LABORATORIES, DESIGN & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES I - 2017/8

Module code: EEE1027

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

JACKSON PJ Dr (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

H150

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 73

Lecture Hours: 23

Laboratory Hours: 66

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS AND EXERCISES 67
Coursework RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION SKILLS ASSIGNMENT 33

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

Expected prior learning:  None.

Module purpose:  Working individually or in groups on engineering projects requires a wide range of professional and technical skills. This module helps first year students develop skills in research and technical presentation, along with the practical laboratory skills required by the professional engineer.  Both units of assessment must be passed individually.  No compensation is allowed for this module.

Module aims

to give the students a firm grounding in the principles and practices of engineering with particular emphasis on the design, construction and testing of electrical circuits.

to allow the student to obtain some of the transferable skills that all professional engineers need to possess through working on technical projects and presentation skills.

Provide the opportunity required for professional accreditation for all Year 1 students to gain the practical experience that will lead to basic competency in laboratory practice.

Reinforce electronics lecture material so that students experience for themselves the relationship between theory and practice.

Develop a range of professional skills, such as data research and analysis, written and oral presentation skills, all required to work in technical project environments.

Develop and run a cycle of seminars on opportunities in Electronics and Engineering, in academic, research and industrial environments.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate personal competence in the use of basic equipment, including tools needed for assembly of circuits, and electronic instruments needed to test and make measurements. KC
Demonstrate, without assistance, the ability to keep adequate written experimental records, and to present results clearly using tables and graphs. PT
Understand and use simple referencing in Harvard style. Be able to understand index searching and use databases, catalogues etc. PT
Develop oral and written presentation skills associated with engineering studies. PT
Understand the importance of an ethical and professional behaviour in the work environment. P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes the following.

Professional skills

With a series of Lectures and Course Workshops, the following topics will be covered:



Ethics of a Professional Engineer


Professional Orders, Bodies and Societies


Research and Data Analysis


Reporting techniques


Oral presentation techniques


Opportunities in Electronics and Engineering

 

In weeks 1-2 the students will be introduced to ethical behaviour in the work environment and the benefits of joining professional societies will be presented. In weeks 3-4 library resources will be introduced, the different methods to research and analyse data will be presented, with two 3-hours-long “hands on” workshops. Harvard and other styles to properly refer different sources will be presented. In weeks 5-6 guidelines about how to successfully convey technical contents in written and oral form will be given. In a conference-like simulated scenario, the students will prepare informative slides, practice their oral skills, answer questions from a general audience. Finally, in weeks 7-11 an overview of the work environment and opportunities they will find as Electronic Engineers will be given, with examples from both the academic and the industrial world.

 

Experimental and Design Work

Students spend six hours per week in the first-year electronics laboratory. The laboratory work is made up of 9 exercises and experiments. All laboratory-based work will be assessed on the day. These are supported by laboratory lectures and web-based guided learning which introduces students to the key concepts and ideas. Around 2 hours of private study in the form of laboratory preparation work is required before each experiment.

The laboratory work is made up of exercises, experiments, and design exercises. These are designed to help students understand the relationship between theory, simulation and actual circuits, appreciate the difference between design expectation and actual performance, and acquire confidence in testing circuits. Attendance at laboratories is a mandatory part of each student’s engineering degree course. The exercises and experiments support the wider Year 1 formal taught material; but they are also intended to provide familiarity with the use of the electronic instruments needed to test circuits and measure their electronic characteristics, to introduce students to the practicalities of circuits and circuit components, and to introduce practical techniques useful in the context of electronic design. 

To support learning each student will be required to prepare for the exercise/experiment beforehand, and will be encouraged to analyse data as it is acquired during the experiment, to compare results with the relevant theory, and to keep an effective, reproducible record of the work undertaken. Laboratory supervisors and demonstrators will be present to maximize the learning process; students should appreciate that finishing an experiment is not as important as demonstrating clear understanding of key concepts. The final marks for the laboratory assessment will be an aggregate of marks from the individual exercises. Marks will be moderated between graduate assessors to ensure fairness.



 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

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



communicate knowledge and information on basic electronic equipment, including tools needed for assembly of circuits, and electronic instruments needed to test and make measurements through supervised laboratory work;


engage students in the analysis and testing of basic electronic circuits through supervised laboratory work;


transfer professional skills on data research analysis, presentations and technical reports through lectures and tutorials;


communicate knowledge on ethical behaviour in work environment through lectures;


communicate information on opportunities in electronic engineering paths through lectures.



 

Learning and teaching methods include the following:



1-hour lectures x 9 weeks


1-hour tutorials x 2 weeks


6-hour supervised laboratory sessions x 11 weeks



 

Assessment Strategy

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

·         a basic knowledge of electronic equipment, including tools needed for assembly of circuits, and electronic instruments needed to test and make measurements;

·         a good capability of preparing and delivering an oral presentation to a general audience;

·         a good capability of preparing technical reports;

·         a basic knowledge of databases, search engines and reference systems.

 

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

·         Weekly laboratory experiments and exercises.

·         Presentation skills assignment (set in week 3, deadline in week 5).

·         A data-search assignment (set in week 4, deadline in week 6).

·         Technical report on laboratory experiment (set in week 6, deadline in week 9).

 

Any deadlines given here are indicative. For confirmation of exact dates and times, please check 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 and discussions

·         During tutorial classes

·         During meetings with the module coordinator and other contributors

·         Via the marking of coursework

·         During supervised laboratory sessions

Reading list

Reading list for LABORATORIES, DESIGN & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES I : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eee1027

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Electronic Engineering MEng 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering with Space Systems BEng (Hons) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering with Space Systems MEng 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology BEng (Hons) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology MEng 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems BEng (Hons) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems MEng 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Computer and Internet Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Computer and Internet Engineering MEng 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Communication Systems BEng (Hons) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Communication Systems MEng 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering for Medicine and Healthcare BEng (Hons) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Electronic Engineering for Medicine and Healthcare MEng 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

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.