Module code: EEE2038

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

SPOREA RA Dr (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

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

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Expected prior learning:  Learning equivalent to Year 1 of EE Programmes.

Module purpose:  Electrical and electronic power systems are introduced.


Module aims

Introduce analogue electronic device operation, including power devices. The design and operation of electronic devices will be used in examples to illustrate how the physics of operation and material properties are transformed into engineering products.

Cover the principles of electrical machines, fundamentals of power electronics conversion and energy issues.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Analyse and design simple transistor circuits utilising their static and dynamic characteristics.   KC
Describe the features and application of a range of transistor circuit configurations. KC
Discuss circuit limitations and imperfections.   KC
Evaluate the operation of simple power supplies.   KP
Discuss the operation of high power devices and explain their operation.   K
Describe the basic principles of operation of a range of electrical machines.   KCT
Demonstrate a basic competence in performance calculations for generators, DC machines,  ransformers and induction motors. KCT
Describe the basic operation of conventional and non-conventional power generation systems.   K
Demonstrate an awareness of the world energy crisis and renewable energy sources. K
Develop a working knowledge of basic power converters that forms the basis of the Year 3 power electronics module.   KT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes the following:


Part A - Analogue Electronics and power systems (Dr. Radu Sporea)


[1 - 3]   Introduction. Transistors: BJT, MOSFET and JFET. DC models, biasing, DC  analysis.

[4]        Transistor amplifiers and classes of amplifiers

[5 - 6]   Two-port networks: Y, Z and hybrid parameters and their transformations, π-T and T-π

            transformations, insertion loss, loading.

[7 - 8]   Linearisation, AC models, coupling and decoupling. Amplifier macromodel. AC analysis: voltage gain, input and output impedances of common-emitter/source  amplifiers. Effect of decoupled emitter/source resistance.

[9 - 10]  Other configurations: common-base, common-drain, etc. Direct-coupled pairs including emitter-coupled pair, Darlington pair, cascode.

[11]       Further transistor models: Ebers-Moll

[12]       Tuned amplifiers, Q-factor, bandwidth, multi-stage amplifiers.

[13]       Current mirrors. Differential and common-mode gain. Common-mode rejection ratio. Input circuit and imperfections: input bias and offset currents, input offset voltage.

[14 - 15]  Diodes, Zener diodes, Regulators, Problem based learning.

[16 - 17]  Power electronic devices: Transistors, Thyristors, Triacs, Problem based learning.

[18 - 19]  Switched mode power supplies, Problem based learning.

[20]   Oscillators, Problem based learning.

[21 - 22]  Revision


Part B - Electrical Machines and Power (Dr. Mini Saaj)


[1]  Energy Conversion, Loss & Rating: Units, Work, Power and Energy, Elementary thermodynamics, Fundamentals of mechanics and heat, Efficiency and heating of electrical machines, Problem based learning.

[2-3]   Magnetism and Electromagnetism: Induced EMF, Magnetic flux, Electromagnetic induction and Energy in an inductor and capacitor, Problem Based Learning.

 [4-5]    AC Fundamentals: Generation of AC voltage and currents, EMF equation, Phase, RMS value, Series AC circuit, Transformers, Problem based learning

[6]  Three phase systems: Introduction to Star and Delta connected power supply, Problem based learning.

[7-8] Generators: Fundamentals of DC generator, Types of generators, Hysteresis and Eddy current loss, Difference between DC and AC generator, Problem Based Learning.

[9]  DC and AC Motor: Motor principle, Comparison of generator and motor action, Voltage equation of a motor, Torque production, Induction motor, Problem Based Learning.

             [10] Power Generation: Conventional power generation and Renewable energy sources, wind, wave,    solar.

             [11] Revision

Methods of Teaching / Learning


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

Learning through regular lectures from Week 1 to 10. These lectures will include the problem solving sessions and in-class discussions.
Peer discussion and feedback session after during problem based learning sessions.
Prepare for summative assessment through intensive in-class revision in Week 11.
Lecture notes will be provided and students are expected to do independent learning in addition to attending lectures and tutorials.

Learning and teaching methods include the following:

3 hours lecture per week x 10 weeks which includes class discussion and problem solving sessions.
3 hours in-class revision in Week 11.



Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes. The written examination will assess the analytical and problem solving skills, background understanding of analogue electronics, transistors, basics of electrical machineries, power systems and extend of transferable and professional skills that are relevant to the electronics and power industry.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a 2-hour, closed-book written examination.

Formative assessment and feedback

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

During lectures, by question and answer sessions

During tutorials/Problem based learning sessions

Reading list

Reading list for ELECTRONICS & POWER SYSTEMS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eee2038

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.