Module code: EEE1032

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

RUSSELL C Dr (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 112

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

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:  Learning equivalent to modules studied in Year 1, Semester 1.

Module purpose:  The ability to use mathematics with confidence underpins a successful engineering degree.  This module provides students with some of the basic understanding and skills in mathematics needed to follow a degree programme in modern engineering. The content is specifically related to topics associated with electronic engineering.


Module aims

This module introduces signals, mechanics, and ordinary differential equations, and aims to give students the knowledge to apply mathematics to practical engineering problems.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Apply mathematics to the description of signals and related ideas.
Use the concept of decibels.
Calculate Fourier series and Fourier transforms of signals, and describe their significance.
Apply mathematical methods to simple problems in mechanics.
Solve simple differential equations and apply them to problems in mechanics.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Indicative content includes the following:

Part A – Signals

Representation of signals in the time and frequency domains (Fourier series, signal spectra and bandwidth), discrete signals, signal power and energy, introduction to noise and S/N, the decibel scale. Applications in signal processing and communications.

Introduction to Fourier methods.  Calculation of the Fourier series of a periodic function. Representation of a Fourier series in complex form.  Introduction to the Fourier transform.

[15 lectures]

Part B – Engineering Mechanics and Ordinary Differential Equations

Laws of kinematics.  Newtonian mechanics:  force, mass, momentum and Newton’s second law.  Kepler’s laws.  

Laws of angular motion.  Resolution of forces.  Definitions of work and power.  Kinetic energy.  Potential energy as stored energy, and simple examples.

Law of conservation of energy.  Mechanical oscillators, simple harmonic motion (SHM), and 1-D wave equation for mechincal vibration.

Classification of differential equations. First order differential equations with variables separable, and the use of an integrating factor. First and second order linear differential equations with constant coefficients (homogeneous and non-homogeneous where the RHS is an exponential, trigonometric or polynomial function).

[15 lectures]


Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding defined in the module learning outcomes.  Students will develop their cognitive skills by developing their ability to apply existing and new mathematical knowledge in new situations.

Learning and teaching methods include the following:

Lectures: 30 hours (3 hrs per week x 10 weeks), including in-class exercises and discussions.
Tutorial Peer Assessment Scheme (1 hour tutorial per week x 11 weeks, shared with module EEE1029 Electronics II), together with guided answering of questions (6 hours).
Self-study and work on tutorial problem sheets (30 hours), including discussions during lectures.




Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes.  The exam will assess students’ knowledge and assimilation of the terminology, concepts and details of the mathematics relevant to first year Engineers in the fields of signals and mechanics.


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

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

·         Coursework assessed via the Year 1 Tutorial Peer Assessment System (TPAS)  (10%)

There are THREE TPAS Cycles associated with this module. EACH Cycle involves:

·         a take-away written assignment consisting of technical questions to be answered, with solutions submitted as coursework;

·         an in-class assignment requiring a student to mark the script of a colleague.

In Semester 2, TPAS covers this module and module EEE1029. Thus, formally the two modules between them have six associated TPAS assignments. Marks are allocated on a "per question" basis and are amalgamated to give a "total for TPAS".

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


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive formative assessment / feedback in the following ways:

·         During lectures, by informal question and answer sessions, multiple-choice diagnostic tests, and by discussing in-class exercises.

·         By means of unassessed tutorial problem sheets (these will be discussed in the lectures, and selected answers/model solutions will be made available via SurreyLearn).

·         Online tests in SurreyLearn.

          ·         Via the Year 1 Tutorial Peer Assessment  Scheme (three marked assignments), including discussion during tutorials (part summative and part formative assessment).  

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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.