Module code: EEE1025

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

EVANS PM Prof (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 55

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test TUTORIAL PEER ASSESSMENT SCHEME 10%

Alternative Assessment

A student required to resit the TPAS unit of assessment is required to re-submit written answers to all TPAS questions relevant to the module. This re-submission is assessed by the TPAS Coordinator on a pass-fail basis only.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Expected prior learning: None.

Module purpose: The module offers an introduction to circuit theory and analogue electronics.

Module aims

Introduce the fundamentals of circuit analysis and analogue electronics. The module will enable students from different educational backgrounds to reach a common level of knowledge and understanding.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Apply basic analytical techniques (including Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff’s Laws and Mesh/Nodal analysis) to determine the currents and voltages in simple electronic circuits.
Apply the definitions of complex impedance to understand the response of reactive components to AC signals.
Apply analytical techniques to determine the frequency response of combinations of resistive/reactive elements including RL, RC and RLC circuits.
Simplify circuits to produce Norton and Thevenin equivalents.
Understand and apply the concept of input impedance and output impedances of analogue circuits and components.
Discuss the electrical characteristics of diodes and analyse simple analogue circuits containing these elements.
Analyse the operation of simple power supply circuits and specify components for a given performance.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes the following.


Part A - Circuit Theory

DC circuits – Current and voltage definitions, Passive sign convention and circuit elements, Combining.

resistive elements in series and parallel. Kirchhoff’s laws and Ohm’s law. Anatomy of a circuit, Network reduction, Introduction to mesh and nodal analysis .  [5 lectures]


AC circuits I – Time dependent signals, average and RMS values. Capacitance and inductance, energy storage elements, simple AC steady-state sinusoidal analysis. [5 lectures]


AC Circuits II - Phasor diagrams, definition of complex impedance, AC circuit analysis with complex numbers. [3 lectures]


RL, RC and RLC circuits - Frequency response of RLC circuits, simple filter and band-pass circuits, resonance and Q-factor, use of Bode plots, use of differential equations and their solutions. Time response (natural and step responses). Introduction to second order circuits. [5 lectures]


Revision problem classes  [2 lectures]


Part B - Analogue Electronics


Resistive networks, voltage and current sources, Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits, current and voltage division, input resistance, output resistance, coupling and decoupling capacitors, maximum power transfer, RMS and power dissipation, current limiting and over voltage protection. [4 lectures]


Components and active devices – Components vs elements and circuit modelling, real and ideal elements. Introduction to sensors and actuators, self-generating vs modulating type sensors, simple circuit interfacing. [2 lectures]


Diodes and Diode circuits – Diode characteristics and equations, ideal vs real. Signal conditioning, clamping and clipping, rectification and peak detection, photodiodes, LEDs, Zener diodes, voltage stabilisation, voltage reference, power supplies. [4 lectures]


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the following aims.

The student should complete the course with a thorough grounding in elementary analogue electronics. The material is listed above. The level of experience is at introductory university level ad designed to prepare them for later parts of their course.


Learning and teaching methods include the following.

problem classes

tutorial problems with peer marking

formative test



Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following.

·         That they can recognise common electronics components and circuits, recognise the purpose of a circuit. and analyse the properties of electronics systems. This involves both analytical and recognition skills.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following.

·         A two-hour, closed-book written examination  (90%).

·         Three sets of problems assessed via the Tutorial Peer Assessment System (TPAS)     (10% in total).

For exact TPAS submission dates, see the Departmental assessment calendar issued to you.


Formative assessment and feedback

For the module, students will receive formative assessment/feedback in the following ways.

·         During lectures, by question and answer sessions

·         During tutorials/tutorial classes

·         Via the Year 1 Tutorial Peer Assessment System

·         By means of unassessed tutorial problem sheets (with answers/model solutions)

·         During supervised laboratory sessions

Reading list

Reading list for ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eee1025

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.