduced. Ohm's law is applied to simple dc circuits. The origin of electronics is introduced through the concept of "black box" amplifiers and their application. Operational amplifier circuits and some applications are discussed and analysed. Logic gates, Boolean algebra, and logic design illustrate that application of digital electronics. Practical examples of digital circuit implementation are provided. The course also provides an overview of wave theory and propagation with emphasis on electronic communication. Finally an introduction to ac concepts is provided.

The course will consist of 30 one-hour lectures, 6 one-hour tutorials and 5 two-hour laboratory/design sessions. Detailed schedules are provided separately.

1st Attempt: One written examination of three-hours duration (80%) and continuous assessment based on the laboratory/design exercises (20%).

Resit: One written examination of three-hours duration (80%), with previous coursework marks used to make up the remaining (20%).